Celebrating Regional Eastern Cuisine over brunch @Citrus, The Leela

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Leela has always kept it simple, limited and standardised with its brunches. We recently tried the Sunday brunch @Citrus, The Leela.

Firstly what we love about this place is the greens surrounding the restaurant visible from its long glass panes. It has a very soothing effect.

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Our table was right by the mini waterfall and the lush green plants .
India has such varied cuisines that itself is a celebration. We tried their Eastern Regional themed brunch and were stunned by their delicacies.

They had picked up dishes from Himachal, Bengal, Assam and more.
We tried the following :
Thukpa soup
Bengali style vegetable soup

 

Laksa is a typical delicacie .
And not to forget the delicious spicy momos.


For mains we tried ,
Phed Nor Mai wok fried bamboo shoot with string
Kaow Phad Pak – vegetable fried rice .
They had great fish like sarson diya mach .


Lets talk about my favourite part. Desserts.
And oh they had sugar free Rosgulla . I absolutely had no guilt then.


They had others too :
Pithe
Nariyal ladoo
Kesar chum chim
Sondesh .

Barring this, they also had the regular
Chat
Salads

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Cheese spread
Live pasta and pizza counter


And the best of all, lovely fresh popcorn popping in front of you.
They also served Hummus , Fattoush and more.

Their dessert spread was limited but good. We loved the fondue .
We also liked the innovation to the simple dishes.


We tried :
Thandai Breton
Chocolate mousse with apple cardamom compote
Pistachio crepe brulle crumble – I loved how the pistachio flavour dwelled .


Saffron baked yoghurt
Boondi baked lemon cheese cake – I genuinely liked the way soft boondi and cheesecake went together.

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Staff :

They say more than the food, what matters is the how they feed you.

The staff was genuinely so warm and fed us like we were family.
I was not well. Mr Ravi, served me some amazing black tea with ginger and honey .
Further, Ravi was recommending us some wonderful dishes to try on.
Mr Kaustabh took care of us extremely well.
Further, all the staff whose names I might have missed were warm.

Overall :
We sat there for good 3 hours enjoying the weather from inside and gorging onto delicious food.

Deets :
Every Sunday of this month is regional themed brunch.
Further , till 14th August on Dineout they do have 50% off on brunch .

Citrus - The Leela Mumbai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Aromas Cafe & Bistro, prime of Powai !

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We recently tried aromas cafe & bistro. It has always been an elite cafe with great food.
It is situated at the prime area hustling amidst offices right at Hiranhandani circle.

What is the cost for two?
₹1800 for two (a meal)

What is the highlight?
The best part about this place is that it always bustling with people being so convenient and primarily because of a good culinary experience.

What does the place offer ?
From great breakfasts to Mains to Baked goods to Sweet Sin, they have catered to all kinds.

I was just swiping their menu and absolutely loved the variety of coffee from death by chocolate cappuccino (₹219) to French press (₹199)

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They have teas, shakes and juices too.
They have sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, pizzas, pastas ! They have few dishes from Middle eastern too.

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What about their ambience?
It is just like a modern cafe with wooden chairs and bustling voices.

How is their staff ?
Really warm and sweet lads.
I wish I could remember the names but all had such big smiles.

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What did we order ?
For starters :
1. Jalapeño cheese nuggets ₹299
It was heaven . It was so cheesy and yum.

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2. Mushroom on toast ₹299
Really liked the powerful mushrooms dwelling with crunchy subtle breads.

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For mains :
1. Peppered cottage cheese steak ₹529
Black pepper and garlic marinated cottage cheese steak , pan seared and served with BBQ Garlic sauce and sauteed vegetables.

I found it expensive. But loved it . It’s a great protein.

We loved the succulent cottage cheese and BBQ taste. Overall the dish felt complete

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2. Tomato and cream cheese risotto ₹379
It was so delicious and devouring and FILLING.

3. Wood cutters pizza ₹459
Spinach, baby corn , jalapeños , sun dried tomatoes
I have had such pizzas earlier but good pizza definitely .

For drinks :
We had

Premium berry shake ₹299
It is a rich creamy shake with a tempting mixture of rich vanilla and premium berries pulp.
Found this normal.

Ice dark forest mocha ₹269
Dark chocolate aroma coffee with whipped cream . This one was good but on the sweeter side.

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Nutella coffee was LOVE!

