1. Social - service recovery by Riyaaz

    Social – service recovery by Riyaaz

    If you point out the bad things about an Agency & Brand then, you need to accept the good thing about them also.

    A fortnight back, I received an email addressed as ‘Dear Yashesh’…… inviting me to a launch preview of Social at colaba. I reacted, asking who was this person? The answer came back sharing the profile of the owner of Social, not realising, I was referring to Yashesh. Whilst this was…

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  2. Social - service recovery

    Social – service recovery

    If you point out the bad things about an Agency & Brand then, you need to accept the good thing about them also.

    A fortnight back, I received an email addressed as ‘Dear Yashesh’…… inviting me to a launch preview of Social at colaba. I reacted, asking who was this person? The answer came back sharing the profile of the owner of Social, not realising, I was referring to Yashesh. Whilst this was…

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  3. Khaman Dhokla

    Khaman Dhokla or Khaman as preferred by us from South Gujarat are yellow in color and though the methods are the same for Dhokla, taste different.

    Ingredients

    4 cups of chana dal
    1 cup Rice
    1/4 tsp turmeric powder
    2 TB ginger chilli paste
    1/4 tsp hing
    1 tsp soda bi carb
    3 tsp oil
    Salt to taste
    1/2 cup curd
    1/4 cup of finely chopped coriander leaves & finely grated coconut

    Method

    1) Soak Dal and…

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  4. White Dhokla

    In South Gujarat where we hail from, “DHOKLA” are mostly White and very light, fluffly eaten for snacks or with aam ras during the season.

    The reason for specifying this is because many people influding CJ have no clue but will keep going ga ga over ‘Khaman Dhokla’ which are yellow in color, not understanding the difference but being very excited.

    Ingredients

    3 cups of Idli Rava (Now available in…

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  5. Being 23……

    Being 23……

    This post, Being 23… came about, from constantly reading about how a 23 year old stabbed a girl; how a 23 year old made a million dollars; how a 23 year old crashed a car; how 23 year olds need their space today; how 23 year old earn enough to be independent, so on and forth, AND is also dedicated to those who have not been able to achieve any of this, but are still sorted, still alive, still…

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  6. I was one of the first to try out this place and had been instrumental in helping out Gagan aka Gee with some thoughts on sales and offers also. He had opened another in Versova but that opens post 9 am so never really worked for me. We have always been to the Lokhandwala outlet because of convenience and they do breakfast. It had been quite a while since we had been there.

    Yesterday, it turned out that colleagues wanted ‘Healthy working lunch’ so once they reached via the Metro, off we went to Fresh Restaurant.

    Met Gagan, shot the breeze with him, till the colleagues landed up, introduced them and we decided to order. Between the three of us ordered, Breakfast – a whopper of a sandwich which had lettuce, salami, cheese and eggs. Quite good, just that the bread turned a bit soggy by the time you reach the last piece. (Gee has promised to look into it, maybe add more meat or grill it better); Paneer burrito – Good and quite filling. I ordered a veg burger which was quite good and filling.

    The service was quick and pretty good, reminding me that I need to start regular visits there over again.

    Location: Lokhandwala & Versova
    Meal: Lunch/Snacks
    Food: 8/10
    Service: 8/10
    Damages: 1000/- for 3 people including Diet coke & coffee

    Fresh Restaurant – Healthy bhi I was one of the first to try out this place and had been instrumental in helping out Gagan aka Gee with some thoughts on sales and offers also.
     

  7. Disclaimer: This was an ex client for 1+99 experience consulting and hence tried multiple times; earlier as mystery try outs, then with changes and subsequently again as mystery.

    Smaaash an activity center which has football, cricket, bowling, paintball etc as bonding games along with food and bar facilities also.

    We have tried out different items on the menu over the past 5 months, with hits and misses, but let me focus on the hits with consistency.

    Barbeque Fries – The perfect chakna with beer and drinks whilst playing games.

    Pizza – Veg or Non Veg has been the mainstay, much better than other touted places so to speak; the toppings are pretty generous, the base just right and good accompaniment with beer or carry a slice around watching friends play.

    Sandwiches/Panini – Veg or Non Veg – At times panini is not available, but the bread is also pretty good, with the choice of stuffing and salad, a meal by itself. Most preferred snack which also replaces lunch for me.

    Burger – Tried it but, somehow the crumbly bun made it difficult to finish it and hence doesn’t work for me.

    Indian – Surprisingly the garlic naan, chicken patiala, aloo jeera and yellow dal tadka have been excellent and consistent.

    The current Monsoon menu – Bhajiyas, Dal vada, Aloo vada are quite nice and worth a go. Though, I liked only the mirchi bhajiya because the other were not spicy enough for my taste.

