First the bad news and then the good news follows. I admit that I’m a see-the-glass-as-half-full person, (love happy endings ) so when a restaurant turns out to be lousy, I feel sad. But my first duty is to you dear reader, to give an honest assessment which is useful and usable. To help me get a broader perspective, I invite foodie readers. Here’s what they say about todays restaurant under review – “If you care a wee bit about your money, please avoid this place” says Nishant Gandhi, a successful corporate executive, an entrepreneur, author in the making, also a trend-spotting & ideation specialist, blogger and content architect. “The food was quite tasteless. The desserts were equally disappointing..”says Godlevea Perreira who has a degree in hotel management from IHM Dadar.
Our review follows…
Tucked into an children’s amusement park in Powaii, this no frills Bengali eatery lured us with it’s very unusual location and price points. Much to our disappointment we found that it was neither authentic nor tasty. The service was slow in both the small airconditioned room as well as the outdoor area with it’s red and green awning. The outdoor area overlooks the kiddy park and one sits (almost) nose to nose with the stone dinosaur.
Most of the dishes we tried, be it the Dimer devil ( mutton kheema stuffed with a boiled egg) or the Minced chicken kabiraja (with a lacy egg coating)were spicy, oily and deep fried. Kasha Mangsho (slow cooked mutton in gravy) was overcooked with a handful of tiny meat pieces. Also on offer are Rolls (mutton egg, Veg etc). Ilish bhapa, bhetki paturi And believe it or not, China town chilly chicken and paneer butter masala too. “The Mishti Doi was sour, the Rosogulla was not sweet enough” says Nishant and goes on to add “An extra word on the staff and service – Pathetic”. My other two guests agreed. Dhiraj Kumar, Software Engineer is a foodie, poet and part time Profesional Make up Artist.Arkesh Ayyagiri (student of SIES college of commerce and economics, Sion) kept us riveted about his volunteer work at his college fest “Fantasies”(Dec 7th and 8th with it’s Bollywood theme where Sonal Chauhan, Bruna Abdullah, Cyrus Broacha and Mir Ali are expected to attend.) No alcohol but very affordable price points here… if only they’d improve their service and food.
Hakone Children’s Park, Hiranandani, Powai
Call: 65286604, 65286605
Meal for two approx R1,000 approx. No alcohol.
Open lunch and dinner
CONCRETE BLESSINGS South Mumbai foodies head here today and tomorrow… not only will you get the most unique and yummy food at their gourmet bazaar but will come away with a warm happy glow in your heart. At this annual exhibition cum sale, the multiply handicapped and mentally challenged students showcase their extraordinary talent. I’ve been privileged to watch and taste the SPJ Sadhana school’s fabulous offerings over two decades, Sister Gaitonde, Ranju Mahadevia, Tinu Sanghvi of the Hospitality and Catering Section are doing an amazing job of proving that “when life hands lemons you can make the most yummy nimbu pani” Cheers!
Friday 7th Dec. 2012 – 10 am to 8 pm 8th Dec. 2012 – 11 am to 6 pm, SPJ Sadhana School, Sophia College campus. Off Warden Road.
INDIA CHOCOLATE MASTER A dream come true for chocoholics like me. Patisseurs and chefs from all over the country converged in Mumbai for the fifth edition for World Chocolate Masters. A professional jury announced the results and it was the Oberoi and Trident’s very gifted Executive Pastry chef Vikas Bagul who justifiably won the National title. He will be going to the World Chocolate Masters Final, Paris and before that represent our country at the Asia Pacific chocolate masters. Success is truly sweet! Congratulations!
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