Best dark chocolate in India

The Nation wants to know… How much dark chocolate can I eat every day?

One bite of chocolate a day can keep the doctor far away!

History states chocolate is the food of gods. Yes, I felt like one when munching on my favorite chocolate. I am a chocolate lover, but it surprises people when I say I tried my first dark chocolate only a decade ago.

I tried this chocolate with a friend and instantly hated it. My god, the hate I had for that person was surprising. How could somebody spew hate in chocolate? That thought ran through my mind for the next few days.

Finally, after two or three attempts, I started liking this dark bitter chocolate. It actually is an acquired taste.

Do you know why does dark chocolate has a bitter taste?

Flavanol is a plant chemical present in cacao beans. This is the reason dark chocolates have a bitter taste.

Whether you are looking for a chocolate gift pack, hamper, or basket, add this chocolate to it as it is healthy. Yes, you heard it right! The health benefits of dark chocolate are clear with regular consumption. I know what some will do after reading this line.

Yay, I will have this chocolate every day.

Please don’t be this type of person. An average dark chocolate bar has over 600+ calories. Consuming this daily will do more harm than good for your health.

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How much dark chocolate can I eat every day?

As per studies, 1.6 ounces (25 to 50 grams) of a dark bitter chocolate bar are good enough for daily consumption. Square-wise, have one piece per day.

But is dark chocolate good for weight loss, heart, skin, high blood pressure, and diabetes? Many studies show the benefits of this chocolate. I will list a few benefits of having an ounce of this chocolate every day.

Best dark chocolate in India

1. Nutrition:

Let’s get straight to the point. An ounce of dark chocolate (70 to 85% cacao) fulfills over 50% of the daily value for iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, and other minerals.

2. Diabetes & Lower Blood Pressure:

Flavanols in this bitter chocolate reduce risk factors related to insulin resistance. This chocolate also has anti-hypertensive properties that help in lowering blood pressure.

3. Protects your heart:

Consuming this chocolate offers anti-inflammatory effects that protect your heart from cardiovascular diseases.

How to choose the best dark chocolate in India?

Let’s keep it simple. There are few ingredients for any dark chocolate flavor. Look for one which has no trans fat and less sugar. If you are going for a specific flavor, find dark organic chocolates. This way, you know the flavors are not artificial.

Bee Tee's Melt - Best Dark Chocolate in India

Nowadays, I am focusing on finding the best artisan chocolate and bean-to-bar chocolate brands in India. Bee Tee’s Melt is one such brand that fits my requirements.

They source beans through artisans, cacao farmers locally in Kerala and internationally in Vietnam. Right from roasting, grinding, molding, and packing – They do it all. I tried a few options, and I’m impressed. I’m sure you will be too. Check out all their chocolate options on their website.

Bee Tee's Melt - Best Dark Chocolate in India

References:

WebMD

Sheesha Sky Lounge Juhu - The best sheesha restaurant in Mumbai

Sheesha Sky Lounge Juhu – The best sheesha restaurant in Mumbai

It’s been almost 10 months since I last wrote a review for a restaurant. Sheesha Sky Lounge in Juhu perhaps is the first place since lock down that I’ve visited for dine-in.

About the place – Sheesha Sky Lounge is a place for foodies who love lip-smacking food, sip some good cocktails, and smoke sheesha! They can seat up to 100 people that show how spacious the place is. This place has existed for a very long time and many consider this to be,

1. Top 10 restaurants in Mumbai for sheesha

2. The best sheesha restaurant in Mumbai

3. One of the most famous restaurant in Mumbai, and finally,

4. Perhaps one of the best restaurant in Mumbai for dinner.

Yes, the last one might confuse you but after reading my review, you’ll know why this is not just a sheesha place but is quite more than that.

Safety measures – The staff in this Sheesha Juhu restaurant wears masks, maintains distance, and they have a sanitizer on each table. The same applies to the Sheesha lounge in Veera Desai and Sheesha Bandra too.

Sheesha Sky Lounge Juhu Bandra Andheri

Apart from this, they have a huge space and ensure that not everyone gets cramped up. Each table has enough distance and hence you can also consider this to be one of the best restaurant in Mumbai for couples.

Location – It’s situated near Juhu Church and close to Juhu Beach. It’s a 10-15 minute rickshaw ride from both Andheri and Vile Parle station (depending on traffic).

Here’s what we tried on our visit to the best sheesha restaurant in Mumbai:

Mocktails – We had 3 cocktails namely – Spicy Guava, a Watermelon cooler, and Blue Lagoon. Out of these, I found the Spicy Guava to be an amazing drink. It packed a punch.

