Hoppipola Review

Hoppipola Review

Hoppipola Review

Sharing my experience at Hoppipola with you. Keep reading 🙂

I have never been to a Hoppipola prior to this and for a first time, my experience was pretty good actually. I was invited to check out this place and sample some food and drinks. The place is quite huge and I quite like the way they’ve done it up. Huge windows, sunlight coming in and for a change not too dark. They even have an outdoor seating which would be great in the evenings. And they also have some board games, so if you like that then you will like this place.
Hoppipola Review
The ambience
Hoppipola Review
The ambience
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The ambience
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The ambience
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The ambience
Recommend:
Drinks – Auckland Ice Freeze
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Auckland Ice Freeze
Food – Harrisan Paneer and Smokin Carlos
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Harrissan Paneer
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Smokin Carlos
Coming to the drinks – I started with some cranberry juice. Just simple canned juice and nothing special.
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Cranberry Juice
Then I tried some cocktails. I had heard so much about their presentation and they actually are pretty cool! First I tried something called Auckland Ice Freeze – this was essentially a kiwi flavored cocktail with loads of malibu. This came in a watering can kind of thing and was pretty huge. It was freezing cold with dry ice and made for a pretty good sight! This felt very refreshing. And malibu feels quite light. And plus I love kiwi so I quite liked it.
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Auckland Ice Freeze
Hoppipola Review
Auckland Ice Freeze
Next I tried the Drown in a bucket – this was a lot of tequila and apparently Peach and orange juice too. But the tequila was really overpowering! And so was the rosemary. The rosemary leaves were burnt slightly and that gave a very peculiar flavor. Nothing like I’ve tried ever before!
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Drown in a bucket
Coming to the food – I tried a lot of starters. First I had the Harrissan Paneer. This was so neatly presented! It came on this literally small khatiya which I found very cool. This had a mildly spicy kind of sauce going on.
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Harrissan Paneer
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Harrissan Paneer
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Harrissan Paneer
Next I tried the Cheesy Chilitato. These were French fries and a whole lot of cheese – no rephrasing..French fries covered in cheese! Honestly I’ve had better cheesy fries so I didn’t care about these so much.
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Cheesy Chillitato
Hoppipola Review
Cheesy Chillitato
Then I had something called Smokin Carlos – these were jalapeño, corn and cheese cigars. And they were so delicious! Perfectly crisp, the filling was great.
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Smokin Carlos
Hoppipola Review
Smokin Carlos
I also tried some of their Arrabiata penne. This had really little sauce going on – more dry kind of pasta. And had a few veggies too – peppers and olives. I didn’t quite care for this too much.
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Penne Arrabbiata
Hoppipola Review
Pene Arrabbiata
All in all – it’s a great place to come and chill. Really good for big groups. Food is pretty decent. Cocktails are good. And you can even enjoy a board game here.
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Woodside Inn Review

Woodside Inn Review

Woodside Inn Review

Woodside Inn Review
Woodside Inn

Some places bring back so many memories. And Woodside Inn is one of them. I revisited this place after so many years. Keep reading to know about my experience. 

Woodside Inn used to be one of my regulars a few years ago..I recently visited this place after all this time and it feels so different now!
Came here for a quick bite. I ordered their Masala Omelette and the cucumber and watermelon fresh juice.
Woodside Inn Review
Cucumber and Watermelon Juice
Woodside Inn Review
Masala Omlette
The masala omelette was perfect – non spicy as I asked for. It is served with some bread and rosemary potatoes. The rosemary potatoes were exceptional – the perfect amount of herbs. I asked for multi grain bread with my omelette and got 3 small slices.
Woodside Inn Review
Masala Omlette
Woodside Inn Review
Rosemary Potatoes
Woodside Inn Review
Masala Omlette
The cucumber and watermelon juice was alright – I found it a bit watery. But may be that’s cuz I like fresh juice to be slightly thicker.
Woodside Inn Review
Cucumber and Watermelon Juice
The ambience is great – it has a nice European cafe linda feel to eat. Love the dome shaped huge windows.
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Dome shaped windows
Woodside Inn Review
Great ambience
Woodside Inn Review
Great ambience

 

Woodside Inn Review
Dome shaped windows
Totally going to come back here to try more stuff. Recommendations anyone? 🙂
Woodside Inn Review
Woodside Inn
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Great ambience
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Woodside Inn
Woodside Inn Review
Woodside Inn
Woodside Inn Review
Butter and Marmalade
Woodside Inn Review
Masala Omlette
Woodside Inn Review
Rosemary Potatoes
Woodside Inn Review
Great ambience
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Woodside Inn
Woodside Inn Review
Multigrain bread
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Masala Omlette
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Bombay Barbeque Review

Bombay Barbeque

Bombay Barbeque Review

Bombay Barbeque
Bombay Barbeque

I have visited Bombay Barbeque about 3 times and have had a uniform experience across all of them – STELLAR! Read on to find out why I love this place so much.

