Updated 3 months ago
Whoa! What energy! Aamchi Mumbai is rocking with youth and energetic bars and nightlife places…from Colaba (Colaba Social) through Parel (PDT) to Andheri (Boveda). Before leaving for Los Angeles, I visited each of these new arrivals. Thumbs up to the infusion of youthful energy. Boveda in Andheri is not only for the young night birds but is also set up by two 24 year olds and has an equally young chef.
The sprawling 2,500 sq feet space with its suspended retro bulbs, wooden crates for lamp shades exposed brick walls give it an industrial look. A long dramatically lit-up bar and an outdoor patio complete the décor.
Food, Drinks, and Gigs
43 starters and 6 mains. Dinner is obviously not what you go there for. Plenty of drinks and gigs is what you do go for…there is no entry or cover charge. DJs (Arjun Wagale, Ma Faiza, Ankytrixx, Sanjay Dutta) artists (Whirling Kalapas, Nikhil D'zouza etc.) rock the place. Ask for the robustly spiced, tossed spiced mushroom jalapeno, the deep fried tasty veg croquette plump with paneer and spinach. Enjoy the dominant paprika flavor of the spiced chicken. I particularly liked the smoked haloumi cheese on the American pizza. Desserts were woefully lacking, the chocolate ganache tart was good but not the greatest. The must try signature Boveda cocktails - BVD, Spiked Old Fashion, Melon Ball and The Green Beast.
More main courses are definitely needed. And some of the dishes on the menu like the chorizo prawn stew with pao, the Madras curry chicken with rice lack the zing and don't pass muster. Ditto for the haloumi potato mushroom butter garlic starter. More desserts please!
Open only in the evening, this fairly new Andheri arrival is already rocking. Boveda ("vault" in Spanish) doesn't mean you go looking for Spanish food (there are a few dishes). Don't go for looking for dinner either, do go for a great night out (plenty of action) cocktails, well-plated starters (please see photo) and a lusty, young vibe. Rock on!
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Updated 4 months ago
First the good news: it’s a brand new, fortnight old restaurant. Now the bad news: the restaurant is so new that it is yet to find its identity and as a food destination it is not worth going to at all. Yet, go we did. Because I’m constantly bitten by the bug of discovery.
It’s perched on the third floor. Make sure you find the right entrance to this mall (or you‘ll end up going round on the grotty pavement).It’s a cavernous carpeted hall, with a humungous chandelier, long bar and an al fresco balcony.
Let’s begin with the best: the Berry Chocolate baklava. Never mind if it has no resemblance to the original but the clump of chocolate served in a shell tastes good. Flavoursome duo of Mushroom (no porcini) risotto, okayish veg cordon bleu (potato, corn on the cob) and chicken stuffed with cottage cheese and spinach. Average price of the dishes Rs 450. A well-stocked bar too.
A lot of the dishes were unavailable. Overcooked and tasteless chicken shewarama. Ditto for the Basa fish with jalapeno and coriander rice. The Mezze platter was just bowls of some strange dips and sauces and a few pieces of falafel.
While my heart goes out to the owners who must’ve invested their money and dreams into Bandra’s brand new, (sprawling on the 3rd floor of a mall) La Ruche, I have to point out that it is not worth going to for the food. Just when we were leaving we were informed that plans are afoot to transform La Ruche into a lounge bar, dance floor et al. I wish it luck and hope that the beehive (LA Ruche) starts buzzing.
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