Must Try Thalis in Mumbai

thalis in Mumbai
Thalis for me are an indulgence – one platter with so much variety!

If you love your meals with at least 10 different items, and an unlimited portion then here are the absolute must try thalis in Mumbai.

Shree Thaker Bhojanalay

thalis in Mumbai

Undoubtedly the best Gujarati thali I’ve ever had. This place has been around since 1945 and actually started off serving a basic homestyle Gujarati meal. Even now, their food is made with the best ingredients, desi ghee and a lot of love and you need to indulge in this at least once. They serve thalis everyday for lunch and dinner. Their thali costs Rs.500 on weekdays and Rs.600 on Sunday and it is worth every penny. It includes subzis, dal, kadhi, different types of roti, papad, farsan, rice/pulao, khichdi, sweet dish, buttermilk and curd. And the taste is impeccable.

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Delhi Highway

thalis in Mumbai

One of the few places to serve a Punjabi thali, Delhi Highway sure does a swell job. Their thali includes a welcome drink, some chaat, subzis, roti / naan, pulao / biryani, raita, dal and some desi sweets. Their food is very flavorful. Whether its their chaat or their paneer subzis, I’ve enjoyed them all. What adds to the experience here are their beautifully done interiors. You basically get a fine dining experience at an affordable price. Their thalis cost between Rs.499 – 650 + tax, depending on the day you visit them.

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Maharaja Bhog

thalis in Mumbai

If you want a  bit of Rajasthani and Gujarati food in your thali, then head over to the nearest Maharaja Bhog outlet. They have a good mix of both cuisines in their thalis. Their thali consists of chutneys, pickles, papad, welcome drink, farsan, a special dish of the day, dal / kadhi, rotis, rice, subzis, dessert and paan. It is a massive thali but if you want to indulge in some traditional food and want variety then this is the place. Their thali costs Rs.533 + tax on weekdays and Rs.581 + tax on weekends.

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So those were my absolute must try thalis in Mumbai. If you have tried these places already then I’d love to know your experience here. So make sure you tell me that in the comments below. And if these places are new to you then do try them and let me know how you like them. You can watch some more videos on my Youtube channel here:


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Things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo Sensoji Temple
A guide to the most beautiful things to do in Tokyo.

I recently visited Tokyo, Japan and I have a video taking you through my entire trip. Click on the link below to watch.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck

Tokyo View

One of the best places in the city to get a view of Tokyo. This is a free attraction and all you might have to do is wait up in a line to get to the 45th floor and enjoy the city view. And if you look carefully then you might even be able to spot Mt. Fuji.

Sensoji Temple

Tokyo Sensoji

When in Tokyo you have to visit the ancient Buddhist temples and one of them is the Sensoji Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Tokyo and needs to be on your list. The entrance and the overall architecture of Sensoji is spectacular. And don’t miss reading your fortune here for just 100 Yen!

Another thing you can’t miss here is the 5 storeyed Pagoda.

Tokyo Pagoda

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

This is the tallest structure in Japan and one can only imagine the kind of view that you can get from here.

Sumida Park

Tokyo Sumida River

This is a quiet park alongside Sumida river. Here you can enjoy the greenery and also may be a cruise along the river.

Meiji Shrine

Tokyo Shrine

Tokyo Yoyogi Park

Another beautiful Buddhist temple in Tokyo, the Meiji Shrine is not to be missed. Firstly, the spectacular entrance to this temple will only make you realize how small you are! And it is surrounded by the Yoyogi park which is a beautiful forest within the city. The shrine buildings are also magnificent.

Tokyo Meiji

Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo shibuya crossing

One of the busiest crossing in the world. You need to get in the middle of this madness.

Takeshita Street

Tokyo Takeshita Street

This is one fun street – edgy fashion, cool desserts and a lot of stores! It’s crowded but definitely worth visiting.

Electronics Shopping

Tokyo Electronics

Don’t miss visiting the Electronic town of Akihabara in Tokyo. You can expect to find the latest and the best in cameras, watches, rice cookers and a lot more gadgets.

Ginza

Tokyo Ginza

This is the luxury shopping district in Tokyo. Any high-end brand that ever exists will have an outlet here. But the overall vibe of this place is excellent.

Tokyo style Crepes

Tokyo crepes

When in Tokyo you need to try the crepes there and a lot of them can be found on Takeshita street itself. The come with a variety of fillings ranging from fruits to candy to chocolate and lots more.

