Alice wanders with Celery
You know you’re doing something right when a friend reads your blog, comments, encourages and even guest posts for you. You already know Celery but a formal introduction is in order as she partners with me on Alice Wandering… and we take this blog to the moon and you with us.
Sonal Ved is a camera-shy writer, food critic, vegetarian baker and a blogger at When Harry Met Celery. After a stint at a popular Mumbai-based tabloid, she is now consulting for bakeries. Buying exotic cheeses in the name of research, taming her kitchen garden, collecting cookie cutters and lunching during ‘work’ hours are her hobbies.
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This one time, my friend Nidhi and I walked for 45 minutes in search of a bar where we could hang, talk and bitch out the boys. We had to resort to a popular bar in a 5 star hotel by the beach. Almost a year later, I heard of Vinoteca by Sula opening at Worli. I was jumping with joy. Not only are the Sula Vineyards quickly becoming my favourite weekend getaway but also we single girls in the city now have a bar to go to.
Vinoteca by Sula at Worli
I’m not really into alcohol. When I make drinking plans, it is understood that I will be sipping on wine (white or rosé) and those accompanying me will be washing down whiskey, rum or vodka as they please. And that’s another reason Vinoteca is the perfect option for me. A selection of wines I’m way too familiar with and a variety of Spanish food. Couldn’t get better.
Vegetarian fare at Vinoteca
We sampled practically all the vegetarian food on the menu. Of course, we began our meal with the famous patatas bravas. You might remember me telling you about my friend’s love for potato wedges. A tapa of patatas bravas brought a huge smile to her face. The portion size was quite good too. We were munching on it right till the end.
Vegetarian section of the Vinoteca menu
Saag paneer pocket at Hard Rock Cafe
Photographs: Salonee Gadgil
Now for some fun reading. As you already know, this Hard Rock Cafe tasting was going to involve the company of a person who shot my HRC glassware collection. As a matter of happy co-incidence, it was Salonee Gadgil of bellyfirst.
Given the number of ‘new’ items on the menu and the large portions of the dishes, it was a tough decision to make. For starters, the chef recommended saag paneer and we went with it. Now, as a vegetarian, I love paneer! Saag, not so much. So I was pleasantly surprised at the preparation and presentation of this dish. Served on a fajita plate, the paneer cooked in a Tunisian sauce is accompanied by a generous quantity of spinach. The idea is to let the spinach keep cooking as it rests on the table. This rich paneer is to be coated in a yoghurt dip, stuffed in pita like bread and had as a pocket. Quite the bite!
Saag paneer on a fajita plate
Needless to say, you have to try it on your next visit.
Alice really likes ‘em animated cats. Garfield, her favourite cat and provider of life’s guiding philosophies, strongly believes in one kind of food.
If you’re wondering where you can get some, I have the answer. In fact, you can take inspiration from Garfield and eat lasagna for fifteen days, starting today. I know your mouth is already watering. So feast!
I can’t wait. Let me know if you go. I’d love to hear.