Sunday, July 7, 2013

50 Shades of Blue...

Review: Dome, Intercontinental

The Dome at Intercontinental easily has the most enviable view in Mumbai. And the monsoon sky just adds to its serenity. Plush white sofas, a musician playing some soulful tunes on his flute and the sound of the waves, my idea of heaven!

I begin with a Watermelon Mojito – chunks of watermelon getting stuck in my straw not a very pretty sight, not a very great drink either!

Watermelon Mojito
The Popiah Rolls – spring rolls filled with asparagus, water chestnuts and cream cheese served with this hearty dip. Yum!

I order for the next drink option, the Chamomile Martini – This has to be THE BEST DRINK I have ever tasted. Beautiful, light and fragrant. Combined with the view? What can I say my idea of heaven...
The Shrimp Tempura
The Shrimp Tempura – crunchy battered prawns. Tasted good but were too soaked in oil

Bamboo Squid Twists

The Bamboo Squid Twists – you know when squid is overdone, it just gets too chewy

Sliced Tenderloin Teriyaki 

The Sliced Tenderloin Teriyaki – thin shavings of beef rolled around peppers topped with that delicate Japanese sauce, sesame seeds and spring onions. Divine! My most recommended after the martini.

The Three Ways Potato Platter – potato patties & wedges lacked flavor and zing

Vietnamese Basa

The Vietnamese Basa – Beautiful succulent fish chunks flavoured with lemongrass

Chicken Sate

Chicken Sate – The usual

Flamed Grilled Shishito Peppers

Flamed Grilled Shishito Peppers – Hot peppers with molten cheese in the middle. Very Yummy

Corn on Cob – you rather not spend 700/- on this

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian Sushi – Not so great, the rice and vegetables didn’t quite come together
The Chamomile Martini & Beef Teriyaki - A Must Have

On an average one starter & one drink would cost around Rs 1500 plus taxes at Dome

Food: Good
Ambience:  Divine
Service: Helpful

Quick Tip: After a hard day’s work, this is place you can come get a drink sit of the plush sofa’s face the sea and watch the world go by...

The Co-ordinates:
The Dome
Where: Hotel Intercontinental, Roof Top, 135, Netaji Subhash Road, Marine Drive, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Tring Tring: 022 39879999
Timings: 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Food Type: Bar Food

Payment Methods: Visa, Master, Cash, Credit Card Accepted

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hungry? Dial Ate-Oh-Ate

Review: Ate-Oh- Ate

“No rules! We just wanted to have fun with food” says Gaurav Dabrai of Under The Banyan Tree fame who started a takeout/delivery place called Ate-Oh-Ate two years ago. The kitchen is located out of Tardeo and managed by the brother duo - Gaurav & Siddarth Dabrai.

They have just come up with a new menu with dishes like 'Ching Chong' Pasta – pasta from the east and No Name, yup that’s what the dish is called NO NAME. This all vegetarian place boasts of some quirky dishes and most of all regular patrons. Sadly delivery is limited to Tardeo, Breach Candy, Mumbai Central and areas around.

Some of the dishes I tried were -

Twice Baked Mushrooms – baked mushroom heads stuffed with cheese and peppers. Quite good
Yellow Thai Curry Rice
Yellow Thai Curry Rice – Piquant coconut based curry, even though vegetarian Thai Curry is an oxymoron this one is actually good and my favourite!

No Name
No Name – Yup this is a quesadilla meets lasagna topped with tomato concasse filled with mushrooms, peppers. Yummy.

Lasagna Exotica

Then was the Lasagna Exotica – beautiful silky sheets of pasta layered over a bed a mix veggies topped with this acerbic buerre noisette - butter cooked with basil till it becomes brown and exudes a nutty flavour. There are very few people who serve dishes to such precision & Ate-Oh-Ate is one of them!

Mushroom Stroganoff – a creamy mushroom gravy served with steamed rice. While the dish missed the white wine, it was flavourful.

The Fettuccine in Curry Sauce – Believe me I am not believer fusion cuisine but this dish had a beautiful zesty coconut flavor to it. A must try!

On an average quite reasonably priced, a meal for 2 would cost anywhere between Rs 400-500.

I just wish they would start delivering to other parts or open more outlets.


Food: Good

Quick Tip: If you stay around the area, do not miss the chance to treat yourself  to hearty soulful meal from Ate-Oh-Ate. Me? I am just praying they start in Colaba soon... 

The Co-ordinates:

Where: Maniyar, Tardeo, Mumbai
Tring Tring:  - 022 23548808, +91 9819008808 
Timings: 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Food Type: Multi-Cuisine
Only Delivery in Mahalakshmi, Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Breach Candy, Kemps Corner

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