“Let he who doesn’t like a good deal cast the first stone on me!” I scream hoarse for a good three weeks at the start of every New Year when the January sales convert us all into manic shoppers ready to do unmentionable things for that killer deal. And I am unabashedly shameless when it comes to falling for deals… more so when they involve food. And this year’s been no different. The frenzy, it seems, has only magnified to include all sorts of fabulously yummy options for us to sink our teeth into. So, in no particular order, is my round up of what I think are the cream of the crop—pun so very much intended!! Ribtastic times are here @ T.G.I. Friday’s If you, like me, can’t resist the lure of a rack… err, I mean a rack of ribs, then the Holy Grail for all things ribtastic has just got to be T.G.I. Friday’s. As the purveyors of ribs that are dry-rubbed with special spices and slow cooked until fall-off-the-bone tender, these guys sure have it going. But they’ve taken it one notch higher this month by offering ribs that are basted in one of their three new custom BBQ sauces—Cherry Chipotle, BBQ Texas, and Southern. Then served with crispy Onion Rings, Fries, and tangy Apple Coleslaw, the ribs are best chased with T.G.I. Friday’s signature Ultimate Mojito that is available at Rs. 99 only. Ghatkopar:R – City Mall, (Ground Floor), L.B.S. Marg, Ghatkopar (West) Contact: 65612659 Lower Parel: Palledium Mall, 1st Floor, Pheonix High Street, Lower Parel Contact: 66155687 Andheri: Infiniti Mall, 2nd Floor, New Link Road, Andheri (West) Contact: 67032063 Festive Special Menu for just Rs. 350 @ Café Pico All you foodies in the city looking for awesome fuss-free fare that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, can now head to Café Pico at Phoenix Market City, Kurla where they have introduced a special all-you-can-eat festive menu for just Rs. 350 all this month till the 31st. The menu includes Spicy Chicken Wings, Chicken Satay, Spicy Chicken Kofta with Mint Chutney and Garlic Bread for the meat lovers. While vegetarians can get their fill of options like Hot & Sour Soup, Onion Rings, Veggie Tempura, Spaghetti in Cheese Sauce and Spicy Corn & Potato Fritters. Phoenix Market City, LBS Road, Kurla Contact: 25102000 Come 6 and Pay for only 5 @ Lagerbay Perfect for a quick yet filling lunch, the Lagerbay three course Lunch Pack deal is the one to watch out for. The menu offers a rotating choice of a soup and salad, pastas, burger, sandwich or ravioli and a choice of tiramisu or a cheesecake for afters. The Menu also includes a complimentary pint of beer or iced tea or a fruit frappe. And all this for just Rs.600. What’s more is that if you can rustle up a group of six, you pay only for five. I’ve already started going through my phone book of fellow foodies to call… have you? Lagerbay, 183 – Waterfield Road, Bandra (West) Contact: 67369900 Unlimited Tapas and Sangria @ Polpo Café and Bar Go Tapas hopping without even leaving the bar. Yes, the great Spanish pastime of tapas hopping can now be enjoyed right here in aamchi Mumbai all thanks to Polpo Café and Bar and their unbelievably amazing Tapas and Sangria deal that has had me in hyperbolic hysteria ever since I chanced upon it! Available from 12pm to 8pm everyday, the Rs. 899 plus taxes per head deal offers you a choice of four vegetarian and four non-vegetarian tapas that include exotic yummies that go by the names like Patatas Bravas con Queso Fundido (pan fried potatoes, served in a spicy tomato sauce and melted cheese), Pimientos Rellenos (stuffed bell peppers with cheese, served with cilantro salsa), Brocheta de Pollo (grilled skewers of marinated chicken with romesco sauce) and Alitas de Pollo (Cajun marinated chicken wings) to name a few. The cherry on the cake (or should I say cherry in the glass!) is the sublime fruit-laden Octopus Bite Sangria that is a happy orgy of house red wine, peaches, apples, oranges, sugar and cinnamon. At Shatranj Napoli, Union Park, Off Carter Road, Bandra (West) Contact: 26499844/26498458 New Menu @ Di Napoli It’s a pizzazz filled pizza party this month at the Neapolitan-styled South Mumbai pizzeria - Di Napoli with their revamped New Year menu that includes an interesting selection of pizzas like the Salami Picante with spicy chorizo and the Sweet Italian Sausage pizza. They have also gone down the desi route by introducing a special line of Indianised ‘naan’ pizzas with toppings that range from Paneer Bhurji to Madras Curry Chicken and Butter Chicken. Seafood lovers are in for a royal treat too with additions including Puttanesca, an anchovies and black olives topped no-cheese, guilt-free pizza and Salmone – smoked salmon, mascarpone and arugula. G2 Dalamal Towers, Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point Contact: 43473200 Choco Mint Magic @ Gelato Italiano They call their Choco Mint Magic the best way to ‘kick-start your New Year’ and I couldn’t agree more. This new flavour—that is like a gelato version of After Eight chocolates—from Gelato Italiano is a mélange of classic ingredients like chocolate, mint and crema, which come together to give you a magical experience. Trust me, I should know! Available at all Gelato Italiano outlets across Mumbai Have you own food reviews to share with us? Send them to [email protected] and get published on our blogazine!