-By Rashmi Uday Singh
A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS
It requires a certain nerve, a certain degree of self-assured confidence to do this. I refer to the serving of cheese fondue with chopped green chillies and onions in this brand new Kemps Corner restaurant. My well-known theatre star guests have not only travelled the world but also performed on many an international stage and they enjoy this fondue. Hugely gifted, actor, dancer and singer Delna Mody has studied all three arts in America, has her own theatre company and is all set to wow Mumbai as Maria in The Sound of Music. Having the distinction of being the only Indian actor in musical theatre in the UK, Dalip Tahil has also dazzled in Andrew Lloyd Webber's shows. And once again he is all set to act opposite Maria as Captain Von Trapp. Orchestrating this multi-layered production is multi-talented Raell Padamsee and the fact that she has a NGO's kids starcast too has my heart tripping the light fantastic. Daughter of the legendary Pearl Padamsee (under whom Dalip trained when he was 14 years old) Raell sure knows how to combine art with science and organizing with creativity. Spending a relaxed afternoon in a cheerful restaurant with my three lively and lovely guests is certainly one of my favourite things.
36 OAK & BARLEY
I ate three times at this curiously named restaurant (with it's menu of pizza, sandwiches, Asian, Chinese and more). The first two meals were average and marked by tepid flavours and undercooked fare but the third time round (now) the food had decidedly improved. Could it be because the young, driven chef Nachiket Shetye was present (and earlier he hadn't been so)? Or was it because the kitchen is getting surer in it's touch. For instance, the cubes of basa were silken and delicate with lemon butter, plump dimsum came bathed in flavoursome broth. With the ciabatta we mopped dry the shrimp and calamari Ajillo. In an earlier meal, the pizzas had been unexceptional, ditto for the veg Thai curry. The vegetarian "Toasty with the mosty" was dry and unexceptional and the chicken and mushroom fricassee oversalted.
The red walls, the industrial look, the slick wooden and brass flooring and most of all the stylish black jaguar leaping from the ceiling, caught our attention. Also the fact that along with the gourmet dishes were the comforting sandwiches (ham and cheese and one with Rajma too) and even the old fashioned custard and jelly dessert (except that there was a soapy undertone to it). But the rest of the desserts made up for it. The light and wobbly vanilla and berry panna cotta to the almond and chocolate pie, the densely sweet chocolate cake and the warm shot of chocolate have us singing with joy.
This new, happy space (well-stocked bar, with a smoking alley et al) is open through the day and has a mix of comfort food with the fancy stuff at moderate prices (Rs 1,500 meal for two) plenty for veggies too. If only it keeps up its consistency in its quality of food.
Review posted more than a year ago
Dining at this place is a very diffrnt expernce. their food menu is experimental with a lot of new dishes that I thought even existed. a great place to hang out with friends and family, kids loved the custards here. and the dimsums here are simply amazing but i don't like the service here. It needs to be improved.
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