Yazu Andheri – Best Japanese Restaurant in Andheri

I’ve always been fond of Asian cuisine varieties. There’s so much you can bring to the table using a mix of hundreds of ingredients and spices to tickle your taste buds. And then there is my love for sushi. Hence when I visited Yazu Andheri also called as the best Japanese restaurant in Andheri, I knew I was in for a good experience.

Location and proximity to the station – Situated beside the best landmark in Andheri west i.e Infinity Mall, Yazu Andheri is the best lounge in Andheri and has space for more than 100 guests at one time. You can reach here via the DN Nagar metro station within 10 minutes, 15-20 minutes each to Jogeshwari or Andheri station.

Yazu Andheri

Seating and Ambiance:

There’s comfortable seating along with seating allocated at the bar and a separate area with a high table for those who want to enjoy the live screenings. There is absolutely no problem whatsoever in terms of space congestion.

Food and Drinks in Yazu Andheri – Here’s what we tried;

  1. Bhut Jolokia Mule – I am a whiskey cocktail person. But something about this place made me try different options. The staff suggested Bhut Jolokia Mule. For those who don’t know, Bhut Jolokia is the spiciest chilly all over the world found within India. They have made a paste out of it and added vodka along with ginger and lemon. This drink gives the perfect hit and taste. It is spicy and lovely. Highly recommended that you try it out.
  1. Yazu special Gin and Tonic – I also am fond of the classic gin with tonic water at the Yazu restaurant Mumbai. It really has amazing taste. Here too they have served with cinnamon and the end result is so good. There is a nice aroma coming out of the glass and it is amazing. Please do try it out.
Yazu Restaurant Mumbai - Best Sushi
  1. Prawn Tempura with creamy salmon – Perhaps one of the most surprising moments of my dinner here was this sushi. I am not a prawns fan but on their suggestion, I did try it. Along with prawns and salmon, there was avocado, cucumber, and Togarashi sauce which is almost like the sriracha mayo sauce. This was fantastic and I highly recommend you try it.
Yazu Andheri - Japanese Sushi

4. Yazu Signature Roll – The Yazu signature roll is a smoked salmon special. I love salmon sushi and hence I liked it a lot. It tastes really nice and is not spicy at all.

  1. Red Tuna Nigiri – The classic Nigiri is a type of sushi that has the raw meat or fish which is placed on top of pressed vinegared rice. I had this with a pinch of wasabi and I must say it was good. I usually prefer salmon nigiri but red tuna did surprise me.
Yazu Restaurant Mumbai - Best Sushi
  1. Spicy Lamb – Again, the suggestion by Yazu’s staff is bang on target. This one is a chef’s signature dish where the meat is cooked very well. They’ve made it spicy and I must say it is the good kind of spicy where you cannot stop eating until it’s over. Do try it out if the lamb is your favorite.
Yazu Restaurant Mumbai - Best Beef
  1. Yazu signature green curry fried rice – This one is your basic green Thai curry along with their basic version of fried rice. These are served with 4 prawn crackers for the company and topped along with sunny side up fried egg. I love green curry and hence these mains is amazing. The rice tastes well and so does the meat. Please do try this out.

8. Japanese Cheesecake – I love matcha. I cannot deny it. Hence when I saw the cheesecake here along with matcha ice cream, I had to try it. They have added their baked cheesecake along with matcha green tea ice cream. I loved the texture and consistency of taste. It’s really good.

To conclude, there’s good food at Yazu restaurant Mumbai and also an amazing variety of drinks. A special thanks to their staff, especially “Kreo” and “Piloto”. They made us feel at home and were always there to help us make the right decisions and ensure we had a good meal. People as such make your dinner a memorable experience. Do check Yazu Andheri. They’re worth it.

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Maharaja Bhog – Food Review

Maharaja Bhog is one of those feel-good places where anyone and everyone is bound to have an amazing time. There’s instrumental music that is calming.

There’s a caring atmosphere here as the staff would be on their toes running around ensuring every patron has an amazing time. I’ve been for lunch here so many times and fail to remember if I ever had a bad time ever.

Location and proximity from the station:

The only harsh part of the Juhu outlet is that it is forever crowded because of its proximity to Juhu Beach. The nearest station is Vile Parle and it would take you a maximum of 10-15 minutes to get to the place.

Seating and Ambiance:

Maharaja Bhog is always bright and they surely love yellow and gold. Everything about the place is vibrant and there is constant chatter. They have comfortable seating for all kinds of groups. There are tables for two, four, eight or even a bigger number. They have a place for everyone. There is soothing music playing which helps you get in the calming mood.

Food and Drinks:

We began with their welcome drink. That sets your taste buds ready for a meal to remember. They have a thali system where first they would fill up all the mini bowls and the plate with every essential item on the list. Looking at the thali itself is an amazing experience in itself.

Here’s what you can expect in the Maharaja Bhog thali;


Ghugra and Khatha Dhokla Mariwala – Ghugra and Dhokla are served with three different chutneys that are sweet, spicy and finally, they served us their special beet raita which in itself was amazing and creamy.

Sindi Dal Pakwan Tadka – A special mention of this amazing masterpiece. I loved the entire pakwan. It’s their famous bestseller here. I surely had another serving of this masaledaar pakwaan! You will too!