Dessert :
Mud cake
We tried the mud cake and absolutely loved the chocolate decadence to the dish.

Beer and wine is available .
Desserts are mainly over the counter but are great.
All prices are exclusive taxes . They do not charge service charge.

Overall loved IT !

Aromas Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Great Spread, Great View! Hello Fratelli Fresh @Renaissance,Mumbai

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Great Spread, Great View! Hello Fratelli Fresh @Renaissance,Mumbai

 

 

I have always had an affinity to this place as it used to be my dads favourite place for Sunday brunch.
I love the lakeside out there.

 

 

So fratelli Fresh has been all about great spread.
I recently had gone for their American celebration and oh bouy ! Let me tell you that it was great whisky, great American wines and lot of good food like sausages, quiches and pies !

 

 

You know it is really difficult to write about a five star buffet as there is everything you know. What to even mention !
There was Indian , Italian , Continental, Burmese Khowsuey and yes AMERICAN was the theme .
We had the
Milano to mortadella
Quiche
Subway all to grace us .

 

 

 

Wait till I mention the dessert spread !
White chocolate , Boston cream pie , cherry cobbler , red velvet cupcake , apple pie , old fashion , olive lemon , walnut brownie , blueberry mousse .

 

 

Their coffee mousse was outstanding . It was subtle and smooth.

 

 

Okay and are you craving for Indian ?
Don’t worry they have got you covered .
Madhur Milan , shahi tukda, gajar halwa and more .

 

 

Craving for some Greek ?
They have pita bread , baba ganoush, marinated olives all for you.

 

 

Also they had a huge salad spread .
Creamy cucumber salad , potato , ceasar salad , caprese salad just to name a few.

 

 

In Indian we had Bengali , paneer , aloo jeera , Dum biryanai , oh god !

 

 

They also had a Chowder station which is American where they use soma bread and let the veggies and purée seep into the bread. It was great.

Overall I would say take out 4 hours and just eat here. You won’t be tired !

Haha !

Fratelli Fresh - Renaissance Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Best brunch @Rs120 ! Hola South Indian meal @RamaNayakUdipi, Matunga, Mumbai !

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Rama Nayak Udipi has been there since my dad was a kid . Just imagine.

If you like South Indian meal, then this is your place to go.

#TGJTIPS : Sunday lunches are extremely crowded. It is a coupon system so go there by 12pm to avoid queues.

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Now let me tell you how does this place work.
There are two sections : Limited and Unlimited.
I choose limited as even that is a lot .

Items on your thali:
1. Rasam
2. Sambhar
3. Pickle
4. Sweet of your choice (Rasgulla, Shrikhand, Paaysam, Gulaab jamun and seasonal too like gajar ka halwa or mango juice)

5. Puri if Sunday or else roti
6. Three sabjis
7. Six puris and rice

8. Curd and buttermilk!

Ambience :
It is non ac and very simple . But trust me, go there for the food.

#TGJTIPS : go on a weekday for a peaceful meal.

 

A cup of tea is all what it takes, Welcome to Tasse De The

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“As a little girl while I was growing up reading Alice in wonderland, I always imagined how would a cute little tea party look like with all those colorful little mugs and little chandeliers hanging there”

Tasse De The is a reality of this.
As you walk in, you will see Tea crockery , art made of tea and different kinds of tea. Trust me, The crockery just had me completely. From pastel shade cups to elegant gold embarked kettles to little tea pots, they had it all.

As you walk in, there is the aroma of tea in the air. So whats the trick here? How do you choose which Tea do you want? Yes, there are 300 varieties of tea, so how do you pick?
Basically you can smell the teas, see the number on the jar below and tell at the tea bar which yiu want. They will brew it all for you. Again here as much as I am impressed with the teas, so am I with the food.

Healthy food with taste is what this place is all about.

Slurped onto the soup completely.
The combination of ingredients really impressed me.
The Mexican rice was too taste.

I loved the yoghurt as the taste was very delicate and light too. The coconut chocolate was fine as I am so fond of coconut.
And had to save the best for the last, guess which tea did they brew for me LYCHEE TEA. As unique does it sound, YOU HAVE TO try it. I usually am not fond of teas without milk but completely loved this. The lychee was so fresh while the aroma totally rejuvenated me.

If you are stepping by, then you ought to go in and eat.

Tasse de Thé Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato