• 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.

     

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    The Oberoi, Mumbai,

    Nariman Point, Mumbai,

    Maharashtra 400021, India

    Tel : +91 22 6632 6210

    www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-mumbai/restaurants/ziya/

     

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  • 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.

     

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    Calle de Pelayo, 4,

    28004 Madrid, Espagne

    Tel:  +34 915 22 64 13

    www.gastromaquia.es

     

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  • On our first day in Mumbai on Sunday November 3rd 2019, my colleagues and I went shopping to the Palladium Mall but before wandering around in the mall for Mumbai goods, we decided to have something to eat.

    We spotted a spacious restaurant named Ishaara, It was a place flooded with natural light, well-designed and cheerful. The teak wood furniture added to the warmth and accentuated the lively ambiance. The five of us decided to give it a try and we were blown away by the food and the service.

    The food was modern Indian cuisine, from across various regions of India, very refreshing. The corresponding sign for each dish made it easy for us to place the order with the staff -- all with speech and hearing impairement -- starting with the comforting street-food, which is a highlight here. 'Dilli Aloo Tikki', 'Bhutte Ki Khees', and 'Chicken Nukti Boti Kachori', are absolute must-haves. The 'Chicken Moringa Soup' is well-made and a flavorful treat and the Lobster Patti one must not miss. Every dish from the Rogani Roti to the steamed rice was delightful and the desserts from the Yuzu lime mousse to the Vanilla Pod Aga Agar were a knockout.

    The wine list was interesting but a little expensive for lunch so we went for the Kingfisher beers.

    The service is provided by a well-trained staff, their warmth and alertness is hard to miss. We wish we had the same level of service in restaurants in Europe, especially in France where the service is often mediocre.

    The food at Ishaara was high on flavors and textures, real and robust, without pretense. The price was easy-on-the-wallet and the portions good value for your money and much better than most Michelin-starred Indian restaurants whether in London or New York.

    A must-go while in Mumbai.

     

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    3rd Floor, No. 462, Palladium Mall, 

    High Street Phoenix, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Lower Parel,

    Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013

    India

    Telephone : +91 86575 31988

     

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  • Ting is one of those addresses that we wish we could keep to ourselves, but at Littlebôboon we just love to share good spots with our readers.

    Ting is located on the 35th floor of the Shard building as it is part of the Shangri-La hotel. As anyone would expect, the quasi-360° view from the restaurant is breathtaking.

    For our lunch on July 15th, 2019 we were seated by the window where we could see the tower of London and the London bridge.

    At Ting, they have one of the best lunch deals in London as far as we know. For 35£ we had a three-course menu

    (starters + main dish + dessert). We know that at Shangri-La food and beverages are being taken seriously so we were

    confident there would be more than the view.

    The food  at Ting could be called fusion or modern European with an Asian twist from starters to dessert, each dish was very good and beautifully dressed and presented, even the mini-burger for our kid was very good and perfectly cooked. The side dishes (Tandoori Hispi Cabbage & Green Beans) we ordered to go with our main dishes were flavorful and delicious.

    The cocktails and mocktails were  great, the wine list and the Champagne list were amazing, eventhough a little too pricy in our opinion, for lunch time.

    The service was welcoming but a little bit disoriented and slow.

    Ting was a great find and for sure next time we find ourselves in London we shall definitely book a table by the windows.

     

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  • If you wish a more intimate venue for dinner, Hide Above is definitely your place. Hide restaurant is extravaganza in every sense with three levels: ground level is like a sophisticated bistro; Hide Above, on the first floor, offers the gastronomy experience; and finally, the wine cellar level is perfect for after dinner parties or cocktails and drinks before dinner.

    We chose Hide Above to celebrate a double birthday on July 13th 2019. We did not expect to see a huge crowd and yet each level of the restaurant was full; even the two private dining rooms were taken.

    We said to ourselves it’s full and noisy, it must be good and we were notdisappointed. Hide Above offers a tasting menu of seven dishes for 115£. By London standards it seems reasonably priced.

    We started with what they calle “Vegetables; Flesh & Bones and Bread & and Broth” every single amuse bouche was very good. Four dishes stood out in our menu: the “Nest egg”, which is the chef's signature dish; the amazing “Cornish lobster” ; the “Roast Herwick lamb” and the “Green olive and olive oil ice cream”. All the produce and ingredients were irreproachable and the cooking was skillful and artful, however it was not so for every dish as the “Cured Scottish salmon with barley & seaweed” was surprisingly bland.

    The wine list at Hide Above is exceptional, one of the most if not the most incredible wine list we've had to see so far. It has around ten thousand bottles you can browse on an iPad and an additional paper ledger with at least four pages of wines by the glass and ten pages of half bottles. Most of the bottles were available at Hedonism Wine shop nearby and the rest at the cellar of Hide.

    The service was efficient and in tempo, with a multitude of accents from the four corners of Europe like in the Babel tower.

    Our dining experience at Hide Above was one of a kind. The restaurant is beautiful (that staircase!), the food is pretty good and it seems that the executive chef, Ollie Dabbous, is not one to shy away from taking risks.  Nevertheless, the place might be a bit intimidating for some who would prefer a more sober and quieter eatery.

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    85, Picadilly

    London, W1J 7NB

    Uinted Kingdom

    Tel: 020 3146 8666

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