Grand Hyatt Mumbai

2015 was a fun year!

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We were awarded the IFBA award for Best Restaurant Review Blog, we got married (woohoo), and finally kicked off something we’ve been waiting for for a long time… We added in a ‘Travel’ section to our blog. 🙂

We started off with Goa in January, and we’ve got Calcutta, Chennai, Pune and Kerala on our calendar this year.

We got married on the 26th of December 2015 in a very private ceremony with just 12 people on the guest-list. So we were really happy that Grand Hyatt, Mumbai decided to host us for three days just a day after our wedding. We’ve had some of our most memorable dining experiences at their restaurants, so this just made it extra special.

We were won over with all the attention and warm greetings we got from the Hyatt associates upon our arrival. From day one we were made to feel like we were the only occupants in the entire hotel. But it was not just us, the staff there made sure that all the guests were treated warmly in a genuine way.

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Let us take you through the property! First, the ascending stairway to the lobby gives you a glimpse of how ‘grand’ it is going to get. Modern architecture fused with contemporary art makes for some really cool décor; all while fulfilling that expected 5-star flair. I have always wished to be around the team that handles the interiors; would love to watch them list, buy and place the beautiful pieces that adorn a 5 star hotel. Grand Hyatt, Mumbai has an impressive collection that of over 100 pieces of art. The hotel’s public area, sections of the lobbies and restaurants sort of transform into unique art galleries with specially commissioned installations curated by various artists.

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Our room. We were put up at a Grand Executive Suite. As you enter, you find yourself in a very cozy living room with a work desk and a window that gives you a good view of the city. The bath area looked really neat with the bathtub and shower, robes, toiletries, and everything required to ensure that you feel pampered at any given time of the day. Ah the Himalayan Bath Salts just works wonders if you just want to soak in and relax.

To our surprise, Grand Hyatt had a lovely bottle of Champagne placed in a bucket of ice, with two slender flutes and a platter of yummy chocolate cupcakes at our arrival. There was also a box of assorted chocolates that made us smile. We had three lovely days ahead of us and we couldn’t wait for it to begin.

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First stop! Lunch at Fifty Five East. Fifty Five East (FFE) remains one of our favourite restaurants in the city for brunches and buffets. With Indian, Thai, Lebanese and Japanese cuisine, you are spoilt for choice when you’re dining at FFE. The Big Brunch Sundays are the best thing to happen to any food lover. With a 50% discount on the rates, one can really enjoy their Sunday with a large group of friends or colleagues. They’ve also got a 20% off on online reservations all through the week. This time we had a light lunch though, had some amazing Sushi and Japanese food. Their Miso soup is to die for.

After lunch and a quick nap, we headed out for a tour of the hotel. We were mesmerized by the expanse of the property and how simple, yet artistic and modern the architecture was. The pieces of art in this hotel will have art lovers thoroughly engrossed; it is so beautifully showcased without disturbing the theme of the hotel. We were impressed to find out that the Grand Hyatt Plaza shopping center is spread over 100,000sq.ft. Be it haute couture, fine watches, exquisite jewellery and accessories, international fashion brands and lifestyle products, the Grand Hyatt Plaza opens doors to a whole new world of shopping. And hey, there’s an ATM too!

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We passed by the Gourmet Store and reminded each other to stop by later for their Signature Cold Coffee. We were told that it was something we had to try during our stay. We came back. Wow! We really recommend the Signature Cold Coffee. Their salads and sandwiches are hearty, healthy and delicious. The deli is stocked with an amazing selection of cheeses and cold meats; and even buy flowers. The choices seem endless. I reminisced of the time I used to rush to the Gourmet Store after work to pick up chocolate truffles for Joash. It made us smile. 🙂

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The next day started off with breakfast at Fifty Five East. Our first big breakfast as a newly married couple. It was GRAND! They really know how to bring their A game when it comes to serving kick ass breakfast. I think almost everyone who knows us knows how picky we are about breakfast, and we do take it pretty seriously; but one look at the beautiful roasted Ham and we know we are going to be defeated by that alone. J Here’s a picture of what went down that day, there were eggs, sausages, mushrooms, hash browns, cheese, ham, bacon, fresh fruits, juices, freshly baked croissants; the works. We were so full that we skipped lunch and ate dinner at around 11pm. #FoodComa

Our day was spent exploring the hotel. Climbing the 127 stairs that lead to the executive accommodation was one of the feats we accomplished. Here are a few pictures of the beautiful suites that you can check in to  and the lovely view of the Grand Hyatt Hotel–

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It was time for dinner, and Grand Hyatt’s Celini was on our mind. Celini opens for dinner at 7:30pm. Funny story, we had been trying to get our hands on the Paan Ice Cream that’s available at Grand’s Hyatt’s Indian restaurant, Soma, for a really long time. We inquired at Soma, but their kitchen would close at 11:55pm. So, we wouldn’t have been done with dinner at Celini by then, so we told them, maybe another time.

