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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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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Off The Grid, Andheri West

Location and proximity from Station:

“Off The Grid” is located opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri West. This is just 5 minutes away from the DN Nagar Metro station and also 15 minutes away from Andheri Station depending on the traffic.So you can choose either ways where to travel from.

 

Ambiance and seating:

“Off The Grid” has it all. There’s outdoor seating for sheesha, a space for the dance floor with loud music and also a fine dining space for those who want to enjoy their meal. They can also house any day between 75-90 people easily.

 

Food and Drinks (Appetizers):

Firstly, we had a set menu for us with a lot of variety in appetizers right from chicken to pork to fish. Also a lot of variety in the drinks menu. Here’s the list mentioned below;

Black Scotsman: This drink just made my day. Served as whisky + caffeine, this was served in a stainless steel flask. Yes, that’s how you have your whisky. Taste wise it’s good.

Barbados Sunset: Served in a coconut colored and shaped glass, this drink has a fruity feel to it. This is a rum based drink and is sure on the sweeter side.

Blasting Injectors: It’s kind of a thing now to customize right? And to do it to the point that we get our drinks infused in a huge syringe. These injectors make this drink look really good. Taste wise decent.

Khichiya Nachos: Probably the best vegetarian appetizer. I liked this a lot. It’s perfect for a sharing plate and you’re bound to fight for it.

Tawa Fish: Too crispy and tasty. Probably there was less fish and more of crispness here. Not an issue with me as taste-wise it felt too good.

Spicy Jamaican Lamb Burger: Yes, they got it right. A Lamb burger usually does justice when the patty is made well and is juicy in the end. Also there should be no issues with eating it and chewing it too. It’s good.

OTG Tandoori Non Veg Platter: A platter like this ought to be ordered whenever there is a crowd of 3 and above. With a spread of chicken and seekh kebabs with green chutney and onions spiced, this can never go wrong. There’s a tasty, mildly spicy mix of kebabs here.

Murgh Kali Mirch Kukkad: One of the best dishes of the night. It had all the masala and the flavor for you to crave for more of it. More on the spicy side so order likewise.

Also, here are few more pictures for appetizers from “Off The Grid”.

Chicken Calzone – Fillings inside

 

Main Course:

Beer Bacon Risotto: The risotto here was amazing. The quantity of bacon too was very generous. Although the beer quotient overpowered the taste of the bacon, I still couldn’t get enough of it.

Steamed fish with soya ginger broth: Clearly the winner in this category. The steamed fish was made well and had a distinct taste. This went well with the rice and veggies served.

Chicken chettinad: This chicken gravy did a bit of justice as chettinad usually refers to more spice in the entire gravy. I could digest this one easily and maybe this can be made better next time.

King prawns ginger lemongrass: Firstly, I’m not a fan of prawns in general but the people around me enjoyed it a lot and I thought why not try it at least. Not a bad choice. It’s good.

 

Desserts:

3 Way baked yogurt: There are 3 layers to this baked yogurt. Commendable effort by the chef to get these 3 layers to be intact and with taste.

OTG Sunday Extravaganza: Really this one has a lot of taste, flavor and must remind you of a gadbad or a falooda with ice cream. But this Sunday extravaganza is more than that. Do try it out.

Conclusion:

Finally, “Off The Grid” does leave it’s mark on the audience. I only wish them to work on their cocktails right from the alcohol content to the ingredients also. Sometimes it’s an off day and it’s understandable but if the drinks are not good, then it kind of ruins the day.

Also, with the variety they’ve offered, there will be a crowd here always and they’re here to stay for a long time.

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