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Daytime lounging at #Farzi Cafe

Not being a Lounge Lizard , I had no idea what to expect at Farzi Cafe which I found out was actually a lounge bar and not really a cafe.

Why Farzi?

It all started with Daughter No 1’s desire to try out the new eating places in town. After a shout out to my foodie friends for recommendations, we decided on Farzi Cafe  which is in Kamala City, in the heart of Mumbai ‘s erstwhile mill district ( Lower Parel) . Since Lower doesn’t sound very classy, this area has become ”Upper Worli” when it was gentrified.

Hence , when we asked for directions, the girl at Farzi said we could come from anywhere . We soon found out a horrendous traffic jam later that this is not true. In fact the best way to get there ( at least till the redevelopment is over ) is from Gate No. 4. Once you enter it is still quite a trudge so don’t give up your transport till you actually reach the restaurant.

Inside the Cafe

Once in, the darkness was a stark contrast to the bright sunshine we had just stepped away from. We were led to a sofa table mainly to accommodate our little one whom we couldn’t leave at home.  We realised later that this place is most inappropriate for children. I also realised that it is not a place for people less than 6 ft tall because even when I stretched my spine to its fullest, I could barely scrape the top of the table . And when I had to take aerial shots of the food , I not only had to stand up but raise my arm up high to get a somewhat decent bird’s eye view.

The menu was unusual to say the least : innovative and refreshing . The waiter advised us to order just two starters as they were sufficient to fill us up ! Alas! They didn’t and we ordered a third. We probably would have ordered a dessert as well but they didn’t seem too exciting.

The amuse bouche  served amid a cloud of smoke was truly delightful : a tiny globule of mishti doi with just a hint of strawberry jus.

The entire meal was like a magic show with unexpected tastes and flavours  when the lamb tacos turned out to be none other than the familiar salli boti wrapped in a crisp wheat taco. Or what was more intriguing ? The Hajmola sorbet served as twigs on a tree?

The ultimate surprise though was the candy floss gujia stuffed with paan! We didn’t expect such a treat. But the bill  presented in an old fashioned typewriter was the icing on the cake so to speak!

So Farzi Cafe was a dining experience that was fun and fanciful with great food to make the trek worthwhile.  Hearty eaters please note – the portions are quite small and if you really were to eat to your heart’s content be sure to shell out a pretty packet .

Verdict :  Definitely worth going especially for a fun evening in town.

Caveat: Guests should make prior reservations to avoid disappointment. Night times are particularly lively so not suitable for the oldie goldies

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A new idea Pops Up at Kemp’s Corner

Mumbaikars are always on the look out for new places to eat and new foods to eat . The other day I found a completely new idea popping up at Kemps Corner – the Pop-Up Hut.

It is literally a hole in the wall or rather a small little eatery in the courtyard of an old building accessed by a tarpaulin lined alleyway. Walking past the funky art work, I came upon this tiny little outlet featuring fruit based ice cream. Since the concept of the restaurant is to have a new cuisine featured every week ( or at least every month), this is bound to go down well with the neighbourhood diners who always want updated menus at their favourite eating places.

I just had to explore the back story and interviewed Sanjana who very kindly spared time to answer my questions:

 

  1. What gave you this idea to have a pop up restaurant?

I feel this area is lacking interesting food concepts and ideas and wanted to introduce as many as possible.. Thus came the idea of changing pop-ups so that it would be interesting and exciting for customers and I could promote different food concepts and chefs

  1. How many can it seat? From what I saw it is just a counter really. Or do you plan to make it a takeaway or home delivery?

Yes, it is both a takeaway and home delivery plus we have a 4-5 people seating in the form of stools and a bench.

  1. How does one feature on your menu? Do you invite chefs/restaurants/caterers to set up shop for a week? Do you encourage private home caterers like housewives, small entrepreneurs?

Yes we encourage absolutely anyone interested in new food concepts and ideas and our only criteria is that it should be unique and delicious!!!

  1. How do you ensure quality in terms of product and service?

We curate pop-ups that can provide only high quality products and services and are selective with our pop-ups when it comes to this criteria. I personally over-see the kitchen and service as well.

  1. How will you staff be able to cope with different cuisines e.g. ice cream is handled differently from Chinese.

We will hire staff that is capable and skilled to handle the particular cuisine.

  1. What kind of cuisines do you plan on featuring?

We will be displaying desserts, savory products, hot food and almost any and every cuisine that we can.

 

So now that you know the back story, what are you waiting for? Go visit Pop-Up Hut today at

Kwality House-Alleyway, Next to Crossword, Kemps Corner, Mumbai

It’s open from  3 PM to 12 Midnight

But do call before going to check what’s on the menu!

