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#46 Apr 6th, 2006, 20:33
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food poisoning in good old Bhagat Tarachand cant be.....have been there no. of times......it just cant be
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having spoken to a number of people about it Vibhu, it not only can be it is.
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No No its not a single prawn.. trust me give it a shot

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Yesterday night went to Zaffran, near Crawford Market, i expected it to be nice but it was better....nice selection of menu with regular mughlai accompanied by Bohri, Hyderabadi and Lucknowi cuisines.

Their Dum Subz Handi Zaffran ( assorted vegetables with saffron cooked with dum - a lucknowi style of cooking biryani in which the vessel is covered to let the ingredients simmer), Dhingri babycorn do Hara pyaz (baycorn and dhingri mushroom in gravy with flavouring of spring onions), Peeli dal tadka ( yellow lentil with seasoning of cummin and red cherry chillies), Bhendi do pyaza (crisp ladyfinger with white onions), were excellent.
So was their Burhani Raiata - Raita with strong garlic seasoning
among the breads, Roomali roti, lachcha paratha stole the show, though one must taste the Zaffrani Taftan ( saffron flavoured indian breads).

In deserts their Khubani ka meetha - Apricot cooked in honey syrup with vanilla ice-cream on it, was nice, not too sweet just right. Apart from it theri Zaffrani phirni ( Saffron flavoured rice flour kheer) and Chhena Payesh ( small rasgullas with rabdi) were nice.

Along with the good quality food the prices are pretty reasonable ....total bill for 6 people was some Rs. 750
will definately go there again
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forgot to mention their Vegetable Dum Zaffrani Biryani, it was also quite nice, less oily than many other biryanis i have had yet.
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Three new places that i visited in recent times :

1. Aswad Uphar & Mishtan Griha, Near Gadkari cowk, near shivaji Rao Park, Dadar
This place is well renowned for its Marathi snacks and food, though i must admit that me being not a big fan of marathi food (due to poor imitations made in south Mumbai) was sceptical initially. Once i started having whatit had to offer i knew it that my bias was soon to be kicked out.
Start here with its fabulous Thalipeeth (nutrititunous marathi coarse grain roti served with curd and white butter), then go for Amba Dal (sort of salad of soaked pulses with dressing flavoured by raw mango), then have the essentially marathi Missal or Dahi Missal here ( which by the way are the best thati have had yet), then launch on to Adu-vadi, then for their Kothambir Vadi ( fermented gram flour cutlets seasoned with garlica and other spices). Masala bhath ( rice with aubergines and spices) and roasted aubergines coated with spices served here are excellent.
Along with all this you have many other Marathi and south Indian dishes to go with.
To drink one must have the Piyush (a sort of combination of shrikhand & Lassi) or Amla juice served here, both are amazing.
after all this one musn't forget to taste the Kharwas (a sweet made of first milk by the cow) and Gud-poli ( Puranpoli having Jaggery) served here.
The place is amazing price wise as the costliest dish that one will see here is Rs.30.

2. Merwans, Just beside Andheri West station.
Now one can pass it as just another bakery but the reputation it enjoys among the people of Andheri is immense. One cannot get enough of its legendry Mawa Cake ( traditional Parsi cake, interestingly it is a go between traditional european tea cake and indian mawa mithai, art pioneered by parsis on arriving in India), the mawa cake that one gets here is even better that that of legendry Kayani bakery in Pune.
One must taste one by one the dry cup cakes served here, be it cruchy munchy, walnut, strawberry, mawa-vanilla, pine-apple etc. Each one of them is exceptional. the fresh buns and pastries served here are good.
Another treasure hidden here is its exceptional Anjeer cookies ( Fig cookies) with real anjeer in the cookies, even their chocolate, coconut, walnut, milk cookies are excellent. Traditional snacks like Surati butter, cheese paprika sticks, khari are hot sellers.
They serve fresh smoothies made rigth in front of you with the choice of fresh fruit you want. The rolls served here are one of the best, be it veg-cheese, veg-kolhapuri, Paneer-hariyali , each one has distinct taste and are nice, non-vegetarians have enough to choose from, their calzone style mini pizzas are also nice, and one can see them being brought out fresh from the kitchen. A person must visit it atleast for its Mawa cake, Anjeer cookie, Rolls and smoothie.

