How else would you describe the fact that we land up at the brand new “Barking Deer” with a dedicated animal lover and conservationist couple ? A meaningful coincidence (turns out to be a yummy one too) ofcourse. Sure! Two things turn out not so right, firstly “Barking Deer” was touted as a “microbrewery” (they have yet to get their license) Secondly “the barking deer is very small and very cute and not as big as depicted in the restaurant logo” points out Sam Mistry, the committed and passionate conservationist since 1958 “and yes it does actually bark” he says. His charming and knowledgable physician wife, Dr Rati Mistry, has been trusted and relied upon by generations of families for over four decades. An accomplished cook too, she has even taken a short professional course in international cuisines and the couple love food, friends and fun. “ We honeymooned in the forests in Kenya“ chuckles Sam and pauses to add“I civilised her. she was wild” and together they’ve lived life on the wild side, literally. They love both, the barking deer and the restaurant named after it too.
Dimly lit, exposed brick walls and ducts and wooden tables make up the décor of this large 4000 sq ft space with its elaborate brewing rig (still not functional ) and bar at the far end. Thankfully, the music volume allows for conversation.
Never mind if the microbrewery has not been installed. We do a beer tasting of the stouts, ales and more. Murphys Irish stout it too bitter for us, the Belgian Liefman fruity beer poured in a champagne flute delights with it’s whispers of sweetness, the Mexican SOL and the Leff Belgian blonde wheat beer pair well with the robust starters. Moist pork ribs are grilled and tasty with bbq sauce. As are chicken wings dipped in blue cheese. Deep fried poppers with jalapeno and equally deep fried mushroom parlouft. ( cheese stuffed ) are tasty veggie options.
Coming up tops are the generous portions of lamb shanks juicy and flavorsome with pilsner beer and jus. Bacon wrapped braised beef and grilled filet mignon are worth trying. As is the Capuccino creme brulee, heady with the flavor of coffee and mellow with cream.
The liquor is steeply priced and needs to be priced competitively. Overcooked prawn charmoula, stodgy crepes stuffed with mushroom spinach ricotta and a lacklustre Marscapone cheese tart with fruits.
Attentive service. Since we do an extensive beer tasting and eat our way through the menu, my bill is a little over Rs 10,000 for four of us. Next day I get a mail on my website id, from Chef Parag Joglekar, pointing out that Service charge has, through oversight been levied twice and he would like to rectify that. I give them plus points for the readiness to acknowledge a mistake.
No microbrewery license, yet (Gregory Kroitzsh, the managing partner is still awaiting it). However, Barking Deer is still worth a visit for beer-buffs looking for variety (which comes for a steep price). An average meal per head is Rs 900 here, check about the Soup, salad, sandwich lunch. All-purpose crowd pleaser dishes here, hearty gut busters too and desserts that go for gooey abandon.
Mathuradas Mill compund, Senapati Bapat Marg, LowerParel
Ph 6141 7400
Daily, 11.30am to 1.30am
Av meal for 2 (Rs 1800)
FOOD 3.5 SERVICE 3.5 DECOR 3.5
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Gazebo House, Ground Floor, 133 Hill Road, Bandara West, Mumbai – 4000054
RATING FOOD 4 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 4
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