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Old 4th March 2009, 22:16   #616
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Recently went to 2 places.

1) Flamboyant

Its at the World Trade Centre at cuff parade.
Brilliant location since its an open to sky restaurant with a banyan tree lit up very nicely at the centre of the restaurant. A net below the tree makes sure your not eating leaves with your soup.
Each table has its own sort of tent to it. The place however felt noisy.

Had reserved a table so waiting wasnt much.

Cuisine:Chinese, Continental, Italian, Oriental, Seafood, Thai. all under one roof.
Started off with baked dim sum, golden fried corn and corn with watercress
went on for the thai curry and steamed rice. Which i felt was just plain yummy. While my folks went in fo pasta etc.
The food could get a 6/10

Service was slow. COuld be bumped up a few points though.

Damages were about 3500/- for 4. A tad bit above average.

Its had a dessert bar which i did not try out since we were headed to mosche
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The other place that i went to was

Global fusion the other china gate in Bandra. Above croma.

Price : 750 /head (all inclusive) Friday-Sat-Sun

Its a different concept to the normal dining. You've got to serve yourself to a buffet with clips. So you can eat as much as you like.

Decor is great too.
Mood lighting, orchids, bamboos, water bodies, jap styled tents etc.

STRICTLY NOT FOR VEGETARIANS. So i cant comment much on the food except i heard that the momo's are tasty.

Theres a starter section where they prepare your starters in front of you, so you need to place a clip of your table number on the dish you would prefer. These clips are on your table. And within minutes its on your table.

The main course is mainly vegetarian with curries and different kinds of rice.
They got a sushi counter too.

Dessert counter wasnt to much. Cakes of types and a icecreams from baskin i think.

I was left a little hungry after this meal. Non-veggies might like it alot.

P.S Firangi Panni has opened up opposite it.

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Post Favourite Bandra joint

My office gang frequents this joint in bandra, it used to be called Trafalgar Chowk, but has been renamed in 2009 to Cafe Goa. Its USP is the authentic Goan cuisine, its superb ambience, a private karaoke room with the Singstar Playstation and a Sony LCD TV, live music on some days etc. The management is friendly and keen to develop relations with diners. They are open to private parties and will go that extra mile to satisfy special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays.

Name/Location: Cafe Goa (ask directions for Trafalgar Chowk)

Average Cost: 1200/- for a meal for 2

Food: Specialist in Goan cuisine, fantastic Indian food as well

Service: Laidback, no hurry, no fuss. Give you your privacy and allows you to hang around as long as you like.

Ambience: Soft lighting, comfy seating, spaced out floor plan with three separate areas, outdoor, inner chamber and karaoke area.

Conclusion: Excellent food and ambience, purposefully laidback service, karaoke and excellent wine list. Best time to visit is on weekday evenings to beat the crowd.
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How about lowdown on some the good buffets across the City
Le Meridian near the airport has delicious food. Very good buffet spread. Absolutely yummy!

If your in Navi Mumbai, try Fortune. Service is bit slow but food is very good. Buffet + beer for two costs about Rs.2300.
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@dippy with beer it was 500 per person.
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Cuisine:Chinese, Continental, Italian, Oriental, Seafood, Thai. all under one roof.
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The food could get a 6/10
Usual problem with restaurants that serve all kinds of cuisines together. General in all and specialist in none.
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Oasis, Chembur: Very poor expereince. Food was bland - I ordered Chicken Hari Mirch for main course, chicken wasn't done too well and service was the pits. And to add insult, it's expensive.

Meal for 2 : Chicken starter, Cocktail, Lassi, Main course and the bill came to Rs.941. Left no tip.

If your in Chembur, just go to Orchids.
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Hello everyone,

I have been hearing a lot about this place called blue frog in lower parel. I would be in mumbai for a week in April, would like to check this place out ? Any first hand experiences and recommendations ??
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Good place. Decent Ambiance, decent food and quite decently expensive too. Give me the neighboring Hard Rock Cafe anyday!
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Hello everyone,

I have been hearing a lot about this place called blue frog in lower parel. I would be in mumbai for a week in April, would like to check this place out ? Any first hand experiences and recommendations ??
Not if you dont like odd music. On the occasion that i went, there was a guy with an electric flute, shrill and it was sheer cacophony. Loud too. To top that they will sinisterly add a sum (Rs.350/-??) to your bill per person for that. I can understand if the music is enjoyable but loud, shrill and tuneless??

The food is nothing to write home about. The Indigo level is not noticed. I prefer to eat at Indigo if i want this kind of food. Funny thing this, as its run by the same guy.

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Good place. Decent Ambiance, decent food and quite decently expensive too. Give me the neighboring Hard Rock Cafe anyday!
Ill go for that one too anyday but its not that neighbouring too.


