15 Nutella variants to feed your craving this instant

You have the right to go absolutely nuts about Nutella


This article first appeared on Burrp.com  while I was a writer there and is republished here only for personal use.

Nutella Waffles With Churro Ice Cream Cones @ 145, Kala Ghoda
How about a Nutella waffle? 145 in Kala Ghoda has a variety of desserts but if you love Nutella, you are going to want the waffles; they come along with churro ice cream cones. The soft warm waffles are served with a layer of nutella.

Price: Rs 425 + taxes

Nutella Well Cake @ The Boston Cupcakery, Bandra West
You dont need to dig through the jar to eat Nutella anymore, The Boston Cupcakery will fives you a whole well of it to relish. The cafe serves a soft and spongy chocolate cake in the shape of a well with a generous dollop of thick nutella that will make your mouth watering with the first spoon of goodness.

Price: Rs 200 + taxes

Nutella Well Cake at The Boston Cupcakery, Bandra West Photo Credits: Mumbai Foodie

Mini Nutella Pizza @ Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi
Never thought you’d like a dessert pizza? Think again. The Mini Nutella Pizza at Four Points By Sheraton is loaded with Nutella. The pizza base is smeared with chocolaty Nutella and topped with juicy strawberries and dusted with cinnamon to give a sweet yet pleasant flavour that you will surely like.

Price: Rs 450 + taxes

Mini Nutella Pizza at Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi

Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse With Nutella @ Light House Cafe, All Outlets
Literally having an overdose of Nutella but you can’t ignore it. You can be subtle and not let anybody know you’re have Nutella with the Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse at LHC. The restaurant mixes the chocolate treat with a huge block of chocolate mousse and serves it with a honey glazed melon thyme and hazelnut. Not too much, just a little say.

Price: Rs 320 + taxes

Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse With Nutella at Light House Cafe, All Outlets

Waffle Trilogy and Peter Pancakes @ Hoppipola, All Outlets
If need a dessert to make your day, then the Waffle treat at Hoppipola should definitely be on your list. The restaurant serves hot soft waffles with maple syrup, a sweet blueberry compote and a generous helping of nutella and top it with whipped cream. Aren’t thinking of Charlie’s Chocolate factory right now?

Price: Rs 150 + taxes

Waffle Trilogy and Peter Pancakes at Hoppipola, All Outlets

Go Nuts Nutella Pancake @ The Little Door, Andheri West
Treat yourself to a Nutella pancake after a delicious Sunday brunch at The Little Door. The hot layer of pancakes has a thick nutella spread, a drizzle of whipped cream and topped with almonds and is served with sliced bananas on the side. Didn’t Sundays just get better?

Price: Rs 793 + taxes

Go Nuts Nutella Pancake at The Little Door, Andheri West

Nutty Pizza @ 1 Tablespoon, All Outlets
You might just give up a meat pizza for the deliciously sweet Nutty Pizza at 1 Tablespoon. Nutella is spread over a thin pizza crust with cinnamon sugar before being topped with fresh strawberries. The pizza makes for the perfect dessert with a sweet and subtly sour taste along with a perfect chocolate flavour.

Price: Rs 340 + taxes

Mini Nutella Pizza at Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi

Nutella Roti Canai @ NRI, Bandra East
Skip the waffles and pizzas, eat Nutella differently. NRI serves a serves Nutella on a Roti Canai – an Indian-inspired South Asian flatbread. The roti is topped with a layer of thick Nutella, unsalted butter and some peanuts that give it a chocolate and nutty flavour on a soft base, making it a delicious combination.

Price: Rs 250 + taxes

Nutella Roti Canai at NRI, Bandra East

DIY Nutella Pizza @ Global Chaos, Fort
If you have a nutella addiction, it is time you feed it a little… or maybe a lot for just one day. Global Chaos lets you make your own pizza with nutella pizza with a semi-finished base lightly baked with some brown sugar sprinkled on it. You can slather a layer of thick Nutella and top it with some banana slices, pomegranate seeds and whipped cream. What more do you need to make your day?

Price: Rs 400 + taxes

Also ReadThese roadside gola flavours are actually served as cocktails 

DIY Nutella Pizza at Global Chaos, Fort

Nutella French Toast @ The Daily Bar And Kitchen, Bandra West
The French toast just got cooler at The Daily Bar And Kitchen because they make it with nutella. The Brioche (sweetened yeast bread) French toast is stuffed with nutella and is served with a sweet berry compote to make it a complete treat if you don’t really want to mess your hands with nutella.

Price: Rs 245 + taxes

Nutella French Toast @ The Daily Bar And Kitchen, Bandra West

Mini Nutella Waffles @ The Rolling Pin, Lower Parel
Want to start your day with some nutella? The Rolling Pin is where you need to be at for some Mini Nutella Waffles for breakfast. You get a heap of nutella piled on your soft mini crisscross waffles and one is not enough, go ahead and order the second, we totally understand you.

Price: Rs 35 + taxes

Mini Nutella Waffles @ The Rolling Pin, Lower Parel

Nutella Pizza @ 1441 Pizzeria, All Outlets
If South Bombay is too far, 1441 Pizzeria in Lokhandwala serves a Nutella pizza too. The pizza base slightly sour along with the sweet Nutella gives the pizza a delicious taste. It is complimented with a topping of seasonal fruits like strawberries, bananas or pillowy marshmallows that will definitely make your day.

Price: Rs 295 + taxes

Nutella Pizza @ 1441 Pizzeria, All Outlets

Pizza Alla Nutella @ Gustoso, All Outlets
How about a Nutella stuffing? You’ve always had nutella as a topping but Gustoso thinks otherwise with their Pizza Alla Nutella which is a mini-pizza stuffed with nutella and sliced almonds to make the perfect dessert pizza on any day.

Price: Rs 500 + taxes

Pizza Alla Nutella @ Gustoso, All Outlets

Nutella Cupcake @ Ellipsis Bakery, All Outlets
If you just need a little nutella to soothe your craving, the Nutella Cupcake at Ellipsis Bakery helps you satiate it. The rich creamy nutella cupcake is topped with a nutella frosting too giving you a complete treat that you would not like to miss.

Price: Rs 130 + taxes

Nutella Cupcake @ Ellipsis Bakery, All Outlets

Nutella Sandwich @ Boveda Bistro, Andheri West
If you want to keep it simple, the delicious Nutella sandwiches at Boveda Bistro is what you can eat. A perfectly toasted sandwich filled with oodles of nutella is served and you will love sandwich with every bite as nutella drips making you want to lick your fingers to savour every bit of the treat.

Price: Rs 265 + taxes

Nutella Sandwich @ Boveda Bistro, Andheri West

These roadside gola flavours in Mumbai are actually served as cocktails

A drunken twist to the classic Mumbai street drink

This article first appeared on Burrp.com as 7 Golas That Are Actually Cocktails while I was a writer there and is republished here only for personal use.

