Summer Menu at Salt Water Cafe {Review}

*All views expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by any part, whatsoever*

As I’m sitting writing this post at home, while enjoying a little break from the hideous exams that are sucking the life out of me, I am drooling.

Yes.

D’ya want me to spell it out?
D-R-O-O-L-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!

Why, you ask?
Well, I’m just browsing through the images that I’m gonna upload for this post and it’s pulling me back to that fine Tuesday afternoon that my friend and I decided to sample this delectable spread that has been specially crafted for the summers by Salt Water Cafe located just a few minutes’ walk from Churchgate Station. This Summer Menu at the Salt Water Cafe is to die for
The minute you enter this place, you will be welcomed by the warmth of the freshly baked loaves of bread stacked neatly along the wall unit along with a delectable collection of honey, oils and other gourmet produce.
The very first thing that caught my attention was the courteous nature of the staff there. We were seated in a snug corner seat overlooking the busy streets of Churchgate and it was simply pleasant. The menus arrived and I was honestly shocked {in a good way, of course} as I was skimming through the menu. There are so many things to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.
You get to choose among salads, cold plates, burgers, mains, appetizers and DESSERT!
So, let me tell you about the things that I had at Salt Water Cafe for their exclusive Summer Menu.

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We began with this fresh salad of soft, moist and succulent strips of duck meat roasted with soy and balsamic huddled together with mixed greens and ruby-red pomegranate seeds and the crunch of water chestnuts. I love how fresh this salad felt and indeed very summery. It had the perfect acidity from the balsamic and the duck meat was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right.

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Appetizers were poha crusted prawns. Crisp deep fried prawns rolled generously in poha and served with a lemongrass aioli.

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And Potato + Ricotta + Pea Pesto gnocci!
Ahhhh I can’t stress enough on how GREAT this gnocci was! Pillowy soft balls of potato plonked on a bed of creamy white sauce and some ricotta randomly scattered and a dollop of the most delicious pea pesto sitting over each piece of gnocci. You guys, this is sheer magic and you HAVE to try it from their Summer Menu.
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For the mains, my friend ordered the simple pasta. Reason, you ask? Sometimes, it is the simple stuff that most people find difficult to execute and can I tell you, Salt Water Cafe delivers!

Does a Mexican wave with my imaginary friends, yeah well! Moving on! :P

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I ordered a baked vegetable lasagne with a smoked tomato fondue and a side of Rosemary and Potato wedges!
Oh Good Lord! This is DELICOUS!
It’s like a blast of flavours in your mouth and yet, none of the flavours are overpowering! You get the zucchinis and the aubergines and you get the salty kick from the oh-so-stretchy cheese too. There is too much texture going on so you know that the dish has got plentiful of dimensions. The top layer of cheese is grilled to perfection with crisp brown bubbles dotting the surface and a crunchy blast from the fresh salad that it came with, oh and not to mention the smoked tomato fondue! I would want to eat, swim, and breathe that stuff! It’s so good!

By this time our stomachs were threatening to explode but we couldn’t just skip the desserts, you know? That’s just CRIMINAL!

Of course, I’d have been happier if there were a few more options huddled together in this section. You get to choose between a slice apple crumble tart and a slice of lemon tart. Do I even need to mention that I ordered both?
:D

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The apple tart was rich and delicious! The crumble, well, was crumbly! Insanely crunchy topping with the cinnamon wafting through the air! I loved loved LOVED this tart the only thing, in my opinion, that was missing, was perhaps a massive scoop of decadent vanilla ice cream, maybe?

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And then we ended the meal with this heavenly beauty that makes me drool every time I see it in my mind’s eye! The lemon filling in this tart was, well, TART! And delicious! Not too tart so as to end up making funny faces! It had the PERFECT balance of flavours and the icing on the top was the thin layer of sugar that had been bruleed. It had that crunch factor every time you’d break into the tart. The pastry was short and crumbly and my friend and I enjoyed every single bite of this lemon curd goodness.

It was a real pleasure meeting Dimpy from Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt Ltd who also handed me a cute little bag containing the most delicious baked goodies that I promptly devoured on reaching home with a nice cup of tea.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to Brent Gomes for sending me the invite for trying out the Summer Menu. I had a great time!

Salt Water Cafe
82, Nagin Mahal,
Veer Nariman Road,
Churchgate

Open from : 9 am – 1 am.

