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Looking for one fancy lunch, one pub night, and plenty of cheap eats in Edinburgh

Thanks, Marcusj! I managed to get a weeknight reservation at The Kitchin, but I am thinking I can afford a lunch at 21212. But yes, I love seafood so any recommendations there are welcome. Mussel Inn seems to have been mentioned a few times as well on other threads.

Jul 20, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Top end recommendations in Singapore?

I loved Andre. I went last year, in October, and they had an anniversary menu going on. It was such a superlative dining experience - I don't think anything was off the mark at all. Worth everything we spent on it, though as I said we really lucked out with the anniversary menu. I thought the execution was stunning, the courses were planned impeccably for such a vast menu. I'm sure others who have compared and contrasted the other options can give the current scenario, but if Andre standards have fallen I will be sorely disappointed.

Jul 19, 2014
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Flavors of Italy- Delhi

Nice! On the subject of Italian: I've heard that the Cafe at the Italian Embassy/Consulate (forget which) is run by Ritu Dalmia and is actually better than Diva, and less expensive.

Jul 19, 2014
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Mumbai street food in the UK

Yeah, Kailash Parbat is good. The style they use isn't strictly "Mumbai Street Food" - it started off in Mumbai as a standalone restaurant doing a lot of (still) novel sindhi (now a region in pakistan) recipes like aloo tuk, dal pakwaan and deep fried lotus stem and a savory crepe called Koki. That's actually what I like most there. They also use arbi root (colocassia) which isn't something you'll see everywhere.

One thing you don't see on any Kailash parbat menu that I see here http://kailashparbat.co.uk/menucard/M... though is beer and wine! "Sindhi beer" is supposed to be a big bottle of buttermilk (for the record it's on the menu as 'chaas in pitcher')

Jul 18, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Looking for one fancy lunch, one pub night, and plenty of cheap eats in Edinburgh

Update: I tried to get a reservation at the Kitchin for dinner (YOLO and all that) and I'm going at the end of September and they were all booked out and had exactly one space on a Wednesday - I was looking for a booking for Friday.

Also looking at Mussel Inn because I love seafood and it doesn't seem really expensive (I hope they do takeaway!)

Jul 16, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Ooh.

From my home state, Goa: fish curries. I don't think anyplace else does it better in terms of balancing spice with the delicateness of the fish and not overwhelming it.

From where I live now: Tamil Nadu: The mutton (goat) uppukari and chukka. Fatty delicious pieces of goat meat in a pepper/cumin/chilli based thick sauce, or a stir fry. I don't think any State in India does goat meat better than Tamil Nadu regional cuisine.

Jul 16, 2014
MumbaiCentral in General Topics
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Mumbai street food in the UK

:) Thing about street food is that the street is what gives it the real awesome factor: in the sanitized environment of restaurants it somehow doesn't match up. At least that's what happens when restaurants in India try having 'street food' festivals. Am heading to London for 3 months in September and while I'm not looking to eat Indian, I do have chaat cravings that spring up every now and then so I'm looking forward to that review. Cheers!

Jul 16, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Mumbai street food in the UK

Sure. Pao bhaji, which is a traditional mash of vegetables sauteed in butter (Amul butter to be precise) and garnished with more butter, chopped onion, and lemon, and served with bread buns toasted with, you guessed it, more butter, is a huge favorite.

Another is vada pao, which is a carbloading burger if there was one - stir fried boiled potato with garlic and cumin (among other spices) is shaped into balls and dipped into a chickpea flour batter, and deep fried. This is packed into a pao (bun) which is smeared with a hot garlic and chilly chutney. It's a street favorite.

Deep fried bhajiyas and pakoras (which is like tempura except with chickpea flour), samosas are also popular on the streets.

Chaat is synonymous with the use of fresh chopped vegetables and spicy and sour and sweet chutneys in various combinations. Bhelpuri is puffed rice tossed with chopped veggies like tomatoes and onions, and the chutneys. Sev Puri is flat disk like canapes topped with boiled potato and garnishes and the chutneys, and Dahi Puri/Dahi Batata Puri are hard pooris which are pierced and stuffed with potato and topped with chutneys and yoghurt. There's also pani puri, which is when the whole potato stuffed puri gets dunked in a bowl of spicy water mixed with chutney and you have to put the whole thing in your mouth.

