So it has been a busy couple of weeks. Visiting different places around town, some on invitations, some out of pure curiousity. But we thank Gourmet It Up for keeping us on our toes and for keeping our taste- buds and tummies very happy. Why? We were chosen to be a part of the ‘Follow The Foodie’ programme which is organized by Gourmet It Up every month. So we signed up to go tasting their curated menus from three of their restaurants, around town. Cool, right?
The first of the lot was Byblos Bar and Kitchen, which has derived its name from a Mediterranean port city in Lebanon, which is believed to have been occupied from the 8000 BC, and is suggested to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world! Its location being a port, became a cross section not just for trade, but also for spices, cultures and most important, food. Their cuisine has been influenced by Arabic, Spanish and Mediterranean empires and kingdoms. A twist of fate made Gourmet It Up, pair us up with the beautiful Byblos, closer to home and which happens to be situated in Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel (The restaurant is situated right next to the Sai Service shop)
The last couple of years has been mainly about Home-brews and brunches in Mumbai. Breweries such as Barking Deer and The White Owl were the first few to spring up, serving a variety of home-made beers and ciders. In the Burbs, Brewbot opened its doors in the second half of 2014, but they still do not have the licenses to make their own brews 😦 So the owners, Anand, Ansh and Ketan started the place irrespective, serving some lip-smacking dishes and a great variety of cocktails to their guests. Since the Chef used to work just two units away, he has tried a few of their dishes, like the succulent Grilled Chicken Breast and a thin-crust Ham and Olive pizza. The Bombay Foodies were at Brewbot to check out their Absolut Sunday Brunch and trust us, when we saw the menu we knew we were in for a treat!
Brewbot is a little on the expensive side when it comes to F&B, but then quality of ingredients and in-house food items do deserve a price tag. But wait, we went for the Sunday Brunch which is priced at 1200++ ( Food and Mocktails only, Wines + KF Beers @ 1500++ and for Absolut based cocktails its at 1800++) which, we feel, is very reasonable for the amount of items on the menu! Continue reading “Brunchin’ at BrewBot, Andheri (W).”
The Chinese New Year Celebrations have begun all over the city, and here are a few noteworthy mentions:
Noodle Bar Outlets:
To commemorate the Chinese New Year 2015, Noodle Bar is celebrating the Year of the Goat with traditional Chinese Dishes. The Year of the Goat brings in a wealth of sumptuous dishes, fusing modern flavours with Chinese heritage to find that perfect Yin-Yang balance. Indulge in an unforgettable experience of majestic culinary exploration that Noodle Bar has to offer with its limited edition Chinese New Year Menu. Kick-start your journey with an assortment of mouth-watering appetizers such as the Chinatown Style Fish, Crispy Citrus Chicken, Mongolian Babycorn and Tai Ching Cottage Cheese. Dig into the various options of delectable non-vegetarian main course dishes such as the Saldo Chicken, Coriander Prawns with Mango Ginger, and equally tantalizing options for veggie lovers such as the Stir-fried Pok Choy with Cottage Cheese and Black Mushroom with Bamboo Shoots that are sure to delight your senses. Lastly, satiate your sweet-tooth craving with the sinful Date Pancakes.
In 2014 we saw a lot of Molecular Cocktails, we saw Mumbai’s first brewery start up and a lot of stress given to inviting bloggers/ Instagrammers/ Zomato reviewers to check out their restaurants. These trends mentioned below are what the folks at Bombay Foodies think should be introduced or some that are already introduced and are getting there.
Valentines is just a day away, and mentioned here a few things that you could try with your loved ones. Unlike last year, where we told you activities that one could do in the different suburbs, this time we are concentrating on a few things that we think are worth doing! And this is of course all over Mumbai (Bombay) so don’t be afraid Foodies, hope you choose something from the following and do write to us! (Do it for the love of food, don’t get caught holding hands — You will end up married!!)
1) The Marriott: Well we are a little biased towards this group of hotels, but what can we do, we really love their service-food-decor and everything they do for their guests! Love is in the air at JW Marriott Mumbai this February with a range of bespoke and elegant romantic experiences designed to ensure that you have the most memorable Valentine’s Day celebration with your loved one.
Neha Chaudhary is a young Chef who studied at the French Culinary Institute in America and later on trained and worked at the JW Marriott. She is a home baker who has started a small business of hers called Onesta Confections. Onesta mean “Honesty” in Italian. AND HONESTLY HER PRODUCTS (Namely Gourmet Popcorn, Chocolates and Cheesecakes which she sent) KICK F*CKING ASS !!!! She sent across … Continue reading Onesta Confections — They give the humble Corn a POP!!
Sula Fest is back, bigger and better. The eagerly awaited Gourmet World Music Festival. With 2 days left for it to go, here is everything you need to know about the fest. For everyone who is planning it last minute, planned it due to peer pressure but have no clue what it is all about, or are obssessed enough to read about it on every online … Continue reading Sula Fest 2015- Things you need to know (If you don’t already)