Summers have always been a good time for some coolers to beat the heat but there are different kind of cocktails doing the rounds in the city. The gola cocktails or Golaritas as they are commonly called are cocktails that have been made to have like golas.

Burrp! tells you about different gola cocktails that you can have in Mumbai before the summer ends.

Popsicles @ The Bar Terminal, Fort
Remember asking for a mango gola after a cricket match during your summer vacations? The Bar Terminal has one of those but only with vodka. The heady popsicles are available in watermelon, mango and lime flavours in typical cutting chai glasses and steel cones used by kulfiwala’s. The popsicles are available as single and all three servings.

Price: Rs 120 + taxes per serving, Rs 305 + taxes for all three servings

Popsicles at The Bar Terminal, Fort

Irish Liqueur and Chocolate @ Fable, Juhu
If you like creamy Irish liqueur, stop by at Fable for a desi version before this summer gets over. The classic gola is dipped in Irish cream and chocolate to make a bittersweet indulgence, which we bet anybody with a sweet tooth would like.

Price: Rs 245 + taxes

Tequila and Strawberry @ True Tramm Trunk, Juhu
If you feel like trying something different, order the Tequila N Strawberry from the Golaritas section on the True Tramm Trunk menu. The red gola cocktail has a potent mixture of tequila and strawberry juice; the fruity and alcoholic mixture is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot sunny day.

Price: Rs 300 + taxes

Tequila and Strawberry @ True Tramm Trunk, Juhu

Cosmo Gola Fizz @ Woodside Inn, Colaba
Need a good drink on a Friday night? Stop by for the evening at Woodside Inn and try the Cosmo Gola Fizz. The gola is made up of sparkling wine, vodka, Triple Sec and cranberry juice. The sweet and fruity gola cocktail makes for a good cocktail variant if you want to try something new.

Price: Rs 345 + taxes per person

Cosmo Gola Fizz at Woodside Inn, Colaba

Nutella Craving @ Tonic, Mahalaxmi
Are you a chocolate addict? Try the chocolate flavoured gola at Tonic. The popsicle is an amalgamation of chocolate syrup, Old Monk rum, vanilla ice cream and coffee powder. The sweet taste of rum and bitter coffee taste makes it a must try for chocolate lovers.

Price: Rs 100 + taxes

Also Read: This south Indian pub in Mumbai serves a rasam cocktail

Kala Khatta Lemon Vodka @ Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi
Since not many prefer the rum and coke in the summers, Four Points by Sheraton serves a vodka-based gola cocktail. While the drink is not on the menu, it can be ordered while there. The gola uses everybody’s childhood favourite Kala Khatta, lemons mixed with vodka and spiced with chilli powder to produce a subtly spicy sour and delicious cocktail.

Price: Rs 700 + taxes

Kala Khatta Lemon Vodka at Four Points By Sheraton

Off The Street Gola @ Copa, Juhu
Taking inspiration from the streets of Mumbai, Copa has the perfect solution for ‘Bhaiya sab flavour ka gola banao’ but only with alcohol. The gola at Copa is a blend of vodka, grape juice, kala khatta syrup, kokum syrup, spoon chaat masala and lime juice to top it all. Indulge in a sweet, sour and spicy treat before this summer ends.

Price: Rs 295 + taxes

Photo Credits: Cryselle Dsouza


Every pork-lover has to definitely try these dishes in Mumbai

You don’t just eat pork with a fork, you devour it

This article first appeared on Burrp.com as 10 Must-Try Pork Dishes In Mumbai while I was a writer there and is republished here only for personal use.

The Fatty Bao PB & J @ The Fatty BaoBandra West
Trust Chef Manu Chandra to make you fall in love with pork. The Pork Belly and Jam at the quirky pan-Asian restaurant will make any eater forget pork ribs. The twice-cooked, soft meaty pork belly has crispy edges and is served with a mustard miso jam that will instantly give you the Christmas feels.  

Price: Rs 525 + taxes
Anthony @ Desi DeliBandra West
Start your day with pork at the little cafe Desi Deli and order up Anthony. Hot dog bread is stuffed with Goan pork sausage that is deliciously spicy and sour along with red sauce, peppers, onions and mint.
Price: Rs 240 + taxes
Anthony at Desi Deli, Bandra West

Pork Belly Buns @ EllipsisColaba
Do not limit eating pork to just ribs, sausages or vindaloo. Ellipsis serves pork belly but in steamed Chinese buns called baos. The buns are stuffed with meaty pork that is cooked in soya and apple butter sauce. Three mildly spicy pork belly buns come as a part of the dish and are packed with flavours.

Price: Rs 900 + taxes  

Spare Ribs JK Style @ Jim-me’s KitchenBandra West
We know many places serve pork ribs in the city but the Spare Ribs JK Style at Jim-Me’s easily stands out among all of them. A plate full of greasy spicy ribs is served with their in-house sauce that’s subtly tangy and spicy and is a lovely rendition of barbeque sauce. They restaurant serves its pork well done and has several Bandra locals who swear by it.

Price: Rs 330 (inclusive of taxes)  

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Spare Ribs JK Style @ Jim-me’s Kitchen, Bandra West 

Pork Vindaloo and Pao @ New MartinColaba
When you talk about porkit’s hard to miss out the spicy sour Goan favourite. New Martin’s serves an authentic preparation of pork vindaloo with meaty pork pieces and toddy-vinegar-flavoured gravy. It is served with pav at the restaurant.

Price: Rs 120 for vindaloo + Rs 4 per pao (inclusive of taxes)
Pork Tenderloin @ Imbiss, All Outlets 

The meat-eating joint, Imbiss is any pork lover’s haven. The Baby Back Spare Ribs are popular but the Tenderloin can easily win the match. The spicy pork tenderloin cooked in pepper sauce is served with pork sausage, mashed potatoes, buttered vegetables and bacon. We won’t be surprised if you complain about how stuffed you feel after.

Price: Rs 345 + taxes
Pork Bahn Mi @ The Bao Haus Co.Colaba
The bao-speciality takeout makes a Pork Bahn Mi (Vietnamese sandwich). The crispy baguette has chicken pate (chicken liver paste), pickled watermelon rind, jalapenos and a chewy, spicy pork shoulder that’s flavour-packed and the perfect lunch.

Price: Rs 300 + taxes
Pork Bahn-Mi at The Bao Haus Co., Colaba

Sweet and Sour Pork Nanking Style @ Ling’s PavillionColaba
Made in the traditional Nanking style, the sweet and sour pork can be ordered in three different ways – minced pork balls, batter fried sliced pork and the traditional sweet and sour pork cubes. Pair it with fried rice for a complete meal.

Price: Rs 350+ taxes


Miso Ramen @ KofukuBandra West
The Japanese know how to eat pork right. Kofuku serves a Miso Ramen bowl that is made with an aromatic pork and chicken stock. The miso broth and ramen has galangal, scallion and boiled egg and has tender pieces of pork belly. It’s a bowl of comfort that’s perfect for the holiday season.

