Mid-Day Food to Mumbai Guide - Rashmi Uday Singh

midday02.JPGDEAR Anil,
It's time to confess. I have been following you around. And now the time has come to tell it all,. I know that I should've taken your permission, but what can I do? It's the call of my duty... the quest for good food. And hey, you seem to know where to find it. I sniff out two of the places you love, in Mumbai and Goa. I visit them and give you(and them) full marks.

CREAM CENTRE
THESE "World's best nachos" that you like here, are really just that -- the world's best! Freshly made and smothered with rich cheesy sauce. We all love those legendary channas and the plump bhaturas, but what a whopper of a Tex-Mex, Italian and Lebanese menu they've got now! Veggies can go there eight days a week and eat different dishes and cuisines each time. Jain options too.
Anil, I have some good news for you. The owner's bright young wife, who studied at HAFT, Sophia Polytechnic, has taken over Cream Centre and started a brand new menu. Sabina Chona has found a brilliant way of introducing it through a first-of-it's kind 'seven-in-one festival'. Pizzas, Mexican, dum biryani, Delhi chaat, channa-kulcha and icecream-soda are all on the festival menu.
"We are making some great offers to our diners," Sabina explains, "Whenever they order a dish from the menu, they get another dish free. This is our way of getting them to taste the whole new menu."
Go for the full-bodied spiced Beans Tacos, light and crispy mozzarella pizza,the delicious tomatoey enchiladas and the spicy Italian Arabiatta.
It's a combination of deftly catering to the Indian palate and the generous helpings, which make this eatery such a hit. Behind all this is Chef Kieran Valladares who has trained under Singapore's famous Italian restaurant Michaelangelo's Chef Simon.
Now that Chowpatty has been cleaned up of its bhelpuriwalas, Sabina has decided to offer not just authentic sevpuri and batatapuri, but also Rajvir Singh from Delhi's Chandni Chowk to make some terrific papdi chaat, kalmi chaat, aloo tikki and more. Of course, the kulfis are to die for, especially the black currant, butterscotch and tutti fruity one. Do you agree?

PS: Tell me, Anil, do you ever notice that this restaurant offers real value-for-money fare, or do you go there simply because you love the food?
Cream Centre, Chowpatty Seaface
(Tel: 23679222, 23679333; 11 am to 11 pm)