“People write negatives things, ‘cause they feel that’s what sells. Good news to them, doesn’t sell,” Pop icon Michael Jackson had once said this, but Dishant Pritamani and Amrit Manghnani, the owners of new bar, The Daily in Bandra, think otherwise and believe in the power of good news — the concept behind their new venture. The Daily is a place where you can enjoy good news from around the world and cherish it with your friends over exotic cocktails and fabulous food.
Intrigued by the concept, we dropped by fone evening, for a dose of good news, and figure what lies beyond it. When we entered the red brick establishment, a friendly server, who asked us about our seating preference, greeted us. The bar has two sections — a candle-lit al fresco area with soft music, and an air-conditioned indoor section with high bar chairs. Our fascination for candles meant we made our preference, quickly.
As we found a corner, an attendant, introduced us to the concept after which we were handed over a menu that was biased towards bar nibbles like nachos, pizzas and burgers along with soups, salads and few non-vegetarian dishes. In the name of mains, the menu offers a modest list with options of risottos, pastas, steak and roasted chicken.
The drinks menu was exhaustive and apart from the usual spread, they offered interesting cocktails and mocktails. Being a working night, we stuck to the non-alcoholic Pineapple and Coriander Mojito (Rs 150), which reached us in a jiffy. It was refreshing from the start and the pineapple juice, fresh coriander, lime and mint made for a good fusion over cracked ice.
Buoyed with the fruit kick, our palate craved for the Chicken On A Stick (Rs 225) and Pan Seared Vietnamese Basa (Rs 425). As we got chatty, our order had arrived! The chicken dish, a Chicken Satay replica, was tender, delicious and flavoursome while the basa was a fish lover’s delight. Served with sautéed spinach and lemon butter sauce, the dish contained tender and lightly battered pieces of basa.
To give our vegetarian side an upper, we plumbed for the curiously christened Pasta of Love (Rs 285). The generous penne dish made in pink sauce with tossed vegetables ended the day on a content note. Our overall experience was fun and lifted the mood, and if given an option, we won’t mind doing a ‘daily’ trip.