Book of Best 10 Bombay Brunches

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I am going to enjoy each and every dish/ restaurant/ cafe that I mention in this particular blog post for the simplest of reasons that I love Bombay and I love Brunches! Dil ki awaaz (ankh mein aansun, khushi ke…)

Even though I am not from Bombay but have been travelling to this vivacious city so often that I treat it like my own now. Gives me an added advantage of going to only the awesomest food places B-)

Of course I’ve been quite shamelessly vocal about my undying love for brunches. If you like to walk in to a restaurant still slightly sleepy with your shades on, sit in open air with just the right amount of sunlight and pastel shades all around you, sipping a fizzy drink or sangria and have a peaceful chat with your friends then you will understand.

I am lazy, like to sleep till late, love Sundays and I LOVE FOOD, hence proved, brunches are my favourite meal of the day!

L.H.S. = R.H.S. (Ghissu I tell you!)

Let’s start it off then, so that by the end of this you have enough and more choices to select from. No need to waste your precious Sunday energy in searching for good places, go invest that time in sleeping some more :

  1. SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Taking it easy the right way 😉 I like the happy sunshine vibe of this place. Eggs florentine with hash browns and baked tomato and finishing it off with the ohh so light, ohh so fluffy – Lemon flavoured Panna Cotta.

Eggs florentine with hash browns and baked tomato at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Eggs florentine with hash browns and baked tomato at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Lemon flavoured Panna Cotta at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Lemon flavoured Panna Cotta at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

2. Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Simple joys of life. Sitting at the corner table on the first floor where you can see everyone but not everyone can see you 🙂 with sunny side up and a cup of coffee while it rains outside. I love this place not the energetic kind of love but the calming and comfortable one.

Sunny Side up with spinach and roasted potatoes at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Sunny Side up with spinach and roasted potatoes at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Solo Coffee at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Solo Coffee at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

3. Sassy Spoon, Bandra

Think Sassy Spoon, think brunch date! And at the end of the day walk out with a pack of fresh poye – Goan Paav.

Goan Chorizo Paav at Sassy Spoon, Bandra

Goan Chorizo Paav at Sassy Spoon, Bandra

4. The Pantry, Colaba

If it’s not runny then it’s not good eggs florentine. That golden yolk, that garlic bread with Pondicherry cheese and that mushroom bechamel sauce. Brunch ne macha di!

Ohh bwoy this mango cheesecake!

One more new place for Cheesecake and the obsession continues… And that too with mango on the top! *joy just came* no no not you Joy… Tch tch tch .

Eggs Florentine with Pondicherry cheese and mushroom bechamel sauce at The Pantry, Colaba

Eggs Florentine with Pondicherry cheese and mushroom bechamel sauce at The Pantry, Colaba

Mango Cheesecake at The Pantry, Colaba

Mango Cheesecake at The Pantry, Colaba

5. SaltWater Cafe, Reclamation, Bandra West

Fried Eggs with cured chorizo, potatoes, garlic and rosemary with Melon Sangria.

Fried eggs with cured chorizo, garlic and rosemary at Salt Water Cafe, Reclamation, Bandra West

Fried eggs with cured chorizo, garlic and rosemary at Salt Water Cafe, Reclamation, Bandra West

6. Kala Ghoda Cafe, Kala Ghoda Fort, SoBo

When I go veg, I go ‘hell yeah’ veg! And this was yummy ki mummy :O
Marinated zucchini, brinjal, peppers; stacked up, topped with cheddar and roasted. Served with fresh green salad. Gobbled with ABC (Apple, beetroot, carrot)

The place like many other in the bylaws of Bombay, is just about small and cozy with people enjoying their carrot cakes with coffee.

Marinated zucchini, brinjal, peppers; stacked up, topped with cheddar and roasted. Served with fresh green salad and ABC (Apple, beetroot, carrot) juice at Kala Ghoda Cafe, South Bombay

Marinated zucchini, brinjal, peppers; stacked up, topped with cheddar and roasted. Served with fresh green salad and ABC (Apple, beetroot, carrot) juice at Kala Ghoda Cafe, South Bombay

7. Cafe Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel

Pulled pork in brioche, mini lamb burger, Belgian pork cordon bleu, bouef bourguignon, seared rawas and Melon Sangria to keep us from losing our senses just on food 😀

Pulled pork in brioche, mini lamb burger, Belgian pork cordon bleu, bouef bourguignon, seared rawas and melon sangria at Cafe Zoe, Lower Parel

Pulled pork in brioche, mini lamb burger, Belgian pork cordon bleu, bouef bourguignon, seared rawas and melon sangria at Cafe Zoe, Lower Parel

8. Tertulia, Shivaji Park

Brilliantly apparent in-your-mouth taste of meat in this thick sauce Lamb ragout was glorious! Red wine sangria to seal the deal 😉 Also known as the best restaurant in Pune.

