The Tipsy Duckling – Good Food, Ample Drinks and Vibrant ambience in Kothrud! — Reviewed

The Tipsy Duckling has come up with a good news for the residents of Kothrud and near-by areas. With one of its kind suspended tap and craft beers flowing, the place is surely a benchmark. Spacious restro with indoor and outdoor seating, quirky quote coasters, vibrant interiors are the features of The Tipsy Duckling. Two wheeler parking is easily available.

Coming on to the menu, it ranges from Waffles, Poha, Eggs in breakfast to Chana Jor Garam, Mushroom Canapes in bar bites to Small plates, to Pizza, Burgers, Sandwiches, to Indian main course to desserts. Bit confusing but yes, surely it caters and fulfills all the requirements for the kids, friends, families.

I tried the following from the menu....
  • Melon and Feta Salad (3/5)
  • Tomato and Pesto Arancini Balls (3.5/5)
  • Thai Cottage Cheese (3.5/5)
  • Multani Stuffed Mushrooms (5/5)
  • Ratatouille Cheese Melt (4/5)
  • Veg Khow Suey (5/5)
  • Cheesecake (5/5)
  • Mississippi Mud Cake (5/5)
Because of the bad throat, I had to skip some fantastic mocktails. Started my lunch meal with the fresh Melon and Feta Salad. The bowl of salad had roundlets of watermelon and muskmelon along with the crunchy lettuce topped with salty feta and nutritious flax seeds. I wish it had balsamic dressing, walnuts and a generous amount of feta! We all love extra cheese (don't we?!) Haha.

From the Small Bites, we tried Tomato Arancini and Pesto Arancini Balls. Crumb coated, deep fried, tangy Tomato Arancini ball was topped with pesto for the extra flavour. I liked the Pesto balls more. The rice, pesto, and cheese made a hearty filling and the richness of pesto elevated the taste. My personal choice would be Pesto over Tomato Arancini Balls.

Thai Cottage Cheese was the result of the fusion of Thai and Indian food. Cottage Cheese fingers are rolled into all-purpose flour, deep fried and tossed in the delicious coconut based Thai sauce. One needs to eat it as soon as it is served otherwise the cottage cheese coating becomes tad chewy. The Thai sauce was super flavourful.

The star dish of our lunch meal was the Stuffed Multani Mushrooms. I am not a fan of mushrooms however this dish made me fall in love with one. Stuffing of irresistible ingredients, marinated and spiced to perfection, the Stuffed Mushrooms are highly recommended. Multani mushrooms had a scrumptious earthy flavour and the texture was just flawless!

The cheesy Ratatouille Sandwich was filled with veggies and grilled to perfection. Served with the portion of french fries and fresh salad the sandwich was quite hearty in itself. The cheese overload sandwich was a delight for a quick bite.

One of the finest Khow Sueys I had here at The Tipsy Duckling. It was the delectable one-pot meal with crispy noodles, veggies in creamy coconut milk. Noodles rested over the scrumptious yellow curry with pre-mixed condiments in a bowl. Unlike other places, the khow suey here is ready to eat and the taste is perfect for the masses. The taste still lingers in my mouth. Highly Recommended!

We also tried the half and half Passionfruit and Blueberry Cheesecake. The creamiest, smoothest cheesecake with the perfect buttery biscuit base is loved by one and all. The subtle sweetness and the exemplary texture leaves us wanting it for more. The decadent Mississippi Mud Pie is a delight for chocolate-lovers. The sinful chocolate sauce was flowing down its way on the luscious, rich layered cake. A must have.

Overall, The Tipsy Duckling is a fantastic place for casual meals or meetings or party. I am planning to visit again to try some of the more exciting dishes from the menu. 

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Asia Kitchen by Mainland China – Pan Asian food under one roof! — Reviewed!

Concept: Asia Kitchen by Mainland China at Dhole Patil road is the boon for the pan Asian food lovers. Gong, Mainland China, and Asia Kitchen are under the umbrella of Speciality restaurants. While Mainland China focuses more on authentic Chinese food, the Asia Kitchen adds an exciting dimension with the live kitchen and menu from the far east kitchens.

Parking: Two-wheeler parking is available across the streets.

Menu: Asian food is flavourful with the use of aromatic herbs, exotic ingredients and the way it is cooked – steamed, stirred, fried or tossed. The menu from Asia Kitchen by Mainland China is extensive and ranges from Sushi to Dimsums, to Bao, Noodles to Asian desserts.
We tried following from the menu....
  • Shiitake and Cream Cheese Sushi (4.5/5)
  • Asparagus Tempura Rolls (4/5)
  • Asian Cottage Cheese Tortellini (4/5)
  • Truffle Infused Edamame Dumplings (4/5)
  • Crispy Lotus Stem (4/5)
  • Avocado Tacos (3/5)
  • Artichoke in Red Curry with Jasmine Rice (5/5)
  • Snicker Cake (4/5)
  • Coconut Dumplings (4/5)
One of the finest Sushi I had after Shizusan is the Shiitake and Cream Cheese. The chewy, earthy and dense texture of shiitake integrated with smooth, rich and creamy Cream Cheese made an absolutely lip-smacking dish to start a meal with. Highly Recommended!

Next was the Asparagus Tempura Rolls. Crunchy tempura combined with fresh avocado and chef's special sauce was a delight. Crunch, freshness, creaminess is what denotes this roll. Loved it.

Asian Cottage Cheese Tortellini was a flavour bomb. Cottage cheese stuffed tortellini doused in thick coconut milk gravy was delish. The rich, creamy, curry with a strong aroma and flavour of coconut was delicious. A perfect fusion of Asian and Italian cuisine.

Next served was the Truffle infused edamame dumplings. The creamy edamame-truffle puree was wrapped in a translucent tender melt-in-mouth dumpling. Piquant taste and lovely presentation. Those who love dumplings and edamame with a hint of wasabi should try this.

Tongue tickling sweet and tangy spicy starter, the Crispy Lotus Stem, was appetising and a total burst of flavours in the mouth. Thinly sliced lotus stems are deep-fried and tossed in sweet-sour sauces. Loved it!
Avocado Tacos was again a fusion dish which was a bit too tangy for my palate. The beetroot tacos were filled with fresh avocado mash, green tomatoes, and wasabi aioli. Can be missed.

The star dish of my meal was the Artichoke in Red Curry. The punch of basil and Thai flavours in the red curry was just bang on! one of the finest curries I had. The artichoke was star element which elevated the taste to next level. Paired with well cooked Jasmine Rice, this dish combination is Highly Recommended!
Desserts were unique too. Snicker cake was dense, rich and crunchy with loads of chocolate and nuts. Loved the coconut dumpling with date syrup. Bite-sized dumplings were filled with delightful grated coconut and drizzled with dates syrup. The concoction was just perfect.
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