Memoirs of #NaviMumbaiFoodies around the world in #80Days

Please dont get distracted by the title. #NaviMumbaiFoodies didn’t hit the travel tracks, but simply headed to 80 Days at Global Culture (in Sanpada) for a great experience in World Cuisine.

80 Days is designed around the book & movie – Around the world in 80 Days – true to it in each aspect. The experience begins as you enter the ambiance – flags off varied countries, huge ship to mark the travel bug, comfortable and unique seating style. Most importantly a comprehensive menu with vast options to pick from.

Once seated, we were offered Olive Tepanade – crusted bread with delectable olives crushed in – this got us started and wanting for more. The vegetarians on the table were soon delighted with the Mezze Platter (best we had in the twin city), Jalapeno Poppers (that came with an awesome dip) and Essence of mushroom soup (will be a fav for mushroom lovers). With lower in count, the non-vegetarians, chose the often recommended lamb sliders and were not disappointed at all.

80 days essence of mushroom 80 Days Jalapeno Poppers 80 Days Lam Sliders 80 days mezze platter 80 Days olive tepenade

As we moved on to picking our beverages, the table was soon swamped with great options. But the “hero”80 Days Beverages
of the night was awarded to Port No. 7, a bourbon whisky cocktail. If your a whisky lover, then no one can stop u drooling on this one; and if u aint a whisky person, you would still want more of this smooth drink. Others on the table were – Virgin Green Apple Mojito, Green Apple & Hazelnut Martini, Mango & Plum Smoothie.

For the non-vegetarian mains, we picked their wood-fired barbeque chicken pizza (slow cooked to give a smoky chicken taste to it) and chicken milanise (crumb fried with olive tepanade & fetacheese). The portions are splendid and definitely gets us to try something new, this side of the town. The vegetarians chose Creole Cottage Cheese (very tender & flavorsome) and Tomato Risotto (moist in texture). Although we didnt order, but the tomato emulsion soup is personally recommended by the chef.

80 Days Barbeque Chicken Pizza 80 Days Chicken Milanis 80 Days Cottage Cheese 80 Days Rissotto

Like all good things end on a sweet note, this meal got its closure with the chocolate marquis cake – not so sweet, not overtly filled with chocolate, not so bitter. It was the perfect balance.

80 Days Chocolate Marquis

What we enjoyed – food offered is a great combination of taste & options, comfortable ambiance (has a large screen as well), prompt service, quick chat with the chef and the lovely cocktail. Family, friends or quick catching-up, this place can give it all.

Nothing better than hearing what the experts had to say themselves. So go on and read what our #foodies recommend.

@sudhagee – https://www.facebook.com/myfavouritethingssudhagee

@stunningmoon –

http://amjillofalltrades.blogspot.in/2015/03/80-days-world-cuisine-at-global-culture.html

@rutaagayire –

http://www.photokatha.in/80days-restaurant-review-in-navi-mumbai/

@gulabo_ https://www.facebook.com/aarti.ghai/posts/10153180054424168

@rohandasgupta http://www.facebook.com/rohandasgupta

(This review was done on March 13th, 2015)

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A jaunt to Kharghar reveals Pattaya Street for #NaviMumbaiFoodies

As the name goes, Pattaya Street is Asian from the word go. Be it the ‘you cant miss’ Happy-man Statue, the ambiance, the omnipresent Buddha wall decor or the Chinese lamps. Everything simply tickles you to expect a complete Asian fare.

The evening begins with a simple yet impressive menu. From  page one till u turn the last one, each dish is explained in detail alongwith the country of origin. We traversed onto this journey with soups – Tom Kha Phak (vegetarian) and Tom Yum with Shrimps – both thai soups were bountiful of flavors.

Pattaya Street Soups

Next addition on our tables were the starters – Corn Chestnut Roll (Thai), Veg Sushi (Japan), Cottage Cheese Thai Cake (Thai) and Chicken Yakitori (Japan). The corn chestnut roll and cheese thai cake got our thumbs up, whereas you could give sushi a miss. Although the chicken yakitori was average, you could still enjoy it with the sweet sticky black bean sauce. An Asian eatery and no dumplings? Cant be! So we dug into assorted dumplings of Chicken, Prawns and Veges (assortment was specially made to order, not a usual practice).