Lamb Ragout at Tertulia, Shivaji Park

Lamb Ragout at Tertulia, Shivaji Park

9. The BirdSong Cafe, Hill Road, Bandra

Who said organic food is tasteless?! Spicy Chicken Curry with brown rice, Mutton Stew and the must try Khichda i.e. broken wheat with mutton. Have some green tea after all that 😛

Spicy chicken curry with brown rice, mutton stew and the must try Khichda at The BirdSong Cafe, Hill Road, Bandra

Spicy chicken curry with brown rice, mutton stew and the must try Khichda at The BirdSong Cafe, Hill Road, Bandra

10. The Social, Colaba, SoBo

Last but nowhere close to the least… Social Brunch!

Be it the Nina aunty’s mutton dhansak with brown rice or the rapchanduss Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast – steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle g 😀 , brunch at Social is bawa bumbaboom! Mutton ki kasam… Dil khush!

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast - steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle at Social, Colaba

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast – steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle at Social, Colaba

Nina aunty's mutton dhansak with brown rice at Social, Colaba

Nina aunty’s mutton dhansak with brown rice at Social, Colaba

P.S. I don’t want to stop finding more brunch places. So help me! Help You! 
P.P.S. Hangover of Jerry Maguire continues.
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Read about the Bangalore brunch scene at – City Food – Bangalore Brunch Edition
Burrp…
The Giggler

Mumbai Guide to a day of Parsi Food

What comes to your mind when I say red and white checkered table cloth, smell of freshly baked paav, a cat and a sweet old man sitting at the cash counter? A Parsi food joint 😀

Parsis are a blessing to the Mumbai food community and if you ever want to put this statement to test then try this one day tour of Parsi food. Anytime of the day. Take it and go!

I will tell you about a few things to avoid at these places as well because, let’s just say that nobody is perfect 🙂 But yes, it is always the whole experience that counts.

  1. Breakfast at Kayani Bakery, Fort
Irani Chai at Kayani Bakery

Irani Chai at Kayani Bakery

Breakfast at Kayani Bakery has been long on the list but like the other much talked about heritage places, this too has just a couple of Must Try items. Start the day with the unadventurous yet awesome Bun Maska and Irani chai. Suggest pick up a few freshly made paav to save the next day as well.

Bun Maska and Chai at Kayani Bakery

Bun Maska and Chai at Kayani Bakery

Word of Advice – Don’t try the keema paav if you are used to certain level of good masala. Akhuri was average too.

2. Lunch at Britannia & Company Restaurant, Fort
Everything about the Britannia & Company Restaurant :)

Everything about the Britannia & Company Restaurant 🙂

There is no love greater than the love of eating.True That. My first time at Britannia restaurant, I was impressed by Parsi uncles telling their stories and the humble set up of the place. Try their Sali Boti, Chicken Berry Rice and Caramel custard. My vote goes to the custard!

Mutton Sali Boti, Chicken Berry Pulav and Caramel Custard at Britannia & Company Restaurant

Mutton Sali Boti, Chicken Berry Pulav and Caramel Custard at Britannia & Company Restaurant

3. Early dinner/ Heavy evening snack at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Mutton Dhansak in daal base is really good at this small stall just outside the RWITC office at Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Even though mutton keema or shaami kebab or bheja fry is not Parsi but while you are there, try it!

Sorry, no pics L but will update soon 😀 (slurp, one more reason to eat there again)

4. Dinner at Jimmy Boy, Fort

A small joint (again at Fort), I tried my first Ginger Palonjee drink here. Mind blowing stuff! Of course along with Patra ni Macchhi (love saying this out loud everytime) – Green chutney layered Pomfret steamed in banana leaf, Mutton Dhansak and Sali Boti.

