Iftar Specials at Grand Hyatt Mumbai

Grand Hyatt Mumbai presents a special Iftar menu at Fifty Five East throughout the holy period of Ramadan.

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Indulge in all-time favorite Iftar preparations at the splendid dinner buffet with a designated Iftar seating zone in the restaurant. Savor chef crafted Iftar specialties alongside a global buffet as you express gratitude and pray for well-being of loved ones in this holy month.

As the sun sets, the ceremonious sound is an eagerly welcomed invitation to the joyous meal of Iftar – a time when family, friends and communities celebrate the special season of Ramadan together as one. Honoured to be part of these festivities, the restaurant presents to you an incredible dinner buffet with Iftar specialties in addition to a myriad range of international cuisines; Lebanese mezze, Indian and Western delicacies as well as a magnificent dessert zone.

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Enjoy Ramadan specials like samosa, biryani, short (all non-vegetarian), kabuli chana masala, kebabs, khichda, assorted pakoras and many more. Satiate your sweet tooth with their indulgent falooda, fruit milkshakes, kheer, seviyan payassam, sooji badam halwa and more. From celebrating Iftar with your family to inviting loved ones for a memorable meal, the Iftar buffet at Fifty Five East is the perfect destination for creating beautiful memories this Ramadan.

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Assorted Arabic Sweets – Konafa, Semolina Cake, Sesame Seed Brittle

Iftar offerings at Fifty Five East buffet are available for dinner from June 7 – July 7
 at INR 1900 (plus taxes per person).

For further information please call +91 22 6676 1149, or visit hyattrestaurants.com to book online and avail 20% discount 🙂

Submitted by The Grand Hyatt Mumbai for Chai Cake & Kitsch. 

 

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The Dineout Experience with Shiros

Open your App Store, enter ‘Food’ in the search bar and a 100 different apps will pop up presenting to you, the problem of plenty. In this new age of Digital Food, Dineout comes to us at the right time bringing to us a cashless experience. I kid you not, there couldn’t have been an easier app to use to help you book a table at your favourite restaurant in town and experience your lunch / dinner party ‘cashless’.

‘Dineout is a times internet acquired premium table reservation app. We believe in making your meals hassle free by eliminating wait time. Recently Dineout has introduced smart pay an easy and quick way to pay your bill cashless. If you pay by mobikwik you get 40 percent as cash back in your wallet which you can always enjoy at your next meal’. 

Spread across 8 cities, they seat over 1,00,000 diners a month, have over 4,50,000 active app users and a strong ecosystem of top restaurants, discerning diners and premium Food and Beverage outlets.

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Step 1: Download the App

 

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Step 2: Take a quick tour

 

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Step 3: Set your location and search for your favourite restaurant

 

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Step 4: Enter your booking preferences and confirm your contact details

 

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Step 5: Enter the SMS verification code sent by them and you’re set!

It’s literally as easy as that!

Dineout recently conducted a bloggers’ table for a few with the boys from Eat Aloud at Shiros, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

 

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The captivating entrance

With mesmerising interiors, great crowd and good music this seemed like a recipe for a great night.

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The Shanghai Sunset

My poison for the evening was The Shanghai Sunset. A delightful amalgamation of Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, vodka, melon liqueur, pineapple and cranberry juice. Tequila lovers must give this a try.

Considering that I was famished by the time I got to Shiros, the Korean Chilli potatoes were a welcome delight and I managed to finish 3/4th of that plate by myself. Tangy, spicy and a little sweet, these golden fried babies made mama happy. The Shanghai Mushroom dumplings on the other hand, did not. Whilst the stuffing was tender the dumpling itself was excessively chewy.

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Sautéed green beans and fried garlic are always welcome on my plate. These were cooked perfectly – crunchy, juicy and full of garlic, they make for a great side dish.

The vegetarian Thai curry was high on flavour but definitely not one of the best curries I’ve had. Nothing to rave about here. The fried rice by itself was fragrant but still needed a little help from the curry to help bring out its flavour.

Since I no longer eat eggs, I was unable to try any of the desserts.

Would I go back to Shiros? Without a doubt. The food may not be something to write home about but the drinks, the music, the decor and the overall vibe of this place is certainly worthy of more than one visit.

