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Taking a cue from their daily food-ordering habits, citybased professionals Ashish Agarwal and his brothers conceptualised Mealtree. Albeit not a novel idea (many western cities, for example Durban, have centralised helplines and ‘menu directories’), Mealtree attempts to bring in all major restaurants and fast-food chains under one roof. UPSIDE: We placed an online order (rolls from Wraps and Rolls), and promptly got a call for confirmation. The delivery took the usual time it would have had we ordered directly. What impressed us was the user-friendly menus, where you can easily order from multiple places. There was also the option of mentioning exactly how spicy we wanted our chicken roll.
Our ‘time-less’ city life coupled with the love for books prompted IT professional Hiten Turakhia and his buddies to kickstart India’s first online circulating library last year. It is ideal for professionals with five-day weeks who tremble at the prospect of visiting a library or buying expensive books. UPSIDE: We shelled out Rs 2,398 (out of which Rs 500 was refunded because of a new special offer) to opt for a plan which gives three books per month, for a year. After ‘queuing up’ for The Kite Runner online late one night, we received it the next afternoon.
Unlike some ventures of the Network18 stable, this one doesn’t seem like a strategic investment. In fact it is promoted by Bigtree Entertainment, an info-solutions provider. Good for us, we thought, since almost all the multiplex websites require boring registrations and bug you with emails forever.
This one, too, has an interesting history: it was born out of the frustration of a bunch of Bangalore-based IT professionals who always suffered before travelling due to overbooking and unpredictable schedules. Today, they’ve quit their well-paying jobs and their portal boasts of a tie-up with over 250 operators across India’s smallest towns.
We checked out another site – which lets you rents cars and book hotel rooms too, but found it’s not half as good.Ticketvala’s site promises more and delivers less (we’re still waiting for a call for a request we made last week). It charges more for delivery and cancels tickets only 36 hours before departure.
Mumbai’s cinema lovers have never had it better. Today, we have many international fests, a classic movie club and a just-launched world cinema channel. This portal is among many side-effects of a booming entertainment industry in India. It says its powered by ‘hardcore couch potatoes’, but we found it does little to encourage the movieviewing habit.
It’s one of the better-known DVD rentals and deservedly so. It offers a million things for the film buff. It has an impressive regional-language stock and lets customers keep their DVDs as long as they want.Another DVD rental site, www.cinesprite.com, is as good and cheaper.
Fashioned with Italian lampposts and an Austrian chess board, Pedro has unleashed life in a relatively quiet neighbourhood. While most people would avoid the S V Road, Malad west, to set up their restaurant, Pedro boldly plays host at a terrace venue.
What’s more is that Pedro has taken up the challenge of providing non-vegetarian food in a Gujarati-majority suburb, where finding even a piece of well-cooked meat is quite a task! But Pedro has more than made up for it.
The restaurant offers platters of all kind, Spanish, Mexican, Italian, Lebanese and even, an Indian one (kebabs). The Spanish platter is complete with lamb chops, sautéed prawns, potato roll and grilled chicken. Their chicken satay is a not-to-miss. Whereas the Lebanese platter has some humus with pita bread and deepfried bean sticks. Definitely, try the Lebanese platter. The lamb chops were slightly over-done, but their grilled chicken made up for it. Some fantastic accompaniments are the Capiroshka here, albeit slightly strong and the Lemon caipirinha, an interesting mold of crushed ice makes this drink perfect for the evening here.
The restaurant also allows guests to carry their own sea food – even if it’s prawns – and cooks up a scrumptious meal for them at their kitchen at a minimal cost.
A feature that’s quite a hit at this month-old place is the music and their happy hours. With retro ruling the evenings, collegians – after their call centre shifts – are seen (enjoying the huge discount – 15 per cent on alcohol and a complimentary starter) singing along and even, shaking a leg on the terrace. An enclosed section with about 50 pax, a bar, a dance floor and a DJ console sees many parties even on working nights.
Easily the best part of the evening there, was watching a few children playing chess with the live-size chess board and pawns. A picture perfect evening, truly! And well, value for money.
Dinner for two Rs 550 (inclusive of alcohol and taxes)
Pedro – The No Frill Bar
Shivam Shopping Center, Rooftop, Opposite New Era Thaetre, S V Road, Malad (west)
The Flora Fountain lies at the centre of South Bombay. It is now known as Hutatma Chowk (Martyrs’ square.)
South Bombay is a commonly used term, but the extent of this district is not commonly agreed upon. This article uses the term to denote the areas of Fort, Colaba, Malabar Hill, Nariman Point, Marine Lines, Kalbadevi, Pydhonie, Mahalaxmi and Tardeo.
This district contains some of the oldest parts of the city. For long, this was the city. One of the seven islands that were joined to form Bombay was called… Bombay. This is where the British started on their long quest to build the docks and the city. They built Fort St George, which no longer exists, but the area is still called “Fort”. The Fort area contains many corporate offices and most of the administrative offices of the city and state governments.
Paradoxically, this district contains one of the newest areas of the city, Nariman Point, which was built on land reclaimed between the 1940s and the 70s. This is Bombay’s downtown, where the offices of India’s topmost corporate houses are located.
Malabar Hill, the most affluent residential neighbourhood in the city is also located here. Most industrialists have their bungalows here, and here is where the official residences of Maharashtra’s chief minister and Governor are located. The other famous location is Colaba, which used to be an island by itself, till it was connected to Bombay by a causeway. This area contains a naval base.
Most of the city’s famous landmarks, including the iconic Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel and Marine Drive (Queen’s Necklace) are located here.
The Gothic facade of the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus, popularly known as VT (Victoria Terminus) station.
You can also get a lot of branded stuff in the stores on either side of Colaba Causeway.
You can also eat from the various carts and hawkers if you feel your stomach can take it.
Olive Bar & Kitchen
If you know some one who is a member of the Willingdon, Bombay Gym or CCI beg her to take you there.
‘Taj Mahal”(5 star) -expensive but great reviews Tel:22872711′The Oberoi (5 star)- Very lavishly renovated. Currently part of the Hilton Group. Close to Nariman Point Tel: 22041505 Ambassador (4 star) - Reasonable rates, central location. Famous for its revolving restaurant. Tel :22041131 Shalimar (3 star) - Little away from the tourist hotspots, but clean and efficient. Tel: 23631311 Diplomat (2 star) - Right behind Taj hotel, absolutely centrally located. Safe and clean but lacking major facilities. Has a noisy bar that the affluent locals frequent. Tel: 22830000 Bombay Luxury Apartments (Deluxe)- Mumbai’s first home concept hospitality. Very central, perfect for groups or family.Tel: 22845004