Its birthday time folks! Today’s column is dedicated to celebrating birthdays and to new beginnings, be it the birth of a eatery, the rebirth of another or the start of an exciting food walk. I love birthday celebrations and these get even more special when they’re for our strong heroes. But the treat of treats is celebrating birthdays of two readers who I met on a blind date for the very first time (please see photo), the joy of secretly requesting for a cake and candle and then watching the joy on their faces. My birthday wish? New and renewed joy, health, prosperity, fulfillment and the victory of good over evil, love over hate, of good values over materialism and ofcourse may life be series of miracles punctuated by great meals.
Before you read any further, please study the accompanying photograph which Ive shot. Do you see a giant tap? That’s because we are in the “Bathtub” (the companion bar to “Zitar”) Both brand new entrants on the Powai scene. So, what do you get when you cross a sitar with a guitar? A Zitar, a fusion instrument created by Niladri Kumar and also name of Powai’s new Indian restaurant. I popped in here on a blind date with the vivacious friends, Marketing whizkids Vidya Sinha and Pallavi Rao. Charming banker Godlevea Perreira came from Vikhroli.
We were told that the contemporary twist given to the classical sitar is what inspired the Ricky Punwani and his young partners to add a twist to the classic Indian cuisine and serve it differently too.
Did the food deliver this promised contemporary twist? The menu not only zig zags all over India, but even serves up pizzas (ouch). The absolute hot favorites were the “Naan turnover” a naan plump with tasty chicken makhanwala masala and the crisp pan seared fish. However, the cheese stuffed mushroom lacked cheese, the soft masala rich round egg kababs were tasty
A mish mash of masala the Hyderbadi garlic chicken disappointed. Mains of Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Spice and Garlic Roasted Chicken and more.Interesting but not the most fabulous desserts ( Gulab jamun with rose flavored icecream and crisp jalebi drizzled with chocolate).
All this in a open through the day, minimalistic space, with dark, hardwood tables that matched the dark floor ( great music)
Quite definitely the starters and desserts were better than the slushy main courses, and the Corporate lunch home delivered lunch (Rs 199) and the Buffet (Rs 457) at the restaurant are great value. And I love the idea of bubbly in the “Bathtub” to celebrate our special birthdays.
G1/G2/G3 Ventura House, opposite D-mart, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, 40157888, open from 12 pm to 12 am
AVERAGE MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1200
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