Price: Rs 650 + taxes  
Miso Ramen at Kofuku, Bandra West

Asian Style Pork Burger @ Goofy’sBorivali West
Looking for a cheap but delicious pork burger? Head over to Goofy’s where home chef Griffith sells a variety of burgers from his house but the most popular is his Asian Style Pork Burger. The 250 gm pork patty is marinated in sweet ginger, honey and soy sauce and is served with caramalised onions.

Price: Rs 180 (inclusive of taxes)


Photo Credits: Cryselle D’souza


This Chennai cafe serves the most scrumptious breakfast ever

Skip lazy options at home to treat yourself to a lavish meal

If you’re a breakfast person and like to start your day on a good note, eating at the right place is necessary. While Chennai has many places to eat a scrumptious breakfast, Anna Nagar has many cafes to grab a nice lazy breakfast. However, Pantry D’or Bakery and Cafe clearly stands out for many reasons.

The cafe is cozy with hues of brown and is divided into two sections – a fine-dining area and a bistro arrangement for casual dining that overlooks the street. The menu is vast and one can choose from a wide variety of food for start their mornings. With waffles and pancakes, along with chilled cold coffees, the cafe also serves filling breakfasts that make for a great deal.

The Scrambled Eggs and American Sausages (Rs 210) with eggs on a bed of curried sausages is a pure delight. Fluffy and airy, the eggs are a perfect accompaniment with the mildly spicy peppered sausages with a little gravy.

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Classic Pancakes at Pantry D’or Bakery and Cafe, Anna Nagar East

The Classic Cold Coffee (Rs 150) is a bittersweet cold coffee which makes the perfect refreshment if you want to skip a steaming cup of coffee or a cooler to start your day.

Also Read: Why you should eat at North East Kitchen in Chennai’s Egmore

A breakfast at the cafe would be incomplete without the Classic Pancakes (Rs 195) – served with  maple flavoured syrup, butter and whipped cream. The fluffy Classic pancakes are not too sweet and taste perfect with the flavours of maple, butter and an airy whipped cream lingering on one’s taste buds and beaming with joy.

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Classic Cold Coffee at Pantry D’or Bakery and Cafe, Anna Nagar

Pantry D’or  Bakery and Cafe is a perfect cafe if you decide to treat yourself to a lavish breakfast. The food is worth the money and the ambiance makes the experience complete.

Must-Try: Sc;rambled Eggs and American sausage, pancakes, waffles
Meal for Two: Rs 700 + taxes


Why you should eat at North East Kitchen in Chennai’s Egmore

Relish the different flavours of North East India and even Korea with every bite

Chennai has many restaurants serving delectable food but if one is actually willing to trade the comfort of velvety interiors and air conditioning for a rather authentic experience, the food makes it absolutely worthwhile.

North East Kitchen in Chennai’s Egmore area is quite deceptive with its interiors; however, the food will eliminate all doubts once you have taken the first bite. Almost always packed, getting a table at the restaurant for dinner can be difficult but is worth the wait.

The restaurant is bare and simple with white interiors, and a few potted plants livening up the place; the seating area for diners is made up of varnished chairs and tables. The vast menu, on the other hand, speaks volumes, with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to serve, the latter obviously more than the former. It is divide into north-eastern and Korean dishes, which is certainly a delight.

Pork curry as part of the Pork thali at North East Kitchen

The extensive non-vegetarian menu offers momos, noodles, rice and thukpah in chicken, beef and pork options. The restaurant also serves traditional North Eastern thalis with meats including even fish, among others.

Also Read: Experience Burmese cuisine at this Atho Kadai in Chennai

We decided to start with a favourite and ordered momos. The Pork Steam  Momos (Rs 120)  a plate of seven dumplings are perfect with spiced and minced pork packed and served steaming hot along with a spicy red chili chutney.

Pork chilli as part of the Pork Thali at North East Kitchen

Instead of getting lost in the menu, we simply decided to order the Pork Thali (Rs 320) from the North Eastern thalis section. The thalis are served in small, normal and big portions; the normal is the most ideal option for an average eater. It comes with a bowl of steamed rice, a traditional spicy pork curry and a dry dish of pork chilli. The tender pork blends perfectly well with the spice and is a perfect combination. The dish is also served with Eromba (mashed potatoes and dry fish with chillies) and salad the side.

Also Read: This food truck serves mouth-watering biryani for just Rs 60

North East Kitchen is an ideal no-frills place for hungry diners to feast on north-eastern food and its different cuisines in Chennai. It clearly relies on its food to do all the talking or rather keep people quite while relishing it. The Korean food served is an added bonus and a comparatively cheaper option than many others in the city for both locals and expats.

Must-try: Pork Steam Momos, Pork Thali, Beef Chilli
Meal for Two: Rs 800 + taxes
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm


Experience Burmese cuisine at this Atho Kadai in Chennai

Snack on some authentic Burmese street food in Perambur

Chennai, like any other city, has its gems in kiosks nestled in narrow by-lanes dishing out delectable treats, not many care to explore. The stalls, vary by size, but manage to pull a sizeable amount of local crowd because of the aroma wafting through the streets.

Perambur in Chennai has one of these many stalls called Atho Shop or Atho Kadai among locals, situated on a busy street sharing space with Shopping Singapore. With a few red and blue stools for seating, the place is brimming with hungry people, both big and small.

The kiosk is manned by three people – two hardworking youth and a small stout woman directing them in Tamil, resembling the conductor of an orchestra. Ismail Meera is hard to miss – the conductor is a dark complexioned woman in her mid-40’s sporting a black skull cap keeping her hands busy swiftly making a basic but fast-selling egg preparation. The Egg Masala (Rs 10) is a simple preparation of slit boiled eggs stuffed with crisp golden-brown onion bits fried in palm oil and garnished with lime, coriander and chili flakes.

Egg Masala at Atho Shop, Perambur

While the spiced eggs are only starters, Burmese cuisine boasts of Atho (Rs 60) – the equivalent of a salad. Served cold, the dish has boiled noodles, shredded cabbage, onions and bejo (papad-like ingredient) tossed in palm oil and vinegar to give a crisp, fresh and delicious amalgamation of various flavours. The atho is also available with egg called Fried Egg Atho (Rs 60) – noodles cooked with generous amounts of eggs are tossed in a pan with chili flakes, cabbage and onions and bejo to make an appetizing hot snack.

Also Read: This food truck serves mouth-watering biryani for just Rs 60

One of the star dishes of Burmese cuisine is definitely the humble Moinga (Rs 60) – pan-fried noodles, bejo, coriander, onions and cabbage are all cooked in a banana stem broth. The dish resembles the Tibetan Thukpah and could satiate anybody who is ravenously hungry or has a good soupy craving.

Atho at Atho Shop, Perambur

Atho Shop is run by a beaming Ismail Meera, one of the many Tamil Burmese who came to India from Burma (present day Myanmar) in 1977 to set up the Atho kadai. After setting up shop at many places, she settled on Perambur and has been running the shop for the last 18 months, quite successfully. She, visibly takes pride in serving people good food from her origins and makes sure they have the perfect experience.  

