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Otto Infinito Review: Eight to Infinite

(Please note: This review was first published on Indian Food Freak)

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The Mediterranean (Med) cuisine is majorly made up of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, wholegrain and olive oil. Let’s not skip the fact that this is considered one of the healthiest diets across the globe. Gradually, a lot of Mumbaikars have started adapting to the Med diet, including office goers. So, if you are one of them and if your office is situated in BKC, you know which restaurant I am referring to. This toddler Med restaurant focuses on eight cuisines from countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea with a goal to offer infinite options around the same theme.

Apart from the usual breakfast, lunch and dinner, Otto Infinito has a pick-up-and-go as well as a delivery option. I was at this spacious, softly-lit restaurant for lunch last week, and was welcomed with cheerful smiles. My companion and I settled in, and were pleasantly surprised to be offered freshly baked breads. The server is en route to every table with a basket of multigrain and seasame bread. The breads were soft and light, and served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbed butter. An amazing start! I was handed the lunch menu, which surprisingly featured more veg recipes than non-veg. But Med cuisine is a lot about fresh food, so this menu is not a letdown.

Selecting a drink is never easy for me as there’s so much to choose from. However, we settled on a Bittersweet Martini (Limoncini, Campari, fresh lime, sugar) which was strong, and Otto Ginger Blend, a mix of fresh ginger, red chillies, vanilla, black pepper and lime soda. The latter was an excellent choice considering the rising temperature. It was all ginger-y!

So as it happens, we ate brilliantly at Otto Infinito.  What I loved was the Harissa Spiced Prawn— Five flavourful prawns cooked in hot chilli sauce.  Next to seduce my taste buds was the Chicken Lasagna. I couldn’t help but compare it to the lasagna that’s served at Candies in Bandra. It has a thin layer of batter and the minced chicken spreads its flavourful juices across the egg and spices. Lovely! Unlike the regular round pizzas, the Quattro Formaggi was a 12” X 10” square pizza. What I loved about this dish is that the crust did not get soggy even after 10 minutes. The Grilled Fish in Olive Oil and Italian lemon came on a bed of sautéed spinach and baby potatoes were its neighbours. I loved those cute and tiny unpeeled potatoes more than the black pomfret. The fish was grilled to perfection. This was all good. The only recipe that was not-so-good was the Balsamic Chicken and Green Apple Salad. We started off with this dish, but it didn’t have the same impact as the ones mentioned above. It was presented beautifully and reminded me of an aircraft. Four pieces of chicken were laid out like the wings of the aircraft, but it lacked taste, and was mainly lettuce. There was very little of green apple and chicken.

That was what I loved. This is what I loved the most – Hazelnut Baked Cheesecake. Before placing an order for dessert, I was tied between blueberry cheesecake and hazelnut cheesecake. I’m glad I chose the Hazelnut Baked Cheesecake. If you’re on diet, put it on hold! You must try this little delicacy. It was consistently delicious. On the other hand, we also ordered for a Hot Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream. This was served in an unusual manner. We were expecting both the ingredients in two different vessels, but surprise! Surprise! It was all mixed and served in an old-fashioned glass.

Otto Infinito is an elegant restaurant with beautiful interiors. I liked the lamps that were suspended from the ceiling. Italian and Arabic numbers topped the playlist. The restaurant can house around 150 hungry people – 100 inside and 50 outside. I would rate service 10 on 10. No 9.9! Every time my attendant, David, came to our table, the service was garnished with a smile. I like!

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Bittersweet Martini & Otto Ginger Blends

Grilled Fish in Olive Oil and Italian Lemon

Harissa Spiced Prawns

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Quattro Formaggi

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Café Sundance Review: Go through a newspaper (menu) to place your order

(Please note: This review was first published on Indian Food Freak)

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I’ve never been to the old Sundance Café, but I did visit the restaurant when it was called Che Grill & Bar. This restaurant which was a part of the Eros building was then a complete disappointment. Last week, I visited Café Sundance, the not-so-new continental restaurant that replaced Che Grill & Bar. I’ve heard from many that the former was amazing and served pocket-friendly booze. It was more like a college hangout spot. But Café Sundance that was opened by the guys behind Two One Two caters to the working youth, or even older people. For the time I was at the restaurant; every table was occupied either by young couples or office goers.

To begin, we placed an order for a Long Island Iced Tea and a Manhattan. Both drinks were refreshing enough to bring a long tiring day at work to an end. Now it was time to concentrate on dinner. My friend and I decided to follow the ritual of starters-mains-dessert.

Among the starters, the BBQ Chicken Wings hogged all our attention. The BBQ sauce had a tinge of sweetness to it and the meat was tender. While the Mushroom puffs didn’t make it to our list, a vegetarian can look forward to this deep fried delicacy. If not, you can definitely opt for the Tomato and Basil Soup. This soup simply stands out with the robust flavours of tomato, basil leaves and pepper.

