Are you so much in love with food that it feels like you are in an intimate relationship with it? Do you get these food cravings at anytime in the day? Does the idea of eating at your favorite restaurant feel orgasmic? Are you ready to explore uncharted paths to discover that special dish that will make you go “Yum!”?
If the answer to all the above is a Yes.Welcome you've reached the right place.
Keen observation of the Mumbai food scene, and I
notice fads – It started with the 90’s
where we saw Italian –Mexican fusion places mushrooming like Cream Centre, New Yorker,
America, cutting straight to 2011-12 Asian restaurants like
Hakassan & Yuautcha opening up; French food – Chez Vous, Chez Moi, Suzette;
Spanish – Arola, Vinoteca feeding us tapas & paella. As a food lover I
enjoy being in a part of this melting pot, I love being in the middle of so
much confusion and so many choices!
The latest fad I witness is Beer Brewing!
An intelligent conversation post lots of beer
drinking with Richa Lulla, Baker & Blogger (Knead With Love) made me realize that while Maharashtra, Karnataka & NCR have been progressive on
the beer licenses front, Mumbai lags behind. Hence the sad state of affairs.
But beers lovers must not loose hope – people at the Gateway Brewing Company
and The Barking Deer are in the process of defeating the system and bringing
you up to speed with the rest of the world with their indigenous brands of craft beer.
Located in the commercial & lifestyle capital of
Mumbai aka Lower Parel, The Barking Deer is the newest edition to the city’s
drinking scene. The place gives you a barn kind-of feeling with wood flooring and
mahogany hues. Walls stacked with beer books, mugs & bottles. Towards the
end of this this elongated sort of bar are huge copper vessels all connected to
form what will soon be Mumbai’s first Micro- Brewery. Albeit they still await
The micro -brewery
Brew Master Benjamin showing us how to brew beer
So we start with the Heineken paired with Cheddar
sticks & Chicken Wings. The beer was quite normal & don’t think it
did too much to enhance the flavour of the Cheddar sticks & Wings. The
Wings had quite a zing to it, and I found the cheddar sticks quite lip smacking
with yummy molten cheese at the centre.
Heineken& Chicken Wings
Next was the Amstel Beer paired with Potato
Skins & Fried Calamari. The beer was a bit too bitter. Coupled with the
potato skins, which are quite bitter themselves made it even more unpalatable.
The fried calamari was a bit chewy but not bad!
Hoegaarden & Potato Stew
The came the Hoegaarden – a beautiful light
citrusy flavoured beer. This was paired with the Potato stew – a
beautiful balmy combination. The Chicken Waterzooi – light broth was a
little bland and also the veggies were a bit over cooked
Leffe Blond with Lamb Shanks (top) and Cottage Cheese (bottom)
The next was Leffe Blond Abby Ale. Ooh this
was my second favourite beer. It has a very peppery aroma & aftertaste. It
went perfectly when with the Pilsner drowned Lamb Shanks. In the Veg
the Cottage Cheese Steak with orange reduction was very blah.
London Porter with Creme Brulee
For desserts we move on to the London Porter
– black malt, very strong almost like black coffee. Too strong for my taste.
This was paired with the Creme Brulee which was too dulcet. Quite a let
down for desserts
A meal for 2 would cost anywhere between Rs 2000- Rs.
2500 with alcohol
Barking Deer leaves us with a promise to bring some innovative craft beers like
fruit, chocolate beer, dark stouts once it gets the licences. Amen to that.
A great place to meet up with your mates, chat up on beer and snacks.