You also get a lot of Indian chinese on the streets of Bombay, but I don't know whether that's going to figure on the menu.

Jul 16, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Ledbury, or something else?

Update: I called them, they do take reservations for one, but not on opentable. :/

Jul 16, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Ledbury, or something else?

Thank you! Yes, I was looking at Hedone as well. Since I'm there for 3 months I'm looking to do one high end place a month - maybe the third month I'm looking at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Jul 16, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Ledbury, or something else?

Thanks! Will look at Le Gavroche for lunch, their business lunch looks good!

Re Ledbury: Opentable doesn't do tables for one - 2 is the minimum :(

Jul 16, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Looking for one fancy lunch, one pub night, and plenty of cheap eats in Edinburgh

Hi AWaiting, thanks!

I'm going to book The Kitchin and was also suggested Gardeners Cottage for dinner. Sadly we'll be staying at a hotel and not a hostel with a kitchen facility where I could cook up my own sausages - but that said maybe I can load up on a full Scottish breakfast and just skip straight to dinner!

Jul 15, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Ledbury, or something else?

I'm in London for a 3 month fellowship and I plan to skimp through the week and make my Friday night worthwhile, Chow style.

Discussion boards seem to say that Ledbury is THE place to be. I'm going to have to make the reservation from my home Country (worth it!) but do they take tables for one?

Is there any other dining experience that I should be budgeting for, in the same price range as Ledbury (without wine) or a place that I can do a lunch at instead of a lavish dinner, just to get the experience.

Looking forward to your replies. Thanks!

Jul 15, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

The Marina, Chennai - amazing seafood, finally!

I was always perplexed about why there wasn't any good seafood restaurants in Chennai and why every place was trying to push basa in the name of maritime delights (ugh). Chennai is a coastal city with a fish eating culture - the fish monger has so many options but most restaurants have only a few: neithilly (fresh anchovies), king fish, prawns, crab sometimes, and a shredded shark meat preparation called suraputtu.

Marine, at college road, is an absolute revelation. They have their own trawlers, engage in "sustainable fishing", and have the complete array of fish that a fish monger has available, and then some. You pick the fish you want, and it is prepared as per your liking from the options available - including grilling it, curries, fries and even regional preparations like Meen moily and pollichattu (the former being a mild coconut based curry, the latter being a spicy masala fish, typically the pearl spot, that's seared in oil and then steamed in a banana leaf.) They can get a little carried away with the cooking bit, so you need to instruct the staff not to batter fry the fish if you don't want it that way. The best part about the Marina is that I've got to try a lot of fish that was unfamiliar to me (I used to live on the west coast). It's pricey - depending on what you order (the fish is charged per 100 grams) it comes to about 800-1000 bucks a person.

If anyone is visiting Chennai I'd definitely suggest you make this restaurant a part of your itinerary.

Jul 03, 2014
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

So I think it depends on where you are - at an Indian wedding buffet this is totally acceptable, as are at most hotel buffets I've been to. It really depends on two things, to my mind:
1. Whether cutlery is picked up along with the plate: In some situations you pick up a fork along with the plate, and then you can prod at your own food with your own fork, that's okay.
2. Whether it is a gravy item or a dry thing like a chip or wedge like you said. A chip or wedge is perfectly okay in my book. If someone starts carving their slice of chicken while waiting for the potatoes that is, ugh.

Jul 03, 2014
MumbaiCentral in Not About Food

Wanted: South Asian Salads or Lightly Cooked Recipes

Hey - I know this is an old thread but still thought you'd like a reply!

1. Shred equal amounts of cabbage and carrot in your food processor. Heat some ghee in a pan, add cumin and mustard seeds. Let them sizzle and pop (not too long, else they will burn) and throw in a slit green chilli, immediately followed by the grated vegetables. Add salt and sugar to taste, and toss about till to your desired level of doneness. Keep it crunchy!

2. Dice some cucumber and mix it in some greek yoghurt. Roast some cumin and powder it, and season your "raita" with it. Add salt and sugar to taste.

