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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

#FBAIsoiree With #FarziFeast | Farzified Fun | Gastronomic Experience

Having already been Farzified at Farzi Cafe last year, it was a beautiful stroke of providence to be back here for a fun-filled FBAI Soiree in the company of many accomplished food bloggers,masters and connoisseurs of Mumbai very recently. Farzi Cafe has already made its name when it comes to delivering top-notch gastronomic experience to food lovers and this experience was no different. This place is actually one of the earliest where I started my food blogging journey and will always retain a special place for this fact, along with the realization that my mind was opened to all new avenues, experiments and experiences offered in modern global culinary scene right here!



It was a bright sunday afternoon when the who's who of Mumbai culinary scene descended upon Farzi Cafe, its dark elegant interiors welcoming everyone, rocking music and extremely polite + helpful staff ensuring everyone having a gala time. A round of drinks and cocktails made its way to everyone's hands, my favorite Farzi Tina being my companion, perfect for those like me who are not much into alcohol yet wanna get a bit tipsy in its lemony-vodka concoction. There is no room for complaints about small portions or high prices here when dining here is an experience in itself, in fact it is actually value for money compared to many other similar experimental places. For starters, Upma-Mozzarella sticks were pretty nice, crunchy and savory, with a tangy chutney elevating their flavors. 




Moving ahead, I really loved their tangy take on Paneer Tikka with Lachha Paratha, lip smacking dish that I actually cleaned myself (apologies to my fellow foodies who waited to get a taste :P) They also had Wok Tossed Veggies in a Peanut based gravy which was wholesome, crunchy but a bit bland-ish when it came to flavors, I loved the Dhaniya Kulcha they served alongside!



Wholesome Mushroom Biryani and very authentic, very soul satisfying BisiBele Bhaat with Asparagus were lovely main course options for us veggies, easy to fill up on one's quota of veggies everyday if it is served like this!



Oh I know, you all are waiting for a glimpse into the dessert section, where indeed the best is saved for the last. Farzi Sundae is one big jar of extremely rich happiness, needs to be devoured by 3 hungry hulks at least, the twist being Malai Rabdi used in place of regular ice cream to make this a decadent treat. Mind you, if you do not have a sweet jaw like me, you might find this too much after a spoonful itself. I happily devoured an entire jar full of about 30,000 calories :D 

What everyone will love for sure is their Ghevar Rabdi with Saffron Foam, another decadent treat with a twist, this one is a bit less sweet but equally flavorful, and the one dish our table kept reordering at least 5-6 times :D

Need any more motivation to land up at Farzi Cafe anymore? Go get farzified now!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Maharashtrian Food Festival At The Earth Plate, Sahara Star | Food Festival Review

Batatyacha Rasaa, Methi Che Alan, Chinchecha Saar, Chitroni, Gavar Chi Bhaji...

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

If you think I have just started speaking some alien language, you have got to land up here for the Maharashtrian Food Festival and get acquainted with a glimpse of rich Indian traditions and food history :) Walk in to Sahara Star, land down to 00 level, walk into a colorful spacious decor studded with staff decked up in delightfully traditional attire. There are smiles all around, impeccable service bringing a very positive vibe in the air and a vast spread of food that has everything to please even the most hard to please foodies. For this particular festival, the spread mostly has authentic Maharashtrian delights but global cuisine lovers can also indulge in pizzas, pastas, salads and ofcourse the impossibly large desserts sections!

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

One of my best friends is Marathi and she always told me about the generous use of coconuts, ground-nuts, red chillies, onions, garlic and many other spices in their village food and I was fortunate enough to try out some dishes at her home too. I remembered all those days while trying out the dishes here. Very rustic, down to earth food with solid flavors is what you will get here. Start with crispy Batata and wholesome Moong Dal bhajiya, simple veg cutlet, Pudyachi Vada, crunchy kanda bhajiyas, move on to variety of cheese, pickles and papads! Then there is the main course galore with Batatyacha Rasaa (beautiful potato gravy dish) that goes amazingly well with puris, very tangy-sour Methi Che Alan, fresh-mildly spicy Veg Kolhapuri, very soft and lovely Khade Masale ke Paneer, tangy-sweet and light Chinchecha Saar (tamarind soup), Veg Rice Chitroni (rice with groundnuts, shredded coconut, simple yet flavorful), Varan bhaat, tangy Kolhapuri Amti that goes best with puran poli, very healthy and homely Gavar Chi Bhaji, and all this with Bhakri, Chapati and such traditional breads. 

