The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai – New Menu

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai
Very recently, The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai revamped their menu.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai is a restaurant serving authentic Chinese food.

I associate The Leela properties and their respective restaurants with grandeur and a very magnificent experience. I had the same feeling when I stayed at The Leela in Goa a few years ago. And also when I dined at Jamavar, at The Leela Mumbai.

The Great Wall is honestly no different. The interiors are spacious – sometimes even the best of the restaurants have really tight seating, or the tables are too close to one another. But here, the seating is very carefully arranged in a way that even if the restaurant was full, you could still be enjoying a rather private meal. And if you are lucky, then you may just find a table by the window and that can make for a beautiful view, while you enjoy some good Chinese food.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

As soon as you are seated and comfortable, the staff will serve you some Jasmine tea. And you can sip that, whilst deciding what you need to order. You can also munch on some peanuts, cabbage kimchi and even fruit kimchi while you wait for your order to arrive.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

I started with some soup and tried out a little bit of the Manchow and the Sweet Corn Soup. The Manchow Soup felt like perfection – warm goodness from all the ginger-garlic. The Sweet Corn Soup was generously topped with vegetables and was indeed very comforting.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

I tried a whole bunch of their appetizers.

Cheong Fun Dim Sum – they’re made fresh and have a delicately thin outer covering and a very generous filling of vegetables. These were melt in your mouth – the flavor of the vegetables along with the mild sauce was exceptional.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

Onion Pancakes – these were as delicious as they look! Deep fried and with an extremely tasty stuffing inside. I absolutely recommend ordering these.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

Crispy Honey Chilli Vegetable – large chunks of vegetables, deep fried. They had a splendid hot and sweet kind of taste.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

I also completely over-indulged while eating my main course. I tried their Singapore Rice Noodles which were yellow in color and came with some vegetables. They felt extremely light and went perfectly with the Fresh Garden Greens in Hot Garlic Sauce. I also tried their Fried Rice with Star Anise, Caramelized Onions and Fried Garlic. This had a distinctive flavor and was such a good combination with the Wok Fried Greens in the Ponzu Sauce. This gravy was very light, and had an almost citrusy feel to it. The water chestnuts, broccoli, tofu, carrots did lend their flavor and all in all I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

For dessert I tried their signature dish – the Gula Melaka. A pudding made from Sago and Coconut Milk. Very different!

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

And I also tried their Handmade Hazelnut Ice Cream – and this is officially the best hazelnut ice cream I’ve tasted in the longest time. It is so beautifully creamy just so pleasing!

The Great Wall at The Leela Mumbai

The staff at The Great Wall are extremely polite and helpful. They not only guide you on what you should order, but also provide recommendations based on your likes, allergies etc.

I totally recommend this place. It’s gorgeous and serves delicious food.

They also have a very interesting set menu for lunch on weekdays and you could even check that out.

Here is a little snippet from my visit to The Great Wall at The Leela

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POH Mumbai – A Premium Dining Experience

POH MUMBAI
POH Mumbai (Progressive Oriental House) recently opened up at Kamla Mills Oasis City.

Not only does it serve delicious Asian cuisine, but POH Mumbai also provides an elaborate dining experience.

POH MUMBAI

When it comes to Asian cuisine, I am not the most experimental. I feel like I’m more comfortable with the Indianized version of Asian food as opposed to enjoying a completely authentic meal. And when I went to POH Mumbai, I honestly wasn’t expecting to be absolutely blown away by what I tried.

POH MUMBAI

Let’s talk about the ambience first – the minute you step inside POH, you know that you are in for a really luxury experience. The way the place is done, the dim lighting, the beautiful bar – everything just spells elaborate. Even their cutlery is the handmade variety so no two glasses would be absolutely identical. Their staff is extremely kind and soft spoken and go out of their way to ensure that what you order would be suited to your palate, in terms of food preferences and allergies.

I was lucky enough to be able to have a special sample menu for myself so I could try various dishes. Here’s all of the stuff I tried.

I began with the amuse bouche. This had a particularly hot taste.

POH MUMBAI

The first – Crispy Banana Blossom Salad. It had a mild tamarind flavor and a while lot of chopped peanuts. It tasted as elaborate as it looked.

POH MUMBAI

Next I tried something called Not A Caprese. Packed with Burrata and loads of greens.

POH MUMBAI

Then there was this dish made from Sweet Potato that was topped with green curry and butter. It also had really thin Zucchini slices which honestly tasted delicious from as they were completely drenched with the green curry.

POH MUMBAI

Then I tried their version of the Lotus Stem – they didn’t fry it but was dehydrated and it had a generous amount of pepper. It did come with some sour cream on the side to tone down the pepper. This was absolutely delicious.

