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Interacting over Latin Indian Food & Chocolate Martini
Rohini Dey & I Bar Review
IPL season is finally over! I particularly am very happy. First of all I don’t
understand why cricket is played? Secondly you come up with a series called the IPL by the ICC, the great Indian Cricket Circus, the basis of which is ‘entertaining’,
money-making and selling. I am surprised at the public outrage over spot
fixing. The IPL is a form of ‘reality show’, which by the way is fixed, the
outcome pre-decided. Hype factors are weaved in everyday to make it entertaining.
Sad reality, but the truth. Let’s accept and move on....
a more cheerful front, I had the opportunity to meet Rohini Dey – ex World Banker,
ex McKinsey economist, who left the corporate world (which by the way is
treating women like shit #Phaneesh case) to start her own restaurant. Not just
any other run-of-the-mill Lassi the Parothe, Chinese or Japenese but a Latin-Indian
restaurant. Yes where Latin America’s fiery sauces meets India’s gravies, where
tandoori meets steak & where kheer meets pudding! Sounds like a east meets
west story but Rohini actually pointed out a lot of similarities in the
cuisines – use of fiery spices, need for coconut stew or a gravy-like base and and
use of peculiar ingredients like tamarind (imli)
Rohini talking animatedly about her cook-off
had come to India to host a cook-off, the winners of which will be work at her
restaurant Vermilion (New York, Chicago) and get pay packet of upto $70,000 to
spoke to us about her journey of becoming a restaurateur, the Bengali and Mallu
dishes that inspire her menu at Vermillion and how she now wants to put Indian
cuisine on the world map. But not in its stereotypical curry & biryani way
but with twist of Latin flavours to it. On being asked whether she looks at
getting Vermillion to India. She almost naturally quips, if you finance it! Ah
well, Rohini, I am anyways loosing monthly salary to Mumbai’s ever increasing
and ever so expensive restaurants. Don’t push it, I say!
on to the pub we met up at – I Bar.
Located in the ‘sacred’ galli of Bandra Reclamation, (sacred cause it also houses Candies, yes THE
CANDIES) I BAR is this hip new joint with interactive tables and I Pads for
menus. Hence the name – Interactive Bar!
Menu at IBAR sports some really tempting concoctions, bar food along with some
start with the -
Fries with 5
Crispy potatoes with 5 kinds of dip. The dips are refreshing from the otherwise
boring options of mustard & tomato. A must try at this place
Pesto Prawns: While the
prawns were fresh, there was something very off about the colour – hulk green
& taste. A definite no no
– beautiful king sized prawns marinated in potent liquor. Beautiful silky
Coconut Crusted Chicken
– chicken strips served in a fancy martini glass drizzled with mustard, the
chicken can get a bit soggy, but not a bad dish
& Cream Cheese Sushi – this is one of the best sushi’s I have tasted
so far in Mumbai. Beautiful balmy smoked chicken rolled in sushi rice.
Cajun Spiced Potato
– Umm I didn’t like this at all. A bad version of what Sindhi’s make called
‘Tuk’. Totally avoid
Special Kebab - An Iranian
preparation of kheema pattice, this was smooth & melt in the mouth!
– Literally cheesy, melt-in-the-mouth again