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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

If you love eating and want to soak up good food, great ambiance and buzzing barroom culture, then Drinkery51 is the place to be, as Sunny Rodricks finds out

Located in the heart of Bandra Kurla Complex, close to the area dominated by the mighty Trident Hotel, is the barroom Drinkery51, which has chosen a building that seems more like a residential complex. But, the mood changes as you enter the 5,000-square-foot barroom. Wooden furnishings dot the interiors of the restaurant, giving it a classic, retro feel. This fine dining restaurant seems like the perfect gateway if you’re looking to unwind after a tiring day. And, as we stepped inside and took a seat, we were greeted with a smile by the courteous staff.

The interiors are spacious, with the tables laid out at some distance from each other, leaving quite a lot of space for movement. This gives diners a comfortable zone in which to enjoy the food and privacy, which is difficult to find in restaurants these days. The dimly lit interiors, the slow music in the background and the live cricket match set the mood, as we started to scroll through the menu.

DRINKS & STARTERS
To begin, we called for the Pub Special (Rs 275) and Go Green (Rs 275) from their mocktails section. While the drinks were being prepared, we ordered The TDS Chicken Basket Crispy Wings (Rs 429) and Fiery Prawns (Rs 539). The prawns were spicy and served piping hot, and we loved every bit of the dish! In no time we had savoured every piece of it and ordered a second helping.

While the chicken wings basket with peri peri chicken and chilly fries seemed incredible to the eye, we had a tough time munching on it. The wings were juicy and well fried, but we found it quite difficult to finish the larger-than-hand size chicken wings. However, we couldn’t stop ourselves from licking our lips. The chilly fries that came with the dish were complemented well with the tomato sauce, but we felt that they were an unnecessary add-on with the tasty wings.

Then our drinks arrived and they were a feast for our eyes. We must say that the Go Green was a delight and brought respite from the spicy appetizers. On the other hand, the Pub Special wasn’t a great drink and we wouldn’t recommend it.

NOT DONE WITH THE SMALL EATS
Next, we ordered the Honey Chilly Basil Fish (Rs 407), which we would definitely recommend if you like fish, because the golden brown fish was sweet and crisp, something that anyone who relishes seafood will appreciate! Other appetizers on their menu that got us excited were the Crispy Soft Shell Crab, the Prawns Olivetti and the Chutney Wala Jhingha. But, you shouldn’t feel left out if you aren’t a fan of chicken or fish, as there is a variety of other appetizers that you can try such as the Achaari Paneer Tikka, the Asian Vegetarian Platter and the House Cooked Nacho Tower.

BARROOM SCENES
As the night started to settle down, the in-house DJ moved from western music to Bollywood dance numbers, which did a lot to cultivate a lively ambiance. With a group of youngsters moving to the beats, a corporate group grooving to the Bollywood numbers and a group of elderly women having fun, the night felt like it had just begun.

Amidst all this, however, was a small hiccup. Our table had to be shifted in order to accommodate the guests on the dance floor, but we made the most of this and ordered another round of mocktails. This time we opted for the Cinderella (Rs 275) and the Caribbean Exotica (Rs 275).

SWITCHING TO MAINS
We scrolled through their mains section and were left spoilt for choice. We decided to order the Kung Pao Chicken (Rs 384) from their Asia Plates section, which was rich in colour, texture and spices. We relished every bite of the dish, which comes topped with slivers of cashew nuts, adding flavour to the food.

Not yet satiated, we called for the Penne Arabiata (Rs 351) from their world plates vegetarian section, which included yummy pasta with tomato sauce and was topped with garlic cheese bread. The pasta was rich and fulfilling and the cheese garlic bread complemented it well.

TIME FOR THE SWEETS
After bingeing on something spicy and something yummy, it was time to attack the desserts menu. We wanted to try their Gooey Chocolate Walnut Brownie, but that wasn’t available, so we opted for the Choco Chip Cookie Crumble (Rs 275) and the Baked Mango Yogurt (Rs 275) instead. The cookie crumble was filled with homemade cookies made at Drinkery51, with a filling of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate syrup. The dessert was rich in chocolate and we enjoyed the presentation. The Baked Mango Yogurt, which was filled with mango jelly and had a tinge of basil pearls, didn’t quite live up to our expectations. It fell a bit flat in terms of taste and presentation.

ROUNDING UP
Drinkery51 is a great place for youngsters, corporate groups and families, but you’ll find it buzzing with corporates because of its location. Overall, we were quite pleased with what was on offer at the barroom, and with quick and prompt service and courteous staff attending to you, we give a thumbs up to their quality of service and hospitality. What’s more, they’ve also got some interesting deals and offers, so visiting often makes even more sense. Drinkery51 has something exciting for everyone, so be sure to drop by.

Where: 1st Floor, Vibgyor Towers, Opposite Trident Hotel, Bandra Kurla Complex

Meal for two: Rs 1,500

Alcohol served: Yes (a pint of beer from Rs 253 onwards)

Contact: 30151935

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