Well it was raining outside and since yesterday my yard had been almost flooded. After having a really lazy Saturday being at home, courtesy Mumbai Rains… which by the way are really awesome, come to think of it… So the weather continued to be the same and it was raining in the morning intermittently, after a really heavy shower the evening before. Nonetheless, it was perfect weather to cook some great breakfast for myself. And that is when I decided to go for it and I bought the supplies on Saturday evening, when the rain had taken a pit-stop for a brief period.
It was nothing special or heavenly in taste… yet, when you do such a thing after a long while and especially when the weather is so brilliant, who cares?? Just a simple Maggi and an Omlette with Indian Bread (Pav) toasted on the frying pan with some butter dashed onto it. There, I was ready to cook myself “Omlette Butter Pav & Maggi Noodles!”
So here we go…
Well, those were my ingredients, ready for cooking. The stage was set… To cook the best breakfast in the world… Ummm ya, well, not really….
Eggs all broken, spices and salt added… Just needed a little bit of stirring up…
Well, there you go, that’s exactly what I wanted, before I set the frying pan on fire…
As the Rock says, this is me saying that, as I can smell the beautiful aroma from the Maggi Noodles which are on fire…
Well, yea, there you go, as the name aptly suggests… The Tasty Omlette that I’m making while I quickly grab my SLR to take pics in between Gotta juggle a lot more than just the utensils…
Wow!!! Now that’s what’s cooking… With the traditional Maggi masala, the onions and tomatoes, I add a touch of spice with some Asafoetida (Hing as it’s called locally) and some oregano to give some additional touch of spice and taste…
Well, this time around instead of the regular bread, I decided to make do with the Indian version of it, Pav… Certainly fresh as I woke up early to pick it up from the pavvala, who comes every morning ringing his cycle bell and offering one of the freshest bunch of pav, baked right that morning… I can smell the freshness in them while I put it on the pan with some butter.
There… It’s ready, the butter pav is almost ready to be dished out. I got them done really nice! Hope it’s really tasty.
Finally, the hardwork of a Sunday morning paid off… All set to munch on this #yummybreakfast I’m gonna have some fun enjoying it! Until next time… BURRP!!!
Zira… The name itself has an exquisite taste to itself. I could have only imagined how the food tasted at this restaurant. Yep, Zira is a newly launched restaurant in Navi Mumbai’s Sanpada. So a week ago I got a call from a friend of mine. She invited me to a session of food tasting at this newly launched restaurant. Why me? Well, of course my obvious love for food and my newly acquired taste across the country after travelling to different lands. Maybe she thought of me as the new age food connoisseur… Well, whatever the reason, I was glad she invited me cause who wouldn’t love to gorge on some awesome food and especially if it’s for free Well anyways, she happens to be a close friend of the owner and she set up for a small tasting session for a bunch of guys some of them regular at various restaurants across Mumbai and a couple of them die hard food lovers…
I thought to myself, heck, why not… Let’s go and check this place out. So there I was waiting for the tasting session to begin. While we waited for the starters to be served, we were chatting with each other and exchanged our interests and found out how we had a common bond that tied us together… ‘Food.’ While we sat inside the small restaurant, we felt at home especially with the ambience suiting the peaceful location of Sector 11, Sanpada. The décor blends right in with the restaurants whole brown and white logo where Zira is tastefully put up as you enter the restaurant. This one is not your huge top class over the top restaurant where you can come and celebrate your most intimate moments but it certainly has a menu that will make you wonder it’s unique feature and what was about to come… At the end of the day, ‘What tastes well, does well, if you ask me..’
Then began our tasting session. First up was a couple of starters… Both chicken dishes.
So here we have a Murgh Aalishan which had a real flair and sumptuousness to itself. Very succulent and tasty… Could have beena bit better though with a bit of some sauce or chutney. That was missing, however the chicken tasted really great.
