Here’s a lowdown on new restobars in the city!
A Tex-Mex restobar that is reminiscent of the humble cantinas one sees in Mexico that make it their mission to show you a good time with prices that won’t break the bank. With happy yellow bar stool, chairs and tables with lilac walls and fairy lights hanging low from the ceiling, Amigos is the kind of place that demands that you come as you are and leave only after you’ve had a good time.
The friendly, relaxed fiesta mood of Amigos is infectious with the friendliest wait staff you will ever find serving very reasonable drinks like the Frescas, Tequila Shots and sublime Daiquris. We especially vouch for the Margaritas that are churned out of a machine offering flavours like passion fruit and zesty lime. For a bit of stomach appeasing, try the fried green banana Tostones, the Prawn Pinchos and the Caliente Chicken. But please leave room for the lip smacking chocolate sauce-smothered Chicken Molè Poblano and the medium rare Steak Ranchero.
The food can be a tad inconsistent and Indianised. The first time we visited the place they ran out of Guacamole (sacrilege for a Tex-Mex joint!). On our next visit, the refried beans tasted like plain old baked beans from a can. And guys, how about a rim of salt on our Margarita glasses!!??
Rs 1,500 for two without alcohol.
Jewel Shopping Center, 7 Bungalows, Yari Road, Versova, Andheri West.
THE IRISH HOUSE
An Irish pub in every sense of the word, right from the astonishingly high decibel levels to the dark wood floors, exposed brick work and high roof ambience punctuated with typically Irish posters of shamrocks and dancing leprechauns, but minus the lilting melodies that define the Emerald Isle. A whisky wall adds to the fun pub ambience as does the ginourmous projector screen ideal for catching a game with the boys.
Undoubtedly the large selection of booze served is the trump card of The Irish House. We loved the fact that we could go on a beer tour around the world and sample stout from Ireland (Murphy’s) and lagers from Belgium (Stella Artois), Japan (Asahi), Italy (Peroni) among others. Cocktails like the Open Sesame and the imaginatively named Jameson Sperm are fun drinks with great visual (and oral!) appeal. Finger food such as the Wasabi Japonica Prawns, the Smothered German Waffle Fries are superb supporting acts to the main course stars aka the Smokies Lamb Pie and the Grilled Falafel Burger.
The service here leaves a lot to be desired. Although we can attribute it to teething problems, the waiters and bar staff need a crash course in knowing what goes into the drinks they serve. Also, be prepared for long wait for your food order to get processed and finally make its way to you.
Rs 1,500 for two without alcohol.
The Irish House, Rampart Row, 30 K. Dubash Marg, Kalaghoda
P.S. COMING SOON! Waiting in the wings is another restobar that is poised to open shortly. With branches in places like L.A., Bangkok and Dubai among other locations, Trader Vic’s Mai Tai lounge at High Street Phoenix will soon give Mumbaikars a dose of some potent Hawaiian-themed Tiki cocktails and yummy nibbles, just as it has been doing in Bengaluru for the last couple of months.
For those of us who have got a sneak peek at the Mai Tai menu, here’s the dope. Among the food, there are going to be dishes like the LomiLomi Bruschetta, Trader’s Summer Rolls, Mai Tai Crispy Chicken, Mai Tai Island Burger, TIKI Falafel Burger, Vic’s Cubano, Maui Steak Sandwich, and Trader Vic’s Thai Red Curry. For afters, there are sinful desserts like Polynesian Snowball, Chocolate Nut TIKIS.
Now for the drinks! Home to the original Mai Tai, the beverage menu comprises a subtle blend of classic cocktails and mocktails complimented by a selection of house signatures consisting of fresh ingredients. It includes the Trader Vic’s Mai Tai, Maui Mai Tai, Rusky Mai Tai, Guava Mai Tai and many more. They’ve also brought down Trader Vic’s international bestsellers that take the form of the Scorpion Bowl, Rum Giggle, Rum Keg and also the signature drink, TikiPukaPuka which is a blend of three kinds of rum, orange juice, grenadine and spices that will promise to take you straight to the Polynesian islands and beyond. Bring it on, we simply can’t wait! Keep watching this space for more on it.