Positioned in what must certainly rank, the most congested area, eating joint and parking-wise, attracting patrons could prove to be the main concerns for Kurry Klub. What greets the eye is a large fish on the restaurant’s board sign that unabashedly announces its non-vegetarian incline.
Taking this forward the menu is astoundingly short of vegetarian options. Non-vegetarian diners, in contrast, are spoiled for choice with chicken, mutton and assorted seafood fare including local coastal and Western cuisines. Highlighting the (con)fusion are beaten copper glasses and cutlery, which have been paired with contemporary, square-shaped plates.
Dinner service commences at 7 pm and since we’re the only customers at that hour, servers are attentive. They’re even keen to conduct a quick tour of the premises, where a man who appears to be the captain, points out two fish tanks located on both the floors. The not-so-large aquarium in the dining hall catches the eye of the ten-year-old beside us. Children would appreciate it but the little girl loses appetite at its sight.
There’d be no fish on her plate today.
Menus haven’t been printed yet, so we’re offered two wooden clipboards — the two bundles of stapled sheets carry a tedious food list and the other one non-alcoholic beverages as license for alcohol is still awaited. Our order arrives before we were able to digest the idea that a bottle of Himalayan Water (MRP Rs 40) would cost us Rs 150. Fortunately, they serve us another brand for a reasonable Rs 55.
The Fisherman’s Nest (Rs 395), a batter-fried-undeniably delicious assortment of large prawns, fish and broccoli florets, soaked in a mildly sweet and spicy sauce, is served in an oversized oyster-shell-shaped pakwan. Xacuti Mutton (Rs 395), a Konkani curry, which we were assured, was not to be spicy overwhelmed the delicate coconut flavour but the melt-in-the-mouth meat redeemed the dish. The Lobster Thermidor (Rs 1,650) was good too, but oversalted.
With two other tables occupied by the time we reached dessert, service had slowed down. We picked two desserts — Lychee Payasam (Rs 145) and Coconut and Jaggery Pudding (Rs 145), the only novel dishes in the small selection, which included honey noodles and chocolate mousse (the latter, incidentally, was unavailable). Both sweets were identically plated with honey drizzled over rose petals around a central cup. A veritable death-sentence for diabetics, the Payasam unfailingly satiated the sweet tooth but the green, mushy coconut jaggery pudding failed to entice. With the area’s culinary horizons getting wider, here’s another option of good food for the SoBoite.
At Shop no 5, ground floor, Indian Mercantile Mansion Building, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba.
Kurry Klub didn’t know we were there. The Guide reviews anonymously and pays for meals.