Vortex South

Vortex South Kebab
Vortex South is yet another name in the all vegetarian bars that South Mumbai seems to be buzzing with.

The interiors are pretty interesting. It kinda seemed to me that Vortex South could even be a cool co-working space during the day- at least it seemed that way from their design. I came here for dinner recently and was quite happy with my food. Here is a sneak peek of everything I tried at Vortex South.

Tomato Basil Soup

Vortex South Tomato Basil Soup

If I see this on the menu, chances are that I’m trying it out! And it wasn’t a let down at all. Good consistency and flavor.

Assorted Kebab Platter

Vortex South Paneer

The staff at Vortex South was kind enough to serve an assorted kebab platter to me, so that I would get to sample the most. And i liked a lot of these.

The Cornobell was amazing. It was a seekh kebab with corn and bell peppers.

Cheddar Babies were delicious too. Basically baby potatoes with cheese and a heavy basil flavor.

Kaveri – this was paneer tikka with a massive curry leaf flavor.

Khatta is the new spice – a mildly sour kind of twist to paneer tikka.

There were more too. But the ones listed above were the best.

Cheese Burst Pizza

Vortex South Cheese Burst

You can see the cheese burst right here – it was a total overdose of cheese.

And the amount of veggie toppings was seriously generous! The sauce was slightly home-style, but honestly I didn’t mind it.

Masala Pasta

Vortex South Masala Pasta

I’ve never really enjoyed a white sauce pasta. And call me Desi, but this one with all the right masalas totally worked for me ūüôā

Triple Schezwan Rice

Vortex South Triple Schezwan

This was amazing – that proper old-style Indian-Chinese flavor was so spot on!

Sizzling Brownie

Vortex South sizzling brownie

The brownie didn’t feel old, but in fact was perfectly warm. And the sheer size of the brownie chunk – it was enormous!

Berry Mist

Vortex South Cocktails

This is an all berry drink – different berry juices and slushes together. So it has a very tarty taste – something I love.

Lava FlowVortex South Mocktails

This is like a Banana and Coconut Cream drink. If you love these, then you will enjoy this.

So that was it from my visit to Vortex South. Do try out the place if you are in the area.

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TRE Lounge – Video Tour and Review

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TRE Lounge is a cool new place to hangout in the Lower Parel area in Mumbai.

Here is a quick tour from my visit to Tre Lounge


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I hope you enjoyed this little snippet from my visit to TRE Lounge.¬†Here’s everything I had when I visited the place.

LebMex Nachos

TRE LOUNGE LebMex Nachos

Pita bread topped with some cheese. A Lebanese twist to Nachos.

Tre Tandoori Platter

TRE LOUNGE Tre Tandoori Platter
Paneer, potatoes and brocoll – Tandoori style.

 

Margherita Pizza

TRE LOUNGE Margherita Pizza
Thin crust. Basics done well.

 

Stone Grill Rice

TRE LOUNGE Stone Grilled Rice
I highly recommend this dish – it was like schezwan rice with veggies.

 

New York Cheese Cake


As delicious as it looks!

 

Flourless cake

TRE LOUNGE Flourless Chocolate Cake

Warm flourless cake served with Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Drinks
Cinova

TRE LOUNGE CINOVA

Pineapple juice and vodka with a heavy ginger flavoring.

 

Peach and basil

TRE LOUNGE Peach and Basil

Light peach with a lingering basil flavor.

 

Green Mango and kiwi slush

TRE LOUNGE kiwi margherita

A margherita flavored with green mango and kiwi – so refreshing

 

Mojito

TRE LOUNGE Citrus Mojito

A mojito that was mostly made of citrus. Perfect for summers.

 

Sheesha
Dubai special

TRE LOUNGE Sheesha

It was a nice minty and fruity flavor. It was interesting to see the colors changing on the sheesha.

So that was it from my visit to TRE Lounge in Mumbai. The place is huge – multi storeyed and also has an open air are serving sheesha along with food.

I hope you enjoyed watching the video and reading about everything I ate. Have you visited TRE? Let me know your experience of the place in the comments below.

Also if you want me to review any particular places in the city, then let me know and I will try and visit them for you.

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1Above Lower Parel

1Above
Pleasant Mumbai night, good food, amazing cocktails and sheesha – that’s how I describe my time at 1Above. Oh, and what made the night more special was that it was an FBAI Soiree!

1Above is a newly launched placed in Mumbai. It is located at Kamala City in Lower Parel and has a beautiful terrace and indoor seating. The place serves food, drinks and sheesha.

