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Friday, June 29, 2018

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Smoking hot legacy

Since 1972, the city has had loyalists who swear by Copper Chimney’s North West Frontier cuisine. Joanne Pinto Pereira is still drooling over their latest at BKC.

Copper Chimney is the fruition of the grit and enterprise of founder Jagdish Kapur.  Being part of the largest displacement of humankind on this planet during the Partition of India in 1947, he left behind everything, carrying just what was close to his heart.  The rich tradition of flavours and foods is reminiscent of his years growing up near the North West Frontier Province. His culinary tryst was birthed, a quarter of a century later, in 1972 with the first Copper Chimney (CC) at Worli in Mumbai.

For Kapur, the recipes were sacrosanct. The culinary legacy which he imbibed over generations translated into a hearty menu that stuck to the abundance of his roots over the years. The guest had an interactive experience with the open kitchen as is done in the rustic exteriors of the cuisine’s origin. Fresh ingredients and consistent quality hallmarked CC on the map of the food-indulgent city.  

CC won the taste buds of the city with its redolent grilled Smoked White Pepper Chicken Chops, melt-in-the- mouth Burrah Chops, Murg Makhani, Bazaar ke Chole and finger-licking delicious Dal.

The restaurant retained their proprietary combination of secret ingredients with the original Ustads or masterchefs dishing them out, to date, in all its outlets in India as well as in Kuwait. The foray into Dubai is next.

CC’s latest offering to the city with its 13th avatar in the heart of BKC, fulfils the need of Mumbai’s business district, evident from the bustling turnout. At the entrance, frames of famed patrons like Dilip Kumar at the first CC, rows of copper bells and huge jars of spices, warmly signal what lies ahead.

The restaurant’s interiors are a contemporary art deco departure. Private Dining Rooms (PDRs), cosily tucked away from the spacious seating arrangements, are in demand. The two PDR alcoves can be combined for larger groups if announced in advance, at no extra cost.

What’s on offer?

The restrained use of colours throws the focus on the generous lunch buffet that trails the Peshawar to Delhi route, with the chefs hand-tossing expansive roomalis in the open kitchen.  The busy kitchen is well equipped to whip up their uncompromising signatures and hot replenishments alternating with fish, the statutory chicken and paneer options. The slow cooked marinated raang (leg of lamb) too makes an appearance to reward the frequent diner ( Rs 699 Monday - Saturday and Rs 799 Sunday, all inclusive). Total VFM right down to the last gulab jamun.

Soup-salad bonanza

CC’s soup-salad (part of the buffet) meal is a steal at an all-inclusive Rs 199.  Anyone who has been at BKC for a while knows this is a boon, a fulfilling lunch option bridging the gap for hungry office goers. Time and tested favourites team up with healthy inclusions like multigrain tandoor rotis.

The languid view of BKC on a Sunday from all sides of the restaurant is refreshing with a bonus of cooling rain showers. As we sip on the chatpata, slightly fizzy Delhi Shikanji ( Rs 195) the crunchy kadak roomali emerges topped with onion and tomato dressed with lime. Tip:  slide your quarter plate underneath the crispy roti and use your fingers to break your way to the centre. The idea is to have some fun. Ab E Hayat, a light vegetable and coconut water soup flavoured with turmeric and celery (Rs 175) is the way to prepare for the indulgent starters. In the vegetarian line-up are luscious Chargrilled Cheese Mushrooms and Paneer yielding to fragrant spices that kiss the palate.

We suggest you pick on just a couple of the starters like the butter soft skewered Chicken Kofta (Rs 375) and house special Lal Jhinga (Rs 795). Our personal favourite is the Chelo Kabab served on CC’s bed of buttered rice. It is all about taste in your spoonful. For those more adventurous you can opt for the Achari Whiskey to spirit up the meal.

