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"Do you want to eat inside the jail ?” The question startled me, and I didn't hear the rest of the sentence! The lunch invitation, really drew my attention to only one word – "jail” with a lot of negative perspective in the recent turn of things in the Bombay serial blasts case. I am assured, there is nothing negative about the incredibly original "Kaidi Kitchen”, tucked into the first floor of an apartment on Camac Street.

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A short flight of stairs leads us to the wooden jail door replica, leading inside to a spacious restaurant setting. Pleasantly dramatic, the interiors are tastefully done up to give the feel of the dungeons. A series of different sized iron-bar cells seem to be the peak attraction. Every cell, dimly lit, hosts a tastefully crafted marble table and wooden chairs, a little cramped and claustrophobic, but exciting none the less. Each time, the service boys in black and white Kaidi uniform roll in the prison gates, I feel a chill along my spine. Managerial staff in peaked Police caps, walls with handprints and play of light and shade creates the thrill. Only exceptions to the setting are table flowers and the peppy Jazz music.

Food
For a jail-style vegetarian eatery, the menu is extensive covering quite tempting cuisines across the globe. It opens with a section on signature dishes and goes on to include Mexican, Italian, Thai, Mongolian, Chinese and of course North Indian. We decide to skip the vegetarian Indian favourites, predominantly "Paneer” dishes and move on beyond boundaries. Settling down with a Citrus Tea Cooler (Rs.131) and a Virgin Mojito (Rs.131) we go on to order a Z-Soup (Rs.251), a Mee Krob (Rs. 251) and Tacos (Rs.161) for the beginning, for mains we choose Italian Cannelloni Florentine (Rs.281), Mexican Sizzling Steak N Salsa (Rs. 321), Mongolian Barbeque Noodles with veggies (Rs. 301).

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The "Z” is indeed a mild version of Chinese coriander soup with thin crunchy planks of vegetables crowding in it. The Thai Mee Krob is a crispy noodles salad, garnished with tempura batter silky tofu, a liberal handful of fresh sprouts in sweet and sour sauce giving it a peppy edge. Miniature Tacos are well endowed with the earthiness of the beans inside and enhanced flavours of the grated cheese outside. The super cheesy spinach layered Cannelloni gives a refreshing picture and taste of happiness. The Mexican Sizzler is a riot of colours with a scattering of veggies and Penne on the side. The smoky Mongolian barbecue is a little bit different with every bite, a party of paprika infused textures and flavors in the mouth. We wrap up the meal with a central Asian house specialty - Belloni (Rs.251), a gratifying kheer infused with the richness of nuts and dry fruits.

Must Try
Litti Chokha, Mexican Sizzling Steak n Salsa, Mongolian Barbecue Noodles with veggies

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Bar Gazebo in Vedic Village is a perfect bar for chilling out with friends and family. This bar provides a cool mix of cocktails - Planter's Punch, Pink Lady, Long Island Iced Tea, Pina Colada, Margarita, Caipiroska - and mocktails like Coca Colada, Strawberry Fizz, Kiwi Delight and Blue Heaven. To go with it are the hot and spicy finger food to pass around. Try the Tandoori Veg/Non-veg Platter, Tandoori Samundari Khazana, Chicken Malai Kebab, Angar ka Phool, Crunchy-fried Chicken, Crispy Chilli Baby Corn, American Corn Salt & Pepper, Shrimp Cutlet and Chilli Fish.

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