POH MUMBAI

There was also the Red Kidney bean Gyoza with some chickpea mash.

POH MUMBAI

And the Herbed Tofu with some pineapple mash.

POH MUMBAI

All of the above were appetizers! Now moving to the main course. But before mains, I had this chilli sorbet – icy pop with a mild sweet and hot flavor.

POH MUMBAI

For mains, I tried their Kerala Fried Rice with the artichoke red curry. The fried rice itself had an amazing garlic dominated flavor and also had edamame beans which I absolutely love.

POH MUMBAI

POH MUMBAI

For dessert I tried POH’s sweet mess – which was literally a ball of yoghurt, thrown with force to look like the sweet mess that it does. And this was essentially yoghurt varieties and all of them had a different feel because of the accompanying ingredients of this sweet mess.

POH MUMBAI

I also tried their Caramel and Chocolate piece which was so delicious. And this comes with some honey wasabi ice cream on the side.

POH MUMBAI

I had an amazing time at POH Mumbai and I highly recommend trying it out.

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Raju Chinese – Mumbai Street Chinese

Raju chinese
If you’ve studied in H.R. or Jai Hind College, you know the craze for Raju Chinese is real.

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So that was Raju Chinese. Definitely visit the place if you haven’t already!

And here are my recommendations on what you should be eating here:

Dry Manchurian

Raju chinese

I am not the biggest fan of just dry manchurian, but the ones at Raju Chinese are a sure exception. Amazing flavor and a prominent taste of ginger and garlic. I can just eat these all by themselves!

Schezwan Rice

Raju chinese

Spicy Schezwan Rice served with a little Manchurian Gravy, some schezwan sauce and fried noodles.

Chilli Cheese Roll

Raju chinese

Delicious sauce, warm toasted bread and cheese – all in a roll! Definitely recommend this.

Raju chinese

You could eat anything from their menu, and I guarantee that it will be fresh and tasty. This place has maintained the same level of taste since I first started eating from here in 2004. At that time, Raju Chinese was located inside H.R. College in Churchgate and was also known as H.R. Chinese. My friends and I would specially go over to H.R. just to grab some of this delicious stuff! And the things we had to do to get inside the college (because we weren’t students of H.R.) would all feel worth it, once we had the first bite of some of this stuff. Now the place has moved pretty close to Marine Lines and Nirmala Niketan College. It’s all vegetarian and arguably one of the best street Chinese food in Mumbai.

Raju chinese

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Asia Kitchen By Mainland China EatThis!

You have gotta #EatThis when you visit Asia Kitchen by Mainland China.

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Asia Kitchen by Mainland China is one place where I loved everything that I ate. Each and every item was delicious! Quick review of each of these items is below.

Soy peanuts
Will appear on your table as a welcome gesture. I bet you, you won’t be able to stop popping these.

Vegetarian sweet corn soup
Thick and creamy and doesn’t feel like an excess of corn flour. It’s got a little bit of veggies in it. Absolutely loved this.

Crispy lotus stem with black pepper and curry leaves
Never thought I would love lotus stem. The flavor of the Lotus stem and curry leaves together had me totally gorging on this.

Dumplings
Tried one with spinach and the other with veggies – Cabbage , carrots etc. The outer covering is soft and melt in your mouth. Veggies inside are so flavorful. Spinach doesn’t feel bitter.

Raw Papaya Salad
This is such a nice sweet and sour flavor – feels really light and refreshing. Finely chopped raw papaya, some tomatoes and a little bit of capsicum – very tasty.

Crispy crackling spinach
Loved the way this was served – looked so bomb sitting pretty in a martini glass. Slightly different than the other places I’ve had crackling spinach – this was even tinier bits and not whole leaves. Add had a slightly different, but good flavor. And was definitely the least oily one I’ve had.

Teriyaki chilli potato
A slightly different version of the regular honey chilli potato – Teriyaki gave a nice sweetish flavor and I love any tossed / fried potato. So I obviously totally loved this.

Stir fry beans
Main course started with some stir fry beans – green beans with some spring onions, chilli and sesame seeds. I usually am not the biggest fan of stir fry veggies but this was so yum!

Assorted veggies in black bean sauce
Black bean sauce done perfect – no weird taste that sometimes black bean sauce can have. Veggies included zucchini, carrots, broccoli, corn, onions. I don’t like black bean sauce either but this one was quite nice.

Golden corn, potatoes and water chestnut
This is STELLAR. A nice hot sauce felt like hunan mixed with something milder and corn, potatoes and water chestnut. It is going into my most favorite gravy list. You have to try this.

