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It has hit the sweet spot! Santacruz’s Three Wise Men has been packed from the day it opened. So what if it’s all part to the formula… an all-black décor, a few booths and bar stools littered about, the mandatory big screen TV, retro playlist and the usual multi-cuisine snacks. Retro pop (ABBA), retro rock (Guns N’ Roses), retro hip hop (Salt N’ Peppa) here. Framed paintings on the ceiling (you read that right) Big Ben and Trafalgar Square and the Union Jack posters dot the bar. And here’s the best part… the moderately priced booze... Kingfisher pints for `165, cocktails at `395 onwards and imported beers `350 each. Check out the standard cocktails... TWM Sangria okayish, Rusty Nail better... but it’s more the regular booze that one goes here for. Okayish Chicken Wings, Burritos, Batter-fried Prawn Tempura, golden and crisp Fish ‘n’ Chips, Chicken Satay to Veg Tempura and mini Falafel Rolls. To sum it up, it is relaxed and casual with slow service. But no one seems to mind.

Note: Three Wise Men is named after the whisky shot featuring Jim (Beam), Jack (Daniels) and Johnnie (Walker).

SPECIAL NIGHTS: Mondays: Karaoke Nights; Wednesdays: Ladies Nights; Thursdays: Comedy Nights

Updated this week

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

We're being bathed in the ever-changing mood-and sound responsive glows of the lights. It's "sound and light spectacle time" in this Parel restaurant. We're seated in the Cafe style chairs, though there are diner-style booths, high communal tables with bar stools, a VIP section too. We are informed that the cushions in the booths are removable and magnetic so that diners can take them off and dance on their seats.

So far so good. Except that right now the large restaurant is desolate. The long bar is empty, though the music and lights are rocking. But what a royally good time we're having here. Literally too. My blue blooded guest Rajkumar Sukhdevsinhji from the princely state of Jamnagar sure has gourmet genes. Not only was his father (Commander in chief of the Indian army) famous for his curries in the US but also cooked with the Maharaja of Kashmir and today RajKumar Sukhdevji's repertoire spans coq au vin, Xmas turkey to the raan . His charming soft spoken wife, Kunverani of Masuda, Vijaylakshmiji is equally accomplished at cooking and they keep their four grandkids enthralled with it. Discerning foodies, the delightfully affable couple are disarmingly down to earth and eat their way through the menu with us.

Decor

Bare concrete floored 4,000 sq feet space with bits of exposed brickwork, blue and orange chairs, wooden tables and of course the lighting (see the para above).

Food

The wified all day cafe “tilts" to happy hours and then Tilts into a nightclub. And so the menu follows suit. Pizzas, soups, sliders, cocktails, mezze…you name it. Thin crisp pizza served on a wooden platter delights, as do the unerringly grilled prawns. The moist lamb slider is accompanied by well-made French fries. And as we munch, we are enthralled with the fact that our princely guest is the legendary Maharaja Ranjitsinhji’s grand nephew and Sukhdevsinhji continued to play cricket through his 37 years with a prestigious public sector company of which he was a chairman. Even now as corporate advisor to a leading group, he makes time to weave magic in the kitchen and to golf. Our other golfer buddy and gourmet cook who is dining (incognito) with us today, makes a great Chicken Cordon Bleu and approves of Tilt's version which has just the perfect balance between moist and crisp. Creamy yet aldente risotto. The only dessert on the menu, the Ferrero Rocher is moist, layered and topped with chocolate. Yum!

Minus Points

The desolate and deserted space (with plenty of helpful staff bustling around) is disconcerting. Especially since it is a Friday night. Slushy and overcooked linguine puttannesca, a lackluster soggy kibbeh with the Mezze platter, overdone salmon and some average dishes here.

My Point

What propelled us here is that "Tilt all day” wasn’t a readymade brand from another city, it wasn't the latest outpost in a burgeoning empire, but was bravely trying to carve its own niche with its changing avatars during the day (with the lights to help it along). The ratio of can't-miss to not-quite dishes is favourable, (woefully sparse dessert menu) but then a restaurant has to deliver beyond the perimeter of the plate to attract more diners. I am told that the word is slowly spreading; I hope that will ensure that Tilt does not remain sTilted and draws packed houses.

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