Nestled in a corner of Minoo Desai Marg, just behind the Radio Club in Colaba, the Pier looks welcoming at first glance. A wooden door, that almost camouflages with the wall welcomes us to the restaurant.
The first thing we notice is the tastefully done up interiors of the restaurant, in blue tapestry and brown wood, giving it a sleek and sophisticated charm. The stone flooring and the ambient lighting make it just perfect for dinner. But, if you are going there for a formal meeting, we are afraid the lighting could be a little too dim!
The menu is compact which makes browsing through the dishes much easier. We commence our meal with some soup. We order two variants of (veg and a non veg soup) a Pomodoro polo soup (Rs 350) that has a tomato base and comes with harissa marinated mozzarella grilled chicken. My vegetarian friend ordered a Mushroom Cappuccino(Rs 325) that is served in an actual cappuccino mug. This is a winner. The pungent garlic crostini in the soup balances the taste of the frothy mushroom broth.
After the easy starters, we move to the main course that includes a variety of French, Continental and Mediterranean cuisine. Again, we settle on a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian dish. The grilled chicken salad that comes with rocket lettuce, grilled artichoke and red wine is my pick. The freshness of the salad is what I remember most. The chicken is cooked to perfection, the red wine acts as a catalyst that perhaps makes the taste linger in your mouth for a longer time. From the vegetarian section, we order a wild mushroom polenta with porcini cognac cream (Rs 500) that comes with grilled asparagus, tomatoes, a kalamata olive salad. The polenta is quite bland, but the cognac cream, a white peppery sauce that saves the dish. But we are not quite impressed with the vegetarian offering.
The waiter suggests we try their blend of mixology cocktails. We oblige. Being chocolate lovers, we order for their ginger chocolate cocktail (Rs 350). Easily one of the best cocktails I remember sipping. The drink is infused with vodka shots, lemon and ginger. The lime gives just the right amount of kick to the intense chocolatey flavour.
We still have room for dessert. And the list is impressive, including signature desserts. We try their Vanilla Panna Cotta ( Rs 325 ) that comes with a berry sauce. The light and fluffy assortment has a good balance of taste and form. The tinge of the berry sauce enhances the dish. We give them another chance and order Cappuccino soufflé (Rs 325) instead. The soufflé comes in a ramekin and almost looks like a brown chocolate cloud. It also comes with a kahlua shot that makes it quite an unusual combination for a soufflé. The taste is just right, not too sweet, not too runny, the kahlua sauce makes it happy mélange.
We are content. The Pier is a good place offering a balance of great food and comfort. Go there on a date, for family celebration or a late night dinner with a friend.
At: 41/42, Minoo Desai Marg, behind Radio Club, Colaba
Meal for two: R3,500