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A Superlative Menu

Salads are not all that you need to eat when following healthy dietary habits. I am all for eating healthy food, yet, food packed with nutrients and flavours. Yes, taste is key. Insipid and bland food does not meet approval with my palate.

Thus, the new Super Foods Menu introduced by TGI Fridays, the global casual dining leader,  caught my attention and immediately I set out to explore this at the Palladium, Lower Parel, Mumbai outpost.

The menu, for 3 months, though limited offers enough variety. I noticed, that the offerings had super foods like beans, broccoli, blueberries, salmon, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts and yogurt in abundance. Being natural ingredients, these are loaded with excellent nutritional benefits.

Wasabi Miso Glazed Chicken, Salmon with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, Cranberry & blueberry couscous and Kale were some of the unique dishes. What was interesting was that, appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts, had all incorporated super foods in some form or the other, thus making the entire menu healthy.

The Fruits & Nuts Super Salad made with crisp lettuce, spinach, broccoli topped with walnuts, apples, dried apricots, cranberries, and blueberries, was a delightful medley of flavours that wowed my palate. No where was there any monotony at all.

Wasabi Miso Glazed Chicken

Next, I tried the Wasabi Miso Glazed Chicken. Bursting with simple and subtle flavours, this, lemon and olive oil-marinated grilled chicken breasts were drizzled with a spicy wasabi miso sauce. Served with toasted almond, cranberry and blueberry couscous and ginger garlic kale, this was a power-packed meal in terms of taste and nutrients. I only felt that the portion of the kale was a bit too much for the meal. One can only enjoy a certain amount of kale.

Pomegranate Honey Mustard Salmon cam next. A hearty portion, I thought to myself. Again, a lemon and olive oil basted grilled salmon filet topped pomegranate honey mustard vinaigrette. The tangy flavour were unmistakable, yet, teased my palate sufficiently.  The salmon was of exceptional quality and grilled to perfection. Unfortunately, the novelty factor of the toasted almond, cranberry & blueberry couscous and ginger garlic kale had worn off by now. Yet, I savoured the couscous.

Pomegranate Honey Mustard Salmon

Vegetarians need not despair. They can relish the Vegetarian Tex Mex Chili made with chipotle peppers, sun-ripened tomatoes, red onions and beans topped with yogurt, fresh pico de galloand jalapeno served up hot and spicy on a brown rice pilaf.

The quality of the ingredients, struck me as the best and the presentation was enough to make a person satiated already, feel hungry again. The food may seem a tad overpriced, but given the quality and portion sizes, one cannot complain.

Although we decided to skip dessert, as the meal had been too filling, the Fruit Crumble seemed inviting.  Jam-packed with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and juicy peaches, served piping hot and topped with an ice-cold scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt,  haunted me and I  have resolved to go back another day to indulge my sweet cravings.

Rating : 4.5/5

 

 

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Taste bhi health bhi…. : Torrp-it-up Review

Torrp-it-up  has been around for a while but somehow never caught my eye. From Link Road it moved to Lokhandwala  Andheri West and now seems to be a hot-spot. A QSR brand by SGM Enterprises, it is a venture of Mittal Builders.

The Manager at the outlet has a pleasing and affable manner. He patiently explained the difference between torrp and tartine and then took my order. Wraps of course I was not interested in.

Chicken Herb garlic Torrp in a multigrain bread is what I settled for. It was crunchy and delicious. The first bite itself, made me realise, I was going to relish my meal. The torrp was well -grilled and the tangy olives with the chicken, along with numerous veggies were a great combination. The meal made me feel healthy.  The other torrps in the signature section included, CBLT, Chicken Pesto and the International ones were tuna, grilled chicken and so on. Vegetarians have lots to choose from as well. Tofy, aloo, soya, they have them all. One can have any of these as wraps too.

Tartine copy

 

The Tartine or open sandwiches, looked inviting too. Paneer, chicken tikka, chicken Mexican were some of the options.  For the health conscious, there are salads and soups to choose from and the soup changes daily.

I sipped an Ices tea instead of a cold coffee which was on offer too. The desserts include a Christmas cake now, and a chocolate brownie and chocolate volcano. There are several combo meals to choose from. They are open for breakfast too and that is really tempting and rare in  Mumbai. The egg torrp should be worth a try am sure.

Prateek Mittal- MD of S.G. Mittal Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. after completing his education in the UK 5 years ago, returned to India and being a major food connoisseur he then decided to venture into the F&B industry 3 years ago with the launch of Torrp-it-Up. His vision is to have multiple QSR brands under his banner over the next few years and soon further expand deeper in the F&B industry. If this is any indication to go by, then he is bound to be successful in the F&B business too.

The place is affordably priced and owing to a unique self service QSR concept, where customers are offered the ability to custom-make their own meal, it is a delight to visit.

 

 

Grilled Oranges :Recipe

Oranges are suddenly abundant in Mumbai, so why not make the most of them? Here is a simple recipe. Sweet and delicious.

grilled oranges

 

Ingredients:

4 medium sized oranges

50 gms sugar

125 ml cream

3 egg yolks

2 tbsp orange juice

a few chopped pistas

icing sugar

 

Method:

Slice off the oranges from the top and peel. Ensure you remove the white pith. Remove orange segments and arrange them in four portions on plates. Pre heat grill in your micro. Stir in the egg yolks with the sugar and whip in a double saucepan, till creamy. Remove from heat and stir till cold. whip the cream next and fold slowly into egg yolks mixture with orange juice.  Spread this mixture evenly over orange segments. sprinkle chopped pistachios and serve.