Glocal (Global and local food)
You gotta go! The brand new The Local at Fort is already packed. Ooof! ho! but you can’t get in without a password. So is it snooty ? No way! It’s a relaxed, very casual hangout and if you love music, VFM booze, and spicy, robust food then this is your adda.
ENTRY MANGTA HAI
I love my work as food critic coz many times it morphs into that of a sleuth. Since I never ever go announced there was no way I could reveal my name or approach the owners AD Singh or Meldan DCunha for a password. Having heard amazing things on the grapevine I was determined to find a way in. Got to know that there was a “No password needed” policy on Sundays and a jam session to a live band. Voila! Got in. And having once got in, now I have access to the weekly password.
Am sharing this week’s with you (335500 password valid from 3rd to 8th October.) After this you have to log on to their FB .
Deliberately grungy look in the small dimly lit split-level room, industrial unfinished wood, exposed water pipes, Banksy’s street art splattered all over. Clement D Silva and Sabina Singh add on a barber’s chair and a tap with running water in a basin and nudge in even more funky features. Love it.
FOOD KA MOOD
Mop up with handkerchief thin neer dosa the lustily spiced Srilankan beef with slivers of onions and capsicum, Robustly spicy, coconut infused Railway mutton delights. Chorizo pao, Goan chilly fry…all made to sour, spicy notes. Veggies go for the stuffed mushroom with onion rings.No dish costs more than Rs 300. Av meal for two, Rs 1200.
It can get noisy (but surely you didn’t come here for a quiet conversation) and uncomfy. Soggy bacon fries (not enough bacon), jalapeno cheese croquettes have no jalapeno, Scotch eggs too dry The Goan fare is far better than the Continental.
BOOZE AND MUSIC
What is truly “local” about the bar is the famous Mumbai quarter system. Kachi kairi, Imli ki Nasha and such like cocktails and most of all, competitively priced booze here. DJ Marciano plays retro and on Sundaythe lively Flypside bnad (please see the photo) is a must to dance to.
Ignore cranky cribbers ( “ The Local tries too hard to be cool”) locate the non-descript door behind the bus-stop opposite the University. Having logged on to their FB, key in the password onto a computer at the entrance. The chatpatta food is not gourmet, but it’s tasty, the all day Sunday jam session, the casual, affordable hangloose vibe make Local a much needed refreshing new arrival. Whoopeee!
111 -A ,Currimjee Bldg,
M. G. Road, Opp Mumbai
Sunday jam session 12 to 4pm
Av meal for 2 Rs 1200
Av night out for 2. Rs 1500
GIFT A BLESSING
This is it. Here’s the sweetest gift to give this Diwali. Each delicious luxury chocolate box that you buy goes towards the continuing employment of differently abled girls by the NGO Om Creations. It’s a globally pioneering project because it doesn’t just stop at taking care of these girls but gives them a sense of self worth and an entrepreneur’s stipend too. Dr Radhike Khanna’s model is being replicated the world over. All this is done under the dedicated trustee and catering head Ranjana Mahadevia’s brilliant tutelage of using the finest chocolate, kept at the perfect temperatures, under quality hygiene conditions. From plain to flavored. to signature blends dark and white date chocolates with almond fillings, Om chocolates are in huge demand.Must try the toasted almond rocks. Packed in handsome fliptop, magnetic boxes, (starting price 250 gms for Rs. 280/) these luxurious, smooth chocolates and dates filled with almonds leave a superb taste in the mouth and a warm-happy feeling in the heart.
P.S. Over the years Ive been saluting the pathbreaking and delicious work of this NGO. I shot this photo amidst the paintings and sculptures made by the talented girls of the same NGO.
Kiran – 9819470544 to place orders.
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