In a city like Mumbai, it would be safe to say that where there's a hungry soul, there's the fried rice. But we never expected that a food delivery service, which specialises in Kolkata or Awadhi food, would surprise us with the humble fried rice. And that's what Feeast@East (yes, that's how they spell it) a new addition to Lower Parel's eating joints, did.
Chicken Fried Rice with gravy
The eatery, located opposite the Peninsula Business Park, follows the model of the multi-chain retail outlets like Ammi's Biryani (also in the same area) we had written about few months ago, and has outlets in Worli, Antop Hill, Kalina, Wadala (Imax), Andheri (Sangam), and Ghatkopar (R City) along with a full-fledged restaurant in Thane that opened this month.
After some careful consideration of the menu, we placed an order via its website, Feeastateast.com. The website allows you to schedule delivery based on your need, which we did, but unfortunately, it arrived an hour before the time. Talk about enthusiasm! (Perhaps, the extra 'e' in feast represents this enthusiasm). Thankfully, though, they did pay attention to our request for extra spoons and tissues.
Our order included three combo meals — Chicken Fried Rice with Choice of Gravy (R160), Mutton Curry with Steamed Rice (Rs 150) and Veg Keema with two Laccha Paratha (Rs 110) — available only between 12 noon to 4 pm. For starters we had Mix Veg Cutlets (Rs 50), Chicken Cutlets (Rs 80), Chicken Wings (R120), Chicken Classic Momos (Rs 100), and a Mutton Tawa Roll with wheat bread (Rs 130). Feeast@East had us with the Chicken Fried Rice. Packed with the right mix of egg and chicken pieces and mixed vegetables (chopped), we were simply blown away by the simplicity and taste of the popular dish. The gravy added to the charm.
Chicken Classic Momos
Our next favourites were easily the chicken cutlets and the heart-shaped veg cutlets (two pieces each), which for some reason had peanuts in it. The Momos (five pieces) had gotten cold by the time we began tasting the food, but they could still give some of the most popular Chinese joints here, a run for the money. For Rs 100, it was steal. Another surprise winner in the menu for us were the Chicken Wings.
Chicken and Veg Cutlets
Cooked with soy sauce, sugar and ginger, it added a nice fiery touch to our meal. However, we feel, perhaps some adjustment in the sugar quantity may add a great deal to the dish, as it was a little too sweet for our liking. The Mutton Tawa Roll was also good, but failed to tantalise our taste buds. The most disappointing items, however, were the Veg Keema with Lachcha Paratha and the Mutton Curry with Steamed Rice. Not only was the curry too little to go with the steamed rice, it tasted weirdly off as well. The Lachcha Paratha was a bit too hard for our liking, and the Veg Kheema simply too disappointing to be discussed any further.
We would recommend Feeast@East only for its Chinese Fried Rice and our favourite snack items — the cutlets and the momos. The restaurant also serves a mix of Kolkata/Awadhi biryanis, which we didn't try. Perhaps, next time.
On: All days, 11 am to 11 pm
At: Lower Parel, Worli, Kalina, Wadala (Imax), Andheri (Sangam), Ghatkopar (R City) and Thane.
Log on to: Feeastateast.com