Rest : The Bombay Canteen
Meal : DinnerLoc : Kamala Mills
The Bombay Canteen is possibly the hottest dining ticket in the city right now, tables are extremely hard to get and are much sought after. It is Floyd Cardoz's India debut and is high on concept, of all the recent openings thus far, it is definetely the most innovative. From the register like menu, to the Rooh Afza bottles for water and of course the food.
The menu is rather limited and can best be descibed as India inspired, most dishes spin out of familar things but go their own way pretty quickly. They have a chotta and bada concept (some of it is pretty large) and they also have the chintu which float around and should be grabbed everytime they pass by.
the boiled egg was a chintu with a filling of egg bhurji i reckon, delicious.
Fried lotus stems are so much better than regular chips, SO MUCH BETTER. Lotus stems should be on more menus i reckon.
cheese sticks. what is not to like ?
the moong dal fritters, very good, tasty chutney but the chana kachumbar mix was diabolical. they need to put it on the menu as a separate listing all together. this was gone very very quickly.
they do a selection of toasts, this was the spicy tomato bit with peanut salsa and home made paneer. Tad spicy and a little underwhelming but by no means bad.
the eggs kejriwal were unlike any i have had but were terrific. easily one of the starts of the menu. def get them whilst there.
the masala coke, was smaller than id like and had more masala than id like. could be improved.
so the indian tacos were dissapointing, didnt go anywhere, too gimmicky. although i am told the non-veg taco was terrific.
so this was my main, the baked cabbage and paneer kofta, the first serving was over salted so we sent it back. it came back somewhat fixed but not quite. i had it with a steamed garlic bun which was terrific and must be had.
the old monk rum laden gulab jamun was terrific. a combination that works extremely well together.
the guava pastry with mirchi ice cream was okay, i didnt find it to be that great but everyone else loved it.
the falooda sundae with some skim milk. terrific. a falooda SUNDAE so simple yet so amazing.
the ice cream sandwich was dissapointing all around. the bon bon and jim jam are great but need to perhaps switch the ice cream filling.
the masala chai popsicles were exactly as weird as they sound. look like kulfi but taste just like frozen chai (not as bad as it sounds) my companions liked this more than i did.
Overall, the space is pretty cool, the vibe is great and its heaving with people. So for now, its def going to be the place to go.
I was the sole vegetarian of the crew and i found the food to be okay, the menu is kinda eclectic and fairly limited. Its not traditional in any sense. I am told they will take another two months or so to add more veg options. So the place def does have potential, hope to check them out in a month or two.
Also, as @anaggh rightly pointed out, the menu is kinda limited therefore will have to change frequently otherwise one could go through it all in two visits and then it gets kinda boring. the word is that the menu will change every couple of months.
The non-veg was voted to be amazing, so i guess meat eaters should not feel shy about ordering.
The desserts range from terrific to good to weird good. So no chance of making a mistake there.
Service was quick, prompt and friendly. Id say go for it.
Special thanks to @dharmeshg @qtfan and @anaggh for a great evening out, sorting out the table and eveything else.
Food : 7/10
Service : 8/10
Damage : 12000 for 4 w cocktails