Food Review – Art House, The Fern Residency

Art House is located at the lobby level of Fern Residency in Chembur.

There’s a good level of ambiance, a decent portion of both Indian and International cuisine.

They also have a buffet menu all week.

I happened to visit this place with a friend and we’re glad we got to try the food here.



Location and proximity from Station:

Firstly, this place is not more than a 10 minute rickshaw ride from Chembur station.

Also, if you want to try the Mono rail option, that would take you almost the same time right from walking from the station to the monorail and reaching the restaurant.


Ambiance and seating:

The Art House is located on the lobby level of the Fern Residency.

They have a fully stocked bar to the right and the tables to the left.

They can seat around 20-30 people with ease.

Also, there’s no space congestion as such and the buffet spread is at the far end of the lobby.






Food and Drinks (Appetizers):

Although they have a buffet spread, their menu also has a lot of variety right from Indian to Chinese to Continental and also good choices for cocktails, mock-tails and desserts.

Here’s what we tried;

Fern Garden: This gin based cocktail has a lot of lime juice and sugar syrup but less of Bombay Sapphire Gin. If the gin had more quantity, it could have overpowered the drink altogether. Maybe an off day, but they can surely improve on this.


Manhattan: This bourbon whisky based cocktail is true to its word. It’s bitter. But has a peculiar taste which a whisky lover would like to try.

Apple Mojito: We tried both; the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic mojitos. Both were amazing and must be tried. The combination of alcohol with mint and soda always works.

Chicken Tandoori: I like my tandoori and the taste too. Here I was made to wait over 20 minutes for it to arrive. But the wait was worth every penny. It was grilled perfectly and also had the regular taste of tandoori which we crave for. Recommended.

Arabic Mezze Platter: I always like trying the mezze platter. The hummus, moutabel and pita bread with olives is a combination people must try experimenting with. Yes, it’s possible you might not like it on the first try, but slowly it does creep into you. Here, the platter was decent but they could get better taste wise.

Lal Mirch Ka Paneer Tikka: Now for those who like Paneer, this one’s a must have. The paneer was soft, had all the masala along with bell peppers,onion and pudina chutney for company.

Main Course:

Parsley crusted Basa with Dill Cream Sauce: Grilled fish with a creamy textured sauce and steamed rice for company. There are veggies too served which was the highlight for me. The dish overall is complete and must be tried.

Ham and Cheese grilled Chicken: One of the best dishes of the day. Boneless chicken pieces stuffed and also served with ham sauce and cheese. Here too there are veggies for company. Overall, such dishes are a must on every table.


We tried 2 of the 6 options present in the menu.

Chocolate Ring Fruit custard: Perhaps their best choice on the menu. Fruits blended with custard has a delicious taste. This custard is stuffed within a chocolate glass type structure. Loved it totally.

Moong Dal Halwa: I tried this as my friend likes it. This one’s on the heavier side. Tasty and a must for those who like it.


In conclusion, I like this place. Art House has a good menu and also good buffet options for you to have a good time with your family.

Yes they can definitely work out on their cocktails. Otherwise it’s quite decent

Pricing for their buffet menu: (Monday to Saturday)

Lunch – 635++

Dinner – 720++


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Relish the Best Food Pictures 2019


​This is a word apt to define enjoyment in various aspects of life. Basically we use this word with regards to food. When anyone says relish, there’s a dish or a drink that comes to your mind. Yes, your mouth waters and you long to relish that dish till you’re happy.

I’ve been clicking a lot of pictures of the food I eat and thought that it’s best to share a few pictures.

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Chai Pe Charcha Mumbai

Chai Pe Charcha – Food Review

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero once said, “Where there’s tea there’s hope.”

William Ewart Gladstone once said, “If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you.”

I agree with these quotes and I’m sure most of you who’ve ever had tea will agree that’s what Tea does. It has the calming effect to suit your mood, to refresh, and to make sure you’re satisfied till the very end.

So with this enthusiasm, I did visit this place named “Chai Pe Charcha.”


The name itself is self-explanatory.

They have a total of 3 outlets namely;

Chai Pe Charcha – Prabhadevi

Chai Pe Charcha – Lower Parel

Chai Pe Charcha – Fort (Newly opened)

I visited the newly launched place in Fort.


Every place has it’s own distinct style.

They’ve used a lot of colors in the entire outlet and you’re destined to feel like a child when you’re here as the tables have games set up such as Ludo and Chess.


Moving on, their menu has a lot of variety. There’s a lot of variety in;

Tea of course!

Breakfast options like Sabudana Wada, Upma, Kanda Poha, and Bun Maska.

Paranthas (You ought to try many)

Combos (Like a mini-meal)

The menu variety in a nutshell


When we entered this place, these were the two pictures present on either side of the gate.

The above picture depicts what Chai Pe Charcha has in store to offer for their customers. On the other side of the gate is their menu which is too much to fathom and impossible to complete even in 10 outings!

Their menu placed right on the entry. Look at the variety!

I tried 3 types of Tea namely;

Sukoon Ki Chai (Cinnamon and Fennel) which indeed was soothing.

Hajmola Tea – Just to get rid of the curiosity. The taste was exactly how I expected it to be. Chatpata!

Barfi Dum Chai – Cold Tea! (Yes, that’s also new and was a perfect way to end this outing.

Barfi Dum Chai


Sukoon Ki Chai – Liked the style in which they presented the  Cutting Tea along with a sachet of sugar, A tissue, and Khari.

The above image is of a Cutting chai. There’s also a Full glass which is bigger than this!

Of course, having Tea was of prime importance but it’s incomplete without few snacks, right?

Here are a few signature dishes you ought-ta try for sure when you visit them.

