Visiting Sahara Star has always been a pleasant experience. It always has this positive vibe that adds as a catalyst to my happiness. They happen to showcase food festivals all throughout the year. This is good for any foodie who loves, breathes and looks for new cuisines to devour.

The Earth Plate is now showcasing a new food festival; “Streets of India” where they have on display food from a variety of streets in India like Hyderabad, Mathura, Amritsari, Mumbai, Kolkatta, South India etc You will find a variety of food + desserts to choose from.

We tried a few items which were nothing short of amazing. I made it a point to try most of the items that I have never tried because devouring all the food would take me 2 days at least. Anyway, here are some of the classics I tried;

This is the Aloo Chaat from the “Mathura Chaat” stall. I have always wanted to visit north India only for the food they serve. This is because I believe their street food there is second to none. The variety is also something that stands out from the rest. They have a live counter where the chaat is prepared.

Next, we tried the “Kheema Tawa” live counter. Here you can find different meat like Boti, Kaleja, Bheja, Gurda etc which will be prepared live on tawa and then served with sliced onions and fried Pav. I tried the Boti and Bheja and yes, it was prepared really well.

Next, we tried the counter with the cold cuts. Here the frozen items were kept on display and you could choose as per your preference. From fish, chicken and lamb, I opted for butter garlic prawns and herbed spiced lamb. This was prepared and served with 3 different dips. As usual, my love for lamb was justified. They prepared it well. When it comes to cooking lamb, beef and pork, if you don’t cook it well, the result is not good. Here, I can happily say they have done a good job.

Post this, we visited the Kolkata stall. I have always adored Kolkata and the people there. They are calm, chilled out and have some amazing food varieties. The momos and paranthas and tea is exceptional. Here at the food festival, we tried chicken momos which were decent enough and we tried the mughlai chicken parantha. This is highly recommended. They serve this with mustard sauce and the result is amazing.

They also had a Lucknow stall which had all the kebabs you could find. Veg or Non veg, they have all of it on the skewers waiting for you to choose. I tried the Chicken Zaffrani Kebab which is termed to be masaledaar and a bit spicy. I loved it. It felt like we were getting lucky with our choices. But I didn’t mind.

Moving from counter to counter and choosing the next cuisine was really a tough task. With such a huge spread, it can get confusing as to what you want to eat next! Anyways, we narrowed it down to the “Appam and Dosa” stall next which is the specialty of South India. We tried the chicken appam served with chutney. As usual, it’s made really well. Requesting you to have this immediately as if kept for long, the appam tends to get hard and it’s not good then.

At the end of this, we went on to try the spread for desserts. They have a huge variety with over 25 options. There is a stall separately just for jalebi and rabdi. Yes, and it is totally worth it. Below you can find pictures of few of the desserts that I happened to try!

Blueberry cheesecake

 

Malpua

 

Kesar special

 

 

Macaron special

Apart from this, they have a good set of options for mocktails like the pink guava, blue curacao, buttermilk, jaljeera and lassi for the end of the meal.

Notably, for a price set at 1999+tax per person this is a steal of a deal. Unfortunately this ends on 15th August 2018 which is just 3 days from tomorrow. Hence I urge you to go ahead and have your fill of street food all over India. You will not be disappointed. They have something for everyone. Taste wise, this is an event you must not miss.

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For those who love Tea and swear by it are very happy as there are many outlets opening up with tea as their primary USP. MusTea is also one of those who swear by their love for not only tea but also snacks. They open up by 8am. Currently planning to open up earlier than usual.

They have a variety of tea and also a lot of options with regards to snacks like sandwiches, omelettes, desi options like poha, idli, missal, vada etc.

Tea is delivered like this!

Location and proximity from Station:

This one’s not too hard to find. It’s a 5-7 minute walk from JB Nagar metro station. 15 minutes from Andheri Station. Located in the by-lane of Kondivita, the nearest landmark to this would be the hotel Apna Dhaba.

 

Ambiance and seating:

MusTea is a small place and can easily seat 10-12 people maximum. The place is air conditioned. There’s no space congestion as such. The staff is courteous and will respond well to your questions too.

 

Tea and Snacks:

Yes, we were spoilt for options. My friend Mike had just returned from Bangalore that very afternoon and I got him along me for some tea and snacks. We tried 3 types of tea along with few snacks. Here’s what we had:

Kesar Tea with cookies: A clear winner. The aroma, the taste and yes it’s really hot. That’s how I like my Tea. The 2 cookies given alongside really compliment the overall feel. I must recommend this.

 

Mint Tea with cookies: Another clear favorite. Suggested by them, we tried this one and we thanked them for this choice. The taste is too good and for those who like pudina, this one’s a definite recommend.

