Food Bytes: Mumbai’s Bite Sized Small Wonders That Are Big On Taste

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Pizettes
Supersize me!” If you recall a few weeks ago, the header to this very column cried out lustily. To say that I loved chronicling the amped up portions and mammoth servings of food available in Mumbai for us gourmands to tuck into would be an understatement. I love my food and the more of it the better is my credo. But every now and then, I like to toss things up and try out something new and dare I say “challenging”. And a challenge this week comes in the form of a Double D whammy. Now, now, don’t go getting any naughty ideas. I simply mean dainty and diminutive. So, this time I’m taking you on a Lilliputian foodie voyage though Mumbai, where we will dock at several places that subscribe to the saying that ‘the best things in life come in small packages!’
Sliders
Sliders
Sliders Call them what you like—bonsai burgers, vada pav wannabes or simply one bite wonders, sliders are a great alternative to the burger when you want the same great taste and texture sans the monotony. I mean, why settle for one big one when you can have a whole smorgasbord of sliders in different varieties at the same time. Loca Loca in Santacruz does a host of varieties ranging from the Paneer and Corn Slider (Rs 200) the Potato and Cheese Slider (Rs 200) to the meat lovers BBQ Beef Slider (Rs 230), Roasted Pork Slider (Rs 230) and the Chicken Sofrito Slider (Rs 230). The airy Big Bang Bar and Café in Bandra serves a delectable mini Kheema Pav (Rs 279), a Mini Lamb Burger (Rs 279) and a lemon grass redolent Thai Chicken Slider (Rs 279). Loca Loca: Vora Building, Opposite Mumbadevi School, 3rd Road, Khar (West). Call 9833243071 Big Bang Bar and Café: Kenilworth Building, 3rd Linking Road, Bandra (West). Call 022-26008833/77 
Piccoli Tortinis at Piccoli Tortini
Piccoli Tortinis at Piccoli Tortini
Tartlets I simply love these little beauties. A tiny, fluted, crisp shortcrust pastry base holding both savoury and sweet fillings, tartlets are stellar snacks perfect at just about any time of the day… or night, even! Piccoli Tortini on Bandra’s Hill Road gets its name from a trio of tartlets it makes in Lemon, Chocolate and Fresh Fruits fillings (each Rs 70) that are called Piccoli Tortini in Italian. Speaking of mini, Piccoli Tortini also does mini pizzas called Pizettes (Margherita Rs 195, Peppers-Onion-Zucchini Rs 245, Chicken Salami with Green Olives Rs 265). Back to the tartlet, all three of Candies outlets in Bandra do amazing (and cheap!) mini Chicken and Mushroom Quiche (Rs 20), Spinach and Mushroom Quiche (Rs 20) and sweet tartlets and other Petit Fours for a ridiculously low Rs 8! Try and beat that and I’ll change my name… Piccoli Tortini: Shams Palace, 98 Hill Road, near St Andrews Church, Bandra. Call 69996000/9930757418 Candies: 1. Mac Ronells, Pali Hill, Near Gold's Gym, Next to Learners Academy School, Bandra (W). Call 022 26424124 2. Union Park, Pali Hill, Bandra (W). Call 022 26481686 3. ONGC Complex, Bandra Reclamation, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W). Call 022 26423512/13
Assorted tapas
Assorted tapas
Tapas and Pinchos Going tapas and pincho bar hopping is a favourite weekend activity of young Spaniards who line their bellies with delectable bite sized dishes served in small plates called tapas (covers) or when skewered on sticks they take on the name of pinchos. Now, we too can boast of a number of the places across the city where we can go a-‘tapas’ing. Escobar in Bandra has a mindboggling variety like the Chimichangas, the Patatas Bravas, the Gambas al Ajilo along with the Garlic BBQ Mushrooms for the vegetarians (prices vary). The Spanish restaurant Poco Loco in Bandra (again!) does a Camembert al Horno, Pincho de Pollo, Tostadas de Pisto, Salmon Ahumado (Rs 100 to 250) among scores of others. At the other end of the city in Nariman Point, Amadeus at the NCPA serves divine tapas like the Pulled Chicken Thailets, Gambas al Pil Pil, Costillas de Cerdo, Sumac Zucchini Fritters and the Turkey and Bacon Pinchos (prices vary) that always have me ODing on them. Escobar: 4th Floor, VN Sphere, Turner And Linking Road, Bandra (W). Call 022 42760000 Poco Loco: 5, Lourdes Heaven, Next to Toto's Garage, Off Pali Naka, Bandra (W). Call 9920033803 Amadeus: NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Call 022 22821212, 22824242
Shot Glass Desserts
Shot Glass Desserts
Shot Glass Desserts These are actually not as pedestrian as they seem. For the French like they always do, have a very fancy name for these confections. Verrines, as they are called in France, are made by layering ingredients like cake, fruits, cream, jelly and custard in a small glass. And so, the food snob that I can often be, had eschewed, for the longest time, the more locally available version for the glamourous verrines served atop the dessert counters at fancy five star hotel buffets. And I have to admit that I totally underestimated the yummy quotient of Café Coffee Day’s shot desserts when I first heard of them. I thought they’d taste mass produced and plastic-y. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. The duo consisting of the Mango and the Belgian Chocolate (Rs 20 each) are simply scrumptious and I can never stop at one. Equally good are the Belgian Chocolate, Cookies and Crème, Blueberry and Hazelnut shot glass desserts (prices vary) made by the Kemps Corner patisserie Icing On Top. Go get some and let me know what you think, ok? Café Coffee Day: Outlets all over the city Icing On Top: Advani Chambers, Near Warden Collection, A K Marg, Kemps Corner. Call 022 30932030  Pics courtesy Piccoli Tortini, Loca Loca, Big Bang Bar and Café, blog.madhungry.com, cucina-antica.com,riojatapas.co.uk, 1.bp.blogspot.com

Raul Dias

Raul Dias
Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.