Moinga at Atho Shop, Perambur

Burmese cuisine has spilled into Chennai because of many refugees who settled in the city more than thirty years ago. The popular Burmese dish Atho originates from A thoke (Burmese salad). One of the main ingredients in the cuisine is bejo which is made from rice flour and features in almost every dish radiating a comfort food experience.

Also Read: This restaurant in Anna Nagar serves the best beef burger

Chennai has many places for Burmese food including Parry’s corner and Perambur, among others that one could check out.

Landmark: Shopping Singapore
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Meal for Two: Rs 140 (no taxes)





Craving steamy momos in Chennai? Head over to Kailash Kitchen!

Experience delectable Tibetan food to comfort your hungry soul

Comfort food varies from person-to-person and while many may rely on homemade food to dig into, a whole meal in one bowl can do wonders if you know where to get it.

Chennai has quite a few places to hit if you need to gorge on some steaming momos to start with before you move on to traditional cuisines. Kailash Kitchen in Choolaimedu is undoubtedly one of the best places in the city to eat momos and satiate your food craving.

However, you have to work for your hunger because getting to the restaurant is quite difficult. The Tibetan cuisine restaurant situated in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Chennai but the most easiest landmark is Christ Church in Nungambakkam. In the next apartment after the church, in a dingy doorway, the gem of Kailash Kitchen sits quietly catering to its loyalists which has definitely grown over the years.

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Kailash Kitchen in Choolaimedu in Chennai

With barely four tables, the restaurant boasts of a crowd that travels from all over the city just so they can eat delicious Tibetan food. The restaurant opens at 12 pm and closes at 7 pm but don’t bother about coming towards the end because you may just not get any food to eat because of the demand (literally).

The dimly-lit restaurant has bamboo stick interiors with a photo of Dalai Lama and colourful prayer flags along with a Buddha statue on a platform towards one corner.

Diners can choose from a one-page menu that offers Momos, Thukpa, Chowmein and Chopsuey among the popular dishes. If you like experimenting, do not hesitate in trying the Mokthuk, Tso-tse-mein or even the Dhangthuk. All of these dishes are offered in chicken, beef and vegetarian options that can be washed down with either Fresh Lime Soda (Rs 25) or other beverages on offer.

Also Read: This food truck serves mouth-watering biryani for just Rs 60

The menu is self-explanatory, uncomplicated and will instantly transport you to small Tibetan towns, of which you’ve only seen pictures till now.

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Chicken Thukpa at Kailash Kitchen, Choolaimedu

We started our meal with Beef Momos (Rs 90 per plate of six). The steamed momos are filled with peppered beef and are served with a spicy chili chutney, making the perfect match. Next, we dived into a steaming bowl of Chicken Thukpa (Rs 90) comprising of soft noodles in a broth with mixed vegetables and shredded pieces of chicken. It can easily become your one-bowl meal because it is quite filling for an any average eater.

Deciding to go off the beaten track, we decided to skip the Chowmein and Chopsuey to order Dhangthuk (Rs 90), a seemingly interesting dish that did complete justice to our bellies. Made with noodles tossed in soya, the heaped bowl has a carrot, spring onions and cabbage salad mixed with batter-fried chicken pieces. The spicy dish is more like a snack and is a good option if you don’t want to indulge in a soupy delight.

Dhangthuk at Kailash Kitchen in Choolaimedu

The Mokthuk (Rs 100) is a double treat and is ideal if you can’t make up your mind. It is a combination of momos and a thukpah with chicken parcels dunked in a spicy broth of mixed vegetables and meat of your choice. It is for those who have a massive appetite.

Also Read: This restaurant in Anna Nagar definitely serves the best beef burger

The best time to go to Kailash Kitchen is exactly at 12 pm as the place gets full in no time. Given the ambiance and food, not many people budge from their tables so if you come later it is spent in wishing diners finish their meal almost immediately.

The closest railway station to the Tibetan restaurant is Nungambakkam at a mere walking distance while Arumbakkam is 20 minutes away.

Must try: Beef Momos, Chicken Thukpa, Chicken Dhangthuk
Meal for two: Rs 320 (inclusive of taxes)


This restaurant in Anna Nagar definitely serves the best beef burger in Chennai

The new bistro manages to serve continental food at affordable prices like no other

Finding the perfect beef burger is hard and while the search is still on, The New Yorker at The Hideout Bistro in Anna Nagar East may just be the answer, as of now.

The New Yorker (Rs 229) is visually a very appealing burger with homemade patty of ribeye beef topped with smokey barbecue sauce, beef bacon, grilled onion and fresh tomatoes all packed into a beetroot-flavoured bun. The beef patty is fried to perfection and makes for a delicious burger loaded with sauce, crisp bacon and crunchy grilled onions with juicy tomatoes and is definitely a win for us.

Anna Nagar gets yet another restaurant in its already overflowing neighbourhood of food and drink in the form  of The Hideout Bistro. The cosy restaurant is situated on the left after the G block Anna Nagar Park near Dhabba Express, in a quiet lane.

Interiors at The Hideout Bistro, Anna Nagar East

The less than two-month-old dining space clearly impresses with its interiors. Sticking to a white and brown theme with colourful prints for seating arrangement, the reliance on Edison bulbs to illuminate the dining area helps radiate a pleasant atmosphere.

The menu is extensive with a variety of options for breakfast divided into all-day platters, egg variations, sliders, waffles and pancakes. It extends to soups, salads and starters, followed by continental mains with chilled mocktails to quench your thirst on a hot Chennai day.

We decided to start with the simple Cheesy Enough (Rs 139) – Nachos served with a spicy jalapeno cheese dip; the crisp nachos accompanied with the creamy dip is a perfect snack to keep one busy while waiting on the mains.

Also Read: This Chennai food truck serves mouth-watering biryani for just Rs 60

A visually appealing Arancini Ala Milanese (Rs 279) came with a spicy chutney and an in-house orange chilli extract. While we were intrigued with the orange chilli dip, its combination with perfectly crumb-fried balls was a little unusual. The citrus-y dip lacked a thicker consistency that was unable to leave a lasting impression, making us rely on the spicy chutney, which was a perfect match.

Unicorn’s Secret Potion at The Hideout Bistro,  Anna Nagar East

Magic Mushroom (Rs 219) – a simple sandwich with toasted mushrooms stuffed in a cream cheese sandwich is a treat for all vegetarians. The mushrooms and cheese blend perfectly to make a great sandwich.

We washed down our food with a Sunstroke Remedy (Rs 109) – crushed ice topped with rose-flavoured soda which got us reminiscent of rooh afza, a classic childhood summer drink. However, the Unicorn’s Secret Potion (R 129) was no secret at all because under the colours and glitter was a classic vanilla milkshake and didn’t dazzle us at all.

