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Friday, March 09, 2018

Food Review Bombay Vintage

That’s how Anindra Siqueira sees it. His visit to the revamped Bombay Vintage was a delightful one, filled with lovely period music and a pick of classic ‘Bombay’ food

Bombay Vintage; the name conjures up a black and white image of an empty city, scarcely more than seven loosely joined islands, with wide roads (almost no cars!), a few bullock carts moving wares and glorious stone monuments which seem timeless. Alas, we can only go back that far in pictures, those of the city of Bombay in the early 1900s. However, if you want to be transported there, nostalgically, the newly revamped Bombay Vintage is the next best thing.

With both Hindi and English classics playing over the speakers, some even from 1940s and 1950s America, the music does a lot to cultivate an atmosphere... as does the décor, which makes the most of vibrant blues and yellows on the walls, contrasting well with the leather upholstery and vintage tables and chaiRs

So the mood was set. But, what about the food? Well, I’m told that the menu at Bombay Vintage is curated in such a way that it will transport you to your childhood, or even take you back further, to your parent’s youthful days perhaps. They’ve got dishes that typified the city when colour photography was still a long way off.

We started with the Patra ni Rawas (Rs 625), a much more flavourful morsel than I’m used to. Try it for a mouthful of tasty fish marinated in coconut and coriander-tamarind chutney. While the rawas was tasty, nothing compared to the Adraki Lamb Chops (Rs 595)! Out of this world, everything was right about this tasty appetizer that’s packed with flavour, down to the succulent lamb on the bone.

From their selection of mini meals, we chose the Bombay Kheema Pao (Rs 345) and the Akuri (Rs 245). As soon as we sampled the kheema, we were bowled over. The lamb mince was flavoured with spices that just lit up our taste buds. The Akuri, however, was not what I had expected. It was dry and very different from what I’m used to — which is slightly runny scrambled eggs with onion, capsicum, chillies, coriander and spices thrown in.

By the time the mains arrived, I was already quite full, but the Nalli Nihari (Rs 545) still managed to keep me enthralled. A heady flavour of spices, chiefly cardamom, percolated the dish. And the meat falling off the bone was delightfully soft and well spiced. While we could only sample so much, they’ve got a delightful selection of dishes to choose from, so whatever your preference, you won’t be left wanting.

We ended with the dessert that stood out on the menu, the Tomato Halwa (Rs 225). The dessert, presented with vanilla ice cream, was a treat! I was expecting a tangy let-down, but the halwa was soft and the dry fruits and ice cream perked it up.

The dishes on the menu at Bombay Vintage have been picked to retain a sense of authenticity of the various communities that were entrenched in the food culture of the Bombay of yesteryear. Not everything on the menu may suit your palate, but there’s enough variety to have you coming back regularly.

Where: Opposite Regal Cinema, Indian Mercantile Mansion, Regal Circle, Madame Cama Road, Colaba

Meal for two: Rs 2,000

Alcohol served: Yes (a pint of beer from Rs 245 onwards)

Contact: 69444123/24

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