Food at Navratna Veg Restaurant, Vashi

I love the Mysore Sada Dosa at Vashi's Navratna restaurant... I think I almost place the same order every time. It is simply delicious, especially with the red chutney that you must ask for if they don't bring it along the sambhar and the coconut chutney.

However, this once we decided to try out bhel puri. Well aware that the 'special' bhel puri would be too sweet with the fruits and all, we ordered the regular bhel. But we were left very disappointed. Looks like size zero is in for food items as well. The 'sweet' bhel was elegantly served in a super small dish. Off the topic, but I have had a similar observation with the chocolates as well. Do you also feel that the Cadbury Dairy Milk and 5 Star chocolates (Rs 5 ones) have become slimmer and smaller? How I regretted not having the dosa!

Anyway, I still love the restaurant and would keep visiting again... only that I would order my favorite dosa the next time!

By the way, the filter coffee as well as the Nescafe served at Navratna are amazing!

New Year 2010-2011 Party Venues in Mumbai / Navi Mumbai

As we approach the end of another year, we look forward to ring in the new year in style. This is true for all Mumbaiites, right? Now if you are looking for New Year Parties in Mumbai / Navi Mumbai, you have reached the right place. Like the previous year, I'll try my best to list out all the New Year's Eve celebrations in Mumbai as well as Navi Mumbai.

New Year's Eve 2011 - Parties and Hotel Packages in Mumbai / Navi Mumbai 

EsselWorld Bignite 2011
Cost: Rs 990 per person
DJ Rink, open-air disco, welcome carnival, magical parade, live statues, tattoo artists, tarot readers, face painters, unlimited rides, exciting activities and delicious food.

Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu
Cost: Rs 7250/- (+ tax)
Offer valid for stay in select rooms between 24th - 26th December 2010 and 31st December 2010 - 3rd January 2011. Includes breakfast.
Hotel website:

Hotel Renaissance Powai 
Cost: Rs. 35991.00 for 5 Adult Couple Passes
Party with DJ Akhtar
Unlimited 5 course buffet style meal and beverages, 9 pm onwards

Hard Rock Cafe, Worli

Cost: Rs 4000 per person
New Year`s Eve @ Hard Rock Cafe will be rocking with Gabriel Antonio and DJ AJ (Arjun Shah)

Ramada Hotel Powai  
Cost: Per couple: Rs 5555, Per stag Rs 2999, Per Kid Rs 1999
It's gonna be four themes including Punjabi bhangra theme and lounge. DJs Brinston and K2 Hot will make you rock.
Highlight - Special section only for the kids!

Royal Orchid Central Grazia, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Cost: Rs 4500 per couple, Rs 2500 per stag
DJ party and an icy theme

Shikara Restaurant, Sanpada
Cost: Rs 800
Includes an elaborate buffet (excl. alcohol)
Hotel website:

Four Points by Sheraton, Vashi
Rs 6500 per couple
Live performance by Jyotsna of Indian Idol fame, Comedy show by Shrikant of Laughter Challenge fame, Live DJ, Unlimited food and beverages

The rates might be subject to change as we approach 31st December

Shagun Restaurant, Sea Princess Hotel, Juhu – Review

Strategically located in the heart of the city and overlooking the ever-popular Juhu beach, Sea Princess Hotel enjoys one of the best locations in Mumbai. The five-star boutique hotel has much to enthral you with its luxuriously appointed sea facing rooms, banquets and three restaurants  - The Lagoon, the Princess Lounge and Shagun.
Shagun Restaurant, Sea Princess Hotel., Juhu, Mumbai
Here’s the review of Shagun, Sea Princess’ multi-cuisine restaurant created around a warm Mughal theme:

The ambience:
Fine paintings, an opulent chandelier, wooden furniture welcoming reds and whites... the restaurant spells a Mughal theme. The live ghazals by Asif Iqbal and Pappu Lutch smoothly blend into the evening and when they sing your requests, you know what it would have been like to be a part of the Mughal Darbar.

Chef Kaikoy Bokdawala
The food: Kaikoy Bokdawala, the chef at Shagun, has taken enough care to create an elaborate menu to please both the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians.

We stared the course with Jaljeera (a refreshing cumin drink) and Tomato Pudina Rasam (essentially tomato soup). Now as these are perfectly prepared, they raise your expectations for the preparations to follow.

For starters, we tried Kebab Gul-e-Gulzar (vegetarian) and Murg Malai Paan (chicken). Kebab Gul-e-Gulzar tasted just fine, but the consistency did not quite satisfy the palate. Murg Malai Paan surprised us with its interestingly different flavour but the chicken could have been softer. However, the amazing green chutney made up for all of that!

