All hail Pali Hill's Eddies Bistro
Eddies Bistro, the week-old restaurant at the end of Pali Hill, is a happy mix of good service, well presented and tasty grub. Dhiman Chattopadhyay sits back and enjoys the show
The name has a nice ring to it. We don’t know who Eddie is, but the brand new place (it’s their third day in office, we are told) looks brightly lit, tastefully decorated and inviting enough, so we walk in while out on an evening stroll looking for a new prey to hunt for dinner.
Situated a stone’s throw away from Mini Punjab, Bombay Blues, Noodle Bar, Nom Nom, Kareem’s, Bong Bong and a host of other restaurants, Eddies still manages to stand out at first glance quite simply because none of the others are bistros, offering steaks and leg roasts to go with sangrias and baked chocolates.
Sushant, who takes our order, is well informed about the food being dished out and suggests we try the Leg Roast and the Grilled Prawns when we ask him for food that is low on spice and not deep-fried.
The Grilled Prawns (Rs 325) looks appetising and the brown sauce accompanying it doesn’t harm the taste buds either. The six pieces are devoured a long way before the Chicken Leg Roast (Rs 350) and the Grilled Tenderloin Puff (Rs 400) arrive on our table.
The leg roast springs no surprises though there’s nothing quite like a juicy roast with mash and fries on the side, to perk you up after a hard day’s work.
The non-alcoholic Sangria (Rs 135) arrives along with the Tenderloin Steak and we finally discover why a steak is called a puff. The meat is patted to resemble a puff though thankfully, it tastes nothing like one. The meat is medium done and the grilled veggies and mash makes us imagine we are sitting somewhere inside a pub on a stormy night in the British Isles. Just that there’s no storm or snow outside and we can see a few old Premier taxis pass.
Just then we notice something called Croissant Fish & Chips (Rs 240) on the menu. Intrigued, we order it. It’s something we haven’t had before -- Steamed basa with tartar sauce inside a plain croissant with French fries on the side. It’s eminently edible and while not quite ideal for dinner, it is a great option for a large bite on the go.
It’s time for desserts and we waste no time in asking for the Baked Chocolate (Rs 150). Soft on the inside with gooey chocolate oozing out and the crust of the baked chocolate cake trying its best not to let us in — this is the kind of battle that we love. We would come back here just for the Baked Chocolate.
The meal sets us back by about Rs 2,000 (the taxes are high, about Rs 400 goes in taxes and service charges) but somehow we are not complaining. Too many Bandra eateries have opened and shut shop within a few months in recent years. The competition is tough and it’s a survival of the tastiest out there. Here’s hoping Eddies lives up to its early promise.
Service: Friendly and informed
At: Eddies Bistro, Shop no. 6, Silvercroft building, 16th and 33rd Road junction, opposite Mini Punjab, Bandra West
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