Valentines 2015 — Where to go and What (Not-So-Naughty) things to do!!

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.

 

Bespoke Experience: Monsoon Deck Or Thai Pagoda
JW Marriott Mumbai will offer an opulent experience for couples who like to celebrate in style. This experience includes a BMW/Audi pick-up and drop, an exclusive table set up, live music on request, bouquet of preferred flowers, fireworks, champagne/sparkling wine, a Chef degustation Menu, a personal Chef, an experience designer to create the experience and personalized memorabilia to relive this occasion.

*Price on request

V Day Treats at the Bombay Baking Company:
Celebrate your journey of love with sweet indulgences at the Bombay Baking Company. Chef Savio Fernandes has endeavored to make your Valentine’s Day sweeter with specially created desserts which will be available at the Bombay Baking Company from 1st to 15th February 2015. His Valentine’s Day creations include custom made cakes in flavors like Raspberry Alkazart, Pistachio Blondie and Chocolate Chip Walnut Brownie, Valentine Eclairs, Lollies, Cookies, Red Velvet Elements, Love Domes and Love Tubs to name a few. 

Desserts and Cakes at BBC
Desserts and Cakes at BBC

Spoil your loved one with a chocolate surprise at the Bombay Baking Company’s exclusive of Chocolate Buffet which will include 20 different varieties of tempting desserts comprising of Hot Chocolate, Soufflés, Chocolate Drinks, Mousses, Domes, Truffles, Designer Cakes, Verrines, Dense Chocolate Almond Cake and Chocolate Tarts. The buffet is priced at INR 1,500 plus taxes.

Dining Specials
JW Marriott Mumbai sets the perfect mood to enjoy a delicious meal with your loved one with its romantic ambiance and breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea. Delight your valentine with a sumptuous candlelight dinner at the hotel’s specialty restaurants on 14th February 2015.

Spices
Spices

Lotus Cafe: Enjoy a beautiful afternoon as you relax with your better half at the Lotus Cafe lunch buffet priced at INR 1,950 plus taxes. Lotus Cafe will also host a dinner buffet where you can savor delicacies like Curried Crab And Coconut Soup, Sausage Embedded Beef Terrine, Sweet Carrot Jelly, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Truffle Roast Chicken And Lobster Pancetta Tortellini served with unlimited sparkling wine and premium spirits. The alcoholic buffet is priced at INR 3,750 plus taxes and the non- alcoholic buffet at INR 2,650 plus taxes.

Lotus Cafe
Lotus Cafe

Arola: The Spanish specialty restaurant by Two-Michelin Star Chef Sergi Arola will serve up a 4 course set menu comprising of authentic tapas, mains and dessert including a glass of Rossini. The set menu is priced at INR 3,250 plus taxes. Spices, Mezzo Mezzo & Saffron will also offer Chef’s Special 4 course set menus which will include a glass of Rossini to celebrate the Valentine spirit. The set menus are prices at INR 2,950 plus taxes.

Arola
Arola

2) At SMAAASH: Smaaash has a plethora of activities lined up to ensure an exciting and fun filled celebration of love throughout the day. From a special Valentine’s menu to thrilling games, the unlimited choices will sweep you off your feet. Try out a game of Twilight Bowling as the Ladies in the house get to bowl free and determine your love quotient by indulging in a romantic, easy laze play with your partner.

Experience exciting games and attractions followed by some special time together as you sip through Bazinga’s Valentine’s Day Special cocktails, featuring drinks infused with romance, chocolate and the colour red. Raise a toast with sweet and delicious concoctions of the Rasberry Chocolate Kiss Cocktail, a must try for all love birds. For the ultimate romantics try the gorgeous bright red My Valentine Cocktail which is a blend of Passion fruit and raspberry fill with sparkling wine.

Offer on Bowling- Rs 400 (Couples), till 5.p.m

Timings: 11 am onwards

3) House of Asia: House of Asia at the Mirador Hotel is hosting a very traditional Kashmiri Wazwan starting today until Feb 16 as a Valentine’s day special. We would love to host you and your friend for an authentic Kashmiri experience.

The Chefs have been flown down form Kashmir to give you a taste of their specialties. Some of the dishes off the menu include:

Qabargaah (Kashmiri Muslims commonly refer to this dish as Tabakhmaaz): generally prepared by these ingredients  lamb riblet,Milk ,fennel powder,powdered ginger,  asafoetida, cinnamon, cloves, Salt and Ghee

Goshtaba: its a meat ball curry fried and cooked in ginger and yogurt gravy with addition of cumin powder, coriander powder and kashmirichilli powder.

Lyodur Tschaman: Lyodur means turmeric and tschman means cottage cheese. its a vegetarian dish in which cottage cheese is cooked in yellow turmeric gravy

Rogan Josh: a lamb based dish, cooked in a gravy seasoned with liberal amounts of Kashmiri chillies (in the form a dry powder), ginger (also powdered), asafoetida and bay leaves among other ingredients. Due to the absence of onions, yoghurt is used as a thickener, and also to reduce the heat and marry the spices in the gravy. This dish is the most commonly cooked dish using lamb meat in Kashmiri cuisine.

