August Moon Festival, China Inc – Taj Santacruz Mumbai

 

Having celebrated Joash’s birthday a week ago, dining at China Inc at Taj Santacruz was a perfect way to end what was already an awesome week. We were so happy to be back, this time, to kickstart the mid-autumn festivities. Interestingly, the August Moon Festival is the second most celebrated festival in China after the Chinese New Year. Taj Santacruz Mumbai have once again come up with a promotion that celebrates just that.

The menu for this festival is specially designed to showcase the seasonal ingredients with a few favourites that everyone absolutely loves at China Inc.

We started off with an amuse bouche, which gave us a preview of how the rest of our meal was going to pan out. Here’s what we had and we highly recommend you to try these too.

Vegetable and Cheese Dumpling

Spinach and Crab Crystal Dumpling

Crispy Pumpkin Roll

Who doesn’t love a box of steaming hot dimsum? This menu has a clever mix of dim sum, with steamed dumplings, deep fried rolls and pan fried options. It would be difficult to pick out a favourite as they were all equally outstanding. At China Inc, we definitely saw more refinement in the way dumplings were made than before and boy they were sumptuous! The Crispy Pumpkin Roll and the Spinach and Crab Crystal dumplings are an absolute must have!

Crispy Supreme with Lemon Sauce

Lotus Root stuffed with Glutinous Rice

Silken Tofu with Tangy Peanut Sesame Dressing

Mountain Chilli Chicken

Mushroom in Black Pepper Sauce

Turnip Cakes

Winter Melon and Morel Broth

Peking Chicken Soup

Crispy Prawns with Oats and Curry Leaves

For appetizers, the Crispy Crumb Supreme served with Lemon Sauce had us weak at the knees; and the Lotus Root stuffed with Glutinous Rice left us wanting more. Both these dishes definitely stood out from all of the appetizers we tried. If you fancy soups, the light Winter Melon and Morel Broth is a clear winner. We just couldn’t stop ourselves from smiling when our favourite Prawns with Oats and Curry Leaves was served, some temptations are just hard to resist! If you haven’t tried this dish at China Inc, then we just gave you another reason to visit this beautiful restaurant.

Sautéed Crab with Snow White Bean Threads

Stir Fried Udon Noodles in Burnt Chilli, Black Bean and Vegetables

Wok Tossed Sticky Rice, Marbled Egg served in Lotus Leaf

Seasonal Vegetables in Lemon Chilli Sauce

The mains were simple yet so brilliantly put together. What we love about China Inc is how they treat each ingredient and showcase it’s honest flavours without being heavy on spices or sauces. The Wok-tossed Sticky Rice with marbled Eggs served in Lotus leaf is perfumed with a hint of truffle and simply elevates eating each spoonful a pure delight. The Sticky Rice went really well with the Chilli Hoisin Chicken and the seasonal vegetables in Lemon Chilli Sauce. Another favourite of ours for the evening was the Sautéed Crab Meat with Snow White Mung Bean Threads. Sublime!

We paired our meal with a bottle of ‘Nik Weis St Urbana-Hof’ Riesling.

King Longans

Mooncake

Sago Pudding

What’s an August Moon Festival without Mooncakes?! We enjoyed Moon Cake, which was a part of the dessert trio. It was simply scrumptious; crumbly on the outside, and dense with red bean goodness on the inside. (We’ve got a soft spot for moon cakes 😀 ) The red bean filling makes it perfect for those who enjoy their dessert with just a hint of sweetness. The King Longans were nice and the delicate flavours of the Coconut Sago Pudding was just the perfect way to end our meal.

This special menu is a perfect blend of the flavours of authentic Chinese cuisine during the harvest season. Chef Vikram Milhoutra’s team have yet again done an amazing job in executing these dishes. Every dish not only looked picture perfect but tasted absolutely delicious; Rarely do we have a meal where we’ve been impressed with every single dish that we’ve eaten. QWe highly recommend you to try the August Moon Festival at China Inc, Taj Santacruz. It lasts till the 9th of October, 2017.

Golden Dragon, Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai and Ming Yang, Taj Lands End Mumbai are also celebrating this festival with a special menu.

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.

Jamavar, The Leela Mumbai

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Majestic, Impressive and Elegant are three words that sum up our experience at Jamavar. We were invited to try the ongoing festival “3 States” by Chef Surender Mohan that showcases delicious south Indian fare from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. We were also happy to see a couple of dishes from Kerala. Chef Mohan had designed set menus for both veg and non veg; priced at Rs. 3550 plus taxes per person. They also have an a la carte menu. The festival is on until the 15th of this September.

