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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3 of the QUIRKIEST Desserts in Mumbai

Chocolate Thali
There are so many options for getting your dose of desserts in Mumbai. But if you want something quirky and fun, then try these!

Trying out the quirkiest desserts in Mumbai. Watch!

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Chocolate Sandwich with Ice Cream

Chocolate Sandwich with Ice Cream at Subhash Sandwich

What is it?

A 3 layered sandwich, with butter, grated dark chocolate, some Hersheys, some more dark chocolate chunks and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Where?

Subhash Sandwich, Opposite Podar College, Matunga

Price?

Rs.100

WORTH it?

Chocolate Sandwich in Mumbai

YES!

Chocolate Thali

Desiklub Chocolate Thali Price

What is it?

A whole thali (traditional Indian meal) that is made from Chocolate! It contains Chocolate Khakra, Chocolate Soup, Gulab Jamun, Ice Cream, Swiss Roll, Truffle Balls, Chocolate Lollipop, Chocolate Shrikhand…phew. It’s basically a dessert buffet!

Where?

DesiKlub, Nariman Point

Price?

Rs.490

WORTH it?

Chocolate Thali in Mumbai

If you want to try a lot of chocolate in one go and / or have many people splitting a dessert, this option could work well. To be honest nothing in this Chocolate Thali is to die for. However, you could try it just for the sheer experience, and the gluttony!

Black Ice Cream

IceKraft Black Ice Cream

What is it?

An ice cream made from edible carbon. Edible carbon has medicinal properties and many health benefits. You can try this ice cream made from it, which is also known as Triple Threat Ice Cream with various toppings and add-on flavors.

Where?

IceKraft, Oshiwara

Price?

Rs.250

WORTH it?

Icekraft Mumbai Triple Threat Ice Cream

It’s quite unique in itself. So YES I would totally recommend trying it out.

So those were some of the quirkiest desserts in Mumbai, that I tried very recently. I do plan to do a second part to this series and If you have suggestions on places that I should visit then do let me know in the comments here.

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The Koffee Works – where coffee meets fashion!

The Koffee Works
Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well. I visited this place called The Koffee Works a while back and I had a really awesome time. Firstly the place itself is pretty gorgeous – cozy interiors, good coffee and amazing dessert. And combine all of this with a fashion exhibition that was going on here – I had a great time.

You can see my whole experience of The Koffee Works in this video.

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If you are in and around Kharghar, definitely do try and visit The Koffee Works. It’s an amazing place to chill and hangout. You get some really good coffee – which by the way is sourced from the owners’ family coffee estate. And even their sweets and savories are pretty delicious.

I absolutely recommend trying out the hazelnut cappuccino at The Koffee Works. Even their brownie in a jar is absolutely awesome.

Check out all of the photos that capture my time at The Koffee Works.

The Koffee Works
Hazelnut Cappuccino
The Koffee Works
Amazing doodles
The Koffee Works
Chilli Cheese Toast
The Koffee Works
Brownie and Ice Cream
The Koffee Works
Koffee meets Fashion
The Koffee Works
More coffee!
The Koffee Works
Want some?
The Koffee Works
Larissa and me
The Koffee Works
Debasree and me
The Koffee Works
Shanaya and me
The Koffee Works
Ritcha and me
The Koffee Works
Cute and how!
The Koffee Works
Take your pick

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Peninsula Grand Sakinaka Andheri

Peninsula Grand

What makes a restaurant grand? Is it just great food? Not in my opinion. So let’s find out if Peninsula Grand is really the grandest of them all!

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Here’s all the items you absolutely should be ordering at the Peninsula Grand, Sakinaka

Cottage Cheese and Crackling Spinach

Peninsula Grand

I can describe this as one of the best ones I’ve had. The right amount of crackle in the spinach and the paneer pieces are really nice and soft. That perfect Indian Chinese flavor is what this dish brings.

