There's a blend for every taste at Juice Zone. The wraps are delicious too. But the paninis can be a bit of a gamble.
Juice Zone: *** 1/2
Where: 1A, Tandon Mall, 127, Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri (East). Also at 11, Tirupati Apartments, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy
When: 10 am to 11 pm
Cost: About R270 for a large juice and a panini or wrap
Call: 2834-3366, 2354-6677
Opened On: December 15 in Andheri, January 8 in Mahalaxmi
Mumbai's first Juice Zone opened quietly last month, in a little-known Andheri (East) mall. It's the second and more recent Breach Candy branch that has been getting the brand quite a bit of attention, because of its trendier location.
The Canadian juice bar chain, headquartered in Toronto but franchised around the world, "is targeting major mall and downtown office tower food courts, as well as only the primest street front locations", says the company website. And so it is in Mumbai as well, evidently.
The JZ menu features 25 juices and juice blends (with names such as Liver Booster, Coolant, and Cholesterol Reducer), eight smoothies, tea and coffee. But JZ's joys are not limited to liquids. They also serve paninis and wraps, some of which have been Indianised, including a panini called The Chutney, and a chicken tikka wrap with chutney mayo.
The Breach Candy outlet, however, only serves half the food menu, thanks most likely to the neighbourhood's vegetarian fascism.
There's something for every taste at JZ. Our Energiser, a garnet mix of carrot, beetroot and ginger, will please people who don't like their juices sweet. The Mango Dream, where the summery fruit is combined with strawberry, will please people who do. In the yogurt-based Strawberry Sensation Smoothie, though, sugariness wiped out the flavour of the fruit.
The Tropical Crunch with papaya and pineapple is true to its name, featuring pleasant shreds of pineapple pulp with none of the unpleasant smell that papaya can sometimes have.
The menu says the juices are "made with love, squeezed with passion". Regardless, the juices are all pressed and squeezed on demand and this is good for us in more ways than one - everything can be customised.
Among the edibles, JZ's paninis look wholesome; its wraps do not. But looks can be deceiving. Our zucchini mushroom masala wrap was creamy and crunchy enough to win over even zucchini-haters. Our panini was not fun; every sliver of jalapeño in our Mexican veg version was welcome relief from the endless mush of beans and stewed veggies in thick focaccia. (The manager later told us they were still testing recipes).
Be sure to eat them hot, parking yourself in JZ's small but efficient seating area. Grilled stuffed bread has never travelled well.
The Baker's Dozen: *** 1/2
Where: Delivery only, at the moment, limited to Worli, Prabhadevi, Lower Parel, Dadar-Matunga, Parel Wadala (West), Lalbaug and Sewri. Retail store set to open in a few months.
When: Orders need to be placed a day in advance; deliveries from 9 am to 9 pm
Cost: R50 to R200 per loaf
Opened On: January 7
Two new bakeries have opened in the city: Burnt Sugar in Worli, with an array of desserts on its menu, and The Baker's Dozen, offering artisanal breads
The Baker's Dozen
This 'Artisan Bread Shop', as the tagline goes, features a lineup of breads that is two short of a true baker's dozen, but long enough on both style and quality.
When we called owner and head baker Aditi Handa after trying her wares, she said the limited menu was deliberate, because she wants to perfect each item before expanding the offerings.
Our white paper bags arrived warm, covered in notes from the bread, in the first person ('If I am not treated right, I just flatly refuse to rise'), printed in a typeface resembling handwriting.
Within were our freshly baked loaves of four-grain pain de complet, brioche, pain aux levain with blueberries and cranberries, pain aux cereal and focaccia.
We had only two quibbles: the Pullman pan-brioche was rich but not eggy enough or flaky enough, and we missed the à tête or classic top-knot shape; and the focaccia, while loaded with olives, was missing the typical pizza-like chew we're used to.
Fans of crusty French bread should first call for the pain au cereal, with its lovely hard-crust shell and the crunch of sesame and flaxseed running through it. TBD's four-grain pain de complet will elevate sandwiches and buttered-toast snacks. But it was the berry-studded dome of pain aux levain that had us gushing most. We ate it by itself and then fantasised about smearing it with peanut butter or, even better, tangy, fresh chèvre.
Burnt Sugar: * 1/2
Where: Shop No. 2, Shubhada Building, Sir Pochkanwala Road, Worli
When: 11 am to midnight
Cost: About R65 for a pastry, R60 for a scoop of gelato, R45 for a cupcake
Opened On: December 24
On a peaceful stretch on Worli's Pochkanwala Road, look for the tallest building near the Anti-Corruption Bureau head office. These were the directions given to us when we couldn't find this new dessert shop.
Most of all-vegetarian Burnt Sugar's eggless cakes, pastries, chocolates and gelati sound delicious, but only some of them keep up with contemporary pastry in the city.
The texture of our cupcakes reminded us of mava cakes; our baked cheesecake was oozy, its caramelised top was sinking into the crust, and its sides bulged.
Also, a place that chooses not to use eggs should not offer brioche. BS's version scared us off it with its heft. The olive focaccia was strangely sweet and no different in texture from the masala bread, which was the most palatable of the lot.
We'd recommend the Ferrero Rocher-inspired praline balls over the dark but flavourless chocolate bark. The safest bets are the gelati. Try the whiskey and the burnt sugar flavours first.
- Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi
(HT pays for all meals and events, and reviews anonymously)
Illusions of equality
What: Salt and Equal, a public art installation by Yogesh Barve
Where: Vasai (East), along the road leading from the railway station to Vasai Vikasini College of Visual Art;
and at Clark House Initiative art gallery, Ground Floor, Clark House, 8 Nathala Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road), Colaba
When: At Vasai till February 21; at Clark House on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm
Entry Is Free
For three years, artist Yogesh Barve, the son of railway signalman, walked a 2-km stretch of dirt road from Vasai railway station to his art school, the Vasai Vikasini College of Visual Art.
On his left were salt pans, on his right, a gray wall separating the road from the railway tracks.
He remembers it as a dreary walk, a path that he would trudge unenthusiastically day after day.
It is on this wall that the artist has now created a 2-km-long public installation.
Consisting of black lines of spray paint that swerve into checkered patterns, the installation creates a visual illusion akin to what one might experience while watching the city's urban sprawl flit by from inside a local train - another dreary experience that is an everyday drudge for most Vasai residents.
On the surface, the work - titled Salt and Equal - recreates the landscape that formed Barve's visual experience on his daily walk. Symbolically, says Barve, it questions the inequality inherent in the modern-day status of Vasai, a historic port town older than Bombay but now relegated to the position of neglected, far-flung suburb.
A replica of Barve's public art installation has also been installed at Colaba's Clark House Initiative gallery.
"The art work is symbolic of the discrimination inherent in India's art scene too, which tends to respect artists on the basis of how well they speak English, where they grew up and what art college they studied in," says Sumesh Sharma of Clark House Initiative.
This Colaba gallery decided to install the work specifically on Republic Day, on Saturday, in order to shed light on the many forms of inequality in India.
Despite the fact that our country has numerous constitutional measures designed to combat inequality in society, they have not been very effective, says Sharma.
This is mainly because the implementation of these measures are shrouded in biases inherent in society. This is a major hindrance in making society equitable, Sharma adds.
- Riddhi Doshi
Avartan, a Kathak show
Where: Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sayani Marg, Prabhadevi
When: Saturday (January 26), 8 pm
Cost: Tickets start at R80
Many faces, one form
Young, dynamic Kathak exponent Aditi Bhagwat will present a colourful show titled Avartan at Ravindra Natya Mandir tonight.
The 32-year-old Bandra resident has studied under eminent danseuses Roshan Kumari and Nandita Puri. She has also received guidance in the dynamics of rhythm from tabla maestro Kalinath Mishra, and imbibed the lavani folk dance culture of Maharashtra, even performing in feature films such as Traffic Signal (Hindi; 2007) and Dombivali Fast (Marathi; 2005).
Bhagwat's new show aims to depict the journey of Kathak through the centuries, from temples to cinema and contemporary collaborative shows.
The show will be directed by New York-based visual arts specialist Kawa Hafez.
Dance, tabla, visuals and vocals will feature in this show, with performances by Bhagwat, Kalinath Mishra, sarangist Sandeep Mishra, vocalist Saylee Talwalkar, harmonist Atul Phadke, saxophonist Rhys Sebastian and composer Merlin D'Souza.
"I am sure that the new generation of music and dance lovers will enjoy the confluence of different streams," says Bhagwat.
Ustad Inam Ali Khan memorial concert
Where: Mahatma Gandhi Seva Mandir, opposite Bandra Lake, SV Road, Bandra (West)
When: Sunday (January 27), 5.30 pm
Entry Is Free
The late Ustad Inam Ali Khan (1924-1988) was a doyen of the Delhi gharana and an outstanding tabla player and guru greatly admired for his clarity, precision and speed.
This year's memorial concert organised in his memory by the Music Lovers' Club will feature solo tabla recitals by Aneesh Pradhan, one of the most prominent tabla players in the country, and Asif Ali; a vocal performance by Swami Chaitanya Swaroop; and a sitar recital by Lalit Kumar.
- Amarendra Dhaneshwar
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A Live Screening of Les Troyens (The Trojans), a French grand opera in five acts, organised by the NCPA in association with New York's Metropolitan Opera. The opera, by composer Hector Berlioz, is based on the Trojan War and was composed between 1856 and 1858.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
When: Saturday and Sunday (January 26 and 27), 3 pm
Cost: R500 per head; tickets are available at the venue
Performances by Indian classical musicians at the annual St Xavier's College Janfest. Santoor player Rahul Sharma (above) and Hindustani vocalist Girija Devi will perform on Saturday evening and Hindustani vocalist Rashid Khan on Sunday morning. Mridangam player Sridhar Parthasarathy, tabla player Fazal Qureshi and sarangi player Dilshad Khan will perform on Sunday evening.
Where: St Xavier's College, 5, Mahapalika Marg, Dhobi Talao
When: Saturday (January 26), 6 pm onwards, and Sunday (January 27), 6.30 am and 5.30 pm onwards
Cost: Ticket prices start at Rs. 200; tickets are available at the venue
A screening of three films by students of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on the 1992-1993 riots - Flashpoint, Badalte Nakshe and Farooq Versus the State - followed by a group discussion with the filmmakers.
Where: MCubed Library, Princess Building, D'Monte Park Road, next to Bandra Gymkhana, Bandra (West)
When: Sunday (January 27), 5 pm onwards
Entry Is Free
The second edition of Worli Festival. The three-day event will feature music, dance and stand-up acts. Singers Shibani Kashyap, Shalmali Kholgade and Suzanne D'Mello, comedian Rajiv Thakur, and dancer Abhishek Zaveri will perform at the seaside Worli promenade.
Where: Worli seaface
When: Saturday and Sunday (January 26 and 27), 5 pm onwards
Entry Is Free