Restaurant Review – The Sassy Spoon, Hill Road

Location: Classic Corner Building, Next to Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Telephone: +91-8655555555
Reservations: No
Meal for two: approximately Rs. 2000
Serves alcohol: Yes
Valet Parking: Available

I just recently 23 yesterday ( big boo hoo 😦 ), so to celebrate me getting a year older and hopefully wiser, my sister chose The Sassy Spoon for dinner. I haven’t been to the one in South Bombay, but have heard great things so, no arguments there. Plus, I’ve passed by the restaurant a few times and the decor has always seemed peculiarly inviting.

Step into Sassy Spoon and (if you can do yourself a favour and ignore the loud traffic outside) you will feel like you’ve just entered a romantic Parisian cafe – charming wooden tables, bright upholstery, their signature display wall with vintage bread baskets, et al. The staff is extremely courteous and we were greeted with big smiles – they were in my good books already.

Appetizers and Mains

My dinner began with a much needed glass of Fratelli Cabernet Sauvignon as my sister happily sipped on her pink apple lemonade. Chosen from a self proclaimed eclectic European menu, appetisers consisted of a smoked eggplant and chickpea bruschetta, tomato and basil soup and a soup of white onion and smoked scar – absolutely brilliant! I’m huge on smoked eggplant and onion soup so my night was pretty much made. The onion soup was everything but healthy – creamy, buttery (hence delicious), making it difficult for me to order another portion. Mains were recommended by the staff – brown rice paella (vegetarian), mapo tofu and spaghetti lemon beurre. The paella seemed a tad bit bland to me, but I would go back just for the tofu and the spaghetti. The mapo tofu prepared in a black bean sauce was what they call a melting moment. If I could, I would’ve licked my plate clean. The spaghetti with the lemon butter was nothing short of perfection. It’s one of their most recommended dishes. My only wish is that some more vegetarian options are added to the menu so there’s a larger variety to choose from.

Dessert

Sassy Spoon has a completely separate menu for desserts so I suggest you don’t fill yourself up on the food. Trust me when I say this because you want to spend the last half an hour of your meal just devouring their desserts. I only got to try three of them so I know for a fact that I’m going back to sample every other item on this menu. We got the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (umm.. YUM!) and a basil and olive oil ice cream. I have never tasted anything like it before and this is a MUST HAVE if you’re ever here. Since it was a special occasion I asked them to surprise me with a dessert, and boy did they! They brought out their signature ‘Sassy Stacks’ – a mini red velvet cake with a shot of cappuccino foam. Order this dessert just so that you can dive into that coffee goodness!

Overall, my dining experience was splendid – from the food, to the decor and the friendliness of the staff – I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I’ve given one less only because I wish there were more vegetarian options.

A meal for 4 cost us approximately Rs. 5,000 (we were charged only for one dessert).

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Vegetarian Bruschetta

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Soup of white onion and smoked scar

 


Brown rice paella with artichokes and the Mapo Tofu

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I completely fell in love with this setting

So whether you’re going out on your first date, celebrating something special, having a girls’ Sunday brunch or just want to eat at a great place, I say Sassy Spoon is the one 🙂

Dinner Series – Part II

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Achari Aloo (baby potatoes tempered with spices) is a must at every dinner party at our house. It’s pretty quick to make and is an absolute favourite with all our guests. Essentially a spicy dish, that can be controlled depending on your palate.

P.S – Will be hard to stop at just one 🙂

This recipe serves 6-8.

Ingredients:

2 packets baby potatoes (boiled in salted water with skin)
4 dried red chillies (kashmiri mirch)
8 cloves garlic
1 tsp coriander seeds
1” piece of ginger
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
3 tsp tomato ketchup
50 gm cream
4 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Method:

1. Combine the red chillies, garlic, coriander seeds and ginger in a pan and sauté in oil (2 tbsp) for about 3-4 minutes or until the ingredients go soft.
2. Using a blender, blend until the above mix turns into a fine paste.
3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep pan and sauté the fenugreek and bay leaves for 1 minute. Add the potatoes. Sauté for another 2 minutes.
4. Add the paste and stir properly for about 5 minutes. Make sure the potatoes are thoroughly coated in the paste. Do not stir too hard otherwise you will end up mashing your potatoes.
5. Take off the heat and let them cool. Add the cream and mix well before serving. Serve hot (mild).

