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Friday, September 07, 2018

Mexican flavours

An all-veg quick service restaurant in Mumbai offers authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices,  says Tanmaya Vyas

Words like Buritto, Tortila, Tacos and Nachos are part of every menu of a multi-cuisine restaurant in the city. The words are names of Mexican delicacies and have found a wide audience in India. However, there was no stand-alone Mexican restaurant in Mumbai, till the New York Burrito Company started recently.

Another addition to the line of restaurants by the shore of Girgaum Chowpatty, New York Burrito Company has simple décor, a friendly ambience and a different menu. A Quick Service Restaurant (QSR), this restaurant caters to people who love to try varied cuisines.

Our meal began with a drink and starters. Apart from the regular Colas, the beverage menu has only two distinct options—a dragon fruit-based and a hibiscus flavoured drink. A break from the routine of mojitos, both the drinks are recommended if you are looking for something different. The starters were Cheesy Nachos. Hard shell as well as soft shell tacos, moderately spiced, will certainly suit the Indian appetite and taste buds. As the proprietor, Senil Shah observes: “Mexican cuisine is close to the Indian one, as the ingredients are similar—be it rice or beans. Thus, there is an instant connect for Indians.”

Their most sought-after item on the menu is the Buritto Bowl, which comes in both Jain and Non-Jain variants and is apparently lapped up by patrons. You can make your own burrito and burrito bowl by picking between different bases like brown rice, white rice, fajitas, Pinto beans or black beans and then select from a range of appetising sauces like salsa de queso, salsa verde, salsa roja, salsa fresca, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and mayo sauce, which can be lastly topped off with lettuce, jalapeños, green chilles and ensalada de maiz, which are unlimited.

The Jain variant has no garlic or onion, yet retains the original flavour of the recipe. We have had 100% vegetarian Italian joints and now we have this 100% vegetarian Mexican joint. If you ponder why, here is what the owner had to say, “Two of the physical outlets are in Ghatkopar and Charni Road, predominantly Jain neighbourhoods. And today, increasingly people are choosing to be vegetarians.”

The restaurant imports its avocado from Peru, its dragonfruit from Cambodia and some of their ingredients are all freshly sourced from home-grown farms—all this but the prices are not over the roof! “We tried the local produce, but the taste was nothing close to the original. The greasiness of avacados is its prime feature. And guacamole, a dip made of avocado, is the signature dish from the Mexican heartland; we could not have taken a risk with that,” shared Senil.

What the menu currently lacks is dessert. The owner and the chef are in the process of introducing two desserts. One would be a chocolate-based regular like a mousse or pastry and the other, a traditional Mexican dessert called tres leches cake, a sponge cake based dessert soaked in three kinds of milk and fruits. Again to suit the Jain palette, the cake is eggless.

Curating this scrumptious menu is Chef Delio Armin Puerto Ceballos, who was born and brought up in Mexico, giving this food authenticity.

Pluses Authentic Mexican cuisine, reasonably priced

Minuses Limited beverage menu, not suitable for sit-down dinner

Price Rs 600 for two

Locations Charni Road, Ghatkopar east and Santacruz East


Shravan food 

This Shravan indulge yourself in the exotic vegetarian buffet at the Shravani Mandi festival at Banjara, the multi-cuisine restaurant in Andheri east. Try the new Mongolian live counter and select the vegetable of your choice along with rice or noodles for the chef to make it fresh on the griller. The highlight of the buffet is the special Upawas menu which offers authentic dishes like Sabudana Khichadi, Batachi Khichadi, Nachni che thalpit and much more.

Where Banjara Restaurant, 34/21, Central Road, MIDC, Andheri East,

When Upto September 16

Price Veg Buffet - Brunch (Rs 799+), Lunch (Rs 599+), Dinner (Rs 699+) + Taxes.

Malad's newest pub

If you are in Malad, check out Sir Drinksalot residence, which promises a door to ‘royal fun’ and your very own ‘house party’. With phases of Sir’s ageing transitions, the pub depicts the definition of ‘have a good time’ from youth to old age, the people behind the venture say. The food menu showcases multi-cuisine dishes from favourite bar bites and snacks, delicious Oriental mains and Indian delicacies to classic Italian cuisine and indulgent desserts. Try the signature cocktails such as the Muksy, Berry Fizz, The Journey, The Lawn and more to kick start your evening. Spread across two levels, the Drinksalot residence is where the music blasts and you can dance away.