Patra ni Macchhi, Mutton Dhansak, Mutton Sali Boti and Ginger Palonjee at Jimmy Boy

Mutton Dhansak, Mutton Sali Boti and Ginger Palonjee at Jimmy Boy

Patra ni Macchhi at Jimmy Boy

Patra ni Macchhi at Jimmy Boy

5. Dessert at Rustomjee’s Ice Cream, Churchgate, Nariman Point

Hail Rustomjee! This my friend is not an ice cream slab between thin wafers. NO! This is a bloody good experience! And the list of available flavors just goes on and on and on and on…

Rustomjee's Ice Cream

Rustomjee’s Ice Cream

P.S. Would love to try out more such places, suggestions are always welcome 🙂
Burp…
The Giggler

Pattaya, Thailand – It’s their life

This is how our hotel in Pattaya welcomed us. Minibar with huge potential 😉 all you need to survive. Priority set hai for heart and body, mind and soul. Ok take the heart out of this equation but this set the context right for us. Just live.

THE mini-bar

THE mini-bar

In Pattaya you will find these odd looking couples. Calling them odd might be a bit judgemental but they seem different than the regular or standard definition of a pair. Since your eyes and mind wireframe is not attuned to it, hence calling them odd.Should we call them a couple? Do they even want to be called so? Are questions to be thought about as well. Old/ young, Indian/ American/ European/ South East Asian, good/ bad/ ugly looking men with Thai women.

Walking Street, Pattaya

Walking Street, Pattaya

They are happy… They cuddle, talk, dance, kiss, walk. .. They SPEND time together and not just the night because night is always young here.This song ‘it’s my life..’ playing in the background seemed apt then.

Will you or I do this? May be…May be we have done this…May be not…May be not now…May be never. Who knows?

Walking Street, Thailand, Travel, because it is much needed to just be …

And yeahh found Stones, Pub here too but nothing as compared to the one in Indiranagar, Bangalore.

P.S. No harm meant 🙂 
Cheers
The Giggler

Ramzan Food Walk Mubarak Ho!

Last time we took a food walk in Koramangala (Bangalore) and this time Mosque Road (Frazer Town) baby! I am becoming a fan of these food trails with each passing day. Thank goodness for those greedy, always hungry, cannibal friends that I have 😀

So let’s roll with this one because you guys still have sometime to catch up on us and not miss out on all the meat you could ever imagine on just 1km stretch of a road (Must. Stop. Salivating. Again!)

Charminar Kabab Paradise

Man Vs Food! First stop of the Ramzan Feast at mosque road was at Charminar for some good old deep fried, minced meat stuffed, egg coated Mughlai Parantha. But looking at the well laid table, we couldn’t stop ourselves from hogging on to some Pepper Chicken, Kalmi Kabab and the unexpectedly good Kadi Gosh (the big piece in the pic on top right).

Charminar restaurant for Pepper chicken, Mughlai parantha, chicken kadi gosh and kalmi kebab

Charminar restaurant for Pepper chicken, Mughlai parantha, chicken kadi gosh and kalmi kebab

Richhies Rahamm’s International

Here comes my highlight of the day, Lamb Chops at Richhies.

I don’t give a damn about the picture angle or quality on this one! Watering mouth had to be satiated then and there. High point of the walk was this plate of juicy lamb chops with slightly crispy skin.

Lamb Chops at Rahamm's

Lamb Chops at Rahamm’s

Didn’t expect this one but it happened

So we tried some Camel meat kababs as well. Not too proud of it now that I have read a few things but yeah it happened.

Ramzan Food Walk

Chichaba’s Taj Restaurant

Could have not finished it without some Mutton Biryani and what better way to have it than with Nalli Nihari. Sit back, relax and have it at peace 🙂 or in pieces..

Mutton Biryani & Nalli Nihari at Chichaba's Taj

Mutton Biryani & Nalli Nihari at Chichaba’s Taj

Our trip was cut short because of rains but you better not end it without kulfi and then suleimani chai at Taj Tea house. Our sweet paan was good too.

Take a note of these lucky 7 pointers before you start your batmobile engines and tune in the GPS to Mosque Road
1. Reach the place before 7pm to avoid the mad rush.
2. There is some neat lane space for comfortable parking just before Rahamm’s (on your left)
3. Patthar gosh can be made best out of beef only as mutton & chicken have much smaller bones for good stone cooking and cutting. So if anyone is offering you chicken or mutton pathhar gosh, think twice, you might just be getting Chicken 65 heated up on a big stone slab
4. Have a look at the counter behind the cooking slab/ table to judge the hygiene of the place
5. Rahamm’s a bit away from the main food stalls so do not miss out on the lamb chops by avoiding it
6. Check the weather for the day. We had to cut it slightly short for the rain.
7. Lastly but most importantly, take a group of foodie friends with you because you wouldn’t want to finish off the whole plate and feel full on the first stall itself! It will make me really sad 😥
Thank you once again Auni, KungFu, Tom & Compliance. Wouldn’t have been possible for me to try out each and everything without your insatiable greed and gluttony. B-)

Is France obsessed with graves?