Went to Firangipani the other day. I loved the ambience but the music is too loud, almost disco loud. Hardly anything interesting on the menu to eat and if your seated anywhere close to the bass bin, you've had it. They should give you a headache pill free with your bill. Was not expensive though.

From there, headed to Aurus. Lovely place, fantastic ambience. Great food by chef Vicky Ratnani (brother of fashion photographer Daboo Ratnani). He was with some luxury liner as a asst chef but his food is worth every penny you pay for. Of course everyone there talks about him being the Executive chef of QE-II, Queen Mary, the Royal Caribbean liners etc etc.

The place is huge but there's something about these Suburban eateries. They are confused with their entity and they all play ear splitting loud music. The place is like a cross between a lounge and a fine dining restaurant. Fine dine it is not as when the night gets younger, your table gets surrounded by young BFB (boys from Bandra)and their PYTs leaning against your chair and your table while you try to dine quietly (but unsuccessfully) with your friends. The music gets louder and unpalatable and your conversations with your friends gets thinner.

While I loved the food, im not going there again on a Friday night or at weekends.

Its also open into the wee hours of the night (I wonder how the management manage that). It resembles Vie lounge but in a better way. I guess the time to go there would be early evening before the pub crowd carve their way in.
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Hello everyone,

I have been hearing a lot about this place called blue frog in lower parel. I would be in mumbai for a week in April, would like to check this place out ? Any first hand experiences and recommendations ??
+1 one to what V-16 said.
However, if you reach before 9pm, the Rs. 300 entry fee is waived and all drink orders placed before 9pm get a 1+1 free offer.

You need to pick your night when you go to blue frog. Sometimes really good bands play there. Like tonight, "The Other People" are playing. Nice band. Plays soft rock & a little pop. Lot of Coldplay songs so i like it. They also pay at Jazz and HRC.

As V-16 said indigo is great and even indigo deli is great specially for a light snack.
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Trying to get an idea on the various options for a mid-nite buffet, apart from Meridian and Orchid.

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Marine Plaza (town) and Marriott (suburb). They even have good midnight dessert buffets.
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Marine Plaza (town) and Marriott (suburb). They even have good midnight dessert buffets.
The Marine Plaza is good. How much for the Mariott midnite buffets and which restaurants? Timings?
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The Marine Plaza is good. How much for the Mariott midnite buffets and which restaurants? Timings?
I think it was for 800 bucks a year ago.

Don't remember the name of the restaurant... its the one at the center as you descend the stairs near enigma.

Timings: Midnight buffet.. so 12am. Till 1:30am for sure don't know after that...
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Not if you dont like odd music. On the occasion that i went, there was a guy with an electric flute, shrill and it was sheer cacophony. Loud too. To top that they will sinisterly add a sum (Rs.350/-??) to your bill per person for that. I can understand if the music is enjoyable but loud, shrill and tuneless??

The food is nothing to write home about. The Indigo level is not noticed. I prefer to eat at Indigo if i want this kind of food. Funny thing this, as its run by the same guy.



Ill go for that one too anyday but its not that neighbouring too.


Went to Firangipani the other day. I loved the ambience but the music is too loud, almost disco loud. Hardly anything interesting on the menu to eat and if your seated anywhere close to the bass bin, you've had it. They should give you a headache pill free with your bill. Was not expensive though.

From there, headed to Aurus. Lovely place, fantastic ambience. Great food by chef Vicky Ratnani (brother of fashion photographer Daboo Ratnani). He was with some luxury liner as a asst chef but his food is worth every penny you pay for. Of course everyone there talks about him being the Executive chef of QE-II, Queen Mary, the Royal Caribbean liners etc etc.

The place is huge but there's something about these Suburban eateries. They are confused with their entity and they all play ear splitting loud music. The place is like a cross between a lounge and a fine dining restaurant. Fine dine it is not as when the night gets younger, your table gets surrounded by young BFB (boys from Bandra)and their PYTs leaning against your chair and your table while you try to dine quietly (but unsuccessfully) with your friends. The music gets louder and unpalatable and your conversations with your friends gets thinner.

While I loved the food, im not going there again on a Friday night or at weekends.

Its also open into the wee hours of the night (I wonder how the management manage that). It resembles Vie lounge but in a better way. I guess the time to go there would be early evening before the pub crowd carve their way in.
Is blue frog owned by Rahul Akerkar? I knew he was a partner but I thought he was more of a silent partner and not that involved with the place.. I guess since the food isn't good there really isn't any point except for people who love live music and such. Any news about the new place they're opening up at the race course? I'm really excited about it. I've never been to Aurus because I always thought it was more geared towards chilling out over a drink than an actual meal but now that you mentioned it, I'm definitly heading there when I'm back. Anyhing in particular that I should try?
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