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Shiro is a well-established restaurant which seldom needs further praise. So we walk into Shiro on a weekday evening and the place is exquisite. You can see why the place is so well known for its rich taste as it has been designed with an eye for detail.

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We were greeted by the GM and Sous Chef Sameer Juvekar as we took our seats at our table. They have an ongoing dumpling festival called ‘The Shiro Collection’. The Shiro Collection concept marries the love for the rainy season with Dumplings. Imagine sitting over a hot cup of flavored tea as you savor the little, light, steaming hot dumplings. A lot of thought has been out into designing the menu for The Shiro Collection. It had initially started out as a trial of 80 kinds of dumplings has been perfected down to 40 in their elegantly designed chiseled menu. The dumplings include all kinds from Steamed, Pan-fried, an assortment of baos, vegetarian, non-vegetarian, there is something in it for everyone.

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Teas have always been an integral part of Asian culture. We tried the Jasmine Tea which was full of flavors and soothing at the same time. The Roses in Bloom gives the uplift to the beauty of roses in a cup. If you could ever taste rose, then this is how it’s to be treated. The dumplings combined with the flavored teas make for a great relaxing eating-out option.

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Now with the hot cup of our favorite drinks by our side we started off our night with the various dumplings on offer. The Crab Meat Dumpling has a beautiful texture and packs a lot of flavor within. The Prawn Sweetcorn Dumplings is effortlessly good but with the inner fillings being mashed together the distinctive flavors don’t stand out a bit. But the stand-out has to be the  Prawn In Thai Herbal Sauce. No starch, exquisitely cooked with a light level of acidity and a gorgeous sauce to get us drooling. We couldn’t have enough of it and especially with that Thai Herbal Sauce being so brilliantly done.

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The vegetarian options do not seem to be lacking at all. The Broccoli Dumplings give it a crispy and crunchy coming off the water-chestnuts filling while the Fried Mushroom packs the punch of a well-stirred mushroom with hints of garlic. Also loved the Crystal Dumplings which have a generous filling of shitake mushrooms, carrots, zucchini and Chinese cabbage.

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Next up on our tables were the Steamed Bao which can either be opted for with a Chicken Bulgogi or Vegetable filling. Deliciously moist and texture, these paired sweetly with the flavored teas. There is a lot more to the ‘The Shiro Collection’ menu to be explored. And all this over a hot cup of tea of course. Although there is no term called ‘too many Dumplings’  but to add to the lovely menu, we also have the delicious Pork Ribs with a sweet chili and blackbean sauce.

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‘The Shiro Collection’ food festival is on till the 28th of July 2015. As a wise man said “Lovely conversations have happened over a cup of tea”. Why not add some dumplings to those conversations and enjoy the beautiful season.

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Address: Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, P Budhkar Marg, Worli, Mumbai
Phone : 022 66511207 / 022 66511208

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As you enter Kurries & Burries, the first thing you notice is the café’s simple decor. The café is small and overtly crowded with teenagers, couples and families. Situated down the road from Wilson College, a group at the next table are busy taking selfies.  Throughout our time at the outlet of Kurries & Burries, not a single table had been left empty with one group outpouring onto a table soon as it vacated. The line outside was impressive enough to justify the popularity that is Kurries & Burries.

Kurries & Burries is what I would describe elevating amateur food to restaurant quality. There is passion which bursts forth in the food for a café that prides itself to be the only outlet in Mumbai serving Asian and Mexian food under the same roof. It might sound strange to be operating two significantly pole apart cuisines under one roof but it surprisingly works at Kurries & Burries.

Kurries & Burries Menu

Orders had been taken swiftly and I got to sit down with Kushal Todi, the mastermind behind the outlet to pick his brain till the food arrived. K&B started out as an ambitious project which was later turned over into a full-fledged business model. They make their own curries and pastes and almost all the recipes are developed by Kushal’s mom and then innovated by the chefs. Each dish is under development and tested for 3 months before being launched. But to reform an idea into reality, needs a whole dose of passion and courage. And the talk with Kushal reaffirmed that passion does drive a brand with an outlet being jam-packed in 3 months of existence.

Crackled Spinach Chilly Paneer

The orders had started to arrive one by one to our table. Sipping on the Mango Mocktail, and I could finally give a sigh of relief. The sigh of having traveled a distance and then handed the best refreshing drink is like heaven on earth. The perfect amalgamation of Pineapple and Mango pulp makes it work wonderfully in sync together in a glass. With each sip that you take, you get a flavor of Mango which is followed by a tint of Pineapple feel hitting your taste buds. The good amount of crushed nuts topped on the drink gives u something further to munch with each sip that you have.

Mango Mocktail

Do good things come packed in Tortillas? Yes they very much do and you’ll have one of the most amazing ones right at Kurries & Burries. The Mex-Wich is outstanding.  That’s the super-awesome package of Mexican Beans, Salsa, Sour cream, Paneer marinated in Mexican Sauce, crushed Nacho Chips all sandwiched together between a Tortilla feels like. Ohh Wait! It isn’t over yet as the Mex-Wich is grilled & deep fried and then covered with Cheese Sauce & topped with Salsa, Sour cream and served with Mexican sauce on the side to go by. It’s the hottest selling dish and absolutely ‘Delicioso’.


The Crackled Spinach Chilly Paneer turned out to be pretty average. The Paneer was good but there was too much oil coz of the deep fried cottage cheese and spinach. The Thai Green Curry arrived at the table and completed the order for the evening. A perfect medley of vegetables, lemongrass in a beautiful delicate broth of coconut milk with the perfect blend of spices and went perfect with a bowl of rice.

Thai Green Curry And Rice

Adam Richman Aficionados, Kurries and Burries has the perfect challenge for you. The Big Daddy Challenge which relives the Man vs. Food contest, packs it with the ultimate K&B Fusion. A 16″ Burrito weighing over 1 Kg containing Beans, Salsa, Sour Cream, Cheese Sauce and also Asian starters like Crispy Baby Baby Corn, Kung Pao Potatoes and much more. Sounds Doable? Then give it a try at K&B and get your bill waivered off.

I left Kurries & Burries with a pleasant smile. To actually have a complete vegetarian meal and walk out content seldom happens with us and Kurries & Burries, I must say you hit a sweet spot. The pricing is extremely economical and students get a special discount too during weekedays. Mexican And Asian never felt so good under one roof.

Phone : 022-23671800
Address: 29/A, Jethabhai Govindji Building, Opposite Merchants Club, Metro Motors Lane, Rangekar Road, Chowpatty
Website: kurriesandburries.com/

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