28/04/15 Uncategorized

#NuvoFoodies binged in the world of Italian #foodfest at Four Points by Sheraton

The Asian Kitchen At Four Points by Sheraton in Navi Mumbai, hosted an Italian food festival from April 13th to 23rd, 2015. This festival offered a specially designed menu (a la carte) only for dinner over the two weeks.

Although, a specialty for Asian cuisine, the restaurant often experiments to offer something new for its customers (booked in the hotel) as well as the walk-ins. Italian fare – such as pasta, spaghetti’s, soups- are usually available on the regular menu these days; but Chef Mukul Jha at Asian Kitchen offered some stunning options especially for this festival. And it was a delight to see the chef being patient in battling queries from our guests (during the meal)!

The restaurant decor was in-sync with their festival campaign colors – red & green – with danglers, tent cards and floral arrangement. As we settled in, the exclusively designed menu cards were handed over for us to place our orders. Since our group was a mix of vegetarians and non-vegetarians, we decided to order small portions in soups, salads, antipasti & desserts.Seafood soup

In the soups, our bowls had – mixed seafood salad, Chicken soup with shitake & mushroom, Asparagus soup and clear vegetable soup. Our votes went out to seafood & asparagus. For salads, we loved the prawns salad (light & well cooked) and chicken salad (for its sheer creativity & taste).

 

For the mains we opted basis recommendations made by the chef, needless to say we were left wanting for more. The goat cheese with red onion marmalade was simply to die for – the combination tickled the taste buds to no end. The lemon glazed sea bass topped with salmon rosette & dill cream balanced the flavors brilliantly – especially the salmon rosette. Then followed the olive & rosemary crusted chicken breast, which was a nice change from the usual (chicken breast) preparations otherwise. The pork fillet warp with parma ham wasnt enjoyed so much though. We tried the pan seared fish as well.

Goat Cheese & Red onion marmalade  Raviolli

Garlic bread might sound ordinary, but let me tell you, on this table it was extinct within few minutes – soft and yet crunchy on the top – it was relished by one and all. The vegetarians also dug in the raviolli with spinach in pesto sauce – the sauce blended in well. And then the risotto in red wine sauce – a combination of slightly dry and yet moist enough.

Creme Brulee

When it was time to indulge, the desserts walked in, and mind you lots of them! The amazing option that filled our palates were – pannacotta (in 3 flavors & sugarfree), creme brulee (beautiful crust on top), Tiramisu and Gelato. Ordered one fav out of the menu – chocolate ice cream with chilies – this tingled the chilly affair after the chocolate made its way in. Must try from their regular menu.

 

By the time u read this, the Italian food festival would have been closed, but Asian Kitchen could be your go-to option when in Navi Mumbai.

On this #foodie journey we had our esteemed guests traveling from Mumbai (suburbs, SoBo) and from our little world Kharghar. Read what they had to say about it. (This review was conducted on April 17th, 2015)

Experts: Sanjay Punjabi Ginni Sharma Rhea Dalal Zeel Shah Chetan Bhatia

Zomato reviews:

https://www.zomato.com/review/OZAZzk

https://www.zomato.com/review/vklble

http://www.zoma.to/qZqlvB

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27/04/15 Uncategorized

#NuvoFoodies went out lounge parting to Coral Lounge

Ask anyone about Navaratna and you will get precise directions as well as recommendations on what should be ordered! This restaurant brand is more of a landmark to Navi Mumbai than anything else. And here is where they also house – Coral Lounge – your destination for music, food & bar.

We decided to begin our evening with Mojito, Whiskey Sour and Margarita with peach flavor. These classic Sundownercombinations kickstarted our evening beautifully. Looking pretty in a jar then came the Sundowner – a mix of orange, peach, lime & cranberry.

For the vegetarians, we tried Kurkuri – fried, filled with cheese, dipped in sweet sour sauce and served in shot glasses – which got savored in few minutes. We also liked the Paneer makhmali bharwan roll, unlike other paneer preparations this one was succulent from the word go. Rock corn tempura too found its way to our table, deep fried corn preparation with dips and chatni accompaniments.Veg Kurkuri

For the non-vegetarians, the spicy squid kalamari was absolutely loved, especially since it was fabulously fresh. The awadhi seekh kebab was delectable & well cooked, whereas the chicken dumplings were just the usual. Lastly we tried chicken sui mai, which was a good companion for our drinks on the table.Squids calamari

Wanna know more? Then read what our #foodie experts have to say:

Rhea Dalal and Manali Shah 

(This review was conducted on April 15th, 2015)

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15/04/15 Uncategorized

#NuvoFoodies hit the Vikings roof for some drinks over IPL

Housed on the 15th floor, just off the Sion-panvel expressway and closer to Sanpada station. Such a description for a lounge could be a let- down in a city like ours. But, the paths less taken are sometimes in for a delightful surprise. And so did Vikings, esp when the view wanders you over the twin city.

Vikings Lounge is a simple, yet undiscovered lounge in Navi Mumbai. It mixes up some impressive cocktails, offers simple restaurant-fare finger food and plays some brilliant foot-tapping music. So we decided to see what this place offers.

If u are an IPL fan, then u will enjoy the big screen, bar, lots of comfort food and music! Ensure you go there with a big group of friends and not get flustered by the locals. You can pick from an outdoor seating as well as comfy indoor seating or just by the bar.

Food for us for was simply an accompaniment as we enjoyed the concoctions from the bar. Although we began with our first mocktail, which successfully was the last one as we soon drifted towards the cocktails section.

Ginger Twist mocktail was an interesting choice filled with – ginger, lemon & litchi crush, cranberry juice and Malibu sunrise grenadine. The cocktails poured in soon enough! Pink Lips was a strong mix of vodka, whiskey, pineapple & orange juice with some grenadine. What knocked us out was the Vikings Bang Bang – five white spirits, dark rum, whiskey topped with red bull. But the Malibu sunrise somehow got more votes for being unique. peta dunia satelit . This one had – coconut rum, pineapple juice, dash of lime juice and some grenadine.

 

 

 

For the food hunger pangs we tried Blast chicken, Jhalki Paneer tikka (made in Assamese chillies), chicken barbeque pizza, Pasta with veges in red sauce (dry and could leave it out) and their signature dish called Cheese stuffed Chicken supreme (only for cheese lovers).

Cheese stuffed Chicken supreme      Jhalki paneer

The Vikings Lounge sits above a restaurant, so if you looking for more than finger food, go ahead and try their mughlai & chinese menu. Do join their facebook page more constant updates (thevikingslounge)

You wish to read more about the complete experience, then read what our experts had to say (who joined us at Vikings): Abhinav Singh  and Saba &Rohit from @hellotuckers

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