Lemongrass Fried Rice
Heavy flavor – I personally liked it. If you are ok with a heavy flavor going on in your fried rice then you will love it.

Thai exotica
Guava juice and basil – fresh and refreshing.

Malay spice melon
Highly highly recommend this one. Watermelon juice, some ginger and lime. Ginger and watermelon is such a great combo.

Lychee and vanilla ice cream
Literally came in glass bowl with a whole lot of vapor! Deseeded Lychee – win! Them and vanilla ice cream together – double win!

Honey noodles with orange and basil
If just honey noodles weren’t good enough! Zesty orange flavor on honey noodles make them even better. So sooooo delish. Another one in my list of favorite desserts.

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China Express, Carter Road

China Express

Review – China Express!

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

China Express is all about a good wok, with loads of fresh veggies and some great selection of sauces to add in. Check out this video to get an idea!

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China Express

 

Recently tried out China Express on a crazy rainy noon! It has a window like area where one can stand and eat and view everything outside! And it also has a couple of tables and chairs outside.
China Express
I tried their wok – mixed way too many sauces. Basically the person who was making my wok gave me a mix of hunan, Schezwan initially and then asked me to taste some. I found it slightly dry so he added some butter garlic sauce to it. And then it was alright.
China Express
China Express
China Express
Before this, he handed me a bowl to choose the veggies I would like added – and there was all kinds of peppers, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, corn, cabbages etc. And you can choose any number of veggies you like.
China Express
The wok tasted great – wasn’t over spicy or oily. I like that they explicitly mention that they don’t use aginomoto and cook in olive oil.
China Express
I also tried their spring rolls – they took a while to come because they were made on the spot. The outer covering was a tad bit thick but the veggies inside were delicious.
China Express
Recommend this place if you’re around for a quick bite.
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Asia Kitchen by Mainland China, Lower Parel

Review – Asia Kitchen by Mainland China

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I am totally blown over by this place – every dish I tried, surpassed the previous one and the food was a different level of delish. Want to know what all I ate? Keep reading my review of Asia Kitchen by Mainland China!
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
I recommend everything that I ate there! Because it was all so yummy!
Starters 
Soy peanuts 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Soy Peanuts
Will appear on your table as a welcome gesture. I bet you, you won’t be able to stop popping these.
Vegetarian sweet corn soup 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Sweet Corn Soup
Thick and creamy and doesn’t feel like an excess of corn flour. It’s got a little bit of veggies in it. Absolutely loved this.
Crispy lotus stem with black pepper and curry leaves 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Crispy Lotus Stem
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Crispy Lotus Stem
Never thought I would love lotus stem. The flavor of the Lotus stem and curry leaves together had me totally gorging on this.
Dumplings 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Dumplings
Tried one with spinach and the other with veggies – Cabbage , carrots etc. The outer covering is soft and melt in your mouth. Veggies inside are so flavorful. Spinach doesn’t feel bitter.
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Spinach Dumplings
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Vegetable Dumplings
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Dumplings
 
Raw Papaya Salad
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Raw Papaya Salad
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Raw Papaya Salad
This is such a nice sweet and sour flavor – feels really light and refreshing. Finely chopped raw papaya, some tomatoes and a little bit of capsicum – very tasty.
Crispy crackling spinach 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Crackling Spinach
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Crackling Spinach
Loved the way this was served – looked so bomb sitting pretty in a martini glass. Slightly different than the other places I’ve had crackling spinach – this was even tinier bits and not whole leaves. Add had a slightly different, but good flavor. And was definitely the least oily one I’ve had.
Teriyaki chilli potato 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Teriyaki Chilli Potato
A slightly different version of the regular honey chilli potato – Teriyaki gave a nice sweetish flavor and I love any tossed / fried potato. So I obviously totally loved this.
Main course 
Stir fry beans 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Stir Fry Beans
Main course started with some stir fry beans – green beans  with some spring onions, chilli and sesame seeds. I usually am not the biggest fan of stir fry veggies but this was so yum!
Assorted veggies in black bean sauce 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Stir Fry Veggies in Black Bean Sauce
Black bean sauce done perfect – no weird taste that sometimes black bean sauce can have. Veggies included zucchini, carrots, broccoli, corn, onions. I don’t like black bean sauce either but this one was quite nice.
Golden corn, potatoes and water chestnut 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Golden corn, potatoes and water chestnuts
This is STELLAR. A nice hot sauce felt like hunan mixed with something milder and corn, potatoes and water chestnut. It is going into my most favorite gravy list. You have to try this.
Lemongrass Fried Rice 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Lemongrass Fried Rice
Heavy flavor – I personally liked it. If you are ok with a heavy flavor going on in your fried rice then you will love it.
Mocktails 
Thai exotica 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Thai Exotica
Guava juice and basil – fresh and refreshing.
Malay spice melon 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Malay spice Melon
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Malay Spice Melon
Highly highly recommend this one. Watermelon juice, some ginger and lime. Ginger and watermelon is such a great combo.
Dessert 
Lychee and vanilla ice cream 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Lychee and Vanilla Ice cream
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Lychee and Vanilla Ice cream
Literally came in glass bowl with a whole lot of vapor! Deseeded Lychee – win! Them and vanilla ice cream together – double win!
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Lychee and Vanilla Ice cream
Honey noodles with orange and  basil 
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
Citrus Flavored Honey Noodles
If just honey noodles weren’t good enough! Zesty orange flavor on honey noodles make them even better. So sooooo delish. Another one in my list of favorite desserts.
I remember going to mainland China in oberoi a while back and not enjoying the meal at all. From that to this – these guys have really upped their game. I will definitely come back! You should go too.
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Go Panda, Andheri Lokhandwala

