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Updated about 13hrs ago

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This new bar serves up a cocktail of relaxed merriment which is infectious. I am absolutely over the moon to spend an evening here.

Décor

There’s fun written all over this new bar. It’s large, has a warm, welcoming feel and is packed. We love the wall mural sketch with its Neanderthal man, Batman and Spiderman playing cards and so on. There is a choice of seating arrangements...comfy and dinner table too.

Food and Drink

The co-host of Discovery Channel’s series Cocktail Kings spearheads the bar here. So there is drama and flavour. The Good Wife, a whisky sour cocktail (sprayed with a vodka based black cardamom spray) or The Wolf Of BKC, ( orange vodka based with a rose aroma.) The tostada sprout chat brims over with zing and texture and is a must try. Tasty Baby Lamb Sliders – and their vegetarian version of corn jalapeño sliders too. Goodwife home salad, fresh and well made. Okayish though over sauced pasta (Fetuccini, penne). Succulent Five spice crispy duck delights, Vanilla Pannacotta and chocolate fondant pass muster.

Minus Points

Here’s the irrepressible Shayan Italia’s fun take on the Rosemary Chicken Tikka – A touch dry for my liking and everyone questioned where the Rosemary was? I thought it being late and she may have gone to bed. It certainly was dry and lacklustre. Ditto for the Forest Mushroom Filo, stodgy Chicken Gyoza, and three Peppercorn Chicken. The roast chicken disappoints.

My Point

Why did the Rocking Tham brothers (of the award winning Trilogy fame) name this relaxed, fun, buzzing bar ‘The Good Wife’? I don’t know of any good wife who conceives cocktails with such imagination and mixes them with such skill or magnetises such a buzzing crowd. The food is a mixture of appealing and ho-hum. Don’t go for the food, go for a fun-time to this open-through-the-day bar. This Good wife is a plausible cynosure of a fun night out and not just a grubby refueling station.

PS: Our Shayan Italia has the last word about The Good Wife-The Queen Bee took so many of our photographs that we left the place like rock stars. In the end they all concluded that I was the one making the most of the evening, purely because I’m a complete loser, hopelessly single and still looking for “The Good Wife”

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Here, in rocking Versova ( Oooh! I love Versova) I am bopping around the globe in the ten day old "The Treesome Café". While the food itinerary is not coherent, the trip is a lot of fun.

Decor

Pleasant. A fairly small, boxed in air-conditioned area and an alfresco one (total of 1300 sq ft) are done up in casual, relaxed style. Two bars, exposed industrial pipes look and tree mural on the wall complete the decor.

Food & Drinks

Be prepared to get your taste buds assaulted, cajoled and seduced. Many a bar-bite and very few main courses serve up desi-global innovative flavours. South Indian masala infuses the delicious Rajnikanth omelette, while the Butter Chicken gives a spicy charge to the bland risotto. Unerringly cooked plump garlic Barcelona prawns, thermidor sauce drenched grilled fish delight. Flavoursome Goan prawn curry, chicken Cafreal and must try Kheema Pav too. Innovatively plated on trays made of grey slate (the dish of yummy baby burgers is served under a bird cage). Many a creative cocktail, try the chatpatta Jamun Mojito.

Minus Points

Uncomfy seating, big, fat sofas crammed into a small indoor space. Not enough vegetarian options (I am told they are adding to the veggie menu) Indie steak (paneer and dal makhani) is a mish mash, the bhel lacks zing and the so called Maldivian fish cake Bokiba is lackluster and avoidable. Chewy Chicken Gangnam Style (served skewered in four fluted glasses). Stodgy Shroom cupcakes and the pizza base not crisp enough. No beef and only one pork dish. No desserts on the menu.

My Point

Open through the day, Treesome cafe (named after the fig tree outside) is more of a bar (many an innovative cocktail) with many a bar bite. Although the menu has weak spots, with a few dishes not from the heart but from a marketing plan, the gifted chef Rohan DSouza's (who has worked with Marco Pierre White) cooking is exuberant and reflects a steady, precise hand.

It's mostly a mix of pubgrub stalwarts comfort foods, pizzas, burgers, bhel, kheema pao et al, creatively served (sometimes over the top). Beyond bits of mild nonsense and odd affectation are real merit and considerable merriment.

Three cheers! Tree cheers!

**Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by TimesCity**

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