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We ordered our meal and completely lost track of the time; it was about 12:30am by the time we had finished dinner. As we were leaving Celini, our waiter asked us… “I heard you wanted to have the Paan Ice-cream at Soma. Their kitchen’s closed for the day now, but would you like us to send you the Paan Ice-cream to your room?” We were impressed. The restaurant manager at Soma had probably spoken to the manager at Celini about the Ice-cream. That’s excellent customer service. So we made our way back to our room, only to find a big bowl of Paan Ice Cream garnished with gooey Gulkhand at our door soon after we got back. We loved it. It was perfect for our late night movie marathon.

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At Celini we were left completely in awe of the décor. With paintings of moon dominating the interior, the cozy yet contemporary look makes for an ideal place for a romantic candlelit dinner. Known for it’s traditional Italian food with a modern twist, Celini tops as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city for us. The restaurant after operational hours transforms into an all night café. Here’s a gist of the meal we had.

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Besides Celini and Soma, the China House restaurant and lounge has won over many hearts with their spectacular food, great ambience and music. Chef Hermann Grossbichler does an excellent job overseeing all the kitchens at Grand Hyatt and ensures that the quality and the variety of dishes available are better every season.

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We also had a really good meal at the Lobby Lounge. They have premium selection of Eau de Vie and Indian single estate teas. We tried the Herbal Infusion Egyptian Camomile Tea with Herbs and it was unbelievably relaxing. We also had the Spanish Garlic Prawns and the Baked Cannelloni stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta cheese; and it tasted nothing like we’ve ever had before. Very impressive.

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A staycation is not complete without spending quality time at the spa. The Club Oasis Fitness centre & spa ensures that one is pampered and rejuvenated with their extensive range of relaxing treatments. The fitness centre is functional 24/7 and has the best equipment in the industry. The spa area includes beautiful spa suites, private showers, changing areas, steam and sauna rooms and whirlpool baths. They have various packages and some are exclusively for couples. We enjoyed 60 mins of pure bliss followed by some soothing ginger tea. We were transported to a place of complete tranquility.

Looking back at the time we spent at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai; I can only think of the lovely memories we made during our stay there. It’s a beautiful combination of excellent service, great food and warm people that would always bring us back. What truly touches your heart are the lil things, the attention to details, in everything they do that sets them a class apart. We love the spirit at Grand Hyatt and are happy to have experienced that first hand. Here’s to many more Grand memories at Grand Hyatt.

Fifty Five East, Grand Hyatt

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Right off the bat, we’d like to say, the Sunday Brunch at Fifty Five East is one of the best brunches in the city. Everything at Fifty Five East exudes brilliance and promises complete satisfaction.

We were there for the Longest Brunch on the 15th of August. Fifty Five East celebrated Independence day by hosting the longest brunch Mumbai has ever witnessed. They usually have just a Sunday brunch, called the Big Brunch which is priced at Rs 2855 (plus taxes) but as it was Independence Day on Saturday, they made it extra special. Starting as early as 11am, it went on till 11pm.

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The entrance to the restaurant was decorated with balloons and it was fun to see the staff dressed in traditional Indian attire, the theme ofcourse being tricolor. They had something fun and interesting for everyone who came to the restaurant. Huge red color dice ready to be pushed down the stairs. The fun part was, whatever number shows up, (multiplied by 10) magically became the discount you were entitled to on your total bill. There were table flags with percentages mentioned, you had to pick your number up and head to your table. As we walked down the stairs, we saw welcome drinks, swirl lollipops, bowls of gummy bears, jelly beans and mints, all sort of giving everyone a glimpse of the fun time that was in store for them.

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We were escorted to our table and every table was adorned with the Indian national flag. It was a beautiful sight with the tables well set; and then you look around and see the wide variety of food available to kick start your weekend. There were more than 150 items on the buffet (the ones that had a name card on), not counting the live chaat, the waffle/crepe station.

