Along the way, hunger pangs hit. Hard. And since I was in Italy, the fragrance of herbs and the aroma of baked bread was everywhere. Honestly, I could hardly wait to drop my bags at the hotel and get back on the streets for a bite.
Strung along a pipe-thin lane, I spotted a string of eateries that promised big meals at incredible deals. Smiling restaurant staff stood outside their outlets, handing out colourful pamphlets that promised a free drink with pizza and seemingly endless menus.
And regretted it minutes later. The pizza was cold and leathery, with about 3 olives that tasted as if they had been glued atop the bread a month ago. Sure, it cost me “just 4 euros” for pizza and coke, but I would rather have spent a few bucks more to get a better bite.
I am sure the giant plastic chef standing outside the restaurant, holding that huge menu card, giggled a little when I walked in.
Moral of the story: do your research when you are going to Florence. Read helpful advice such as this. And this.
On The Menu: Assorted Vegetable Dim Sums, Assorted Chicken Lamb & Prawn Dim Sums, Tiger Prawn with Teriyaki & Egg Roll Yolk Sauce, Mushrooms Yakitori, Claypot Vegetables with Tofu & Rice.
The Experience: Perched on the third floor of Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj, Kylin Sky Bar has an exclusive approach. In accordance with the oriental theme of the restaurant, the interiors exude art and sophistication. With back lit walls and lovely dim lighting, the space makes for a warm and cozy setting.
My friend and I chose to take our place in the sought-after terrace area of Kylin Sky Bar to figure out what sets it apart from other terraces in the NCR.
We were escorted to a table adjacent to the beautiful gazebo that makes for an exclusive gathering space for a group of friends, family and coworkers. The courteous staff helped us decide a diverse menu for the evening so we could try an assortment of their delicacies.
While we waited for our starters of veg and non veg assorted Dim Sums to be served, the bar in-charge stirred up special drinks for us. The cocktails, a Cucumber Martini and a fruity Cosmopolitan were served with a twist of basil, which made them delectable without being too sweet.
We started our gastronomical trip with the delicately wrapped Dim Sums that were served at the perfect temperature. Veg Dim Sums were carefully steamed with a variety of corn, spinach and black mushroom fillings with ginger lending a subtle flavor to each.
The Kylin Siew Mai open Dim Sums are a surprise treat. The non veg Dim Sums were wrapped with stuffing of chicken, lamb and prawns. While the lamb and prawn stuffing was well cooked, the chicken was carefully kept slightly chewy, much to my friend’s liking. Priced at Rs. 575 for veg, Rs. 675 for chicken and Rs. 695 for prawns, the Dim Sums are value for taste and money.
Next we tried Tiger Prawn with Teriyaki & Egg Roll Yolk Sauce and Mushrooms Yakitori as recommended by the chef himself. The well grilled and seasoned prawns dominated the meal with a strong flavour of the Teriyaki sauce that makes it a must try for seafood lovers. The mushrooms on the other hand were grilled tender and juicy. At Rs. 695 for prawns and Rs. 345 for veg, the Yakitori range is a mouth watering delight that cannot be missed.
The main course ended with a serving each of a bowl meal of Bang Bang Angry Chicken and vegetables with tofu and rice that are cooked and served in a claypot. The chicken is tender and just as spicy as the menu describes it; definitely not for the faint-hearted. For Rs. 795 it is a fulfilling meal in itself. The vegetables and rice on the other hand are infused with oriental herbs and the subtle influence of the clay. Priced at Rs. 795, it is a gastronomical treat.
Kylin boasts of innovative tongue-tantalising desserts such as Fried Chocolate and Fried Ice Cream along with the traditional Chocolate Fondue that delightfully satiates the sweet tooth.
The Verdict: The soothing ambience, classic meets commercial mash ups, smiling and efficient staff and service make Kylin a worthwhile experience. Exuding warmth, it is an apt choice for a romantic meal or a family get together alike.
We can recommend three with confidence, since we ate there quite recently.
