Food Bytes: Mumbai’s Newest Themed Restobars, The Lazy Dog And Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge

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Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge's Wasabi Crusted Steak
Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge’s Wasabi Crusted Steak

I have a dirty little secret that I’ve been waiting to fess up for the longest time… I’m a total sucker for anything themed! I’m in lust with everything from those wild-n-wacky Manga comic-themed cafés in Tokyo to the dine-in-the-dark restaurants that are mushrooming all over Bangkok. I’m even known on occasion to drop into one of those kitschy Bollywood-themed diners in New Jersey where the music of Mika is played on full volume and patrons are made to pose for photographs with cut outs of SRK, AB, PC and other acronymed superstars of our time.

Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge's interiors
Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge’s interiors

So, imagine my delight when I got news that two new restobars with very different, yet interesting themes have opened their doors in aamchi Mumbai! I simply couldn’t resist a dekko at these two new watering holes and here’s what they are all about…

The Lazy Dog
This one owes its genesis to the Dalmatian Tsar, the original lazy dog, who till recently was a much loved companion to the restobar’s promoter. His spirit permeates the place and he can be found (relax, in portrait form only!) at the entrance happily greeting guests as they come in. This place very aptly subscribes to Tsar’s philosophical belief to “just be” and chase nothing.

Lazy Dog's homely vibe
Lazy Dog’s homely vibe

The Fort-based restobar has a comfortable feel, offering options to sit either at the oversized 30 feet long bar counter; in the bar chairs and tables imported from Europe; in the plush lounge chairs and couches or even in a whimsical rocking chair. The Lazy Dog presents a wide array of international liquors and an interesting menu of sinful cocktails. One can choose from The Classic Tails like the Caiproska, Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Margarita or Mojito. But if you want to experience magic you can opt for The Lazy Tails, their signature cocktails like the Seven Island Iced Tea, Kala Khatta Chuski, the Peru Mary or the Rose or Khus Margarita. The food section specialises in Indian grills with succulent kababs and rolls including options for vegetarians.

Inside Lazy Dog
Inside Lazy Dog

The ‘loyalty’ aspect of the beloved canine can be seen in the Loyal Patron Card which allows guests to become a member of The Lazy Dog family and enjoy the attractive pricing and associated benefits. Taking the theme one step further is The Lazy Dog’s intent of transparency and integrity. The philosophy extends to even areas that are not visible to customers. They claim that the drinks are never “under-poured” or “wrong-poured”. The prices shown are all inclusive prices – even VAT is included and absolutely no extras sneak past the dog’s watchful eye. A big “woof, woof!” to that, I bark… err, I mean, I say!
Where: The Lazy Dog, 24 A, Rajabahadur Mansion, Bombay Samachar Marg, Horniman Circle, Fort.
Contact: 022-67949940

The rattan furniture at Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge
The rattan furniture at Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge

Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge
Think full blast Tiki style replete with gaudy cocktail umbrellas adorning the rims of glasses, tribal masks hanging on the walls and rattan furniture dotting the leafy interiors. Yes, Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge in Lower Parel is like going to the sun-drenched isles of Polynesia without bothering about cumbersome things like air tickets and visas! 

Home to the original Mai Tai, the beverage menu here comprises a subtle blend of classic cocktails and mocktails complimented by a selection of house signatures made from fresh ingredients. It includes the Trader Vic’s Mai Tai, Maui Mai Tai, Rusky Mai Tai, Guava Mai Tai and many more. Newer contemporary favorites includes 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 to the islands. But thankfully this place isn’t all about the drinks. They even do a mean selection of food on the menu.

Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge's Chocolate Nut Tiki
Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge’s Chocolate Nut Tiki

A sneak peek at the Mai Tai delicacies reveals yummies like the LomiLomi Bruschetta, the Trader’s Summer Rolls, the Mai Tai Crispy Chicken, the Mai Tai Island Burger, the TIKI Falafel Burger, the Vic’s Cubano, the Wasabi Crusted Steak, and the Trader Vic’s Thai Red Curry. Along with these are sinful desserts like the Polynesian Snowball and the addictive the Chocolate Nut Tikis. Sweet and sticky, just how we like ‘em! What say?
Where: Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge, Unit No. 3, Food Court, High Street Phoenix 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
Contact: 022-67734949

Don’t forget to share your reviews of the restobars with us when you visit! Write to us st story@mumbaimag.com or just comment below.

Pics courtesy The Lazy Dog and Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge

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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.