Food Bytes: Make Way For The Brand New Maritime By San Lorenzo And Hard Rock Cafe, Andheri

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It would be an understatement to say that Mumbai, in the last few months, has seen a virtual deluge as far as new restaurants opening up are concerned. From bistros to cafes to fine dining places and even perfectly pedestrian food carts and kiosks, there’s never a dearth of newbies that hold great gastronomic promise for us gourmands.

But every now and then, a few über restaurants come knocking on our doors with promises to mesmerise us to a stunned silence. Places, that have for years, been wowing the international dining cognoscenti with their culinary brilliance and infectious vibe. And the two that I am featuring today are as mega as they can get. Though both radically different from each other, both are imbued with that same international flair and sophistication.

So, get set to pop the bubbly and celebrate the fact that we in Mumbai are such an undisputable force to reckon with that the world is literally coming a-begging at our doorstep for our custom and patronage…

Maritime by San Lorenzo Bar
Maritime by San Lorenzo Bar

Maritime by San Lorenzo
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year, Knightsbridge, London’s ultra iconic restaurant San Lorenzo, owned by the celebrated Lorenzo Berni, makes its international debut with Maritime by San Lorenzo housed in our very own at Taj Lands End, Bandra. Serving hearty Italian specialties, drawing inspiration from Berni’s family recipes served at the West London restaurant, Alessandro Bechini and Marco Foroni, two San Lorenzo trained Italian chefs are in charge of the posh nosh here. Paying homage to true, rustic Italian gastronomy, the menu at Maritime by San Lorenzo comprises San Lorenzo’s signature dishes, from risotto with prawns and courgettes to tagliata of chicken breast with balsamic sauce.

Consistent with the Indian culinary ethos, the menu also features plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The restaurant claims that the integrity of the ingredients, many of which come directly from Italy, will follow through to desserts, with San Lorenzo’s famous homemade ice creams leading the way. The wine list at Maritime by San Lorenzo is diverse and features 64 Italian wine labels. And for those seeking a tasty tipple, the Prosecco Bar will serve a variety of cocktails, from Kir Royals to fruity Bellinis. I can’t wait to check this one out, can you?
Where: Taj Land’s End, Bandstand, Bandra (W)
Contact: 022 66681234

Hard Rock cafe, AndheriHard Rock Cafe Andheri
Joining the ranks of Hard Rock’s posse of 174 venues in 54 countries, including 138 cafes, 17 hotels and 7 casinos (including its other Mumbai sibling at Worli), this latest outpost of the Hard Rock Cafe at Andheri is a single-level 6,982 square-feet café that includes indoor seating for 198 guests, an upscale vibrant bar, a live entertainment space that will feature Mumbai’s unique local music scene and a souvenir-dispensing Rock Shop. And as usual, select, handpicked pieces of memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection also adorn the walls of this cafe including a purple scarf worn by the genius of funk, soul, pop and rock Prince; a light blue long sleeve shirt worn by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley; a pink and grey tracksuit worn by Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas fame; a long purple robe worn by founding member of The Beatles John Lennon; Bob Dylan’s brown leather jacket among other pieces.

Guests of Hard Rock Cafe Andheri can partake from Hard Rock’s scratch-based menu, including the favorite Legendary Experience menu, featuring a mouth-watering selection of 10-ounce legendary burgers (I so want one NOW!!). Also available will be the Smokehouse Menu that uses the very best hickory wood chips to slowly cook its ribs, chicken and pork to juicy, tender perfection. In addition to its food, Hard Rock Cafe’s extensive, award-winning drinks menu includes hurricanes, margaritas, signature favorites and alternative rock alcohol-free beverages. Rock on and rock into Hard Rock Cafe’s latest avatar, I say!
Where: Sharyans Audeus, Ground Floor, Diagonally Opp. Yashraj Studios, Fun Republic Cinema Lane, Andheri (W)
Contact: 022 26743901

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Pics courtesy: Maritime by San Lorenzo and Hard Rock Cafe, Andheri

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Raul Dias

Raul Dias
Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.