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It isn’t everyday that you get to meet famous chefs who’s cook books you’ve salivated over or who’s tv shows you’ve watched eagerly or who’s recipes you constantly source on youtube. So when the effervescent Rachel Allen popped into town for a charity dinner, I jumped at the chance to meet her. Having sampled some of her recipes on a week long menu curated by The Sassy Spoon ( they were hosting Rachel and her charity dinner) I thought what better way to showcase her food by sharing one of her recipes that I love. The food is normally the…

Restaurants that churn out top quality food for decades, over the years amass a strong legion of loyal fans.  Trattoria at the President hotel in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai is one such restaurant. For most of us this 24 hr coffee shop was a regular haunt at odd hours in the night to curb post partying hunger pangs. For many it was a great family restaurant but for every single loyal fan it was THE authority on authentic Italian food for the longest time. Trattoria had been recently shut for some time due to renovations and I for one have been…

Lower Parel, Mumbai and Todi Mills in particular have become home to the city’s new hot spots. Restaurants, bars or hangouts including Indigo deli, Moshe’s and California Pizza Kitchen are in the area. With Blue Frog and Busaba within Todi Mills this area has become the latest hub for restaurants,Cafe Zoe is the latest one on the list. Quite a task to get there, as it’s way inside the mill. I walked in and  was seated at one of their comfy couch tables. Once settled in I was able to look around and take in the space that is –…

The desperate need for a change of pace on the dining scene will definite have you taking extreme measures. In this case a group of southerners heading north of the bridge – fed up with the usual suspects and hungry for something new ( no pun intended) we hobbled along to explore. On this bustling busy Saturday night packed with traffic I found myself and my tasting troops at the doors of Bandra’s hot Italian joint, Cafe Mangii. Not sure what to expect I walk in and find myself cringing at the decibel level.  The place is packed with waiter’s…

I’m currently reading The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, about social changes in Sicilian life in the 1860’s. The Prince of Salina, a Sicilian nobleman who is caught between his aristocratic life, loyalty to tradition. A time when Italy was ruled by different princely states and the process of unification had just begun. The book is a classic and recommended to me not for its documentation of history exactly as it happened (the author of the book was the great grand child of the late prince of Salina, who the book is based on) but for the detailed…

When you walk into Indigo Deli at the Palladium Mall, Lower Parel, you notice a number of things. It’s got a little shopping counter at the entrance for all your quirky kitchen buys. As well as many deli counters with meats and cheeses, salads and an enticing dessert counter to choose from. It has an open kitchen with the novelty of watching chefs’ bustle about preparing your meal. With the waiters waltzing up and down the aisles, all I can think is wow it’s busy! This isn’t my first visit to Indigo Deli at Parel, but I’m partial to their…