Friday, 14 April 2017

Go Funky, Go Delicious With Bohemian Brew | Food Review | Decor Photography

Elegance, Taste, Health and TEA! All together at one place, it is Bohemian Brew all right :)

The decor speaks bohemian to the T, with tables adorned by hand paintings, hand made arts adorning the walls and not to miss, my favorite, glass-work lamps (the one Turkey is famous for!) illuminating the room like nothing else. The outdoors are cheery, they have a little private room for family gatherings or celebrating any occasion AND there is a cute reading room too! Floored over by the ambiance yet? The best is yet to come.

The exotic teas and excellent food take forward the free bohemian spirit. Pick anything from the menu and I am sure it will be fantastic since everything we had was amazing.

Among teas, I had the delicate (and verrry subtly sweet) Kashmiri Kahwa -Green Tea with Cardamom, Almonds, Cinnamon, Cloves, Saffron Strands, while my sister loved her refreshing Blueberry Flowering Tea- Green tea floral infusion with smooth blueberry and mild jasmine, and my mom couldn't get enough of her Adrak Pudina and Lemongrass Chai,yes as densely flavorful as it sounds :)

Then came the tasting portions of this review invite, starting from Watermelon & Feta salad-sweet & spicy watermelon with vodka infusion, mascarpone & feta cheese + pine nuts garnish, an explosion of all possible flavors in mouth, this one is for those who want a zing in their lives :D

My personal favorites were the wholesome Falafel with Hummus, the hummus here deserves to be taken home in big jars and I wish they start selling it :D So cooling, just the way my tummy loved it!

Another great dip was their in-house specialty served next!Spicy Cheesy Kuboos-sauteed vegetables and cheese stuffed between two flatbreads and lightly grilled, served with a spicy cajun sauce, the chef told us many patrons here actually ask him if he is selling this in jars and I am not surprised :D

Salad lovers can try Tea Leaf Salad -Burmese Fermented Tea Leaves salad with fried garlic, peanuts, roasted chana dal, sesame seeds, tomatoes and lettuce, very healthy and crunchy,

My sister is a pasta lover to the hilt and she specially requested Fettuccine Alfredo, a rich cheesy delicacy, keeping things simple, this can be considered soul food, very simple and delicious,

I personally loved (right after the hummus) their scrumptious Cottage Cheese Steak with Ratatouille, melt in mouth cottage cheese steak and all those veggies, yummy, this one is a wholesome treat :)

The passion with which the owners have conceptualized the theme of the place and the quality of ingredients used in everything makes it one of my newest favorites in the city. My sister and I are planning to revisit here at least once every fortnight (and my sister rarely ever wants to revisit any place easily) so that is high compliment indeed :)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Tea Trails New Menu Launch | Healthy Deliciousness Ahoy | Food Review | Recommendation

Tea Trails holds a special place in my heart since this is the first place that opened my eyes to the wondrous vast world of different types of teas, their actual flavors and health benefits. So when I got a chance to try out some new additions to their menu,it was a no brainer that I would devote an afternoon to relaxing here with my sister and mom, the ambiance here is lovely, staff very attentive yet giving the patrons their private space, the wide cheery windows so welcoming, I recommend this place as a mental detox place to everyone! 

We started off with Tulsi Green Tea for me, Tapioca Bubble Tea for my sister and Five Spices Chai for my mom. None of the pesky tea bags business, real flavors, real aroma, real tea, real taste just like we like :) My sister had never tried Tapioca Bubble Tea and when she was ordering it, then only the staff clearly told her that it has coconut flavor and is milky and no everyone's cup of tea. My sister hated it and we send it back. Moral of the story-listen to the staff here, they give good suggestions :) They were extremely sweet about taking back the bubble tea and got my sister a cold coffee, which was perfect, one of the best she ever had! Apart from the brilliant array of teas for every palate, they have a brilliant food menu and we had a tough time deciding what to order. 

