A Day in Town: Two Cafes and Revolver Rani
Day in Town:
Moshe’s: The South of Bombay (or Mumbai as we now know it) has some of the most interesting, new or old/ fancy or casual/ party or quiet, dinner places which will take one, almost a year to find out. Being from the burbs (yea, dont f*****g judge me!!) visiting town has now drastically reduced after I quit my job at the Taj Mahal Palace. But since a few of my beautiful friends still live there, a visit,from time to time, is a must. On meeting her (One of my best friends from college) deciding on a place to eat was like choosing between s** or watching porn (You want both but cannot have it at the same time!!!). From The Pantry, to Spresso Gourmet Kitchen, we finally ended up at Cafe Moshe’s at Cuffe Parade, the original one.
From the outside it looked like a small eatery, but when you enter, you get to see a pretty huge restaurant and a very impressive wine collection!! My friend, who just left for New York, told me that the three weeks that she was in Bombay, she had come to Moshe’s 12 times!!!!! She simply loves the simplicity yet classy ambience of the place, and it is one of the best restaurants that serves a variety of vegetarian food (Oh them vezz eaters!!) On reading the menu, I agreed with her! F*** they have a lot of options when it comes to food!!!
The Cheese fondue was recommended by her, so we tried the Cheese fondue with Gremolata, green peppercorn, parsley and capers. This comes along with an assorted bread basket incuding lavash and pita. To fulfill my chicken craving I called for a small mezze platter, which had Hummus, Shawarma chicken and pita bread. While we waited for our order, I just couldn’t help but notice how vast their menu is!!!! I would need atleast 6-7 visits here, to try everything. Tthey have dishes ranging from Risotto/ Linguine pasta to Moroccan spiced Chicken broschettes. Mediterreanean 1-0-1 scenes is a simple way of describing the menu at Moshe’s. They also have an entire page dedicated to desserts and various teas from around the world!!
The Fondue arrived and it was love at first sight !!! It was served, in what looked like a small flower pot with a small candle, at the bottom that kept the cheese boiling. The fondue itself was topped with capers, peppercorns and parsley. The Foodie has always talks about the fondue at Moshe’s, but I didn’t listened to her. Maybe it is about time, I do 🙂 .The cheese itself was soft, flowy and did not have any weird smell (That’s what everyone thinks of fondue.) We dipped our cut bread into the cheese with the help of satay sticks. I was in half a mood, to just dip my fingers right into it but was stopped by my friend, who hit my hand and said “Bro this is not Andheri!!” I would generally take this to heart but this time I did not. The area is Cuffe Parade, people here wear gold jewelery because they think they are cool (not realising that is how Sindhis roll) where petrol costs almost double from anywhere in Bombay and where the Cafe Coffee Day charges 200 rupees for a double expresso; so I had no choice but to behave 🙂
Coming to the Hummus and Chicken, I would prefer the hummus to be more smooth, but the chicken was perfect!! Mixing both and eating it with pita bread, really got the whole dish together. I must mention though, the chicken did taste alot like Chili Chicken, but I am not complaining. After such a beautiful meal, we were set to call for dessert. And what is better than a chocolate dessert?? It was baked chocolate molten, which was in a creme caramel ramekin and was served with a simple vanilla ice cream. If I just got that small bowl of molten chocolate and ice cream everyday for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest person ever!!!! TOO BLOODY GOOD!!!!
This was a great way to start off my day in town, I will definitely be going back to sample more of their dishes, at least 6 times for sure!!!!!
Value for Money: 3.5
Revolver Rani —
Yes we know, what the hell is a foodblogger doing, writing about movies, but I, the Foodie must vouch for the fact, that the Chef is a crazy movie buff. He sees 3 movies back to back on his off days! (And clearly has no time for me @#$#*) Anyway he clarified that not all, but a few movies are worth mentioning, such that our followers can make sure they don’t make the same mistakes that the Chef makes, here is his review of Revolver Rani (Atleast of what he saw)
Star cast includes greats like Kangna Ranaut ( O_o), Vir Das and Piyush Mishra. To tell you the truth, three words sum this movie up, What The F***???? Yes, not only is it a question, it is also a statement. Frankly I have no idea, what the f**k was happening on the screen! Kangana, after her highly acclaimed role in Queen, does this movie, where she is trying her best to talk in that dialect and failing miserably (in my opinion). Also WHAT IS UP WITH THOSE METALLIC BRAS!? I have no idea, where she got them from and why she is wearing them. So the story goes (or so what I understood!!) is that Vir Das, enters a “Show your body off “contest in which Kangana is a judge (ofcourse!!) He wins the competition, her heart, has monkey s** with her, just to enter into Bollywood.
