Indulge yourself in true Italian flavours as Bluefoods launches with its fourth and largest Spaghetti Kitchen outlet in India at Powai, Mumbai. The new outlet is the largest Spaghetti Kitchen outlet in India and sprawls across 5000 square feet of space.

Spaghetti Kitchen with Bill Marchetti, the celebrity chef as its consultant chef, brings to Powai Italy’s fine Cuisine that will tantalise the taste buds of one and all. With the opening in Powai, Mumbai can now taste the magic of Italy in three different locations – Phoenix Mills, CR2 Mall and Powai.

Spaghetti Kitchen is located in the busy Hiranandani Gardens which is the hub of corporate and residential crowds. The outlet is hard to miss with Spaghetti Kitchen signature branding and delightful décor. The restaurant will serve customers scrumptious Italian delicacies including the famous Paremesan Cheese Potatoes, Penne Vodka, a wide range of authentic thin crust Pizzas, Lasagnes, Rissotos, along with the choicest collection of spirits that will satiate your soul. Finish of sumptuous meal with signature desserts like Tiramsu & Triple Chocolate Biscotti.

Commenting on the launch of the new Spaghetti Kitchen outlet, Chef Bill Marchetti says, “With the launch of Spaghetti Kitchen in Powai we offer our customer an extensive Italian menu that includes our signature dishes and a warm and inviting ambience. We look forward to tantalizing the taste buds of all the Italian lovers in Powai”.

So some along and fall in love with the new Spaghetti Kitchen at Powai; Truly Italian!!!

Spaghetti Kitchen is located at Hiranandani Gardens, 103 Ventura Park, IT Building, Above Aromas Café, Opp D Mart, Powai, Mumbai- 400 076

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Gloria Jean’s Coffee house has recently opened up in Powai. I guess Australian coffee houses love Powai.

Another day, another MOD outlet. Mad Over Donuts is now open in Hiranandani Gardens Powai next to Papa John’s Pizza on Central Avenue. It shares its property with Gelato Italiano. I guess Amore, the other gelato outlet faces some competition.

The newly half opened mall near Powai – RCity Mall has a couple of places to eat that I’m pretty sure I wont want to eat in. Anyways here’s a list if its your kind of thing

1. Urban Tudka

2. Rajdhani

3. Subway

4. Tibb’s Frankie

Yellow Chilli

July 27, 2009

Sanjeev Kapoor’s Yellow Chilli has opened up in Hiranandani Gardens above Mainland China. I’ve heard that Yellow Chilli is fairly average. They only have a buffet and is priced pretty well at about 300 rupees. Doesn’t really sound like the kind of restaurant I would want to go to but I’m sure there are a tonne of people who will love it. Does anyone know what restaurant Sanjeev Kapoor has worked in? His website didn’t really bring anything up other than Yellow Chilli. I guess Khana Khazana is what really made him famous.

Tote on the Turf

July 26, 2009

Rahul Akerkar is coming up with a new restaurant called Tote. Tote will be near Olive’s race course property and will be slightly more upmarket than Indigo. I have been waiting for Tote to open for a long time and it keeps getting delayed for one reason or another. Knowing Rahul Akerkar however, one can be assured that it will be worth the wait. I keep bugging the staff at Indigo for updates on Tote and I always get the ‘opening next month’ line.

Businesstoday did a pretty comprehensive writeup on Tote. The gist of it is –

1. Tote was a building at the race course where punters would set up bets during races and Akerkar decided to keep the name.

2. 25,000 square feet

3. Meal for two should cost about 4000 with a drink

4. Seperate bar, banquet facility and a dining section thats further divided into formal, veranda, outdoor and lounge.

A little snooping around and help from a friend(thanks Nupoor!)  brought me to architect Kapil Gupta’s website for some WIP pictures. Looks pretty branchy to me.

Good Luck Rahul Akerkar!

Henry Tham closed down?

July 26, 2009

I drove past Henry Tham the other day and was surprised to find it closed. The Henry Tham board was off revealing the previous name of the restaurant. I was of the impression that they were doing pretty well and can only assume that they’re rennovating or sometihng.

EDIT – Jack & Jones and Only opened up a store where Henry Tham once was.

Chefs in India

July 17, 2009

I was reading about Chef’s in India and realized that there really wasn’t any comprehensive list of Chefs. I’m not sure how much of this information is true so if you know of any changes please let me know.