Mix Veg Paneer – I love the way they make their paneer. This one is not spicy at all and they make it more thick and creamy. This one is fit for those who love their paneer when it is absolutely not spicy.

Bhindi Masala – They cut the bhindi into tiny fine pieces and the masala makes this item one of the things you must look out for. We liked this.

Aloo Dil Khus – Perhaps it’s my fixation with Aloo but I really love the variations you can come up with potatoes. This one too is a nonspicy option and tastes well.

Dal/ Kadhi:

Rajasthani Dal – I love spicy dal. There is something about the taste that you really cannot resist it until it is complete. I had more than two servings of this dal and it will complement well with the vegetables and even when had plainly. Spicy and tasty.

Gujarati Dal – The sweeter variant of dal is also not to be ignored. I like the kadhi as it helps you when you have something spicy to nullify the spiciness off your tongue.


We tried three variants; Fulka, Kanda Palak Thepla, and Rotla which is a ragi based roti. This goes well with the spicy dal and also with the bhindi and aloo.


We then tried their traditional famous khichdi with ghee. It’s made very fine and tastes oh so good! We would definitely suggest you to not miss out on any of these!


Apple Halwa – The best part of this halwa was its consistency with the flavor and also the thickness. It’s a proper halwa as you like it and those who like apple would definitely love this.

Fruit Custard – Oh I love the way they have worked on their custard. You can expect a sweet ending here with this custard and even 2 servings are less!


Maharaja Bhog is for every age group and even though it’s a vegetarian place, you will surely leave this place with a huge tummy and a smile on your face.

It’s something to do about their hospitality and how they give equal attention to each customer. I would like to thank their founder and managing director Ashish Maheshwari for an experience to remember. 

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Streets of India Festival Review – The Earth Plate, Sahara Star

Visiting Sahara Star is always a pleasant experience.

It always has this positive vibe that adds as a catalyst to my happiness. They 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.

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Anyways, coming back to the Festival, we will try a few food items that are nothing short of amazing. I will make 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 will try;

Aloo Chaat at Streets of India, Sahara Star

This is the Aloo Chaat from the “Mathura Chaat” stall.

I wish to visit north India soon solely 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. There’s a live counter where for chaat preparation.

The chaat ingredients spread

Next, we will try the “Kheema Tawa” live counter at Sahara Star.

Different meats like Boti, Kaleja, Bheja, Gurda, is available. These meats are live on Tawa. This meat is served with sliced onions and fried Pav. I will try the Boti and Bheja.

Live counter at Sahara Star

Next, we will try the counter with the cold cuts at the Sahara Star.

Here the frozen items are kept on display and you can choose as per your preference. From fish, chicken, and lamb, I will choose to opt for butter garlic prawns and herbed spiced lamb.

This is prepared and served with 3 different dips. As usual, my love for lamb is justified. They will surely prepare 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.

Lamb, Beef and Pork at Streets of India

Post this, we visited the Kolkata stall.

I always adore Kolkata and its people. 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 will try the chicken momos which are decent enough and we will also try the Mughlai chicken parantha. This is highly recommended. This is served with mustard sauce and the result is amazing.

Kolkata special at Sahara Star

The Lucknow stall had all the kebabs you could think about.

Veg or Non-veg, they have all of it on the skewers waiting for you to choose. I will try the Chicken Zafrani Kebab as usual. This is masaledaar and a bit spicy. I love it. It feels like we are getting lucky with our choices. But I didn’t mind.

Chicken Kebab at Sahara Star

Moving from counter to counter and choosing the next cuisine is really a tough task. With such a huge spread, it can get confusing as to what you want to eat next!

Anyways, we will narrow it down to the “Appam and Dosa” stall next which is the specialty of South India. We will try the chicken appam, served with chutney. Requesting you to have this immediately. As if kept for long, the appam can get hard.

Appam and Dosa in Sahara Star

At the end of this, we will try to taste the spread of desserts. They have a huge variety of 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 a few of the desserts that I happened to try!

Cheesecake special
Blueberry cheesecake
Malpua special
Kesar dessert special
Kesar special
Dessert spread
Macarons at Sahara Star
Macaron special

Apart from this, Sahara Star has a good set of options for mocktails.

The list includes the likes of 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 which is just 3 days from tomorrow.

Hence I urge you to go ahead, visit Sahara Star, and have your fill of street food all over India. They have something for everyone. Taste-wise, this is an event you must not miss.

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Thai Food Festival – Red Olives, Powai

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.


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.


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 – Food Review

Off The Grid Andheri is one of the top-rated restaurants in the city.

After reading the restaurant reviews I was convinced this is a place that you must not miss. Hence when I got a chance for a food review here, I sure as hell wasn’t going to lose out on this opportunity.

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 way were 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 in Off the Grid Andheri (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 whiskey + caffeine, this was served in a stainless steel flask. Yes, that’s how you have your whiskey. 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 off the grid andheri

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 best nachos off the grid andheri

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.

best lamb burger off the grid andheri

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.

best lamb burger off the grid andheri

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

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 soy-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 prawn lemongrass

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 at Off the Grid Andheri:

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.

baked yogurt Mumbai

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.

Best dessert in Andheri Mumbai


Finally, “Off The Grid Andheri” does leave its 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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