Lord of the Drinks, Andheri (W), Mumbai

Exclamations like ‘big’, ‘spacious’ are often missing while describing restaurants in Mumbai where cramped spaces are a way of life.

Spread across 8000 sq. feet and divided into 3 sections, al-fresco, a ground and a first floor, Lord of the Drinks would be synonymous to those hardy found exclamations.

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The moment you enter the place, you get the similar vibe as Tamasha, Lower Parel, primarily because of the interior. Not to mention that it is owned by the same restaurateur, Priyank Sukhija.

See my review of Tamasha here.

I got an opportunity to visit LOTD within a month of opening. Here is what we got to try…

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Asian Cooler

The concoction of rum, cucumber juice and lime helped cool off the heat!

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Apple Foamintni

This animated drink made with vodka, green apple syrup, mint foam topped with blue curacao syrup too was a great cooler.

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Bubbling LIIT

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Mumbai Tea

Another highly potent cocktail was Mumbai Tea. A mix of cinnamon tea and Kahlua, orange liqueur, vodka and apple juice.

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Lychee Desire
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Melon Twist
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Mint Papaya Rita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the variety of fruit flavored cocktails, we tried Lychee Desire, Meon Twist, and mint Papaya Rita. A mild infusion of spices like cloves, smoked cardamom stick and chili pepper makes these different from run-of-the-mill fruit flavor cocktails.

 

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Smoked Sangria

Smoked Sangria brought a smoky twist to a regular sangria. Try it only if you like sangria.

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Sweet Potato Chilli Fries

I realized only after the server told us that the fries are made from sweet potato.

The Tender Coconut and Galangal Soup and the Black Daal Soup turned out to be my personal favorites. Tender Coconut and Galangal Soup is a must try if you like Thai curry as both has the same base, tender coconut broth. Usually, soups made from lentils are bland but this one had a unique taste.

Chukandar Galauti and Bamboo Shoot and Chestnut Kabab were served with bite-sized Malabar parotha and dips. Tzatziki and fresh fruit chutney respectively. Both were a little bland in taste when tried alone but gave a different taste when tried with the accompanying dip.

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Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Other different dishes we tried were Tandoori Platter veg, Trio of Bruschettas, Yellow Chilli and Roasted Garlic Dimsum, Trio Mushroom Dimsums and Roasted Veg. Pizza. none of them disappoint us but the star main course was Lasooni Shingada Palak and Makai Roti.

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Lasooni Shingada Palak and Makai Roti

With unusual presentation and equally unusual taste, the water chestnuts in garlic and palak gravy was a burst of flavors.

And if this was not enough, the desserts served raised a level in combining unusual flavors.

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Paan Ice-Cream Martini

The Paan Ice-Cream Martini gave a good twist for a dessert and was served with thandai shot. A great combination for paan and ice-cream lovers.

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Malpua Lasagna with French Toast

Another quirky dessert was cinnamon malpua topped with cream cheese rabri and Kiwi fruit accompanied by French baguette. Not to be missed if you like malpua or have a sweet tooth.

Considering the great and potent drinks and equally great food options the more apt name would be ‘Lord of the Drinks and Food!’

Ambiance: 5/5
Service: N/A. This was an invite.
Food: 4/5
VFM: N/A. This was an invite.

Overall: 4.5/5

Lord of the Drinks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

P.S. – We were invited by Lord of the Drinks to try their menu.


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Countries Connection, Andheri (W), Mumbai

What happens when five friends sharing the same passion, the passion for food, come together? You get a restaurant serving good continental food including Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and much more.