However weird it may sound but the question “What will your tombstone say?” has been a conversation starter with me a lot of times at various bars and pubs. And I’ve somewhat realised the gravitas behind this intriguing thought.

During my recent and the only semi-solo trip, I discovered the French fascination with the folklores of the far from forgotten few – ‘Dead People’ (Fuhh se … focus!) Within 3 days in France I saw so many artistic depictions of omnipresent graves that it took my breath away.

From Leonardo Da Vinci to James Douglas Morrison, I had the pleasure to visit numerous shrines. So much so that I ended up spending one whole day at a cemetery and trust me when I say that it was a day well spent. Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, the first garden cemetery spread across 110 acres should be a must in your Paris itinerary. Here are a few of the beautiful and honourable resting places of the great that you would want to visit while you are in France:

Once home to French Royal Court, this small town called Amboise is just 2hr train journey away from Paris. And here at the scenic Château Royal d’Amboise you can visit Leonardo Da Vinci.

Leonardo Da Vinci at Château Royal d'Amboise

Leonardo Da Vinci at Château Royal d’Amboise

This was Victor Noir. The man who died in a duel just before getting married and hence the bulge. People come to his grave and touch him for fertility. The reason behind the grave looking specially polished at certain few parts.

Victor Noir at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Victor Noir at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Finally got to meet my love, James Douglas Morrison …

James Douglas Morrison at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

James Douglas Morrison at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Just before sunset I saw this grave of a man with the rose on an iron bed… If only I knew anything about him.

Man with the rose at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Man with the rose at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Théodore Géricault, famous painter of the ‘Raft of Medusa’ which made me stand in front of it gaping to glory.

Théodore Géricault at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Théodore Géricault at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

J. Laffitte the inventor of soldering whose grave is decorated with an anvil and chains.Read it somewhere, an anvil commonly found on the graves of blacksmiths symbolises the creation or forging of the the universe… Here’s to a creator.

J. Laffitte at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

J. Laffitte at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

So yes my dear friends, dead or alive you can be an inspiration for someone…

P.S. Taking learnings from the Arnab show and many other breaking news both online and on TV, the title of this blog has a ‘question mark’, ‘name of a country’ and an intriguing word ‘graves’. 
P.P.S. The best way to explore Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is by downloading offline maps from Maps.me 🙂 point to point navigation guaranteed!

Independent Existence or Human Touch – What would you choose and why?

When someone said that nothing good comes out of anything post midnight, should have listened to them. This is the kind of stuff you get after a past 12 am conversation with friends…

We talk about being independent and the associated high of taking your own decisions, staying away from your family, being on your own as that is the ultimate goal in our lives. To never be dependent on anyone so that you are always prepared for the worst. But Why?

What is so bad about trusting anyone and being dependent on them?

Has this term ‘Independent’ lost its true meaning somewhere on the way? What kind of independence do you seek? Financial, Emotional or Physical

And what are you willing to sacrifice for it?

Once in a while you will realize that your body and mind are demanding the simplest of thing possible for us living in a world where we are surrounded by so many people – a human touch. Or let’s make it simple – You need a hug! A warm, fuzzy, comforting, long, engulfing, selfless, cuddly hug!

How difficult can that be you ask?

You have been staying away from home for so long that you yearn for your own mother’s hug. You have forgotten how it feels like. Since you don’t trust anyone too quickly, it takes too long to get touchy with anyone in general. You never feel comfortable asking for a hug from someone either. The ones you are actually close too might just be living in another town or too busy to meet up at that very moment when you need it the most.

Why is it suddenly so important for us to have our own space? All of us have read the classic statement – ‘Humans are social animals’

Aren’t we supposed to live together?

Are our own egos getting bigger than us?

We boast about the number of friends we have – both online and in whatever is left of our personal lives, but still can’t hug anyone whenever we feel like or hold a hand.

WEIRD!

So what do we choose and why?

