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.

This restaurant is serving the Mexican feast you all have been waiting for

Put on your sombrero and indulge in a traditional feast

Hot Jalapeno Chicken Enchiladas at Light House Cafe, Khar West and Worli

Mumbai doesn’t have too many restaurants serving delicious Mexican food and that makes it quite difficult for people to enjoy a Mexican feast. Light House Cafe’s Mexican festival however fills that void with their delicious menu of nachos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

With the mercury rising, the need for a cool drink is necessary and their classic Margaritas with a refreshing twist do the job. The classic cocktail with tequila can be sipped with either fresh berries, mango, kiwi and even peach and passion fruit. We personally loved the Kiwi Margarita and Cranberry Margarita for their sweetness balanced perfectly well with the potent tequila cocktail.

The Nachos served with chili con queso (Rs 320) is a creamy delight and we liked it almost instantly. The dip, a classic queso with melted cheese and chili peppers paired perfectly with the crisp nachos. The other option with roasted tomato salsa (Rs 280)  and sour cream however had an overpowering flavour of tomato and a tangy edge that made us prefer the cheesy combination instead. For seafood lovers, the Cilantro Fish Tacos (Rs 390) is a delicious yet uncomplicated option. The crisp taco with a tomato and fresh greens base is topped with steamed cilantro-marinated Basa that blends deliciously with the cheese shredded lettuce and serrano sauce. The vegetarian option Serrano and Chili Bean Tacos (Rs 350) was nice and crunchy because of the Mexican chilli beans and roasted veggies. It was topped with hot serrano sauce, sour cream and cheese.

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In quesadillas, the Grilled Corn and Mexican Veggies (Rs 420) stuffed in a soft baked tortilla was smoked with veggies, jalapenos and chillies lending it a crunchy yet spicy taste accompanied with roasted tomato salsa and cheese. The Hot Jalapeno Chicken Enchiladas (Rs 450) was impressive right from the first bite with spicy sour chicken and Mexican veggies. The soft corn tortilla corn wrap stuffed with chicken and a spicy sweet ranchero sauce is perfect.

A Mexican meal cannot end without a traditional dessert and the Tres Leches (Rs 280) did justice to our dessert cravings. Also called “three milk bread”, the spongy melt-in-your-mouth cake had a syrupy taste accompanied by pistachio cream that helped us end our meal on a good note.

Date: Till 30th April 2017
Must try: Nachos served with chili con queso, Hot Jalapeno Chicken Enchiladas
Meal For Two: Rs 1,500 + taxes


These Mouth-Watering Waffles Are What You Need For Breakfast

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

Rocky Road Waffle @ Jamjar Diner, Versova

Rocky Road Waffle @ Jamjar Diner, Versova
The delicious waffle at Jamjar is loaded with a hot chocolate brownie, soft marshmellows and crunchy almonds. You can bite or cut through the soft waffles, while you savour the flavour of chocolate dripping into the waffle.

Price: Rs 290 + taxes

Chocolate Chip Waffles @ Woodside Inn, Andheri West
If you’re craving for waffles, stop by Woodside Inn for their Chocolate Chip Waffles. Served in halves, the hand-pressed waffles have fresh fruits, Tres Leches reduction, along with honey and maple syrup. The waffle is topped with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream if you like.

Price: Rs 325 + taxes

Chocolate Chip Waffles @ Woodside Inn, Andheri West

Waffle With Maple and Honey @ The Daily Bar & Kitchen, Bandra West
The Daily likes their waffles with a lot more than just sweet. The restaurant serves waffles with salted caramel sauce, dark Nutella, dark berry compote, fresh fruits like kiwi and cream too. The sticky caramel sauce with the berry compote and fresh fruits makes a good combination with the soft waffles.

Price: Rs 265 + taxes  

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Waffles with Maple and Honey at The Daily Bar & Kitchen, Bandra West

Organic Flour Waffle @ The Pantry, Kala Ghoda
Prefer eating organic food? The Pantry serves waffles made with organic flour. The waffle comes along with seasonal fresh fruits (preferably bananas), Mojo plantation vanilla custard and natural honey. The classic fresh fruit and waffle combination is highlighted with a good helping of honey.

Price: Rs 295 + taxes

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Organic Flour Waffle at The Pantry, Kala Ghoda

Waffle @ Ellipsis, Colaba
Craving some good ol’ waffles? Ellipsis is known for their love for meat but their desserts are also something you wouldn’t want to miss out. The restaurant serves a stack of three circular waffles with a chocolate ganache, Chantilly cream and vanilla pears making it the ultimate sweet treat you just got to have.

Price: Rs 800 + taxes

Waffle at Ellipsis, Colaba

Waffles with Maple Syrup @ Terttulia, All Outlets
Looking to eat a classic waffle? Terttulia serves a traditional waffle variety with fruit compote with whipped cream along with maple syrup or honey, based on your preference. The perfectly soft waffle with a sweet compote makes for a perfect start to your day.

