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A small review of restaurants visited in India

Review – Five Fat Monks

I will be reviewing my food experience at Five Fat Monks.

First all let me start by saying, I ordered food from here and have not tried the food at the restaurant as of yet. So my review purely is about their delivered food. – Which may vary in some taste but will definitely vary in the ambiance, quality of presentation and freshness of the dish.

I had a Chinese food craving for which I decided to order from Five Fat Monks in Linking Road. To my surprise they also knew about MSG and do not use it in their foods – which is definitively a plus for a Chinese cuisine restaurant. I ordered a pretty balanced meal –

Five Fat Monks - Chicken Yakitori
Five Fat Monks – Chicken Yakitori

The chicken yakitori should not go wrong, however I would say they had left me desiring for better chicken. Sure they tasted okayish – I would rate them 6/10 however, as you can see, that’s how it was delivered to me – quantity is low (definitely low for a ninja’s diet), the sauce is very runny and all at the bottom and the chicken had become soggy in their delivery box. (200 Rupees)

Five Fat Monks - King Kaphrao Rice
Five Fat Monks – King Kaphrao Rice

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The next dish I ordered was their King Kaphrao Rice – Which should be made of Minced Chicken, Basil, Red Chili, Rice and a fried Egg. As for the ingredients mentioned – sure they were all there, but they were limited – apart from the rice. The dish is presented in a manner which could work as a whole meal, but a protein lover will fall short of meat and 1 simple egg. I personally would add more chicken, perhaps a sauce instead of basil and chili and add 2 egg whites to the rice mix to give a better consistency – definitely not worth the 295 Rupees.

Overall score for delivered food – 5/10

 

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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!

Find it in Google Maps!

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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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Sunny Da Dhaba

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Sunny Da Dhaba - Lonavla
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Sunny Da Dhaba - Lonavla
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Sunny Da Dhaba - Lonavla
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Sunny Da Dhaba - Lonavla
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Sunny Da Dhaba - Lonavla

Sunny Da Dhaba
It’s Sunday and the family can indulge in some non-vegetarian food! So we headed down to Sunny Da Dhaba. Located in the Mumbai – Pune expressway (Pune direction) it’s massive and can be spotted just like the other dhabas in the area. What makes this place special for meat lovers, is it’s meat platter which I can safely say would fill up 2 foreignors or 5 indian guys. The variety is the same, chicken tikka, kebabs, reshmi Tikka, a drum stick etc but the taste is respectable.
I also tried the vegetarian and meat Biryani, which were tasty aswell.
One thing to note is the Hookah, here you can come and enjoy them freely. Sunny da dhaba has bed seating where you can lay down and smoke away an evening while munching on good food.
Definitely a recommended place to eat if you visit Lonavla.

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Sardar’s Pav Bhaji @ Tardeo

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Sardar’s Pav Bhaji @ Tardeo
“Pav Bhaji is a Maharashtrian fast food dish that originated in Mumbai cuisine. The pav-bhaji is a spicy preparation with a mixture of vegetables, either whole or mashed, a generous dose of fresh tomatoes, a dollop of butter, optional toppings of cheese and dry-fruits and fresh fruits, consumed with warm bread gently or crispy fried in butter – an all-time, anytime favourite with Mumbaikars…Pav means bread. Bhaji in Marathi means vegetable dish. Pav bhaji consists of bhaji (a thick potato-based curry) garnished with coriander, chopped onion, and a dash of lemon and lightly toasted pav. The pav is usually buttered on all sides.”
We went for the cheese Pav bhaji, basically the traditional dish but covered with a decent amount of cheese as you can tell by the pics. As a extra bonus and perhaps a bit more tastier, a Masala Pav, it’s the same dish but premade, as in they slab the butter on the bun and add the Bhaji inside and toast it a but more, it was tasty! – I thought I would be able to eat a few buns of those, but the butter used here is clarified, has 100% of its properties and it’s for sure heavy – but worth the taste. You have to see how they prepare the Pav’s, there is a butter block on the center of a huge pan, breads are aligned on the side and they keep cleaning off with the breads the melted butter as it keeps coming out. It may sound heavy duty food, it is heavy duty food, but you must try this whenever you get the chance, it’s an iconic Indian dish.

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Fat Kong – a Chinese treat in Mumbai

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Fat Kong – a Chinese treat in Mumbai
This evening my sister was craving something which would get her our from her usual bland diet food. We’ve been eating indian food, so it was time to step it up to Chinese food.
We didint want to have a blow out meal so we opted for a fast food Chinese joint.
Fat Kong, conveniently located at SV road in Mumbai has been her favorite quick Chinese fix for some time, it was time for me to taste it.
At first you will might be put off by its yellow and red color, somewhat dodgy kitchen sense and road side tables, but this is Mumbai and as the locals say, the less extravagant the place, the tastier the food. Bang on!
Note – we did have to move around a few tables before deciding where to sit as the mosquitoes kept following up, good thing the waiter caught on fast and lit a mosquitos repellent incense for us.
So the food; I got myself a fried spinach and prawn dish, and to share a threaded paneer. Amazing!, I haven’t tried such delicious shrimps anywhere I have been, perhaps they are not gourmet or whatever, but dude, they were juicy, had the nice am out of chilli sauce to it and we’re sure savory. The fried spinach was good too, it pretty much resembled fried algi which Koreans and Japanese people have.
The threaded paneer was the treat though, paneer is a sort of cottage cheese, now cheese battered up with instant noodles and fried – nothing more to say, this was served with schezuan sauce which made it the icing on the cake.
All in all a great Chinese snack for those wanting to have something tasty but not looking to have a proper meal.

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