Aquaba Opens In Lower Parel

When it comes to Lower Parel, there’s no dearth of options to drink and dine. Adding to this list is the new restaurant/lounge that opened this month in the Peninsula Business Park.

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Aquaba is a 3000 sq. ft. restaurant with 1000 sq. ft. al fresco section named after the quaint and picturesque city in Jordan.

This plush restaurant specializes in Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisines. It brings together an array of dishes from Greece, Turkey and Lebanon with provincial specialties from Italy, Spain and North Africa to offer the patrons a relaxed meal with tranquil atmosphere.

Varying from the soothing shades of taupe to cerulean blue, Aquaba is elegantly decorated with minimalistic yet modern interiors, and can accommodate approx 70 guests indoors and 25 guests in the al fresco area.
Aquaba also facilitates 2 indoor banquet rooms of approx 1000 sq. ft. collectively complete with audiovisual connectivity and can accommodate up to 80-100 guests.
Also available are two open-to-sky- banquet areas of 4000 and 5000 sq. ft. each for events, private parties, etc.

Getting there: Aqaba, Club House, Level P5, Peninsula Business Park, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.


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Famous Eating Haunts

I always love making things easy for myself and everyone. We normally have a habit of digging a well when thirsty… Me, on weekends for example… I reach out to all possible sites to search for restaurant and the reviews weekends delicious. Thanks to Google and Justdial for making our lives so easy.
I owe a lot to one of my dear friends for his painstaking efforts and the time he put in compiling the list of famous eateries for me.
Finally here we are with 50 must eat delicacies in Mumbai.

Eat your way though Mumbai… at a glance!

1. Schezwan Crab, Fish Balti at Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu
2. Berry Pulao and Caramel Custard at Britannia and Company Restaurant, Fort
3. Kheema Pao at Kayani & Co., Marine Lines
4. Mutton Dum Biryani at Zaffar Bhai’s Delhi Darbar, Mahim (W)
5. Mutton Raan Masala at Zaffran
6. Shahi Paneer at Cream Center
7. Vada Pao outside Kirti College, Dadar (W) and N.M College, Vile Parle (W)
8. Fish Fry & Prawns Koliwada at Jai Jawan Foods, Khar (W)
9. Dal Makhani at Preetam Da Dhaba
10. Butter Pepper Garlic Prawns at Gazalee
11. Baida Roti and Kebabs at Bade Miya
12. Biryani at Lucky Restaurant and Persian Darbar, Bandra (W)
13. Fish Curry Rice at Leopold Cafe, Colaba
14. Bun Maska at Sassanian Bakey and Boulangerie, New Marine Lines
15. Mava Cake at Mervans Bakery, Andheri (W)
16. Dal Makhani at Moti Mahal Reataurant, Bandra (W)
17. Chilli Chicken at Gypsy Chinese, Shivaji Park, Dadar
18. Fish Tava Fry at Jai Hind Lunch Home, Dadar (W)
19. Shwarma Roll at Maroosh, Carter Road, Bandra (W)
20. Patrano Machchi at Britannia and Company Restaurant, Fort
21. Chicken Club Sandwich at Cafe Noorani, Haji Ali
22. Misal Pav at Dutta, old Pune Highway
23. Bharleli Vangi at Gypsy Snacks, Shivaji Park, Dadar
24. Bhurji Pao at Santacruz (E) highway.
25. Jaggery icecream at Bojohari Manna, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W)
26. Veg Lunch at Govinda Restaurant, ISKON, Juhu
27. Maharashtrian snacks at Prakash, Dadar
28. Vodka Pani Puri at Pratap da Dhaba
29. Chilli icecream at Bachelorr’s, Charni Road
30. Misal Pav near Mamledar office, Thane
31. Filter Kaapi and Upma at Madras Cafe, Sion
32. Idlis at Idli house, Matunga (E)
33. Dal-phulka, Ganthiya Sabji, Masala Chaas in beer bottle at Bhagat Tarachand, CST
34. Dal Pakwan at Jhama Sweets, Chembur
35. Khichdi at Swati Snacks, Tardeo
36. Pav Bhaji at Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo
37. Pancham Puri Wala near CST
38. Sizzlers at Kobe’s
39. Rustomjee’s Biscuit Icecream, Near Churchgate Station
40. Teesriya Sukha and Stuffed Pomfret at Sadiccha Restaurant, Bandra (E)
41. Sea food at Highway Gomantak, Bandra (E)
42. Falooda at Badshah Snacks, Crawford Market
43. Kakori kebabs at Kakori House, Saki Naka, Andheri (E)
44. Bakery items at Oven fresh,  Shivaji Park, Dadar
45. Churma Papad at Bhagat Tarachand, Zaveri Bazaar
46. Rajasthani / Gujarati Thali at Golden Star Thali
47. Chat at Elco Market, Bandra (W)
48. Dal Pakwaan at Vij, Chembur Camp
49. Chat at Bikaji, Malad Link Road
50. Stuffed crab at Goa Portuguesa, Mahim (W)

Please feel free to suggest if you have some more in mind. I’ll try to add them here.

