Bomra’s – a tranquil, understated gem in Goa

Our Goa trips are based on a simple philosophy – ‘Do not move even half a muscle more than what is absolutely necessary to perform essential bodily functions’. After exertions of a delayed Friday flight which lands in the wee hours of Saturday; we spend the entire weekend eating, lazing, sleeping and swimming, pretty much…

Mahesh Lunch Home – true staying power

Bombay seems to have a new restaurant opening almost every week. Being a food writer, I say this in all seriousness! In the whirlwind of new openings and events, it is easy to forget the older restaurants that have stood the test of time. Earlier in the week I decided to do something different and…

Fish n Bait – the new kid on Block G BKC

When the owner of Shiv Sagar, the most popular vegetarian chain of eateries in Mumbai who is also a partner at Mahesh Lunch Home, one of the most famous seafood restaurant chains, launches a new brand; the anticipation is palpable. I read about Fish n Bait on Little Black Book a few days ago and…

Smokehouse Deli…….an old favourite revisited

Smokehouse Deli is definitely my favourite among brands created by Impressario Hospitality. While it’s cousins like Salt Water Café are fancier, there is something about Smokehouse I have loved from Day 1. The outlets have never disappointed, be it a late lunch at BKC with 2 vegetarian colleagues who had no clue what to order;…

Goodfellas Kolkata……good fun!

GoodFellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese who is one of my favourite directors of all times. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The film narrates the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill, the first-person narrator in the film, and his friends over a period from 1955…

Garam Masala, Juhu – good things come in small packages

It was a rainy evening and my foodiest big brother, subsequently referred to as Dada, was in town. While the term ‘foodiest’ may not feature in any dictionary, it has to be coined because most members of my family live to eat and the ‘pecking order’ needs to be established before getting into the heart…

Buddha Bites – truly blessed

Buddha Bites is synonymous with extremely tasty and affordable Chinese food in the city of Kolkata. This is no mean feat given that some of the best Oriental restaurants in the country are located here, not to mention the very famous Chinatown at Tangra where every building houses a restaurant, some of which serve delectable food. …

Cafe Mezzuna, Kolkata – a happy place :-)

Bright, spacey and buzzing would easily describe Cafe Mezzuna, which has redefined casual dining in the city of Kolkata. An interesting mix of a coffee shop and sports bar, with lively music, drinks and great food, this is a restaurant of choice for many and one of the more popular youth hangouts in the city….