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As the book goes to press, we pop in here on a Friday night for a quick check out to find it rocking. The country’s longest bar at a whopping 77ft that runs at the centre of this 6,000sq ft sprawling space with warm, wooden tanned interiors and white wooden French sofas has many a bar fly hanging on. The open deck as well the indoors are as busy. The menu here has wide variety of cocktails, spirits and bar food (a wide range of Tapas). The absolute must-tries are the Sangria, Long Island Ice Tea, Caipiroska, Mojito and Margarita de la Cartagena. Mocktail choices are many but do go for the Virgin Mojito and the Flavoured Minted Lemonade. Above average and well-made multi-cuisine fare here. From Thai Black Pepper Mushroom, Clay-oven roasted Creamy Garlic Paneer to Clay-oven roasted Chicken and Char-cooked Cilantro Pesto Prawns too. Pizzas and main courses too. So if hunger strikes after many a drink, go for their popular Fresh Herb Spiked Lasagne, Herb-scented Mushroom Crespelm even the Burnt Garlic and Thyme-rubbed BBQ Chicken and the Char-grilled Salmon with gremolata and lemon butter sauce are recommended.
Note: Check out Great Retro music every Wednesday with happy hours (buy one get one free) all through the night on both imported and domestic alcohol.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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