Friday, 16 November 2018

Bombay Dessert Company Mahakali Mumbai Review | Vegetarian Fried Ice Cream Pancakes Milkshakes Waffles | Food Review

Situated in a part of Mumbai that does not feel like Mumbai at all (you will know what I mean when you go to Mahakali area!), Bombay Dessert Company is like an oasis in a dessert :D Small but cute, very bright and clean place with a menu full of desserts,desserts and more desserts. Service is fast, prices are very reasonable for quantity and quality, they are open till late for midnight dessert cravings and staff is very helpful in suggesting the best things from the menu.

The menu has something for everyone. Their specialties are Fried Ice creams and Stuffed little pancake bombs. Alongside there are bubble waffles and milkshakes too. Literally everything is utterly delicious. For someone like me with a sweet jaw, this is pure heaven. Even my sister who is not much into desserts 100% LOVED everything. We had-

-- NUTELLA BUBBLE WAFFLE- Soft (but not chewy) bubble shaped waffle, loads of nutella, loads of dark chocolate sauce, what is not to love! Can be served with ice cream too, their ice creams are very creamy and flavorful.

-- RED VELVET MINI PANCAKE- Mini round pancake bombs with full bodied (but not overly sugary) red velvet flavor, enveloped in generous white chocolate & caramel sauce, beautiful sweet-salty flavors, worked amazingly well. My sister loved this one.

-- BLUEBERRY MINI PANCAKE- Another round of small pancake bombs with fresh tangy blueberry flavor, enveloped in generous dark chocolate sauce & chocolate chips. MY FAVORITE. What a delight ♥

-- BANANA CARAMEL MILKSHAKE- Bananas, Caramel sauce, a bit of white chocolate, yummy in tummy :D Not overly cold, not overly sweet/sugary, just PERFECT.

-- PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE MILKSHAKE- The STAR for me. Peanut butter, brownie, a bit chunky, a lot dark, dense, mini-meal of sorts :D

-- JELLY STRAWBERRY FRICECREAM - Perfected the technique of fried ice creams, the coating does not overpower the ice cream at all, and they serve it nicely with all toppings in place. This one had delectable strawberry ice cream in a crispy fried ball alongside loads of jellies and sprinkles, making us feel like 9 year olds!

-- VANILLA NUTELLA FERRERO FRICECREAM - Subtle creamy vanilla ice cream in a crispy fried ball with loads of nutella & ferrero rocher pieces enveloping it, making it simple yet yummazing.

We  made a complete dinner of our invite here and can confidently say that this is THE place to be, for ages 9 to 99, this Hungry Hippo recommends whole-heartedly :)

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Aromas Cafe Powai Mumbai Review | Coffee Pizza Pasta Cheesecake And More | Food Review | Restaurant Review

Aromas is an established name in the world of coffee for almost a decade now. This Powai outlet was the first one I visited with my friends when I lived nearby and always had a nice coffee + gup-shup. Getting an invite to try out some of their food offerings too brought back all those college time memories :D

Prominently situated in Hiranandani Gardens Powai, this is pretty spacious outlet with loads of food & beverage options, healthy as well as calorific. Service is cool, staff is very helpful and the Chef himself was very accommodating when we told him we wanted something different from the pasta options provided to us in the bloggers special menu. A glance at price card shows it is standard for an outlet of this caliber in this city of Mumbai. Quantity & quality wise, no issues with either food or beverage :)

Tried and loved-

JALAPENO NUGGETS- Cheesy to the hilt, just a tinge of spiciness, served with thousand island dip, it was all delicious, a bit too cheesy but who complains about cheese,right? :D (Maybe add some corn or zucchini to add a little crunch)

WOODCUTTERS PIZZA- Thin base crunchy pizza with Spinach + Corn + Jalapenos + Sun-dried Tomatoes,  loved the balance of flavors in here. The sauce they used was spicy so every bite had a kick, usually I am not into spicy food but this was really good. 

AGLIO OLIO PEPPERONCINI - Spaghetti in very basic preparation with olive oil, generous inclusion of bell peppers, olives, jalapenos, garlic, smattering of parmesan cheese, it was utterly wholesome, healthy, delicious. My sister does not like Spaghetti at all and she devoured this because it was so simple yet so delectable! Aromas Cafe convinced my sister to devour Spaghetti, that is worth an extra star in itself :D

For beverages we had -
COLD COFFEE- Creamy, not icy, good,
NUTELLA COFFEE - Hot, soul soothing, goooooooood,

For dessert, we tried their BAKED CHEESECAKE and it was nice, the presentation was especially masterful.

Overall, Aromas stays on my list of places to make memories with friends, with a side of coffee and delicious food. This hungry hippo happily recommends :)

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Bakeology Mumbai Review | Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Healthy Nutritious Delicacies | Food Review

What to do when brain wants you to eat healthy but your heart says, 'Hey, it is Diwali, forget healthy because healthy means boring and tasteless'?

You land at Bakeology, Thane :)

Was here just prior to Diwali for a glimpse into how taste meets health in the most delectable way. Dr. Kasturi is on a mission and it is worth joining in. She started baking goodies for her little daughter, hoping to wean her away from fried/ junk/ artificial-flavors-laden stuff and pretty soon, not only her daughter but even her neighbors were hooked onto some unbelievably delicious yet superbly healthy baked goods. Yes, I am talking about cakes, nutella, cookies..a plethora of them. All this with-

NO Maida
NO Eggs
NO Butter
NO Sugar
NO Cream

Yup, imagine that. Baked goods that are sugar-free, gluten-free, made of ingredients such as Bajra, Jowar, Ragi, Honey, Almonds and more such nutritious ingredients. And when we tried some of them, we did not think, 'oh my God, what is this'. Rather we were delighted with  'oh dear God, how is this so good!'

We tried and utterly loved-

ENERGY BALLS- Oats, Flaxseeds, Coconut, Honey, Peanut Butter, Chia - true to their name, crunchy goodness),

HOMEMADE NUTELLA- This was 100% hazelnut, you realize what that means,right? The version we get in the market is barely 30-35% hazelnut. Imagine the difference. Clearly the winner of the afternoon for us. So dark and sinful, but no guilt at all because it is SUGAR-FREE (there is honey peoples) :D

NANKHATAI- Besan, Rawa, real Cranberries and Pista- delicious, no artificial flavor or excessive sugary aftertaste at all,

GLUTENFREE STAR LOAF- Made of mix of Ragi + Jowar + Bajra + Apple + Walnut + Cinnamon+ Coconut Crumble, my favorite :)

DARK CHOCOLATE BROOKIE- Brownie meets Cookie in this medley of Sea Salt Chocolate Brookie, niiiiiiiice :D

GRANOLA- My sister said this was the best granola she ever had, I wouldn't know because she finished it all alone :P Kidding, it was awesome. If you like granola, try this. If you don't like granola, try this. Just try this.

BANANA WALNUT CAKE- Base is made of Brown Rice but obviously we did not feel it any less delicious from any other banana cake we have ever had. Bananas, Walnuts, yum yum,

DARK CHOCOLATE LOAF - Ragi + Chocolate + Almond Meal + Choco-Chips + Almond Chunks, enough to make one salivate from memory,

Prices are a bit high because obviously only real ingredients are used, no shortcuts are used (no fillers, no sugar, no artificial colors etc.) and quality is top-notch. New recipes are being developed and you can always call Dr. Kasturi and place a personalized, customized order for your bakery needs. Bakeology delivers all over Mumbai and I know for sure where my next baked goods hamper is coming from :)