Mumbai Food: Does new bar in Opera House do justice to its hip location?
WhÂen a new bar, Husttle, comes up bang opposite the beautiful The Royal Opera House, we wonder if this will be the one
We hardly ever head to SoBo for drinks. There are two reasons. First, there aren't any too many new good bars, and second, for the lack of food innovation. So when a new bar, Husttle, comes up bang opposite the beautiful The Royal Opera House, we wonder if this will be the one.
A walk up to the bar reveals busy interiors with all kinds of seating - there's a private booth, and high chairs and regular seating, surrounded by a potpourri of design elements in a small space. We quickly pick a table and glance through the menu to find what we were expecting: an all-veg line-up. It's not that we mind vegetarian restaurants (the diner located below has a flavourful menu). It's just that we don't think much of restaurants that offer clichéd options of pav bhaji fondue, avocado bruschettas, and four cheese pizza at a premium price, when other restaurants have now brought on their A game when it comes to vegetarian and vegan menus.
We ignore this and hope that the simple flavours of the food will shine, and order non-Jain masala rumali roti (Rs 250) and two cocktails from their signature section - Mumbai spring and forbidden cherry. Both cost Rs 750 and are a big letdown. Mumbai spring includes a mix of berries and juices, while forbidden cherry has hints of peach. Neither have any standout flavours, and the generic fruity cocktail-y taste doesn't justify the heavy price tag.
The masala rumali roti is the crispy roti version of a basic masala papad topped with red chilli powder, chopped onion and tomato, served at every other restaurant. It instantly reminds us of the karari roti we often eat at a Lower Parel wine bar, which offers innovative toppings including ceviche. Our stomach growls after we leave the roti half done. For the main course, we skip the pav bhaji fondue and pack a green Thai curry with rice (Rs 475).
They don't have delivery boxes, and the foil boxes they pack the curry in are not meant for liquids. So, avoid takeaways here. The curry turns out to be a regular Thai curry you find at countless other eateries. Will we head here after a performance at Opera House? No.
TIME: 6.30 pm to 1.30 am
AT: Patel Chambers, Opera House, Girgaum.
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