C2, as they call it, is relatively small-sized, is diagonally opposite to Infinity mall and easily reachable. The neighborhood boasts of plenty of restaurants and you have to have your USP well defined and maintained to survive, let alone thrive.
Although it was Friday evening, only a couple of tables remained occupied during our entire visit. This can be easily attributed to lack of alcohol permit. But this very fact makes it a silent and peaceful place to spend some good time with friends and family over a meal.
C2 has a vast menu and options to choose from. The start of the dinner was nice with Veg. Manchow Soup having a right amount of spiciness. Just the way it should be.
Veg. Manchow Soup
Veg. Manchow Soup
In starters, the Veg. Seekh Kabab, made with minced vegetables, cheese and potato, was again satisfactory.
Veg. Seekh Kabab
Veg. Seekh Kabab
Mexican Pizza had a thin crust and the right amount of crispiness to it. A little more pizza sauce would have certainly enhanced its taste thought.
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Mexican Pizza
Onion Kulcha was something innovative. Pizza triangles like cutouts of Onion Kulcha pieces stuffed with cheese. A cheese burst variant of Onion Kulcha.
Onion Cheese Kulcha
Onion Cheese Kulcha
Next in the line of innovation was Pav-bhaji Fondue. Made with Pav-bhaji gravy and cheese mixed together to form a fondue served with bread pieces, cut parathas and vegetables sauteed in garlic. It had a well familiar cheese Pav-bhaji taste with little indispensable sweet taste may be because of the type of cheese or white wine used.
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Pav Bhaji Fondue
Although late but we went for mock-tails. Hazel Samrat, a combination of cream and Nutella was my selection but to my disappointment, it lacked any taste of the latter.
Hazel Samrat
Hazel Samrat
In the mains, we were served house specialty South Western Chipotle. A dish of rice with paneer marinated curd and cream gravy. This was again a fusion dish and less spicy because of use of Indian chilies than their Mexican counterpart.
South Western Chipotle
South Western Chipotle
In desserts, I rested my choice on Tiramisu and the chef also have us try Blueberry Cheesecake. This is where C2 strikes the chord.
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Blueberry Cheesecake
The round shaped Blueberry cheesecake with blueberry compote was an instant hit amongst us. Tiramisu had the right balance of coffee, cream and chocolate which even some Italian fine dine restaurants fail to maintain. It was one of the best I have had lately.
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Tiramisu
Almost every food item will seesaw between average to above-average yet satisfactory when it comes to taste but scores considerably high on presentation and appeal.
Service has some scope of improvements. We experienced a few hiccups like some dishes arriving early and for some, we had to wait considerably. Errors and omissions in ordered items, mainly in drinks.
Recommendations: Tiramisu, Blueberry Cheesecake.

Would you like to recommend something we should try on our next visit to Countries Connection? Leave a comment below.

Countries Connection Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


I was invited by Countries Connection for the food tasting session.

Go doolally over beers! – Doolally Taproom, Andheri (W), Mumbai

Doolally from Pune, now has the 2nd outlet open in Andheri, with the first one being in Bandra. Fresh brews arrive from Pune, once on a couple of days to replenish the stocks.

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The place gets occupied with mixed crowds, casual hipsters and formal office goers retiring in the evening. The super casual ambiance is noisy, happening and bright. To complement your experience, along with having beers, you can optionally read books, surf net if you are alone or play board games if you are in a group.

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Hefeweizen

We started with Hefeweizen, a German wheat beer, light in color and on the palate. For coffee aficionados, there is a Coffee Porter. Essentially a coffee flavoured beer so to say. Yes, try only if you like black coffee.

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Coffee Porter
Apple Cider
Apple Cider

Apple cider has an equal amount of haters and lovers. For some, it’s a fizzy apple cold-drink and for rest, including me, it’s something different to try than the usual. All the three beers we tried were light and had malty flavours than the usual strong, bitter and punchy taste. Those who like it strong may try Oatmeal Stout.

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Oatmeal Stout

The food menu is short and hassle free. So even we restricted ourselves with only a couple of items.

A must have is House Fries accompanied by 5 type of dips which includes mayo, mango, garlic and mint. The piping hot thick fries will make other famous QSR fries look famine affected.

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House Fries

5 dips

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Chuchvara

Chuchvara, the Uzbek steamed dumplings are stuffed with sauteed mushrooms and are quite spicy.

Both items were great in taste and equally great combination with beers.

With all inclusive prices, ‘What you see is what you pay!’ works greatly in favour of Doolally which doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Recommendations: Hefeweizen, Coffee Porter (Coffee lovers only!), House Fries.

Doolally Taproom Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


If you have a recommendation on something we should try on our next visit to Doolally, kindly drop a comment below.