J W Cafe (J W Marriott, sahar , mumbai International Airport area, mumbai)

This is a review of Sunday brunch In a nutshell: An unforgettable brunch, one of the best we have had in years, in terms of spread, amazing attention to detail by chef and team, brilliant conceptualisation and seamless execution. For seafood lovers in india, this is specially more interesting. Address & other details:   Meal for 2: ₹6000 Cuisine type : vegetarian and non vegetarian  Disclaimer: … Continue reading J W Cafe (J W Marriott, sahar , mumbai International Airport area, mumbai)

Picante (10 C, Upper Ground Level, DLF Cyber City, DLF Phase 2, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell:

Mexican food in Gurgaon – value for money, the taste will most probably appeal to those who have not tasted the ‘real thing’ but unlikely to be liked by those who have tasted the ‘real thing’.

The logo of Picante that says ‘Home to the Legendary Burrito’

Address & other details: Picante

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Tacos at Picante

Meal for 2:Rs. 300 onwards

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I am still amazed why this place is called a ‘Grill’. Coz they don’t seem to b serving anything that needs a grill. Infact they have a lone burger in the menu card & that also is a vegetarian burger. That’s as strange as it can get.

The board outside says – Picante ‘Home to the Legendary Burritos’. We ordered it & came the reply – Sorry Sir, Burritos not in stock. Whattttt???? Its like u go to an ‘Apple’ showroom & they say ‘Sorry sir, we do not have ipod’.

Very good staff – cooperative, knowledgeable, polite.

The open Kitchen Counter

Location is a disaster for ordinary citizens of Gurgaon. I guess generally office goers in that huge office complex visit this eatery more often than others. For aam aadmi like us, even getting a parking in & around the building is a big thing……………let alone searching for the eatery by using Indian GPS (bhaisahib, Picante kaha hai?) in absence of any directions to reach the restaurant – from the entrance to the complex.

Food was overall ok. It cost Rs. 400 for 2 & was filling beyond imagination – I felt like we had eaten a 5 course meal. But end of the day, inspite of the ‘quantity’, the tastebuds were not smiling. The taste was quite average – almost nothing stood out & left a mark.

Good effort & thought on part of the Owners – However, the eatery is yet to bank in on the huge potential of good tasty Mexican food that is not too expensive.

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Mi Amigo’s Mexican Grill (455 N 3rd Street, Arizona Center, Phoenix, Arizona , USA)

In a nutshell:

Loved the food here – hope something similar to this opens up in India.

Mi Amigo’s

Address & other details: Mi Amigos

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

the facade of Mi Amigo’s

Meal for 2: US$30 onwards

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This post is an Indian Foodie’s perspective on Mexican food in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He has never been to Mexico though. The comments are purely based on the taste & not on authenticity / proximity to the traditional Mexican taste.

The Restaurant is in a building that has many eateries. I cud not figure out why but this place attracted me & we just walked in.

The ambience was good – predominantly dimlighting with lamps on each table. Njoyable peppy (I guess) Mexican Music was being played in the backdrop.

After reading the menu card twice we figured that we had not figured anything at all. So time to seek help. We asked the lady serving us. She patiently explained the names, the meanings & at times the ingredients as well. She suggested some dishes & drinks as well. Full marks to her patience , product knowledge & role as a hostess.

The food was good & we loved it so much that we revisited the place in just 3-4 days.

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As we sat waiting for the food, we were served inhouse made super crispy super thin & very tasty nachos with unimpressive looking but outstanding salsa. The salsa looked a bit watery (not thick) but its taste was too good. Once we started eating this, the hands were just going to the mouth & back to the plate inspite of repeated signals from the brain to stop doin that!!!! We finished a full load of nachos & salsa.

Nachos & Salsa

As suggested by the lady serving us, we went for Mi Amigo’s signature Margarita served ‘frozen’ with a splash of citrus tinged Blue curacao……….I added a bit of sweet & salt. Too good. Refreshing longggggggggggggggggg drink.

