Ishaara Restaurant – special Indian meal experience in Mumbai

Ishaara restaurant in Mumbai offers a unique dining experience.

At Ishaara restaurant, not only can you enjoy delicious Indian food, but also have the pleasure of interacting with a team of bright differently abled people. Watch this video from my visit to Ishaara.

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The dining experience at Ishaara is nothing short of ordinary. A modern casual ambience filled with the aroma of delicious Indian food is what one experiences here. A stylish bar area, followed by a chaat section and a semi-open kitchen – the place is honestly beautiful. And the kindness of the staff just adds to it all. All the serving staff here is differently abled. But they bring that genuine smile, the happiness of feeding you and a warm welcoming vibe that makes the place worth a visit. And along with all of this, their food shines through. It’s like a breath of fresh air in a space filled with way too experimental Indian cuisine and molecular gastronomy!

I tried a whole bunch of dishes at Ishaara but I tried to stick to a few basics too. Their Dal Haveli was a black dal, laden with ghee and so flavorful. The Nehru Place Paneer was a luscious buttery gravy with a massive chunk of paneer. Even the starters were amazing. The one that I loved the most was Tandoori Broccoli. Another thing I particularly liked about Ishaara is that they bring street food from many Indian cities to the table. We’re used to seeing stuff from Mumbai and Delhi, but seeing Butte ki Khees from Indore in a mainstream menu is quite cool! Another highlight from my visit to Ishaara was the dessert – I tried the flourless chocolate brownie and it was out of this world. A gooey, moist, almost ganache of sorts with delicious dark chocolate.

 

Ishaara is one restaurant that needs to be on your visit list. It will leave you feeling pleasantly satiated for sure!

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Ranchi Food & Restaurants – must try places

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Ranchi food and restaurants that are so highly recommended that I had to try them!

In this video, I’m exploring Ranchi food places that are legendary for the city and its locals.

This is Kaveri restaurant from Ranchi. It probably the most famous, the most reviewed and the most visited restaurant in Ranchi. When I asked around for recommendations, Kaveri was mentioned to me by all people as a must visit. When I visited Kaveri, I decided to try a thali. I feel that a thali meal is a great way to try multiple dishes in a restaurant and honestly I did quite enjoy it. The Dahi Wada stood out – its a must try stand alone dish! When I posted my video about Kaveri on Youtube, I got a lot of recommendations to try the paneer chilli here and hopefully if I go back I will try it!

As they say old is gold, and the food, especially the Raj Kachori here at Punjab Sweet House in Ranchi was pure gold. Filled with yoghurt, chutneys, boondi, carrots, beetroot – tasted like a dream! Also, this is one of the oldest eating places in Ranchi. Simple food is something you can expect here and they actually have a lot of street food served North Indian Style. One thing that I do want to try out here next time is the Chowmein. I saw it on every table and it looked delicious!

Dosa Plaza, has its branches all over India and I happened to try it for the first time in Ranchi. And boss, was I in for a surprise! You can’t even imagine the kind of dosa names and ingredients on their menu. I tried the Mexican Roll Dosa, there was nothing Mexican about it! And I also tried their Idli Manchurian and that tasted delicious. So if you love fusion food, then this place is worth a visit. They also have proper Indian main course like rotis and subzis, but do try at least one of their fusion item.

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Broccoli Revolution Bangkok Review | Delicious vegan food

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Broccoli Revolution Bangkok is a pretty cafe and restaurant offering pure vegan cuisine.

Here is a video from my visit to Broccoli Revolution Bangkok. I tried a few dishes and absolutely enjoyed my visit:

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Broccoli Revolution Bangkok

If you are looking for Vegan, vegetarian food in Bangkok then head to Broccoli Revolution. The cafe is located in Sukhumvit and is such a beautifully done place. Ample seating space, lots of natural light and greenery and an energetic vibe is something you will be welcomed with if you head here during the daytime.

Broccoli Revolution Bangkok

My visit here was during lunch time and so I started with a soup. Their carrot and pumpkin soup is a hearty bowl of warm, comforting flavors. And the pepper sprinkled in it adds just the right edge. One bowl is big enough to fill you up if you have it as a meal.

Broccoli Revolution Bangkok

I tried one of their best sellers next, the veggie balls. In India, these would be known as ‘pakoras’. Shredded carrots, broccoli and a few other veggies, coated with bread and deep fried to perfection. These were beautifully crunchy on the outside. And they came with soya mayonnaise which was a vegan mayo version, but so good!

Most vegan, veggie-friendly places will have at least one Indian meal. And here they had an Indian Chickpeas curry. This is served with rice or roti. I enjoyed this gravy – just the perfect balance of tangy and sweet and felt so good.

Broccoli Revolution Bangkok

At Broccoli Revolution Bangkok, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dessert. I ended up trying their dark chocolate sorbet, and boy was that a good decision! Light, yet packed a solid flavour in every bite.

If you’re in Bangkok and looking for an exclusively vegan cafe then I recommend Broccoli Revolution. It’s such a beautiful place and I hope I get to go back here real soon.

