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Antoine Lewis  Food writer. Dog lover. Amateur gardener. Occasional traveller. Director, Literature Live! The Mumbai International Litfest. Bombaywallah.

I'm not ordinarily a fan of clear soups mostly because very few people know how to make them well. The foundation of a good clear soup is a fantastic stock. Making a fantastic vegetable stock is not easy which is why I was quite delighted by the Truffle and White Fungus clear soup @plumbybentchair.
The flavour of the truffle was indistinct but the earthiness of the shimeji and enoki mushrooms and the slight brininess of the bamboo shoots added depth and character. White fungus adds no flavour it does introduce a cartilagenous crunch. Strangely, I've very rarely come across the fungus on Mumbai menus. .
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#soup #truffle #asian #mushroom #shimeji #enoki #souptime #vegetarian #bamboo #tasty #delicate #mumbai #mumbairestaurants #mumbaifood #foodofmumbai #restaurant #lunch #foodspotting #foodstagram #foodography #igfood #foodwriter #eat

I found the newly opened @locolocabistro in Andheri Lokhandwala to be quite colourful and cheery. The alfresco restaurant's retractable roof is opened in the evening and gives a welcome sense of space.
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#restaurant #mumbai #mumbairestaurants #new #newrestaurant #andheri #lokhandwala #evening #lunch #dinner #colourful #blue #outdoors #alfresco

Sunday morning and I'm thinking about how the mutton kheema from @sindhikitchen would have been a good start to the day. It's a very simple, home-style dish that's full of flavour and spice, but not greasy and heavy.
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#mince #kheema #kheemapav #mutton #goat #meat #breakfast #bread #bread🍞 #morning #meal #sindhi #sindhifood #indian #indianfood #indiancuisine #regional #northindia #mumbai #mumbairestaurants #mumbaifood #foodofmumbai #foodspotting #foodstagram #foodography #igfood #eat #foodwriter

Sandy's favourite hobby. This is why I can't have expensive bedsheets. Earlier Vodka would try to burrow into the bed and end up ripping the sheets.
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#dog #dogs #dogsoninstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogslife #dogscorner #dogsarefamily #dogsofig #lovedogs #wsdindia #adoptdontshop

For the longest time I thought I'd never meet this beauty in Mumbai. Then @hammerandsong we finally bumped into each other. The first interaction was a little awkward: she came in a martini glass. I wasn't sure I could take this forward. Then the young Ayush Arora, the head bartender and soul behind the bar took over. A stickler for doing things the right way, he dressed her in a Riedel old fashioned and made the proper introductions. My heart melted.
Finally, a perfect Negroni! And 10 minutes from home.
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#negroni #cocktails #cocktails🍹 #cocktailgram #cocktail #gin #campari #vermouth #cuffeparade #perfect #glass #riedel #drink #drinkstagram #cocktailsofinstagram #mumbai #mumbairestaurants #mumbaibynight

Remembering Vodka, the most wonderful dog I ever had.
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#dog #dogs #dogsoninstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogslife #dogscorner #dogsarefamily #dogsofig #lovedogs #

One of my favourite dishes @rivers2ocean is the Textures of Mushroom. The combination of enoki, shimeji, oyster and shiitake, in different forms - fried, grilled, pâté and soil is an umami blast. .
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#mushrooms #mushroom #mushrooms🍄 #shimeji #oystermushrooms #shiitake #enoki #umami #vegetarian #vegetarianfood #mumbai #mumbairestaurants #mumbaifood #foodofmumbai #foodspotting #foodstagram #foodography #igfood #eat #food #foodwriter #dinner #restaurant

And so it begins! Time for me to put on my second hat as Director, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai International Litfest. Work picks up @litlivemumbai and we're developing subjects to discuss for the festival. As always, it will be a grand affair and this year we've got some more tricks up our sleeves. Watch this space.
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#mumbai #mumbaimerijaan #tatalitlive2018 #tata #thingstodoinmumbai #mumbaikar #mumbaidiaries #bombaydiaries #bookstagramindia #incredibleindia #india #bombay #prithvitheatre

Plum by Bent Chair at Kamala Mills is an unusual concept. It's a retail store cum restaurant, so everything inside, from the plates to the tables, chairs, wall hangings, cupboards are for sale. Basically everything @plumbybentchair, apart from the floor, ceiling, walls and people, can be bought.
You're even presented the store catalogue with the menus.
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#furniture #store #furniturestore #restaurant #buy #shop #interiors #sofa #chair #retail #video #mumbai #mumbairestaurants #unusual #quirky #kitsch

Highlights from the Bombay Catholic Non-Veg Festival @bombayvintagecolaba which is on till September 13th. The menu has been curated by @chefgraciansouza who's mostly done a really good job.
From top left: Goan pork chilli, Syrian-Christian beef fry, East Indian duck moilee with fugias (row 2). Centre: Goa pork sausage with brioche, pomfret lonvas
Row 3: prawn pulao with kujit masala, East Indian chicken khudi and caramel custard.
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#catholic #bombay #eastindian #goan #chicken #pork #beef #prawns #pomfret #seafood #curry #curries #foodfest #foodfestival #colaba #mumbai #mumbairestaurants #mumbaifood #foodofmumbai #restaurant #dinner #tasty #goodfood #duck

I can't remember when I last drank Vodka. Like most of the cultured world I've been sucked up into the maelstrom of gin worship. Drinking any other white spirit is almost heretical.
Last night at it's Mumbai launch, I tried @titosvodka for the first time. Made from corn, the Texan Vodka is quite smooth but sharp with some aromatic notes. I thought it made for a better sipping vodka than a cocktail one.
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#vodka #cocktails #bar #titosvodka #corn #texas #texan #spirit #alcohol #drinking #bar #drink #drinkstagram #drinking #drinks #vodka🍸 #vodkacocktail #vodkatasting #vodkatime #drinks🍹

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