The American Joint [Borivali]

We are among the folks who were very happy when we saw that The American Joint has popped up so close to home. Every time we passed by the junction that is now home to The American Joint, we would smile.

We had been to the BKC outlet (read more here) earlier and had loved every bite we had there. So when we visited the Borivali Outlet, our expectations were sky-rocketing.

The outlet is huge in comparison to the BKC one. They have two levels of seating, the lower level with a few tables and a sprawling upper floor.

The interiors are classy and stylish and definitely make you stop and read/see again. Mainly done in greens and whites, the place has a good ambience and is quite spacious. You may miss this, so let us tell you, there is a small passageway on the first floor with tables to accommodate 2 and a maximum of three people, hidden away. We love the tables near the huge glass windows that give a good view of the road and park outside.

The service is pretty prompt and friendly. The menu is quite spread out compared to their BKC outlet and that is because they have introduced a whole new range of dishes, burgers, pizza, soups, salads among others, while also keeping their hot selling chef specials from the earlier menu.

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Here is what we tried at our meal at The American Joint:

Hummus to You  The hummus was perfect  – soft, well spiced with chilli powder and coriander and had a little tang. It was served with slightly crisp whole wheat pita bread pieces. The pita was really light and the dish was tasty overall.

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Hummus to You

Mountain O’ Nachos  Crisp tortilla chips with lots of veggies and loaded with Queso cheese sauce. It had olives, tomatoes, jalapenos that added a much-needed spiciness along with charro beans. We were served a smaller tasting portion but the actual portion size is filling to even look at!

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Mountain O’ Nacho

Garlic Bomb Cheese Bread ⇔ Small bread buns with sharp garlic flavour. Served on a bed of sizzling hot tomato and veggies sauce. It was spiced with a lot of chilli flakes and topped with lots of cheese. The cheese was the right amount of stretchy and chewy. This is something you will definitely not want to share. And the aroma was equally mouth watering. Delicious!

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Garlic Bomb Cheese Bread

Tikka Fries ⇔ Thick, crispy fries served with a gravy. But they did not do justice to the tikka gravy. It was supposed to be spicy but it lacked any strong flavours. It was just a creamy tomato based paste. Did not do justice to the name or description. Also, the fries, though were crispy, could have been much better. They were essentially hollow! 😦

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Tikka Fries

We called for Pineapple Julep which was a delicious blend of juices. It was tangy-sweet and one would not be able to point at a single flavour but will definitely smile at every sip! Mint and lemon made it refreshing!

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Pineapple Julep

We called for a few shakes as well. The shakes are very light. Going by the name, if at all you are assuming them to be freak-shakes of sorts, then you will be in for a huge disappointment. But if you are looking for light, flavorful shakes, then go on and order one of these! Though be warned, you will not find even the supposedly chunky shakes to be chunky. We would be disappointed too but were not coz the lighter version was welcome this time around. Another time? That is another story.

Khaike Paan Banaras Wala ⇔ This was the best of the shakes. Refreshing and light. It was not overly sweet and had the perfect paan flavour. Just imagine a delicious meetha paan crushed with milk to make a shake. The shake had everything, from beetle leaves to fennel seeds to those yummy cherries. Much recommended.

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Khaike Paan Banaras Wala

Cookies and Creme Oreo Shake and Nutella Be Chillin’ Shake were light and flavourful and as mentioned, lacked any chunky bits of oreo or frozen Nutella.

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Cookies and Creme Oreo Shake and Nutella Be Chillin’ Shake
 Overall Experience: We liked the food overall, except a few hiccups. The biggest disappointment was that we did not get quite a few items from the menu. From their entire dessert range, only the Ferrero Nutella Mousse was available. From the shakes and mocktails too quite, a few weren’t available.

Food 🙂

Ambience 🙂

Service 🙂

The Battle: The ambience and those juices and paan shake in your hand, won’t let you wanna leave. It is so perfect for a good time with friends and family.

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Rabdiwala [Borivali]

You know those places which you just overlook the first time you come across, and the second time, and the third, ‘coz you thought they cannot be good ? And then, one day, you just happen to give them a try and are awestruck ?

