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The Super Chinese Brunch & More

About a week ago, Ritika & I were planning to meet up on a Sunday; during a random discussion we were having, we decided to go have duck & that’s when we zeroed in on Vong Wong, one of my most favorite Chinese restaurants in South Bombay. Before I forget, on Saturday, the day before we went to Vong Wong, Rachita, Ekta & me visited Smooth, a lounge at Shalimar Hotel at Kemps Corner. This was the 1st time Rachita & me went to this place. Details of both these places & our awesome experience there follows…

Smooth!!!

Caipirojka & Watermelon Martini

Saturday morning started off with a bike ride past Marine Drive & Nariman Point. The morning was then spent strumming the guitar & playing NBA2K13 on the Xbox360. Ekta & me decided to go get drunk in the afternoon & were trying to figure where we should go for the same. Also, we were looking at trying out a new place, so post a bit of thinking, I decided on this place which I had heard about during my work days at Hungama called “Smooth”, located at Hotel Shalimar at Kemps Corner. We decided to head there at about 1 p.m. On entering the place, I was pleasantly surprised as the the look & feel of the same was pretty damn snazzy.

This be Smooth!!!

The decor was sofas & chairs in silver with white coloured walls which looked very cool. For a Saturday afternoon, the place was surprisingly empty & when i say empty there was 3 of us and the staff …. which worked well for us :-). The menu also had a great mix of food & lot of choice around alco… For food we ordered some starters which were pretty damn good & for the drinks we ordered some fruit flavored Martini’s & Caipirojka’s. Post having a couple of those, Ekta decide she wanted to have Rum, Thumbs Up & I decided to have a Bloody Marry followed by some Johnny Walker Red Label… Yup! By now we were pretty damn high / shit faced, came home & crashed. If you guys are looking at a place to hang through the afternoon which is not very noisy then Smooth is ideal; also evening is when this place gets decently crowded. Pretty well priced also for the drinks as well as food…

Best Brunch Spread Ever!!!

Yummmmy!!!

Moving onto Sunday & the brunch at Vong Wong with Ritika, Mihir, Yooti, Ekta & yours truly. Ekta & me decided to ride to Nariman point where the restaurant is located, Rachita & Ritika were out shopping at Crawford market & were joining us directly, while Mihir & Yooti took a cab. Considering it was afternoon, the weather wasn’t ideal for a bike ride but what the heck, we were totally kicked about it as we were dressed like we were in Goa & were living the same experience on the bike!!! Reaching Vong Wong, we realized they had a buffet brunch going on which was priced at about Rs 2000/- a pop with unlimited cocktails. After doing some mental math, we decided to go for the same & make the most of the food as well as the cocktails & mocktails…

Awesomeness!!!

Before I get into the awesomeness of the cocktails & super duper food, let me tell you about the ambiance of this place. The same is pretty classy, the furniture has an authentic feel; there are these giant Chinese vases, also the restaurant is very spacious and if you are a big group of people then you can book the round tables which have curtains to enclose the space & give you privacy; there are 3 tables of this sort. Also, the bar is amazing & most importantly, the view is absolutely stunning as it looks into the sea, past Nariman Point & what used to be the Oberoi Hotel which now is the Trident Hotel.

Sensational!!!

It Doesn’t Get Any Better…

Now for the food & drinks! We immediately ordered some caipirojka & some martini’s to start off with…….. the agenda, clearly, was to try all the cocktails on offer and get shitfaced, atleast Ekta & me had decided the same. Starters were served on the table – there was chilli chicken, momo’s / dim sum (5 different kinds – pork, vegetable, chicken, pakchoy and mushroom), crispy vegetables in a spicy wasabi, etc.  There were some awesome salads like Som Tam, Kimchi, tofu & french bean salad, absolutely sensational stuff!There were 3 live counters serving, make to order eggs i.e. omelets, poached eggs & eggs benedict; there was also a khao suey counter which was the hands down the best we have eaten & a counter serving duck rolls with plum sauce which was super yummy!!! There was this guy who was strumming the guitar & singing songs on request which added to the overall experience. This guy’s singing had an amazing voice at least Ekta & Ritika thought so… Another cool thing they had on offer during brunch was shots & to take that experience to the next level they had this waiter & waitress come to your table get you to open your mouth stuff it with Watermelon, Magic pops and then pour in loads of Grey Goose vodka which was the highlight :-). Post going through all of this & a crazy amount of dessert, we moved to some exotic fruit cocktails – those also were delicious & exceedingly potent but by now we didn’t care & were loving the whole experience!!!

