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Decoding food names made easy

brunch Updated: May 11, 2013 18:09 IST
Neha Karnani
Neha Karnani
Hindustan Times
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You know the feeling. You’ve browsed through a menu and picked something delicious sounding. The waiter’s said, “Excellent choice!”. You’re all smug. Until the order arrives – and it’s not what you wanted at all. You misread, misunderstood or just plain didn’t know what some new-fangled item would turn out to be. We’ve listed some common clunkers here. Read up. Decode the gobbledygook before you gobble up the wrong food. Bon appetit!

Japanese soybeans,blanched salted or stir-fried and served as appetisers.
Available at: Dome InterContinental (Marine Drive), Nom Nom (Bandra), Shiro (Lower Parel), Yauatcha (BKC), Wasabi by Morimoto (Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba)

Mesclun Greens
A healthy mix of small salad leaves: lettuce, rocket, spinach, mustard greens, etc.
Available at: Café Basilico (Colaba), Otto Infinito (BKC), Opa (Juhu)

Essentially tacos + tortillas. Dig in!
Available at: Sancho’s (Bandra), Flag’s (Malad West), Quattro (Lower Parel)


Thinly sliced fish or raw meat flavoured with salt, lemon, olive oil or ground pepper. Vegetarian versions are available locally but aren’t usually served in Italy.

Available at: Amadeus (Nariman Point), Two One Two (Worli), Trattoria (Vivanta by Taj President, Cuffe Parade), Wasabi (Taj, Colaba)

Mini gourmet burgers, usually four to a serving.
Available at: Sundance Café (Churchgate), Dome (InterContinental, Marine Drive), Amadeus (Nariman Point), Two One Two (Worli), Ellipsis (Colaba)

Mini puff-pastry shells filled with intensely flavoured veggies, meat or sausage.
Available at: Two One Two (Worli), The Junction (Malad), 210 Degrees (Malabar Hill)

Cold tomato soup. Yum!
Available at: Quesso Ristorante (Oshiwara), Escobar (Bandra), The Tasting Room (Lower Parel), Arola (JW Marriott, Juhu)

Cheung fun
Thin, steamed, rice roll stuffed with chicken, mushrooms, pork or vegetables. It’s a delicate dim sum.
Available at: Yauatcha (BKC), Umame (Churchgate), Royal China (Bandra)

Bread or pastries stuffed with meat, vegetables, fish or cheese, then baked or fried. Also called empanadas.
Available at: Arola (JW Marriott, Juhu), TGI Fridays (Ghatkopar)

Ribbed pasta, slightly bigger than penne.
Available at: Prego (The Westin, Goregaon), Fratelli Fresh (Renaissance Hotel, Powai), Spaghetti Kitchen (Malad)

Dumpling shaped like a little ring filled with meat or cheese. Generally served in chicken soup.
Available at: Botticino (Trident, BKC), Opa (Juhu), Trattoria (Vivanta by Taj President, Cuffe Parade), The Irish House (Lower Parel)

Steamed semolina. It’s usually served with vegetable or meat stew.
Available at: Oven Fresh (Dadar), The Tasting Room (Lower Parel), Café Basilico (Colaba), Opa (Juhu), Otto Infinito (BKC)

Fruit cooked in sugar syrup and spices. Imagine a runny jam with fruit pieces.
Available at: Arola (JW Marriott, Juhu), Café Prato (Four Seasons, Worli), Pali Village Café (Bandra)

Japanese tea with a jade green colour and the fragrance of freshly-cut grass. Served hot or cold.
Available at: Artisan (Sofitel Hotel, BKC), Shamiana (Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba), Aoi (Bandra)

Sugar-dusted puff pastries shaped like a palm or a butterfly.
Available at: The Pantry (Kala Ghoda), Bake Bites (Kandivali West), Verandah (Trident Hotel, Nariman Point).

Crème Anglaise
Runny, vanilla-scented custard. Usually accompanies soufflé, fondant or poured as a sauce over fruits or cakes.
Available at: Fenix (The Oberoi, Nariman Point), Indigo (Colaba), Busaba (Colaba)

Purple pickle made with eggplant and cucumber marinated in ume vinegar, and served as an accompaniment with curry and rice.
Available at: Aoi (Bandra)

Finely cut sour cabbage used as topping in burgers and sandwiches.
Available at: The Tasting Room (Lower Parel), Café Prato (Four Seasons, Worli), Indigo Deli (Lower Parel)

Finely ground cornmeal. Can be baked, grilled or eaten on its own. Usually cooked with cheese, herbs, meat or vegetables.
Available at: Café Prato (Four Seasons, Worli), Amadeus (Nariman Point), Mia Cucina (Bandra), Blue Frog (Lower Parel)

Rice cooked in flavoured broth, essentially a Central Asian pulao.
Available at: Amadeus (Nariman Point), Escobar (Bandra), Café Zoe (Lower Parel)

Sloppy joe
Minced chicken or beef, onions, tomato sauce and other seasonings in a hamburger bun.
Available at: Ray’s Café & Pizzeria (Bandra), Indigo Deli (Colaba)

Panna cotta
A custardy dish made from milk, sugar, cream and gelatin. Flavoured versions also available.
Available at: Mia Cucina (Bandra), Blue Frog (Lower Parel), Botticino (Trident, BKC), The Pantry (Kala Ghoda, Fort)

Dense vegetable or fruit sauce, usually for pasta or desserts.
Available at: Café Basilico (Colaba), Quesso Ristorante (Oshiwara), Indigo Deli (Lower Parel), Corleone (Inter Continental, Marine Drive)

A small light rectangular French cake, full of crushed almonds.
Available at: The Pantry (Kala Ghoda, Fort), Marie Antoinette (Bandra)

A baked dessert with a crunchy crust and extremely soft centre. Topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits.
Available at: Busaba (Colaba), Canvas (Lower Parel), Indigo (Colaba)

A sauce made from chocolate and cream. Used as an icing, sauce or filling for desserts such as pastries.
Available at: The Pantry (Kala Ghoda, Fort), Le15 Patisserie (Lower Parel), Otto Infinito (BKC)

Italian-style hazelnut chocolate; it’s very creamy.
Available at: Vista (Taj Lands End, Bandra), Umame (Churchgate), Prego (The Westin, Goregaon), Fenix (The Oberoi, Nariman Point)

Dulce de leche
A caramelised sauce made by heating sugared condensed milk. Commonly used to flavour ice creams.
Available at: Café Prato (Four Seasons, Worli), Love & Cheesecake (Khar), Indigo Deli (Lower Parel)

From HT Brunch, May 12

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