Monday, July 10, 2006

bombay diary: kebab korner and dome bar

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the intercontinental hotel on marine drive in bombay has a lovely restaurant called kebab korner that serves delicious punjbai/north west frontier cuisine in a stylish ambience. i enjoyed a sumptous dinner there with my family on saturday night and was truly impressed with the quality of food and the highest level of service.

we ordered three starters which were outstanding - grilled paneer, pudina tikkas and corn kebabs. they were served with white (yougurt and spices) and green (mint, coriander and spices) chutneys. main course was baingan bartha and dum aloo with kulchas.

earlier in the evening, we had a few cocktails at the dome bar at the top of the intercontinental. the all white and linen decor gives the place a very dreamy feel. add to that the lovely breeze from the arabian sea, the massive windows and stunning night views of the glittering queen's necklace to get a winning formula. adjacent to the bar is a 20 yard swimming pool on the terrace as well. it reminded me somewhat of the very hip ganzervoot hotel in the meat packing district of manhattan.

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in all honesty, the cocktails were a bit disappointing. my dad and i ordered margaritas and mojitos and neither was really upto standard. but given how much i love the ambience and would love to come back, i'll probably just stick to wine or beer next time.

18 Comments:

Blogger chris san francisco said...

Hi Lulu,

Hope you're having fun with the family in Bombay. Hope the monsoons aren't too terrible. We saw a picture of the Oval Maiden last week looking pretty flooded.

Please say hello to everyone for us.

Chris and Ken

1:37 pm  
Blogger Sumitha said...

Continue having a wonderful time Lulu:)

3:53 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi chris,
great to hear from you! it didn't rain for a few days but literally as i am reading your comment this morning, it has started pouring outside...not anywhere close to flooding though, thankfully.
will definitely say hello to my parents from you. h is also in town - we are visiting together for the first time since n&m's wedding!

thanks, sumathi. hope you are well!

3:17 am  
Blogger Nish said...

hey lulu,
the dome is gorgeous - and i bet you got huge opportunity to check out everything patiently given how bad the service is - husband couldnt get a glass of iced tea again:)... poor form considering its in a so-called 7star hotel

8:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Lulu,

I browse through your blog daily and yesterday I saw your blog roll and went to your dad's blog. Guess what!! I read all his posts. I liked his style of writing and he's very much like my dad.

It's really sad that he has stopped blogging. I should say I was very happy to see his photograph in your blog today. :-) My best regards to him. Please tell him that he has one more fan.

Take care,
Sushma

9:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you and all your loves are okay in bombay today! -emily (thinking of you earlier anyway whilst buying peppers at the greenmarket)

9:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey u all ok in mumbai?
-Sandy

10:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lulu,
hope all is ok with u & yr family in bombay.
cheers
arti

1:30 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

emily, sandy, art and everyone
thank you very much for your enquiries. we are all fine.

arti (if you're artismarti), i hope your family is all ok as well.

the blasts are very tragic indeed. today's reports have put the toll at 137 deaths.however no names have yet been released. very sad indeed. i live five minutes away from churchgate station and use to take the western line to andheri every day for two years. and all the big stations were affected.
while nobody i know (thus far) has been hurt, i'm still in shock that this has happened again in bombay.
i am now flying to bangalore for my cousin's weddding. the airport is on high alert and hopefully we should not run into any problems.

hi sushma,
thanks a lot for your comment. my dad will be quite thrilled to read your comment. he hasn't stopped blogging but just been incredibly busy of later. i'm sure that your comment will inspire him to get back to regular blogging!

1:59 am  
Blogger Sumitha said...

I thank God for you and the safety of your loved ones.You will remain in our prayers and thoughts Lulu.Stay strong!

12:07 pm  
Blogger indianadoc said...

It is so traumatic for Mumbaiites....and the Indians all over the world feel for the loss of Mumbai...I ws just looking for most of the Mumbai bloggers...happy to know that you are all safe...Wish you a safe journey to B'lore...tk care...

8:05 pm  
Anonymous Priya said...

Hi Lulu,
Its such a sad event !! Watched in news that the life is back to normal, my heart goes out to all the mumbaites who were the victims of such a horrendous incident.
Good to know that you, your family and friends are safe.

8:36 pm  
Blogger Amy Sherman said...

So glad to hear you and your family are ok. Very disturbing news indeed. I hope the wedding will be a very joyous and relaxing time.

11:29 pm  
Anonymous Sushma said...

Hi Lulu,

Glad to hear that everyone is fine at your end.

did you check www.lulu.com? I went to that site through www.101cookbooks.com. Surprisingly they don't mention why they call themselves lulu.

Best regards,
Sushma

10:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again,

Found this!

From lulu.com
-------------------
What's In a Name?

For goodness sake, what is a lulu? Well it's not your grandmother's kitty, that's for sure. Ever hear the phrase "Boy, that's a real lulu"? Well, even if you haven't, we think of the word lulu as an old-fashioned term for a remarkable person, object or idea. And quite frankly, that's exactly what Lulu, the company, is. Think of us as an open marketplace for digital content. The web's version of a fresh air market. An on-demand publishing tool for books, e-books, music, images, movies and calendars. A remarkable idea, person or place. Most importantly, Lulu is you.
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Interesting isn't it?? Remarkable person.. You are one!

Regards,
Sushma

10:12 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi sushma,
yes, i'm very aware of lulu.com. it's a really cool service.
it's pretty amazing how many different meanings lulu has in various languages and the connotations the name carries also varies.
it has always been polarising for me with people who hear my name for the first time - they either love it or hate it!

7:45 pm  
Blogger gs said...

hello sushma
many thanks for your kind sentiments.actually lulu encouraged me to blog and i must say i enjoy it one helluva lot.of late,my work and travel has kept me very very busy.but then,i have been itching to get back.hopefully in the next few days.
hi lulu
you mentioned about lord winston churchill.not a very distinguished ex member of the bus club as it was called those days.bangalore united services.meant mainly for the senior officers of the british army.his name features in the list of 'defaulters' as he had not settled his club bill when he left india.and the amount must have mutiplied exponentially by now.when prince charles visited bangalore,he was shown the club.he liked it and he was shown the defauler's list.he gave out a wild laugh.
and incidentally i have a picture of your great grandmother pecchamma seated in the front row in a group photograph taken at the same portico.her father in law was the chief justice of the madras high court!
bangalore club is the last post of the british empire!

1:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lulu,

Love your blog.
I am from Bombay but currently based in San Jose,CA. I miss the Bombay food specially the desi chinese.

The kebab corner and Some are surely great place.
Have you been to the AER lounge?

I love that place.

Jalpa

8:55 pm  

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