That happened to me in the case of Rabdiwala. For some reason, I thought that they may not be able to manage the cuisine that well, and boy was I wrong!! Rabdiwala does a marvellous job at making your taste buds explode with joy at every bite! They beat the long known famous chains like Rajdhani hands down!

Located near Mc Donalds, Borivali, Rabdiwala is a small joint, resembling more of a sweet shop if seen from far. Their seating arrangement is that of traditional Rajasthani feel with canewood tables and kathiawadi seats. The only complaint I have with this place is their downright horrible hygiene standards. The seats look like they ar in need of special dry cleaning session, maybe ten of those, and the tables are sticky and unclean. The food was by all means fine-dine standard, but the unclean area is a total put off!

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Anyways, keeping our skepticism aside after this encounter, we decided to treat ourselves to the yummy food that we could see on the tables around us. We ordered the Kathiawadi Thali (half) and the Rajasthani Thali (half) with the Dal Baati Churma combo.

First, the Kathiawadi Thali which came with Baigan Bharta, Gatte-ki-Sabzi and Bajra roti. I was totally blown over by the preparation! Gatte ki sabzi was my favourite, such soft gattas (made with besan or chickpea flour) and such spicy and yummy curry, served with hot roti with ghee dripping down and a glass of chaas (buttermilk).

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Kathiawadi Thali
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Baigan Bharta

Next comes the Dal Baati Churma. The very first bite of the baati is sure to leave you wanting more. Soft yet crispy, and loaded with tons of ghee, their baati is just perfect.Every spoonful of the churma delivered an explosion of authentic rich flavours of Rajasthani cuisine. It was cooked to perfection, not a minute less and not a minute more and thus tasted like heaven.

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Dal Baati Churma – Rajasthani Thali

We also ordered the Gatte ke Pulao, which was really delicious. I had never tried them before and I am glad I did. We decided to end our scrumptious and ghee-friendly meal with Mango Rabdi.  Amazing smooth thickened milk with sweet mango flavour, no lumps and just the right amount of sweetness. I give it a thumbs up!!

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Gatte ke Pulao
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Mango Rabdi

After your meal, they bring this traditional Rajasthani vessel that royalty used, to help you wash your hands and serve Misri (sugar) and Sauf,  as mouth fresheners. Perfect end to perfect meals!

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Oh, and while we waited for our food, we also helped ourselves to Dahi Kachori  and Sev Puri :p

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Sev Puri
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Dahi Kachori

Overall Experience: Mindblowingly amazing. The next time you are craving some good traditional Gujrati (Katiawadi) and Marwari food, I recommend this place to you!

 

Food 🙂 🙂

Service 🙂

Ambience 😦

The Battle: Trying to fight with the bulk loads of ghee, to get you your baati :p

Only wish my tummy was not limited in size unlike their long list of delicious Rabdi, each of which I plan to try real soon!!

Rabdiwala – Google Maps

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Crossroads 92 [Borivali]

Crossroads and Pincode-92: That is how the place got its name.

Crossroads 92 is a fine dining addition to the interiors of Borivali. It has a great ambience, perfect for quiet lunch as well as a noisy fun-filled dinner. The food is decent to taste and presented really well with a lot of variety to confuse you!

We ordered the Cottage Cheese Paprika Flakes which were fresh and crispy and decent to taste. I am disappointed to say that the sweet-tangy sauce with which they were served was better tasting than the main dish itself. They were so beautifully and neatly presented that I almost did not want to eat them lest I would spoil the look! But the presentation is not all that matters.

 

Next we ordered the Jalapeño Mushroom Crostini which was quite the disappointment. It turned out to be way too bland and we had to top it up with tons of tabasco sauce.

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Jalapeño Mushroom Crostini
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Jalapeño Mushroom Crostini

 

Next we ordered the Basil Cream Pasta which was well made with the creamy white sauce. It was the only highlight of our meal.

 

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Basil Cream Pasta

Overall Experience:

Food 😦

Service 🙂 

Ambience 🙂

The Battle: Finishing the food was a real battle. I just wish it tasted as good as it looked!

Crossroads 92 – Google Maps

Crossroads 92 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato