Friday 25 January 2019

The Bawa Kitchen | Delicious Vegetarian North Indian Food | Home Delivery | Food Review

Tried some delicacies from here for lunch today, and everything was absolutely delicious. Ofcourse some tweaks can always be made for improvement but overall, my family's experience was flawless for food from The Bawa Kitchen :)

Delivery was done an hour before time! Very polite and courteous delivery staff too. Packaging was very secure, food fresh and hot, everything properly labelled. Biryani came in an actual earthen pot! Brilliant. Quantity is very good. One portion of Biryani enough to fill 3 of us! Food was accompanied with extras such as kachumbar salad, garlic bread to give perfect dining experience. Prices very down to earth for quantity + quality. 

CLASSIC PANEER TIKKA + SAUFIYANI PANEER TIKKA- While classic paneer tikka is on spicier side, marinated in red paste of spices, the saufiyani one is on sweeter side with wonderful marination of yellow paste with saffron and cardamom. 8 pieces each. RECOMMENDED.

PANEER JALFREZI - Hearty paneer cooked in tomato based gravy with spices, mainly pepper. Nice.

VEG DO PYAAZA- Mixed veggies such as beans, carrots, brinjals cooked in spicy onion based gravy, DELICIOUS. 

Both gravies went very well with accompanying PHULKA, GARLIC NAAN and ROOMALI ROTI. My dad especially LOVED THE PHULKAS and said that they were exquisite.

VEG MATKI BIRYANI- Came in an actual matki, sealed shut with a band of atta on top to keep the spicy flavor intact. AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS. All the spices, veggies, everything was perfect. Real true blue biryani. Try this one for sure. Raita accompanying it was fresh and cooling.

This brilliant dining experience was topped off with GULAB JAMUN, they were delicious too. Nothing much to add here.

Based on our dining experience we can say that The Bawa Kitchen serves some delicious versions of classic Indian dishes that are loved by all. I personally thought that the oil content in the veg gravy was a bit much but my parents LOVED both the gravies so maybe I am in a minority here. I usually do not like much oil content but in general, when people talk of hearty North Indian or Punjabi style food, a lot of oil/ghee/butter is sort of expected. Who wants to count calories while partying, right? :D

We had quite a few heavy dishes but none to make our tummies feel uncomfortable. Shows the quality of ingredients used. All in all, excellent dining experience. The Bawa Kitchen comes 100% recommended from my family. Bon Appetit! 

Monday 14 January 2019

The Public Co. Vashi | European Comfort Food | Food Review | Restaurant Review

One of the best feelings about being a foodie is when you find a little gem unexpectedly. This is what happened with me at The Public Co. The review invite made it sound like majorly a drinking place and I don't drink, PLUS it is pretty far off from my home, so I almost did not visit here but my sister decided to drag me here on Saturday for lunch. Don't tell her this but she was right :P This did turn out to be pretty amazing find for us :)

Situated at Satra Mall, Vashi, The Public Co. is an ode to best of Europe. Spacious and bright (with lots of yellow color taking center-stage), the vibe is bright + happily laid-back. Huge bar. Yes, majorly a watering hole (as I suspected) with many offers on drinks, but a nice compact menu with sandwiches, burgers, soups, pasta, pizza, sizzlers, all with a promised flavor of Europe in there. Just think of comfort food and you are set here. 

Prices a bit on higher side. Portions are good, staff is very polite and helpful. Some dishes did take a long time coming but we did not mind since none of the staff were hovering around us, they let us chill and we soaked in some Dua Lipa and her new rules followed by Edward Sheeran's magnetic push and pull and Sia's Chandelier (rocking music) :D

Started off with SWEET FRESH LIME SODA, E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T, very refreshing,

-- SOUPS--

MINESTRONE- Italian soup, very mildly spicy, tomato based, little bits of veggies, garlic, onions, LOVED,

CORN AND CHEESE- My sister's FAV, creamy and thick corn + cheese mix, 2 bowls of this is enough as a light lunch, RECOMMENDED ♥


COTTAGE CHEESE MAMA ROSA- soft pieces of cottage cheese in mildly spicy rich tomato sauce, this was good,

VEG PLATTER - Big platter consisting of MAC & CHEESE NUGGETS, JALAPENO-CHEESE POPPERS, BROCCOLI-CHEESE CROQUETTES, ONION RINGS and GARLIC BREAD. Now, I am not much into heavily fried stuff. It all tastes the same to me. I liked the mac-cheese nuggets, garlic bread, so this platter for me personally was not great. BUT my sister who often parties with her friends said that this is EXACTLY the kind of platter one wants while drinking. So I am letting her be the judge of how good this platter was. I will not reorder it but apparently people want something like this at a watering hole, so go ahead, order it if you are drinking.

Oh, the platter came with 2 dips, those were amazing.


We were pretty full after hearty soup and big platter so even though I had my mind on trying a lot of other stuff, we just tried-

SPINACH LASAGNA- Easily, one of the BEST Lasagna we have ever had ♥ I would come back here just for the soups and this lasagna. Pasta sheets, perfectly layered with spinach, cheese, herbs, it is a simple dish that tastes magnificent. Mind-blowing, great dish. RECOMMENDED ♥

THAI GREEN CURRY- Spicy full-bodied creamy coconut-based Thai curry served with huge portion of steamed rice, very good, I liked that they did not unnecessarily add any sweetening flavor in the curry here. It was rustic good taste.


CHOCO LAVA CAKE- Chocolate enclosure cake with oozing molten lava, served with vanilla ice cream, I single-handedly demolished 75%,YUMMY :D

SIZZLING BROWNIE - Sizzling plate, Moist Brownie, Vanilla Ice cream, Chocolate Sauce, what's not to love ♥

Well, our long drive to and fro here was certainly worth it, 100% recommended for some hearty comfort food. Bon Appetit!