Sweet balance

You have to make room for CC’s mains that start from the impeccably balanced Rogan Ghosh (the kid lamb had a subtle hint of black cardamom in its roasted spice blend) to their famed Dum Phukt Biryanis. For the dessert we highly recommend you sign off with the perfectly sweetened Almond Phirni Chikki Crumble (Rs 275) or  Muzaffar, (thick Lucknowi rabdi topped with golden, roasted vermicelli). A repast to remember and return for. Besides for me CC’s upcoming herb garden and the retail corner with spice blends and artisanal pickles holds a promise.

Where: Urban Plaza, 2nd Floor, Plot C-5, “GN” Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Next To Asian Heart Hospital

Contact 022 2650 0228 / 2650 0229

Hours of Operation

Lunch: Monday-Sunday, 12 pm - 3pm; Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 7pm - 11.30pm

Football fever!

VORTEX BANDRA

Vortex Bandra presents a FIFA live screening experience with what it claims is India's first ever 3D Projection mapping screen. Watch it live on a 1000 sq.f.t. projection mapping screen in HD.

Offers include a bucket of beer at Rs 396; Sheesha Combo at Rs 1500 (offer valid from Sunday to Thursday); FIFA Special at Rs 999 (KF beer three pints+one mocktail+French fries+chicken/ paneer chilly (offer valid from Monday to Thursday) and much more.

Where 5th Floor, Crystal Shoppers Paradise, Linking Road, Bandra West

When Upto July 15,  8:00 p.m. onwards

AUTUMN BAR & BISTRO

From Yellow Card to Penalty to Goal and much more… take a shot every time one of 10 things take place in the game. Opt for the packages—four shots (vodka or tequila) for Rs 1000. Or buy a pitcher of beer/ Sangria/ LIIT and get the second pitcher at a 50% discount. There’s also face painting; team enthusiasts can show their patriotism by flaunting the colours on the face with in-house face painters during the last three matches. There are other offers for pre-parties and post-parties during the semi-finals and finals.

Where Commercial Premises, Opposite Citi Mall,  Veera Desai Marg, Andheri West

When Ongoing till July 15

Time  9am to 1am

DOOR NO.1

Door No.1 - The Retro Bar has great FIFA offers, from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Buy three Kingfisher Ultra and get One Ultra free;  buy 3 Bacardi Black and get one free with a free Coke.

Where Door No.1,  Shop 1 and 2 , Ankleshwar, ONGC Colony, Reclamation, Bandra West

D:OH!

D:OH! is celebrating FIFA season with a stadium-like vibe across all three outlets i.e. Lower Parel, Fun Republic and Viviana Mall with flags, horns, bang bang sticks and whistles.

Whistle to Whistle bottomless glasses include Kingfisher Draught, Bira Draught, Smirnoff, Absolut, Stoli and Grey Goose.

The café and bar even plans on sending a lucky patron to Russia, to relive World Cup memories. Plus, there’s a free shot being thrown in for every match for ones who guess the winning team. An early bird gets to call dibs on the foosball table!

Where Oasis City (Lower Parel) | Fun Republic | Viviana Mall

When Upto July 15

It’s raining ramen

The Fatty Bao’s  Chef Prashanth Puttaswamy is serving up ramen and soupy noodles from across Asia. Step in for a bowl of noodles dunked in a rich broth, garnished with meats, spring onions, eggs and a toppings and spiked with chili oil. The ‘Raining Ramen’ special is on up to July 20. Try Mee Bakso--meatballs with broth, vegetables and rice vermicelli, from Indonesia. For vegetarians, the Vegetable Mixian is prepared with tofu, lotus chips, baby bok choy, bean sprouts, sweet and spicy miso bean sauce and scallion. Or experiment with Green Tea Ramen. Veg Ramen Soupy Noodles are from Rs 395 + taxes onwards and non-veg ones are Rs 425 + taxes onwards

​​Where Bandra: 14th and  33rd Cross Road (12:00 noon to 12:30 a.m.); Powai: Hiranandani Gardens  (12:00 noon to 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm to 1:00 am);  Andheri: Opp. Infinity Mall (Noon to 3:30pm and 7pm to 1:00 am).

