49, Fontainhas has been the address of many a successful and loved restaurant. The newest one to set up shop here is Barrels & Bones, and by the looks of it, is already on a winning streak. The location may be familiar, but the concept of an exclusive steak and grill house, is a relatively new and less-explored one in the city. The focus here is on quality meat, a range of barbecue and grill options and choice cocktails to go with them.
Barrels & Bones is housed within the premises of a restored bungalow that still retains much of its homely old-world charm, but the place itself has a decidedly slick feel to it. With tall tables, a shiny grill with the periodic hiss and sizzle of meat, and a wood-fired oven that dishes out delicious pizzas, it has all the makings of a bona fide steakhouse that knows its business. Adding to the ambience are cedar tones, wood and leather, barrels placed in corners and diffused lighting. Seating options are available indoors in the comfort of an air-conditioned dining room as well as outdoors, by the bar – a charming experience you can choose on lesser hot days.
FOOD + DRINKS
The S’mores Martini (Rs 395) came highly recommended. A combination of vanilla infused vodka, cheesecake mix and coffee liqueur and a toasted marshmallow to finish it off, it seemed like a good excuse to begin the meal on a sweet note.
The menu is extensive so expect to be spoilt for choice. We were. Piled high with grilled and barbecue specialties, almost every dish had an unexpected surprise element. Like the avocado-mango salsa that came with our BBQ Mutton Skewers With Spring Onions And Pita Bread (Rs 350). The sweet-tangy salsa perfectly offset the delicately spiced and moist meat and we mopped up every last bit with the pita bread. Also worth trying are the Char Grilled Prawns With Tamarind Sauce (Rs 380) and Scotch Eggs With Wasabi Sauce (Rs 280). Portions are generous here, as we learnt, feeling considerably stuffed after just two appetisers.
For mains we picked the Chargrilled Sweet And Sour Ribs (Rs 480) that were soft, sticky and sweet with a hint of heat from smoked paprika, and perfectly grilled. There’s a good range of meats and seafood available, but vegetarians don’t need to feel left out. The menu has some great options such as Cottage Cheese Farcito (Rs 350) and Aubergine Parmesan (Rs 400).
There are the usual suspects on the pizza menu: Margherita (Rs 350) and Spicy Pepperoni (Rs 550) – plus the unexpected Goan Sausage Pizza (Rs 450). If you want to keep some room for dessert, we suggest you stick to sharing a pizza!
We skipped the chocolate-y desserts and chose the Tres Leches Cake (Rs 190) – a dense, sticky cake with a tuft of fresh cream and toasted pistachios. A tad too sweet for our taste, it may work better if shared by two people.
IN A NUTSHELL
TC Verdict: Authentic American-style BBQ and grill house with a good selection of quality meats.
Meal for Two: Rs 3,000
Cuisine: Steakhouse, BBQ and Grill, Pizzeria
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**The writer visited the restaurant anonymously and the bill was paid by TimesCity**