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Here is a little video from my visit to 1Above.


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When FBAI organizes a Soiree, you can be rest assured that it’s going to be a great night. They get together so many food enthusiasts and ensure that the night is legit lit! And because this place is so beautifully done, it definitely felt like a special evening.

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1Above was serving some really great cocktails. Their bar is nicely done and the bartenders do go an extra mile in stirring up a great drink.

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I also tried a lot of their finger food. Their nachos platter was absolutely delicious. Crisp nacho chips, cheese sauce and salsa that was just perfect. I absolutely enjoyed these.

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They also had a vegetarian keema pav version which was again, really tasty.

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And I also tried their Paneer Tikka which was super spicy but definitely appetizing.

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1Above also serves sheesha in a variety of flavors.

I quite enjoyed my time at 1Above. If you are looking for a cool rooftop place to hang out around Lower Parel then this can be a great option. Their huge screens definitely make it a pick for watching some great sport, while you enjoy some good food and drinks. They do have a tiny indoor seating section, which seemed to be closed when I visited. All in all, a great place.

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1Above

Let me know your favorite rooftop place in the city. I would love to visit it too ūüôā

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Bombay Cocktail Bar

Bombay Cocktail Bar
Andheri has a new party place – it’s Bombay Cocktail Bar!

Bombay Cocktail Bar

I was fortunate to visit Bombay Cocktail Bar on their launch night and it was a super fun event. Swanky place, great music and an amazing vibe. That was my feel for Bombay Cocktail Bar. You should check out this little video from my visit!

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Bombay Cocktail Bar located at Andheri is quite a huge place. I quite liked their seating – almost feels like a balcony or stadium seating as it borders alongside the walls of the place. And in the center are some bar stools and tables so that there is enough space for people on the floor to either enjoy a drink or even dance to the music.

Bombay Cocktail Bar

Across the dance floor is a pretty huge bar area which is absolutely well stocked. The bar men are constantly getting pretty interesting and quirky looking cocktails ready. You can enjoy a pretty wide variety of drinks here – ranging from vodka infused pani puri shots to a masala chai cocktail.

Bombay Cocktail Bar

They do have food as well. You can enjoy not only some finger food and appetizers but also a full on Bombay style Kheema Pav!

Bombay Cocktail Bar

If you are looking for a place to party, chill and have a good time around Andheri, then I definitely recommend Bombay Cocktail Bar. You should check out the place. It’s really nicely done. And they do have a lot of popular guest DJs playing some really cool music. I did have a nice time when I visited Bombay Cocktail Bar.

Bombay Cocktail Bar

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FBAI Soiree at Cafe Mojo

FBAI Soiree
The FBAI Soiree is an event where foodies from all  over the city get together for a rather chilled out evening. Of course, it is but natural for us to be clicking away to glory; but the sheer number of people you meet at this event makes it so special. This is my first FBAI Soiree and I definitely think that these kind of meet-ups go a long way in shaping the ever-growing food community. So kudos to the entire FBAI team for that.

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The FBAI Soiree was held at Cafe Mojo – new restaurant located in Mahakali, Andheri (E). Cafe Mojo did turn out to be the perfect venue – because of the sheer number of people, the place needed to be pretty spacious and accommodating. They have an indoor bar area, a small outdoor dinner area and a spacious rooftop kinda area with sheesha as well.

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I ended up sampling a few of the vegetarian dishes while I was here and these were pretty good. Here’s what I tried:

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FBAI Soiree

These were Chilly Cheese Corn balls. Not the melt in your mouth variety but felt pretty wholesome. I ate way too many of these!

Grilled Pineapple

FBAI Soiree

I absolutely love grilled pineapple Рthe sweet and slightly sour pineapple flavor in a spicy kinda, Indian sauce.

Vegetarian Pizza

FBAI Soiree

These were mini pizza slices with capsicum, bell pepper, onion and loads of cheese, of course. And they had some really strong pepper going on as well. In fact the pepper made this pizza pretty hot!

This place has a really attractive bar. And you absolutely cannot miss their beer tap which is placed on almost every table. The music that was played was pretty good as well. It seems to be a place to unwind with drinks, music and sheesha and a little food, after a long day.

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True Tramm Trunk Juhu

True Tramm Trunk

If you love your beer and are looking for a place to enjoy it with good music and an awesome vibe, then True Tramm Trunk is your place.¬†To be honest, not just beer – choose whatever is your poison or even go ahead and try some ‘desi daru’ and you won’t be disappointed!

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What’s awesome at True Tramm Trunk?