This place is the KING of buffet style food. Variety is an understatement. Taste and flavors are exceptional. Service is like never before. Bombay Barbecue is truly on point in every aspect.
Bombay Barbeque
Bombay Barbeque
Recommend the buffet and going completely empty stomach for it.
Their buffet costs 700 bucks on a weekday. And it has everything that you can imagine. Right from chaat to their famous tandoori grill, from Italian to asian, from indian main course to pizza and an array of dessert – so much!
Let’s start with chaat. Pani puri, dahi batata puri, sev puri all of these are excellent. Nothing imperfect – pani puri is adequately sweet and spicy, dahi in dahi puri isn’t khatta and sev puri is tasty and how.
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Pani Puri
Bombay Barbeque
Pani Puri
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Dahi Puri
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Dahi Puri
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Sev Puri
Bombay Barbeque
Sev Puri
Their kebab and grill too has so much variety. On the grill are all kinds of veggies like potato, mushrooms, cauliflower, peppers, broccoli and also paneer. But my favorite is the pineapple. Never had anything like that before! They also give butta cut in small parts which is tasty and easy to eat. The makai kebab is excellent. Perfectly crispy. I am not the biggest fan of sweet potato, but loved it here.
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The grill
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Chutney and dip
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The grill
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The grill
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Sweet Potato
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Kebabs
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Yummy
I also tried their pasta – both red and white sauce. Red sauce was good – bell peppers in it and not overly spicy. The white sauce I didn’t care much about – I found it and bit gingery and less creamy in taste.
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Arrabbiata Sauce Pasta
Bombay Barbeque
Arrabbiata Sauce Pasta
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White Sauce Pasta
Their pizza – thin crust and not khakra like. Olives, corn, capsicum, onions and loads of cheese. Pretty good.
Pizza
Pizza
Bombay Barbeque
Pizza
Bombay Barbeque
Pizza
Tried their Chinese / Mongolian stuff too – noodles and veggies in hunan sauce and rice in sweet chilli sauce. Basically you can pick your sauce, veggies and rice / noodles and make your own wok kinda thing. This is quite decent.
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Veggies
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Veggies
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Mongolian stuff
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Mongolian Stuff
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Mongolian Stuff

 

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Mongolian Stuff
After eating all of this, I obviously didn’t make it to the main course! But there seemed to be black dal, rice, some biryani, at least 3 different subzis including palak, paneer and mix veg types and some kurkuri bhindi too. And of course roti and naan and raita.
I did eat dessert though. Their live Jalebi counter is where you can get a fresh plate of piping hot jalebis which are sooooo tasty. There’s also gulab jamun, ras malai and basundi. And there are a lot of mini pastries like pineapple, chocolate etc. And ice cream. And probably more which I have missed due to over indulgence!
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Jalebi and Gulab Jamun
Bombay Barbeque
Gulab Jamun
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Jalebi
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Jalebi
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Phirni
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Fresh Fruit
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Dessert
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Dessert
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Dessert
You also get a drink as part of the buffet – either a beer, or wine or a mocktail or fresh lime soda.
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Kiwi Mocktail
All in all – i love this place. The food is so good. And so is the ambience. Special mention for their staff – the most friendly, helpful and responsive staff I’ve seen and experienced. They truly make the meal a lot more richer. Absolutely recommend this place.
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Bombay Barbeque
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Emprino Review

Emprino Review

Emprino Review

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Carter road has that one lane which is so buzzing – all you can see is food. Right from Shawarmas to Dosa to Chinese. And so I tried out this one hyped place called Emprino. To know about my experience, keep reading.

Emprino Review
Emprino
Finally visited this place which has been recommended to me by quite a few foodies. Emprino is on ‘the’ food street at Carter road. I came here for a late dinner and was quite happy with my meal.
Recommend:
Vegetarian Fried Wonton
Vegetarian Dimsums
Hakka sauce and wheat flat noodles
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Dimsums
Emprino Review
Fried Wontons
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Flat noodles made of wheat in Hakka Sauce
I wanted to order their wok and so I was asked to taste the sauces before I can select one for my wok – loved this whole try before you buy thing. I went for the hakka sauce – it was slightly fiery. That combined with flat wheat noodles and so many veggies like zucchini, peppers, broccoli. I quite liked it.
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Sauces for the wok
I also tried their fried wonton. Phenomenal is an understatement! Although they were slightly over crispy, I loved them. Amazing veggie filling inside.
And I tried the dimsums – the basic simple vegetarian ones. These too were exceptional. The outer covering was soft and not chewy at all unlike a whole lot of places. The inner filling didn’t feel kachha too.
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My favorite items
Also tried paneer pieces in a slightly sweet kinda sauce. And there were some carrot noodles along with the Paneer – carrot looking like noodles! I didn’t care much for this to be honest.
Emprino Review
Paneer and carrot noodles
Emprino Review
Paneer and carrot noodles

I found this place to be extremely value for money. Definitely coming back for more appetizers!

