Three times as good – The Treesome Cafe, Andheri

26 Sep

Veg Burger in a cageThe latest entrant on the restaurant scene in Andheri –Treesome Café has a lot in its favour: good looks, sunny service, a sexy crowd and a handful of great tasting dishes.

Treesome interiors1The space is simple yet pleasant with bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling, exposed air-conditioning ducts, warm wooden flooring and two plasma screens. Get there before 10 pm to avoid jostling with the crowd and head straight for the alfresco area if you want to avoid screaming through the high decibel levels.

Chicken Gangnam Style- High resWhat’s Hot: It’s the food that steals the show at Treesome. I tried the Jolly Goan –perfectly spiced sausages served with small buns on a grey slate. Can a funky café do justice to the quintessential Mumbai street food Kheema Pav? Thankfully Treesome does.

Butter Chicken Risotto

Butter Chicken Risotto

The mutton mince is so moist and creamy that it just melts in the mouth. Butter chicken risotto may sound like an unholy matrimony but it does a jig on the tongue. The silky smooth Arborio rice is flecked with chicken and accompanied by grilled chicken on the side. I also enjoyed the Chicken Gangnam Style which is skewered chicken served in a tapri chai glass along with honey chili dip. The man behind the funky preparations is Chef Rohan D’souza who’s trained under British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. The menu also includes pizza, burgers, mains and a whole lot of funk.

 Barcelona Style Garlic Prawns

Barcelona Style Garlic Prawns

Those looking for spirited indulgences can go for the Cucumber Cooler where the vodka finds itself muddled with sugar, lime, mint leaves and fresh cucumber. Want something chatpata? Try the tequila based Guava Twist which get’s a wicked kick from the Worchester sauce and Tabasco.

What’s not: I like soft lighting but I don’t want to bring a miner’s hat to read the menu! Can we have more lights please?

By the way the café gets its name from the fig tree outside…what did you think?

The Treesome Cafe

Jewel Shopping Centre, Next to WTF!, Seven Bungalows, Versova. Andheri (West). Tel: 022 2636 5554

Cuisine: Mumbai local and Fusion

Meal for two: 1500-2000

By Nivedita Jayaram Pawar

Flights of Fancy – Sapna Bhavnani’s eclectic home

18 Sep

Celebrity hair stylist Sapna Bhavnani’s Bandra apartment is very much like her – quirky and in your face. The bachelor pad juxtaposes rugged industrial elements with lots of greens. I recently got a tour of the eclectic space for my fortnightly feature in Hindustan Times.

The studio style apartment reflects her love for nature and ‘do it yourself,’ concept. Adorned with pieces designed and built by the stylist herself the one bedroom home is a green oasis in a concrete jungle. A mannequin adorned with creepers takes centre stage in the living room, solar lights brighten up the balcony, old shoes hold plants and books act like book shelves in this nature inspired house. A perfect and intimate space for a maverick stylist and her three cats.

Here’s a link to the story

By Nivedita Jayaram Pawar

A secret hideout

16 Sep

phone booth at pdtThe newest pub in Mumbai – Please Don’t Tell (PDT) has everything going for it – playful interiors, foot-tapping music, innovative cocktails and a James Bond style entry.

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Dining in the clouds

8 Sep
Mekong - Palladium Hotel

Mekong – Palladium Hotel

A restaurant with a gorgeous view can take a dining experience from mediocre to magnificent: giving it that lift that makes it a memorable meal. Looking out over Mumbai’s silhouette, the glittering skyline and cloud-grazing buildings is Mekong, at Palladium Hotel, Mumbai. A meal here remains memorable long after your plate is cleared.

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Bohri Biryani

3 Sep

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Biryani buffs often argue on the merits of Hyderabadi biryani versus lucknowi biryani. Now add Bohri Biryani to the battle!

I stumbled upon this biryani last week and found it to be the one of the best biryanis I have ever had. The rice packed flavour and the meat was delicately spiced. The slow-cooked, saffron-laced box of happiness came topped with browned onions and accompanied with raita.

Le Berian is a Bohri style Biryani delivery outlet in Lokhandwala, Andheri. I tried 5 varieties of biryani (yes I am a glutton for biryani) and found the Afghan Tikka (Rs 220) to be the best. Unlike the Hyderabadi or Lucknowi biryani this one’s far more moist and flavourful. The masala layer at the bottom was topped with yellow rice and then a layer of white rice. The meat was succulent as if marinated overnight and the brown onions imparted a subtle aftertaste.

Chicken tikka biryani

Chicken tikka biryani

I also loved the Lamb Tikka Biryani (Rs 240). The Butter Chicken Biryani (Rs 220) was strictly ok. I am not a big paneer fan but Paneer Makhni Biryani (Rs 180) could be a great option for the vegetarians. The paneer was fresh and the spices were not too over powering. However the raita could have been a little more creamy.

Le Berian is the brainchild of Chef Mohammed Bhol whose family has been running a successful biryani catering business for the last four decades. The 29 year old who previously manned the kitchens of 212 at Worli, LPQ and Café Sundance decided to brand the community food and retail it. And thank god he did!

Address:Le Berian, 311, Snehanjali CHS, Adarsh Nagar 2, Lokhandwala. Near Samartha Aiswharya

Tel: 022 26348844, 022 26348855

Ajay Chopra brings Veggistan – a cookery show for Veggie Lovers

29 Jul Chef Ajay Chopra @ the launch of Veggistan on NDTV Good Times (1)

Chef Ajay Chopra at the launch of Veggistan on NDTV Good Times

Chef Ajay Chopra at the launch of Veggistan on NDTV Good Times

Do you dread the question ‘what’s for dinner tonight’ after a tiring day at work? I do. It gets even more complicated if you are vegetarian.

Help is at hand. Chef Ajay Chopra, Executive chef at The Westin Mumbai is hosting a new cookery show – Veggistan featuring uncomplicated and easy to rustle up vegetarian dishes. A 100% vegetarian journey across 52 episodes, the show seeks to evoke the die-hard foodie and also the home grown cook to prepare a variety of vegetarian “easy-to-cook-at-home” dishes. In the series, Chef Ajay will showcase an all vegetarian menu with dishes that are not so common yet easy-to-prepare, while being inventive and exciting. Each episode will contain handy tips; focusing on cooking, food and health.

Finally Green Gets Its Glory!

Veggistan every Saturday at 7 PM only on NDTV Good Times

Go with the Pho

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Though Vietnamese food has been threatening to take India by storm for the past few years, it has so far been more niche than nationwide. Now, finally, the cuisine is ready to battle for wider recognition.

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