Pizza Box [Vile Parle]

Square Box, Round Pizza, Triangular Slices – I am confused!

This is what I remembered when I first read the name – Pizza Box! Totally random, we know! Anyway, keeping these random thoughts aside, we walk into the outlet which is located in the residential neighbourhood of Vile Parle (East).

The outlet is small and decently done up, no show, just simple seating arrangements indoors and outdoors. An array of pizza boxes are lined up in a corner and with that one can tell that the major focus is on delivery. A few quotes about pizza hang on the walls while a host of appreciative comments from patrons decorates another corner. The menu is all pizza in various sizes and a variety of toppings. There are a lot of options for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.

Here are the ones we tried:

Hot Head –> One of their hot sellers and notoriously spicy! Lots of spicy red sauce at the base with a ton of toppings that include onions, bell peppers, jalapenos and chilli. It leaves a sharp burning sensation in the mouth and is definitely not for those who cannot handle spicy. We loved the delicious red sauce at the base which packed a punch with the hot-headedness!

French Fries Pizza – There’s cheese and there are french fries. What’s not to love in this one? The fries are crispy and go so well with the sauces and cheese. There is also an option to add veggies to the french fries pizza.

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French Fries Pizza & Hot Head Pizza

Mumbai ka Flavour –> We have to agree, wherever we Mumbaikars go, we add life to the party. And so does this lip-smacking chatpata and masaledar pizza! Those terms don’t belong in a pizza description? Wait till you try this one! Capsicum, onions and tomatoes marinated in flavorful and really masaledar spices and sauce, this one is amazing! Mumbai ka Flavour is totally Mumbai-style scrumptious and a must try here!

Tip: They tend to make the thin crust pizzas a little crunchy (which we absolutely loved), so if you aren’t a fan of the same, just tell them and they will oblige.

Pizza Napoli –> Loaded is the word to describe the Pizza Napoli and Loving it is the phrase to describe our reaction to it! The oregano and basil do wonders to the pizza, not only making it fragrant but also mind-blowingly tasty. Sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and more are decked on top of a thin crusted base. The flavours of each of the ingredients, especially mushrooms and tomatoes are enhanced by the oregano and herbs. Loved this one!

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Mumbai Ka Flavor & Pizza Napoli

We also tried the American Corn & Chilli Crostini which was impeccable. A thin baked upper layer, which when bit into lets molten mozzarella cheese ooze out! Green chillies add a slightly spicy tinge to the otherwise cheesy delight. Loved it!

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American Corn & Chilli Crostini

Pull Apart Garlic Bread is a golden, crispy and garlicky loaf of bread, that is loaded with cheese! The flavours of garlic, butter and cheese blend so well to make this one! Perfect!

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Pull Apart Garlic Bread

Paneer Stromboli is another delight here that we really loved. A Delicious mixture of paneer and veggies in a mustard based sauce. The combination with cheese went so well together. It is served with a salsa dip which is yummy!

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Paneer Stromboli

Pizza Box also has a dedicated Pizza Cone menu. So we decided to try the Paneer Tikka Pizza Cone which is the same as Paneer Tikka Pizza but in a cone. The top is loaded with cheese and baked to form a cheese covering. It tastes delicious.

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Paneer Tikka Pizza Cone

Overall, Pizza Box is a place you should definitely consider to satiate your pizza cravings! Order in or just go grab a table here. Also, they have unlimited buffet with pizza, garlic bread and beverages at ₹269 on Sundays!

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Garde Manger Café [Vile Parle]

Keeper of Food

That is what Garde Manger means. And we would like to modify it for this café as – keeper of awesome, delicious and healthy food!

Garde Manger Café is a fairly new addition to the healthy-eating clan. Located in Vile Parle, this café is small, cute and cozy. The focus on clean, fresh and green eating is also apparent from their green and brown decor, small potted plants here and there and the vibe this place gives. The have an indoor AC section and an outdoor open air one which was, as usual, our favourite.

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The interiors are comfortable and warm. A counter has a display of various mushrooms in jars, coffee beans in bottles, a few odd knick-knacks and more. The service is friendly and prompt.  The menu has a selection of soups, sandwiches, salads as also pasta and smoothies. They have a range of healthy desserts which also include some gluten free ones.