We started with Burghul Upma i.e. light yet flavorful and spicy Broken Wheat Upma with vegetable chunks, served hot, 

I chose Cottage Cheese, Celery and Apple Sandwich and we loved it so much we even got it parcelled home for dinner that night! Cheesy yet not overwhelming so, the crunch of celery and apples and wholesomeness of cottage cheese make it a must have, 

Salad lovers can try Veggie Panache Salad a good combination of heat of olives & jalapenos with crunch of romaine leaves and nutrition of corn & peppers, 

I usually like my pizza with an overload of veg toppings but here the fresh dough Paneer Tikka Pizza was just the kind of accompaniment one wants on an easy relaxing afternoon or evening, a smattering of paneer, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes with gooey but not overwhelming amount of cheese,extremely recommended :) Did not leave us feeling bloated at the end of it, superb!

Usually I am not much into waffles but the Choco Joy Waffle, chosen by my sister, were heavenly, the soft waffles with all that gooey chocolate sauce + nuts + chocochips curls making it so melt in mouth loveliness!

Yumm, cannot wait to be back :D

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Solitaire Restaurant Thai Food Festival | Gem Of Kohinoor Continental | Review & Recommendation

Once upon a time, I used to live far off and coming to Andheri was akin to space travel. Last month however I moved houses and now Andheri is going to be my nearest neighborhood for food joints haunting,with Solitaire at Kohinoor Continental right in the top 5 of my list of places for repeat visit. Why? Delicious food, staff that treats us like family, soothing environs, take your pick :)

Was honored to be invited for their Thai Food Festival which has given me enough glimpses into their awesomeness and I can't wait to try their normal buffets too. The way they have decorated the place for this festival right now is sublimely beautiful, so is the food and their hospitality. Chef Sirima Subin has brought the magic of Thai cuisine alive with fresh dips, sauces and intense flavors permeating each and every dish. There is a punch of fresh veggies, spices, aroma of lemongrass that make every dish stand out, even their drinks menu right now is awesome. As everyone knows, I don't really go for alcohol,my sister does, but since she has a throat infection right now, she stuck with fresh lime juice, apple juice and guava juice (all splendid by the way) while I took upon myself to sip on Thai Blue Margherita (Tequila based) and Thai Spicy Basil (Vodka based), both drinks so fresh on my palate that even I did not mind having alcohol this night :D Try their drinks for sure, outstanding!

As for food, they have a huge but not overwhelming variety in the buffet. Soup and starters were served on the table while main course and desserts were self service. Apart from the specialty Thai dishes we tried, they also serve anything else the diners might wish for, be it any paneer dish, rotis, kulchas, biryani, naan and so on. As I said, their hospitality is top notch and you need just ask your wish to be fulfilled :)

Loved the spicy punch of Tom Yum Thai Soup with hearty mushroom chunks, the warmth radiating straight to the heart,

Strong punch of flavors abound in starters such as Thai Spring Roll (wholesome), Mushroom & Corn (spicy), Veggie Bites (just like our Manchurian but with subtle lemongrass), Tofu with cashewnuts (dense, a much needed mild healthy kick here), Corn fritters (so unexpectedly different!) and a special word on how none of these were swimming in oil, neither were too 'Indianized', every dish has authenticity yet gives a familiar punch to the palate, special appreciation for the accompanying sweet chilli dip!

Coming to main course, we browsed through a variety of fresh salads and tried Fried Rice with veggies from their Live wok station along with good saucy Thai Flat Noodles, basic yet scrumptious Stir Fried Vegetables, Sweet & Sour Vegetables (that reminded me of my childhood somehow), healthy Steamed Veggies, Thai Green Curry, Steamed Rice and so on, again a special word on how they have not added any artificial color to their curry to make it green, respecting the ingredients to impart their authentic flavors, well done!

The well thought out Dessert station had a mix of Thai as well as standard desserts, again wonderfully balanced to give something to everyone. Must try is the Thai special Banana Milk & Coconut Milk, a down to earth sweet dish to draw parallel with out very own payasam or humble fruit custard, move on to Fresh cut fruits -watermelon, papaya and then Pineapple pastry, Coconut mousse, Kiwi mousse, Black Forest Gateaux, Thai Panacotta, all of them worth a shot and none of them overly sweet or artificially sugary. Their variety of Ice creams has some rare flavors like rose and paan that deserve a special mention, they seem to be hand churned and not mass-y, hence have a distinct creaminess.

We finished our feast with special hot Thai tea, which is a bit on sweet-ish side and really good for digestion, don't go by the way it smells and just take a sip to end a very memorable experience on a sweet note :)