Price: Rs 175 + taxes

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Waffles with Maple Syrup at Terttulia, All Outlets

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Belgian Waffle with Chocolate Sauce @ Silver Beach Café, Juhu
Like a drizzle of chocolate sauce? Crispy golden brown waffles are topped with homemade butterscotch bananas with a thick chocolate ganache. The crisp waffles blend well with the butterscotch-flavoured bananas and the chocolate flavour from the ganache make it a good treat.

Price: Rs 180 + taxes

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Belgian Waffle with Chocolate Sauce at Silver Beach Café, Juhu

Potato Roesti Waffle @ The Boston Cupcakery, All Outlets
Regular waffles are too mainstream, TBC serves a waffle made from potato batter, the Potato Roesti Waffle has a crisp and buttery flavour. The potato roesti waffle is served with a beetroot hummus and crème fraiche (sour cream).

Price: Rs 350 + taxes

Potato Roesti Waffle at The Boston Cupcakery, All Outlets

Broffle @ Francesco’s Pizzeria, All Outlets
If you’re looking for a different kind of waffle, head to Francesco’s Pizzeria and you will be in for a surprise. The broffle is a combination of a gooey chocolate brownie with the crunchiness of the waffle and topped with whipped cream. The pizzeria allows you to add chocolate sauce, butter, maple syrup or vanilla ice cream that produces a variety of flavours with the combination.

Price: Rs 350 + taxes

Broffle @ Francesco’s Pizzeria, All Outlets

Red Velvet Bubble Waffle @ Papacream, Churchgate
Have you heard of bubble waffles? Papacream in their newest menu serve bubbly crispy waffles that are served flat or conical on preference. The ice cream parlour serves a red velvet waffle that comes stuffed with blueberry ice cream, delicately tossed with red velvet crumble, cheesecake crumble and white chocolate sand. The deliciously treat is a visual surprise and unlike what you see at any other restaurant.

Price: Rs 325 + taxes

Bubble Waffles at Papacream, Churchgate

Pecan Waffle Pie @ The Boston Butt, Fort
The Boston Butt serves a different take on the traditional Southern-style pecan pie which has light, crisp waffle triangles topped with a gooey crunchy pie filling, maple syrup drizzle, whipped cream and sugar dust. The pie makes for a good heavy snack if you’re craving waffles.

Price: Rs 310 + taxes

Pecan Waffle Pie at The Boston Butt, Fort

Waffle With Fruit Compote and Ice Cream @ Grandmama’s Café, All Outlets
Hop over to Grandmama’s for a waffle with a variety of toppings. The waffle is served with honey or maple syrup, some delicious whipped cream, fruit compote and ice cream. The restaurant gives you the choice of an extra topping the waffle with Nutella, milk chocolate, salted caramel and seasonal fruits, all at an extra cost.

Price: Rs 190 + taxes

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Waffle With Fruit Compote and Ice Cream at Grandmama’s Café, All Outlets

16 Heavenly Pork Ribs You Wouldn’t Mind Getting Messy With

There’s no hurry, devour one rib at a time

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

St. Louise Style Smoked Peppery Rib at The Boston Butt, Colaba

St. Louise Style Smoked Peppery Rib @ The Boston ButtFort
Haven’t you always hoped for a typical BBQ joint that serves delicious meat? The two-month-old Boston Butt in Colaba serves pork ribs that anybody who likes pork must try. The Peppery Pork Rib is slow-cooked unlike the typical St. Louise-style preparation of being grilled and then sauced. The peppery rub lends the pork rib a delicious flavour that will make your mouth water this instant.

Price: Rs 372 + taxes  

Deli BBQ Pork Ribs @ Indigo Delicatessen, All Outlets
Do you want typical Deli-style meaty pork ribs? Indigo Deli has one that fits your need with their Deli BBQ Pork Ribs cooked over two hours. The ribs are first braised with coriander seeds, crushed pepper, rock salt, chilli flakes and baileys, then warmed in a vegetable stock and basted with barbeque sauce and butter. The juicy pork ribs have a welcoming pepper and spice flavour with a delicious combination of butter and sauce.

Price: Rs 765 + taxes

Deli BBQ Pork Ribs at Indigo Delicatessen, All Outlets

BBQ Pork Ribs @ The Sassy SpoonBandra West 
Do you like your pork ribs uncomplicated? The Sassy Spoon has meaty pork ribs that is smeared with their very own house smoked barbecue sauce, sautéed vegetables and mashed potatoes. The combination is simply bliss, we think.

Price: Rs 700 + taxes

BBQ Pork Ribs at The Sassy Spoon, All Outlets

MoBar Caramelised Ribs @ Monkey Bar, Bandra West
If you like caramelized pork ribs, you are in for a treat at Monkey Bar. The gastropub serves a delicious Belgian Pork Baby Back Ribs that are caramelized to give a sweet yet spicy flavour while the coating is crisp and the meat succulent and simply falls off the bone.

