Italian food!

Mocambo Cafe, Fort, Mumbai
Italian Cuisine

If you have a penchant for food(mind it-not proper indian food!) and dont mind trying out new stuff then mumbai is the place to be. Italian, continental, chinese, mexican- name it and you have a place to meet up your expectations!Mocambo cafe is one of the well known places in mumbai which serves you continental and italian cuisines. Its a small place with two levels of seating and is generally full at all times-thanks to the yummy food :-p they serve! A lot of sophisticated people and phirangs around-so in case you are not having fun with the people you have come, you can spend your time watching people and not to forget eating!! And this is for the guys-for a change you have a sweet female all decked up, standing right there at the entrance to open the door for you with a warm smile on her face!!

I had been there twice. First time it was just me and a friend so had to be careful about the bill and all. But still we had a lasagne-layers of cheese with mushrooms and other vegetables stuffed in between and a portion of garlic bread. But the second time, I went there with my office mates(7 of us) and we had a coupon worth 3000 bucks with us-fokat ka khaana yippie!! All of us had to literally hog to consume the food worth the price of our coupon!! We ordered the starters first which included-lemon mushrooms, babycorn sticks, a portion of mashed potatoes, garlic breads with cheese and a lot of non veg stuff which I dont remember as I am a vegetarian! Our main course included-Penne pasta in white sauce with lotsa garlic and cheese, spaghetti in Arabiatta(red) sauce and an italian rice dish in white sauce. The food was amazing-especially the lemon mushrooms-we had ordered for two more plates after the first one :-) Pastas were good too-only problem being all dishes in white sauce were tasting the same,but nevertheless they were tasty!We had pizzas too which were so different and better from the regular dominos and pizza hut pizzas!They were so tasty by themselves that no seasonings were required to make them better! We finished off our dinner with gooey double chocolate torte which was yummy again :-p

Best part-inspite of eating so much our bill came out to be around 1800 (which included the drinks too!). So we ended up buying a chocolate cake for ourselves which we had taken to the office!!So all in all a reasonable and good place to be!

Punjabi Kachra

Punjabi Tadka, Sahara Mall, Gurgaon
Punjabi food

This restaurant is a dhabba on the name of Punjabi food and the rich cuisine of the land of five rivers. If you're in the mood for some Punjabi food stay miles away from this restaurant.

I was meeting up a good friend for lunch today and we happened to go to Punjabi Tadka. We ordered a Veg Lunch Buffet (Rs 167) and an Amritsari Thaali (Rs 107). Both were pathetic. The dry vegetables were waaay to oily. Ma ki daal and daal makhaani - two dishes that are quasi-staple diets in sadda-punjaab were tasting like crap (I'm sure if I happen to taste some - it'll taste the same!)

The food was high on price, and abyssmally low on taste and quality. Skip it!

Full Full Indian!

Khaaja Chowk!, Plaza Mall, Gurgaon
Distinctly Indian

It's strange that I've been in Gurgaon for more than four months and I've never been to this place! Khaaja Chowk is THE place to be for Indian cuisine. The food, the ambience, and the price - everything is just too good!

The restaurant's tag line is "Full full Indian" - and it really is! From the moment you enter, you feel you've entered a different place. The interiors are bright red, with the walls plastered with cheesy posters and hand mirrors you might find at a dhaba. The tables have motifs of 'Ship' matchboxes and some maalish ka tail on them. Some tables have those fake stones in sindoor ki dibbiya you might find at a grameen mela! And you just can't miss the bright red auto-rickshaw - that's where I had my dinner today. Howzzat :-D

The food is decently priced - two of us got a stomachful of yummy food for Rs 175 only. And the dishes are innovatively named as well. Sample this: Biwi ki daal tadkewaali, Maa ki daal makkhanwaali, Anand ki anda bhurji. For dessert try out the Rocket kulfi tilli pe and Mango mishti doi - Simply amazing!

Skip the Pizza Huts, Dominoes, and Barista's next time when you're in Gurgan - head straight for Khaaja Chowk! Plaza Mall (Third Floor). Oh! Just in case you didn't know Plaza Mall is right next to IFFCO Chowk - most people don't know of it's existence - neither did I!