Snickers Latte

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I know March is long over and we’re already 3 days into April but I was so caught up with my retests and assignment submissions. If you didn’t know, I fell terribly ill about 20 days ago and while I was recuperating, I realized that I had to skip all my important tests and submissions, which I was making up for last week, hence no post!

Firstly, I have to thank all you lovely people for sending in such amazing wishes!!!!! It really helped me feel uplifted! :) I LOUUUUUVEEEEE YOU ALL FOREVER FOR THAT! :* :* :*

Secondly, OMG!!!!! My finals are coming up! The last set of exams I’ll ever answer in my life! I have less than 2 weeks to go and come April 15th – 3rd May I’ll be writing my last set of exams ever!

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And just 2 days later, I’ll be celebrating my Blog’s 1ST BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am soooooooo excited! It’s going to be a year since I started my venture into this ‘blogging thing’ that I had absolutely no idea of! And it’s been just as long since I’ve known you all and it fills my heart with so much happiness!

Now to this glorious Snickers Latte !

Yes, I say glorious! G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!!!!

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And you would too if you’d have tasted this gorgeous beauty! a.k.a. snickers latte !!!!!

It’s just so incredible and makes me salivate every time I think about it. This is a nice warm coffee that you can enjoy in your air conditioned room, since obviously the temperatures have begun to soar!

This is not exactly very high on fats unless you consider one bar of snickers to be unhealthy, then you should consider having this on a day that you are allowed you cheat meal!

Trust me, cheating on meals never felt this satisfying!

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These incredible layers are each filled with so much flavour and aroma; you have to taste it to believe it!

The bottommost layer contains one whole melted snickers bar. Now, I used a small knob of butter, some good quality dark chocolate along with the snickers to help it melt easily. Then I added 2 shots of espresso and ½ a cup of milk that has been foamed only slightly.

And, there you have it! The most divine coffee you will ever have!

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Snickers’ Latte

Ingredients

  1. 1 bar Snickers’
  2. ¼th cup grated dark chocolate
  3. 1 small knob of butter
  4. 1 tbsp sugar
  5. 2 shots espresso
  6. ½ cup Foamed milk

Instructions

  1. Melt the sugar, butter, snickers’ and chocolate together and pour in a tall glass.
  2. Add 2 shots of espresso.
  3. Pour lightly foamed milk
  4. Top with melted dark chocolate and peanuts.
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Iced Strawberry Colada Macchiato

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I AM SO SORRY for not being around! I missssssssed reading my favourite blogs and I couldn’t even leave comments telling them how much I enjoy each post! :(

I know the ‘BUSY-AT-COLLEGE’ reason for my irregularity in posting has gotten pretty old by now and so today, I have a shiny, brand new reason to support my inability to post anything last week. A few hours after I published this amazing cappuccino spiked with spiced orange syrup, I began feeling some strange sensations in my head, like someone was knocking, no, rapidly smashing some blunt, heavy metallic object right into my temples. I could almost see 2 of everything – 2 phones, 2 clocks, 4 earphones– gosh! If that wasn’t enough I got hit by fever, the temperature creeping up every passing hour— 98 degrees, 99, 100, 101 and then it settled into a lull at 102 but refused to get back down like a playful happy child refusing to get down after getting atop a tree, seemingly enjoying the views!

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I, for one, wasn’t enjoying any of it! I just had a happy day! I went hunting for some great antique // vintage cutlery, cookware and all so that I could do the desserts justice and present them in a way that looked just as good as they’d taste. Okay, so, one little detail I missed out, I did so in the midst of acute angry summer sun staring down at me, making me sweat bullets as I walked the busy {trust me, I love my peace and quiet} noisy {I’d be surprised if I could hear a pin drop for even like 5 straight seconds} streets of old Bombay. Don’t get me wrong, I love the feel of old Bombay. It just takes you back in time but when you know that you’ll be spending like 3 hours walking in that sweltering heat, you know that it’s going to get back at you with a vengeance!!!!

It was all happening right that hour! I can feel it till now and it’s enough to leave me shaking in my boots {read chappals} :P

Okay, so the point is, I wasn’t myself and I needed comfort food …. enter, 2 min Ramen Noodles, 3 bags of chips and 1 tub strawberry swirl cheesecake ice cream.