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Party Rasoi – Order Party Meals Online!

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This party season, let Party Rasoi be your saviour!

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For those who love throwing parties and organising get togethers, Party Rasoi is a website you need to check out. Here you can order different meal combos – full meals or starters and snacks and also choose across cuisines – Indian, Chinese, Continental and more. It helps ease the entire food aspect of throwing a party as it takes care of variety, quantity and budget.

If you check the website then you’ll be able to see that you can customise an entire meal – choose from different farsan, subzis, dals, rotis, rice and sweet dish. Everything is tailor made to suit your needs; and if you have special instructions like no onion o garlic or specific spice levels then even that can be altered. Food comes packed and sealed perfectly – I didn’t have any leakages when I opened my package from Party Rasoi.

What stands out while ordering from Party Rasoi is that quantity is perfectly taken care of. You just put in the number of people you need to arrange food for and the website takes care of the rest. Actually the secret here is that the founders of Party Rasoi have been in the wedding and party catering business for decades and hence apply their knowledge on quantity and quality here as well.

I recommend trying out Party Rasoi on your upcoming house parties and events. You can be rest assured that the burden of delicious food won’t bother you while ordering from them.

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Bangkok Vegetarian Restaurant – Authentic Italian Food

A Bangkok vegetarian restaurant that is also vegan friendly and serves authentic Italian food; one would say too good to be true!

Govinda Pizzeria and Italian Food is the only Bangkok vegetarian restaurant that serves all vegetarian and vegan friendly Italian cuisine in Bangkok. In a country where as a vegetarian one may feel limited in terms of food options, this restaurant is a hidden gem. Watch this video from my visit to Govinda in Bangkok.

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At Govinda, you could find vegan friendly cheese, meat replacements and of course delicious vegetarian food. All of the food I tried here is of exceptional quality.

Pane Della Casa

Bangkok Vegetarian Restaurant

This bread platter is something that you absolutely must try at Govinda. It includes their homemade bread, which by the way is amazing. And a red chilli spread, along with some chopped tomatoes mixed with olive oil and basil. The chilli spread is fiery, but delicious. And tomatoes on toasted bread is a match made in heaven!

Govinda Special Salad

Bangkok Vegetarian Restaurant

If you enjoy a good salad, then this is the one for you. It’s got it all – greens, flavour and cheese! Steamed spinach, lettuce, grated carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado and also a few pieces of fried potatoes! And delicious vegetarian mozzarella cheese. This comes in quite a portion size so you will be able to enjoy a lot of fiber.

Pink Sauce Ravioli

Bangkok Vegetarian Restaurant

This is probably the most famous dish on the menu here at Govinda. Their pink sauce ravioli is perfection. The right balance of creamy and tangy flavours in the sauce and appropriately thick, and spinach stuffed ravioli. It’s difficult to stop eating this because its just so good!

Pizza

Bangkok Vegetarian Restaurant

I’d recommend trying their Margherita Pizza – simple and soulful. Perfect thin crust base, delicious sauce and lots of cheese.

Pana Cotta

A vegetarian version pana cotta and yet such a brilliant texture. Perfect melt in your mouth feel and topped with a generous amount of chocolate sauce, this is the best way to end your meal at Govinda.

I absolutely recommend Govinda in Bangkok. It is the best place for vegetarian Italian food and a must try whenever you are in the city.

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Chandigarh food, shopping and tourist places

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Exploring Chandigarh food, shopping places and a lot of other things to do in this post.

I tried a few famous Chandigarh food dhabas, shopped at local markets and basically spent a day around city beautiful! Watch everything in my video from Chandigarh.

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Here are all the places I visited on my first day in Chandigarh.

Sindhi Sweets

Chandigarh Food

Located in the sector 17 market, this place is famous for chaat and its delicious sabzis. I recommend trying the Dahi Golgappa and their special Meal – a set thali. Sindhi Sweets is a place popular among locals, so it is a little busy. But definitely come here and try out their food. You can even try out their sweet dish items which is what you’ll see as soon as you enter their store.

Sector 17 Market

Love cheap shopping? Then sector 17 market should be fun! It’s honestly not all cheap shopping – there are shops selling the prettiest phulkari dupattas, but you do need to bargain well for them. And so many street side vendors selling jewellery, bags, shoes, tshirts and so much more. You can even just grab a softy and chill here – the vibe in the evening is pretty cool.

Indian Coffee House

This is one of the oldest cafe chains in India. You’ll find an Indian Coffee House in so many Indian cities. No nonsense place serving coffee and snacks. Definitely try their cold coffee on a hot afternoon.

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden

Chandigarh Food

Such an instagrammable spot! Just about 10 minutes by rickshaw from Sector 17 is the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, in sector 16. Come here for the pretty roses, in different colors and also for all the greenery.

Pal Dhaba

Chandigarh Food

A must visit when in Chandigarh! Pal Dhaba is a place famous for its non-veg food – butter chicken, mutton and more but you do get a good Paneer Butter Masala here. Definitely try if you are vegetarian. And their dal makhani is awesome!

