Go on. Wipe that snooty smirk off your face, South Mumbaikers! We can never match the youthful exuberance and newness of the fleetly evolving whirl of the suburbs. I love to eatabout and hangabout here. Like today, with the great fun and well informed two some:
Malaya Pradhan, who not only loves to cook but has a take on most everything and
Mrinalini Khanna who admits to a more low maintaince take when it comes to food. Both love seafood in general , while Malaya is one of the senior creative forces, Mrinalini is the key development & sales head of gigantic Endemol, the worlds largest TV and film content provider known in India for their superhit addictive shows. They lead me to “Apicius”, which is very close to their office and where they’ve eaten before.
MALAYA PRADHAN AND MRINALINI KHANNA.
Photo by RASHMI UDAY SINGH
Zoom up to the eight floor of a nondescript office building to be pleasantly surprised by the sprawling, grey slate-walled space, chandeliers, al fresco lounge and large bar. Tastefully done.
Never mind that it’s name Apicius derives from fifth-century Rome, it serves the predictable falafel, pasta and pizza.Except for the above par John Dory enlivened with capers and mellow with parsley butter, the rest of the fare is strictly average. Be it the Mezze with its lackluster hummus and labneh or the soggy Ceasers salad. Okayish Pizza pepperoni, overcooked Portobello mushroom, smothered in cheese Melanzana here. The other two exceptions are, well made Shish taouk sparkled with lemon ginger garlic and prawns with cognac.
We all agree, that though appetizingly presented the portions are too small. The food average, the desserts too sweet (umm ali, baklava) and the coffee served cold.
As Malaya and Mrinalini point out this definitely is “the most tasteful” of Andheri’s restaurants and they would come back for the seafood too. The rest of the Mediteranean fare is average, portions small, service attentive. So,would I make a special trip from Sobo to Apicius? Yes. But only if Mrinalini and Malaya join me.
8th floor, Blue Wave Building
Off Link Road
Ph 2673 4337
Open. noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 1.30am
Av meal for two Rs 2500
THE LATEST FROM THE GREATEST
Here, they are: the real stars. In shimmery Hollywood, its the superstarchefs who have the Hollywood royalty eating out of their hands. Two iconic chefs tower above the rest…the uncrowned king Wolfgang Puck and Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (Nobu). I book weeks ahead and get a taste of the latest from the greatest. Save up, and eat here.
CHEF WOLFGANG PUCK FIROZA MOOS AND MEHER DAVIS (in yellow scarf) AT SPAGO.
Photo by RASHMI UDAY SINGH
A must-visit iconic, flashy legend gets better. To celebrate it’s thirtieth anniversary this year, Wolfgang Puck has not only revamped it, added a multi-million dollar art collection but also a brilliant Japanese chef. Oscar parties, star spangled A lists continue to haunt it. Healers extraordinaire, Meher Davis and Firoza Moos are here in LA to update their NAET healing skills. I book way ahead and lunch in the sun-spangled patio to celebrate Mehers birthday and her daughter Pia’s graduation. We trip out on Pucks legendary”California Cuisine,” designer pizzas and Japanese creations and his famous infectious charm .
176 N cannon Drive, Beverly Hills
Steak-buffs must dine at Puck’s sexy, sleek restaurant in the fabulous “Pretty Woman” hotel which delivers a seamlessly perfect contemporary twist to the classic steakhouse experience.
Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Having set up contemporary Japanese restaurants across continents, Nobu just got sexier and glossier with his brand new Nobu Malibu on the brilliant blue Pacific oceanfront. Waiters have attitude, prices are sky high, but the fare is sensational,be it the old favorites ( Black cod, lacquered with salty, mellow miso) or the Malibu specials, the
uni tacos best crunchy, creamy mouthfuls ever. We celebrate our buddy, Tracy Dubins granmas 100th birthday here. A memorable venue for a memorable occasion.
22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu |
You cannot come away without a taste of Hollywood’s most beloved and historic dining institution, which has just undergone a subtle Tihany-style revamp to celebrate it’s 100th year .
It is in The Polo Lounge that Charlie Chaplin had a standing reservation, Marlene Dietrich, eradicated the “no slacks for women” dress code and dined here. Even today, it’s a favorite with movie Moghuls. I love the traditional American fare (especially Elizabeth Taylors favorite McCarthy salad I have the recipe too, email@example.com, twitter @rashmiudaysingh) and I revel in the timelessness here.
Beverly Hills hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard
LA TIMES FOOD CRITIC’S RECOS
On my friend Irene Verbilia’s recommendations, we checked out some of the new ones Chi Spacca: (Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton’s meat–salumi place) the new A.O.C.: Suzanne Goin ‘s masterful local cuisine in the glam Spanish bungalow
Bludso’s Bar-and-Que ( Texas-style barbecue)
Tar & Roses ( vegetables cooked in the woodburning oven, exotic meats.)
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