The Hideout Bistro succeeds in serving good food at affordable prices but disappoints with experimenting. However, the proximity makes it a go-to option for anybody on a budget looking to have a simple continental meal.

Must-try: Cheesy Enough, The New Yorker, Sunstroke Remedy
Meal for Two: Rs 750 + taxes





This Chennai food truck serves mouth-watering biryani for just Rs 60

Move over expensive biryani options and get to the streets of Mogappair to feed your craving

We all love our biryani and a regular fix is necessary for a mini-celebration or to even brighten up a dull day. Interestingly, not many places have affordable options to head to when you’re craving for some delicious biryani. However, Chennai boasts of ‘biryani on wheels’, in the form of a food truck called Biryani Bunk, serving a plate full of the treat, for a mere Rs 60.

Parked on the inner side of the 1st Main Road in Chennai’s Mogappair area, the seven-month-old red food truck is hard to miss. The truck started by 32-year-old Clement Wilson, a biryani maniac has a menu that changes every day with a few constants.

Being a childhood dream of Clement’s, after dabbling with various BPO’s, it was working at Groupon that gave Clement the idea of starting a food truck, and nurturing his dream into reality. It was also the absence of affordable restaurants serving good quality biryani that drove his passion to set-up the food truck.

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Biryani lover Clement Wilson (left) decided to leave his BPO job to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a chef

The menu has biryani served in a variety of non-vegetarian options. While the non-vegetarian option is only chicken and mutton as of now, Clement plans on introducing fish biryani; another option on the other hand, is an uncomplicated spicy egg biryani.

Also read: 10 Restaurants In Mumbai Serving Malayali Food That Is Pure Bliss

We decided to try out the Mini-biryani Combo (Rs 90) – chicken biryani served with a plate of chicken 65 on the side. The rice is loaded with spicy masala and generous amounts of chicken pieces. It is served with a mildly spicy aubergine (brinjal/baingan) preparation and raita (mixture of onions and curd) on the side.

Mini-biryani combo at the Biryani Bunk

While Mumbai and Bangalore have food trucks serving all kinds of food, Chennai still has a dearth of food trucks serving good quality food at decent prices. Biryani Bunk is a breath of fresh air in the street food scene in the southern city, attempting to serve every biryani lovers dream at a decent price and quite rightly succeeding at it.

While being available on Swiggy, Clement also has a Whatsapp group where he releases the menu every morning so that people can browse through, before ordering their choice of biryani.

Time: 6:30 – 10:30 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday), 12:30-2:30 pm (Sundays)
Must try: Mini Biryani combo
Meal for two: Rs 180 (no taxes)


This is all the money you need for a Sri Lankan holiday

Travel cheap to an underestimated destination

Planning international trips take a while mostly because of the money involved and while it may seem a lot, it is also important to see if it is worth the experience. While most travellers settle for exotic destinations in Europe and the US and UK among others, looking closer home may help Indians looking for shorter trips.

Around India, Sri Lanka is an under-explored destination and can be a good change for people on a shoe-string budget. There are many reasons to visit the colourful land but an easily available visa and the lower currency rate are easily on top of that list. The currency is almost two-and-a-half times the Indian Rupee and the visa comes to you within two days.

If you’re itching to go on a cheap holiday, Sri Lanka is not more than INR 60,000. Our trip for five days turned out to be an amazing stay that encompassed almost everything we wanted to do while in the country. Here is the break-up of the money spent followed by tips on how it can be cheaper.

Local food in Sri Lanka

Money spent for five days:

Flight tickets – INR 18,200 (round trip)

Tour Package – INR 28,500 (including car with driver, breakfast and dinner, stay)
The tour included staying at two five star hotels – Amaya Hills in Kandy and Hotel Eden in Bentota and a three star Hotel Sapphire in Colombo (which is closer to the airport).

Visa – Rs 1,400 (for one month) 
The visa can be applied for online or can be acquired on arrival. Applying for it online is easier and less time-consuming

Miscellaneous expenses – Rs 12,000 (lunch, alcohol, shopping and souvenirs)

Do’s and Don’ts

1. Book flight tickets four months prior to reduce cost to barely Rs 12,000.

2. Do not spend on food at big restaurants. Eat local food at SLR Rs 130 – 150.

3. Travel by local transport or be ready to spend on food and drink for personal driver.

4. Inform personal driver that eating local is priority and not at fancy restaurants if comfortable with local cuisine.

5. Walking around will save money and help explore place better.

6. Do not go by a tour guide as it will save a lot of additional unwanted costs.

This is the first article in a series about my Sri Lankan travel experience. Come back for more on the best places to visit, food and culture and my personal experiences.


Guide To The Cheapest Food In Mumbai

Cheap eats that you will love with every bite

This article first appeared on Burrp.com while I was a writer there and is republished here only for personal use.

Amul Pav Bhaji at Sardar Refreshments, Tardeo (Picture for representation purpose only)

Amul Pav Bhaji @ Sardar Refreshments, Tardeo
If you love pav bhaji, you HAVE to go to Sardar’s. The restaurant has a variety of pav bhaji variations but the Amul Pav Bhaji is a favourite. Topped with dollops of butter, the spicy sweet bhaji with tomatoes and peas is delicious along with pavs soaked in butter that make it a delicious option on any day.

Price: Rs 110 (inclusive of taxes)

Mutton Seekh Kebab @ Jai Jawan, Bandra West
Mohammad Ali Road is definitely famous for its kebabs but the suburbs have got Jai Jawan for that. The succulent mutton kebabs are a must if you’re shopping near Linking Road. The kebabs are made with mutton mince and mix of Indian spices that lend a delicious taste to the kebabs. The roadside stall is also famous for its fried fish, if you love seafood.

Price: Rs 170 (inclusive of taxes)

Seekh Kebabs at Jai Jawan, Bandra West (Picture for representation purpose only)

Rajma Chawal @ Crystal, Chowpatty
If you’re a college student looking for cheap food and getting affect by the note ban at the same, Crystal’s is your answer. The restaurant has been feeding college students and other people alike for ages. Known more for their home-style food, the Rajma Chawal, Dal Makhani and Kheer too. South Bombay is not only about expensive restaurants you know.

Price: Rs 75 (inclusive of taxes)

Rajma Chawal at Crystal, Chowpatty (Picture for representation purpose only)

Khottu Idli @ Cafe Mysore, Matunga East
We know many of you love Madras café but the Khottu Idli at Café Mysore we hear is an amazing speciality. The dish is simply an idli wrapped in jackfruit leaf and steamed before being served with sambar. The delicious combination with the flavour of jackfruit should make you want to go there right now!

Price: Rs 60 (inclusive of taxes)     

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Mutton Kheema Pav @ Koolar Café, Matunga East
Mumbai has many Irani cafes to boast of but Koolar situated in the heart of south Indian restaurants yet manages to yet capture many diners with their authentic Irani food. The café is popular for its spicy Kheema with soft paos (Indian bread). It is also famous for brun maska and deliciously Irani chai for the taking.