Ice cream offer

Ice Cream Works has opened a new store at Warden Road, the 18th retail store in Mumbai. To mark the launch, the brand is running a special offer— buy two tubs and get one free (terms and conditions apply). Ice Cream Works uses whole milk and the offerings are 100% vegetarian, the company says. Alisha Shah, Director, Ice Cream Works, says: “Ice cream is fun, and we strive to create a whimsical, playful experience for our customers in our retail outlets.” The starting price for a single serve is Rs 72 (inclusive of taxes). The store will be open from 11 am to 11 pm throughout.

Where Ice Cream Works, Khatau Mansion, 99 D Warden Road.

When 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday-Sunday

Contact  022 2367 1375

www.icecreamworks.com

Parisian chic

Slink and Bardot has expanded their sui generis menu with flavourful recipes, straight from the cobbled lanes of France. The menu includes Mixed Pepper Piperade, Garlic Chips, and Basil Tartine, and the Sundried Tomato Pesto, Goan Chorizo and Kalamata Tartine.The Chickpea Caesar Salad is another traditional preparation with pancetta and a delicious kale (Caesar) dressing. Mains include Homemade Parppadelle, Duck a L’Orange and Asparagus Flan. End your meal with Dark Chocolate Tartelette, a bitter-sweet with a bit of savoury.

Where ​Slink & Bardot, ​329/A, Thadani House, Opposite Indian Coast Guard, Worli Village

When 7 pm - 1 am

Contact 07045904728

Sip a cocktail, read a book

Mockingbird Cafe Bar at Churchgate, which is also a fancy bar library, has introduced a cocktail menu with fresh ingredients. Tuck into a book at the library while you sip. Moonsoon specials included Mulled Wine. Or try Fig & Basil Spritzer, Just Beet It, Romeo & Julep, Tequila Mockingbird, Nutella Martini, Kitchen Martini and Moby Drink. A Nutella flavoured martini is also available for chocolate lovers.

When Ongoing, 11 am to 1 am

Where Mockingbird Cafe Bar, Churchgate

Contact 022 60226023

Steaming hot dim sum

Devour the vast dim sum menu with other Asian food at Jeon. Specials include vegetarian, chicken, prawn and the chef’s special.

Where Jeon Eatery, ​Sea Princess Hotel, ​Ground Floor, Juhu Tara Road.

When All day

Contact 022 2646 9500

Flavours of Singapore

Singapore's culinary landscape comes to the Pondichéry Café at Sofitel. The ‘Flavours of Singapore’ food festival has visiting chefs from The Fairmont and Swissôtel Singapore, Chefs James Choo Pie Jiam and Nyun Yong Soon curating gastronomic creations such as Bak Kut Teh, Singapore Chili Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teow, Bubur Cha Cha and many more similar dishes. Those with a sweet tooth can relish Abaling, Bo Bo Cha Cha, Snow Fungus Pear Soup, Mango Pomelo Sago, Durian Paste, and more.

Where Pondichéry Café, Sofitel, Mumbai BKC

When Lunch 12:30 p.m. onwards | Dinner 07:00 p.m. onwards

Date Upto July 1

Contact 022 6117 5115

Waffle destination

Grub Shub, which claims to be India’s first pure veg quick serve restaurant (QSR) chain to offer an extensive dedicated savory and sweet waffle menu, has launched its flagship outlet at King’s Circle, Matunga. Having launched their first outlet in April 2018, Grub Shub is owned and operated by Daaharsh Foods Private Limited. The menu ranges from the signature savory waffles, sweet waffles, fries, shakes and sodas and floats for any time of the day. Try the Mezze Waffle, Delhi Style Waffle Chaat, Fully Loaded Tex Mex and Dosa Waffle. End with desserts such as Wow Waffle Tukda inspired by the Shahi Tukda and the Black Forrest waffle. To accompany your meal, savour Jalapeno-Lime Spritzer and Singapore Dragon float dispensed through specially designed Retro Soda Taps.

Where Shop 5, Mohanlal Mansion, Kings Circle,

When 9 am to 1 am

Contact 9136040144

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