Cheese Tarts

tokyo cheese tart

Tokyo is famous for it’s cheese cakes and cheese tarts and you need to try these. They are simply delicious!

Kit-Kat

Tokyo KitKat

Why do you need to try Kit-Kat here? Because the flavors that you’ll find here in Tokyo you might not find anywhere else in the world!

So those were the things that I insist you do when in Tokyo. I hope you found this post to be helpful and if you have any more queries then leave then in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help you out.

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Growel’s 101 Mall – Thoosday!

Growel’s 101 mall in Kandivali, Mumbai is easily one of the biggest and most fun malls in Mumbai.

While Growel’s 101 offers a wide variety of shopping and fun activities, they even have a very interesting and attractive food court. And it gets even better on a Tuesday when you can avail of a flat 40% off on selected food outlets.

Growels 101

Watch this video to know more about the Thoosday offer at Growel’s 101 mall.

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While you can find a ton of options to enjoy as part of the Thoosday offer at Growel’s 101, here are a few which I personally enjoyed.

Spring Rolls at Cafe Bollywood

Spring rolls stuffed with vegetables tossed in Schezwan Sauce – now this is something that anyone would love. These are priced at Rs.114 on Tuesdays as part of the offer.

Thali at Sanskriti

Want a full meal that includes roti, subzi, dal, chawal, sweetdish, lemonade and more? Then the Thali at Sanskriti is a good option. You can enjoy this for Rs.180 as part of Thoosday.

Pasta at Eatalia

A really cool Italian food outlet, Eatalia serves delicious pasta and the good thing is that it’s at 40% off on a Tuesday. Pick up the cheesy pasta or the Eatalia special for a price of Rs.163 each.

Alu Gobi Paratha at Only Parathas

These can be easily shared among 2 people as the sheer size of these parathas is quite good. You can even enjoy other food options in the Thoosday offer.

I absolutely loved my day at Growel’s 101 mall. There is so much to do, to shop and to eat. And you can make it even more worthwhile by checking out their Thoosday offer on Tuesdays.

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Mumbai Street Food – Must Haves

Mumbai Street Food
I was born and brought up in Mumbai and here are my most favorite Mumbai Street Food picks.

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Mumbai is quite famous for its street food. Especially local items like Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji are extremely popular. The roadside sandwich too is quite a crowd puller. Here are my top picks for Mumbai Street Food.

Shree Krishna Batatawada

Mumbai Street Food

This place in Dadar serves the best Batatawada in the city. You get only wada and no pav. And this is best enjoyed with some mirchi on the side.

Raju Sandwich

Mumbai Street Food

This is in Churchgate close to H.R. & K.C. college and has a following of its own. Apart from the classic toast sandwich, they even make the weirdest Pizza and Panini.

Yummies

Mumbai Street Food

This place is located next to Rizvi College in Carter Road. And they are known for their Indianized Chinese food. Their schezwan sauce is so different and delicious.

Narayan Dosa

Mumbai Street Food

One of the best dosa places in the city – definitely try the Mysore Masala Dosa here. This place is located in Grant Road.

Bankelal Sharma Pav Bhaji at Chowpatty

Mumbai Street Food

Located in Girgaon Chowpatty Mumbai, this stall serves some really delicious Pav Bhaji. And super buttery as well.

Shree Krishna Gola at Chowpatty

Mumbai Street Food

You can’t go to Chowpatty and not eat gola! So this is a must have at Girgaon Chowpatty. Kalakhatta is a classic flavor but you can ask them to whip up some weird combination as well.

Sai Samarth Dosa Vile Parle

Mumbai Street Food

This is in the Vile Parle Khau Galli in Bajaj road and you should try the Jini Dosa here. Pretty interesting.

So those were few of my picks for Mumbai Street Food. If you want more street food options and places then leave that in the comments below and I’ll probably make a part 2 for this.

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What to Eat in Jaipur?

Eat in Jaipur
If you are looking for suggestions on what to eat in Jaipur, then you have come to the right place!

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Here are all the things that you need to eat in Jaipur.

Aloo Tikki Chaat and Paneer Ghevar at L.M.B.