Signature Margarita

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La Fiesta (628 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, USA)

Contributed by Guest Blogger Vasudha Mukherjee Bal Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Meal for 2: US$ Address & other details: La Fiesta I was in San Diego for work recently and was craving for some authentic Mexican food. Living in Boston can leave you with a craving for spicy favorites if you are in Southern California for sure! There is this one dish that I … Continue reading La Fiesta (628 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, USA)

Applebee’s – The neighbourhood Grill (South Shore Bay, Boston)

In a nutshell –

Loved the American food served in this place with a few ifs & buts

Tasting American Food in America & comparing with similar food served inIndia – A Indian foodies’s perspective.

As u enter the Restaurant

Restaurant Website: Applebees

Cuisine Type: Predominantly Nonvegetarian

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This place looked like a true American Neighborhood Food joint & interestingly most of the tables looked to b occupied by people around or those who had come in to buy at the mammoth Supermarkets in the vicinity.

So, being American, the portions of food were large & so were the drinks. Started with a large Mojito – was good, potent but a bit too sweet.

Large Mojitos

We ordered Appetizer Sampler – Loved the peppy mozzarella Cheese sticks, Were over impressed with the creamy spinach & artichoke dip that came with nachos, Cheese Quesadilla with bacon was good but nothing extraordinary, very unexpectedly hot & spicy, mildly sour marinated, buffalo wings with a crispy outer layer sautéed in an orange sauce – liked it.

For main course we had some outstanding ‘Signature Sirloin with Garlic Herb Shrimp ‘ & some not so outstanding ‘Grilled Shrimp & Island Rice’

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Choko La (middle circle Khan Market Delhi , Galleria Market Gurgaon)

In a nutshell:

One of the best Chocolate makers in Delhi NCR, serves great breakfasts & miscellaneous super cool snacks

a wall display inside the store

Address & other details: Choco La

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian + Eggs

Meal for 2: Rs. 300 onwards

Beamed ceilings, Fans (they have a/cs too) & a very retro decor at Choko La

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First discovered Chokola years back at Khan Market. One of the best chocolate makers in Delhi NCR – The Dark Hot chocolate drink (70% cocoa) is the best I have had in Delhi so far. There is a take away counter like Cake shops, a chocolate counter like the lindt showrooms & also an eatery.

What’s unique about food in Choko La is that they serve very good vegetarian versions of food from different parts of the World…… in addition to being one of the best chocolate related food makers in Delhi NCR.

Was delighted to find that the opened a branch in Galleria Gurgaon. I still have a feeling that the Khan market one is better – the rest are Franchisee run.

A signature product of Chokola, 70% cocoa hot chocolate – now served at Galleria also

In two visits we managed to try some Excellent subtle scrambled eggs, A very good Vegetarian version of Eggs Benedict, Superb layered Croissant, One of the best Lemon Tarts in town, Cool chocolate mousse, one of the best in town Baked nachos with Guacamole , salsa & cheese, a curious Curried coconut & carrot soup, a very average Black Forest cake & a finger licking good peanut butter cupcake.

Colorful Macaroons on display – U can buy them on order

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Go Chhatz – Chhat & North Indian Snacks stalls in many malls & food courts

In a nutshell:

Lots of Tasty & Hygenic Quick bites – Very Good for a short food refill but none of these r the ‘best in Town’.

Go Chhatz shop at Galleria market, Gurgaon

Address & other details Go Chhatz

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian

Meal for 2: Rs. 80 onwards

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Street food & Hygeine are no more oxymorons as Go Chhatz serves tasty North Indian Street food. However, must mention that none of the food in the menu wud qualify for ‘best in town’ but they r surely good on their own. Papri poppers , Dahi gappas, Papri chaat, gol gappas, papri chaat, samosa cocktail are some of the show stoppers here. I found Desi nachos to be outstandingly chatpata. Kalakhatta breezer for a drink is super col too.

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