3. Samrat Cafe, Charni Road
one can see it from Charni road station as it is situated just across it, very near to famous business centre of Opera House , i am quite surprised that it isnt as famous as it should be.
Now this place is a regular snack house which serves North Indian, South Indian, Continental, Mexican snack and food. It is very clean and hygenic place, one can see the stuff being made from where he sits and he will understand what am i saying. In every sense this is just like another restaurent but what differentiates it from others is that whatever it makes, it makes it well. The fresh juices served here are absolutely fresh and no extra sugar is added, indeed they are excellent, Sandwiches, chaat, regular mughlai food served here are good. In all a very good quality hygenic place and priced very reasonabley - consider this our orde was -
1 Pomgrante juice
1 Orange juice
1 Masala Khichiya
1 grilled babycorn and mushroom sandwich
1 vegetable sandwich

and our total bill was Rs. 115 only ( mind it the portions were also generous)....great place.
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Mewans also has lots of vareity in Chicken rolls and puffs and all are yummm.

Their cakes and pasteries are also very yummy my favorites are the swiss jam roll, butter sctoch crackle chocolate eclair ......

I remember many trips to merwans as a child, it was must to visit and pick and choose treats for picnics and outings

Merwans is a must visit.

After shifting to south mumbai ( colaba) I was looking for a similar place for a long time. recently Celejor & theobroma opened and are a good option but still nothing compared to MERWANS.

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hei where is this Celejor .......i never heard of it...
but comparing Theobroma to Merwans would be wrong both cater to different segments. Theobroma has few fantastic things to offer like its:
Rum & raisin brownie
coffee crownie
its souffles, its grilled sandwiches ( especially Veg-aubergine or veg-jade or chip-butty), its coffee is better than those of Barista or CCD or Mocha + its cheese cakes and summer special coolers are great.

Merwans is a different place all together, special in its own way.
Hei do tell me where isthis Celejor and what are its specialities
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Mango festival going on at Shivaji Park, Dadar.........nice collection of mangoes from various konkan regions....apart from that various other fruits and konkani specialities are being sold and displayed there..
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yesterday night once again went to the Mango festival being held at Shivaji park, Dadar.
Superior quality ( big in size also) Alphonsos from Ratnagiri & Devgarh were priced at Rs. 175-200 per dozen.
not bad for this time of the year, also the Kairi panha ( Green mango drink) with saffron served at a stall was excellent. Kokum sharbat was nice ( a kind of drink made of flowers which grow in Konkan region).
This stalls here had so many diiferent kind of spices and food stuff from konkan region, many of which i couldnt even identify and it was great fun going to each and every stall and tasting what they had to offer.
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Celejor is next to Camy shop at colaba. on the same road as theobroma, towards navynagar after colaba market its on the left hand side. Caters to simlar crowd as theobroma and has similar food / prices. Its actually an extension of CAMY has the same owners. their usp is no preservatives and artificial colours. wanted a decorative cake for my son's b'day but they couldnt do a pooh or engine or noddy kind of thing . but their cakes are lighter and innovative. I like their tiramisu, brownies, black forest. they also have an OREO cheese cake. looks sinful havent had the heart to try it. have to watch the weight. they also do puffs, Pizzas etc.

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Now how the hell did i miss that place.......hmmmmm....anyway thanks Mrs. Mani............this weekend Celejor it is ...........
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Before i start off with my usuall rambling .....first a round of heartfelt applause for Our dear friend Avid-Trekker & Aadil, who introduced me to this place, before yesterday i only went to its bakerey.

This place - Sassanian Boulangerie, is located at Marine Lines, just next to The better of the two Delhi Darbars.
Known for its Bakery products:

1. Mawa Cake - 3 varieties here -
- plain
- With almond and Pistachio
- with cashew and black raisins

try the last one its fantastic

2. Mediara cake - lesser known traditional parsi cake, only place to have better mediara cake than this place is Kayani Bakery, Pune

3. there whole grain hard bread is excellent

now to there restaurent......the place still holds its old Parsi ambience and indeed serves authentic parsi fare....

though parsi fare is not parsi unless its non-veg but here u get excellent version of veg parsi food..and the moment i tasted there veg Dhanshak i was in 7th heaven
Dhanshak ( being a mixture of 7 varities of pulses, with tamarind and other condiments usually served with brown rice, original dhanshak has meat balls in it)

It was the best dhanshak that i have had yet.....try to go here tleast once and do try the Dhanshak here.
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here is the account of two new eateries, i frequented recently:

1 Picadilly, Colaba
Hve mentioned it before but this is the actual account. From outside it appears to be a quaint old parsi eatery which serves mid-east kind fare and indeed it is so...but dont let the empty tables inside fool you into thinking it must be some worthless place, I verified this by the best way i could and that is - by eating here, what else!!