On the other hand, Kangana is this hard kicking, crazy a** shooting B****, who is also a politician (O_o) She loses the election, her spot in the assembly and ofcourse her clothes, and wants to get back at the Opposing partys’ leader (Zakir Hussain). So, she stands on top of the car, shooting her guns all over the place, and says a long a** speech which frankly I did not get. Cutting the long story short, she shoots, she strips and she f****. Oh and in the middle of all this, Vir Das is sleeping with some other firangi, after he gets Kangana pregnant, and some sting operation happens that brings down the party rules by Zakir Hussain. The only saving grace is Piyush Sharma, who tries to hold this movie, but the script and those metallic bras just f*** sh*t up!!! During the interval, I chose life!!!!
Cafe Universal: One of the few legendary places in the Fort area, Cafe Universal, with its arched entrances, Parsi style decor and a wide bar display promised to be a goldmine when it came to food. But was it as much as the hype was created by Zomato reviews and other friends, we went and checked it out.
The Chef: I have heard of Cafe Universal since my Jai Hind days, but never ever visited it. Since a lot of our friends work and stay in town, we decided to go to a new place (other than Deluxe) and Cafe Universal it was!! The menu on Zomato made my mouth water (It is watering now as I type!!) and since my new found love is for all things Beefy, I was hooked onto this place and had my expectations sky high. Problem number One: it was a hot evening, no air conditioned room available, I knew that this would be a tough night! The beers we ordered, became hot in a few minutes (We still called for 3 more) the ice in our glasses melted and the sweat patched around our armpits increased. Keeping this aside, we ordered the following: Sausages and fries, Universal Club Sandwich, Beef Burger, Chicken Burger, Mutton Dhansak, Beef Peking rice and Beef Chili. (Yep, we ate an entire Buffalo!!)
The drinks came in no time, followed by the Sausage Fries and Club Sandwich. The fries served here are old school, thick and home made. None of that frozen crap (They are soooo gonna sue us!!!) The club sandwich was a monster filling sandwich, layers of chicken, mayonnaise, beef grilled, fried egg and ofcourse cheese. All of the above went really well with the accompaniments on the table, the mustard sauce was exceptional!!! Sausage fries, I thought it could do with some more sausages and less fries and the sandwich was also nice, as u can see, nothing major to talk about.
Then came our mammoth meal, the HUGE Burgers, followed by the Dhansak and the Chinese preps. Talking about the burgers first, the Beef, was overcooked for my liking, the buns were too big and a little on the dry side, the cole slaw and one slice of cheese did make it a little moist, but they couldn’t save the burger. Three bites were consumed and the burger was packed. Coming the chicken, which was a tad bit better, but the problems were the same. A big bun, and too less meat compared to the bread, the patty was finished but the bun were left behind!!
The dhansak, which is generally a really flavourful rice preparation with a meaty dal accompaniment also was a bit of a let down. The rice had toooooo many whole garam masala pieces and lacked a whole lot of salt whilst the Dhansak gravy with mutton bits was nice and thick and pretty yummy. The Foodie, not being a beef eater, did can that mutton and the small kebab balls that came along with the rice.
Now coming to the winner, the Peking Beef rice and Beef Chili, was AMAZINGGGG!!! The beef peking fried rice was spot on, with flavor, spice and was very nice! The beef chili in its regualr chili soy sauce was wholesome and the beef pieces were huge! This dish was the saviour, it was wiped clean by all of us. I’m guessing this place is known for its chinese (Who f***ing knew) By the time we finished our meal, this place was bustling with foreigners and local office goers, who surprisingly did not mind the heat. My shirt was wet by the end of the meal, under the knee sweating scenes (those are the worst sweating scenes) were happening. Well maybe we ordered the wrong items, apart from the Sizzlers that were sizzling away on other customers’ tables, next time we should just stick to Chinese I guess, but no one can take anything away from this Legendary eatery.
Value for Money: 3.75