German and multicuisine
Its True. A picture is worth more than a 1000 words.Please see the accompanying photograph I’ve shot of Bandra’s brand new “Imbiss” . Can you see both the side walls of the restaurant?That tells you how “seriously small” it is (never mind all that buzz about it being “charming” and “cosy”). Can you see the glass counter with its untidy array of dishes covered with plastic sheets? The bare tables and benches (you can sit only one side of the table) and the tiny mezzanine too?
Okay so now that you have the picture (sorry for that cheap pun) its time to introduce you to the food.
It’s tasty. Its carnivorous ( and how! Only one veg dish) . “Imbiss” may mean a light meal in German, there may be sausages (bratwurst and what not) galore on the menu, but its not true blue German. There’s enough meat to delight a meat lovers heart and palate. Like that of the well-traveled global-gourmet couple in “Imbiss” today. Richard Koszarek is of Polish descent (give him his Polish Kielbasa sausages anyday) In their well-equipped kitchens (in their Juhu Bungalow ) he grills the most amazing steaks, cooks Polish, Chinese and Thai while Amrita’s Indian cooking is legendary. Being in the family aviation business which was the Beechcraft distributor in India further propelled the foodie couple’s passion for food. They willingly and smilingly sample this brand new Bandra eatery with me, even though it’s uncomfy and we are wedged against the wall.
The well made duck sausage with skin comes out tops, as does the pork Cumberland sausage drizzled with a brown sauce. The cured pork chop on the bone, the Kassler delights with it’s smoky flavor.Tender, juicy baby back spare ribs glazed with smoked BBQ sauce, grilled Bratwurst are worth trying. Even the Bavarian ham and cheese sandwich,served with a warm sauce, is unique. And oh! Yes! the flattened and breadcrumbed chicken escalope and the wedges of home fries are worth trying too. Please note that Bruce Rodriques gets all sausages and meats from Alf farms, Thane.
Vegetarians stay away (even if you are a baingan lover and their eggplant Schnitzel is crispyummy enclosing a slice of fleshy eggplant). Those looking for alcohol please go elsewhere. There is no zempf worth the name, only weak mustard and no sauerkraut either.Overdone and tasteless Weiner Schnitzel. thick-skinned momos also find their way into the menu. No crackling available. No desserts, no fish on menu.
It sure is a eatery with it’s heart in hearty food, but this stamp-sized, brand new Imbiss, tucked off Hill road can be hard to find. Pork, veal, beef (a couple of chicken dishes) duck are its specialties (one veg dish and no desserts or alcohol). Happily, the average price of a dish is Rs 150. If you are a hardcore carnivore who thrives on sausages and the like then this is definitely your “meating point”.
Ben-O-Lil Haven CHS, Shop #5, 14, Varoda Road, Off Hill Road, Bandra (W) Ph 2641 6485
RATING FOOD 3.5 SERVICE 3 DÉCOR 3
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