Erohia Lounge Bar & Buffet Restaurant, opposite Hilton Hotel: We arrived at around noon from Bahrain, hungry as horses. It took about an hour to reach the hotel, and soon after checking in, we walked down to the restaurant. The buffet was a wake-up call to the eyes and the taste buds. The salad greens and reds and yellows sang with freshness and colour. The corn was juicy, the lettuce crunchy, and the extra virgin olive oil, well, virginal in its purity. Being vegetarian, I was a bit unsure of finding enough options, but I need not have worried; there was plenty to choose from. Paired with delicious local wine, the meal was perfect. Do eat at Erohia if you’re in Nicosia.
Flocafe: Located in the city’s hippest and blingiest quarter–Ledra Street. Walking around here is sure to make you ravenous, and Flo Cafe is a great place to enjoy hot pizza with beer. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate of Cyprus, the weather is almost always perfect for sitting outside.
Ikea Cafe inside the Ikea Mall: it’s quick, cheap and tasty fare; very welcome after you’ve burned up your energy and money roaming through the vast swathes of space inside Ikea. The brightly coloured eatery offers interestingly laid out spread, which you keep picking off the counter and onto your trolley until you reach the pay counter. We loved their potato and broccoli cutlet–a simple and good-looking snack that tasted great. And don’t miss the fantastically fresh orange juice: you’re in Cyprus, after all!
Short answer:Bade Miya in Colaba. The not-so-tiny road side stall that opens its kitchen every night to thousands of hungry Mumbaikars is no longer a secret, actually. But it is the best in Bombay, without doubt. Open from 7 am to 1 am. Located on Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai – 400039
But let’s not forget the many other places that serve equally great kebabs and some that even offer greater variety. TS intern Sarita Santoshini takes you on a tasty tour.
Located in the bylanes of Fort in South Mumbai, this small food joint has a loyal customer base for its Chicken Sheikh Kebabs and the Reshmi Chicken Kebabs that are also offered as rolls. The kebabs here are extremely affordable: a hearty meal for two will cost you around Rs.300.
Where: 43, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Fort, Mumbai
Mega popular stall located in Byculla. 90 years and still going strong. No sign board; just ask around and follow your nose. . The signature Sheek Kebabs, both chicken and beef, have been nominated as hot favorites by many foodies, chefs and websites. Head there early in the evening and shell out Rs. 200 for a tummy-full of these bestseller kababs.
Located in a neighborhood packed with restaurants and clubs, Ayaz dishes up Chicken Reshmi Kebabs that beat competition hollow. A plate will cost you Rs.90. For the same price, you can also try the Mutton Seekh Kebabs.
Known for drawing a large crowd until 3 am during Ramzan, the small restaurant serves a delicious Tandoori version of its Tangdi Kebab. You could also try the Chicken Reshmi Seekh Kebab, two pieces of which cost you a mere Rs.50.
Where: 4, Pakmodia Street, Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, Near J J Hospital, Sandhurst Road, Mumbai
Izzy’s Kebab Kona
This food cart will go onto your list of best food discoveries once you have eaten there. Served with cream cheese, caramelised onions and green chutney, both the chicken and mutton kebabs are a complete steal. You could order a platter for two for Rs.300.
The restaurant opened a few months ago and is already famous among locals for its delicious and filling Gilauti Chicken and Lamb Seekh Kebab. A meal for two would cost you around Rs.1000.
Where: 10 Adarsh Nagar, Next to Costa Coffee, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai
Known for hosting the likes of Richard Gere and Paul McCartney, Khyber will spoil you for choice of Kababs. If you are confused, we suggest you simply go ahead and order the Kabab Platter for two that is available in vegetarian, chicken and mutton as well as sea food varieties.
Also recommended: a plate of Tangdi Kebab (Rs. 400) or Mutton Boti Kebab (Rs. 500).
Where: 145, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
A little heavy on the pocket, but the perfectly marinated and grilled Peshawri Kabab and Murgh Malai Kabab here are worth every penny. A lavish meal of kababs will cost you Rs. 2000 at this restaurant.
With outlets in Mahim, Sakinaka, Oshiwara and Bandra West, the restaurant is well known in the city and beyond for its Kakori Kabab, Mutton Galawati Kabab and Murgh Kastoori Kabab. All three plates can be savored for Rs.750.
Where: 3, Sag Baug, Near Times Square, Andheri Kurla Road, Sakinaka, Andheri East, Mumbai