Must Visit Vong Wong!!!

We were there for a good 3 hours and loved every moment of it! After that I rode back with Ekta which was an absolutely amazing experience  we also switched between who was riding across Marine Drive as that feeling was totally surreal. Also before I sign off, let me very highly & strongly recommend Vong Wong to all; if you like super yummy food & cocktails with a dash of an awesome experience then you must must visit this place. Finally do check out the slide show below, it has some awesome visuals which to us are like a full-on spiritual trip!!!

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Rainy Weekend

Crazy Rains!!!

This week was the rains, so no bike ride happened 😦 bummer… Primarily, the monsoons here in India, specially in Bombay, aren’t conducive to bike riding; there is decent amount of water logging, also traffic’s a bitch and roads are as slippery as icy glaciers… Having said that, if you are planning on getting your bike out during the rains, whether out of choice or duress, some basics you need to keep in mind. (Also images are not of the weekend but of past rains and how they are a problem year on year)

Damn thats a bad situation

1) Have your tyres checked for the right amount of air

2) Get tyres with better grip for the rains

3) Buy a good windcheater or raincoat

4) A good cover for the bike

5) Get all the metal work plated so that there is no rusting or corrosion

6) Have a tool box & first aid box handy so that in an emergency, if at all, you are equipped

7) Have the engine oil and brake oil also thoroughly checked

8) Carry a dry towel or napkin at all times

Moving on, Friday evening was generally an easy one wherein Rachita & me watched some serial on TV, had a nice Family dinner & closed the day. Also it had been a tough day at work so didn’t do much even though it was a Friday. Saturday morning started off with a bang, having my favorite cold coffee with some super bailey’s irish cream and chocolate sauce (Recipe for the same below). Also, as mentioned, no bike ride happened basis rains, so then decided to watch movies and chill through the day – pulled out the entire Bourne series from my collection; the POA was clear then to laze & go through movies & eat awsome food.

The Bourne Trilogy!!!

For people who don’t know, the Bourne series is about Jason Charles Bourne (born David Webb), a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of novels by Robert Ludlum and subsequent film adaptations. He first appeared in the novel, The Bourne Identity (1980), which was adapted for television in 1988. The novel was very loosely adapted in 2002 into a feature film under the same name and starred Matt Damon in the lead role.The character has appeared in eight sequel novels (the last six were written by Eric Van Lustbader) with another due to be published in 2012. Along with the first feature film, The Bourne Identity (2002), Jason Bourne also appears in two sequel movies, The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), both with Damon again in the lead role. A fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, is due to be released in 2012 but will not star Damon – the concept & story is about a black-ops agent gone rogue against the corrupted government system.

Gimme some Dimsum 🙂

Post the marathon movie session, awesome dinner cooked by Rachita was had. She made some awesome dimsum/momos & rice noodles with chinese greens which were totally spectacular! Sunday morning started getting the bike cleaned, though, couldn’t go for a ride as the rains were just not letting up. Spent the entire day lazing in bed, watching serials. Finished Vampire Diaries season 3 which was super fun! There is no one more cooler than Damon played by Ian Somerhalder… Again for dinner, Rachita made some awesome Omelet Pav I(Omelet Bread) which was the greatest in the world! In the posts through the week, I will be sharing the recipe for the same and also an interesting article on why this preparation is so iconic. Finished the day watching Supernatural and finally called it a day.

Greates Omele Pav Ever!!!

Cold Coffee Irish Style Recipe Below

Cold Irish Coffee!!!

1) Some cold milk & some good instant coffee.

2) Add some sugar to the same and drop the same in the mixer.

3) Post mixing the same, add 30 ml of bailey’s irish cream to the mix & give it another stir.

4) Finally top the mix with a generous helping of chocolate sauce.

5) The super duper coffee is ready.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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