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If we had to talk about the cuisine, the buffet had everything from Indian to Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean and South East Asian. It had a lovely collection of cold cuts with cheese and an amazing selection of salads and veg/non-veg appetizers. It would be hard to miss the bar that stirred up every soul in the restaurant with their crazy concoctions. It looked spectacular with bottles of Jacob’s Creek wines and huge martini glasses with fun colored drinks, while the Chandon chilled on a section covered with ice. What was also interesting was there was their selection of beer, there was a huge Kingfisher barrel and three beers from Gateway Brewing Co that were available on tap – White Zen, SummerSault and Doppelganger.

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Now let’s talk about the food. While Joash enjoyed the stir fries and prawn crackers, I couldn’t keep myself away from the cheese and fresh cold cuts. We enjoyed the appetizers, our favourite was the lightly seared Salmon crusted with sesame seeds in soy sauce. We also loved the Parma Ham with grilled Peach and Arugula.

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I always love having Sushi at Fifty Five East; it is always fresh and delicious. We even tried the Prawn Sioyaki and the Miso soup with Garlic Fried Rice and we just couldn’t stop ourselves from having more.

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The Kheema Pav was a must have, kheema that almost melted in your mouth, with hot buttered pav, served on a banana leaf platter just won us over. It was rich and flavourful, lightly spiced and delicious. The kebabs looked beautifully cooked and the most of the curries were yum!

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We also tried the freshly made pizza. Our pick was the Parma Ham and Arugula and it was sooo good. Loved how the chef topped made sure there was a generous amount of Parma Ham. It was truly a treat.

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There were handmade pastas too; it was a lovely sight to see them hung on a wooden rack. The Fontina Cheese Ravioli which looked more like a tortellini was cooked perfectly with gooey cheesy lemon rosemary sauce enveloping it. They also had layered mixed vegetable lasagna. The Baked Fish with Tomato Salsa stood proud welcoming each guest with its lovely aroma. The guests could enjoy fresh pasta with sauces of their choice with a side of Boulanger Potatoes or Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant with Parsley Garlic Confit.

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There are so many dishes we haven’t mentioned in this post purely because there is no way we could have covered and review each item on the menu in one visit. We were stuffed beyond measure, and we hadn’t even been to the dessert counter yet.

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The mouth watering French pastries, cakes and tarts sort of made it simply irresistible. The tall chocolate fountain had virtually every kid at the restaurant gather around it with marshmallows and brownie pieces, waiting to dunk it in. Even we had a go! Once! Twice! Thrice! It was just so yummy. I never thought we’d say this but the waffles at Fifty Five East are now our favourite in Mumbai. I didn’t want to dress it up much, so went simple and got em with butter, maple syrup and whipped cream. Every bite was heavenly. The whipped cream was light and fluffy, not too sweet, letting the maple do its thing with the soft and warm waffles. They were a bit crispy on the edges, just the way we like it. We promised ourselves to start our brunch with this, the next time around and we could only imagine how the crepes tasted based purely on how perfect they looked. There were also quite a few traditional Indian sweets for those who wanted an extra dose of sweetmeat laden with dry fruit and ghee.

A few other desserts we tried were the cheesecake, the bailey’s chocolate tart with crunch, the brownie and the fresh melon tart, which was particularly very beautiful. Sigh! The options seemed endless.

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The ambience has always been great with really good hospitality; the staff were attentive and entertaining. Yes you read it right, they were entertaining too. In the middle of the brunch, when everyone was busy serving themselves, the entire staff broke into a dance where they all gather together and danced to Gangnam Style! It was fun to see even the chefs join in. They did this a couple of times and we saw even the guests enjoying and dancing with them. It was indeed a celebration, a celebration of freedom and some great food. We see Fifty Five East as one of the finest restaurants in Mumbai with food quality that is top notch and great service. Even the kids had their own play area with balloons and toys with staff who were specially assigned to baby sit them while the parents enjoy their meal.  We loved the buffet, and it’s an experience that you would most certainly enjoy. We really enjoyed our time at the longest brunch, though food defeated us, and we left at about 7pm, we saw everyone having fun right up until the time we left.

The Angrezi Pub

When we were invited to The Angrezi Pub we knew we’d be in for a great time. We had heard from friends that they served up some pretty decent finger food; so we really were looking forward to having a enjoyable Sunday evening.