North or South, Can’t live without – STREET FOOD (Bangalore isspecial)

The not so commonly found in Bangalore, common man’s food has been found on a common street of a common neighborhood of Koramangala! Woot Woot street food ahoy!

Right under my nose it existed and thrived and reached the level of more than 25 stalls on a stretch of lesser than 1km with some beautiful Bombay street food items too *bedazzled* o_O

Excited main edda excited main edda 😛

Here is a sneak peek at what debauchery happened on the day we explored this small footpath line of stalls next to 5th Block Koramangala ground…

The freshly made peanut chilly chutney and tomato salsa sauce was worth every bite. A plate of 6 momos and unlimited sauces all for Rs.50/-
Chicken Momos with a unique peanut chilli chutney and tomato salsa sauce @ Aap Ki Pasand Momos stall , Koramangala Bangalore

Chicken Momos with a unique peanut chilli chutney and tomato salsa sauce @ Aap Ki Pasand Momos stall , Koramangala Bangalore

Masaaledaar lazzatdaar tawa pulao / tadka pulao Bombay style made me realize that there is so much more to explore in Indian cuisine – At Rs. 50/- only
Tawa pulao or tadka pulao with an awesome dose of Amul butter and paav bhaaji masala @ Koramangala Bangalore

Tawa pulao or tadka pulao with an awesome dose of Amul butter and paav bhaaji masala @ Koramangala Bangalore

The famous mirchi bhajji of Bangalore with coriander chutney so fresh that you can’t help yourself but ask for atleast 3 servings of just that chutney – At Rs.10/- wonly :O
Mirchi Bhajji with coriander chutney @ Koramangala Bangalore

Mirchi Bhajji with coriander chutney @ Koramangala Bangalore

By this time my hands were full of food and mind had gone numb with so much of happiness that I couldn’t focus on taking pictures. So go ahead, start off with 2 plates of paani puri and don’t miss out on the Bombay sandwich stall with options ranging from toasted and non-toasted versions of chocolate sandwich, pure old bombay sandwich, chinese sandwich and many more.

Polishing off everything with one of my favorite ice-cream flavours, the duet orange and cream stick.

Street Food - Bangalore

Here’s an open challenge to you all… Eat food worth Rs.1000/- on your own from these stalls and I will take you out the next time B-)

P.S. Terms are conditions applied.
First one being that you shouldn’t be a psychopath. You see, I don’t like to compete on that front.
Thank you Vijay & Bhandari 🙂

Pub Food – Don’t you dare ignore it!

If you share the same Jazbaa as me for both drinking and eating and are on a persistent hunt to find these bars/pubs to pitch your tent, then you are well acquainted with the plight of getting good recommendations.

Fret no more human! The world is not flat. Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun o_O Feeling dizzy? Wait for the big one… There are places in your city to gorge and gulp at the same time!

Others might not believe you right now but change my name to ‘Munna Jajbaati’ if you don’t start believing in the existence of good pubfood post this!

Spread the word because…
You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders. 
1. Toto’s Garage – Pali Hill, Mumbai

I am just too partial to this cozy little place 🙂 but do try out their veg footlong with that awesome chilli sauce or meatballs in mushroom sauce or even the chicken in wire-mesh. And yes as usual, say hi to Pandey ji the man behind the bar 😀

Veg Footlong @ Toto's Garage, Mumbai

Veg Footlong @ Toto’s Garage, Mumbai

2. Social Offline – Church Street, Bangalore / Colaba, Mumbai & others

I can hog like hell at this place! You will have to gag me to stop ordering food here…

The warm tempting shine of bacon fat and melted cheese of OTT (Over The Top) hot dog does things to you! Ohh it’s so sinfully indecent that I can’t stop looking at it…

Over The Top (OTT) - Fried bacon wrapped sausage topped with melted cheese and minced meat @ Social Offline

Over The Top (OTT) – Fried bacon wrapped sausage topped with melted cheese and minced meat @ Social Offline

Fully loaded chicken nachos with a thick blanket of cheese @ Social Ofline

Fully loaded chicken nachos with a thick blanket of cheese @ Social Offline

Andhra mutton biryani made a bit parsi style @ Social Offline

Andhra mutton biryani made a bit parsi style @ Social Offline

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast - Steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle G @socialoffline

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast – Steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle G @ Social offline

Nina aunty's mutton dhansak with brown rice @ Social offline

Nina aunty’s mutton dhansak with brown rice @ Social offline

3. Fatty Bao – Indiranagar, Bangalore

Love the ambiance, cocktails and that succulent voluptuous pork belly. Hubba Hubba Hubba!