3. 1 small head of cauliflower, 1 large potato. Boil the potato and cube it. Seperate the cauliflower into florets and soak for 1/2 hour, drain the water. Heat oil in a pan (be liberal), add a tsp of cumin and let it sizzle and turn a little darker, and put in the drained florets. Cover for like 5 to 7 minutes and check - they should have cooked a bit in their steam and look al dente. Don't add water. When done, add the potatoes. Sprinkle a teaspoon of cumin powder made from cumin that's been roasted, and a teaspoon of corriander powder, salt, and cayenne if you like, along with 1/2 tsp turmeric. Mix well and stir fry, add more oil if you need to. This has to be really dry to be a good aloo gobhi.

4. Panchphoran is a mix of spices you should be able to find or make on your own - equal parts of fenugreek, nigella, mustard (or radhuni), cumin, fennel seeds. Take a teaspoon of this and add it to some hot oil in a pan. when it begins to do its thing, add about 2 lbs chopped tomatoes- blanched and peeled, if you can, and be careful because it's going to splutter. Add a green chilli or two as well. Mix well, and flavour with brown sugar and salt. Makes a really nice alternative to salsa.

Hope this helps!

Jul 03, 2014
MumbaiCentral in Home Cooking

Goa/Candolim, help!

I know this is an old thread but still. The thing about shacks is that so many people find a random shack, rave about it, but in reality there's nothing much going for it :/

Anyway a few non shack places that are really good and have been around for a while:
1. Florentine, Saligao - the chicken cafreal and chips is to die for. Just that and a beer will suffice nicely.

2. If you want a nice fish-curry-rice, Kamlabai is a huge hit among the locals, and is just outside Mapusa.

3. In Candolim I really don't mind Souza Lobo. It's very relaxed to sit near the beach after a swim and have the butter garlic and rava fried stuff. I don't care much for Britto's to be honest. But I would have breakfast at Infantaria.

4. If you are in Panjim visit Fontainhas - you can find Viva Panjim there which is really really nice - the food is cheap, service a little scatterbrained but Linda Aunty is lovely. When you get rava fried fish, ask for the red (rechado) chutney to be served alongside. Local favorites for goan food are also the new Casa Bhonsale, and the old Ritz Classic. There's also O Cozinherio on the way to dona paula. But easy to get caught up in the multicuisine net in Goa, sadly.

Jul 03, 2014
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Recommendations for Geneva, Lucerne and on the Golden Pass on the way back

Hi everyone,

I'm in Geneva for 2 1/2 days on a study tour, staying near the UN. I'm on a student budget so would like some cheap options (I'm diabetic so preferably low carb - so cheese and meat is welcome) to eat. I understand that Switzerland and Geneva in particular are ridiculously expensive.

I'm then planning to head to lucerne and spend a day there before taking the golden pass back. I don't mind spending a little more in Lucerne if there is a pub of gastronomic experience I absolutely should not miss. I'd like to do the train to Mt. Rigi so a place to pick up some lunch to have myself a picnic would be great.

Finally - if it worth eating on the train or should I just stock up before my journey?

Thanks in advance!

Jul 02, 2014
MumbaiCentral in Europe

Looking for one fancy lunch, one pub night, and plenty of cheap eats in Edinburgh

Just checked the Crombies website - they don't seem to sell cooked sausages, or maybe I'm missing something. Do they, or is there any place that does that you recommend?

Jul 02, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Looking for one fancy lunch, one pub night, and plenty of cheap eats in Edinburgh

Thank you!

Jul 02, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Looking for one fancy lunch, one pub night, and plenty of cheap eats in Edinburgh

Oh thank you! Such a wonderful response. Will look into all these options thanks :)

Jul 02, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Looking for one fancy lunch, one pub night, and plenty of cheap eats in Edinburgh

Hi guys,

I'm going on a study tour of Edinburgh in late September after which I plan to head out on a Haggis Tour for the weekend. I have lunch and dinner on Friday to myself and was following the boards which seem to indicate that 21212, the Grain Store, and Kitchin are the best options. I'm planning to do the cheap thing of grabbing a set lunch at one of these places because the dinner seems unaffordable on a student budget.

So my questions are:
1. Given a choice, which should I pick for lunch? I'd prefer cheese to dessert if that's relevant. And yeah if I've missed a good restaurant here please let me know.
2. Do I need reservations for lunch and how far in advance should I look to make a booking?
3. In case I can spring an escape during the tour I'd like to grab lunch at the second best option, so which of these places am I likely to get a table at for lunch, sans reservations?

For the rest of the time, I'd love options for cheap (low carb) eats in Edinburgh including places to buy some good sausage as takeaway. Staying near the University of Edinburgh for the duration of the study tour.

