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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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Updated this month
It is bang opposite the the Powai Lake and it is one of few stand-alone bars in the area. Mood lighting and comfy leather seating and interesting starters make this joint popular amongst the Powaiites. They have quite a few cocktails, both exotic and the regular ones (Sex on the Beach, Tequila Surprise, etc). The range in mocktails is not bad either with Fruit Punch, Virgin Pina Colada, Virgin Mojito, Red Kiss, Tallish Man, Gigis and others. Cocktails are served along with complementary Cheeselings. A comprehensive menu consisting of Spanish Chicken Satay, Tex-Mex Sausages and Italian Pasta Alla Boscaiala. Fiery steaks, Chicken Pesto, Honey-glazed Ham and Hot ‘n’ Peppery Fish are new snacky additions to the menu. Pizzas (Hawaiian Chicken, Chicken Hot Pepper) too. Veggie food lovers need not worry for there’s Flaky Chilli Paneer, Spicy Cheese Balls, Bruschetta, Spicy Mexi Veg Pizza, Exotic Veg Paprika for them. No DJ here.
HAPPY HOURS: 5.55pm to 8.55pm