Chef Rahul Akerkar – Indigo/Indigo Delicatessen/Indigo Cafe/Tote on the Turf

Chef Massimiliano Orlati (Max) – Olive

Chef Manu Chandra – Olive Beach

Chef Vicky Ratnani – Aurus

Chef Hemant Oberoi – Wasabi/Chef’s Studio/Zodiac Grill

Chef Nelson Wang – China Garden

Chef Arindram Bahel – Rodas

Chef Ritu Dalmia – Diva

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor – Yellow Chilli

Chef Moshe Shek – Cafe Moshe/Moshe’s

Chef Imtiyaz Qureshi – Dum Puk

Chef Brainard Colaco – Mocha

Chef Shailendra Kekade – Stone Water Grille (Pune)

Chef Gresham Fernandes – Salt Wate Cafe

Bistro Grill Express

July 10, 2009

Delivery in Powai has always been either Pizza or Butterchicken and ever since Pizzeria closed down neither has been very good. Bistro Grill Express brings a whole new cuisine to Hiranadani that has been subjected to the same kind of restaurants for far too long. Ofcourse Kareems (Marooush?) also makes Shawarma but the combination of their mediocre service and poor hygiene makes you think twice before giving them a call. Bistro Grill Express offers much better service and much better food. So far I have only tried their shawarma and Chicken Fathayer and have been pretty impressed. The shwarma is pretty standard and is served with a garlic sauce and pickled beetroot that I love. The Fathayer is something I haven’t tried before. Fathayer is minced chicken stuffed into a pocket of dough and baked. I was pretty satisfied and it went great with the garlic sauce that I love. They also serve pizzas with arabic flavoured toppings which is something I would like to try. Delivery times range from twenty to forty minutes and the staff is reasonably polite. I ate at the restaurant once and I’d say its probably a better idea to order home. The restaurant itself is split level so you do feel a little claustrophobic because of the headroom and lack of windows. They had also turned the air conditioning off until we went in which made it uncomfortable until it was finally time to leave. Stick to delivery and you should be fine. As you can tell I am reasonable satisfied with Bistro Grill Express and hope that they are able to survive in Powai where so many places open and close overnight.


July 10, 2009

Aromas joins the hugely successful Cafe Coffee Day and Cafe Mocha to become the fourth coffee shop in Powai. CCD gets a little too crowded and though the food and deserts at Mocha are much better than CCD, the shady crowd often puts you off. Cafe Columbia opened up sometime last year but they had a horrible location and their food was probably the worst of the three. Aromas opened up recently in Hiranandani. Aromas is part of an Australian coffee chain and have entered the Indian market with their Hiranandani outlet. I have been to Aromas twice so far and have not really been that impressed. I ordered a slice of cake that was dry, and maybe a little stale too. A lot of things on the menu weren’t available when I went there which was atleast a good month after they had opened. They serve wine but haven’t started serving beer yet (although its on the menu). I had a mint shake as well which wasn’t strong enough and seemed a little diluted to me. Overall the food was pretty disappointing, perhaps average at best. They also serve breakfast which is something I would like to try. Their location opposite D-Mart can get a bit crowded especially during rush hour though I must admit that I enjoyed watching the chaotic traffic while relaxing inside. They have outdoor seating as well which is nice when the weather is good The interiors are pretty good and its a lot better done up than CCD. However it is more expensive than CCD so I guess that it’s balanced. Service was OK. They messed up my friend’s order and he had to wait a good ten minutes after we got our food. The staff is fairly polite so I guess that its not that bad. Overall I guess this is a pretty nice place to hangout if food isn’t really on the top of your list.

