Walk in as group, or all by yourself clutching a book into Grain & Bagel, which has relocated from Malad to Juhu last month, for a heartening meal.
I walk in with my sister, making a mental note to keep this place in mind when I crave some me-time, as we settle into a comfortable corner table, with the water fans working hard. With three tables for four and a long bench for six, the place is cosy and bright. A white board flaunts comments by prior visitors; a chalk board on the adjacent wall reads: ‘No Wifi, talk to each other’. We like; can’t share (pun intended).
We order the soup of the day, Mirepoix (Rs 120), a French concoction of celery, garlic, mushroom cooked in loads of butter. We take the first sip, and it is too salty for us. But the good part is, when we bring it to the notice of our server, he readily agrees to ask the chef to alter it for us. When we take the second sip, it is perfect. Light and full of flavour, the soup unleashes a beautiful hunger in our tummies.
While my sister orders a Green Apple Vanilla soda (Rs 120), it doesn’t have a wow effect on us.
We move on to order Hummus Pickled Cucumber and Carrot Tahini in grilled Signature Bagel (Rs 150) and Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Chicken and Cheddar in grilled Signature Bagel (Rs 190). This is a rare occasion when the veg tastes better than the non-veg dish. The hummus is tangy, thickly spread between the large bagel bread and the tahini is tangy and luscious. The chicken contender, which is a bit dry, has a subtle seasoning of salt and pepper. The chicken chunks and scrambled eggs make a good pairing in the whole wheat bread base. All we need here is a dip to moisten the bites. But the winner of this brunch is the Mornay Maggi (Rs 95), which is too cheesy to be devoured by one, but turns into a battle of the forks when shared. Feeling blue, need inspiration or facing a bad hair day, the solution is this Maggi at its cheesy best. We will revisit this place just for this one.
When a bakery doesn’t get its chocolate right, it needs serious attention. The Mini Orange Tart (Rs 45) was pleasantly sweet and tangy and the pie was a lovely, buttery crumble. However, the Sticky Caramel Brownie (Rs 99) didn’t live up to its mouth-watering sinful name. The Lemon Cheese Cake (Rs 99) was delicious and the hint of lemon was just enough to leave us with a sweet high. While the fruity desserts were impressive, we wish the chocolate had lived up to its name, what with reports of the world running out of cocoa by 2020.
Relish Durga puja delicacies
Visit Ramada Powai this weekend to celebrate the festive fervour of Durga Puja, as they bring to you à la carte menu of traditional dishes, including Fish Kabiraji, Lacy Egg-netted Fried Fish and Kosha Mangsho to bring home the flavours of Bengal. Finish with a sweet Malpua, the Bengali way.
Where: Cafe Ambrosia, Ramada Hotel, Powai,
Near The Residence Hotel and Apartments,
Before Vihar Lake, Powai, Saki Vihar Road
Go for the local Oktoberfest
Enjoy best of the brews till October 27 at Vista and Tropics Bar, Taj Lands End. Savour a variety of Indian and international beers accompanied by lip-smacking finger foods. Beers include Peroni, Corona, Budweiser, Carlsberg, Fosters, Heineken, Kingfisher or Kingfisher Ultra. The food menu includes classics such as Wedges, Fried Calamari and Bruschetta.
Where: Taj Land’s End, Bandra
All new menu at Amadeus
Dig into the taste of Lebanon, Iran and Greece with dishes such as Moroccan Charmoula Sea Bass Squares with Pomegranate Molasses and Sea Salt,Turkey-bacon wrapped Prawns with Quince and Cointreau Reduction, Spanish Tortilla with Manchego and Alioli Drizzle, Burnt Garlic Spinach Brie and Feta Brik served with Tzatziki Relish, Oversized Tostadas with Zucchini Slivers, Broccoli, Fried Beans, Citrus Guacamole and Queso, Zereshk -- Iranian Barberry Pilaf with Lamb.
Where: Amadeus, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point Call: 22824242
Get gourmet sauces, spreads and pastes
The White Glove is a new gourmet food brand and their introductory products include Olive and Truffle Oils, Olives and Olive Paste, hot sauces, pasta sauce and salsa; all healthy organic alternatives. Interestingly, all products are gluten free.
Where: The White Glove Gourmet, A-491,12-13, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba
Call: 22883355 or Email: email@example.com