+91 9819334698
00 02223820887

This restaurant was first featured in Mumbai On A High 
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Pizza Metro Pizza for Artisanal Pizzas

Pizzas have somehow evolved into comfort food and ever since it opened at Kemp’s  Corner I’ve been wanting to visit Pizza Metro Pizza. I finally got a chance today. Since it is literally round the corner, we’ve given the place a miss simply because walking there is impossible and driving there ridiculous :the roads are always a mess and parking is impossible

However, the urge to indulge was really strong and before it became another Ivy Moment for me, I decided to do a take away and placed the order on the phone.

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The door to the restaurant which once opened to a very popular Chinese Room

 

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Despite the predominance of black, the restaurant has a nice cozy feel with a bar along one wall and a wood fired oven at the back

 


However, I didn’t have long to wait. Within 5 minutes it was ready to go.

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Here’s the Proscuitto e funghi or ham and mushroom pizza on a tomato base.

The restaurant has a great menu for regular Italian food and is a great for casual dining.

The verdict

  • At Rs 950+ it wasn’t the cheapest pizza nor was it enough for two as recommended by the waiter. But definitely it was the thinnest crust pizza with just the right amount of cheese and ham and mushroom. And yes the fresh basil on the top !
  • Address: 4 August Kranti Marg Kemps Corner, BMC Water Authority Malabar Hill Tank Pumping Station, Kemps Corner, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006
  • The restaurant is open till late at night and on the weekend from noon till midnight.
  • While they don’t do home delivery, you can call up Scootsy or Swiggy and have it delivered at your doorstep.
Le 15 Cafe

French chic in aamchi Mumbai?

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Paris in Mumbai?

Oui! C’est possible . On Easter Sunday daughter no 1 and Ms Papaya accompanied me to the newest cafe on the block:  Le 15 Cafe.  With Colaba being a prominent tourist hang out, Pooja Dhingra, who introduced the macaron to Mumbaikars knew she couldn’t go wrong bringing some Parisien chic to aamchi Mumbai in the form of a cafe this time.  Around 5 weeks ago, Le 15 Cafe  ,an all day cafe specialising in wholesome snacks ,coffees and teas over Brunch, High Tea and Dinner, opened its doors to Mumbai’s foodies

The food

At 10.30 in the morning the place was fairly crowded but we were quickly shown to a table and made ourselves comfortable on a bench alongside the wall . Daughter No. 1 couldn’t resist ordering the Hot Potato which was simply scrumptious : creamy mashed potato with herbs and cheese topped with poached eggs while I preferred the crispy hard bread ciabatta sandwich Le Parisien with a smoky ham filling.   We washed this down with an Americano and my favourite a hazelnut flavoured cappuccino .

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Not being satisfied with this calorific onslaught we shared a crispy vanilla waffle drowning in butter and maple syrup with slivered almonds for an extra crunch.

The ambience

The overall feel was Parisien with its black and white chipped mosaic tile floor, high ceiling with pendant lamps and a display case with pastries and macarons. There were tiny marble topped round cafe tables ( a bit too tiny I thought ) and an interesting patterned tile border breaking the monotony of the painted walls. The place was airy and inviting with soft pop music adding just the right touch.

Verdict

I don’t know if the owner Pooja Dhingra was there because of a photo shoot but her presence added to the warmth the place exuded. Even though the cafe was just  5 weeks old, the response has been stupendous and she advises making a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

  • There is a pay and park service outside but it is better to take a cab especially on a working day.
  • Vegetarians have enough to choose from
  • No hard liquor is served
  • A bit pricey for sure but definitely worth the experience.

Call : +91 9769341994

Location : Shop 18, Lansdowne House Building, MB Marg, Near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bunder,Colaba, Mumbai

If it’s sushi it must be Umame 


Ever since it opened, I’ve been wanting to eat at Umame the Pan Asian restaurant by famous Mumbai restaurateur  Farrokh Khambatta . Ever since he came on the scene, Khambatta  has been the rage of Mumbai’s jet set and lovers of Asian food.

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It was my birthday and the family decided to go to Umame ( Yes! Finally after years of wanting to go there I got my wish!!!!) and I wasn’t disappointed. The entrance was a bit confusing  because of the adjacent lounge which is equally popular for party goers. The dark interiors gave it a sophisticated yet welcoming feel.

Since we specifically wanted to pig out on Sushi we ordered the sushi boat which is actually the perfect choice for a group of Sushi lovers who can enjoy the assortment of sashimi, california rolls and the generous portions of wasabi and pickled ginger

 There was a good  selection for vegetarians too,  so Hubby Dear didn’t go hungry.  But what really disappointed was the desserts particularly the hot chocolate souffle/pudding which was sadly very chewy and rubbery.

But all in all it was a great way to spend a birthday and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion.

The restaurant is always heavily booked so do book well in advance ( we booked two months ahead)