Beer Cocktails

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Their version of Desi Daru, native to Indian states

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Music

Finger Food

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I happened to visit True Tramm Trunk during their Oktoberfest and tasted a lot of their beer cocktails. I’m sure these are going to be available even now.
Beer bomb (Jagger meister with beer)

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Coronarita (upside down Corona in a margherita)

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Michelada (the beer version of bloody Mary)

Cuber ( beer with that fresh Cucumber flavor) which also has Cucumber pieces in it!

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I also tried some Apple Cider Beer which was pretty interesting.

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And with these you can have some sliders, which are really interesting – the buns are colored and one of the vegetarian ones was green! These come with fries on the side.

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Mushroom and tofu slider

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Spinach and corn slider 

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I also tried a portion of their Paprika Fries which were filled with spices..it’s difficult to stop eating these.

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And of course you have your regular beer pints where their options are massive. Or even a tap of beer!

This place serves actual desi daru! Check it out!

True Tramm Trunk

Every Indian state has a particular alcoholic beverage that is pretty local there and True Tramm Trunk has managed to recreate the flavor. And even the packaging – doesn’t it look super authentic! These bottles may look all colorful but are super duper strong!

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I absolutely loved santra – the tangy orange flavor with vodka.

True Tramm Trunk

So if you need a place to chill, drink, dance then True Tramm Trunk is your spot.

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3 Wise Monkeys – Small Talk with Chef Meghnesh

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So much fun catching up with Chef Meghnesh from 3 Wise Monkeys. He gives you enough reason to visit this place. Watch!


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And you can totally take my word and order yourself these items when you are here!

Fresh fruit cocktail jars
I haven’t seen these anywhere yet. But great concept. Fresh fruit and some alcohol together. The flavors are nice and refreshing and yet you don’t miss out on the kick! I tried the Cucumber + gin and the Melon + vodka. Melon and vodka was super duper tangy and fruity while Cucumber and gin was refreshing yet not overpowering. I loved both!

Blue frog
5 white spirits in one. This is one mean cocktail and can get you buzzing quite quick!

Curry Spiced Indian potatoes
Potato chunks deep fried, loads of masala and some curry leaves for tempering and flavor. Slightly spicy but oh so delicious! I couldn’t stop eating these.

Mexican nachos
I normally like to have nachos pretty plain – just cheese, salsa and chips. But for a change in quite liked the whole shabam going on with the Mexican nachos here. It had corn, tomatoes, capsicum, cheese and some mayo. Pretty tasty.

Pizza fries
French fries and pizza – stuff cannot get better than this! French fries that are flavored with some pizza sauce, olives and lots of cheese. Try these for sure.

Aloo dum biryani
Amazingly yummy..comes in a jar and the Raita is served very interestingly too. Extremely tasty. The masalas aren’t overpowering at all.

Kahlua, brownie and ice cream
This dessert was literally like the cherry on top of all the amazing food I ate. The combination speaks for itself. You have to try this.

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Mighty Small Cafe, Lower Parel

Mighty Small Cafe

Review – Mighty Small Cafe

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Rating –¬†‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź¬†and half

Zomato peeps were really sweet to give me a voucher for this place. Mighty Small is in between all of the madness at Smashh. This place has a carnival theme to it which I think describes my previous statement! Bright colors, lots of light and awesome music.

Recommend:
Disco idli
Flame Grilled Paneer
Paneer butter masala meal
Paneer biryani meal
Amazing music!

Don’t recommend strongly – the cupcakes!

I read a lot about the disco idli here and so I tried it out. It was mini idlis tossed in ghee, curry leaves, some peppers and some mustard seeds. A very heavy ghee feel to it, but they were pretty decent. Slightly spicy though.

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Then I tried the Flame Grilled Paneer – soft paneer pieces with capsicum and the Indian onion salad. The presentation for this dish is pretty interesting.

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Mighty Small Cafe

Mighty Small Cafe

Mighty Small Cafe

Then I tried the butter paneer and butter naan meal – the gravy was pretty tasty – not overly creamy and just the right amount of tangy.

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Mighty Small Cafe

Mighty Small Cafe

 

Mighty Small Cafe

I also tried their amritsari chole and kulcha – the chole I didn’t care much about but the kulcha was great.

Mighty Small Cafe

Mighty Small Cafe

Mighty Small Cafe

 

Mighty Small Cafe

 

Mighty Small Cafe

I also tried their cupcakes – none of them is worth talking about! They were dry and didn’t feel very fresh.

