3 Wise Monkeys – Small Talk with Chef Meghnesh

3 wise monkeys

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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Peninsula, Sion

Peninsula

Review – Peninsula

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I recently visited Peninsula, Sion on a rainy weekday for lunch. My experience at Central Peninsula, which is also in Sion has been pretty good – their food is honestly pretty tasty. So I was expecting the same from this too. And yes, my expectations were fulfilled. Keep reading to know what I loved!
Recommend
Tomato soup 
Peninsula
Tomato Soup
Cottage cheese barbecue 
Peninsula
Cottage Cheese Barbeque
Kurkuri kebab
Peninsula
Kurkuri Kebab
Paneer makhani 
Peninsula
Paneer Makhani
Mexican rice 
Peninsula
Mexican Rice
Blue lagoon – mocktail 
Peninsula
Blue Lagoon
Tomato Soup 
Peninsula
Tomato Soup
Started with this. Tomato soup with some bread crumbs and that mandatory dollop of cream! Pretty tasty – like cream of tomato soup should be. Right texture, pure tomato taste. Not greasy. This is served with some bread on the side. Don’t miss the jeera breadsticks!
Cottage cheese barbecue 
Peninsula
Cottage Cheese Barbeque
If you love Indian Chinese, you will love this. Spicy and sweet barbecue sauce with paneer and bits of garlic and capsicum. So tasty. Paneer chunks were soft and fresh too.
Kurkura kebab
Peninsula
Kurkuri Kebab
Peninsula
Chutney
Kebab with sev! Excellent filling. Served with a sweet and sour chutney.
Paneer makhani
Peninsula
Paneer Makhani
Thick gravy with paneer chunks. Not overly sweet. Here too paneer was fresh. This is the chatpata gravy and not the thinner creamy makhani gravy. Pretty ok
Roti / Naan
Peninsula
Naan
I tried their garlic naan and didn’t enjoy it very much. It was overly crispy for my liking.
Peninsula
Roti
Rotis were nice.
Mexican rice 
Peninsula
Mexican Rice
This was rice flavored with cilantro and what felt like pesto along with cheese and veggies. Veggies included all peppers, broccoli, capsicum, corn etc. Flavor of rice and cheese together was nice. And the veggies too were quite flavorful and not overly cooked.
Blue lagoon 
Peninsula
Blue Lagoon
Tried this mocktail here – blue syrup and some fizz. Pretty refreshing. If you like fizzy drinks you will love it.
Cinderella 
Peninsula
Cinderella
Another cocktail – this was a bit meh! Too much going on – peach and orange and some more fruit flavors. I didn’t quite care for this.
Sizzling Brownie and vanilla ice cream 
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Brownie was seemingly a bit hard.
Peninsula
Sizzling Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Peninsula
Sizzling Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream
This is a place for great indian-chinese flavored starters. Try these here for sure!

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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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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.
Asia Kitchen By Mainland China
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Asado – The Cocktail Street, Bandra

Asado - The Cocktail Street

Asado - The Cocktail Street

Review – Asado – The Cocktail Street

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Asado means Mexican food to me. It’s probably the perfect place for a date night – romantically dim, candle light all over, stunning cocktails and pretty old school music.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Recommend:
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Zinger – choose your herbs, flavoring and poison and watch it being turned into a cocktail 
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Truffle Garlic Parmesan fries 
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Barbecue paneer 
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Tex mex potato skin 
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Grilled vegetable flat bread 
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Tres leches cake 
I started with a cocktail called zinger – they make the entire thing right in front of you. It’s whole mint, rosemary, pineapple, watermelon and orange. They crush it right in front of you and then stir it with some vodka and some lemon juice and fizz. Extremely refreshing – the flavor of the fresh fruits and herbs is so good.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
The Prep
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Herbs & Fruits!
Asado - The Cocktail Street
The Poison!
Asado - The Cocktail Street
The mixer
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Zinger!
I also tried a mocktail called outer glow. This felt like a regular fruity slush.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
The Outer Glow!
Then I tried something called Truffle Garlic Parmesan fries – exceptional. They had a kind of texture and were extremely delicious. Served with a dip which honestly I didn’t quite care about.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Trufle Garlic Parmesan Fries
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Crackling. Crunchy.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
The dip
Then I tried their barbecue paneer – another great item except that it was a bit too spicy for me. I think there were multiple sauces, and they kind of gave a sweet and spicy feeling to this item. Paneer pieces were also quite soft. It came with some fries on the side and I’m always happy when I’m served fries!
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Barbecue Paneer
Next I tried their crispy corn which was covered in a yummy sauce and served with some mayo. Another tasty item.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Crispy Corn
Then I tried their tex mex loaded potato skin – thick skinned potato outer covering filled with tomato, jalapeño, olives, corn and cheese. Exceptional.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Potato skin Tex Mex!
Then I tried their Quesadilla. This had a similar filling to the skinned potato. It came with an extremely yummy salsa sauce.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Quesadilla
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Quesadilla
This was followed by some grilled vegetable flat bread. This felt like extremely thin crust pizza with an over load of veggies. Again similar filling like the potatoes and the Quesadilla – this had some peppers, beans and zucchini as well. And I quite liked it.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Flat Bread
Then I had some veggie tacos and this too had all of those veggies. These were alright.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Tacos!
Then I tried another cocktail called Terrific tea – this was served from a tea pot into a cup! It was tequila based a and the cucumber flavoring kinda killed it for me.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
(not so) Terrific Tea
Moving on to dessert – I tried their banoffie pie – didn’t like it at all. This was followed with something  called tresleches cake – and this was sooooo delish. Vanilla Cake and vanilla creamy icing dipped in a mildly flavored milk – beautiful.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Banoffie Pie
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Tresleches Cake
This place is really good for romantic dinners. Cocktails are great and so is the food.
Asado - The Cocktail Street
Asado - The Cocktail Street