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The ambience is that of a classic British pub with tufted sofas, and really cool décor with dim lights all over the pub. We didn’t expect the place to be this spacious. They had a really long bar which looked well stocked, and a separate lounge area with a pool table, for those who preferred spending an evening having a couple of drinks and playing pool. The volume on the speakers in the main area were turned up, and the band for the evening was busy setting up for their live performance. We were introduced to the owners, Anuradha Dangat and Chaitanya Manwatkar and the Manager – Operations, Atul Salve who then escorted us to our table. It was nice to see the table all set for us. We were looking forward to having a great night. A few minutes after we were seated, the band, called Bandstand, took over the stage area. We were handed a couple of menus, which were specially designed for us showcasing their best sellers.

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We started off with a couple of cocktails, the Good Morning Angrezi (Rs 600), a fresh concoction made with vodka and cucumber and AJA (Rs 600) which had pineapple with a hint of lemongrass. This was served with a fun jar of Channa Masala (Rs 220), chana jor garam style. It sort of reminded us of the good old days of chana jor garam at Juhu beach; it was spicy, salty and sour.

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And then, the starters arrived. Crispy Thread Chicken (Rs 300), Golden Phyllo Bites (Rs 260), and Malai Broccoli Tandoori (Rs 280).

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The Crispy Thread Chicken lived upto our expectation; a lovely golden brown, and fried to perfection. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the chicken was cooked well. We enjoyed it with the Schezwan sauce that was served with it.

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The Golden Phyllo Bites were a pleasant surprise. The phyllo pastry sheets were baked like mini open parcels that had mushroom and parmesan cheese. We loved the technique used, that made it so easy to eat. It was light, scrumptious and delicious. Definitely a must have.

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The Malai Broccoli Tandoori were a revelation. Wow! We were gob smacked by how broccoli florets were made to taste so yummy. They were grilled with the malai/cheese marinade and were slightly charred adding just the right amount of smokiness. They were cooked well, and were lipsmackingly good. We fell in love with broccoli and would have asked for another portion if we didn’t already have a lot of food coming our way. I can barely wait to try making this at home. It is one dish that shouldn’t be missed.

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The night was young, and soon our next set of drinks made their way to our table. We had the Margarita (Rs 500) and a Bourbon based signature drink called 42-43 Degrees C (Rs 650). Another cocktail that was simply superb was the called the Watermelon Man (Rs 500); a drink made with watermelon juice and Bacardi Black. Loved it.

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We had the Chow Chow Prawns (Rs 460) and the Chicken Herbed Strips (Rs 310) next. The Chow Chow Prawns were butterflied prawns that were crumb fried, and topped with a chilli garlic and spring onion dry sauce. It was fresh and cooked really well. It was served with a spicy sauce that went well with it. This was our second favourite dish of the evening and we ended up asking for a second portion.

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The Chicken Herbed Strips were again a crumb fried dish. The chicken strips were mildly herbed and coated with breadcrumbs and fried. It was good in itself, served with a spicy mayo dip. I found it a tad too oily.

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We were almost full and didn’t want to get a sizzler, so we opted for the three-cheese pizza (Rs 450), topped with chicken, olive and onion. It was a thin crust pizza loaded with cheese. It was pretty decent but the starters we’d had before had already set a high benchmark for our taste buds.

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But we had an amazing time. The vibes, the energy and the liveliness of the pub would have anyone grooving. The music was fun, and the food was amazing, far exceeding our expectations. The manager mentioned the themes for each day of the week, including live bands, karaoke & DJ nights.

We highly recommend The Angrezi Pub if you’re looking to spend an evening with friends. They’ve got excellent food, good drinks and a great ambience.

Special thanks to @nuvofoodies for the invitation to review The Angrezi Pub.

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Indigo Deli

Whenever I find myself craving steak, I immediately end up thinking of just one restaurant – Indigo Deli. One of the few restaurants who truly understand the words “medium rare”. They also happen to serve some of the best sandwiches in the city. I was excited to be invited to try out the preview of the new Indigo menu.

It was called the “The Community Table at the Deli”. The concept is interesting, an unlimited 5 course lunch menu for a group of 6-12 people at Rs 899 + taxes, per person from Monday to Friday. The menu comprises of a non alcoholic pitcher, a soup from the Day Specials Menu, a choice of two salads, a pizza, two mains and any two desserts from the menu.

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The ambience at the Deli has always been warm and cozy, and I was happy to see the way the “Community Table” was set when I got there. With fresh flowers and candles as centre pieces, it looked absolutely lovely. The warm bread basket that is served with butter always wins my heart with how well it’s made, the bread is always fresh, warm soft crumb with a beautiful golden brown crust.