Pattaya Street Dimsums Pattaya Street starters

Our mains were – Khow Suey (one of their signature dishes), Assorted vegetables in peanut sauce (thai) and steamed fish in banana leaf (thai) – stole the show of the evening. Each of them had a distinct flavor and left us wanting for more. For the sweet tooth lovers we opted for simple honey tossed noodles and vanilla ice-cream.

Pattaya Street Main course

A meal for two costs Rs. 1000, in a comfortable ambiance and attended to by courteous staff. A special thanks to their Chef Devraaj Negi (from Uttaranchal) for the splendid fare.

But if this is not enough and you wish to read what our #foodie experts have to say, then must follow @abhipsa_gaur – https://www.zomato.com/review/rEqLEm

@abhinav2111 – https://m.facebook.com/Bambhaiyya/photos/pb.1491462471141282.-2207520000.1426538992./1551897205097808/?type=3&theater

– https://www.zomato.com/review/LPybpD

(PS: The team was requested for smaller portions of everything served on our table)

Review done on March 12th, 2015

Pan Pan. One-stop shop in #Asian cuisine for #NaviMumbaiFoodies

An experience that engulfs you on entering the world of Global Culture. A brand that houses four themes of restaurants, is definitely a first in Navi Mumbai.

Having opened its doors only a week back, #NaviMumbaiFoodies was delighted to be at Pan Pan (east Asian cuisine) for a review. It seemed like the perfect day with a window seating, skies pouring outside and some brilliant eastern fare turning up on our tables.

As we settled in, the usual like khimchi and sauces were placed. Our orders began with their special Tom Yum chicken soup, Seafood wanton soup and Chicken Lemon Coriander soup. The three bowls were overflowing with aroma and were distinctively special. Following that we chose the obvious – steamed dimsums – opting for Garlic Prawn dimsums. Colorfully rich and soft to the touch, these dimsums blend beautifully if you wish to try green tea along. East Asian fare, so Chicken satay wasn’t far away with its finger-licking peanut sauce.

Pan Pan soupsPan Pan dimsums

Our appetites were full to the brim, but main course definitely needed some indulgence. The team recommended vegetarian Burmese curry (which is MUST try) and burnt garlic prawn rice (a hit from the moment it landed on our table). We pushed the envelope by ordering their in-house special – cheesecake, which was loaded with cheese and got full marks for its freshness.

Pan Pan burmese curry n burnt garlic prawn ricePan Pan cheesecake

All in all, Pan Pan will make you come back everytime you yearn for Asian cuisine, so forget traveling anywhere else (approx Rs. 1500-2000 for a meal of two).

This isnt enough and you want more details on the menu? Then read what our guest and a senior food expert Sanjay Punjabi, has to say. Professionally works in the ecommerce industry, has an in-depth understanding of the print industry and is a foodie by passion.

http://sanjaynpunjabi.blogspot.in/2015/03/pan-pan.html?m=1

https://www.zomato.com/review/pRYALa#rra-pRYALa

Review done on Feb 28th, 2015

#NaviMumbaiFoodies tantalized their taste buds at the refreshed #PotPourri

Pot Pourri is back with a new look, invigorated menu and a Wednesday night special buffet! Ardent regulars at Pot Pourri might not need anything to motivate their visit, because its always on their favorite list. But the Wednesday buffet seemed to have engulfed both – regulars and newbies – at Rs. 650 inclusive of taxes. And one definitely has to add the innovative display and some unique props. The spread was impressive, with ample options in veg and non-veg across salads, soups, entrees and main course. Desserts laid out enough varieties such as fresh fruits, cupcakes, cheesecake, mousse & pastries! PotPourri smoothies n iced teasPotPourri soups n saladsPotPourri maincoursepotPourri desserts But if your’e not a buffet person, then don’t worry, you could still order a-la-carte and enjoy few drinks at the bar. Their signature chicken wings is a must-try (and any grilled chicken or fish preparation too). This is not all, read what our #foodies have to say, because that will surely get you to block your date with Pot Pourri.