While the Barbeque Hotdog and the Pizzas were yet to arrive, I was skimming through the newspaper-like menu. I wasn’t quite fond of the concept behind this A3 sized menu, but what it comprised was interesting – soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, risottos as well as salads. As we waited, the restaurant was clouded with fumes from the kitchen. We chose to ignore that after taking a bite of the Barbeque Dog. This hot dog, served with French fries in a cute little fryer, has the tendency to fire up your taste buds and as a chilly lover, I liked it.

The Quanttro Formaggi (Four Cheese Pizza) was oozing cheese. It was a wonderful combination of bread and cheese. On the other hand, the Cippolini Piccanti (Garlic Pizza) wasn’t quite impressive. There’s this one problem with thin crust pizzas – if you leave them long in the pan, they get soggy and difficult to handle. However, thumbs up to the four cheese pizza!

Then came two over-sized bowls – one with Hand Blended Pesto and the other with Risotto Primavera. The pasta was immersed in olive oil while the risotto kept up to its creamy nature. Sadly, I am not a fan of either of these dishes. The Blueberry Cheesecake was a let-down. It was more like a frozen chunk of cheese. The Chocolate Walnut cake, that felt like it was just out of the oven, melted in my mouth. And the hot cake coupled with vanilla ice-cream was a perfect ending.

Café Sundance gets quite noisy as the crowd sets in. However, you can groove to the seducing jazz music topping the playlist. The place is well lit, and is welcoming. Service is excellent and the waiter seems to know the menu thoroughly with menu description on the tip of his tongue. Impressive!

Meal for Two: Rs 2000

Address: Ground Floor, Eros Cinema Building, Churchgate, Mumbai | Phone: 022-22023583

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Nom Nom Review: Delicious South East Asian Food

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I’ve seen the restaurant Banana Leaf, followed by a salon, then Di Bella and M.O.D. at the end off the Juhu-Versova link road. Never did I notice Nom Nom when it’s just 10 minutes away from my place. And the restaurant has been standing next to Banana Leaf for quite some time, apparently. Thankfully, I’d heard about it before visiting that place one Saturday evening.

As I stepped into Nom Nom, the ambiance reminded me a lot of Trikaya, another restaurant that serves the same cuisine in Andheri (west). The restaurant is dimly lit, wooden décor, indoor as well as outdoor seating, but just that the bar is not as extensive as Trikaya. When we entered the place, my companion and I were the only two persons at Nom Nom.

It was creepy the way all the waiters were staring at us, but while leaving, the place was packed. Every single table was taken. Sadly, the one we chose was wobbly. Anyway, let’s get started with the drinks and food. And to begin, we were given the menu. Honestly, this menu is unique, but not in a good way. According to my friend, it looked like the tablets that were given to Moses by God with the Ten Commandments. It looked fancy, but started annoying when I had to place repeated orders. The menu is stuck between two planks of wood. Suggestion: Limit wood to décor.

Okay, time for drinks. We called for a virgin mocktail Italian Creame Circle that was a blend of peach crush, orange juice, and grenadine and crushed ice. The sweet taste of grenadine was strong and as the ice started to dissolve, the drink got better. I opted for the Nom Nom Poison – Even though I couldn’t figure out which fresh fruit juice it contained, the mix of white wine and vodka was strong. The main reason I chose this drink was because of the coffee powder. Nom Nom Poison comes with a strong smell of coffee which later mixes beautifully with the alcohol.

Appetizers comprised Scallop Nigri where scallop was tapped on rice and served with pink ginger and wasabi. Next comes what I loved the most – Bird Chilly Prawns. It was spicy and simply yummy! Red chillies made appearances here and there, but this was the most delicious item I tasted at Nom Nom.

The next amazing number was the Spicy Pork with Hot Basil Leaves. This usually comes as gravy, but we opted for it as a side dish. I didn’t expect it to be minced pork, but man, this was so flavourful. I was enjoying every bit of meat and the hint of garlic.

This was the second time that I had tried the Burmese Khao Suey, and it didn’t let me down. I think it was Basa fish in the curry. However, I was swapping a spoon for a fork and vice versa.

Once we were done with the mains, we took Moses’ tablet to select the last course of the evening. But hang on! None of the options on the menu were available. Instead they offered us a better deal – Baked Cheesecake and Tiramisu. However, the baked Cheesecake looked more like ‘baked and frozen cheesecake’. It should have at least been brought to room temperature. On the other hand the Tiramisu was soft and soggy. I liked it.

Overall, service is prompt and the jazz music suits the mood lighting.

Meal for Two: Rs 3000

Address: Shop No. 3, Ground Floor, Shubham Co – Operative Housing Society, Juhu-Versova Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai, 400053 | 022-26244280/ 26244371

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Italian Creame Circle

 

(Please note: This review was first published on Indian Food Freak)

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