Friday, October 21, 2005


Rest : Monza
Time : Dinner
Date : October 20th 2005
Location : Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel.
Company : Gautam

Experience: We walked in around 9pm into the newly opened restaurant. Gambled against getting a table. It was busy but they seated us right away.

Order : Hummus platter (spicy, original, red) Minestrone, Penne in pesto, Penne in Arabbiata.

Drinks : Pinot Noir, Aquafina.

Food: The hummus was fantastic. The tastes were different yet seemed to go in the same direction. Good hummus is hard to find in this city and the Monza crew have done well to mix mediterranean with the italian. Like one of my fav restaurants the Aladdin chain of Upstate New York (Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca) The pesto was fantastic, warm, creamy and full of taste, slightly heavier and gravier than the usual dry pesto one would expect. The Arabbiata was spicy, peppery in its taste, interesting taste by itself but when compared to the pesto it seemed like the loser. Fortunately my brother who had ordered the pesto didnt like it and prefered the Arabiata so we switched. The dissapointing thing about the restaurant is that being a wine bar, they dont have a Riesling selection. This is bordering on criminal. Secondly they need to offer a bit more in terms of garnish like pepper, Parmesan (an unacceptable oversight). Lastly the portions are so ridiculously small that we really had to go out and get a pizza on the way home. It was in no way filling at all and felt like i was eating a childs portion.

Overall : I would give the food an 8/10 while the Service 8/10 but its not a value for money meal by a longshot.

Damage : 1500 INR ($40)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Noodle Bar

Rest : Noodle Bar
Time : Evening
Date : Oct 18th 2005
Location : Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda*
Company : Family friends (all Brits)

Experience: Noodle bar is an oriental cuisin place serving food from Thailand, Indonesia as well as Japan. It gets reasonably crowded but being a big restaurant seating is quick. Decor is modern and very up market but the benches are made to hurt your ass. Service is always quick and reasonably attentive.

Order :Panner Satay, Boiled Wantons, Schezuan Potato, thai green curry with white rice, soba noodles, in a spicy peanut sauce with garlic, mushrooms and chili flakes, a sizzling Japanese platter of noodles, rice, mushrooms, veggies in a teriaki sauce served on a skillet, sizzling hot. Brownie and vanilla ice-cream with boiling chocolate sauce for dessert.

: Diet Coke, Ice Tea (lemon, peach, strawberry)

Food: The food at Noodle bar is usually consistent as long as you dont get too adventurous. It is only mildly authentic and is adapted to the Indian palate which likes spicy stuff to a very high degree. The paneer satay was ok, not too bad, the wontons were aveage but when plied with soy and schezuan sauce they tasted quite good. Schezuan potato(if such a thing exists) was crap. The thai green curry was splendid, creamy and spicy better than what they served at the Thai pavilion. My one complaint is they add broccoli but i always forget to ask them not to and i hate it with a passion (vile reed as Wayne Knight's Newman on Seinfeld called it) but thats my mental problem and nothing to do with the restaurant. The sizzling platte was good, the teriyaki sauce goes well with the rice and mixed in with some noodles and veggies it makes a good meal in itself. There are some other options for platters as well, thai, ,malaysian and chinese, the sauce and veggies change according to taste. The bowl is always what i look forward to, its like a wok but you dont have to get up for it. They add a new sauce once in a while but usually its quite consistent and well made. The portions in general at the restaurant are quite big and filling. Though there was one instance where they added too much salt but that was a while ago.
The iced teas are fantastic. Each one, served in a huge tall glass , try atleast two. The dessert is about average, its a brownie with vanilla ice cream and then you pour hot choc sauce on it. Anyone who screws choc sauce and brownie with ice cream ought to be taken out and shot immediately. The one odd thing i always notice is that the appetizers at the restaurant serve nachos and garlic bread and three kinds of hummus and pita, quite odd for an Oriental restaurant. However Nachos (indian style) are a staple and the hummus and pita is grea too (i may or may not have ordered it :))

: I would give the food a 8/10 Service 8/10.

Damage : 3200 INR ($80)

Friday, October 07, 2005

Golden Dragon

Rest : Golden Dragon*
Time : Dinner
Date : October 4th 2005
Location : Taj Mahal Hotel.
Company : Gautam, Vishal

Experience: We had a table for 9 and we got there on time, were immediately seated by the hostess. The menus came in almost immediately and the wait staff was generally pretty friendly.

Order : Schezuan being their specialty we got some schezuan style paneer, also a mushroom appetizer, Some babycorn in a garlic sauce. Noodles with vegetables sans broccoli prepared Schezuan style, white rice, vegetables in a brownish garlic sauce.

Drinks : Aquafina

Food: The mushrooms were incredible. Melt in your mouth, explode into taste and make you wanting more. The rest of the meal was a mini anti climax. The noodles were good, spicy but well done. The vegetables were allright, not the most tasteful thing but they were a good compliment to the rest of the meal. The wait staff was very good in making the recommendations some of which worked, some didnt. Overall a splendid meal, almost the best you can get BUT it didnt explode like the mushrooms so it was a relatively dissapointing but still a great meal.

Overall : I would give the food a 9/10 Service 9/10.

Damage : 2400 INR ($60)

Reservations are a must*
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