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Monday, 30 September 2019

Bangalore Street Club - Majja Maadi!

So Lido Mall has a new place where you can head to to catch a quick bite before a movie or enjoy a leisurely meal after your show has ended. Sounds intriguing now? Lets dive in.

Ambience and Concept
Located in place of the rather tepid TGIF on the first floor, this place has been completely revamped and looks really pretty and spacious. The inside seating is well-spaced out, brightly lit and comfortable. The outdoor seating is more subdued and is perfect for a dinner date or a quick drink with friends while soaking in the lovely Bangalore weather.

So this place aims to be a kind of a cross between casual restaurant and a food court. It has a variety of food options ranging from the regular kebabs, biryanis, dosas and idlis to more region specific food a with a few surprises thrown in as well for the more adventurous diners. There are several counters under different banners, a bar counter(no alcohol right now, but it is in the works) and even a retail therapy section. Whether the concept flies or not with diners, remains to be seen, but I was certainly intrigued. The core philosophy of this place being, anyone can casually walk in at pretty much any time of the day and enjoy a decent meal, translating loosely to Majja Maadi!

We ordered from across the counters to get a fair idea of the food all around. Here is a quick lowdown:

1.  Irani Salli Keema Pav: This was so surprisingly good.Crunchy butter toasted pav buns with a thick, meaty, slightly spicy meaty mutton keema which was cooked to perfection. Tender, but with a slight bite. Loved every bit of it and wiped the bowl of keema clean.

2. Telicherry Chicken Tikka: So this was almost like a malai kebab with a hint of spice. While cuisine for this region is famed for the use of black pepper,I didn't find any signs of that here. But leaving aside this fact, it was a pretty delicious dish.Soft, creamy and succulent.

3. Rava Fried Prawns: Another staple from the southern part of India,the trick in a rava-fried dish is to have a then, even and crisp layer of rava with the insides cooked perfectly. In this case, the prawns were beautifully cooked and the layer remained crisp. This one was superb!

4. Haleem Ke Kebab: Made out of melt in the mouth mutton mince, these kebabs transported me back to the shammi kebabs of the street of Lucknow. Very similar to a shammi,but even softer with the heady flavour of black cardommon standing out, I loved this dish.

5. Russell Street Mutton Biryani: This was supposed to be Kolkata Style Dum Biryani with the mandatory aloo and boiled egg. However, I didn't get either and it wasn't a dum biryani as well. It could probably pass-off as a Hyderabadi Biryani, but not a Kolkata Biryani for sure.Keeping the semantics aside, the mutton was well cooked and the spices were in check and not overpowering.

I went to this place, not expecting much in terms of beautiful, region-specific flavours, but just a slightly better version of your local mall food.It wasn't the case here. Most of the food was pretty close to authentic,or at least good flavours and they didn't cost a bomb. Good Pricing and Decent food make sure that this will be my pit-stop either before or after catching a movie at the Inox  above this. 

The Bangalore Street Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 11 March 2019

Oki Poki - By Mamagato

Maki Som Tam
It’s been a rough day and all you want to do is curl up in bed, switch on the AC, turn on Netflix and escape into a familiar world of fantasy, with chopsticks in hand as you dig into your favorite Dimsums, baos and Maki rolls. Oki-Poki to the rescue! Oki-Poki is Mamagato’s delivery-only offering and is a hassle free way to enjoy some authentic Asian favorites in the comfort of your home. Here is a quick review of some of the items that Mamagato was kind-enough to send me to experience their delivery-only menu.

peanuts thai salad
Som Tam Salad with Peanuts: Would you ever try a vegetarian, pan-Asian salad? If you do want to, this is what you should get and you will be presently surprised. A chiffonade of raw-papaya topped with cherry tomato, sweet, sour, salty and sweet, this was so good. It was served with toasted peanuts that you might want to top the salad with.