Then I tried the paneer makhani biryani – first impression for this was that the paneer butter masala has been used to make this ? but actually it’s paneer was a bit different. Overall this felt more like a heavier pulao and not so much biryani. It came with all the taam jhaam of having the roti covering for added flavor. It was served with some raita and papad.

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Craft, Kurla

Craft

Craft – Review

I had seen a whole lot of stuff from this place on Instagram. So I really wanted to visit Craft and check out their food. However, I went here only after a full meal and ended up eating dessert. Keep reading if you want to know how it was!

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Flourless Chocolate Cake
Rating – ‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź
Tried this place out for some dessert. The place looks super pretty..Very nicely done sitting area outside and even inside the tables have a nice almost cabin like seating with the view of the mall.
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Craft
This review is only for the flourless chocolate cake that I tried here. It’s served warm and with some vanilla ice-cream. It is soft, with some chocolate ganache melting in your mouth..pretty dense..Yet very very delicious.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake
I’m definitely coming back here to try food and more desserts soon. Until then I absolutely totally recommend this.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake
Craft
Flourless Chocolate Cake
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Masalabar, Carter Road

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Masalabar – Review

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Fancy schmancy chill place – that’s Masalabar. Keep reading to know my experience here!

Carter road. Early evening. Sunset. Cocktails. Experimental food. You get the picture! My experience at Masalabar was pretty damn good.
Special mention for Chef Vilas and all the other staff – very friendly and helpful.
Recommend: 
Cocktails РMalabar Hill and sunset at carters 
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Malabar Hill Cocktail
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Sunset at Carter’s
Starters – chana chaat, charcoal pav bhaji, Tortilla chaat
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Chana Chaat
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Charcoal Pav Bhaji
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Tortilla Chaat
I started with a dish made of kabuli chana – it was crunchy and soft at the same time. Tempered with a whole lot of tasty masalas and curry leaves. It had loads of cruncy pine nuts that took this dish to another level. Served with some radish, kale leaves and chopped onion on top.
Next I had the charcoal pav bhaji. When I saw this dish, I definitely didn’t think that I would even remotely enjoy it. Basically they’ve used edible charcoal which gives it a deep grey color. I didn’t find it did much for the flavor. The bhaji was actually quite delicious..perfect flavor..perfect butter..awesome taste. But – special mention for their pavs..beautifully soft and fresh.
Next I had their barbecue Kathal Burger – I know right..Kathal..i.e. Jack fruit! I absolutely do not like jack fruit and only really tried this burger when the chef insisted. For Kathal, it was actually pretty tasty. The Kathal had a whole lot of spices, chaat masala and the barbecue sauce flavor was really good. But psychologically I couldn’t get myself to eat too much of Jack fruit! Again – special mention for their burger bun..soft and how! Ohh..And the chips that came with this were the real bomb. Amazing homestyle potato chips – thick and crunchy. Loved them and could totally eat a bowl of just those!
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Kathal Burger
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Home style chips
Then I tried their Tortilla chaat – basically Tortilla Papdis, mint mayo, sweet potatoes, imli chutney, pomegranate and sev..topped with some kale leaves. I absolutely loved this..it was a complete khatta meetha flavor and the Tortillas felt really different and nice.
Then I tried the litti chokha balls. These were topped with some brinjal pulp on top. I didn’t really care much about these.
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Litti Chokha Balls
I tried 3 different cocktails. All of their cocktails have some attachment to a popular area in Mumbai. The first was based on Chowpatty and was a coconut based cocktail with a very strong flavor of curry leaves. Honestly I don’t like coconut flavor too much..So this one was ok. The presentation was top notch – it came in something that looked like a vase…And was seated in a cage. Along with some chana jor garam for chakhna.
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Chowpatty Drink
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Chowpatty Drink
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Chowpatty Drink
Next I tried the Malabar Hill drink. This had a whole lot of chamomile and thyme infused with vodka. This was very very refreshing. Totally recommend.
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Malabar Hill Cocktail
And lastly there was a whiskey based cocktail. This was called sunset at carters and it was a beautiful pale yellow kind of color. Whiskey, rosemary and orange made for a great combination. I’m not really fond of whiskey but this one was really good. A bit strong though.
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Sunset at Carter’s
For dessert I had a weird huge tree placed on my table with some Baileys , chocolate and rabdi lollipops growing on it! I love chocolate and I love Baileys. But I don’t like rabdi so much. So honestly I didn’t care much about this.
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Baileys and Rabdi Lollipop
Overall I had a great time. This place too is an experience, like most of other Jiggs Kalra places.
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Masalabar
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