Price: Rs 450 (Inclusive of taxes)

MoBar Caramelised Pork Ribs at Monkey Bar, Bandra West

Tandoori Pork Spare Ribs @ The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Like a little gravy with your pork ribs? TBC serves Tandoori Pork Ribs that are twice cooked with a spicy jaggery glaze and green beans. The fat meat ribs have a spicy sweet gravy topping that make it a must if you like pork.

Price: Rs 600 + taxes

Tandoori Pork Spare Ribs at The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel

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

Honey Smoked Pork Ribs @ Yauatcha, Bandra East
Have you been dreaming about the perfect pork ribs? Yauatcha may serve some of the most exotic teas but their pork ribs are amazing too. Smoked with jasmine tea, the smoked spare ribs are glazed with honey making it succulent yet sweet to taste and a delight to anybody who is willing to experience goodness. If you’re in Bangalore, the Yauatcha there too has the very same juicy spicy sweet pork ribs.

Price: Rs 1,095 + taxes

Honey Smoked Pork Ribs at Yauatcha, Bandra East

Chilli Pork Ribs @ Farzi Café, Lower Parel
Never thought you would have porks ribs with the classic Indian spice? Farzi Café loves to experiment and their pork ribs are no different. Tossed in chilli sauce, the ribs are topped and served with Rista (a Kashmiri lamb masala) reduction. The spice from the chilli and the Kashmiri preparation makes the soft pork ribs something you wouldn’t want to miss.

Price: Rs 375 + taxes

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Chilli Pork Ribs at Farzi Cafe, Lower Parel

Torched Pork Ribs @ Craft Deli Bistro, Kurla West
You’ve always loved coffee and pork ribs? You need to have the Torched Pork Ribs at Craft, it has a bitter sweet coffee barbecue glaze that is definitely a winner. The rub on the delicious ribs has coarse coffee that gives the ribs an added earthy flavour that makes it a beautiful combination.

Price: Rs 485 + taxes

Torched Pork Ribs at Craft Deli Bistro, Kurla West

Chilean Pork Ribs @ Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Bandra East
Looking to experiment with pork ribs? Masala Library makes a Chilean-style pork ribs that will definitely impress your palate. The ribs are tossed in a barbecue sauce with apple murabba (sweet pickle) and comes with a chilli glaze on the side. The ribs have a sweet and spicy taste with delicate notes of apple on it.

Price: Rs 675 + taxes

Chilean Pork Ribs at Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Bandra East

Pork Ribs @ Terttulia, Dadar West
If you’ve been craving for some meaty pork ribs, get up and head to Terttulia. The restaurant serves charred barbecue ribs with grilled corn bread. The slow cooked ribs have a homemade sauce that is thick, spicy and sweet. Go ahead and eat some meat.

Price: Rs 809 (inclusive taxes)

Pork Ribs at Tertullia, Dadar West

Coffee Spiked Spare Ribs @ The Daily Bar & Kitchen, Bandra West
Bandra has many places to eat pork ribs but if you’re craving some variety, The Daily has a Coffee Spiked Spare Ribs on their menu that you can treat yourself to. The tender pork ribs are slow-cooked with a smooth coffee rub and is served with a delicious caramelized onion mash on the side.

Price: Rs. 550 + taxes

Coffee Spiked Spare Ribs at The Daily Bar & Kitchen, Bandra West

Cider Beer braised pork ribs @ Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden, Bandra West
If you’re busy reveling in the Oktoberfest celebrations and you love pork, head to Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden for delicious beer braised pork ribs. The ribs are cooked in whole spices before being infused with their in-house Kolsch beer and cooked until tender. The ribs are garnished with the coriander and tomatoes and served with mashed potato on the side.

Price: Rs 425 + taxes

Cider Beer Braised Pork Ribs at Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden, Bandra West

Prime Rib @ Ellipsis, Colaba
If you’re tired of the bone, ditch it for the meat off the prime rib at Ellipsis. The succulent meat is spicy and delicious and served with arugula, charred onion, cherry tomatoes and mash potato with jus on the side. You just don’t eat a rib, you savour it.

Price: Rs 2,200 + taxes   

Prime Rib at Ellipsis, Colaba

Baby Pork Ribs @ Lemon LeafAndheri West
Feel like eating a classic? Lemon Leaf serves slow cooked Baby Pork Ribs that are tossed in your choice of homemade sauce and flavoured with a vindaloo masala and barbecue sauce. The signature Goan masala and barbecue sauce make for a good combination that you will definitely love.   

Price: Rs 785 + taxes

Baby Pork Ribs at Lemon Leaf, Andheri West

Goan Pork Ribs @ MasalaBar, Bandra West
It is often said the dish depends on the meat you’ve used and in India there is nothing like Goan pork ribs. MasalaBar takes inspiration from the land where pork is loved for its sorpotel and vindaloo. The restaurant has Goan Pork Ribs braised and tossed with balsamic and toddy vinegar flavoured masala. The succulent ribs are served with sautéed and spiced purple cabbage.

Price: Rs 350 + taxes