The Bombay Cartel, Breach Candy, Mumbai
A couple of days ago, we dined at the newly launched Bombay Cartel located in Breach Candy, very close to Mahalakshmi temple.
The thing about pub visits in the afternoon is that you usually end up getting the entire place to yourself and have a laid back afternoon, that is exactly what happened at The Bombay Cartel.
A beautifully done up space with gorgeous large french windows, an open bar and some fantastic music sets the mood right at this place.
While going through the drinks and beverages menu, we were introduced to this concept unique to The Bombay Cartel called #ParkYourBottle where they allow you to purchase an entire bottle of your favourite drink, drink as much as you can from it and then store your bottle till your next visit/s till the bottle is over. You will be given a card for the same and you could even give the card to your friends for their next visit, incase you aren’t visiting (P.S. it makes a great gift too).
While it came to the beverages, we started off with the Tusker for me and the Burning Sour for Neha and they both were fantastic. Only downside was the server tried heating up the whiskey to give the flambé effect on the table but failed; nonetheless, the drink was fabulous and made up for the small incident!
Half way through the meal, the manager suggested we try the Lemongrass Martini and the Skydive, both of which nowhere matched the description in the menu, had no distinct flavours and were super sweet.
When it comes to the food, we started with the Potatoes Gonna Potate Platter. Most of the platter comprised of various ready to eat products easily available in the market, so it really does not make sense to comment on those, but there were these house onion rings on the platter that stole the show!
The appetisers followed and we opted for the Mini South India and the Golden Era and sadly, both disappointed. The mini idlis did not come with the salsa as mentioned on the menu, were coated in loads of masala, enough to maybe cook 3 portions of the same and put you off to such an extent where you wonder if you should be waiting for your next order or just leave.
The Golden Era basically was pav bhaji bruschetta topped with cheese and again was a massive disappointment with more than double the amount of chilli in it. We ended up asking for some sugar to calm us down!!!!
Since we had already ordered the mains, we decided to wait. The Dal Khichdi and the Penne in Tomato Cream. They arrived piping hot and to say that we truly loved these two dishes would be an understatement. These two truly ensured we left on a happy note with massive smiles.
Well cooked, not overspiced and just perfect. Only if all the dishes we ordered be made this way, we would have been happier souls!
Nonetheless, we do hope to visit this place again maybe in the evening and see how the other dishes fare!