Before the food arrived i already had attacked their pickled beetroot and chillies ( vinegar oil pickle)....the price and portions are pretty reasonable when compared to other eateries on this very road. Few of the dishes worth mentioning are:

Veg Mousakka - a Lebeneese dish which has Aubergines, tofu, broccoli, and other assorted vegetables in Tangy tomato, basil and olive gravy, served with buttered rice or garlic bread.

Veg platter - dont go by the name actually it is a baked dish of cheese tomatos and assorted vegetables again served with buttered riceor garlic bread ..........yummm

Vegetable Biryani- yes our very own humble veg-biryani but it was damn tasty here...try it

Now off-late lots of restaurent have cropped up claiming to serve authentic pita bread and hummus but this place has the best hummus that i have tatsed yet ( has the original smell and texture of chic-peas, the way it is supposed to be)

rest of the stuff is nice.
Non-veggies love this place because of the lebenese and turkish style doner kebabs and shawarma rolls served here.

If you are confused regarding any dish or want some suggestion dont hesitate to ask the big fat owner who sits on the main desk and is quite helpful and informative on whatever his place serves.
One tip though, try to go to this place on some weekday after 8 pm say on monday or tuesday when the crowd on Colaba causway is really less, it will definately help in elevating ur mood.....wierd advice but i think it works.

2 Just by the Corner, Pali Hill Road, Bandra
the moment i entered here and saw the menu Board and the menu written on it....flash .it came to me that it was the same as that of Food court in E-Square Multiplex in Pune....
Immediately i made it for their Soup and Salad combo line.....
This place is a chirpy, come, take, eat , chat and go type Bandra place.
Serves Excellent Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Pastas, Pizzas,chinese, Indian fast food, Ice-creams, shakes, desserts etc etc.

But having experienced the Food court in E-Square, i opted for my fav. Soup and Salad combo.
A generous helping of the soup of the day + a more than generous heaping of salad ( which one does by himself), is more than enough to fill u up. Salad collection here is excellet, varying from ladyfinger and onion salad to simple russian and pasta salad or lettuce and greens with basil and flat mushrooms

other personal fav's are its pizzas and sandwiches but every time i go here i sucumb to their soup and salad combo....

Trust me your first time wont be ur last time here.
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Finally on this tuesday i decided to venture into Skinny's teritorry-

I went to Soam, opposite Babulnath Temple
Another of those eateries which serve authentic and unique gujarati & rajasthani fare ( very much modelled on the lines of famous Swati Snacks in Tardeo, though both have totally different dishes)

Few things that must be had here:

Kand ka cheela - pancakes made of shredded onion, coconut and yam served with green chutney and youghurt.

Kanda batata sambhariya with biscuit bhakri - gravy with small patatoes, pearl onions, coconut and herbs served with very crisp bhakris

fada ni khichdi - wheat gravel based porridge with lots of vegetables in it served with papad and youghurt.

Vatana pattice- vermacilli rolls with stuffing of green pea and mint.

Dal dhokli - Dhokla (steamed pancake of rice and pulse batter), soaked in dal.

Cheese spinach samosa - samosa filled with cheese and spinach

Surati Dal with rice - a very different kind of dal ( must say had an amazing taste ) with plain rice.

Each one of them especially kand ka cheela & kanda batata sambhariya were excellent.

Drinks were dissapointing, wont suggest anything to drink here.

Desserts were quite nice:

Kesariya jalebi - crunchy, hot, garnished with almonds and pistachio ..yummmm...if not better than that if Swati then is as good as that of Swati

Aamras - best in the town, that i have tasted yet....pure 100% alphanso

Fresh hand churned Mulberry icecream - superb.

In all it was a nice experience, and best thing was the traditional bronze thalis and utensils in which they served....same as the ones used in traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani homes.

If one makes a comparision of Soam with Swati then Soam still has to go a long way to catch up but still is a nice place.
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