In a nutshell:
A Mumbai based chain with restaurants in Mumbai & Pune where food is the prime focus & they serve YUMM Mediterranean food.
Address & other details: Moshe’s
Meal for 2: 1000 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
We had some great memory of dining at Moshe’s a few years back, during our visit to Mumbai. So when we shifted to Mumbai recently from Delhi NCR, Moshe’s was top of the list. We were delighted to find out that it was walking distance from our home. Paid a few visits, ate to our heart’s content & here is the story.
The Cuffe Parade branch is located in a beautiful old Colonial Building with High ceilings. There is a small sitting area outdoors & then there is a Dining hall inside. There is a small cake shop cum lobby area which also has seating arrangements.
The interiors r nice.
The guys at the restaurant are pretty attentive and good. At times they miss a thing or two as they r constantly running around. People here r way better than at Palladium Moshe’s or rather they r much organized in handling rush than the guys at Palladium.
The menu card is very easy to read, with detailed description of every dish
Food, as I said was very good to excellent. Hardly had anything average or below that.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We started our evening with Maraq shifta – Baghdadi Jewish soup made with slow roast pot roasted tomato, chicken meatballs, pumpkin, mint and coriander.
It was tangy and very flavourful. It had a hot aftertaste. Presence of chicken balls turned out to be only an addition to the different textures in the soup. Chicken did not do much to the flavour of the soup. Tomato base was not tomatoee but just too good. Rate this 4.5/5
We moved on to Mutamma Algerian lamb stew with smoked paprika, chard and white beans and saffron pulav on the side.
Lamb was super soft and excellent to taste. The ‘gravy’, if I might call it that, was excellent. It had beautifully incorporated the flavours of both meat and spices. Slow cooking did its magic.
The kidney beans in the gravy were on the borderline of being hard and medium soft.Rate it 4.5/5
Saffron pulav had flavours of dill leaves that overpowered the flavour of saffron. Saffron strands in the pulav reminded of saffron in addition to the color.
Super soft independent strands of rice non greasy, minimal extra fat. Loved eating it as it is. Rate it 4.5/5
For dessert we tried L’orange – rich flourless chocolate and orange cake made with crushed almonds. This was served with pure vanilla ice cream that was creamy, thick and not too sweet.
The cake was just outstanding. It tasted of intense, soft and creamy sweet and bitter chocolate and layers of thick orange jus oozing out from the layers. Found some orange zest as well. Almond surely made its presence felt in terms of taste and added an element of firmness and made the cake a bit ‘grainy’ in texture. Rate it 4.95/5
We ordered Moshe’s hummus platter – It had hummus with picked aubergine, sesame crusted falafel, muhammarah, red cabbage with olive and sumac served with pita and lavash
The Lavash was excellent. Very crisp, warm when served. It had Perfect seasoning. Rate it 4.25/5
Pita bread was good. It was soft inside and crisp outside. Rate it 3/5
Hummus was a major disappointment. It was too smooth, lacked texture, had no flavours in it, e.g. Olive oil, garlic etc. Even the chickpea flavour did not emerge properly. Rate it 2/5.
Pickled aubergine was quite nice. Flavors of aubergine made its presence felt in spite of strong flavor of sauces. Rate it 3.75/5
Sesame crusted falafel had a crispy outer and a firm inside. The flavors were excellent. The taste was very good as well. Rate it 4/5
Red cabbage with sumac and olive was good. The cabbage was crunchy and the dish was good to taste. Rate it 3/5
Overall rating of this platter averages out to 3.3.
We then went for Chargrilled rawas with caper lime sauce, fresh herbs and paprika. In fact, it turned out to be fish in lemon butter sauce with a fancy description. However, having said that, fresh rawas and char grilling of the fish gave it a nice twist. Crunchy Veggies at the bottom were great to munch on.
This whole dish was served in an edible bowl. The heat kind of softened the base. Juices of fish and grilled veggies made the base even better. Loved the overall dish. Rate it 4.25/5
We had Baklava for dessert – thin filo pastry filled with dry fruits – primarily almonds, baked with honey and spices. The filo pastry had an element of salt that somewhat balanced the intense sweetness of honey. Flavours of clarified butter were enjoyable. Rate it 4.25/5.
We also bought sandwiches etc on other occasions but not covering those as we did not click pics / retain the bill.
Overall rating of food at Moshe’s averages out to 4.3.
We wud surely take many a strolls back to this place to enjoy a nice evening.