by Kamla Srinivasan
Mt View, California
April 24, 2005
The menu is rather extensive and consists of pastas, risottos, seafood, and breads of various kinds. They had rather creative and mouthwatering dishes like sandwich in a bowl and cappuccino of four-mushroom soups. While they sounded interesting, we stayed away from them since we were unsure how they would turn out.
We ordered an appetizer of spinach artichoke dip with corn chips and focaccia sticks (Rs. 135). This was a disappointing choice. The portion was woefully small, and the dip was awfully oily, with spinach and almost neglible pieces of artichoke. The corn chips were very oily and nothing like the corn chips I was used to eating. Since we were hungry, we ploughed throught the chips and ordered our entrees. We decided on a black pepper chicken served with roasted veggies and mashed potatoes (Rs. 295) and vodka prawns with pasta (Rs. 295).
I got my order of chicken and was surprised to see that it did not vaguely resemble any Italian dish that I had ever eaten. The chicken and veggies were swimming in an unappealing brown-colored sauce, and one bite of the dish proved right away that I had made a terrible mistake. The entire dish looked more like a poor subsitute for a Chinese dish, rather than an Italian dish.
We had to remind our waiter about our second entree a bunch of times before it was served. The vodka prawns were a far better choice, but the tomato sauce had a heavy creamy feeling to it. My palate was expecting a nice, light tomato sauce with a touch of cream.
The saving grace of this place was the coffee, which was served promptly, and the cappuccino was not bad.
Even though the restaurant was not busy, we had to remind our waiter about four times before we got our check. The total damage was about Rs. 500 per person (roughly a bit over $10).
If you do go the restaurant, don't try anything exotic or new--stick to something that sounds familiar.
The concept for this restaurant is nice, but they need to shape up a bit when it comes to the contents of the menu and the final product that emerges from the kitchen.
From journal Mumbai aka Bombay