Eat in Jaipur Paneer Ghevar

L.M.B. is an institution in itself and you need to begin every trip to Jaipur by visiting this place. They are famous for a lot of things but I absolutely recommend trying out their Aloo Tikki Chaat. Also don’t forget to pack some of their super famous Paneer Ghevar for home.

Tadkewali Maggi and Chai at Tapri

Eat in Jaipur Tadkewali Maggi

Another must visit it Tapri. Get here around sunset time and enjoy a nice cutting chai and their tadkewali maggi. It’s got so much fried onion on top that you will not be able to stop having it!

Malai Kulfi at Pandit Kulfi

Eat in Jaipur Pandit KULFI

Perfect thing to have on a sunny afternoon is the very famous Pandit Kulfi. Try Malai Kulfi or Kesar Pista and you won’t be disappointed.

Softy at Guddu Ice Cream

Eat in Jaipur Guddu Ice Cream

Kulfi not your thing? Don’t worry! Try the softy ice cream at Guddu. They usually have a flavor of the day which you can try whenever you visit.

Chai and Bun Maska at Gulab Ji Chai Wale

Eat in Jaipur gulab ji chai

Craving for a hot chai and bun maska instead? Visit Gulab Ji Chai Wale – one of the oldest chai shops in Jaipur and fulfill your cravings.

Omlette with Garlic Chutney at Sanjay Omlette

Eat in Jaipur sanjay omlette

Another one of those old spots in Jaipur – you need to come here and try their masala omlette. And always ask for extra garlic chutney.

Eat in Jaipur omlette

Pani Puri and Dahi Puri at Nand Chaat Bhandar

Eat in Jaipur pani puri

This is one of the best Pani Puri I’ve ever had! If you love chaat then make sure you visit Nand Chaat Bhandar.

Eat in Jaipur dahi puri

Radheshyam Bhatia Paneer Wala

Eat in Jaipur paneer

This place comes alive at night. Think Tandoori Paneer, Honey Chilli Potato, Gajar Ka Halwa or even Masala Milk cravings and you can fulfil all of them here!

Eat in Jaipur honey chilli potato

Eat in Jaipur masala milk

Elaichi Chai at Sahuji ki Chai

Eat in Jaipur sahu chai

Best to have this in the night when you are trying to battle the cold in Jaipur! This is one flavorful elaichi chai.

Eat in Jaipur

These are my top picks on what you should eat in Jaipur. Hope this was helpful.

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MADRAS DIARIES | Spicy South Indian Food

Madras Diaries
Madras Diaries recently opened in Bandra and offers some traditional South Indian delicacies and also some interesting specials.

Chilled out vibe and good food is how I describe my experience at Madras Diaries. Check out this video from my visit there.

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Here’s what I ate at Madras Diaries

Jalapeno Cheese Idlis

Madras Diaries

Fried mini idlis with bits of jalapeno. These were served with a cheesy dip. The idlis were fried to perfection – perfectly crunchy and the jalapeno bits did add a little edgy flavor.

Kara Paniyaram

Madras Diaries

Paniyarams tossed with onion, chillies and molga podi. So this was extremely spicy because there was tonnes of molga podi. But it was quite delicious.

Navadhanya Idli

Madras Diaries

Made with 9 different grains, these idlis honestly felt almost as soft as regular idlis. And they had a little tadka in the centre – curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds. This tasted quite amazing with the sambhar.

Puliyogare

Madras Diaries

Served with pickle and rice papad, this is one of the tastiest Puliyogare I’ve tried. Such a pronounced tamarind flavor. Absolutely must order this.

Mysore Masala Dosa

Madras Diaries

A huge, crispy dosa stuffed with potato and a spicy garlic chutney.

Masala Buttermilk

Madras Diaries

A spiced chaas – has a nice flavor from the mint and pepper in it.

Spiced Lemon with Basil Seed

Madras Diaries

A lemonade spiced with chillies – literally! This one is way too spicy.

Filter Coffee

Madras Diaries

This one didn’t really please me.

Madras Diaries

I quite enjoyed my visit to Madras Diaries. You can definitely visit for a non-udipi South Indian experience. Their food is pretty good. There were somethings which were a tad bit spicy for me, but overall I was quite happy with what I ate. One of the other things that looked interesting on their menu was the thali. I’ll definitely be trying that next time.

Madras Diaries

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Sahara Star Mumbai celebrates 10 years

Sahara star Mumbai
Sahara Star Mumbai is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special menu everyday.