Pork/ Lamb Patty Bao with khimchi salad., Pork Belly  and Chao -  soupy noodles with semi boiled egg, bacon, pork belly, garlic, corn and scallops @ Fatty Bao, Bangalore

Pork/ Lamb Patty Bao with khimchi salad., Pork Belly and Chao – soupy noodles with semi boiled egg, bacon, pork belly, garlic, corn and scallops @ Fatty Bao, Bangalore

4. Doff Pub – Indiranagar, Bangalore

A typical sports bar with a small cozy semi open section for the rainy Bangalore days.

Warning: Don’t look at it directly.
Cheese stuffed bacon in barbecue sauce @ Doff Pub, Bangalore

Cheese stuffed bacon in barbecue sauce @ Doff Pub, Bangalore

5. Irish House – Colaba, Mumbai

Oddly big place from Mumbai standards with nice tap draft beer and popular rock music playing in the background. I liked my beer keg on the table (keep it where I can see it!)

Grande fries - whole full plate of crispy french fries topped with baked pinto beans, Mexican cheese, jalapeño, peppers, guacamole , sour cream and chicken/ beef @ The Irish House , Mumbai

Grande fries – whole full plate of crispy french fries topped with baked pinto beans, Mexican cheese, jalapeño, peppers, guacamole , sour cream and chicken/ beef @ The Irish House , Mumbai

6. Hard Rock Cafe – Bangalore/ Mumbai and many more places

We were the first customers for the first day of breakfast menu option at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore.

A hearty spread of fresh fruits, all American breakfast platter and pancakes/waffles, still needs a bit of improvement.

But what to do darling? I shall stick to my view of the world

Early mornings are pretty damn beautiful but I am in love with late nights. It’s my choice to be loyal to them.

All american breakfast - Choice of 2 eggs, chicken/ pork sausages, hash browns, baked beans, toast, fruit platter and pancakes/ waffles with choice of beverage @ Hard Rock Cafe

All American Breakfast – Choice of 2 eggs, chicken/ pork sausages, hash browns, baked beans, toast, fruit platter and pancakes/ waffles with choice of beverage @ Hard Rock Cafe

7. Biere Street – Whitefield, Bangalore

You must have heard or read about this place if you were looking for a nice romantic Microbrewery in Bangalore. (Aww that combination of romance and freshly brewed beer ♥)

This non-veg platter just makes things better 😀

Non-Veg Platter - Crispy chicken wings in barbecue sauce, batter fried jumbo prawns, prawn popcorns and bacon wrapped sausages with 3 types of sauce @ Biere Street, Bangalore

Non-Veg Platter – Crispy chicken wings in barbecue sauce, batter fried jumbo prawns, prawn popcorns and bacon wrapped sausages with 3 types of sauce @ Biere Street, Bangalore

8. Britto’s – Goa

I know I know. You are jumping on this one but for a change, concentrate on food as well the next time you go there…

Goan Brown bread (poye) and goan pork sausages @ Britto's , Goa

Goan Brown bread (poye) and goan pork sausages @ Britto’s , Goa

9. Mother Clucker’s – Indiranagar, Bangalore

I might not have a picture but it is so deeply engraved in my mind, Beef chilli cheese fries at this place hit the right spot baby!

10. Pecos – Bangalore

Old school to the core in the true sense. Try out the pork chilly here, they have it in two different sauces – super hot with green chillies or the subtle one in white sauce.

Now, you dare not ignore Pubfood anymore because it is not the food you deserve, it is the food you need.

Food – Creating a home away from home

If you are staying away from your family and suffer from those homesickness pangs that most of us are familiar with, then a good self cooked meal with standing instructions from mother-on-call can be the perfect remedy for mind, body, heart and soul.

Letting go of the laziness of ordering the so called comfort food from a fast food joint is the first step to happiness. And let me tell you, those useless yet loving bunch of friends can be quite a surprise in the kitchen!

Yes I stay in Bangalore, the city where Cinderella would have not faced any problem whatsoever because everything bloody shuts down at 11:30pm!  Hence, the best option to meet friends is a house party. Woila!