Price: Rs 220 (inclusive of taxes)

Mutton Kheema Pav at Koolar Cafe Co., Matunga East (Picture for representation purpose only)

Chicken Puff @ Hearsch And Co., Bandra West
Bandra is known for its bakeries and their delicious puffs and pastries along with other bakery items, Hearsch has a chicken puff that is meaty and a perfect snack. The peppery chicken filling that is amazing with every bite.

Price: Rs 30 per puff

Chicken Puff at Hearsch Bakery, Bandra West

Cheese Chilly Toast @ Jay Sandwich, Bandra West
The Mumbai sandwich is very popular, sliced vegetables with some spice and toasted till crisp and Jay Sandwich has mastered that along with many others. The Cheese Chilly Toast served has green chillies, capsicum and is loaded with cheese before being toasted. Every bite filled with cheese and spice reminds you of why Mumbaikars love the sandwich.

Price: Rs 80 (inclusive of taxes)


7 Street Food Variations In Restaurants That Will Beat Khau Gallis

From a delicious pani puri in shot glasses to crab bhurjee pao, you will love them

This article first appeared on Burrp.com while I was a writer there and is republished here only for personal use.

Pani Puri @ Fable, Juhu
No, there’s no ragda or mashed potatoes but instead Paan Puri at Fable is stuffed with green apple, a little bit of mint, green chillies and tamarind; the coriander paani is served in shot glasses. The puri placed on top has to be eaten after pouring water from the shot glass. Street side food just got cooler, didn’t it?

Price: Rs 175 + taxes

Drunken Bhel @ True Tramm Trunk, Juhu
Cheap Chinese just got a better version and you can’t help but love it. True Tramm Trunk serves Chinese Bhel with a twist and calls it Drunken Bhel and not it does not have alcohol. Made from long strips of bell pepper and Kashmiri apple slivers, it is topped with schezwan sauce and green chillies that make the dish a spicy one and it isn’t even expensive.

Price: Rs 125 + taxes

Drunken Bhel at True Tramm Trunk, Juhu

Rajasthani Pyaaz Ki Kachori @ Farzi Café, Lower Parel
If you’re craving kachori chaat and are willing to experiment, head to Farzi Café for some Rajasthani Pyaaz Ki Kachori. A spicy Masala Kathal (vegetable curry) is filled in typical Rajasthani mini dough shells along with jackfruit and Aloo Rassa reduction (a thickened potato curry) that burst into many flavours with the first bite.

Price: Rs 255 + taxes

Rajasthani Pyaz Ki Kachori at Farzi Cafe, Lower Parel

Seafood Bhel @ The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Fish in bhel? A classic chaat gets a makeover at the popular Bombay Canteen. It includes sautéed prawns, calamari and clams tossed with raw mango pieces and date chutney. Long strips of carrot, radish and herbs like mint, cilantro and chives give the bhel a salad-like crunchy, tangy and spicy flavour. Give the drab sukkha bhel a miss already.

Price: Rs 300 + taxes

Seafood Bhel at The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel

Bheja Masala Fry @ MasalaBar, Bandra West
Quite a favourite on the streets of Mumbai and roadside stalls, MasalaBar serves Bheja Masala Fry differently and you’ll love it. It came like a crostini with spicy lamb brain laid out on toasted bread to be eaten mess-free. The bheja is perfectly cooked and has a buttery taste from the bread that will make you skip the classic bheja masala fry and pav for many reasons.

Price: Rs 375 + taxes

Also Read: 10 Restaurants In Mumbai Serving Malayali Food That Is Pure Bliss

Bheja Masala Fry at MasalaBar, Bandra West Photo Credits: Cryselle D’souza

King Crab Bhurjee Pao @ Masala Library By Jiggs Kalra, Bandra East
Give roadside egg bhurjee pao is skip, try the crab bhurjee pao at Masala Library for entrees. Crab meat is cooked in Indian spices with masala scrambled eggs to make a peculiar combination; it is served on a bed of Indianised French toast.

Price: Rs 495 + taxes

King Crab Bhurjee Pao at Masala Library, Bandra East

Dahi phuchka chaat @ Made In Punjab, Malad West
Always wondered what phuchka chaat would taste with a different filling? Made in Punjab serves a Dahi Phuchka Chaat as leavened puff bread made up of semmolina and refined flour stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas sweetened yoghurt, pomegranate topped with tamarind chutney and spicy mint chutney. The sweetness from the yoghurt and pomegranate with a tangy tamarind and spicy chutney are perfect if you’re craving street food only in a cleaner surrounding.

Price: Rs 145 + taxes


10 Restaurants In Mumbai Serving Malayali Food That Is Pure Bliss

Macha try some avial no, it is simbly tasty

This article first appeared on Burrp.com while I was a writer there and is republished here only for personal use.

India has the privilege of being a land of many cuisines, some almost like chalk and cheese. While all of them have their own flavours, food from Kerala is often romanticized to an extent that is hard to match in a city like Mumbai. Yet, there are some restaurants that make the cut and the food which our in-house Mallu has approved as home-like food.

Kerala Food That You Must Try In Mumbai

Lalit Refreshment – Taste Of Kerala, Fort
You cannot come to Mumbai and not go to Taste Of Kerala for some authentic Kerala food. Recently renovated, you can now eat Kerala food with the perfect ambiance. The menu has a variety of specialities including the Unlimited Thali on a traditional banana leaf, Appams, Malabar Chicken Biryani, Avial, Rasam and others that will keep you busy and definitely stuffed by the end. Unfortunately, they do not serve the famed beef curry but they got the Malabar parothas alright.

Meal For Two: Rs 500 (inclusive of taxes)

Spice Of KeralaAndheri East
A favourite among many in Andheri, Spice of Kerala boasts of its delicious non-vegetarian fare. Try the mutton stew with Kerala parothas or try the classic Fish Pollichathu with your choice of fish. You can also try the traditional Chicken Biryani cooked in the spicy Malabar style.

Meal For Two: Rs 400 (inclusive of taxes)

Sneha, Mahim West
If you’re in Mahim and need to eat delicious south Indian food, Sneha makes for a good stop. One of Mumbai’s older restaurants opposite Paradise Cinema, the restaurant serves some of the best Kerala food around Mahim. Though non-air conditioned, it is thriving all the time because of its famous Surmai Fry, Chicken Sukha and Malabar Paratha, patrons also like the Chicken Biryani served there

Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)

Surmai Fry at Sneha, Mahim West

Hotel Deluxe, Fort
It’s not easy for geographically handicapped people to find Hotel Deluxe, a favourite among Mallus in Mumbai but if you ask around you’ll find it in the lane opposite Citi Bank and a few paces away from Taste Of Kerala. The small dingy restaurant may seem uninviting to many who are used to a better ambiance it fool you. Apart from the sadya meal (eaten on the leaf), this place is popular for people who like to taste the non-vegetarian food of Kerala. The Chicken Sukha and Malabar paratha is a favourite and hard to miss.

Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)

Udaya Lunch Home, Chembur East
Udaya is another favourite of many Mallus in Chembur. Patrons check in to the restaurant to get their fix of delicious food like Appams with Sukka Mutton, Fish or Chicken curry. Nel Chor – ghee and rice preparation is very famous at the restaurant and definitely a must try when you are there.

Meal For Two: Rs 500 (inclusive of taxes)

Sukka Mutton at Udaya Family Restaurant, Chembur East (Picture for representational purpose only)

Cardamom, Andheri East
If you’re in Andheri and craving Kerala food, head over to Cardamom to try some unique dishes that that aren’t available at many places. The small restaurant is air-conditioned and cheap too. They serve delicious Ghee Dosa, Ayala Shappu – a roadside toddy shop preparation. The duck roast is also a favourite among locals there.

Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)

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Onam Family Restaurant, Vasai West
If you’re in Vasai, drop by for a quick lunch or dinner at Onam. A few minutes away from the station, it is situated next to Catholic Bank and serves authentic food. The Beef Chilly is a rage here along with the Malabar paratha, the spicy beef curry has a rich flavour of garam masala that is hard to miss. If you don’t want to experiment too much, the Rasam is perfect with fat rice, like it is served in houses in Kerala.

Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)

Just Kerala, Hotel SamrajAndheri East 
Just Kerala boasts of authentic vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian Kerala food. The restaurant in one of the fewer options in Chakala for a good Kerala meal. Their specialities are the Sadhya (typically served on the leaf) meal. They are serve a delicious vegetable and chicken stew that anybody would love with the first bite.

Meal For Two: Rs 600 + taxes

Sadhya at Just Kerala, Hotel Samraj, Chakala (Picture for representational purpose only)

Hotel Madina, Mahim West
If you’re yearning for Kerala food, start your meal at Sneha and end it at Madina. You cannot miss the delicious non-vegetarian fare that is also cheap and pocket-friendly, a luxury you don’t find in Mumbai these days. Try the Chicken Biryani – a mound of falvoured rice with chicken gravy at the bottom that has to be mixed to get a complete experience; Chicken Masala and parathas are also a favourite there. The restaurant boasts of Muslim food from Kerala which is also a rarity in the city.

Meal For Two: Rs 400 (inclusive of taxes)

Hotel Sunny, Chembur East
While western Mumbai has a variety of options, central Mumbai has Hotel Sunny that boasts of a variety of vegetarian Kerala specialities that will delight a Mallu and impress any Mumbaikar with the food. Try soft Appams with fish curry, the restaurant also Aviyal and Puttu at this cozy little restaurant that borders Shell Colony.

Meal For Two: Rs 400 (inclusive of taxes)

Photo Credits: Cryselle D’souza


5 Freakshakes In Mumbai That Are Too Freakin’ Good

Forget Milkshakes, try Freakshakes

This article first appeared on Burrp.com while I was a writer there and is republished here only for personal use.

Freakshakes are simply an evolved version of Milkshakes overloaded with colourful gems, waffle sticks, ice cream scoops, pieces of fruit and Oreo that make it look like they’ve come out of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory movie. You don’t just drink a milkshake anymore, you eat it.

Caramelized Apple Marshmallow Freakshake @ Mighty Small, Lower Parel 
Think no further if you love marshmallows. The Marshmallow Freakshake at the carnival-themed Mighty Small is delicious and you wouldn’t mind an overdose of it too. A combination of apple and cinnamon, the freakshake is topped with salted caramel and marshmallows to produce a delectable sweet. What do you get? A complete visual and tasty delight.

Price: Rs 300 + taxes

Delicious Freakshakes in Mumbai

Red Velvet Freakshake @ 145, Kala Ghoda 
If you’re still tripping over red velvet desserts, the Red Velvet Freakshake at 145 will delight you instantly. The rich and gooey red velvet sponge is shaken with cream, milk and vanilla ice cream. The thick shake is topped with gems to make it even more desirable.

Price: Rs 230 + taxes

Red Velvet Freakshake at 145, Kala Ghoda

Melbourne Freakshake @ Di Bella Coffee, Bandra West
Originally invented by Australian Master Chocolatier Arno Backes, Di Bella pays tribute to the origin by serving the Melbourne Freakshake. The shake is a combination of thick chocolate ganache with thick cream, dark chocolate crispy pearls, milk chocolate shots; that’s not all, it also has Victoria chocolate sticks, Oreo’s, swirls of whipped cream topped with Australian waffle. Do we need to say more? We just feel like drinking it all up right now.

Price: Rs 350 + taxes

Also Read: 13 Boozy Dishes That Will Definitely Get You High On Food

The Melbourne FreakShake at Di Bella Coffee, Bandra West

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Freakshake @ Hoppipola, All Outlets  
Why not try a traditional fruit-inspired milkshake? Head to Hoppipola to enjoy the Salted Caramel Apple Pie Freakshake. The shake has vanilla ice cream, milk, dated caramel, whipped cream, apple pieces and mini apple pies. We bet you’re already making plans to treat yourself to the shake.

Price: Rs 130 + taxes  

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Freakshake at Hoppipola, All Outlets

Oreo Freakshake @ The Usual PlaceSanpada
The newly-opened bar The Usual Place likes to experiment with Oreo and serves a delicious Oreo Freakshake. The shake has vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, Oreos, brownies, milk and whipped cream. The bittersweet flavour of Oreo with milk and cream will make you a big fan of the milkshake.

Price: Rs 290 + taxes

Oreo Freakshake at The Usual Place, Sanpada

This gastropub infuses beers with ‘desi’ flavours that you can’t even imagine

Woodside Inn in Mumbai has the first beer infuser in India called the Randall that gives unique flavours to beers

This article first appeared on Deccan Chronicle and is republished here only for personal use.

Mumbai: Microbreweries have given beer drinkers a legitimate reason to enjoy beer that tastes like any thing but normal unflavoured beer because craft beers are more than just about drinking chilled beer. Craft brews have been around for quite a while with people relishing different notes including citrus and clove. These different ales, lagers and stouts have made guzzlers enjoy a potent combination of flavours and beer that is nothing but pure bliss.

While restaurants have been serving quite a few craft beers from breweries like Independent Brewing Co., Gateway Brewing Company, Doolally Taproom, and Brewbot among independent beer makers, the need for a unique flavour infuser has always been felt so as to appeal to individual tastes.

Neighbourhood Hospitality’s gastropub Woodside Inn launched India’s first Beer Infuser, the Randall, in Mumbai on Friday and it is quite an interesting device. The infuser has been transported from the US and was first developed by Sam Calagione, founder of popular beer-maker Dogfish Head in 2002. Technically called organoleptic hop transducer, the machine, resident “beer geek” Abhishek Chinchalkar, tells us that it looks complicated but is actually very simple. The beer flows through a pipe under room temperature into the Randall – a cylinder filled to the brim with flavour, where it blends with the beer to come out as a chilled frothy drink.

