Kill No Kalories – It’s a Crime – Keep eating and Save the Calories 

‘Burn Calories’ is the trend everywhere.

People are doing everything possible to burn the precious calories, earned from eating & drinking at some point in time, by joining a gym or following a strict diet, etc. 

I was surprised to see a restaurant which has propped up two months back in Thane which has gone against this tide. 

“Kill No Kalories” – yes you read it right. That’s the name of this cosy small cafe started by the Bhatt brothers – Drupad and Yashit. 

The ambience and decor is apt. Wall decor contains captions which will bring a smile to your face and will make you decide that this is my “Cheat Day”.

The moment you enter the cafe you will be a bit taken aback by seeing the small tables and chairs. But it will hardly take you couple of  minutes to feel happy and decide not to ‘Kill’ the person who recommended this restaurant. Outlet can take maximum 20-25 people at a time but still the ambience will make you feel relaxed.

Coming to the business side of the restaurant :- This is a classic example of Vertical integration. The Bhatt brothers have been busy with their Food blog ‘TheHoggingBhat’ for more than a year now. Tasting food and reviewing the cuisines and restaurants made them realize that they also can try their hand in opening a restaurant of their own. Thus they started “Kill No Kalories (KNK)”. The experience of reviewing lot of Restaurants have helped them realize that it’s just not about the ambience and the food. It’s a combination of Music + Food + Board Games + Ambience which gives the perfect vibe to this cafe. 

So irrespective of with whom you are visiting the cafe, friends, family or alone, there are enough options – Ludo, tic tac toe, Rubik’s cube, Uno cards, etc. to make use of the waiting time (after you order the food).

The music played in the background is also awesome. Dhrupad said that they do perform sometimes in the evening. I would definitely visit once to see them perform. 

The main attraction of a restaurant is always food. Kill No Kalories offer you Shakes, Coffee, Green tea, Fries, Burgers, Pasta, Pizza, European rice preparations, Maggi and Desserts.

Injected Samosa Maggi is the talk of the Town and I visited this place to try that in specific. 

The combo of Samosa + Maggi serving with a syringe filled with cheese. Good idea to bring together on one plate the two most sought out snacks. Maggi + veggies + samosa + cheese – it won’t disappoint you for sure.

I also tried the basic Cheese fries and Spinach rice. Cheese fries was crispy and classic. Spinach rice was served along with couple of garlic bread. Rice was cooked along with some herbs like Rosemary which brings the European feel to the plate. The preparation was typical European – slightly bland. So if you want it to be more spicy and salty then you need to tell them while placing the order. I liked the Spinach rice in it’s original form. 

Quantity of servings of all dishes were adequate for two people. 

Desserts and shakes will tickle your cravings. 

No meal is complete without a Dessert. KNK special shake, Oreo shake, Nutella shake and deep fried Oreo with ice cream are few of the drinks and desserts in the offering. The way it is served in a glass mug with waffers, Oreo and ice cream will put you in a spot – whether to spoil the decorated dessert serving or to dig into it straight away as you will not be able to resist it. 

(KNK pic of Deep fried Oreo with ice cream )

Overall Kill No Kalories is a must visit to relax, smile, play some board games, listen to good music and eat without guilt – Buring Calories can take a one day break ;). 

Location :- Ghantali Devi Road, Near Sai Baba Mandir (adjacent to Ram Maruti Road)

Rates are inclusive of taxes 🙂

Street Food Diaries : Jai Malhar – Hot bhajiyas and Vada pav near the lake 

Gaimukh Chowpaty – The new upcoming hang out place in Thane is bustling with lot of visitors especially in the weekends. There are also lot of people who stop by this place on weekdays to have a cutting chai / snacks / smoke a cigarette. 
Though it is an upcoming spot in Thane , still it lacks eatery joints / restaurants. So when you visit Gaimukh Chowpaty – the first question that arises in your mind is ‘kya khaaye aur idhar se khayega toh pet karaab hoga ?’ 

So if you are fond of Bhajiya and Vada pav then there is a good option.

Visit  ‘Jai Malhar Snacks Corner’ – small eatery joint managed by a husband and wife. Though it is a ‘tapri’ they have managed good hygiene conditions. They sell hot Vada pav and Bhajiya . You should try their kandha (onion) bhajiyas. They also serve the small pakodas / bhajiyas. 

The best thing is the way they manage to serve hot food all the time. They keep the basic preparation ready – aloo stuffing required for Vada pav. Depending upon the order they dip the aloo stuffing in besan atta and then fry it. So you always end up getting hot food. This is served along with sauteed green chilies, chutney and onion. The chutney is also yummy. 

So next time you visit Thane Gaimukh Chowpaty – make sure to try the Vada pav and bhajiyas of ‘Jai Malhar’. I am sure that you will end up asking ‘ek aur Vada pav dijiye bhaiya’. 

Street Food Diaries :Healthy sumptuous Litti Chokha 

Health, Fitness, diet – In the last 2 – 3 years everyone has become conscious about their lifestyle. For some it is about maintaining their ‘body’ and for some it is about keeping themselves fit to increase their ‘shelf life’.  Many people make new year resolution as well on these topics. But having said that, if you are a foodie then the urge to eat outside and that too at a Street food outlet becomes the barrier in accomplishing the said lifestyle or resolution.

Being a foodie myself, who is trying to get in to a healthy lifestyle,  it was really tough not to eat from my favourite street food stalls.
I was delighted when I figured out that there is a healthy street food option – Litti Chokha.
Litti Chokha – the staple food of farmers and peasants in Bihar, UP and some parts of MP is a healthy and tasty dish. The earthiness of the dish will give you a rustic feel.
The dish itself is healthy and you can’t ask for anything better when all the ingredients are prepared on a grill.
Prabhudas , owner of Maa Durga snacks corner, has been running his small make shift street side outlet for the past 4-5 years. His outlet is located in Thane West opposite to Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium.

There are 2-3 ways of making the flour for Litti. The Litti made by Prabhudas is made out of sattu (bengal gram, chickpeas). Once the flour is prepared by him it is then rolled in to small balls (Littis). These small balls are then grilled on top a layer of charcoal. Chokha is made out of eggplant (baingan), potatoes , tomatoes, onion, chillies and some special masala ingredients mixed with a tinge of mustard oil. Eggplant, potato and tomato are grilled and then smashed to prepare the Chokha. There is no frying involved which makes the dish healthier.

Litti Chokha gives your body fibre, nutrients and proteins. It is low on calories and glycemic index as well.

4 Littis, Chokha, onion and chutney is served in each plate. One plate of Litti Chokha will cost you Rs. 40/-. In case you need some ghee on top then you need to pay extra Rs.10/-.

The customers at Maa Durga snacks corner includes auto drivers , professionals, people who are lazy to cook on weekends and health conscious people like me who want to eat out 🙂

It’s Tea Time : Ketley Brews

The first thing that comes to your mind after a 3-4 hours of shopping with your family on a rainy day is ‘Garam adhrak Chai Chahiye’. This craving for Tea on a Sunday afternoon led us to this small Restaurant in Thane.

Ketley Brews and Bites – as the name suggests – they brew some lovely varieties of tea and also put together good food as well. It is located near to the TCS Campus on Pokhran Road Nos.2 Majiwada, and focuses on Speciality Tea offerings.

The first thing that impressed me was the ambience of the place:- Great décor, creative wall painting, low floor seating and unique ‘Ring For Tea’ concept to call the Waiter. The restaurant can take maximum of 25 – 30 customers at a time.

I realized that there are a lot of Tea options available in the market other than the regular Ginger / Black and Green Tea.

Ketley has a long list of tea varieties in their Menu which ranges from the basic Assam Tea, Ginger Tea, and Cardamom to exotic Silver Needle White Tea, Ice Wine Tea, Beehive Twist and The Red Dose.

The moment you are seated – you will be provided a small bell. To place orders you just need to “Ring For Tea” Bell and the Waiter will come to your table.

We tried the Ginger Tea and Apple Mint flavoured Organic Green Tea. Both tasted really well. Apple Mint Green Tea was infused with Apple flavour and the taste will leave you wanting for more.

The urge to try the food menu made us convert this visit to a very early Dinner (5 pm) outing.

Their Food menu comprises of Starters, Main Course and Dessert. Menu comprises of Veg and Non Veg options – Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Burgers, etc.

We ordered Maggi, Cheese Nuggets, French Fries and finished our meal with Risotto and Garlic Bread.

Maggi was tasty – the authentic taste of Maggi was maintained.

Cheese Nuggets – Yummy

French Fries – was happy to see thin strips fried with less amount of oil.

Risotto – They serve Caribean, Jamaican, Spiced Greek Yogurt, Hot Chilli Tomato to name a few from the list. We tried the Hot Chilli Tomato and indeed it was real Spicy.

Overall a good cosy place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Though the plan for having Rs.10/- Tea turned out to be Rs.1000/- dinner outing we were content.

“Ketley Brews & Bites: Let’s Brew Happiness”

Price: I felt that the rates were slightly on a higher side but the ambience and taste of tea + food somewhat makes it for the price you pay.

Service: Good

Parking: Since there is road work happening you will have to park your car on the opposite side of the road. It is a challenge till the time the road work is not completed. 

India Bistro: Master Chef inspired dishes served in interesting cutleries

India Bistro is the newly opened restaurant in Thane, Maharashtra by Foodlink Restaurants.

Foodlink Restaurants, started by Sanjay Vazirani, have Glocal Junction, China Bistro, India Bistro and Bungalow 9 under their group.

India Bistro Thane outlet is the latest offering from this group. Located on Pokhran Road No.1, this Restaurant is slowly and steadily becoming the must visit restaurants in Thane.

Ambience: Well lit and the spacious seating makes you feel comfortable.

Service: Quick service and customer friendly staff. Staff is well versed with the detailing of all the dishes.

Food: Master Chef inspired dishes served on interesting cutleries

Paani puri : This was served as a complimentary starter. Syringes were filled with the khatta and meetha paani.

The presentation of other Starters were also equally interesting and inspiring. Panco Cruster Jodhpuri Chilli is a must try. Firangi Paneer was also tasty.

The main course was served in cutlery looking like train engine.

‘Chuski’ aka ‘Kaala khatta’ was served in a miniature pressure cooker. This again was a complimentary dish.

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Guava kulfi with chili foam tasted good. It reminds you of the same taste when you eat guava with a tinge of chilli powder.

Cheque / Bill is presented to the customer inside an ‘iron-box’

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Different varieties of Starters, Main courses and Desserts makes this place a must visit for Diners.

One more addition to the growing stand alone restaurants in Thane.

Eat to your heart’s content 🙂

PS: Happy Hours on all days from  7pm to 9:30 pm. 

Cost for two – approx. Rs. 2000/- (costly compared to Thane standards plus taxes are extra)

Parking – Valet parking is available (though they park your car across the road)