Masala Papad

Peninsula Grand

I know my papad well! It’s because I eat it with every meal. So when someone gives me a perfectly crisp papad, with a blanket of tomatoes, onion and chatpata masalas, I do appreciate it.

Tomato Dhaniya Shorba

Peninsula Grand

Great if you have a bad throat, or even otherwise. Slightly on the spicier side though.

Sweet Corn Soup

Peninsula Grand

Thick and has a good amount of vegetable in it. It doesn’t feel like it has absolutely no corn flour, but definitely worth a try.

Vegetarian Kebab Platter

Peninsula Grand

The paneer and the seekh kebabs in this are just heavenly. And honestly the portions are quite a bit.

Sweet and Sour gravy with Paneer

Peninsula Grand

Peninsula Grand does Indian Chinese really well. This gravy was so tasty!

Madhur Milan

Peninsula Grand

Warm boondi, gulab jamun and rabdi. And laden with chopped pistachios. Rich and delicious.

The Peninsula Grand also feels different than the other Peninsula brand restaurants in the city. Their service is really good and it does give a feel of dining in a fancy place. Evenings you will see that they have some live music which would be great with their opulent bar selection. All in all, a good family place.

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Interesting Indian Fare at Veranda Bandra

Veranda Bandra

I’m not really the kind of person that loves eating Indian food while eating out. So when I was headed to Veranda Bandra, I didn’t really know what was about to come! So here I am sharing my experience with you.

My visit to Veranda Bandra is captured in this video. I hope you enjoy it!

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Here’s a description of everything you saw me eat at Veranda Bandra.

Leonardo Dra-vidli with Aam Panna

Veranda Bandra

Alternating flavors to help cleanse your palate. That gunpowder is the good stuff!

Kin Sue

Veranda Bandra

It’s pumpkin soup and it didn’t make me throw up. So yeah!

Watermelon Mojito

Veranda Bandra

Nothing like minty fresh watermelon with some liquor.

Contem-Beetroot Salad 

Veranda Bandra

It’s a total burst of flavors in your mouth. The salad is oh so fresh. And the beetroot with hung curd is probably the best that beetroot has ever tasted for me.

Raja Dahi Varma

Veranda Bandra

This is a dahi bhalla – but deconstructed! Great taste.

Palak Bhindi Chaat

Veranda Bandra

Spinach, fried bhindi, chutneys and hung curd – it’s got everything going on.

Cottage Cheese Trilogy

Veranda Bandra

3 Different flavors of paneer – mild, spicy and healthy i.e. with spinach!

Vegetarian Kebabs

Veranda Bandra

A beetroot kebab with tomato chutney on top, a mushroom one and the best one – a spinach kebab with sweet mango pickle. That pickle is parcel worthy!

Banksy Bharta

Veranda Bandra

Perfect baingan bharta, tomato and onion kulcha and dal makhni that’s not too heavy.

Gulkand Chocobar

Veranda Bandra

Only thing better than saunf is saunf rolled in chocolate! That’s what I felt about this.

White Chocolate Souffle

Veranda Bandra

Melting goodness. Never knew white chocolate souffle could feel so good.

That’s all from my visit to Veranda Bandra. I hope you enjoyed reading and watching. Please stay tuned for more. And in the mean time don’t forget to stay in touch with me on my social media. All links are below.

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I went for a WALK – VLOG 03

I went for a walk

As a food reviewer, anything that I’m doing apart from eating really counts for me. So that’s why it kinda became a big deal for me, when I went for a walk! It was a sort of blah day and I was honestly quite wasting it – watching too much YouTube, sampling too much food and eating too much junk. And then I got out and I went for a WALK. Watch!

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Walking is something that calms me down – it kind of took away that feeling of doing nothing. And that’s why it became the highlight of my day. I hope you enjoyed watching my I went for a WALK – VLOG. If you did then please give it a Thumbs Up and also Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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