The management needs to pay more attention to flavours and the service and ensure food arrives faster. It definitely falls short of the 'fine dining' tag, writes Tara Bose Kapur
Went with great expectations hoping for a gastronomical treat. Miss T is from the team behind some of Colaba’s famous restaurants – the awardwinning The Table, Woodside Inn, The Pantry and Bombay Vintage.
The cuisine on offer includes Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Vietnamese cuisine. Consulting chefs—Bawmra Jap of Bomra’s (my most favourite in Goa) and a Vietnamese expert are on board for authenticity.
The split level place, formerly Busaba, has a T-shaped bar. Seating is at booths. Décor is understated. Simple, elegant in shades of blue.
The innovatively named cocktails were good …
Linens and Lace
Quixotic (Peanut Butter Jim Beam Bourbon and Canadian Cub whisky)
For Starters we had:
Crispy Pork Salad (good flavours but fell short of Bomra’s)
Crab and Shrimp Rangoon (good)
Fried Red Snapper Rolls (ok)
Our Mains took ages to arrive:
Steamed Sea Bass (good)
Wok Fried Beef (ok)
Black Sticky Rice (good)
I expected the food to be outstanding so was disappointed. When the team is fabled, food and service expectations run high.
Neither was the service impeccable. In Mumbai, we have got accustomed to outstanding service at all the new places opening from Mustard and Foo to O Pedro. Mind you, the place was not full on a Friday night! All the fun was being had at a private party on the first floor.
We got treated to the surprising sight of the skylight above the entrance being cleaned after 10 pm!
The management needs to pay more attention to flavours and the service and ensure food arrives faster. It definitely falls short of the “fine dining” tag and price points.
If you’re planning to go soon, I suggest you head to the bar and have a drink or two with a snack or two.
4 Mandlik Road, Colaba, Mumbai
Tel 022 22801144/ 22801155
Open all days, 12noon – 3:30pm, 7pm – 1am
Easy access – 2 steps
Rating: 3 Stars
Tara Bose Kapur is a foodie, a foodie and a foodie. When she’s not discussing food, she’s possibly talking about food. But there’s loads (or loaves) more that she does in life. Like being a communications consultant to the rich, famous and needy, and advising some of the hottest brands in the world in PR. And she runs a chhota bakery in Bandra that makes some yum (and sinful) stuff. For Xyngr, Tara Bose Kapur reviews eatspots around town. Xyngr reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.