Prawn and Chive Dimsums: A Classic combination of beautifully cooked large chunks of juicy prawns and a mild-chive flavor. They were served with a couple of sauces, a Chinese vinegar sauce and a red-chili sauce. The Dimsums were excellently made, were large without being clumsy and tasted brilliant!
Portion: 6 Pieces

dimsum dumpling Pulled Pork Bao: A bao is easy to get wrong and might end up getting thick and chewy. None of those problems here. Perfectly-made baos with nicely-cooked pork shreds, and topped with a tangy, spicy flavorful Burmese curry.The sweetness of coconut milk, the beautiful fragnance of lemongrass and the punch of chili in the end, this curry/sauce took the dish to another level. If ever a bao had a companion, this would be it!
Portion: 2 Pieces

Burmese Curry
Maki: If you are a sushi-fanatic like me, or if you want to have your first taste of sushi, I suggest you start here. The sushi arrived in perfect condition (no-small feat, since these are so delicate and need special skill that they don’t disintegrate over a period, till they are delivered to you). This was served with chopsticks, traditional-japanese soya sauce and wasabi paste

SushiSmoked Salmon Maki: Beautifully smoked Salmon pieces with the umami of tobanjan(chili-bean sauce) and topped with toasted sesame seeds, this was an unusual combination that came together beautifully.
Portion: 8 Pieces

Monster Roll: This was more of a fusion roll, with salmon, prawn and tuna, topped with Japanese mayo and caviar-like pearls. A well-executed maki roll.
Portion: 8 Pieces

Verdict: An excellently curated menu, authentic preparations, beautiful craftsmanship and packaged expertly, this is a delivery-menu that will remain right at the top of my list for my pan-Asian needs. Be it for a romantic candlelight dinner at home or a hassle-free meal for your personal pleasure or just to hangout with your friends while lounging around at home, try it now and Thank me later! Highly recommended!
Oki Poki By Mamagoto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

P.S.: I wish they had some dessert options, and this menu would be perfection!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Savvy Home Parties with Social's #KiloDeal Menu


When it comes to getting food for parties, we are always left to compromise on either the quality of food or the taste. Social is one of those legendary places that needs no introduction and they want to bridge the gap  when it comes to quality food in bulk, home delivered without compromising on the taste or quality of food.This is a review of their newly launched 'KiloDeal Menu' which promises to do just that.

Whats the 'Kilo Deal' Menu?
This is a menu of some of our favourite Social dishes, and a few new ones which can be ordered 'By The Kilo'. The portion sizes include Aadha(1/2 Kilo), Pauna(3/4 Kilo) and Pura(1 Kilo). They can be ordered online or even picked up from your nearest Social.

What's the Big Deal?
The menu features a wide-range of our favorite Social Dishes like Jalapeno-Cheese Nads, Ghee-Roast Chicken, Luru Prawns, Death Wings, Butter-Chicken Biryani and so on, and super reasonable prices and excellent packaging, The food goes equally well if you want to have a fun-filled dinner party with only the main course, or just appetizers to go along with your drinks,

My Picks from the Menu:
Keema Pao: This versatile dish goes so well in a varity of situations and I love having a lovely-buttered pao with steaming hot keema.

Butter-Chicken Biryani: For people who don't want to get their hands dirty, this boneless version of butter chicken in a biryani format is absolutely mouthwatering. Definitely my favourite in the mains.

Chicken Kebab Magic: These are just so brilliant and a kilo of these babies were gone in a jiffy, and they went beautifully with our beers and cocktails. A must-order appetizer for non-vegetarians.

Jalapeno Cheese Nads: A hot favorite at the dine-in at Socials, this is one dish that I order for sure when my vegetarian friends are around(and sometimes, even when they are not). Cheesy, crunchy and a hit of spice, another excellent dish.

Koramangala Social Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoHot Tennessee Chicken Wings:Not a big fan of Chicken wings, but this dish blew that notion right out of the park. Tender, juicy wings in a delicious smoky sauce, this was another dish that I quite enjoyed.