Sahara Star Mumbai has been around since 2007 and to celebrate this, they have a special dinner buffet.

Sahara star Mumbai

All through November, you can enjoy the dinner buffet at The Earth Plate at Sahara Star Mumbai for a special price of Rs.2007. This includes the regular buffet and also their daily anniversary specials. Their buffet includes Salad, Live Counters, 6-7 varieties of main course dishes and a wide range of Dessert selection. Add to this, a special section to commemorate their 10th anniversary.

You can check out this LIVE video from my visit to The Earth Plate at Sahara Star Mumbai and get an idea of the menu.

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When I visited The Earth Plate for their 10th anniversary celebration, I got to try their Rajasthani menu. This included Undhyu, Gatta Curry, Mutter Puris and a few more dishes.

Sahara star Mumbai

Sahara star Mumbai

Sahara star Mumbai

I also enjoyed the rest of their buffet spread. I tried out various items including this veggie Pizza and Pasta.

Sahara star Mumbai

Sahara star Mumbai

They also had a Corn Chaat counter and this was quite tasty.

Sahara star Mumbai

You can see the wide variety in their main course selection here. From soup to breads, to different subzis. And this is just the vegetarian section. They have an equally indulgent non-vegetarian section as well.

Sahara star Mumbai

Sahara star Mumbai

Sahara star Mumbai

Sahara star Mumbai

And here’s what I tried from their huge dessert spread.

Sahara star Mumbai

Sahara star Mumbai

So that was it from my visit to The Earth Plate at Sahara Star Mumbai. You can visit them to check out their anniversary special celebrations until the end of this month. You can check out their Dinner Buffet priced at Rs.2007.

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Sunday Brunch at The JW SAHAR Mumbai

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch
I’ve been to JW Sahar on multiple occasions; but this time was special as I was visiting them for their Sunday Brunch.

JW Sahar is known to have one of the best (and also the priciest) Sunday Brunches in the city. It starts at Rs.2700+ and the various pricing options include mocktails, alcohol and champagne respectively.

To give you a glimpse of the whole brunch buffet, I have this video. Do watch it and subscribe to my Youtube channel for more video content.

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Out of all the delicious food at the brunch, here are a few things that I tried and loved.

Chaat

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

The brunch has an entire section dedicated to chaat and you will find so many different things – Palak Patta Chaat, Samosa, Dabeli, Ragda Pattice, Pani Puri, Dahi Papdi and lots more. If you love chaat then definitely indulge!

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

Pasta

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

Pick and choose your sauce and veggies or ask a special recommendation from the Chef – the Pasta at JW Sahar doesn’t disappoint. Since this brunch happened to be a Thanksgiving themed one, I got to try their Pumpkin Ravioli. The feel of butter in this was just out of this world. I also indulged in the classic Arrabiata and it was the perfect tangy flavor.

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

Tex Mex

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

I love my tex mex so I indulged in some nachos and also some Quesadilla.

Indian Main Course

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

The one thing that stood out for me in the main course was their Dal Makhani. This was the first time I actually tried it and boy was it good! Creamy, flavorful and very comforting. I also tried the Chhole, Biryani and the Papad variety.

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

If you saw the video, then you’d know that the brunch is massive. Apart from the food mentioned above, you also find a whole section dedicated to Cheese, greens and fresh salad, sushi and Japanese cuisine, Thai food, cold-cuts, sea food and lots more.

But the section that completely stole my heart was the Dessert.

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

You can see the huge variety in this section right from the time you enter JW Cafe. And it’s honestly so beautifully arranged and presented that a part of you would definitely want to pick something up right away. Liqueur filled chocolate bars, cakes, pastries, Indian mithai variety – you will find all of this here! It’s such a massive spread. And it’s not just the quantity of dessert; it’s also the presentation. I mean I’ve seen some of the prettiest looking cupcakes here.

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

Even the Waffle and Pancake station is such a hit. They are undoubtedly one of the best waffles you will find in the city. And you choose an array of toppings – sauces, fruits, sprinkles, brownies, fruit syrups and what not. Enjoy these plain or with some ice cream to finish off a super lavish meal.

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

So that was it from my visit to the JW Sahar Sunday Brunch. Definitely visit and share your experience with me. And do keep extra room for dessert!

JW Sahar Sunday Brunch

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My favorite Diwali Food

Diwali Food
Last week was all about delicious Diwali food!