Olympia Coffee House

June 22, 2009

I don’t know why Olmpia is actually called Olmpia Coffee house and if you have ever heard about Olympia, you have probably heard about their Kheema Pao. Getting their Kheema Pao however is quite a task as it gets sold out in the morning. I have been to Olympia sometimes as early as 10 o clock to find that they are out of Kheema Pao. They do however have a lot of other dishes which are definitely worth trying though not as popular as their Kheema Pao. Their mutton curry for example is definitely worth a try, it comes with the same soft pao that comes with the Kheema pao and if you don’t like how dry the kheema is – this could be a good alternative. However the pieces they use aren’t always the best. Let your waiter know that you are willing to pay a little extra and he will bring you better pieces in the curry. Everything at Olympia is dirt cheap anyways so money is really not an issue. I’ve tried their Biryani too which was good but their kababs were quite disappointing and I would advise you to avoid them. One thing that some people might find a little difficult to adjust to is the crowd. There are a lot of people from different backgrounds who come to eat at Olympia and you may be made to share a table with a stranger during rush hour. A lot of people might be uncomfortable doing this and I guess asking for takeaway is a good option. The restaurant itself is somewhat similar to some of the older restaurants in Mumbai but has a very distinct personality, very different from most restaurants I have been to. The owner/manager of course sits at a table just as you enter. Whoever sits behind that table doesn’t seem to talk to the customers much. None of the regulars seem to talk to him or ‘know’ him though the waiters are very friendly and recognize regulars. Something I noticed about the waiters and the entire staff is that they are all Muslim. I know Olympia is owned by Muslims but I guess they didn’t get the memo on non discriminatory recruitment policies. It’s a little dissapointing to see things like this happen in this day and age. Opposite the tabe there is a small staircase leading to what I suppose must have been a ‘family room’ and I haven’t seen it being used – quite similar to the small upper floor at Brittania. Just as you enter the restaurant there is a sign that says ‘No Beef since 1918’ which either tells you how old the place is or for how long they have not been serving   The same cafe style chairs that you find all over Mumbai find themselves at Olympia too. There are a lot of mirrors on the wall, framed in polished wood with little gaps for vents to allow fresh air into the restaurant, Olympia of course is not air conditioned. The restaurant has some really nice dull, almost brick red and yellow flooring which I don’t think has been changed since it opened and looks perfect. The computer to bill customers, in the corner however seems a little out of place but I guess you have to do what you have to do. To top everything else there is a sink at the back where unfortunately there isn’t any soap but a slice of lemon to wash your hands. The busy kitchen is right next to the sink, get a nice whiff of the food while you wash your hands and you can even peek in to see how your food is being made though to be honest I have never really had the guts to do so – somehow I don’t think their kitchen will be too hygienic. On that bombshell things must come to an end. Be sure to drop in to Olympia next time you are in Colaba before 10 in the morning. Cheers!

PS – Olympia is right opposite Cafe Leopold on Colaba Causeway.


April 17, 2009

Name/Location: Zaffran, Crawford Market

Average Cost: 200-300 a dish

Food: Zaffran is apparently centred around the use of Zaffran or Saffron though Im not too sure how much of it they actually use in their food keeping in mind how expensive it is. I usually order their chicken butter chicken, Murgh Zaffrani Tikkas, and some garlic naan and have to say that its some of the best mughlai Iv had. Their butter chicken has a lot of flavour and taste and the chicken tastes good too. The Tikkas are made of large chunks of chicken with the pieces seasoned to perfection and like the butter chicken are full of flavour and taste making dinner here an amazing experience. Their naans are good too and are really nice and soft. I heard a lot about their Raan and decided to order it but was left disappointed with it. I guess next time Ill just stick to the usual. Their deserts too were highly recommended including something called Khubani ka Meetha though it really wasn’t upto the same standards as the chicken. Overall Id say Zaffran is my favourite Mughlai restaurant in Mumbai beating restaurants like Khyber and Delhi Darbar that are usually considered to be the best.

Service: The service here is acceptable and the staff isn’t rude or anything though things can sometimes take a little longer than expected and when it gets busy it might get a little difficult for you to get the waiter’s attention. Overall though Id say the service is satisfactory at this price point.

Ambience: Zaffran is located near Crawford market and its often difficult to get a nice open space here. Zaffran is located on 2 levels and the lower level is usually closed so you might just think its closed. The seating upstairs doesn’t have any windows and that could feel a little claustrophobic for some though it isn’t all that bad to be honest. Zaffran is open till late so that’s an added bonus though the surrounding area gets a little shady as it gets late so It would be best to be a little careful. The restaurant isn’t that bad inside and is pretty decent with clean walls and doesn’t let you have too much to complain about though you really have to be flexible to use their bathroom that’s located under an flight of steps.

Conclusion: Id defiantly recommend Zaffran to anyone who loves Mughlai food. Its good food that’s relatively cheap with comfortable ambience and decent service. The best thing though is that its open till 4 in the morning and so its always good for a nice meal before hitting the sack.