Emprino Review
The ambience
Emprino Review
Trying out sauces
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Yummy dip
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The wok
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Paneer and carrot noodles
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Paneer and carrot noodles
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Taj Icecream Review

Taj Icecream Review

Taj Icecream Review

Love sancha ice-creams? Then keep reading!

Taj Icecream Review
Taj Icecream

I love ice cream and especially the sancha type in fresh, seasonal fruit flavors. So I visited this legendary place, and was a tad bit disappointed.

Taj Icecream Review
Taj Icecream

I tried the sitaphal, mango, Peru and the hot favorite – roasted almond here. The roasted almond one was good – almonds with chocolate chips taste amazing. Then I looooved the Peru one. It was like eating the fruit itself – that much intensity of flavor.

Taj Icecream Review                             Roasted almond, Sitaphal & Mango Icecream

I also tried their mango ice cream and honestly I thought it was overrated – it didn’t feel the most authentic to me. The sitaphal one I didn’t care about at all – over thick and didn’t feel like real sitaphal either.

Taj Icecream Review
Taj Icecream

I’d say stick to roasted almond when you come here and if you love fruit and natural flavor then keep your search on.

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Ayyappan Idli Store Review

Ayyappan Idli Store Review

Ayyappan Idli Store Review

Ayyappan Idli Store Review
Ayyappan Idli Store

Matunga is probably my most favorite place to eat – there are so many great options there. Here’s another one I love – Ayyappan Idli Store. Keep reading for the complete review.

Ayyappan Idli Store Review
Ayyappan Idli Store

Another great find in Matunga. I tell you – probably most of my favorite places will be here! This store is always crowded and I’m sure that’s because it’s a hot favorite in the area.

Ayyappan Idli Store Review
Ayyappan Idli Store

The whackiest dosa you can think of is what you should try here. I’ve played safe and tried only mysore masala but looking at everyone’s order around me, I was super tempted to order so many others. The dosa is served with sambhar, coconut chutney and a red chutney seemed to be full of tomato and garlic. So yummy! And the dosa is quite huge – definitely wasn’t my cup of tea to finish it all by myself.

Ayyappan Idli Store Review
Mysore Masala Dosa

On my wishlist is the Chinese dosa here.

Do try this place out and I’m sure you’ll find your favorite dosa here. Value for money guaranteed.

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Mysore Masala Dosa
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Cake Me Away

Cake Me Away Review

I’ve had a really horrible experience dealing with these guys. And all of that was so not worth it for a bunch of rotten pastries. Read my complete review below.

Cake Me Away
Yuck Pastries

If Zomato had ZERO or negative marking this place deserves it. I called for 4 pastries from here last night – pineapple, black forest, Dutch truffle and their best selling royal chocolate. All 4 were STALE! Have listed their qualities below:
Hard
Dry
Mealy
Thick and chewy icing
Chocolate that could not have melted

Cake Me Away
Yuck Pineapple
Cake Me Away
Yuck Black Forest

I managed to call them and tell them about their brilliant pastries. And to that the response I got from the person answering the call was – I’ll send fresh ones now! So I was like why send me stale ones in the first place and to that the response was – actually our fridge stopped working for about 10 minutes and that might have caused this! I then contacted the owner who was so arrogant – I asked for a clear cut refund and he tried to tell me to forget about the refund and that he’d send me fresh pastries now! So basically I spend and taste crap and don’t get refunded for it.

Cake Me Away
Yuck Dutch Trufle
Cake Me Away
Yuck Yuck Yuck
Cake Me Away
Money wasted

 

Cake Me Away
Dirty Pastries
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Snapchat Stories

Do NOT order from here. EVER. And these guys still owe me 328 bucks for the crap they sent.

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1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen

1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen

1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen Review

I recently tried out the pizza from here and it was ah-ma-zing! Read my full review of 1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen below!

My love for 1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen is probably going to get unconditional ?

After having their yummy pizzas on home delivery, I decided to visit their Matunga outlet where you can sit and eat. This is mostly outdoor seating and very minimalistic.

1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen
Outdoor seating

I had their margherita pizza because that’s the one I ate earlier and loved. This time too it was fantastic. Excellent pizza base and the sauce and everything was so tasty. I don’t think that a vegetarian pizza place can get better than this.

1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen
Pizza Margherita
1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen
100% vegetarian

Absolutely totally recommend this place. And I’ll surely the other types of pizza here soon.

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Pizza Margherita!
1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen
Placed our order at this window
1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen
Who loves Coke?

1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen

1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen

1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen

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