Review – Go Panda

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and half

I was recently invited to check out this place. To be honest Go Panda has been on my wishlist for a while and also recommended to me by so many fellow foodies. I was so happy with everything I ate here and cannot wait to be back for another meal!

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

Recommend:
Paneer Sloppy Joe
Asian Noodles Croquet

I started with the Paneer Sloppy Joe. When I read the description of the sloppy Joe, it mentioned that it was a sandwich and I was like – a Chinese sandwich?!! But when I took the first bite I shut up for good! Yummy paneer with probably the best kind of Chinese seasoning and loads of cheese in a sandwich. And it’s served with some fries on the side. Truly one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten.

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

Then I tried the Burmese Khao Suey. Really tasty – the noodles were just the right amount of crunchy and great coconut flavor.

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

After that I tried something called the Singaporean Baida Roti with some paneer stuffing in it. Exceptional is an understatement. This paneer stuffing was slightly different than the sloppy Joe one but yet so tasty. It is served with a Malaysian sauce / dip on the side.

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

And then I tried the Asian noodles croquet – similar stuffing like a spring roll but with some cheese. And the outer part is nice and crispy. It is served with some sweet chilli sauce. Absolutely loved this.

Go Panda

So tasty and affordable Chinese food has an all new meaning and definitely a destination for me.

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

 

Go Panda

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Flora, Worli

Flora – Review

Rating – ⭐⭐
I used to love Flora once upon a time. But this feeling has been quite hampered off late. Recently ordered some paneer chilly from here. It arrived quite soon. It was accompanied by some kimchi.
Flora
The kimchi was good..perfect taste. The paneer chilly however was pathetic – seemed stale paneer as it was way too hard and chewy.
Flora
Kimchi
Flora
Paneer Chilly
I’ve decided to stick to other options for Chinese home delivery.
Flora
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Indizza – The Delivery Kitchen, Lower Parel

Indizza – The Delivery Kitchen – Review

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ and half
Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen
The Meal Box
I recently tried Indizza for a quick lunch via home delivery from Zomato. I tried their lunch meal – it came with steamed rice, dal makhni, paneer makhani, a roti and some Papad.
Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen
The Meal Box
Their paneer makhani was actually really good – consistency was great, paneer was soft. Only thing it was overly sweet. Almost sharbat!
Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen
Paneer Makhani
The dal makhni had too much masala. I personally am not too fond of dishes with too much masala..especially garam masala kind of taste. So I didn’t care too much for this.
Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen
Dal Makhani
Roti, steamed rice everything was pretty decent.
Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen
Roti
Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen
Steamed Rice
Try this place out for their lunch options..
Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen
The Meal Box
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Yummies Review

Yummies Review

Yummies Review

Yummies Review
Yummies – Carter Road

This is one of my favorite places for SST – Sasta Sundar Tikau food. If that’s the kind of food you love too, then keep reading!

This place has been my favorite for at least 10 years now – 10 years is a looooong time. Small place, great food, so much value for money. If you haven’t already been to this place then you must go.
I have eaten the schezwan rice and noodles, hakka noodles, veg crispy, dry manchurian – and everything has been great..even over the years. But my favorite here remains the paneer schezwan rice. And you always gotta ask for extra schezwan sauce here – it’s simply amazing. The schezwan sauce is slightly sweet and has a different taste to it.
Yummies Review
Schezwan Sauce
You get great quantity. Best part – you get half portions too! And the sheer variety is amazing. Highly recommended 🙂
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