Restaurant Review: Tilt All Day, Where Mid-Town Yum Meets SoHo Style!

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Never before have I encountered a word—in this case ‘Tilt’—being pimped so passionately, alternating between its usage as a noun and as a verb, with the latter coming up in almost every sentence’s construction. “Wait to be ‘Tilted’!” and “The place ‘Tilts’ after sundown…” are just some of the ways Siddhart Bhatia, the man behind Tilt All Day waxes eloquent of his new resto lounge. “The idea was to create an immersive, sound responsive light system that revolves around suiting the mood of the guest. Everything is as high energy or as laid back as you want it to be,” says the man.

IMG_0040_3This 4,000 sq feet loft-esque space draws enough parallels from a trendy SoHo warehouse, with its rough unfinished look with concrete flooring and the exposed brickwork that peeks out every now and then from under the blue walls. But it is the strategically installed strobe lights and whimsical chandeliers that aid in the complete transformation of the place at the press of a button, lending to the vibe a multi-dimensional look and feel as the day melts into the night.

I find myself ensconced in one of the lounge’s many comfortable booths one Saturday afternoon ready to get ‘Tilted’ so to speak. Admittedly, not the best time to check out a lounge that hopes to become a living light art installation of sorts, but I give in nonetheless to a demonstration, both of the lighting drama kind and of the edible kind.

IMG_0008_3While an acid green pallor is being cast all over the place, I sip on a Blueberry Mojito that is as refreshing a tipple as it is beautiful to look at with a splash of fresh blueberry puree forming its core, surrounded by the usual mojito accoutrements like mint leaves and Captain Morgan spiced rum. A trio of starters materialise and take the form of lick-the-platter clean Chargrilled Prawns sitting pretty on a bed of fresh Tabbouleh, Chilli Poppers with a Marinara Sauce and overtly sweet BBQ Chicken Wings that are thankfully accompanied by a Blue Cheese Dip that balance out the sweetness well.

IMG_0054_1With the brick pizza oven in the open plan show kitchen tempting me, I can’t resist indulging in a sliver of the Al Funghi Pizza that I once again find too sweet and less cheesy than I like my pizza to be. My cocktail of choice for this round is the absolutely wonderful The Pink Panther served up in a salt-n-sugar rimmed jam jar with a nifty little handle. What a smasher of a sum of its grape-orange-cranberry juice and Jose Cuevo Gold Tequila parts!

Bathed in the glow of a thousand splendid sunsets thanks to the now orange light display, I chow down on a bowl of perfectly al dente linguini that forms the basis of my Linguini Puttanesca that I find a wee bit salty, maybe because the triple salt threat brought on by the olives, the capers and the anchovies. Another sore point is the ‘alleged’ Asparagus Risotto where the asparagus has got totally decimated and chopped so finely that I am almost ready to dispute its presence or lack thereof! But a tiny piece of the veggie that I find ensconced in the perfectly cooked Carnaroli rice tells me that yes, the risotto does indeed have asparagus in it and no, the chef isn’t very generous with it.

IMG_0050_1But generosity of flavour and portion is the credo with the stunning New Zealand Lamb Rack with a Marsala Wine Reduction served with Boulanger Potatoes and a neat little herbaceous cubed tomato salad. The perfect fat to meat ratio on each of the two medium-well lamb cutlets and the freshness of the salad, with the comforting goodness of the potatoes make this one the dish of the day, the week and month, even.

As desserts are yet to form part of Tilt All Day’s menu (they assure me that come Jan 2 they will indeed indulge my sweet teeth!), I make do with a nifty Tiramisu cocktail in lieu. A potent shot of espresso melded with dark rum, vanilla vodka and Kahlua served up with a tiny chocolate cookie are the components of this dessert substitute that really tries its level best to make up for the dessert desertion!
Whether in noun form or verb, make sure Tilt All Day forms a part of your Mumbai dining vocabulary… like it has mine.

WHERE? Tradeview, Oasis Complex, Kamla Mills compound, PB Marg, Lower Parel (West). Call, 022-24927400, 24927200
HOW MUCH? Rs 2,500 for two without alcohol.
WHEN? 12pm to 1.30am
WHAT’S HOT? The very unique ‘Treasure Chest’ shared cocktails concept, where a party of 10 can partake of this alcoholic bounty… never mind the Rs 15,000+ a pop price tag!
WHAT’S NOT? The prices can seem a wee bit over the top, irrespective of the produce’s international origin claims.
SHOULD YOU GO THERE? Hell yes!

Pics courtesy: Tilt All Day and Raul Dias

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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.

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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.