From Chinese to Peruvian and Turkish, Hungry Bird is a mishmash of flavours that converge, thankfully, into a delish gastronomic experience
When we heard of Hungry Bird, the new café in Versova, our minds immediately conjured up images of animated feathered creatures, jumping over obstacles to win some grub. Feeling much like those characters, after dealing with a long day at work and a maze of traffic, we finally arrived at the restaurant to find that it really had nothing to do with projectile birds and even less to do with flying pigs.
Turkish Lehmacun, a minced lamb pizza was wholesome and a value-for-money dish. Pics/Sameer Markande
Grub a dub dub
A nondescript restaurant with six tables, Hungry Bird is a mishmash of South American food, cane chairs, wooden tables and polite staff. The ambiance is practically non-existent, with the noise from the road spilling in to this open-air setting. Off to an unimpressive start, we braced ourselves and hoped for the best as we thumbed through their menu that offers a baffling range of Chinese, Spanish, Peruvian, Italian and Greek food.
Serbian Cevapcici featured minced lamb and chicken kebabs
We kick-started our world tour with Baked Hot Potato (Rs 210), spuds stuffed with mushroom, spinach and feta cheese in a cream sauce. While we enjoyed the rich filling, the potatoes were slightly undercooked, marring the overall taste of the dish.
On the recommendation of our server, we ordered Turkish Lehmacun (Rs 410), a thin-crust pizza with spiced kheema, parsley and a generous serving of cheese. The dish was value-for-money, with wholesome minced lamb and mozzarella topping.
Our next stop was Serbia, with the Cevapcici (Rs 380), minced lamb and chicken kebabs speckled with fried garlic, onions and an assortment of spices, along with thinly-sliced potato fries. The kebabs were of melt-in-the-mouth variety and were polished off quickly.
The Costa Rican Gallo Pinto comprised a mound of beans and rice with grilled chicken breast
Wondering in which direction to point our culinary compass, we were guided to Costa Rica, with Gallo Pinto (Rs 270), a mound of beans and rice served with a piquant mango salsa and chicken breast. Though grilled well, the chicken was drowned in a combination of sauces, leaving us to sample the rice with the accompanying dill yogurt and red pepper sauce. We finished our meal with Pescado ala Azafran (Rs 380), a South American grilled basa in saffron sauce, with saffron flavoured rice. The basa was our least favourite item, feeling oily and heavy with the rich saffron flavours. While Hungry Bird surprised us with the quality and taste of its food, we would only sample the food again as a takeaway option, to avoid the hungry stares and din of city outside.
Time: 12 noon to midnight
At: Shop no 2, Varsha CHS Ltd, Seven Bungalows, opposite Gajalee Restaurant, Versova, Andheri (W).
Hungry Bird didn’t know we were there. the guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals