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An Even Better New Avtar: 5 The Restaurant

Global food abounds in Mumbai nowadays but if the offerings are good and varied one is never bored of it.

5 The Restaurant is a tried and tested player but a visit to it in its whole new avatar at Khar was long overdue.

The plush and elegant interiors were warm and cosy putting you at ease immediately. The location is an advantage too and offers a European setting.


Attentive staff has always been it’s plus and thankfully nothing has changed on that front.

Our creamy spinach and bacon soup arrived. Piping hot it was comforting. The spinach flavour was subtle, yet tingled our palates sufficiently. The addition of  bacon enhanced the taste and flavour of the soup.
The beetroot and feta cheese salad with tangerine was interesting but the salad dressing could have been a little more generous and the beetroot was a tad overcooked.

The peppercorn chicken was a bit of a let down. The flavours and pieces of chicken were not enticing enough.

Just when I was beginning to think that the food would not surpass my expectations I was in for a surprise. The bacon stuffed chicken breast was truly delectable. It was well tenderized. The bacon filling led to a burst of flavours in the mouth. Full marks to the chef here.


The polenta ratatouille was equally palate pleasing. The rugged texture of the polenta meshed with veggies made for a delightful combination. The cheesy sauce only added to the perfect finale.

Satiated with a sumptuous meal we would have been happy to skip the dessert but were cajoled into trying the chocolate flan. And it was the perfect recommendation. Gooey chocolate on a crusty and crunchy base proved to be pure sin and we indulged in it without guilt.


A perfect meal complimented with good service. 5 The Restaurant is definitely a place worth dining in. Given the variety, quality of ingredients and portion size, it is value for money.
Rating : 3.5/5


Mai Tai : Food, Fun & Friendly staff

Mai Tai, the American chain of Polynesian-themed bars, has been making waves in Mumbai for over a year now. The newest entrant is the one at Phoenix Market City Kurla. Trader’s Vic Mai Tai Lounge with its tiki carvings and wooden furniture, is indeed the perfect place to have a drink and dine at leisure. And yes, have fun too.

The Baked spinach and potato dip which Arup recommended seemed the perfect beginning. The melt in the mouth Parmesan cheese with spinach and potatoes, served with crisp garlic bread and pita bread, helped us whet our appetites. The chicken mince skewers had a delectable flavour which infused my senses. Aromatic and flavourful, these were a perfect combination with the dip. Other exciting options were Cho Cho skewers and Hawaiin Volcano sliders for meat lovers and Mai Tai crispy chicken for other non vegetarians. Vegetarians too had an array to choose from.

The large plates section too, had one spilt for choice. Burgers, Pan Asian fare- Jasmine rice with Thai curries, sandwiches, steaks. There was something for everyone. Tiki Falafel Burger, Wasabi crusted flat iron steak and Roasted Tomato Linguni, I thought were interesting and unusual.

From the grilled mains, we opted for the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. It came with the option of garlic mash, island pilaf or sautéed vegetables. Sauteed veggies were the right choice. Crunchy broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers were delicious and complimented the chicken wrapped in a divine sauce. I did not quite enjoy the fish burger as basa, does not appeal to my palate. But the burger was well-made and the spicy fires salvaged the situation.

Chef Ajay has an eye for detail and his presentation is impeccable. His world food menu is well-crafted and his flavours, authentic and robust and the ingredients fresh.

The warm chocolate bread pudding was the grand finale to an already lip-smacking meal. Soft and gooey, it just melt in our mouth and the banana slices on top made us feel less guilty

The bar menu is exhaustive, although we steered clear from cocktails that afternoon. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, the food lives up to your expectations. It is a lively, sun place to dine in. We had a nice laid back Sunday lunch. Am sure it is even more vibrant in the evenings. Check it out and enjoy.

Palette Pleaser Par Excellence

If you’re looking for a quick bite and yet want to enjoy your food, then Palette, the new urban kitchen at Kamla Mills, Lower Parel, is just the place.  A no-frills, self service  eatery with the menu and pricing listed clearly, one just needs to pick up one’s tray and help oneself from the vast array.

From tasteful sandwiches, appetizing bagels and hearty soups, to delectable wraps, lip smacking burgers and mouth-watering pizzas. Palette has them all. One may finish one’s meal quickly, but the meal is delectable nevertheless. Chef Ajay Mathur, the Executive Chef uses the finest ingredients and painstakingly creates each dish. There is no compromise on the taste or quality.

The soup with shredded chicken, veggies and the aromatic lemon grass was perfect for the rainy weather. The pizza we tried was unique with caramalised onions, which clearly enhanced its flavour. The wraps too had an interesting filling, with chicken folded in a a lip-smacking sauce. But what added the wow factor to the meal was the roasted potato salad. It was absolutely a palate pleaser. I have never enjoyed a vegetarian salad more.

The chocolate mousse cake was the only disappointment, with a tough texture owing to excess gelatine. Did not appeal to my taste buds at all. I should have settled for the Baked cheesecake or Tiramisu maybe.

Catering to all the cravings of the day – from breakfast to dinner, Pallette also offers free wi-fi to keep you connected during your lunch hour and special coffee breaks!

The staff is helpful and affable and Chef Mathur a culinary wizard who makes a simple meal seem so exciting and delicious with unusual flavours and textures. A next trip to Palette is already on my mind.

A Grand Prix!

Rahul and Malini Akerkar’s passion and eye for detail never cease to surprise me. The new Prix Fixe (pre-fixed) menu during lunch at Indigo bears ample testimony to that. No rushed affair this is. Well planned in terms of flavours, textures and variety.

So of it’s a quick working lunch or a relaxed leisurely luncheon you’re after, this menu is perfect. The idea is to enjoy your dining experience without having to rush through your meal and yet within a limited time. The precise but varied menu, does not confuse you and yet, there’s something in it for all.

My House Smoked Scottish salmon salad was exotic to say the least. The salmon aroma was appetising and it was light and healthy. The accompanying radish, citrus salad and cucumber sorbet were tangy and refreshing.

Pulled Duck Tortellini, too turned out to be extraordinary. Served appetisingly, it was just right to tease the palate sufficiently. The grilled green garlic marinated chicken with its robust flavours was the surprise of the afternoon. I loved the sweet n sour beans that were served alongside.

Other options were Cauliflower and Green Garlic Veloute; Baby Beets with Horseradish Pana Cotta;; 64°C Truffled Chicken Breast; Ravioli of Mud Crab; Sous Vide Pork Belly; Lemongrass Risotto; Pressed Watermelon with Chilli Vodka and Whipped Feta; Atlantic Scallops with Confit Lamb.

As always I look forward to desserts at Indigo. Macchiato Brulee; Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Rosemary Ice Cream; Chocolate Truffle with Chevre Mousse & Sour Cherry. Delightful choices. The Macchiato brulee was sinful with its coffee flavours,  paired with cute bite-sized custard dougnuts. The Panna Cotta was a visual delight and was equally a treat for the taste-buds.

From Monday to Saturday, the prix fixe lunch menu is available from 12 noon to 4 pm and is priced at Rs 1,320 (all inclusive). An absolute steal and value-for-money I assure you. Be sure to try it.