Cafe Paradise

April 17, 2009

Paradise has been around forever and my mom used to come here as a kid. Iv been eating here since I was a kid too and Im kinda hooked, and like my family there are a tonne of people who have been comming here for years. The place is neat and they only have booths in their restaurant unless you go to the backroom (which kinda stinks because it isnt used much). The place has been renovated a couple of years ago but still maintains some of the charm of the old restaurant. As far as food goes Id say this place is excellent. I always have their chicken steak which isnt really a steak, more of roast chicken dish with gravy nd I love it. Iv had 3 orders once so that should tell you how good it is. Their cold chicken salad is really good too as is their salli botti. They also serve Chinese here though I tihnk it would be a lot better to stick to their regular stuff. They also have spcecials which are only available on certain days so make sure you check out the specials menu when you go there. As for the service, Id say its really good too. The waiters recognize regulars and are quite knowledgable about the whole menu. Some of the waiters have been working at the restaurant for years so there really isnt much reason to complain. As far as cost goes, Id say it is a bit overpriced for what it is, but its not expensive by any means. OVerall a great place to get Parsi food.

PS – The owners love animals and feed close to 50 dogs a day!

Cafe Basilico

April 17, 2009

Name/Location: Cafe Basilico, Colaba/Bandra

Average Cost: Around 350 a dish, 100 a drink nd 150 for desert

Food: The head chef used to be the famous Chef Moshe who has now gone on to start his own restaurant.The place is owned by Farhan Azmi who owns Koyla across the street. The menu here has recently changed nd I wasnt too happy about that until I ate here again. I used to have a Cilantro Chicken which was basically a grilled chicken in cilantro sauce with mashed potatoes. When I requested the chef to make the same thing again he reccomended something else. Im not too sure about the name but it had mozerella. I highly reccomend this dish. The place is open for breakfast too but iv never been able to get up early enough. I tihnk its open from 7 . The cuisine here is mostly mediterranean. Their deserts are good too. They used to have the most amazing Baileys Cream Cake though theyv stopped it. I reccomend the Oreo Cheese Cake which has a layer of Crushed Oreos in the middle of other layers of chocolate. Their Blueberry Cheesecake is good too . The deserts here are so good that some people come nd only order deserts. In drinks id reccomend the Peachy Cheek which is just sprite nd peach flavour though its really good.

Service: The service is quite good. The waiters are polite nd helpful nd the chef comes to help you out in case ur confused. the waiters sometimes have problems telling you about the food though theyre very patient about it. The food doesnt come that fast though nd u might be waiting a good 20 mins before u get fed.

Ambience: I quite like the ambience here though the chairs do tend to get uncomfortable after a while. The floor is made out of railway sleepers nd is quite cool to look at. The best part about the place is the tall windows through which you can look out onto the street. gives the place a real charming touch. The only problem though is its quite cramped nd u can sometimes here what people on the other table are saying

Cafe Basilico is one of my favourite places to eat. They have a branch in Bandra as well but I am partial to the one in Colaba. Definitly worth a trip to.
UPDATE – I went to Basilico the other day and found a few changes. They have hopped onto the ‘Old Bombay Pictures’ bandwagon and there are a few interesting pictures around the restaurant which add some charm though the concept has been adopted by so many places already that it is getting a bit stale. They also have free wifi. Ask your waiter for the password.

Cafe Mondegar

April 17, 2009

Cafe Mondegar is a really chilled out place and a great place to come and relax with friends. The place has the famous Mondegar Mural behind it and has various scenes from the restaurant and Mumbai painted on it. if im not mistaken even Cafe Fountain had similar artwork on their placemats a few years ago. The restuarant has an airconditioned and non airconditioned section. The ac section isnt always open and you may find it smelling a bit funny because it isnt used as much as the non ac section which IMO is a lot better. While the AC section might be a bit more comfortable, it doesnt have the same charm that the regular section has and hence Id reccomend sititng outside. The highlight of the place is the retro jukebox in the restaurant which is imported. im not too sure if it works, but it really adds to the character of the place. Besides this the various beer signs and the Heinekken fridge are other defining characteristics of this place. The one thing that might bother you here is the crowd. The tables are all pretty close together and you can always hear what other people are saying. Id say this is another one of those ‘Mondegar’ things though some people are quite put off by it. The food here is great too and Id reccomend the Chicken Corden Bleu which is the famous chicken dish stuffed with chicken and served in a creamy sauce. You will also find steak as well as other meats here that you would probably not find in other restaurants in Mumbai. They also serve some pretty good breakfast including sausages, bacon and omlettes. Overall the food here is pretty good. As for the service, the staff is pretty attentive and will ususally help you decide on sometihng, however service gets a little busy as it gets crowded(which it is most of the time) and you may have to wait for some time to get your meal. Pricewise Id say its allright for what it is. Expect to pay around 200-250 a dish which isnt all that bad IMO. Overall Id definatly reccomend Mondegar.