    The best VFM is beer, but enjoyable in a group is the midget cocktail

    Location: Lower Parel
    Meal: Lunch/Snacks/Drinks and Starters
    Food: 7/10
    Service: 6.5/10
    Damages: Refer Disclaimer

    Smaaash, Lower Parel Disclaimer: This was an ex client for 1+99 experience consulting and hence tried multiple times; earlier as mystery try outs, then with changes and subsequently again as mystery.
     

  8. A restaurant that has been operational since a while in Mahalakshmi. Always planning, but just the thought of driving or reaching there exhausts me. And it remained on my list. Finally an outpost of the main one, opened a while back, very close to my house, heard good things about it and have been meaning to go there but somehow kept missing it out. A friend from out of town dropping by and then a party where we ordered in. Equal veg and non veg. Over the two times tried

    Bhutta malai sheekh – good, liked by everyone, did not work for me because don’t like American corn very much; Aloo panch foran – very good repeated both times.

    In the Non veg tried Gilawat kebab and worked pretty well, more so with hot roomali rotis and pyaaz.

    The mains had Paneer makhni pasanda – excellent, worked for the kids, personally found it a bit sweetish; there was an aloo dish that I liked but can’t recall the name, but Baigan aur Mirchi ka salan was quite a change and very good.

    The murg baradari korma and kashmiri rogan josh were both outstanding; followed by Tarkari Dum Biryani – quite piquant in taste and common for all with Lasuni dal tadka, which was extremely good when had there but lacking a bit of dum when ordered home.

    Personally loved the Nizami kakdi raita with pomegranate seeds, quite different. The assortment of warqi paratha, naan and roomali worked well, but the packing for breads needs to be a bit better.

    All of this polished off finally with Angoori Rabdi – the master which made everyone forget the missed tadka etc. The only sweet that we had because of popular demand, but I don’t eat it.

    Definitely on my repeat list. But I seriously wonder why they cannot have a tasting menu :(

    Location: Andheri West
    Meal: Drink and Dinner
    Food: 8/10
    Service: 7/10
    Damages: Approx ₹6700/- for 4 people with a drink

    Neel, Andheri A restaurant that has been operational since a while in Mahalakshmi. Always planning, but just the thought of driving or reaching there exhausts me.
     

  9. Restaurant Invites - My Rules.

    Restaurant Invites – My Rules.

    1993 when I moved back to Bombay, there were restaurants, good, very good & fantastic. These ranged from a Shiv Sagar, Elco to the Oberoi, Taj, Leela.

    2013-4 fast forward and there were so many restaurants that it would require a couple of lifetimes to visit all of them. Restaurants just keep opening. Everybody wants to create a brand instantly and thanks to Bloggers, Twitter, FaceBook it may be…

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  10. A week ago, late night tweets with Chef Ranveer Kalyan and Adarsh and an impromptu plan suggested by Chef and an invite led the three of us to Novotel for a specially cooked Lucknowi food.

    With a miss on Wednesday, rains playing usual mischief on Thursday, we finally reached Novotel. Whilst waiting for Adarsh, Kalyan, Ranveer and me had quite a chat, covering food, places, PR, blogging and of course why we did not attend blogger meets ;)

    Adarsh soon walked in and we were escorted inside where a nice small privie room had been made ready for us and we began, with a small story by Ranveer accompanied by white wine and a fresh lime for Kalyan.

    And so it began, the photos – not all, in fact the killer raita was missed out as probably one more, because we were enjoying ourselves so much, listening to Ranveer share stories, run to the kitchen, back again.

    In the meantime, I learnt from the two Food Bloggers – Kalyan who normally does not do restaurant reviews, has now promised to teach me quick pasta recipes, plan to check out the Puchhka place in Juhu; whilst Adarsh who opens companies faster than Ambani and still finds time to review, blog, romance, shop (ah! the benefits of age).

    We also spoke and gossiped about a whole host of Press, Restaurants, Bloggers, change in food scene in Bombay etc. But as they say “What happens off Twitter, remains off Twitter”.

    All of us did agree that, smaller evening with 4-6 people is the ideal way to try out or review, but then the brands and PR companies have their KRAs and priorities.

    Kalyan had an answer to my “Fortunately, I don’t get invited as much as you do. And when they do invite me, they either offer Rs. 500/- or with a whole gang of kids” His answer ‘They are scared of inviting you’ :(

    All in all a lovely evening, we parted with plans to repeat this soon, not like a year as it has been this time.

    Lucknow, Food & Folklore A week ago, late night tweets with Chef Ranveer Kalyan and Adarsh and an impromptu plan suggested by Chef and an invite led the three of us to Novotel for a specially cooked Lucknowi food.