@stunningmoon http://amjillofalltrades.blogspot.in/2015/02/navimumbaifoodies-check-out-potpourris.html http://m.burrp.com/mumbai/pot-pourri–vashi-listing/13120#

@tuckers_ https://tuckersmumbai.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/pot-pourri-has-got-all-that-you-need/

@euphoRHEA http://euphorhea.blogspot.in/

Review done on Feb 25th, 2015

All-day breakfast & open air made foodies trot to Rockville Deli

Yes, this is true! Navi Mumbai now houses an all-day breakfast menu at Rockville Deli.

Open ambiance, great weather, brilliant spread to choose from – definitely made #NaviMumbaiFoodies enjoy their time at Rockville Deli. This new all-day breakfast dining (at Vashi station) is easily accessible, even if its just for a cup of cappuccino, Oreo shake or a refreshing mint Mojito.

The gamut was enjoyable, as the tables got filled with Crockpots, an in-house special (must try the mushroom, chicken sausage & egg), Frittata, stuffed egg-white omelet, Chicken Schnitzel sandwhich, Moroccan Burger (not so great, yet), Waffles with whipped cream and maple syrup, stunning Sundaes and shakes (Oreo one is a must try).

This place can definitely be part of your daily routine. And if you thought that was all, please indulge in reading what our #NaviMumbaiFoodies have to say.

Rhea Dalal – http://euphorhea.blogspot.in/2015/02/rockville-deli-vashi-review.html

Sudha Ganapathi – http://t.co/aJ1LJUjGWZ

Rohan Dasgupta – fb.com/rohandasgupta

Aarti Ghai – @gulabo_

A morning foodie at Cafe Monza

There are a lot of reasons one would wake up early for. But all geared up for a hearty breakfast at 8am, only cult foodies would do that!

On this beautiful Friday morning #NaviMumbaiFoodies head to Cafe Monza at Kharghar, for their breakfast spread. This quaint little place welcomes you from the moment you enter the cafe, which has two levels of seating (and options outside as well).

As #NaviMumbaiFoodies get settled, the table is swamped with some delectable food – egg omelet, waffles, kheema ghotala (finger-licking awesome), mashed potato, chicken sausages, poha in basil & sundried tomato (must try in-house innovation), masala chai and cappuccino.

Cafe MonzaKheema GotalaWafflesMasala Chai n Capuccino

Wanna know more, read what our experts have to say – Rhea Dalal, Avantika Chitlangia and Nisha Jha.

http://amjillofalltrades.blogspot.in/2015/02/navimumbaifoodies-breakfast-at-cafe.html

http://euphorhea.blogspot.in/2014/03/cafe-monza-gem-in-kharghar.html

Next time u wanna head out for breakfast, make sure the journey leads you to Kharghar.

(PS: meal for two could be approx Rs. 500-700)

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Ergo a foodie

So the #NaviMumbaiFoodies embarked on a journey, making their first stop at Macchiato, a pizza, bar and grill (CBD Belapur). As they rightly said, this two-florey Italophilia made it for an interesting evening.

Our tables soon got filled with macchitato shots (awesomely strong coffee) with in-house breads (referred to as home-made), mocktails like Orange Blossom, side orders of Carpaccio and Crostinis, main course of wood fired pizza, risotto and home-made pasta. The cherry on top was the light and a must-try steamed (not baked) cheesecake.

And how well did it tickle our taste buds? Read the reviews shared by our foodies Sudha Ganapthi and Avantika Chitlangia

https://thatandthisinmumbai.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/restaurant-review-macchiato/

http://amjillofalltrades.blogspot.in/2015/02/navimumbaifoodies-visit-macchiato.html

Stay tuned as more specials come up!

(PS: A meal for two could cost approx Rs. 2000 or slightly more)

Macchiato IndiaMacchiato_main courseMacchiato_home made pastaMacchiato_cheesecake n mango icecream

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A foodie butterfly

Bringing to you #NaviMumbaiFoodies – an initiative that helps restaurants share their stories. Bring out your best spread and see how the food blog world goes abuzz. Freshly baked bread, a new mocktail concoction or could be an indianised version of a global recipe – you pour your heart into it and let us do the talking.

NaviMumbaiFoodies

In a world where reviews matter and every corner is filled with an expert, let #NaviMumbaiFoodies do what they are best at – tasting food and sharing updates in real-time. This initiative aims to bring delectable palates under one roof, break bread on the same table and ensure the word gets passed
around faster.

So stay tuned, as we uncover the first of many such meets, exploring cuisines in Navi Mumbai.

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