I will only recommend it for those who love spice and masala!If you’re looking for a tastier option, a watermelon cooler is perfect. For those who love a sweet mocktail, go for the blue lagoon.

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Food – We tried 2 appetizers and 2 mains:

Appetizers:

Gosht Barra Chaap – Perhaps the best choice came from the staff. We tried this variant that was well cooked, marinated with spices, and tastes so so good. It is not sweet at all and is good for those who love medium spicy meat appetizers.

Sheesha Sky Lounge Juhu - The best sheesha restaurant in Mumbai

Murgh Tangdi Kulfi Kebab – Chicken drumsticks are wrapped in silver foil, marinated with cheese, cream, and infused with black peppers. The result is a creamy, tasty chicken appetizer. Yes, this is not spicy at all and is more on the creamy and sweet side. But it is damn filling.

Mains:

Daal Fry – Daal has never felt so good. They’ve made it well and this was purely ordered as a companion to our main course in mutton. While we opted for the yellow daal, you can go for the Kaali daal as the staff recommends it.

Gosht Tawa Barra – This one’s a Lucknow special. Expect a thick gravy that includes minced lamb kebab, along with ginger, and other spices. This is not a sweet gravy but it tastes so good. You’ll surely love it.

For the mains, we tried both garlic and butter naan. Both were amazing and if you’re not a fan of naan, you can opt for rice variants like steam rice, jeera rice, pulao, etc.

Desserts – In desserts, they have just 2 options namely – Gulab Jamun and Phirni. Starting with the Jamun, it was hot, it was sweet, and yes it’s worth your money. Next up is Phirni which was mildly sweet, creamy, and the best I’ve had in a while. So if you love phirni, do not miss ordering it from here.

Sheesha Sky Lounge Juhu Bandra Andheri West
Sheesha Sky Lounge Juhu Bandra Andheri West

Sheesha – They have amazing sheesha that’s served as follows:

Happy Hours Price between 12 pm – 6 pm = 599 rupees (with taxes)

Price from 6 pm onward – 999 (with taxes)

Now you know why they are called as the best sheesha restaurant in Mumbai

My overall verdict:

The quality of food and mocktails is good. The staff is knowledgeable and is always waiting to give you the best of service. They also have good sheesha, and it’s a space for small and large groups alike. So head here and have a great time.

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Dineout GIRF - Best Food subscription in India 2020

Eat, Save, Repeat with the Great Indian Restaurant Festival via Dineout

Whether its inflation or the great depression, people will always spend on good food. As we have been noticing since the past few years, the food industry has grown to higher standards.

There are niche restaurants that have just one theme whether it is tea, milkshakes, French fries, desserts, and even dosas! Also in one life, it gets difficult to go and eat everywhere. You either must have a lot of money or a lot of time.

Hence in order to ensure that we all can go out and eat a lot, Dineout which is India’s largest dining platform is bringing back the GREAT INDIAN RESTAURANT FESTIVAL (GIRF)!!

What is the Great Indian Restaurant Festival (GIRF)?

The GIRF is a festival run by Dineout for one full month where high discounts are given to customers all over India! You can utilize this huge discount on food, drinks, buffet and even the total food bill. Isn’t that cool?

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More information about the Dineout Great Indian Restaurant Festival:

1.      This happens to be the 4th edition of the Great Indian Restaurant Festival.

2.      Festival duration: 1st August – 1st September, 2019.

3.      The hash tag for this festival will be #MonthOfMore

4.      In this festival you will get flat 50% off (there is no minimum or maximum limit at all) at India’s top 8000+ restaurants on food, drinks, buffet or the total food bill!  So keep eating and saving this August! 

5.      These are the Participating Cities:  Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Indore, Ludhiana, Nagpur, Kochi, Surat.

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What do you gain from Dineout GIRF?

As a long time foodie I can assure you that festivals as such allow you to broaden your knowledge about the variety of cuisines we have in the Indian market.

There are more than 8000+ restaurants. This means you can go and try out places which you haven’t tried earlier due to budget issues or because you had no knowledge about the cuisine.

So experiment all you want, save more money and eat as much as you want but don’t miss out such an amazing foodie festival. Pick out your smart phone and download the “Dineout app”. Install the app and reserve your table today. Limited seats are available. Bookings now open!

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Maharaja Bhog is the best thali place in Mumbai in 2020

Maharaja Bhog – A Royal Thali Food Experience

I have been visiting many restaurants and have tried a lot of cuisines for the past 5 years. It takes a lot of effort in cooking and presenting your best work ahead so people can enjoy the taste.

But whenever I have visited Maharaja Bhog, this experience always is on the highest level.