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Jasmine pods in the beer infuser Randall at the Woodside Inn in Mumbai

Pankil Shah, co-owner at Woodside Inn when asked about the introduction of the Randall even though craft beers have existed previously, said, “Beer, unlike a lot of other beverages has a culture of experimentation and fun. We have tried to push the boundaries of the craft beer culture in India and the Randall is a device which allows us to have fun with craft beer when it comes to different infusions to create flavours that people would like to experiment.”

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The restaurant is currently serving three different kinds of flavours at its Lower Parel outlet, namely – jasmine (mogra), rosemary and basil, betel nut (paan) and star anise (dagad phool). The flavours are infused into Gateway Brewing Company’s White Zen, Doolally’s Gose and a more common Kingfisher beer respectively that lend a delicious taste to the beers. The combinations can be deservingly credited to the experimentation of the in-house team of chefs, mixologists and beer enthusiasts, over the past few months. The jasmine flavour has a noticeable floral taste, the rosemary and basil is comparatively smooth while the Kingfisher has an interesting combination that starts with the flavour of paan to be followed by the bitterness of star anise.

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Resident beer geek Abhishek Chinchalkar holds a Randall filled with rosemary and basil at the Woodside Inn in Mumbai

The introduction of the beer infuser and its current flavours seems to indicate an increasing interest in serving people Indian-flavoured beers that would make the experience more local. Chinchalkar affirming the notion says, “Yes, we see this as a way to not only make craft beer approachable but also to carve out a unique identity for Indian craft beer on a global stage”.

Catering to the various palates, the restaurant will be giving people tasters so that they can decide on what exactly they would like. The restaurant, which also has outlets in Andheri and Colaba is experimenting with other flavours involving fresh fruits, herbs and even spices among other combinations and we can expect flavours like tangerines, cinnamon and even oak chips sometime soon.


Razzberry Rhinoceros returns with a free-spirited vibe

The 90’s pub now boasts of potent cocktails while retaining their love for music

Mushroom Pate, Bocconcini, Berry Compote, Micro Greens and Coin Ulta Tawa Paratha
Mushroom pate, Bocconcini cheese, berry compote, micro greens with coin UTP and kebab

Almost every restaurant that has opened in Mumbai recently has adjusted to the Mumbaikar’s palate but there are very few that work the other way round.

The 90s boasted of a good music scene with several college and mainstream rock and metal bands ruling the city.”Among the most popular places for gigs was Razzberry Rhinoceros during that time and that is what we wanted to revive”, says Nitin Tewari, current Director of Razz, as it was more popularly called.

The iconic place from the 90s has re-opened its doors in the city with an even balance of old and new. Housed in Juhu Hotel like before and overlooking Juhu beach, the vast expanse caters to people of all needs – more like a multipurpose space with food, drink, music and a Goa-like vibe.

The restaurant has four sections – bistro, patio, pub and the deck. While the bistro is lit-up bright with a coffee and wine bar to drink from, the razzberry-tinted pub lighting is complimented with an equally well-stocked bar counter; the patio works for a cozy date, and the deck overlooks the beach. There is also a lounge on the first floor and a lawn in the middle to sprawl out on air bags once you’ve finished your dinner and looking to listen to musicians play their melodious tunes.

Choosing the perfect section in the restaurant to dine is the most important decision to make and do not hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations. Every section has a different menu specially curated by Chef Ranveer Brar of English Vinglish fame in Juhu. We happened to try a little from every menu for their different flavours and concepts.

Razz Sour
Razz Sour

The summer almost having set in,we started with a Deck special from the Root to Fruit drinks menu with Sweet Lime and Sage – a refreshing yet mildly potent mix of gin, salt and sugar, sweet lime and sage has a welcoming sweet-sour taste. The Musk Melon and Lychee is a combination of vodka and mint coupled with the sweetness from the melon and lychee.

Also Read: This South Indian Pub Serves A Rasam Cocktail You Would Definitely Try!

We started with a delicious plate of mushroom pate, Bocconcini cheese, berry compote and micro greens with coin UTP (Ulta Tawa Paratha) with a kebab. The DIY dish is an amusing combination of mushroom paste blending perfectly with the cheese and compote with a small bite of the kebab.We moved on to the next arrangement, a colourful one at that, almost as immediately as it came to the table. The dish, an interesting combination of wasabi and beetroot hummus with ricotta, pomegranate olives and pine nuts on pita was sweet, creamy and had a nutty flavour that was hard to miss. We were next served large Grilled Kasundi Prawns that had a delicious flavour of lemon leaf accompanied by the orange and cream cheese. The star of the small plates however was the Chicken Nukhti Kebab served on a mini UTP topped with a mooli akhrot chutney (radish walnut chutney). The spicy chicken preparation was complimented by the light chutney to make it an easy favourite.

Gosht Mulayam Seekh Kebab, Dry Fruit Bakarkhani, Fresh Coriander Jalapeno Chutney
Gosht Mulayam Seekh Kebab

The Razz Bar cocktail menu is more potent than the other sections and the Razz Sour is proof. The cocktail a take on the classic Whiskey Sour does justice with a strong mixture of whiskey, razzberry puree, lime and aquafaba (a replacement for egg whites). The delicious mixture of whiskey and razzberry adds a great touch to the cocktail menu. The Cold Brew Old Fashioned was even better with a simple cocktail of whiskey, cold brew (coffee), honey and bitters that lent the drink a powerful flavour that would make anybody shake a leg.The refreshing Fish Salad had sliced salmon along with greens, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes and gari (pickled ginger) to make quite an interesting salad. The Gosht Mulayam Seekh Kebab with rose flavoured coin paratha and coriander and jalapeno chutney was a lovely combination and undoubtedly the most succulent kebabs we have tasted in the city. For main course, we had a thick preparation of a North African-inspired Pork Curry with tagine spices (mix of ground spices) and couscous with a sweet and spicy chilli mango salad. The meaty pork pieces cooked in the spices were juicy and quite a delicious treat.

Mango Expressions - Raw Mango Kulfi, Aam Ras, Aam Papadmangoes and Marinated
Mango Expressions

The Mango Expressions – a grainy kulfi (ice cream) in desserts caught our eye instantly and didn’t disappoint. Sweet aam ras on one side and a combination of marinated mangoes and aam papad was quite a treat.  The small pieces of raw mango in the kulfi made from the same fruit was a delight just before the much-awaited mango season in May.

Razzberry Rhinoceros has definitely returned with style especially with their unique cocktails artistically curated by Director and Mixologist Nitin Tewari. We couldn’t have expected less from the food menu that has a recognisable touch of Ranveer Brar. The restaurant has created a multipurpose space that will definitely for quite a while stay this time around.

Meal For Two: Rs 2,000 + taxes
Must Try: Razz Sour, Chicken Nukhti Kebab, Mango Expressions