Ziya restaurant in Mumbai is a modern Indian restaurant, with menus by the Michelin star chef Vineet Bhatia. The restaurant is located in the elegant Oberoi hotel in Mumbai with breathtaking panoramic views of the Mumbai bay and the Arabian sea.
Ziya got great reviews in the press everywhere in India and we had high expectations when we went there for dinner on Sunday November 3rd 2019. Probably too high in respect to the reputation of Vineet Bhatia, but our dinner fell a little bit short: every bite was good, tasty but compared to our lunch earlier at Ishaara, the cooking was less refined and one notch below. Our Ziya Tasting menu was not well balanced and a little too copious to our taste.
The wine list was excellent, especially for Indian wines. All fifteen French guests at our dinner were amazed and greatly surprised by the quality and finesse of the Indian wines we drank, be it white or red.
The service was top notch as expected in such a high-end venue.
Dining at Ziya was a nice experience, but somehow it left us a little bit frustrated probably because we had too great expectation from Vineet Bhata.
The Oberoi, Mumbai,
Nariman Point, Mumbai,
Maharashtra 400021, India
Tel : +91 22 6632 6210
Initially, we wanted to lunch at the Sant Anton market in Madrid, but by the time we got there on Saturday November 9th 2019 at 2pm all the restaurants and Tapas bars were full, so we had to improvise and find a place to eat for the seven of us.
By chance after walking five minutes away from the market and turning onto the Calle de Pelayo at number 4, we found Gastronomaquia, The name and the look of the restaurant appealed to us and by checking the menu all of us wanted to taste their cooking.
It was our lucky day as they had one big table left, near the kitchen, that could sit our party of seven. Everything on the menu looked good, so we decided to order several entrées to share such as mushroom croquettes, tuna tartar, grilled goat cheese and tiradito Gastronomaquia. These entrées confirmed our first impression: they were all tasty and pretty good, but the best was yet to come with their “A Banda” rice, their own version of the paella with mussels, clams and gambas. To conclude this very nice lunch, we had a Mojito sorbet and chocolate cake, both delicious.
The wine list was very interesting, the white wines particularly caught our attention and we selected a dry white wine from the island of Lanzarote in the Canaries called Bermejo Seco. This too was a lucky and amazing find.
The service was very nice and welcoming.
Gastronomaquia was a genuine serendipity and a good alternative from the eateries at Sant Anton mercado. It deserves to be discovered when you travel to Madrid.
Calle de Pelayo, 4,
28004 Madrid, Espagne
Tel: +34 915 22 64 13
Madrid vs Barcelona... Could be the 21st century's tale of two cities, it is definitely the real "clasico", in terms of football of course but also just about everything else: from architecture to gastronomy, from culture to lifestyle, from entertainment to geography.
Madrid has certainly more titles in la Liga and the Champion's League, but for design and architecture, Barcelona is one step ahead with iconic landmarks such as la Sagrada Familia -- certainly one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. Madrid cannot compete in that area, it is a clear win for Barcelona.
However Madrid has more famous museums like the Prado, the Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Barcelona has the beach and the Mediterranean sea, Madrid does not.
Madrid has a more vibrant and active nightlife than Barcelona.
Barcelona offers more cultural events and festivals like Primavera, Sonar sound festival, Sant Jordi or the neighborhood celebrations of Gracia and Merce.
Going to the movies is more affordable in Barcelona than Madrid's €16.70 single-ticket!
Barcelona has greater weather than Madrid where it is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.Kids are well looked after in both Madrid and Barcelona. There are some good science museums in both cities. Kids will appreciate the modern art of Picasso and Dali (perhaps even more than most adults), and there's plenty of it in both cities. But it is Barcelona's modernist art like Parc Güell that will capture the children's imagination best.
For foodies it might be a little bit cheaper to eat in Madrid, but if you want to taste great food, Barcelona is your city with its Michelin starred restaurants, its creativity and audacity, even the tapas and the paellas are better in Barcelona.For the Littleboboon team, it's a tie: if you want to have a great weekend with nice weather, sunbathing on the beach, beautiful architecture and incredible creative food, Barcelona is your pick. But if a lively nightlife, cheap tapas and great museums are what you are looking for then you will have to go for Madrid.
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