Food tasting at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai | New additions to the menu

Saag paneer at Hard Rock Cafe

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

Saag paneer on a fajita plate

Needless to say, you have to try it on your next visit.

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Was fate sealed in sea shells?

It was one of those days I was taking the 7:10 pm train from work.
There was a bustle, an ocean of people as there always is at CST station.

Across from me was this girl. She was reading, perhaps.
It was her bag I noticed as she stood up to mount it on the carrier.
“I like your bag,” I said. She smiled. I went on to enquire where she had bought it.

The train hadn’t started to move. A friend was dashing towards the station.
I had to wait by the door to show her where I was.

I returned and this time, I noticed the girl’s shoes.
I enquired again. She asked me, ‘Are you a student of design?’

That’s how I met the sea shell girl or as previously referred to: the girl from the train.

We didn’t exchange numbers just then. We tried but it was my stop and I couldn’t find my business card.
“If we’re meant to meet again, fate will make it happen.”
She said that to me! And just like that, I knew we would.

I did meet her again. We located each other on facebook. Added ourselves on the Blackberry messenger list.

Some months later, she sells sea shells off attics and more. :)

She ‘collected’ stones over time from different places, hence, each piece is inimitable. Her design ideology is simplistic, to bring out natural textures and designs. So, she uses natural minerals and doesn’t exactly produce in bulk.

She sells at the Attic: Bir Sagar 396/20, flat #1, end of 17th road, Santacruz (W), Mumbai, India

Or you could buy from her at: salonee.shesells@gmail.com
Visit her facebook page here: She sells on facebook

You know I love such fated encounters.
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