Gulkand Bun Maska

Gulkand Bun Maska is a must. It’s perfect and will go well with whichever Tea you’d like to have.

Firangi Khakra – Nachos Style

Firangi Khakra – Nachos Style is for those who like cheese, capsicum, and also khakra! I liked this combo and the name is catchy.

Nutella Pizza

Of course, there has to be chocolate. The Nutella pizza is decent and you cannot hate it simply because it’s Nutella!


Namak and Laal Mirch Parantha

I tried the Paneer, Cheese, Pyaaz, and finally the Namak and Laal Mirch Paranthas. They all are filling, heavy, tasty, and will leave you with a smile and surely a Burp later!

Sabudana Khichdi and in the background, we can see the Ludo Game.

The posts in the lower portion of the image are for everyone who has visited this place. They write something about the place. I did too.

This outlet of Chai Pe Charcha is supposedly the biggest. It can seat a lot more people than both the other outlets.

Chai Pe Charcha is most fondly known as a takeaway place for the corporate folks and people who stay nearby.

Visit this place and I promise you’ll not be disappointed.

Chai pe Charcha can be found in Andheri, Marol, Prabhadevi, Dadar & Malad. So if you wish to find Chai pe charcha near me, check out Zomato!

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Chettinad biryani masala festival

Chettinad Food Festival Review

Chettinad Food Festival 2020

Lake View Hotel, Renaissance (Powai, Mumbai)

Until a few weeks back, I had absolutely no clue about the Chettinad cuisine. By the sound of it all, I could imagine was this being a South Indian cuisine. That was correct. So on a one fine Friday evening, I got invited for a food festival organized at the Lake view hotel within the Renaissance along with many other food bloggers.

We all got to sit outside with a splendid view and yes that was totally a 10/10 move when it came to the view but the mosquitoes around made sure I ran inside and finish my meal. Anyway, in generality, the Chettinad food has a lot of masalas, spices, etc and is considered one of the spiciest cuisines in India.

You can read more about it HERE.

I’ll be posting a few pictures now with the names of the dishes (which btw took me a lot of time figuring it out also). The review shall follow after the pictures. This just gives you the outlook of a typical South Indian house kitchen, don’t ya think?

chettinad masala company

Authenticity at it’s best like the chettinad masala company.

chettinad spices

You will be amazed with the itc chettinad chicken masala. It’s one of a kind.

Below will be pictures that shall denote the variety which the hotel chose to offer with the Chettinad cuisine. This move might have been taken with the view of getting the foreigners staying there to try something that they know.

By far, the dishes were well served but the variety of non-Chettinad cuisine was worrying. This is because if you keep a food festival, you keep maximum dishes of the cuisine you’re showcasing. The ratio can be 80-20. Here it looked almost 60-40! The food dishes included Chettinad chicken biryani masala & their famous curry i.e. the chicken Chettinad.

Unique food at Chhetinad festival

The Grilled Fish in creamy pesto sauce was a delight to have. Melted in the mouth, literally.

roasted chicken chettinad

The Roasted chicken was cooked well with the spices and made for an excellent side dish.

chettinad masala curry

To the left, you would find the Palkatti Chettinad which literally had spices alongside cottage cheese. This one didn’t go that well for me. I like paneer and have had better too.

The Mattangai Moru Kolambu was a curd based gravy involving the red pumpkin cooked with yogurt and coconut paste. I liked it.

chettinad curry India

These two were the highlight of the evening for me apart from the Chef’s specials.

To the left was the Venkai Kozhi Kootu was chicken cooked in the most traditional South Indian way with the masala and the onions giving it a spicy flavor.

To the right was the Mutton Chettinad, where there were a lot of coconuts to accompany the lamb and this dish was amazing. You can see how quickly it got over. I could barely make a decision to eat or to click here.

Mutton Chettinad

Here’s presenting the Meen Pal Kolambu, which includes boneless fish pieces cooked in coconut milk. See, coconuts are everywhere in any dish. Well cooked and the taste did make me go for another serving.

Meen Pal Kolambu Chettinad
Image credit – Sanjay Thampy

This was quite an interesting dish. The Vendakai Puriyal had a mixture of ladyfinger with coconut and curry leaves. Quite an interesting concept had to try it.

Chettinad Dessert special

The above 3 pictures were for the dessert lovers like me and here’s where they failed. There was hardly any dessert that was remotely near to the south Indian cuisine. That hurt.

Kuthu Paratha Chettinad

The Kuthu Paratha, one of the chef’s specials where the Malabari Paratha made with refined flour is broken into pieces and added with the coconut-based vegetable stew and mixed with onion, tomato, and capsicum on a Tawa.

I thought while the chef was weaving his magic, that I made a wrong choice and was feeling bad already that this would be wasted by me. But boy after tasting it, I couldn’t agree more; Don’t ever judge a book by its cover.

Kozhi Malligai Chettinad
Image credit – Sanjay Thampy

The next special dish for the day was the Kozhi Malligai, which was an absolute delight. This was a preparation of boneless chicken deep fried and tossed in a thick paste of green chilly, ginger, and garlic, with coriander and coconut and then wrapped in a banana leaf. Just imagine all of that and yes, it tastes good.

Overall I liked the food, the spiciness, and the staff too. There could have been more dishes relating to the cuisine rather than thinking of the crowd and adding the general dishes from other cuisines. But that’s my opinion.

The Lake View restaurant is amazing in terms of the view, the ambiance, and will be higher on the pricing point of view. Food quality is at it’s best. The staff is sincere and cater to your needs. Proximity from Andheri station is far. Almost an hour away including the time spent in traffic. For the ones coming via Ghatkopar, this place will not take long enough to find.

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