House of Asia
House of Asia

​4) ​5 The Restaurant:

5 The Restaurant has re-opened in the by-lanes of Khar, the new 5 promises to offer a progressive, casual dining experience and comfort gourmet cuisine. With an eclectic menu offering, the restaurant features New World cuisine, in an ambient setting, paired with fine wines. The vibe is pleasing and light-hearted. Also featuring a stylish bar that accentuates rustic decor, offbeat lighting, decorative displays and artwork, the contemporary all day bar blends spotlessly with the restaurant’s thoughtful interiors. Celebrate your love at our restaurant which is regularly recognized as a top romantic dining destination.  Profess your loved ones at 5 The Restaurant with our mouth watering Valentine Menu paired with lovely wines.

Tomato and Potato Soup
Tomato and Potato Soup

Creating memorable moments over an upscale dining experience is the restaurant’s specialty. The restaurant’s intimate atmosphere and scrumptious meal provide couples with plenty of time to make lasting memories as they enjoy fresh salads, unique entrees and romantic desserts. Food and ambiance that will just make you fall in love all over again!

For those who want to stay in and have romantic meal we have a few recommendations for you’ll as well.

iCHef.in — Because IChef and I Can!!

What if we told you that there is a company that will give you exact measurements, all ingredients and even the protein (Meat fish etc.) at your doorstep? Would you cook food then? Make a beautiful meal for your loved ones!! Ladies and Gentlemen we would like to introduce to you, ichef.in a website that has a variety of dishes for you’ll to choose from and they will measure and pack everything and send it to your doorstep, all you have to do is go on their website and order!!! And this is the perfect way to say “I Love You” using iChef

The Ingredients
The Ingredients

The Food and its Story:

We are going to talk about the product that we ordered: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mushroom and Cream sauce, and a Spinach Cannelloni. Oh! Did we forget to mention, this Sh*t is GOURMET food to the next level!!!! Have we got your attention yet to go and book this product? No.. Not yet? Well we’ll just go ahead and tell you how simple using this is.

The Sauce: Melt butter, saute onions, garlic and chopped Mushrooms, Add flour  and Stock to make the sauce. (Clockwise)
The Sauce: Melt butter, saute onions, garlic and chopped Mushrooms, Add flour and Stock to make the sauce. (Clockwise)

Stuffed Chicken Breast:

When the product arrived at our house, everything was beautifully packed in Ziplock bags and small plastic containers (The Chefs’ mother seeing this got very happy, wouldn’t every mother be when she get small dabbas to put leftovers in.??) Stating off with the Stuffed Chicken Breast, fresh ingredients like Mushrooms, peeled Garlic, fresh Thyme and an Onion was provided. Dairy products like Butter, Cream and a beautiful Mustard Marinade was provided in small containers. The Chicken, was already butterflied and packed neatly in a thermocol container. All we needed to do was chop the onions, garlic and thyme and follow the recipe which is also provided by the guys at ichef.in. What else do you crazy love bugs want??

Slit the Breast, Stuff with Spinach and Cheese, Marinade with mustard marination and cook!
Slit the Breast, Stuff with Spinach and Cheese, Marinade with mustard marination and cook!

For the Chicken, we just have to apply the marinade on the outer side, put a little seasoning, stuff the inside with spinach leaves and cheese slice and then get cooking. While the Chicken cooks, we make the sauce with a little oil and butter, saute garlic and onions which we chopped earlier and add in the thyme. Toss in the chopped Mushroom and finish the sauce with cream and a little seasoning. The end result is a restaurant quality dish and two very happy tummies!! It couldn’t have been done any easier then that!

Gourmet food on your plate!
Gourmet food on your plate!

The Vegetarian Cannelloni:

A beautiful and very pretty looking dish, this one will get all you vegetarians lovers up and running for sure (if you know what we mean!) 6 sheets of lasagna, a tomato sauce that is already made and given, spinach, cheese and mushroom mixture for the stuffing and ofcourse the small prep of chopping parsley, garlic and onions. All we have to do boil the pasta, layer it with the stuffing, heat the tomato sauce pour it over the layered pasta and finally put the cheese and bake the entire thing!!! That’s it, this gives you a lot of time to sip on some wine, have some crackers and cheese or even just watch a movie as this dish takes no less than 6-7 mintues to prepare.

Veggie Delite
Veggie Delite

The Lovers Salad!

If you want to take things to the next level, we have this recipe of Tomato and Bocconccino Carpaccio made just for us and our followers by Chef Suresh Thampy of ARK byt Courtyard Marriott.

Ingredients:

  • Tomato’s                             2nos
  • Bocconcinni slices            200gms
  • Romaine lettuce               3 leaves
  • Pesto                                    50 gms
  • Balsamic reduction          1 tsp

For pesto:

  • 50g pine nuts
  • large bunch of basil
  • 50g parmesan
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves

Balsamic reduction:

  • Balsamic vinegar               100ml
  • Sugar                                     1tsp
  • Rosemary                            1 sprig
The Lovers Salad
The Lovers Salad

 

Pesto

  • Heat a small frying pan over a low heat. Cook the pine nuts until golden, shaking occasionally. Put into a food processor with the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, then season.

 Balsamic reduction

  • Heat a pan and add all ingredients and reduce it till it becomes a tick paste

Method: 

  • Blanch the tomatos, deseed and deskin it
  • Marinate the blanched tomatos in a vinaigrette dressing
  • Take a heart shaped cutter and alternative place the tomatos , lettuce leave, pesto and Bocconcinni slices
  • Garnish with a spoon of pesto and balsamic reduction

So pick what you want to do, and have a very happy foodie Valentine’s day!

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