We started with Roasted Tomatoes and  Bocconcini Sandwich. Soft multigrain bread with a non-spicy green chutney, tomatoes, lettuce and lots of bocconcini cheese. Bocconcini is a type of Mozerella cheese. It added a delicate creamy and savoury flavour to the sandwich. The green chutney/sauce and cheese added good flavours to the sandwich which was otherwise basic. Liked it!

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Roasted Tomatoes and Bocconcini Sandwich

From the specials, we called for Stuffed Multigrain Paratha. 8 triangular pieces of parathas that were made semi-crispy. Stuffed with a mixture of loads of veggies or as they call it vegetable keema considering the vegetable sizes were really small. The mixture/keema was well spiced and herbed. The paratha was served with a small bowl of curd and green chutney and pickle. It made for a perfect heavy and healthy breakfast!

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Multigrain Stuffed Paratha
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Cold Coffee

Cold Coffee which is not mentioned on the menu was the no-nonsense coffee with a little coffee powder dusted on top.

We also called for a Fresh Fruit Popsicle and got an orange popsicle. It was the perfect end to out breakfast! The pieces of orange in the popsicle made for the perfect juicy candy!

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Fresh Fruit Popsicle

The food may not blow you away but is totally worth every penny and is in no doubt delicious. So yes, the next time you wanna go healthy and vegan, Garde Manger is one of the places to look at.

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5 Reasons you must head to Namak, Sahara Star for the Persian Food Festival!

You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food – Kurt Vonnegut

And you have to understand the amazing, lip-smacking and fragrant Persian food! Persian food is described as one of the world’s greatest gastronomies and the ongoing Persian Food Festival at Namak, Sahara Star brings home these intricate flavours.

Here are five reasons you should head to Namak, Sahara Star and treat yourself to these tantalising flavours:

  1. The menu is designed and curated by Master Chef Mujeeb ur Rehman and Chef Mona who hails from Iran. Every dish is prepared by them and under their expert guidance.
  2. The warm, cosy, and contemporary decor of the restaurant and the hospitality are impeccable.
  3. Some of the most iconic dishes of Persian cuisine are included in the festival menu.
  4. Gotab and Halwa-e-Sheer are to die for!
  5. Like all good things, this one is for a limited time only! The Persian Food Festival is from – 24th February to 12th March.

Here are some of the delights for our feast the other day:

Saffron Sherbet ≡ We were welcomed with this saffron, sugar syrup and mint infused sherbet. It is quite sweet but the flavours are well balanced by the addition of mint. And the fragrance was amazing! Chef Mona informed us that Saffron is a very integral part of Persian cuisine and is added to a lot of dishes for the fragrance and the flavours.

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Saffron Sherbet

Soup-e-Jao ≡ A thick, creamy and flavourful broth made with tomatoes and carrots with barley (jow) added. This soup ideally has chicken or lamb pieces in the traditional version, but the vegetarian version had potato wedges and mushrooms. Juliennes of carrots and parsley were also added. Parsley is very native to Persian cuisine and added a refreshing aroma to this delightful soup. The soup is quite filling and has a little tart because of the tomatoes.

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Soup-e-Jao

Panir Kebbah, Mavoha Tanur & Gharth Tanuri ≡ Panir Kebab is soft paneer (cottage cheese) marinated in yoghurt and just melted in the mouth. Chef Rehman believes that adding a lot of spices kills the authentic tastes of the food. The kebabs were flavourful in their own sense and needed no accompaniments.

Mavoha Tanur had fruits like pineapple, apple and pears, grilled and marinated in sumac powder. Sumac powder added a tart, lemony taste to the sweet fruits. The result was a saporous dish with intense yet well-balanced flavours. Apparently, like Saffron, Sumac powder is also used in a multitude of Persian dishes.

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Panir Kebbah, Mavoha Tanur & Gharth Tanuri

Gharth Tanuri (Gharch – Mushroom)  is soft, succulent mushrooms simmered in olive oil and mildly spiced. Though not very high on distinct flavours, this dish was just as delicious.

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Beetroot Dip & Mustard Yoghurt Dip

The kebabs were served with two dips –Beetroot Dip and Mustard Yoghurt Dip. Beetroot Dip is made with beetroots and chilli and has a sour-sweet taste. We assumed it to be tamarind, but it was the chillies and spices that added these flavours. So good!

Mustard Yoghurt dip is something else!

Spicy and creamy, I could totally eat this daily. Who am I kidding? I won’t be eating it, I would be licking it off the plates, which is what I was doing here, much to the embarrassment of others!