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India
 
If this much is not enough to whet your appetite, go for an assortment of salads such as Tandoori Guava and Kachumber, Spicy Corn, Refreshing Beans with Waterchestnut, Sticky Noodles and Mushrooms in Thai Chilly, Pasta and Broccoli with Parsely Oil, Marinated Asparagus and Tomato, Roasted Tofu and Cherry Tomato with Sweet Chilly..and much much more! Use Kokum and Sol Kadhi to help digest all this feast :D 

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India
 
Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India


We also tried White Sauce Penne Pasta which is frankly one of the best we ever had, simple but oh so cheesy, I am salivating just thinking about it :D 

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India

Hotel Sahara Star The Earth Plate Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Dinner Photography Food Blogger Review Festival India
  
All this is followed by a HUGE dessert spread with ice cream, waffles, brownies, pastries and and addition of loads of delicious fusion as well as traditional sweets such as shrikhand, til che laddoo, chikkisandeshbasundi, gulab jamun, rasmalaiseviyaan, dudhi ka halwa, panacotta with gulab jamun, motichur ladookharwasboondi cheesecake, in fact this dessert spread can be marketed as a buffet of its own (but then who is complaining :D)

While this food festival is pretty perfect in all aspects, it has also made me curious to try out the regular buffet at The Earth Plate, I am sure it will be fantastic too :) Bravo I say.
 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Excellent Trilogy Of Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha At TRE | Food Review | Restaurant Review

TRE is a bad influence on me.

Why?

Because I don't drink alcohol but here the drinks were just so superb that I kept drinking them :D

Yup, Tre can convince teetotalers to start drinking :P
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle

TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle
 
2 floors of Tre, one elegant indoor section and a rooftop sheesha section (that gets packed by 9 PM!) beckon foodies, drinkers and sheesha lovers to converge and relax. These guys have kept things simple because simplicity works best. Seating is comfortable, staff is very efficient and quick, menu is sparse and functional but everything has been chosen with care so that everybody gets something to relish. There is no gastronomy or drinks wizardry, even the names aren't fancy, it is all geared to make us feel welcome and focused on rich flavors and textures. Prices a tad high but looking at the location and excellent food, we can't complain. We love everything here! Honored to be here for a review session.
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle

TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle

TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle

As I said, I don't drink but one look at the bar menu and names like 'Chocolate Shot' popped up to pique my curiosity. Their drinks have down to earth ingredients like Mango Pulp, Mango sorbet, Chocolate liquer, Paan, Cinnamon, Coriander leaves and so on, infused with gin/vodka/whiskey etc., result being a smashing refreshing drink that has a lingering taste. 
We had Chocolate Shot (Rum & Chocolate)
Masala Paan Shot (Vodka infused mukhwas dessert shot), 
Fresh Mandarin Mojito (Freshly muddled mandarin with lime, mint & fizz, the only non-alcoholic drink of the night), 
Cinova (Fresh pineapple muddled with coriander, ginger, smirnoff and sour mix), 
Mango Saffron (Dark rum mixed with mango pulp and a touch of saffron syrup), 
Paan Angoori (Pan infused gin shaken with sour mix), AND we could taste them on our palate for next hour or so! Keeping things simple, rustic, delicious.
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle
 
Coming to food, there are pizzas, pastas, a variety of starters, rice dishes to choose from. Limited but gourmet selection. We started off with Aglio Olio Corn, spicy corn kernels, that set our palates on fire in the best way possible :D 
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle
 
Burnt Paneer Chilli Dry, easily my second favorite dish, spicy soft paneer pieces with some veggies, typical dish one wants to have with drinks, 
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle
 
Next up were a twist on our very own frankies i.e. Laffas, with a refreshing crunchy mix of salad veggies inside soft tortilla like wraps,

Absolute favorite among starters was Tre Tandoor Tikka with melt in mouth Paneer, deliciously marinated Mushrooms and Potatoes, mildly spicy, a dish we would love to reorder all night long :D
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle
 
In main course we decided to go with Nawabi & Fantasy Pizzas half & half, which turned out to be a great choice as the pizza was thin crust, crunchy (but not like biscuit! the good thin crust), had distict smokey flavor , had just the right proportion of sauce and cheese along with generous toppings of veggies for nawabi and paneer for fantasy, a fantastic duo, we shall be going back for these :)
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle
 
My sister also chose Pasta Primavera (Creamy white sauce) Penne, which was appropriately creamy, simple yet soul satisfying, another must have! It really becomes difficult to come up with new words to describe different dishes when all of them are excellent. So just leaving this with -excellent food :D
 
TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle
 
But the main star of the evening is still to come. Apart from using fresh ingredients in their drinks and food, they also make their desserts inhouse. Chocolate lovers can go for Flourless Cake which is actually more like a chocolate tart with oozy dense sinful chocolate liquid in the centre :D Who is complaining when there is so much chocolate to overdose on :D

TRE Vegetarian Food Drinks Sheesha Lounge Food Blogger Photography Review Masterchef India Lifestyle

The absolute magnificent New York Cheese Cake was the right way to sign off on this excellent experience. You haven't tasted the best cheese cake in Mumbai till you have tasted this. Think melt in mouth, think lighter than cloud, think sweet but not overly so, think of velvet on tongue, now put this all together and enjoy the new york cheese cake here. This alone warrants a 100 stars here :)

One of those places that gets everything right, Tre is a must-visit place in my books :)