Let’s get started with a cook-off party! *Evil Genius*

If me and my lazy friends can do so much and mor e, just paint a picture yourself…

Pulao, Tadka Daal & Baingan Bhaaja

Pulao, Tadka Daal & Baingan Bhaaja

Tomato tok - Sweet & sour bengali chutney with loads of garlic

Tomato tok – Sweet & sour bengali chutney with loads of garlic

Aloo ki sabzi with Poori and Vegetable Raita

Aloo ki sabzi with Poori and Vegetable Raita

Paav Bhaaji loaded with butter, Vada Paav, Pudhina chutney, Garlic and red chillies chutney & fried green chillies

Paav Bhaaji loaded with butter, Vada Paav, Pudhina chutney, Garlic and red chillies chutney & fried green chillies

Paneer bhurji, Egg & Chicken Biryani, Rajma, Vegetable raita & Parantha

Paneer bhurji, Egg & Chicken Biryani, Rajma, Vegetable raita & Parantha

And for the morning after the gluttony and badassery 😉
Breakfast - Cereal with fresh fruits and milk

Breakfast – Cereal with fresh fruits and milk

Breakfast - Fried Eggs with pork sausages, fried potatoes & garlic bread

Breakfast – Fried Eggs with pork sausages, fried potatoes & garlic bread

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Street Food – The Salman Khan of Gastronomy

Full of masala, in your face ‘take it or leave it’ attitude, sinful, overloaded with local flavor, in popular demand, har dil ki pasand, dumdaar baar baar lagatar! – Street Food aka Indian Fast Food aka Salman Khan of gastronomy. Yummy ki mummy!

Don’t ever take street food for granted. This food demands respect, may be that is the reason that you have to stand and eat it everywhere. *deep thought man!* *introspective mode on!*

Being from Delhi, I am still struggling to find a place in Bangalore for good golgappa 😦 But here are a few raapchandus items from Delhi & Bombay that you would surely enjoy. You would have loads of recommendations as well, so bring it on.

Warning : Some of the images might be disturbing. Viewers discretion is advised.
1. Keema Paav at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai

My mouth is watering even while putting up a pic of this fatty beauty.

Keema paav at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai

Keema paav at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai

2. Bheja Fry and Paav at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai

Aaj hum kya khayenge? Kisi ka bheja!

Bheja Fry @ Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai

Bheja Fry at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai

3. Mutton Bhuna, Bheja Fry & Gurda Fry at Bade Miyan, Mumbai

Woopes! I went a bit overboard with this orgy of non veg food. But a mid night craving can never get any better 😉

Mutton bhuna, bheja fry & gurda fry at Bade Miyan, Mumbai

Mutton bhuna, bheja fry & gurda fry at Bade Miyan, Mumbai

4. Kabuliwala Chat Bhandar at Sector 18, Noida

The one I have been missing for long. Golden crispy heavenly tikki. *joy just came*

Tikki at Kabuliwala Chat Bhandar, Sector 18 Noida

Tikki at Kabuliwala Chat Bhandar, Sector 18 Noida

5. Khichiya Papad at Khao Gali, Mumbai

If my vegetarian friends have survived through all the ammunition of meat on this post till now, then they deserve this B-)

Sigdi pe sikta hua khichiya papad ho ya munh pe padte masala coke ke bulbule… 100% Veg Jain bakery or Vegetarian Bar. You will get everything at Khao Gali. Khali Bali Khali Bali Khali Bali!

Khichiya Papad at Khao Gali, Mumbai

Khichiya Papad at Khao Gali, Mumbai

6. Greek salad at Greko, Off Carter Road, Mumbai

This one redefined my concept of salads for good. I’ve always found salads as a wastage of stomach space and appetite but if your salad has multiple pieces of crispy chicken and BACON (♥ xoxo) loaded with thick mayo sauce, then true love has been found… *dreamy eyes*

Greek Salad at Greko, Off Carter Road, Mumbai

Greek Salad at Greko, Off Carter Road, Mumbai

7. Kachori with Aloo Sabzi at Lajpat Nagar market, Delhi.

One of my top choices in Delhi but don’t have a picture yet.

Broken Kachori pieces dipped in spicy aloo sabzi. Gulp it down with thick sweet lassi malai maar ke at Lajpat Nagar market.

These were just a few of those highly underrated Indian fast food items. There is so much more in every nook and corner of our cities. So do me a favor and start walking…

P.S. Don’t call him Sallu Bhai in any comment please or be ready for an impromptu retort ‘Bhai Hoga Tera!’ 😀