Paneer Fasenjan ≡ Paneer (Cottage Cheese) pieces in a mildly spicy gravy with walnuts. Pomegranates were added to enhance the flavour. The gravy is not like the regular gravy we are used to having. It tastes really good!

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Paneer Fasenjan

Khuresh Bamiyan ≡ This one is our favourite from the main course. A unique combination of crisp okra (lady finger), onions, and garlic in a tangy tomato based gravy. What added to the uniqueness was the crisp chickpeas thinly sliced and added on top! Scrumptious! Loved it with the naans as well as alone!

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Khuresh Bamiyan
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Dal Adasi

Dal Adasi ≡ The traditional black lentil dal, non-spicy and perfect!

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Naan E Barbari & Naan E Kirmani ≡ Persian flatbreads are thick traditionally. Naan E Barbari has a history behind its name that comes from – barbarian, foreign, uncivilised. Both the naans were crisp and filling. Turmeric and other spices are added and the naan is topped with black and white sesame seeds.

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Naan E Kirmani
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Naan E Barbari

Ghotab ≡ The desserts were just as ravishing as the main course. Ghotab is one of the traditional sweets of Persia/Iran. Flour halwa with lots of pistachios and almonds stuffed in a gujiya style pastry and deep fried. It is finished with powdered sugar, cinnamon and rose. The halwa was also served separately. So toothsome! The addition of rose petals lifted this sweet delight to another level!

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Ghotab
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Hibiscus Passion and Mint Fizz

We also tried Hibiscus Passion and Mint Fizz from the regular menu. The mocktails were simple, no show-sha, but refreshing! Hibiscus Passion is watermelon based with lemon wedges adding a tang to it while Mint Fizz has a refreshing combination of lemon, khus and mint!

Overall Experience: The meal was satiating and gratifying, to say the least.

Amazing hospitality, good ambience and a lot of information about Persian food delivered to us by the Chefs completed it!

Head to Namak soon and experience it for yourself!

Nooshe Jan! (Bon Appetit)

Food 🙂

Ambience 🙂

Service 🙂

The Battle: With so many flavours and items to try from, it is difficult to choose with the fear of losing out! And once chosen, it is difficult to put the spoon down!

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The Good Food Company [Vile Parle]

The Good Food Company…. I guess it stands for good food that you enjoy with good company!

TGFC is one of those joints… yes those… that are famous and deserve to be so. TGFC is located in Vile Parle east, at walking distance from the station. It is a small space, with open seating….not fancy, just comfortable! They serve some lip-smacking food that is really pocket-friendly.

What have I tried here? Almost everything! And here is why :

  Chilli Cheesy Fries : Look at those fries…just look at them! Covered in delicious cheese sauce and chilli flakes! Delicious. Crispy and mouth watering!

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Chilli Cheesy Fries

Spinach Corn Cheese Toast : Perfect combination of cheese and spinach..none overshadowing the others flavour… yummy!

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Spinach Corn Cheese Toast
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Paneer Makhni Pizza

Paneer Makhni Pizza : A lip-smacking thin crust pizza, with loads of cheese and soft, succulent pieces of paneer (cottage cheese) that you can’t help but pick out and devour even before you bite into the pizza! This one is a must have!!

Pasta Alfredo and Pasta in TGFC Sauce , two delicious pasta options, one in white sauce and the other in a mildly spicy TGFC special sauce. Both cheesy and delectable.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pasta Alfredo
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Pasta in TGFC Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheesy Fries Paratha Wrap : Cheesy fries rolled up with a little more cheese sauce and chilli flakes in pita bread. Never thought such a combo can taste so good. Go for this one if you like wraps and do not mind experimenting a little.

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Cheesy Fries Paratha Wrap
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Mexican Burger

The Mexican Burger was decent too. Soft buns, with lots of vegetables and a black bean-based patty inside. Not much to write home about but not very bad either.

The beverages here are skippable. Cold Coffee and Iced Chocolate taste pretty much the same, very liquidy. Nimbu Pani is a decent option, they don’t get that one wrong.

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Buddy’s Cold Coffee

Overall Experience: Good. Just like their name. Except for the average beverages, the food here is really good.

Food 🙂

Ambience : At a place like this, this is good. It is clean and seating is available.

Service : It is a self-service outlet. The staff is friendly.

The Battle: Them fries. They are just finger licking good. I could just have all of them at once and not complain!

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