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I was excited to try the Virgin Sangria, but was let down as it was nothing but iced tea with chopped apple pieces. The Green Apple and Cinnamon Iced Tea was also not up to my liking as the cinnamon flavor completely overpowered the drink. For me the Orange and Sweet Lime Mojito was clearly the winner as it was simple, citrusy and true to its name. The Watermelon and Basil Mojito was also a hit at the table. I didn’t want to experiment and stuck to the same drink throughout the evening.

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We were then served the Creamy Potato Soup with Garlic Chive Pistou with a side of bacon for the non-vegetarians. Pistou is actually a condiment, and in this case it was made of garlic chive and should’ve been served on the creamy potato soup instead of being mixed in it. I am not going to question the technique involved in making this soup, but for me, it was just a plain creamy potato soup with chives in it. The bacon definitely helped. My final thoughts on the soup; meh.

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Then came the salads. We chose the Panzanella, Caesar and Grilled Vegetable Salad. The Grilled Vegetable Salad was delicious and stood out compared to the other two as the honey mustard dressing went really well with the grilled vegetables.

I was still waiting though, for something from the new menu, to blow me away in true Indigo fashion. But it was a mediocre ride as far as the food was concerned so far. And then the pizzas arrived.

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I have never really liked thin crust pizzas, but now, I am a fan. The “Wafer-thin pizzas” were simply superb, airy and light. We tried Sundried Tomato, Olives and Capers/Creamy Mushroom and Spinach in Veg and Spanish Chorizo/BBQ Chicken and Cheddar. The Spanish Chorizo and the Mushroom and Spinach pizza were my favorite. You can never go wrong with meat at Indigo and quality of the chorizo stood out exceptionally, the combination of mushroom and creamed Spinach (my first) on a pizza was brilliant.

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From the mains, I loved the Risotto of Braised Fennel, Cherry Tomato and Saffron with Anise Butter and the Onion seed crusted Norwegian Salmon with Fenugreek Pilaf, Buttered Beans and Chili Oil.

The Braised Fennel, Cherry Tomato and Saffron Risotto was served with dollops of anise butter, it was rich creamy and cooked al dente. Just perfect. The Onion seed crusted Norwegian Salmon with Fenugreek Pilaf was interesting and delicious but there was no uniformity in thickness of the fillets. Taking into consideration that when uneven pieces of fish are cooked together, some pieces are bound to be overcooked. Fortunately, the one I picked was moist and slightly pink in the centre, just the way I like it. The Sea Salt Grilled Chicken that was garnished with fresh Rosemary served with Red Wine Jus, Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables was also a hit at the table. Pasta lovers also enjoyed the Fusilli that was made in Pesto cream and the Farfalle with a three-mushroom ragout.

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We were overwhelmed with the variety and the portions of each dish that was served, yet we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the dessert. We were served the Chocolate Ganache Cake, Cream Cheese Brownie, Hazelnut Mousse Cake and Baked Blueberry Cheesecake. In ice-creams, we were served the Belgium Chocolate, Blueberry and Mint, Rum and Raisin and Strawberry Cheesecake.

I loved the Hazelnut Mousse Cake the most as it was airy and light, topped with hazelnut praline and served on caramel. The Cream Cheese Brownie was a bit hard for my liking. The Baked Blueberry Cheesecake was not impressive and the Chocolate Ganache Cake was cold, I would’ve enjoyed it more if it was served at room temperature. I absolutely loved the Belgium Chocolate ice-cream, it was rich and a little bitter. Everyone loved the Strawberry Cheesecake ice-cream.

I had a lot of fun catching up with everyone over dinner. I would also like to thank the staff for their excellent service especially Wilander for taking really good care of us.

This menu is currently available at their Ghatkopar, Malad and Bandra outlets. It’s definitely a good option for those special team lunches and kitty parties or even just a bunch of friends looking to hang out over good food.

Vicinia

Vicinia is a haven for anyone looking for a place to unwind after a busy working day. With very few options available in and around Kemps Corner, this cozy little all day eatery and bar gives you everything you need for a fun evening.

We went on Saturday evening to tryout their new menu. We were also joined by Gaurish Rangnekar, a partner at Vicinia and two PR reps.

