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A Tweak In TIme: The Desi Twist, Chembur, Mumbai

You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there. You have to be humble as you execute, but visionary and gigantic in terms of your aspiration. Similarly in the food industry it’s not about grand innovations, it’s about a lot of little innovations; every day, every week, every month, making something a little bit different and better.


Like they say; Without change there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement. The Desi Twist, a culinary lovechild of Rupal Vedant serves as a perfect example where simple tweaks and changes could make something which is innovative and interesting.

Who could’ve thought that a simple tweak, a small twist or a gentle turn could change the rudimentary PASTA into a commendable DESI DELICACY.

Just to give you a heads up on the place, its a small outlet, which provides seating for a limited number of people but concentrates more on the delivery part. Now that we’ve got your attention, lets get to the interesting part of this review, the food score.

Post the warm and friendly welcome we were briefed on how this twisted idea came up on the first place. Just about a few minutes into the conversation and we were served the first Pasta. Yes That’s how fast the service is. We started with the ‘Green Chutney Pesto’ (Penne) or simply the Mint-Coriander Chutney Pasta. It couldn’t get more desi’er than this. The Pesto sauce was boosting the taste to a different level. A whole lot of Mumbai and a little bit of Italy. The right amount of sourness and spice made it simply our favorite.

Green Chutney Pesto

Green Chutney Pesto

The ‘Paneer Tikka Pasta’ (Macaroni) came right about time as we finished the previous one. Just as we got out of the ‘AWE” moment from the first pasta, we were dragged straight back into it again. Trust us, We haven’t had such a great “Paneer Tikka” anywhere, let alone tweaking that flavors into a pasta. The well marinated paneer pieces complimented by the generous amount of cheese just made it exorbitantly delicious. Truly a great twist, with the moderately spicy and tangy gravy infused by very own Desi Punjabi Cuisine.

Pav Bhaji Pasta

Pav Bhaji Pasta

The third in line was the ‘Pav Bhaji Pasta’ (Penne). Though the Pav Bhaji was mashed in to a very smooth paste and required some texture, it was undeniably tasty. We have had Pav Bhaji at the best of places, but our personal favorite is the homemade one forever. We both agreed in unison that this tastes exactly the same. Only with the Pasta taking it to a different league altogether. Little did we know that one can make a great recipe into a amazing one with such simple thinking.

We didn’t want to try the pastas anymore as we needed a reason to come back here again. So we decided that we end this visit with something light followed by the mouthwatering desserts.

Paneer Pakoda Tacos

We opted for the ‘Paneer Pakoda Taco’ another twist that we liked. Soft paneer pakodas, onions, red cabbage and cheese inside crisp taco shells, topped with Mustard / Mayo. This was as uniquely desi as it could get. All these were served in Eco-friendly and Biodegradable Areca Plates. Another unique innovation that we really liked.

We stopped right after the wonderful tacos and went right ahead to devour some desserts.

Belgian Chocolate Cupcake

Belgian Chocolate Cupcake

All the desserts are homemade in The Desi Twist, and that’s what we loved about it. At first we had the White ‘Chocolate Mousse’, Creamy white chocolate, topped with chocolate flakes. Then the ‘Belgian Chocolate Cupcake’, followed by the ‘Red Velvet Cupcake’. Unlike traditional cupcakes that we get across the city these were surprisingly soft and moist, which is exactly the way we love. We already started missing the desserts as soon as we finished them. so we packed a few too.

Red Velvet Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcake

With a heavy stomach and a heavy heart we bid goodbye to this place, only with a promise to return time and time again. Good food doesn’t need a verdict, but to justify a place as wonderful as this we go by the word “Amazing” the Pricing, the Portions, the Palatability are more than perfect.

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This entry was posted on July 6, 2015 by in Mumbai.

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