So I had my share of biryani and Andhra food in Hyderabad, Chennai was all about my favourite-st food in the world – dosas, biryani, rasam and food that transports me back to some of the best days of my life. Goa, which is all work and no play for me, was about the most stunning Sausage chilli fry and Goan pao at George’s. And I must tell, well I would insist if I could, that you have to visit George’s when you are in Goa next, they serve some of the best food I’ve eaten. The place itself is unpretentious, all you need is to take a bite of the croquettes or dig into the Sausage chilli fry and you’ll become a devotee too. This fantastic place is adjacent to the Panjim church so it’s really hard to miss! And yes, you can wash the food down with some beer. The truth is I’ve been to Goa so often this year that I’m now familiar with the roads and for me that’s a sign of familiarity. This also reminds me, that I need to do a post on the food in this state, but let’s keep that for later.
What I did want to talk to you about today is some of the great food that I’ve been having in Mumbai.
Last week the husband and I turned two! *blush* it was in the middle of the week so we took off from work and decided to go out for lunch. With so many restaurants opening up in the city we were spoilt for choice but we decided to go with something that a) we both enjoy and b)something that meant a lot to us. So we decided to head to Aqaba in Lower Parel. This one is located at Penninsula Business Park and is pretty easy to find. Aqaba serves Mediterranean food, the husband grew up in Dubai and hence the fondness for this cuisine.
The place is bright and has a spot of greenery too, something very rare in this city, so it puts you at ease immediately. To begin with we asked for an Orange and Walnut salad, which was exactly what we hoped it would be – light, fresh and (obviously) citrusy!
|The food at Aqaba|
We were starving so we quickly ordered the Mezze platter. We opted for the Lamb Kibbeh, Hummus Ghunam (which is hummus with roast lamb), Baba Ganoush, Shish Tawouk (grilled chicken skewers) and some Fatayer (which is a pastry filled with spinach, pine nuts and flavoured with sumac). All of the dishes came in small plates, which was great, and for us the Hummus and Fatayer were the clear winners.
Post the Mezze we realised that we wouldn’t be too hungry so we settled on a pizza. We ordered for one with lamb mince, aubergine and flavoured with za’atar. Delicious wouldn’t be the word to describe this. In fact, our pizza took some time to arrive and we were getting a little restless. But one bite and we were singing! For the dessert, the husband chose to stay safe and ordered a Tiramisu but I spotted something with bitter chocolate and caramel on the menu, so I knew that no matter how full I was, I had to have this. The portion of this mousse was generous, so much so that I couldn’t finish it. The Tiramisu, on the other hand, was just alright. I’ve eaten better so I won’t say much.
So that was about something that happened during the week and now, I’ll tell you about the weekend.
I’d seen online that there was a craft beer festival happening in the city. A little more browsing revealed that there would we craft beer that’s been brewed from different parts of the country along with some special brews, to go with this there would also be a lot of food. In all it promised to be a fun afternoon. The husband is a fan of beer and I’ve taken to the brew as well, so that was reason enough to go.
As we stepped into Wodehouse Gymkhana on Sunday afternoon, the first thought that came to my mind was, “This is like a carnival!” And it was, tents of food stalls, beer flowing, lots of chatter in the air, the aroma of some great food and the sound of music. We took a look around first and decided that we just had to try the Pork belly salad from Eddie’s. So we got ourselves an Indian Pale Ale and a Bombalore to go with it. The ale was smooth, the other brew had bitter overtones but it grew on you and the salad, oh man, the salad it made us want to burst into a song, we broke into a grin at the first bite and there was just happiness all around. It was one of those dishes that you fall head-over-heels for. Slurp! I want. Again. Sigh!
|With tender pieces of pork belly, fresh greens, a flavourful dressing and studded with pork crisps, this salad was a winner|
|Look, just look, at those shades of beer|
Suddenly we realised that we were quite hungry so we got some Poutine, which is French fries with a topping and cheese, we went in for the lamb mince version. The Poutine was yumm. And then we had some superb Pepperoni pizza, which was how a good pizza should be.
|Yes, the Poutine isn’t the smartest snack but boy, is it delicious?|
|Can’t go wrong with pizza like this|
Then I went and got us some more beer. This time another special brew and one called Cider. The latter was the standout of the evening, it was light, fruity and just addictive! If there was one brew I would go back for it would be this, I declared. And I did. Twice. *grins again*
|There was Sushi and I just had to have it|
|Ah! That’s what a good burger looks like|
The husband decided the moment he spotted the burger stall by Woodside that he had to get himself one, so he got this Chicken piri piri burger with bacon. The burger patty was delish – spicy, herby and juicy; the bacon added that wonderfully smoky touch. Drool! This time I opted for some Sushi – salmon and crab – to go with the beer. I know Sushi and beer is not a very common combination but, if you know me well enough you’ll know I don’t do common. I was a happy girl, okay, fine, high, at the end of it and the husband was pleased with all the beer and grub. We agreed that this had the trappings of a perfect, lazy Sunday afternoon. And we also agreed that the city needs more events like these. Here’s hoping! Cheers!