The décor, is rustic with dim lights; has high chairs and tables, a rack of beer mugs, books, wines and collectibles. What impressed me the most about this place is the bar which boasts of an extensive array of wines and cocktails on offer. Every cocktail I tried reflected the experience and passion Gaurish had being a graduate from the New York Bartending School.

We all let Gaurish recommend Vicinia’s signature cocktails as the appetizers made their way from the kitchen to our table.

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I started off with the Seafood Bisque. It was light and mellow with subtle flavors of the sea. It had pieces of prawns and calamari which were cooked perfectly. It felt very comforting as it had rained all evening.

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Then I tried the Chicken Skewers. It was a nice snack that would go well with drinks, it had spicy kick to it.

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Next was the Wine Poached Pear Salad. It was lovely, the walnuts added a lil crunch to the dish. The pear was poached really well.

Wine Poached Pear

I loved the Smoked Salmon and Arugula Salad, it was fresh and well balanced. Even the earlier salad wasn’t sloppy as I’ve come to expect it at so many other restaurants. I loved the onion rings that were caramelized in balsamic vinegar.

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Ah the Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crostini. It was garnished with toasted pine nuts. It was scrumptious and the mint leaves added the much needed freshness to the whole dish.

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The Beetroot Hummus with Lavash. This was kinda disappointing as it didn’t taste anything like beetroot, it was like a regular hummus but pink in colour. However the lavash was crispy and it made a good fun snack to munch on.

Beetroot Hummus with Lavash

Then came one of my favorite combos, Prawns Wrapped in Bacon, drizzled with balsamic glaze. It was perfect in every sense, bacon makes everything taste good and the prawns were fresh and succulent.

Prawn wrapped in Bacon

The Roasted Beetroot, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad. This was a dish that had an unusual twist and I had never tried this combination before. It was certainly the best plated dish of the evening. Garnished with orange rind, pine nuts and drizzled with honey, it was a combo unheard of and every scoop of this salad was brilliant.

Roasted Beetroot Orange & Goat Cheese Salad

The Seafood Pizza was an instant hit at the table, the crust was crisp and it was topped with prawns and calamari. Simply Perfect!

Seafood Pizza

The Lamb and Scarmoza Tarts were like little bites of heaven, the lamb perfectly cooked with melted cheese and oh so crumbly tart. Again a crowd pleaser. I absolutely loved it.

Lamb & Scarmoza Tart

The Beer Battered Fish and Chips were a classic. An old school bar snack, crispy on the outside and seasoned to perfection. The only thing I’d change about it would be the thickness of fish, I would have liked it a tad thinner.

Fish & Chips

The Spinach Ravioli. A huge let down. It was ravioli smothered with white sauce and sprinkled with saffron. It was not seasoned and the saffron didn’t really add anything to the dish.

Spinach Ravioli

The Chicken Schnitzel was absolutely scrumptious. Crumb fried yet soft in the middle. It was served with mushroom.

Chicken Schnitzel

When we were served the Mushroom Risotto for the first time, it had a really good mushroom flavour. The only thing that was out of place was that it was garnished with fennel which was not at all required. Also, the rice was mushy and not al dente; so we asked the waiter to get us another serving. It is very difficult to get the consistency right and a lot of restaurants fail when it comes to serving great risottos. But then we got the second helping and it was perfect. The rice had a bite to it.

Mushroom Risotto

Then came the Potato Roesti which was was smothered with a mild sauce with veggies and fragrant basil leaves. It was crunchy and tasty and was an instant hit. Everyone at the table enjoyed it.

Potato Roesti

Finally, dessert was served. The Molten Lava Cake which was perfectly goey in the middle was served with vanilla ice-cream. Well even though I was stuffed to my hearts content I just couldn’t say no. It was near perfection.

Molten Lava Cake

To our surprise, Gaurish who had been recommending cocktails all evening, pulled out another concoction from his hat.  The Chocolate Cake Shot. It looked like a normal kamikaze but boy we were blown away. It actually tasted as if I was eating a chocolate hazelnut cake. It was interesting and certainly brought a smile on all our faces before we left.

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I would totally recommend this place for these following things –

  1. Excellent selection of cocktails & wine.
  2. Cozy café bar, great ambience, great music.
  3. AN ALL DAY BREAKFAST MENU! I can’t wait to come back for some awesome breakfast.
  4. Good food and a great host!

P.S. Starting this Saturday, 22nd September till 5th October, Vicinia will showcase more than 30 international beers and some great German food in their Oktober Fest, so don’t miss it!