Shiv Sagar Restaurant, Juhu

Shiv Sagar is every veggie’s delight. The location of this restaurant is what makes you come here for more. It is bang opposite the famous Juhu beach.
I’ve been a regular at Shiv Sagar since more than a decade and I still enjoy the same routine – fill my tummy with the veg delicacies served here followed by a mighty walk at the Juhu beach.

They have a vast menu comprising of South Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Continental and Italian and an array of juices and desserts. Shiv Sagar’s “Pav bhaji” is the famous of all. Its a legend. Even chaats, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and pastas are all there.

You will always find the place crowded. But their quick service ensures you aren’t kept waiting for more than 10 minutes. The ambience is warm and seating accommodates from a couple to a family of six or more.
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My every order has to have the legendary Pav-bhaji in it. I’ve also tasted the Butter Idli with sweet dahi, i.e, curds and I absolutely loved it. I also love their Cheese Masala Dosa, Tawa Pulao. For drinks, I always go for Cold Coffee or Strawberry Milk Shake. Sweet Lime Soda is very refreshing.

During this visit, I decided to cheat the Indian menu with the Mexican. So this time it was Mushroom Beans Enchiladas and Spinach Lasagna. I ordered them one after the other. Reason – This was the first time I tried something different in this restaurant. So I wanted to take my own sweet time to savour each of them.
First came the Mushroom Beans Enchiladas which had a tangy flavour. It is pieces of tortillas with mushrooms, beans, sweet corn topped with three different cheeses and served with salsa dip.
shivsagar6Spinach lasagna is again a cheesy delight. Soft wanton coated with 3 cheeses and a mixture of spinach and paneer i.e., cottage cheese in white sauce underneath. I absolutely loved it. Every bite was sinful!
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The pictures are mouth-watering, aren’t they? So were the dishes. I absolutely nailed it with my new order. Finger-licking good!!!
As usual, there was a desperate need for a walk on the beach after this yummilicious meal.

Shanghai Streets, Bhandup

I am a die-hard fan of Chinese cuisine. Even a humble egg or veg fried rice satiates my gut. Mumbai boasts of an array of Chinese restaurants. They are so widespread that you make a phone call and you are devouring Chinese at home. There is surely a vast difference between the restaurants that serve authentic Chinese and the ones that cater the so-called Indian Chinese.
We were window-shopping in Neptune Magnet Mall when we came across this small outlet cum restaurant in Food Court. The restaurant was packed and we had to wait for around 15 minutes. The more the wait, the more our expectation grew of our new try.
The seating capacity is not much with around 7 tables closely placed. The ambience scores a 4 out of 10 here. They have an open kitchen.
Shanghai streets 2For starters, we ordered chilly coated chicken which came after 25 minutes. The service here is pathetic. We had to ask for water thrice. There were around 3 guys in the kitchen out of  whom only one person was continuously working. As long as we were there, he was the only one who cooked all the orders. There was one person to take the orders and 2 guys to serve. Out of whom only one was working… working real hard.
Our starters came after 20 minutes.
Our main course was veg fried rice and Thai chicken with mushrooms in red gravy. It seemed liked ages before our main course came to the table.
Last but not the least was our dessert – the honey glazed crispy flat noodles. This was the only order that came in no time, all thanks to the PDA…Public Display Of Anger…
Shanghai streets6The manager offered us 2 pepsis for free in order to compensate the delay.
It was only the food that dint disappoint. The starter was yummy. Chincken was tender and perfectly cooked. Thai curry was mouthwatering and made me go for seconds and thirds.
I did not click pictures of the main course as I was dying of hunger and totally running out of patience.
There is no dearth of good Chinese restaurants in the city. So, to keep up in the race, Shanghai Streets desperately need to work on these areas…specially customer service. They need to remind themselves of the phrase “Customer is a King” everytime.

Cafe Bean Garu, Powai

Weekends for me are all about treating my taste-buds with a new fare each time. This weekend it was Cafe Bean Garu in Hiranandani, Powai. This place is on the first floor above Haiko supermarket.
The cafe is in an open space and close to the elevator. So do not expect too much from the ambience. Around 12 tables provide the seating. We were the last ones to order, yet the staff were more than pleasing to serve.

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For a South Indian food fanatic, this place doesn’t disappoint. The menu is South Indian with a contemporary touch to it. We ordered for a Pesto Cheese Dosa, Mushroom Biryani, Cold filter coffee and the traditional hot Andhra filter coffee. I loved all of it. The mushroom biryani bowled me over.
A meal for two would amount to anywhere around Rs. 500/- so it doesn’t hurt the pocket at all.

If I am in the mood of savouring the South Indian food with a Continental twist, I am sure to visit this place again !