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The Leela Mumbai, has always had beautiful décor. We’ve been to Citrus and the Lobby Lounge a bunch of times so we were excited to try Jamavar, their Indian fine dining restaurant. As soon as we got to the restaurant, we were spellbound with its grandeur. Chandeliers, big glass bowls with flowers and candles. Everything about Jamavar screamed royalty. With hues of red, gold and ivory; the décor was enchanting. Anup Yadav, the manager of the restaurant escorted us to our table. The ambient lighting and the soothing music was apt for a fine dining experience. Our table looked beautiful with traditional Indian silk table runners, silver cutlery, and silver charger plates that were lined with white cloth. Everything looked regal. We could barely wait for our meal to begin.

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A big bowl of assorted papads with chutney and pickle were brought to our table, so that we could munch on them while going through the elaborate menu. They did a really good job with the menu. It showed the time and effort that went into organizing this festival.

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We were then served appetizers. Clockwise, Aloo Gadda Vepudu – Fried Potatoes with Masala and Andhra spices (Andhra), Meen Karuvepillai Melagu Varuval – Grilled King Fish marinated with Curry Leaves & Pepper (Tamil Nadu), Uppu Kari – Lamb cooked in dry Chettinad spices (Tamil Nadu), Kari Kaidina – Deep Fried Chicken marinated with Ginger Garlic paste.

The platter looked very appetizing with small portions of each dish served with sliced onion, carrots and mint leaves.The fried potatoes with Andhra spices were surprisingly fun to eat, it was a bit tangy and the baby potatoes were covered with the punchy masala. Delicious! The grilled fish was fresh but was not seasoned well and we would’ve loved a lil more curry leaves and pepper on it. The dry lamb cooked in Chettinad spices was lipsmackingly good. Robust flavours, and well cooked lamb with loads of curry leaves, we loved it. The flavours of the deep fried chicken was fairly new to Joash. Being a south Indian, I could only gloat about how south Indians fry their chicken. It was Joash’s favourite that evening. It was really well made.

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A palate cleanser, and a definite must have! Kothamali Rasam (Tamil Nadu) (Rs 475). It blew our minds. It was served piping hot and was strained, so that the guests enjoy it without the tempered whole spices or aromatics disrupting your experience of enjoying the Rasam. Every sip was divine. It was perfect.

Soon the mains were served. Anup recommended that a Sangiovese would really go well with the meal, so I tried a glass of the medium bodied wine and I had no complains. We also had tall glasses of coconut water that went perfectly well with our meal. For main course, we had Chapala Munakai Koora (Andhra) – tangy and spicy fish curry with drumsticks, Kari Vellai Kurma (Tamil Nadu) – mutton prepared in cashewnut gravy,  Madras Chicken Curry (Tamil Nadu) – a traditional spicy chicken curry with coconut gravy, Avial (Tamil Nadu) – mixed vegetables with coconut and cumin, Sambhar (Tamil Nadu) and Bisi Bele Huli Anna (Karnataka) – lentil and rice cooked with vegetables. The gravies were accompanied by Appams, Mini Dosas and Veechu Parotha (Tamil Nadu). We also tried Eral Thukku (Tamil Nadu) (Rs 1645) from the al la Carte menu – prawn cooked in onion and tomato gravy, which was from the a la carte menu.

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Our favourites were – the Madras Chicken Curry; thick coconut gravy with well cooked chicken went really well with the dosas. We loved the Mutton gravy that was made with cashewnuts, it was white in color and the meat was cooked beautifully; very mellow and flavourful. The Bisi Bele Huli Anna was cooked in ghee and was very fragrant and we enjoyed having it piping hot. The dosas and appams were fluffy but the Veechu Parotha, a flakier and softer version of Malabar Parotha; stole the show. It was really good.

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For dessert we were served, Anna Payasam (Karnataka) – raw rice cooked in milk and dry fruits and Pradhaman (Kerala) – rice flakes/lentil cooked in coconut milk and jaggery. Both desserts were OK, the first one was a plain kheer and the second one was a little too sweet to enjoy. Both were traditional south Indian dessert but they failed to impress our palates, we were expecting something more complex than plain jane kheer.The manager got us a paan platter! It had three paans, Kolkatta, Banarasi and the sweet Beeda paan from Andhra, they source the paan from a guy at Fort who is the only one in the city to prepare this version of south Indian sweet paan. It was a perfect ending to an superb meal.

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The service was impeccable; hats off to the staff and Anup, the restaurant manager at Jamavar, who did a brilliant job at making our evening a memorable one. We had a wonderful time and recommend this experience to every foodie out there. The 3 States Festival should not be missed. 🙂

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.

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.

Seafood Bisque

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!