They will welcome you in the traditional Indian way saying “Namaste”. After you settle down, the meal experience is nothing short of exceptional.

A huge thali will be present on your table and you will be served more than 12-15 varieties of food dishes. These are bound to tickle your taste buds and also introduce you to one of the ancient ways how the food was served in India to the royals.

Location and Ambiance:

You can find them in many parts of India like Mumbai, Pune, Kochi. They are also present in the UAE and the USA too.

They usually would have seating which can accommodate a table of 2,4,6,8,10 and even 20! This is a place to bring your whole family for a royal lunch or dinner. The food is pure vegetarian. Even though you might like non-vegetarian food, Maharaja Bhog will be an experience to remember.

This is the traditional Maharaja Bhog thali.

Here’s what I tried in Maharaja Bhog:

The staff will first help you in getting your hand washed and then proceed to serve you a welcome drink. Once that’s done, the food will then be served one by one until the whole Thali is complete. The best part of dining in Maharaja Bhog is the fact that the food is unlimited. You can eat as much as your heart desires.

In appetizers, we began with small munchies like cutlets and khandvi. Along with it, you are served cucumber raita, pudina chutney, and sweet chutney. They also have dry chutney which is spicy and really good.

In veggies, I tried paneer based gravy, tinda masala, Aloo ki sabzi! In dal, I tried many variants right from the traditional dal, sweet dal (Gujarati), spicy dal (Rajasthani).

Accompanying the food was paratha, roti, and puri. These too accentuate the food experience. Finally, they had served us a traditional pulav and their famous dish dal khichdi.

In desserts, we got to try the basic halwa and aamras. For those who love mangoes, they must go soon as the season has ended and you might not get to salivate on aamras here.

Isn't the thali box cute?
Their new concept – Thali in a box
This is the packaging of a Maharaja Bhog Thali.
The box from inside!!

For those who are worried about the daily variety, Maharaja Bhog always changes their menu and brings in new variety always to ensure you don’t try the same dishes always.

Apart from having lip-smacking food, you surely will love their hospitality. Every time I go along with friends or family, they remember the good food and will always adore their hospitality. They surely know how to handle patrons and ensure they are happy. I would like to thank their MD and founder Ashish Maheshwari for the hospitality we received from the staff and also a food experience to remember!

Maharaja Bhog indeed is the best thali place in Mumbai and India. If you are looking for the best thali places near me, don’t look any further!

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Boulevard – Hotel Orchid, Parle

Experiencing class is a feeling understood by those who visit a very good place and have the time of their lives. A place with good food drinks and ambiance becomes better with the people that work there. It is them who would work their life off towards giving customers a memorable experience and bringing a smile on our face.

I encountered a similar experience when I visited Boulevard at the Orchid. Located right outside the Domestic Airport, the Orchid houses the very elite and premium customers. Boulevard is situated on the first floor. This fine dining space has a buffet spread good enough to keep everyone happy.

My experience with their food was good. My experience with their hospitality was better. They really know how to take care of their customers. Sure, it is a part of their job but not everyone can pull it off with such ease. They treat everyone as equal and that goes a long way in understanding how Orchid as a brand is.

Here’s what I tried on my visit;

We began with few of their mock tails;

Their mock tail spread included;

  • Cranberry Juice
  • Thandai

As for the food, I must say that the variety of different cuisines here makes this place perfect for a foodie. Indian, Continental, Italian and many more can be found in their spread right from the salad to the appetizers to the Mains.

They have three live food counters;

  1. Chaat
  2. Icy Gola
  3. Pizzas

It’s a treat as you can gorge on food made right in front of you. It’s a good feeling. You’ll love the outcome.

Next up is their salad menu which has all the possible variations you could imagine. Apart from the basic vegetarian and chicken based salads, you can also witness the magic of the squid salad and the assortment of mayonnaise dips at your disposal.

They have decent appetizers with each option for a vegetarian, chicken and fish tikkas. You will have to place an order for them separately.

For the mains, they have options ranging from North Indian, Chinese, Italian and various other International options like Lasagna and many others. You will be spoilt for choices. The food is hot, tasty and to the point.

For the desserts, I would definitely recommend the variety which Boulevard maintains. It’s a spread like no other. Being a person whose guilty pleasure lies in sweets, I went like a child visiting Disneyland. Do have a look at the pictures as they just don’t have chocolate. There’s a lot more to it than you can imagine.

 

Overall, I would like to mention that the place has such good feels that you wouldn’t realize how time passes by. It’s a good place. Do check them out. Their buffet prices change as per weekday/weekends and for a weekday lunch expect the rates to begin from 1500++ taxes per pax.

Read my review on Zomato – http://www.zoma.to/aBMvBb