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Updated about 17hrs ago

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  • 70% Complete (success)
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  • 70% Complete (success)
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  • 70% Complete (success)

Here’s Kala Ghoda’s fairly new, bar-lounge, a relaxed space, with conversation-friendly music and global offerings. Located on the first floor, right across the landing from the frantic and loud nightclub LIV, this all-day eatery has the same owner (also of Khyber). Cheval (horse in French), pays tribute in name at least, to the statue of King Edward VII on his steed that stood in Kala Ghoda’s central plaza until 1965. Cheval sprawls in a bar, lounge and dining areas in two high-ceilinged large rooms while its textured pastel walls, exposed ceiling beams and circular light fittings infuse it with a rustic feel. Take your pick... there’s the dining room with a mural of a black horse and chandeliers, and the other has a well-stocked bar. Many an interesting munchy, from Truffle Chips to Sliders and Liver Pâté and cocktail too. Cheval endears itself with its relaxed vibe and the wait staff wearing T-shirts. It’s open through the day, so you can pop in anytime for a drink. As the book goes to press, I pop in here for a quick dinner and on another night to checkout its bar. It’s an interesting mix of a menu which meanders through Mediterranean pizzas, pastas, antipasti, and in between pops Poached Sea Bass in an Asian Broth, Pork Belly with Star Anise and Ginger Carrot Purée and even sandwiches and burgers. It’s the well-made juicy Steak Sandwich which delights as does the light and refreshing Quinoa Salad. Happily, even the Pork Belly succulent and flavoursome with Star Anise comes up tops. The Pulled Pork Buns pass muster. The thin-crust pizza with ham is ordinary, Gruyere Soufflé is stodgy and oversauced with cheese. Mushroom Leek with hard puff pastry disappoints. End with the back-to-childhood flavours of the oversweet, addictive Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Bread ‘n’ Butter Pudding. Blueberry Vodka Sorbet makes for a refreshing finale to a pleasant though unexceptional meal.

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Nightlife Review

Buzz: 4/5| Décor: 3.5/5

Magnetizing a night-crowd that is looking for a bar-lounge, a relaxed space, conversation without ear-deafening music, is Kala Ghoda’s fairly new Cheval. Located on the first floor (right across the landing from the frenetic and loud nightclub LIV) .this all-day eatery has the same owner (also of Khyber). Cheval (horse in French) pays tribute, in name at least, to the statue of King Edward VII on his steed that stood in Kala Ghoda’s central plaza until 1965. Cheval sprawls in a bar, lounge and dining areas in two high-ceilinged large rooms, its textured pastel walls, exposed ceiling beams and circular light fittings infuse it with a rustic feel. Take your pick... there’s the dining room with a mural of a black horse and chandeliers, and the other has a well-stocked bar. Many an interesting munchy, from Truffle Chips to Sliders and Liver Pâté and cocktail too. Cheval endears itself with its relaxed vibe, wait staff wearing T-shirts, fun descriptions (with equally yummy tasting) and innovative cocktails. It’s open through the day, so you can pop in anytime for a drink. Raise many a toast with Whisky Sour and Green Asian Coolers!

Updated about 17hrs ago

  • Food
  • 80% Complete (success)
  • Service
  • 70% Complete (success)
  • Decor
  • 70% Complete (success)

Ooooh! La! La! Levo! Here it is, Andheri's amazing month old ...Levo. The 20,000 sq ft restaurant marks one of the most significant openings of this year. It is by sheer chance, that I drop by here for a totally impromptu, unplanned visit and that further adds to my delight. My dinner companions are equally inspiring...articulate, exuberant, multi-lingual, award-winning 84 year young George Menezes's sense of humor, in depth knowledge of politics and food shines through. Having worked in many a high-powered job, he's lived in Paris on a diplomatic assignment and his fifth book The Naked Liberal is already making waves. His friend, author of two path breaking books, Martin DSouza's book on the the Healing Power of Grieving is our subject of discussion as are miracles and magic, With us too is Shilpa Chawla, my loyal reader of 18 years, a unique edition, the Alpha woman who is a passionate foodie ambassador. And each one of us loves the food here.

Decor
Walk into the sprawling 20,000 sq ft restaurant and the sheer scale (indoors and alfresco) and the sophistication of decor sets the tone for the food. The high-ceilinged restaurant is done to international standards by the Japanese architect who has also done Hyatt's "China House" and is clad in wood and style. A wood-fired oven takes pride of place (please see photo) and DJ music fills the air.

Food
Before going into details about the dishes,I'd like to point out that the most important element here is the brilliant chef's ability and determination to amplify the charms of whatever lies at the center of a dish and masterfully balancing it's flavors and textures. Award-winning Canadian masterchef Rajeev Arora pays more heed to emphasizing two or three flavors than to inventing oddball pairings or imagining eureka flourishes. Therein lies his magic. He brings back "Food for the soul" dishes which are timeless and brilliantly executed. Go for the Coq au vin, chicken perfectly cooked in red wine infused with rich flavors salted pork flavors with firm baby onions, mushrooms. Classics like the Lamb Navarin Printanier - New Zealand lamb stew with vegetable, potatoes and turnip are worth trying. Chicken Cordon Bleu - chicken breast roulade stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese.
The other stars are the crisp and perfect wood-fired salmon pizza (enlivened with dill), the brilliantly done Mushroom Scallopini with fried leeks. Must ask for the flavour-packed soups (especially the mushroom) and the Prawn in Sambuca sauce with crisp Rucola. There is Duck Confit, scallops and also plenty for vegetarians.
House made ice creams implode with black pepper, watermelon and Ferrari chili.

Minus Point
You'll either love the sprawling restaurant's ambiance or hate it. Opinion is divided amongst my guests. Almost all the food meets with our approval, except for the stodgy Asparagus Shepherd's pie, overloaded with cottage cheese.

My Point
As my 84 young guest George Menezes raises his glass of perfectly made Bloody Mary (and appreciates the perfect salting on it's rim), we agree that here is a restaurant which lives up to it's name Levo (Latin for elevate). It sure elevates dining to another high in a handsome space, with service that is neither intrusive nor obsequious. The question remains will it's Andheri location do it justice? We hope it does.

Critic Review

Nightlife Review

Buzz: 3/5| Décor: 3.5/5

Walk into the sprawling 20,000sq ft restaurant and the sheer scale (indoors and alfresco) and the sophistication of décor sets the tone for the food. The high-ceilinged restaurant is done to international standards by the Japanese architect who has also done Hyatt’s China House and is clad in wood and style. A wood-fired oven takes pride of place and DJ music fills the air. Yet to take off, the Levo bar, has a huge collection of liquor ranging from international brands (Dom Perignon, Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, whiskey, scotch, beer and liqueurs, et al.). Suffice it to say that the most important element here is the brilliant chef’s ability and determination to amplify the charms of whatever lies at the center of a dish and masterfully balancing its flavours and textures. Award-winning Canadian masterchef, Rajeev Arora, pays more heed to emphasizing two or three flavours than to inventing oddball pairings or imagining eureka flourishes. It’s too early to tell how the bar will take off.

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