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Gostana in Khar

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Gostana in Khar
Gostana is described as a fast food joint with “kick ass” burgers. It’s located in Khar near Elbo Room.
This month I’m trying to be a vegetarian to see what the health implications are in relation to my daily weight lifting. I’m trying to eat at home to ingest good food. However it was one of those days when there is no food at home and there is an outing, so searching for nearby places, I came across Gostana.
First impression walking towards the restaurant as I find my way behind the building, I was expecting a shabby place however it turned out to be like judging the book by its cover. Once inside I was greeted by the owners (I suppose) a lovely lady (good looking too) which made me feel welcome. I looked around to find a place for two but they were all occupied, there might have been 4 tables max. Not a problem, in the corner they have a floor seater, where you can take your shoes off and feel at home. The decor is young, with music based images and just looking at my side I found a guitar lying, perhaps for anyone to use. Too bad I don’t play… someday.
Well, once accommodated, I was given the menu to choose from, the specials were mentioned – from which I learnt that Non Veg is what they are known for!! Bad luck of mine. Nonetheless, they did have a vegetarian offering and I went for the Spinach and Cottage Cheese Burger and multi grain bread. As a matter of fact, she read my mind – as before asking for something good, she offered that burger to me. My cousin, she went for the humus.
First impressions –
1. The Spinach Veg patty is tasty, it reminded of sindhi sai bhaji dryed out and squashed. I loved it. The cheese as usual okayish. The downside was the bread, a bit simple and dry -(they do mention their health cooking and might avoid butter to make the bun tastier). – the second bad impression was the use of microwave. A kitchen with microwave is not a serious kitchen. Should use a baking oven at appropriate heating to avoid food getting dry.
The side salad was a small cup of corn – I personally don’t eat corn.

2. Humus – was great. The side bread and salad not worth it.

3. Everything is made as if it’s home made, perhaps they should avoid typhoo green tea and use loose leafs.

So what’s the verdict? As a vegetarian on the day – I would avoid it if you’re a true burger conossiour. The lovely lady did tell me to come back whenever I pick up meat again. And I will give them another go!

The mood inside, the lighting, the great music and good people running it does make it an experience so my verdict is based on food only. I would give it a 2/5 for vegetarians. Let’s see when I go for the meat!

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Papillon

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Papillon
This evening I had planned some shopping at the Alpha stores in Vile Parle area. Now shopping is not a breeze as it is abroad, here there is no sidewalk to check out stores, there is however major traffic, crowds and crowds inside and outside, random veg stalls selling exotic fruits and well, it’s monsoon season, so the entire experience just drains out your energy. So i drifted to the nearest place around, Papillon – surprised by its name, as most wouldn’t know Papillon is butterfly in french, despite the 2 butterflies drawn on their name board.
So from the outside there is not much to be expected, there is an outdoor seating area made of metal, chairs, tables and dishware lol. However for the more demanding, you will find a AC section in the back part and upstairs. (Prices don’t vary).
I’ve been here a few times and have tried the following dishes.
1.Briyani
It has the mixes alright, the vegs too, however it turns out to be just a spicy rice mix with mild flavour.
2. Mushroom Pizza
Well, I know my pizza, apart from entire India using the wrong cheese, this place said it was mushroom Pizza, it was just a thick dough with processed cheese. Had to resort to ketchup. I know right? What was I thinking ordering pizza at a punjabi place.
3. Naan
No comments, perfectly made.
4. Shyam Savera Veg Kofta
This dish should get an award. It’s basic veg koftas in the usual gravy but they maintain their moisture and they are tasty indeed, it’s a must order if you happen to be here.
5. Chole (Garbanzo Beans).
It was good, just remember to regulate the spiciness asking the waiter.
6. Kulfi
There is no proper Kulfi, you can mix whatever you want, but Papillon does a very good job. They add rabri, Falooda, those sabu dhana and rose syrup. Oh and the Kulfi itself, the entire combo is tasty.

You can tell by the prices they are aware of being the only restaurant in the area, and people will get hungry after shopping or just want a place to find shelter. Nonetheless, if you go for what they make traditionally ie – bhajis and such, you’ll have a good experience. For the rest continental food, avoid unless you must.

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Alpha shopping & Food

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Alpha shopping & Food

Well, today i got a call from my sister to go to the Alpha stores in the Vile Parle area. I was just about heading to the gym, so i knew I had to rush it, got the pump, returned home and away we went.
It was pouring! Mad pouring, you couldn’t see the cars infront, but as the crowd I hang around with still has some soul in them, they were making over zealous plans such as – Let’s go Juhu and walk on the beach, while all the water in the world was pouring from the sky…
Anyways, I hadn’t eaten, I was hungry and shopping always makes people hungry too.. although I didint get anything apart from a hershey bar, a M&M bar and philadelphia cheese; mmm cheese.
And so did the food come, had a dabeli for the first time in life, tasted like a sweeter version of pav bhaji. . It was alright… unsatisfied, I went for the Chinese Bhel, which my bud, she was surprised I hadn’t tried it, as it was her mother’s speciality, had to go for it. Again, a bit disappointed, it tasted okay, for the amount of stuff which goes in there, and what they are trying to mimic, it doesn’t taste much hmm, so in ordered some ketchup to get the tangy going… but the ketchup seemed fake too, no taste.
Well, I was a bit bummed, but I had hopes for a restaurant in the area and was going to eat bajias..and of course, they didn’t serve them. So we ended up ordering mushroom Pizza, which had no mushroom, perhaps he forgot or summin, I well, again would give it a 3/10, but I guess it’s due to me knowing how a pizza should taste.
Finally, on the way back, we stopped at Amar Juice Center, there in was told to try the Pav Bhaji, who says no to Pav Bhaji? And so I went for it.. mm it was better than what I had tried at other places but I still think there is hope out there for THE PAV BHAJI – although having asked the family, they said it should taste as it is, and it’s pretty good… perhaps the touch we add at home gives it that extra notch I have been looking for.

All in all, a good outing, laughs with the girls and my brother, and more places ticked off the food list.

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