Updated about 11hrs ago
The Wine Company is a lot to take in on first visit – its sprawling layout includes a highly coveted alfresco area, a retail section selling wine and spirits, and a reasonably sized bar overlooking its indoor seating – all of which is always running full. Bringing the European wine café culture to the city, TWC should be lauded for their efforts to make vino accessible to the lightest wallet as well as the staunchest connoisseur. The concept is simple yet novel – buy wine by the bottle (even select whiskey and vodka), pay a little over their retail price and enjoy them at the venue itself. A sophisticated ahata if you will! This option makes it one of the most VFM watering holes and is the reason for its popularity. So you get a Ti Amo Prosecco that sells for Rs 1800 at liquor shops for a marginally higher Rs 2300 or even a rare vintage of Chateau Palmer Margaux for, umm, a bargain deal of Rs 66000. Their by-the-glass serves are also fairly reasonable, so go here on a day your liver is ready to handle a pounding. Fair warning: the music tends to get a little bit too much, but no one seems to mind with all that tippling. If you’d rather go for an in-house concoction, the cocktail list features all the staples, though we suggest you skip those and try the vibrant Prosecco Sangria with Mint & Strawberry or a Classic Bellini – both these elegant drinks would make for perfect drunches. Our only grouse is that they are priced a bit steeper compared to everything else on the menu. Food is probably where this smart wine bar falters with predictable and by-the-book fare ranging from Bruschetta to Jalapeno Corn Fritters. The Karari Roti though is worth a try, as are the Jameson Whiskey Meatballs – when they are cooked well. You might need to do a little hand waving to get the staff’s attention, but once you manage that, it’s smooth sailing!
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Updated about 17hrs ago
This one manages to hold up the illusion thanks to an interesting bar menu, LED lights and a heavy-duty sound system. The interiors are done well and the service is fast and efficient. The bar seems to have been inspired by the erstwhileShroom, listing molecular mixology and jello shots. The Dirty Martini is disappointing with hardly any vermouth and a Three Six Mafia with Bourbon, cranberry, strawberry and orange foam is not what it should be. If you must eat, order the Greek Chicken Strips and Oven Baked Meatballs and pray the kitchen’s having a better day. We were left disillusioned!
Food 3/5 | Décor: 3/5 | Service 3/5
-By Marryam H Reshii
Illusion takes you into a different world. The dim lighting and the LED lights create a dark ambience even as the music gets loud after five in the evening. While the in-house DJ spins peppy beats, you may enjoy piping-hot fare from the grills and the ovens from the open kitchen. The Shawarma Station has both lamb and chicken variants. The shawarmas are served with in-house mezze dips and pickles. The wood-fired oven brings to you various pizzas — Al Prosciutto, Salsisia, Pepperoni, Salomi Copa… The wood-fire meals include dishes like Cheese Crusted Salmon and Chicken pot Pie with Herbed Rice. Others to try are Chicken Malai Tikka, Falafel Pita Wrap, and Crispy Fish Sandwich.When humankind cannot bear too much of reality, it needs Illusion.