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Easy on the Pocket & High on Taste Quotient: Gaylord’s Steal-a-Meal

It was a walk down memory lane. I actually stepped into Gaylord at Churchgate Mumbai after several years. Really don’t don’t why. Nothing had changed. The staff was still as warm and courteous and yes, my old favourite dishes were still a part of the menu.  Thank God. Of course several new additions were there too. Justifiably so.

For a change I was here to sample the new Steal-a-Meal. A set Indian menu for lunch which changes daily and offers a variety of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. The Monday menu can be enjoyed again on a Thursday, Tuesdays and Fridays have the same offerings and what you eat on a Wednesday is there again only on a Saturday. So there’s a chance you will be trying new dishes each time you go there.

Our Non-veg platter arrived. The spread looked appetizing and was aesthetically presented. Goan prawns curry, Pindi chole, waldorf salad, pineapple raita, murg seekh kebab, jeera rice n rotis were part of the meal. Whew! That was a lot of food. Given the taste and quality of the food, that meal sure is a steal!

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A visit to Gaylord is incomplete without its Continental food, so I could not resist ordering their Chicken A la Kiev. Truly delectable. Made me so nostalgic. The creamy, butter mushroom filling simply melt in our mouths and the crusty covering over the chicken breast was done to perfection. Absolutely divine. The steamed rice and boiled veggies along side are the perfect accompaniment. We savoured each morsel, slowly and leisurely.

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The food there is value-for-money and the portions large. The attentive staff is there for the guests always, should you need anything. And it is service with a smile, that enhances the dining experience.

We rounded off our lip-smacking meal with a caramel custard, again, an old favourite. the caramel was made exceedingly well, with the right amount of sweetness and the custard, creamy, just the way I like it. I was satiated. But have to go back for Peach Melba and Baked Alaska. These are desserts very few restaurants today offer.

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So, if you’re around Churchgate for lunch, don’t miss this affordably priced meal.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Trifecta: This one’s worth a try

Although Trifecta, the newly opened restaurant at Royal Garden, Juhu, looked classy and appealing, the dining experience initially proved to be a tad disappointing for me. The Oriental food section on the menu seemed unusual and extraordinary in terms of the choice of dishes. I was excited, but as I ate the first spoonful of my burnt garlic chicken soup, I realised it contained oodles of MSG aka ajino moto, which I am severely allergic to.

That was rectified, but it was a long wait before my Homemade Spring Chicken Tortellini, Garden Vegetable Broth arrived. It was mediocre in taste, although had a great visual appeal.  The lemon grass chicken potli too was extremely dry and the flavours were not too exciting. The chicken satay and steamed chicken momos, which my friend tried, passed the test with flying colours.

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For me, Trifecta was a washout, but alas I was wrong. As soon as our main course, of the Grilled Basa with Potato Rösti in Curry Lemon Sauce and Florentine Duxcelle Stuffed Chicken Breast, Creamy Mash with Porcini Dusted Sauce was served, I was floored. Not only was the presentation par excellence, but the flavours, textures and taste, too were unparalleled. These were easily five star quality dishes which Chef Sandy aka Sarvesh had created. And that too, at affordable prices. Incredible.  The continental cuisine is easily one of the best I have ever had. They have a vast array of Indian food too, but we decided to skip that.

The dessert, bailey’s mousse cake, made in-house, was exotic to say the least.

It is a swanky place with a great ambience and good food. The F&B staff needs to get a little more proactive, attentive and energetic and be able to give suggestions to the guest.  The person serving us was exceptional though.

It is a perfect choice for an exciting continental meal. The well-stocked bar too is an added plus for those who drink. It is definitely worth a try!

Unplugg- Wine dine & retro Review

It can easily be missed, if you are not observant. Yet, to those who know Uncle’s Kitchen junction, in Malad, it is an address you can easily find. In fact it is a part of the Uncle’s Kitchen management.

Upon entering, the smoking section, puts you off at first, but climb the stairs and a nice seating area and bar awaits you. The view of the busy street in the evening is nice too. The music is an instant attraction. Peppy and vibrant, it has you tapping your feet in a jiffy. The menu is quite unusual. A lot of continental fare, pastas, pizzas and yes Indian food too.

The chicken steak with a red wine n pepper sauce, is exciting. Well done, it come with garlic flavoured mash potatoes, veggies. Equally unusual is the Chicken Hiberian, boneless chicken pieces in an interesting white sauce with herbs. You can have it with rice or with mashed potatoes. Rosemary chicken, a breast fillet with rosemary herb is delightful. The Indian fare is nothing to write home about. Other dishes include, Moussaka with chicken and layers of aubergine, a Korean barbecue chicken and so on. The meat and seafood section is also exhaustive.

The prices seem steep but once the dish arrives, you know it is value- for- money. The food is great, good service, plenty to choose from for those who drink. The music keeps you hooked and you linger long after you meal is over. A fun place and a haven for food-lovers. Check it out.