Ahhh the food felt good, if only I’d known I’d be suffering the next ENTIRE WEEK, courtesy the COMFORT FOOD, I’d have eaten the boring dinner my mum had cooked!

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And then I fell sicker. Went to the doctor and he was quick to conclude that I was suffering from a SERIOUS STOMACH INFECTION that would last at least a week!

There goes my full-planned one week! I missed allllll of the important deadlines, submissions, retests at college and now I’ll have to suffer a lot more to keep up than I already am!

But does it matter, not really???

I mean, I feel terrible and the absolute thought frightens me!!!!!!!!!!! But what can be done? NOTHING

Solution?

Go with the flow and enjoy this iced strawberry colada macchiato.

I remember making these and as I sipped them, I was instantly taken into the beaches. Warm, sandy, breezy. The salted water tickling my ugly feet and super awesome Hawaiian music playing in the backdrop! Ta-ta-la-la-la-ta

And then I was suddenly brought back to my dull routine life. Looked down at my coffee and realized I’d slurped the last of the coconutty strawberry caffeine goodness!

You can get transported to a beach of your choice too, take your pick, fix yourself this iced strawberry colada macchiato and I’ll meet you amidst the sun sand and salted gushing water!

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Iced Strawberry Colada Macchiato

Ingredients

  1. 2 tbsp strawberry syrup {equal parts sugar and water + strawberries reduced to a jammy consistency}
  2. ½ cup foamed coconut milk
  3. 2 shots espresso
  4. 5-6 cubes ice

Instructions

  1. Pour 2 tbsp strawberry syrup in a tall glass
  2. Add the foamed coconut milk
  3. Drop the ice cubes
  4. Add the 2 shots of espresso
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Spiced Orange Cappuccino

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So,

I have nearly a month of college left before I graduate from College.

3 years!!!!!!!

I didn’t even realize how fast time was passing. But it makes me happy. VERY HAPPY!

It’s finally time to finish a chapter and begin a fresh new one.

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Strawberry Espresso Con Panna

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OMG! It’s March ALREADY!

Can you tell?

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was gearing up for the New Year to begin,

Okay, not yesterday! ‘Cause yesterday I was recovering from a severe cold, fever and errr, stomach upset! Yes, I’m under the weather because the weather just won’t make up its mind! One day its real sunny, trust me, not a good sight when I am dripping in sweat FROM HEAD TO TOE! Then the next day the temperature drops DRASTICALLLLLY and I can’t stay away from my cosy hoodie and a million blankets!

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Rose and Raspberry Cheesecake Macarons {No Nuts No Seeds} + Big News!!!!!!!

Hello there people!

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I have so much to talk {not rant or complain} …yes, I just looked up rant to make sure it has nothing to do with complaining! :D

Wait, I’m not making sense, am I?

Ahhhhh!!!!! I’m just so super excited to share everything! So, let’s get down with it, Shall we?

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Valentine’s Special #1 Virgin Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes + {My New Blog Design}

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HELLLLLLO you guys!!!!!!!!!!

Now, before I officially get into the Valentine’s baking mode, I’d just like to apologize {as always} for not being around much these past few weeks.

As you can see, MY NEW BLOG IS REAAAAAADY AND I FEEL SOOOOO INCREDIBLY PROUD!!!

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Blogger Life#5: Philips Saeco Intelia Cappuccino Maker Review

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And I am back again and I am definitely not regretting my back to back attempts at posting on my brand new blog!

Today, though, I am here to review a truly versatile product that you should all have at your homes simply because it not just looks attractive but is truly of immense utility, especially for those who are sincere to their daily dose of caffeine and like nothing more than to guzzle down their cup of coffee more than once in a day. If coffee is your poison, this product is certainly the solution! Remember the Coffee Brewcamp event that I’d attended a few months ago, in October?

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Blogger Life#4: VinoFest at Phoenix Market City, Kurla

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Today’s review post is more of information than photographs.  My iPhone images look outright dark and no amount of editing is making it right!

I’d been to the Vinofest, which you can attend at Phoenix Market city Kurla and sample some of the most delectable wines that this fest has to offer. Since I’m not a wine person myself, I’d taken along a dear friend who is also a wine connoisseur. While I hogged at the cheeses, she gave her opinion on the myriad wines at VinoFest.

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