Where Shop 1 to 5, Opposite Dhiraj Kiran Apartment, Ahimsa Marg, Malad West,

When 12 noon to 3 am

Contact 022 30151833

Keto menu

The Keto diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet, which allows you to consume all the foods that make meals actually taste better, like cheese and butter! Door No.1’s vegetarian and non-vegetarian keto food options includes delicious dishes like Caesar Salad with Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Mushroom, Sauteed Mushroom Chili, Lahori Paneer Tikka, Paneer Sholay Kebab, Cheese Masala Omelette, Grilled Chilli Chicken, Chicken Sholay Kebab, Lamb Seekh Kebab with stuffed cheese and Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce.

Where Door No 1, Bandra West

When September onwards

Bottomless Sangria 

266 - The Wine Room and Bar is serving bottomless Sangria at Rs 1200++ all week long. The Strawberry Sangria is a mix of Strawberry Wine and Vodka, and the Peach Sangria is made of Peach Wine and Scotch, while the Red and White Wine Sangria are the classics. Accompany these with nibbles and salads such as Quinoa, Caprese, Lotus stem crisps, Patatas Bravas and The 266 Charcuterie & Cheese Board.

What Bottomless Sangria's at 266 - The Wine Room and Bar. 

Where 266 - The Wine Room and Bar, 266 Linking Road, Bandra West (Next to Shopper’s Stop)

When Monday to Sunday, 4:00 pm to 12:00 am

Contact 08879101350

A hearty breakfast

Jamjar Diner at Bandra launches their all-new ‘JJ’s Hearty Breakfast Menu’ featuring combinations like Breakfast of Champions, Lucha Libre, Levantine Love, Healthy Body Healthy Mind, Hangover Helper and Sweet Tooth Supreme. So if you’re having a hasty start, or a hangover that’s tearing you apart, the JJ’s Hearty Breakfast menu at Jamjar Diner promises to add a ray of sunshine to your day.

Where Jamjar Diner, Gazebo House, 133, Hill Road, Bandra (West),

When Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 12 noon

Contact 022 26415555

Dessert cart

Founded by Sharmeen Indorewala, The Parfait Co. is India’s (and the world’s) first packaged French Parfait brand. French Parfait is a cold dessert like ice-cream but is richer in texture and flavour. Traditionally, it is made with four ingredients – egg, sugar, cream, and a flavour. The Parfait Co also offers egg-free parfait. The Dessert Cart is a customisable, bespoke cart stocked with as many tubs of parfaits as needed. They will decorate the cart (at an additional fee) or recommend a designer who can work as per the customer’s brief. The cart can be placed in any venue. Pricing is based on the brief shared by the customer.

For more information and to book

Contact 09920029229,

A French patisserie

Cocoamaya, a French Patisserie in Saki Naka has a 1200 sq. ft. central kitchen where they bake French pastries, melt-in-your-mouth breads and and warm croissants every day. Cocoamaya is known to combine unique flavours and put them in one dessert like the Framboise et Fruit De La Passion, which is a unique amalgamation of cheesecake, raspberry compote and passion fruit curd. Their signature pastry takes one flavour and gives it different textures—five layers of 72% dark chocolate such as dark chocolate fondant, crispy praline, gianduja ganache, dark chocolate mousse and chocolate glaze with a dust of edible gold.

Where Shivai Dongre Industrial Premises, Andheri Kurla Road, Sakinaka, Mumbai Near Sakinaka Metro Station

When Monday to Sunday; 11 am to 11 pm

Contact 022 28566666, 022 28565999

Eggless treats

Le 15 Patisserie has introduced an eggless dessert menu for the festive season. The menu includes cupcakes (Rs 75 plus taxes each) such as Hazelnut Cappuccino; Chai and Milk Chocolate (with a Marie biscuit crumb); and Orange and Dark Chocolate. Also available are Chocolate Caramel Squares (Rs 75 plus taxes each); and Caramelized White Chocolate Truffles Rs 60 plus taxes each).

The new, eggless desserts are available at all Le 15 Patisserie stores and via delivery portals (Scootsy, Swiggy, Uber Eats).

Where Le 15 Patisserie

Bandra | Palladium Mall (Lower Parel) | Andheri

Contact To pre-order, 098204 87727 / 09769286544 or email: .

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