Whether it’s farsan or mithai, I definitely feel that all the varieties in Diwali food are special and indeed tasty. I ended up indulging in quite a few varied items and I thought I’d take you through all of these.

My first Diwali feast this year was when a friend hosted my at her house for a sumptuous Diwali meal. This included so many of my favorite items – chaat, biscuits, cookies, banana chips and so much more. The beauty of this meal was that it was all homemade. Check out everything that I ate here in this video:

Kela Chips

Diwali Food

Pani Puri

Diwali Food

Chorafalli

Diwali Food

Tutti-fruity Biscuits

Diwali Food

Magic Cookies

Diwali Food

Boondi with Rose Rabdi

Diwali Food

Samosa

Diwali Food

Diwali food is all about rich ingredients, especially mithai. So I ended up trying this unique ice cream flavor, the Baklava Ice Cream from a place called Icekreamskee. They provide seasonal and interesting flavors of homemade ice cream. Check this out to know more!

Notice the amount of nuts topped? What’s inside is much more! And that delicious smelling cinnamon <3

Diwali food

Diwali is also incomplete without Chakli. I have memories attached to eating Chakli with all possible meals during Diwali and this is why I decided to film my mother’s special Chakli recipe. Take a look – these Chaklis turn out really crunchy!

Chaklis in the making

Diwali Food

Waiting for that beautiful brown color

Diwali Food

Beautifully crunchy

Diwali Food

Delicious!

Diwali Food

So those were some of the special items I had during Diwali. I would love to know what is your favorite Diwali food so do leave me a comment and let me know.

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Rajasthani Food Festival at Jamavar – The Leela Mumbai

Rajasthani food festival
If you love good food, then the Rajasthani Food Festival at Jamavar, The Leela Mumbai needs to be on your to-do list.

I recently had the opportunity of dining at The Leela Mumbai. This was my first brush with the brand in my own city and I was so happy that I got to experience a preview of their special Rajasthani Menu.

Here’s a little snippet from my visit.

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The Chef and the staff at Jamavar had prepared a complete meal; from starters to mains and finally dessert – everything was stellar.

There was a selection of pickles and chutneys. The bhindi with chura papad and the kairi and pyaaz kachumber (of sorts) stood out for me here.

Pickles

The Leela Mumbai

Then came the appetizers which were not only so beautifully plated, but also tasted divine.

Paneer Ke Sooley

Paneer ke sooley

A spicy marination on soft paneer chunks. This has a fiery flavor, but is delicious.

Ajmeri Kadhi Kachori

Chaat

I could definitely eat a plateful of this! The flavor of the chutneys and the crunch in the crust of this kachori totally did it for me.

Maawey aur Meewey Ki Seekh

Seekh

A seekh kebab, that was slightly on the sweeter side.

Arbi Akhrot Ki Tikki

Jamavar

A tikki made from walnuts and arbi; never knew it could be so delicious.

The main course was an equally exquisite spread

Paneer Mircha

paneer mircha

Panner, capsicum, onion in a spicy gravy. I highly recommend trying this out.

Govind Gatta Curry

Govind Gatta Curry

Big round dumplings or Gatta, is what is known as the Govind Gatta Curry. The gravy is delicious.

Sangri Ke Kofte

Rajasthani food

Very different tasting kofta. Enjoyed these with a selection of kulcha and roti.

Dal Baati Churma

Rajasthani Food Festival The Leela

For me, this was probably one of the best Dal Baatis I’ve had in a long time. The churma itself was so rich and while the baati was immersed in ghee, it was exceptionally tasty.

Aloo aur Chana Dal Ki Khichdi

Aloo and Chana Dal khichdi

A very simple, yet flavorful preparation of rice with chana dal and little potato pieces. The flavors of cinnamon and peppercorns in this took the dish to the next level.

I tried some pretty interesting dessert here as well.

Dessert at Jamavar

Matar Halwa

Halwa made from green peas. If you like the taste of raw green peas you may like this one.

Kesar Malai Kulfi

Probably the creamiest kulfi I’ve had in a long time. This was exceptional.

Malpua with Rabdi

Malpua topped with a thin layer of rabdi.

If you want to try out some delicious Rajasthani food in Mumbai, then make sure you check out this festival that is on until the 31st July at Jamavar, The Leela Mumbai. I absolutely recommend it.

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