Mexican Rice with Salsa

RSVP – The Lounge, Vadiwadi, Vadodara

RSVP – The Lounge tries to fill up the void of the lounge or sports bar like joints in the city, of course sans alcohol.

The interior is done to imitate a sports bar atmosphere and ambiance wears a strong red hue, visible in the photographs, to make the ambiance livelier. (I had to spend a lot of time re-touching my photographs to minimize the side effect of the lighting). I would have liked the ambiance more with little pumped-up cool white lights along with a little toned-down red-colored lights.

The place has a number of sitting arrangements including casual lounge type and usual table and chairs.

Service is good and the wait staff is friendly but they clearly appear to be untrained and new. (This is when I visited a couple of months ago). This didn’t bother us much as they were always ready to accommodate our requests.

In food, we tried 2 types of pre-fixed menu. The first one, a global variant, included a mock-tail, a soup, 2 starters, 2 main courses and a dessert. The second one ‘Thrilling Thursdays’, an Indian variant, had a soup, 2 starters, 2 vegetables, roti/naan, dal-rice, papad, salad, buttermilk and a dessert.

The mock-tail, Magic Blue, served in chemistry lab beaker, was a concoction of blue curacao syrup and soda water and lacked any punch.

Magic Blue
Magic Blue

The Chilly Bean soup was moderately spicy. Thai Sticks tasted like kebabs marinated in spicy Thai gravy. Mexican Rice was nice but a little dry. Pasta Arabiata and noodles (don’t remember the exact name) were also satisfactory in taste. All the continental items had Indian touch to please a typical Indian palate. (Well, authenticity shouldn’t be an expectation here.)

The Indian items ranged from ok to good in taste. Sunehri Aloo, boiled potatoes tossed in some gravy, were avoidable. Corn Seekh Kabab was ok in taste. We liked the Veg. Makhani and Paneer Do Pyaza though.

This place tries to be a pocket-friendly hipster place and may succeed too as far as the authenticity of the food not being much of a concern among the target audience.

Would you like to recommend something we should try on our next visit to RSVP – The Lounge? Leave a comment below.

RSVP - The Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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