Quick Tip:

1. Do not boil the potatoes to the point where they begin to mash. Check by sticking a fork into them.
2. In case you have any extra paste left, this can be stored in the freezer for a fortnight.

Diwali Series – Part I

One of the most awaited festivals of the year is finally here. The smell of firecrackers*, twinkling diyas (butter lamps) and fairy lights, colourful rangolis (patterns made on the floor/ courtyard of every Indian household, from coloured rice, dry flours or flower petals), fresh mithais and (Indian sweets) and happy souls are all a beautiful reminder, that the Indian festival of lights ‘Diwali’ is on its way. The entire country and Indians all around the world come together to celebrate the historic victory of good over evil. Families and friends get together to wish each other, donning new attire and gorge on lavish, traditional feasts. Houses are decked up with gorgeous butter lamps, lanterns, ranglolis and traditional household items. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on the 23rd of October.
There’s something about this festival that makes me so happy. I’m not sure what it is, but I think it’s a culmination of a little bit of everything – friends and families coming together, dressing up, decorating your home, cooking for your loved ones, and sharing so much love and warm wishes. My sister and I have been making ranglolis and prettying the house with my Mum ever since I can remember, I think this is also another reason why this festival is so special to me, because it’s kind of “our thing”.

To know more about the festival, take a look here- http://www.diwalifestival.org

I’m hosting two dinners in the week for my friends and thought that this would be a great opportunity to share some of my recipes with you. Therefore, I came up the Diwali series. My first dinner was on Sunday, the 12th. Indian cuisine was on the menu.

Let’s start with the best item on the menu – the dessert! I used gourmet cook Asha Khatau’s recipe for this one.

This recipe serves 6-8.

Ingredients:

For the tart base:
50 gm cooking chocolate (dark)
50 gm butter
175 gm crushed digestive biscuits
2 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the mousse:
150 gm cooking chocolate (dark)
¼ cup fresh cream
1 tsp instant coffee powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup whipping cream
3 tbsp powdered sugar

Method:

For the base:
1. Place the chocolate, butter and cocoa powder in a container. Heat in a microwave for 1½ minute. Stir until smooth.
2. Lightly grease a 7” round, loose bottomed tin (I have a non-stick so I did not need to line it with butter paper) and set aside.
3. Grind the digestive biscuits and sugar together until you get fine crumbs.
4. Pour the melted chocolate mix into the biscuit crumb mix and stir together. You should get a nice, rich, wet sand like consistency.

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5. Stir this into the greased tin. Using a spatula or the back of a ramekin, press firmly into the base of the tin. Make sure the mixture is spread out evenly. It should also cover about 1 – 1½ inch of the sides of the tin.
6. Place it in the fridge to chill for 20-25 minutes.

For the mousse:
1. Take the instant coffee powder and dissolve it in 4 tbsp of boiling water.
2. Place the chocolate, fresh cream and coffee in a container. Heat in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
3. Add the vanilla essence, stir and then set it aside to cool.
4. Whip the cream with the powdered sugar until it forms soft peaks. Be sure not to over whip.
5. Fold it into the (cooled) chocolate mix.

Once the base has hardened in the fridge and the mousse is ready, pour it over the base. Cover it with cling film and keep it in the fridge to chill. It will need about 4 hours.

Take the dessert out of the fridge in about 2 hours should you wish to decorate it. I say this because you want to get this done whilst it still hasn’t set completely. You can top it with fresh berries and dust some sugar, whipping cream, sprinkles, edible gold dust, sugar flowers, chocolate curls, whatever you like. I topped mine with edible gold dust (courtesy Dr. Oetker), chocolate vermicelli and 4 delicate, edible sugar flowers.

Quick Tip:
Since this is an eggless dessert, the base tends to get a little hard. I recommend you take it out of the fridge 20 minutes prior to serving.

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Enjoy the sinfulness!

Do let me know what you think of this recipe.

*I strongly urge you to have a noiseless, firecracker-free Diwali this year. Not only do they harm the environment, but buying crackers also gives impetus to this industry that very unfortunately indulges in child labour.