 

Oolang Tea: Oolang here is full of antioxidants and gives you more of a green tea and healthy feeling. My friend didn’t like it much. I found it okay. It’s all about the acquired taste in the end.

 

They have almost 30 types of tea serving (with/without milk). You’ll be spoiled for choices.

 

Cheese Bun Maska: How can you miss having tea without bun maska. Here, they’ve gone a step further and added cheese. The overall impact? Yes, it’s fantastic. My friend loves cheese and went bonkers over this and every other dish with cheese.

Please note that there are a lot of snacking options available for you to enjoy your tea with. We tried the bun maska. You can try many other choices too.

 

Chicken Samosa: Yes, the chicken samosa. It was funny when we heard about it but on their insistence, we gave it a shot. I’m impressed. The bits of chicken with our regular samosa fit in well and we did like it.

 

MusTea’s signature omelette: They have a wide range of omelettes. It’s amazing. We were confused as to what to try and they again suggested their signature omelette. This one’s made with a lot of precision and with different layers. Makes you feel like you’re having a sandwich! And yes, there’s a lot of cheese too. This is served with partly fried bread. The 2nd best dish of the day!

 

Chicken Wrap: The chicken wrap here is very decent. The plus point is the quantity. I’m sure you’ll be full after you’re done with one full wrap! This is served along with wafers and veggies!

 

Mushroom on Toast: The best dish of the day. Mushroom on toast is an open faced sandwich with a lot of mushroom and cheese. God these guys love cheese too. Anyway, it’s our gain that they like cheese too. It’s really good.

 

Conclusion:

To conclude, I wish they had a lot of space but it’s alright as they deliver to the nearby places and a lot of corporate offices too. They deliver tea and snacks. From where I stand, that’s a win win! They have a reasonably priced menu and a lot of options in their menu. I’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t find something that they don’t like here. Cheers to MusTea.

 

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The Thai food festival is on at the Red Olives multi restaurant in Powai from the 1st to 15th September 2017.

There’s a menu curated just for these 15 days and the food is worth it.

Location and proximity from Station:

This is located at Hiranandani in Powai. It’s quite at the center if I must say. Although it’s almost a 15-20 minute rickshaw ride away from either Ghatkopar station or from Saki naka metro station.

Ambiance and seating:

The place has good vibes and I liked the ambiance. There’s ample of seating available for almost 70 people. Also I was amazed to see more crowd on a Saturday afternoon than usual weekdays when this place is packed with teams coming for corporate lunch.

 

Food and Drinks (Appetizers):

We began with few mock-tails in the menu. We tried the mandarin mojito, kiwi and kokam and also the Red Olives special. While I liked all the three due to their flavors, the best one had to be the Mandarin mojito. It’s a recommend.

 

 

 

 

Soups :

Tom tum (Chicken) – Spicy chicken soup with lemongrass. I must say, this is a delight for those who are a bit unwell and also for those who like their soups with more spice.

Tom Yom Talay – A coconut and tamarind flavored fish soup. The thickness in the coconut soup was amazing. For the first time, I preferred the fish rather than the chicken soup.

Pho Pia Kung – I am not a person who likes prawns. But I did try these spicy thai prawn rolls. They look tiny but taste good.

Ki Satae – Chicken satay with peanut sauce. Yes, I never thought this combination would go so well but it did. It’s amazing.

Khek pla – These fish cakes have a decent taste and you can try it with the dip provided. There’s nothing too good nor bad about this.

Main Course:

Chicken Thai curry with steam/jasmine rice – I ought to try the green curry always. So when I’m at the Thai festival, there’s no way I’m missing it. Here, the Thai curry is indeed amazing and I can recommend you to try this. Easily the best dish of the day.

Phat Thai Sho Wong : This one’s a combination of fried rice and noodles with prawns and vegetables. Well I’m not a prawns fan but the dish was decent. A bit of tangy feeling but I’m sure that can be dealt with.

Desserts:

Orange and kafir panacotta – The panacotta in general was good but took a bit of effort to have. Yes, there was a lot of taste but maybe an off day for them. Could get way better.

Tapioca start-fruit pudding : This one had tapioca pearls and starfruit puree which made this a dessert to try for sure. There’s a lot of sweetness here.

Mango and toasted coconut cheesecake : The best dessert of the day. This mango and coconut flavored cheesecake is worth fighting for. There’s flavor, there’s a lot of sweet and yes, please do try it.

Conclusion:

Overall, this food festival is worth trying and must not be missed. There’s still another week to go for this and I urge you to try this. It’s new and different from what we try usually.

 

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