Asado - The Cocktail Street

Asado - The Cocktail Street

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Delhi Darbar Gastronomy, Thane W

Delhi Darbar Gastronomy

Review – Delhi Darbar Gastronomy

Delhi Darbar Gastronomy

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy is pretty easy to spot – quite close to the highway. I was recently invited to check out this place and sample the food. So let’s get straight to what I ate. 
Recommend:
Mango mania – mocktail
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Crispy hara bhara kabab 
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Paneer makhmali 
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Tomato mint shorba 
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Gulab jamun 
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Dudhi halwa 
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
I started with some tomato and pudina shorba. I’ve not really tried tomato and mint as a combo and this was pretty interesting. Slightly on the spicier side, but this did make for some great soup.
Next I tried the kurkura hara bhara kabab – this was essentially hara bhara kabab fried along with some papad bits – another yummy dish. Taste and texture both were bang on.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
This was followed by something called Aloo Nazakat – this was potatoes with some veggies stuffing inside. This was alright.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
After that I tried the paneer makhmali – and this was super tasty. Paneer chunks that were marinated and had a really nice filling inside – soft paneer and rich filling. Exceptional.
Moving on to main course – I started with something called Multani paneer darbar – kind of sweet and spicy gravy and some paneer pieces. It had a very achari kind of flavor but I enjoyed this.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
I also tried something called darbari subzi Kofta – this was mixes veggies Kofta in a sort of spicy gravy. It was alright.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
I ate both the subzis with some garlic naan and it was so yummy – perfect seasoning of garlic and sesame seeds.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
I also tried their vegetarian dum biryani. This came covered with the roti and was quite decent. It was served with some vegetable Raita which was also quite nice and not sour or anything.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
I tried 2 mocktails as well  – shirley temple which was a almost raspberry – strawberry flavored drink and the Mango mania. Mango mania was a combination of Mango and mint and it was really nice.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
For dessert I tried their mini gulab jamun, dudhi halwa and some Mango mousse kinda item. Gulab jamun was perfect size and so yummy. Dudhi halwa was perfection too – topped with loads of pistachios and barely greasy. The Mango mouse, known as Mango fool was alright. Nothing great.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
If you are in the area then do try out this place.
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
Delhi Darbar Gastronomy
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Belstone, Lower Parel

Review – Belstone

Rating – ⭐

Belstone Review

Belstone Review
I recently ordered from Belstone via Zomato delivery. I was craving Veg Triple and saw the email guys delivering so I decided to give it a go.
Belstone Review
Belstone Review
Belstone Review
This is probably the most colored veg triple i have seen – the rice was all kinds of orange..ranging from dull to bright. It didn’t even taste that good! The gravy was pathetic – crazy crazy spicy (i mentioned less spicy) and so much color in that too. The fried noodles that were barely there were soggy and how!
Belstone Review
Belstone Review
Don’t recommend this place at all.
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Kalpana Restaurant & Bar, Worli

kalpana worli

Review – Kalpana Restaurant & Bar

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ and half

One evening I felt like having schezwan noodles and so I ordered them from here. Just simple schezwan noodles and no gravy.

kalpana worli

I called them and they delivered pretty quickly. The noodles came piping hot. Quantity was superb for the price – I think they were for approx 160 bucks.

kalpana worli

The noodles were nice – had a little bit of onion, capsicum and Cabbage in them. And not overly oily. Even the flavor was perfect and they weren’t crazy spicy either.

kalpana worli
Will definitely be trying more stuff from here pretty soon.

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Mighty Small Cafe, Lower Parel

Mighty Small Cafe

Review – Mighty Small Cafe

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Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ 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.

Mighty Small Cafe

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.

Mighty Small Cafe

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.

Mighty Small Cafe

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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Oye Kake, Lower Parel

oye kake

Review – Oye Kake

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐
I tried the aloo paratha here recently by ordering online via Zomato.
Oye Kake
Honestly, their paratha didn’t blow my mind at all. Personally I like my paratha well stuffed and I found this pretty low on that aspect.
Oye Kake
Oye Kake
The dal that comes with it is alright. Probably a tad bit oily for my liking. But taste was alright.
Oye Kake
It also has some dahi.
Oye Kake
I like their quantity and everything, just if they would have some more stuffing!
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