Then the Chef Kevin, followed it up with Murgh Kaali Mirch. This dish was really good with a bit of crisp to its tenderness made you taste the flavor real of the kaali mirch even better.
Well, for vegetarian lovers, don’t be disappointed… One of the best dish of the evening was in the main course. I truly loved the Rajasthani Mirchi Kadi which was served with some really tasty Butter Naan. The best part about this Mirchi Kadi was how finely you could taste the mirchi or green chilly spiced up with a really nice blend of the kadi which left the taste in your mouth and I truly treasured it…
Since I didn’t taste this dish as I generally avoid mutton, I can’t say much about the Rogan Josh…. But from the looks of it certainly looks tasty…
After tasting some really nice North Indian / Mughlai food the chef also decided to give us a taste of it’s Chinese Cuisine with some Veg Fried Rice and Chicken 65, which was sort of okay but I guess can’t really say much about Chinese as it’s more or less the same everywhere… The chef quoted saying, Chinese is ‘public demand’ and hence they can’t ignore that aspect of it even the restaurant mainly serves North Indian Food.
It was certainly a great tasting of sorts… While I enjoyed the starters, the chutney / sauces could have made it even better I must say my pick of the evening must definitely be Rajasthani Mirchi Kadi. All in all this new start up has been well researched and for the area that it’s set up in it looks like it’s on it’s way. i’m certainly going to go there to dine, this time of course ordering some really nice food on my own while I thank my friend Merline, for inviting me for this food tasting session. She knows the owner and head chef Kevin and I’m sure I’d get a discount next time I’m there Well anyways, the restaurant has decided to keep a 10% discount for the entire month. They said they also do home delivery for entire Sanpada and Juinagar area.
About the Chef: Chef Kevin is a hospitality major from Taj, Aurangabad and has had prior experience in Taj Land’s End. This budding entrepreneur looks like he’s certainly ready to make his mark, at least in Navi Mumbai to begin with. He runs this place with his brother Deepak.
Address: Zira, Sector 11, Sanpada
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- 9:00 PM on a Wednesday night, my colleagues planned to go to ‘Firangi Paani.’
- We left behind our midweek blues and were all set for revelry of sorts. Firangi Paani is a lounge bar at the top floor of Kstar Mall. It is near Diamond Garden in Chembur, opposite to ‘The Barista.’ On ‘Wednesday – Ladies Night,’ Firangi Paani offers complimentary drinks before 9:45 PM to girls, and a ‘buy one get one free,’ for stags. We stepped in and the place is a buzz with, ‘Cindy Lauper, Bon Jovi and Queen. The leather upholstered seats, and tall bar-stools added to the retro feel. The bar is decorated with wine glasses hanging upside down. The bartenders juggle in rhythm as they poured our favorite cocktails. The walls brizzle with intense graffiti, British Shields, and Swords a sculpture of a Jazz artist on the Sax, and of the great comedians, ‘Laurel and Hardy.’ On the big screen TV. screen a cricket match played silently.
- “Vodka with orange juice. I want to try orange instead of Sprite,” said Neha
- “Me too,” said Sandy
- Raj, Darshana and I ordered beer while we listened to music.
- “On a Saturday Night you will find the hottest guys and gals of Chembur out to party!” said Jeetu, who was in his elements while dancing to the retro numbers.
- “The Paneer Chilly is delicious,” Sandy, the foodie munched on the starter.
- We had ordered more starters: Chicken Frankie and Veg Rolls. For main course we ordered Veg and Chicken Schezwan Rice. The food is splendor and it does sink in to your taste buds.
- It cost us Rs 1000 per head with the drinks.
- This place is a haven for retro music and pub atomosphere lovers. Theyhave live bands play here sometimes. That does not happen elsewhere. Firangi Paani is an ideal spot for those who want to hang out with friends over the weekend.
- Firangi Paani – 3rd Level, Kstar Mall, Opposite Diamond Garden, Chembur (E)
- Tel: 02225208704/05/06/09
- *Currently under renovation.
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