The first question that popped in our head, immediately after we learnt that Masala Mantar had downed its shutters, and a new name would take its place was — why? We vouched for their food and the restaurant always appeared buzzing with crowds. Naturally, our soar selves were doubly keen to check out the new space — O15’s Café.
When we entered the expansive area, we saw the contrast. From the rustic Indian-themed décor, the area switched to a younger, contemporary and clubby vibe, with giant screens that showed international music videos; it sported a huge, and separate bar and gig area, as well as a private zone for those who prefer quiet evenings including a natty telephone booth section meant for couples.
Next up, the exhaustive menu introduced us to options ranging from tandoori to pizzas, pastas, salads, and threw us off balance as we found ourselves spoilt for choice. Eventually, we plumbed for Afghani Mushrooms (Rs 186), Chicken Potli Kebab (Rs 256) and a Mock-jito (Rs 305) to kick things off.
As we crooned to familiar tracks (it was karaoke night), round one arrived at our table. The Afghani Mushrooms, which were button mushrooms marinated in yoghurt, cream, and cheese — was medium spiced and cooked in tandoor, and came with mint chutney. This was delicious till the last bite, and made for a good start. We thought the Mock-jito could’ve gone easy on the saccharine content. Next, we tucked into the Potli Kebabs, which were chicken drumsticks stuffed with minced mutton. The dish emanated the smoked aroma of the tandoor and biting into the succulent chicken pieces was a treat. The surprise was to find mutton inside, which was marinated in spices that tasted delectable as well. While eating both meats did confuse the palate a tad, nevertheless, the attempt of juxtaposing the two turned out to be a great idea once we got used to the fusion of meats.
Without much ado, we ordered our mains, and went ahead with the classic Fish and Fries (Rs 298) and Nasi Goreng (Rs 326). On arrival both looked delicious and the quantity was impressive as well. The batter fried Basa fillets, served with French fries and tartar sauce were of the melt-in-the-mouth variety and a sumptuous dinner. The Indonesian Nasi Goreng consisted of moist rice, spicy coconut milk curry accompanied with sizeable prawn crackers. The prawn and squid that embellished the rice came packed with flavours while the chicken skewers on the side were succulent and juicy to the stick. We’d say, give this new café a go, if you dig great, diverse food in a clubby setting.
O15’s Cafe didn’t know we were there.
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