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Mama Kane Dadar | Over 100 years of Maharashtrian snacks

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Mama Kane in Dadar is an institution, when it comes to Maharashtrian food.

It’s been over a century since Mama Kane has been serving delicious snacks. So I went ahead and filmed all of it for you.

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I think Mama Kane serves some of the best Maharashtrian snacks you can find in Mumbai. I highly recommend trying out their Batata Wada, Kothimbir Wadi, Misal and Puri Bhaji, to name a few. They even have a complete Maharashtrian thali which consists of varan bhaat, aloo sabji and chapati, among other things. The place is simple, no frills, no non-sense and no gimmicks for sure!

Since it is in Dadar, which is one of the busiest areas in Mumbai, Mama Kane does get quite crowded. And let me tell you that in case you have to wait your turn for a table, it will be absolutely worth it! Definitely head to Mama Kane and indulge in their mouth watering dishes. And do let me know about your experience in the comments.

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Shreyas Dining Hall | Maharahtrian Thali in Pune

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I was impressed with Shreyas Dining Hall right in my first visit!

I’ve tried a Maharashtrian thali in many places. But Shreyas Dining Hall in Pune is one place which I want to visit again and again. Watch this video from my visit to Shreyas Dining Hall where I share my entire thali experience.

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For me a Maharashtrian thali means an absolute feast of flavors. Dal, rice, bhakri, appetizers and sweetdish – all of these items in a single meal and all so delicious! Shreyas Dining Hall has been serving these yummy meals in Pune since many years now and in fact is a place of choice for locals as well as people visiting Pune.

Their everyday thali consists of a combination of the following:

Rice or Bhaat

  • Tomato Rice
  • Masala Rice
  • Matki Rice
  • Veg Pullao
  • Kobhibhat
  • Masala Rice

Vegetable – Sukhi Bhaji/Sabji

  • Mix Veg
  • Katri Batata
  • Batata Suki
  • Flower Mutter
  • Kanda Batata
  • Dosa Bhaji

Gravy Bhaji/Sabji

  • Kanda Batata
  • Bharli Wangi
  • Pandra Watata
  • Birdi Usal
  • Aluchi Bhajhi

Rassa

  • Tomato Sar
  • Solkadi
  • Amti

Salad/Koshibir

  • Wanga Bharit
  • Keli Tomato
  • Khamang Kakadi
  • Kakadi
  • Mix Koshimbir
  • Kakadi Tomato

Side Dish

  • Mug Bhaji
  • Kothibir Wadi
  • Batata Wada
  • Surli Wadi
  • Bhaji
  • Dahi Wada
  • Pattice
  • Dhokla
  • Sabudana Wada

They have a range of daily sweet dish items for an additional cost. I recommend trying out their Puran Poli.

I highly recommend trying out the Maharashtrial thali at Shreyas Dining hall. It is worth every penny and leaves you so satisfied and full.

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Friends Union Joshi Club – Gujarati Thali

Over 100 year old Friends Union Joshi Club in Mumbai is a place to visit for a simple Gujarati thali meal.

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Friends Union Joshi Club is located in Kalbadevi, Mumbai. They are known to serve Gujarati thalis for many years now. And in fact started this place by serving simple homestyle Gujarati meals. Over the years, the variety has definitely increase and so has the price. However, if you are looking for an affordable Gujarati thali experience, particularly one with absolutely no frills then this is the place.

The Gujarati thali at Friends Union Joshi Club has everything – dal, rice, kadhi, rotis, sabzis and more. And these are very simple dishes which can be consumed on a working day; i.e. not heavy creamy gravies. The staff is friendly and the ambience has a humble community dining hall feel. They are known to serve fresh food everyday and if you are in the area and looking for a budget thali meal then this one is definitely worth a try.

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Here are a few more thalis from different parts of India!

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Maharashtrian Thali in Pune

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Gujarati Thali in Ahmedabad

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South Indian Meal in Mumbai – Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding

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If authentic South Indian meal in Mumbai is something you are craving, then your search ends here!

This is my experience of a South Indian meal in Mumbai at Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding in Matunga. Watch the video to know more.

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Matunga is the best area in Mumbai to enjoy a good South Indian meal. The have a lot of restaurants serving delicious food – whether its idli dosa or a meal like this one. Some of my favorite restaurants in this area are Cafe Madras, Ramashray, Manis, Arya Bhavan and Idli House. However, for a full fledged South Indian meal experience on a banana leaf, I recommend Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding.

Located very close to the Matunga central station, Udipi Shri Krishna boarding has been serving meals since many years. You can opt for their unlimited meals or the set meals – both will leave you satisfied! What’s more is that their price is very economical. And there’s absolutely no compromise on taste or hygiene. In fact, you can request them a tour of their kitchen which they would very gladly provide. So if you fancy an authentic South Indian meal in Mumbai then definitely head here. And do try out their daily sweet specials, especially payasam. They are open for lunch and dinner and have a different menu everyday.

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