And for the Friday night, one nice pub where I can possibly visit alone (staying near St. Andrew's Square most likely the night after) and have my much awaited Edinburgh pub experience.

I know this is a whole jumble of questions, thanks in advance for the replies!

Jul 02, 2014
MumbaiCentral in U.K./Ireland

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Oh yes, well, we'd love to try set menus for lunch. A Sardinian friend has recommended this http://www.cugini.com.sg/ as close to the real deal, and also http://www.carnivore.com.sg/. My friend and I are actually on a low carb (keto) diet, and so we are only going to eat carbs that are absolutely, completely worth it (eg: a hainanese chicken rice is welcome, but not a biriyani) Our budget is flexible - but we'd like to start low, if you know what I mean :p

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Oh....yes I forgot about that. Thank you for those recommendations!

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Thanks! I saw some of your replies on the boards - is the Old Airport Road food centre the best food centre in town?

My friend hasn't been to either THW or DTF so we think we'll hit those anyway. I was also looking at your Taste Paradise reviews and that roast pork looks amazing! When you say $165 a head, is that a set menu? It seems worth splurging on :)

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Hey hey guys!

A friend of mine and I are making a trip to Singapore in October for about 10 days, and our only agenda is food. Sadly, we aren't really that well off (and the rupee crumbling isn't helping our cause) but we have enthusiasm and energy and no dietary restrictions. We refuse to eat Indian food in Singapore unless its something absolutely outstanding.

Right now, we have a few must eats on our list:
1. Hainanese Chicken Rice
2. Satay
3. Laksa
4. Crab Bee Hoon
5. Char Kway Teow
6. Yong tau foo
7. Peking Duck
8. Yusheng

I've heard that there's a Din Tai Fung and Tim Ho Wan in Singapore and since I visited DTF in Taipei and HK (and Bangkok, damn I love dem XLBs) and Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and I loved them. But if I can do better in Singapore, do let me know.

From cuisines - Cantonese, Teochew, Sichuan, Malay, Perankan - I don't know, we'd like all, but the budgetary constraints hurt a lot. :(

I'd also like to give the Korean BBQ Buffets a shot (though in Chennai thanks to Hyundai and Samsung we get pretty authentic Korean stuff) and the Brazilian Meat Spreads and maybe even the best burgers and pizza in Singapore.

We are starting with a basic daily allowance of 50 Singapore dollars a day for food, though we have been advised that one really great blowout meal is totally worth it. I don't think we can do more than 150 singapore dollars for that meal, unless it's really, really, really, worth it.

I know it's boring advising people on budgets, but please help! :D

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Upcoming Trip: Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Agra

In Delhi please make a reservation and eat at Indian Accent. Its a revolutionary take on Indian food. Do the chefs tasting menu. You won't regret it.

Hyderabad try the biryani at Shadab. They also do.a fabulous haleem but am nitin sure its available through the year.

Oct 24, 2012
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Restaurants that won't let you 'have it your way"

I think it's fair, I mean, it tampers with the original creation and perhaps the flavours wouldn't blend as well as they would if there were Jalepenos. There are restaurants which refuse to have vegetarian menus or options saying that it interferes with their style, which is fine, I don't see the issue. The waiter could have just suggested a non-Jalepeno alternative, I don't see why they needed to get so ethical about it.

Jan 04, 2012
MumbaiCentral in Not About Food

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Sounds fabulous. When are you here? You can pick the place and we can come join you. And for the lizard we shall keep sufficient options available :D

Dec 29, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Shakshuka for a crowd

That's an awesome plan. I don't know about the logistics for that large a group - I have Ottolenghi's "Plenty" which has a Shakshuka recipe. His recipe says to "cook on a very (!) gentle heat for 10-12 minutes or until the eggs are just set". Am guessing that you should make your pepper mix in advance and let it sit in the fridge. (Our Shakshuka tasted even better the next day) Preheat your oven on maybe 325F and the pans as well, take the pans out, put the pepper mix in which will heat it up. Then you can break the eggs in and I think the same 10 - 12 minutes should do since your pans will be pretty big. But keep a watch because the eggs will keep cooking after you take it out and you want a nice runny yolk. Or at least I do.

Dec 29, 2011
MumbaiCentral in Home Cooking