Murg Malai Paan
Kashmiri Mutton Rojan Josh, our choice for the main course, is a treat to the taste buds. The rather spicy dish is something we would order again in our next visit. Dal Peshawari, a black dal preparation served in a little bowl completely satisfies the dal lovers. Paneer Lababdar (a cottage cheese preparation) though needs to be still more ‘lababdar’.

For dessert, we opted for the Moong Dal Badam Halwa, but something was amiss here too.

Kebab Gul-e-Gulza
Service and staff: Shagun’s hospitality is worth a mention. The well-trained hotel staff offers prompt and impeccable service. They would not constantly hover around you, something that we personally dislike. Yet, they would be right there when they must be. The service is prompt. Perfect!

Washrooms: As I always mention in my reviews, I believe that if the washrooms of a restaurant / hotel are separate for men and women, clean and with all the necessary amenities, the hotel is good and maintains complete hygiene. I was not disappointed at Sea Princess.

Shagun Restaurant Rating: I would give the restaurant 3 on 5.


Chef Kaikoy Bokdawala and the live ghazal singers Asif Iqbal and Pappu Lutch are associated with Sea Princess for over a decade.
Shagun was earlier known as Orient. The restaurant was rechristened and the ambience converted into Mughal theme early in the year 2010.

    Click here for the official website of Sea Princess Hotel and know more about Shagun and the other restaurants of the hotel.

    Location and contact details: Juhu Tara Road, Juhu Beach, Santacruz (West), Mumbai - 400 049.Tel: 022-26469500 , 91 22 26611111 / 6692 4455. Email:

    - Review by Anuradha and Mrinal

    Review of Hotel Perfect in Karol Bagh, Delhi

    We recently took up an IRCTC Himachal Pradesh tour package. The journey from Mumbai started on 19th June 2010. It comprised a night’s stay at Delhi’s Hotel Perfect located at Karol Bagh. Unfortunately, just after making payment for the package, we happened to read TripAdvisor reviews about the hotel. Click here and you’d know why we were extremely worried about the stay there. It was too late to do anything about it, so we went to the hotel with zero expectations and prepared ourselves to book another hotel in Delhi if need be.

    Now either we got the cleanest room or the hotel management has improvised things after actually going through the reviews. All in all, we were not disappointed.

    Asian Kitchen restaurant, Sky Grill at Sheraton’s Four Points hotel

    We had been planning to dine at one of the restaurants of Sheraton’s Four Points hotel in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on my husband’s birthday. He awaited the opening of Sky Grill after noticing the continuous ads promoting the launch. So on his birthday, we planned to be at the Sky Grill for dinner. However, we reached at around 10.45 pm, when the open air restaurant was about to close. They had this board on the entrance displaying the vegetarian (Rs 650*) and non-vegetarian (Rs 750*) barbeque menu for the day and were about to close. They said they will close soon, but we can definitely dine and that they would be serving on the table. However, we were not impressed by the ambience of the Sky Grill (resembled a very ordinary seating and buffet-type setting) and decided to opt for the hotels’ other restaurant Asian Kitchen.

    Here’s the review of Asian Kitchen:

    Nimantran Restaurant in Belapur - Review

    We visited Nimantran Family Bar and Restaurant in Belapur (Navi Mumbai) last weekend. We were more than pleased to have opted for it given the array of restaurants in Belapur. For the guys it was a bonus since the restaurant had LCDs and we reached during a twenty-twenty match.

    Well, it was the first time we visited sector 15 of Belapur that's literally garnished with a great variety of restaurants. If I am not wrong there must be at least 15 of them (oh is it why they call it sector '15'?). Anyways, here's the review of Nimantran Family Bar and Restaurant that you must visit:

    Abbott Hotel Vashi - The Creek Restaurant Review

    It was my birthday and I wanted to treat my family at a nice restaurant that serves excellent food in Vashi, Navi Mumbai. I did not want to take any chances with the quality of food and ambiance so I consulted a few friends. My friend Ratish recommended Abbott hotel and we finalized it. I am so glad about the choice and thankful to Abbott for making my day special. Here's the review of Abbott Hotel's The Creek Restaurant that I strongly recommend:

    Horseland Hotel & Mountain Spa, Matheran: Review

    Horseland Hotel & Mountain Spa is the ultimate resort in Matheran. I have visited Matheran several times but always ended up staying at MTDC, the Maharashtra tourism's resort that had won my heart with excellent location, service, food, cleanliness and super spacious rooms. So when I leant that it is undergoing renovation, I had to opt for another resort in Matheran. This of course was a very tough call, more so because I wanted to spend the first three days of 2010 in Matheran.