Phone: 022 33716091
Address: Paradise By Tunga, P16, Central Road, MIDC, Andheri East, Mahakali, Mumbai, Maharashtra India
Time: 11 AM – 11:30 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,800
Cuisines: Continental, Chinese, Indian, Awadhi, Thai
Facilities: Home Delivery, Full Bar Available, Desserts and Bakes, Lunch Menu, Live Sports Screening, Outdoor Seating, Smoking Area, Table booking recommended, Serves Cocktails, Nightlife, Buffet, Karaoke, Valet Parking Available, Wifi
Russian Chicken A la Kiev (please see photo) in Andheri East? The good news is that menus, cuisines, restaurants pop up with unstoppable energy in Mumbai. The bad news is that some are not even worth going to. Which category did Andheri East’s latest ‘Pickle and Pint’ belong to? I’d dashed down for lunch with two charming filmmakers and today, coincidentally, I write this column from the global film capital, Los Angeles. Not only are Nidhi Tuli and Suruchi Sharma known for their superb films but also those which are focused on food and factual content. For instance, they spent over a month in Goa, cooking and eating with the brilliant chef Sarah Todd. They shot with super-talented Ranveer Brar and sampled the perfect Nalli Nihari. In short, perfect lunch companions.
Pickle & Pint: Paradise By Tunga, Mahakali, Mumbai: Decor
Walk into Paradise by Tunga Hotel and into Pickle and Pint, which sprawls into a family dining area, an open-air lounge and an indoor lounge area with big screen TVs; complete bar too.
Pickle & Pint: Paradise By Tunga, Mahakali, Mumbai: Food
Please stick to the Indian cuisine here – be it the moist succulent Murg Sunehri Kebab, the Mushroom Corn Tikka or the Goan Fish Curry with its balance of zing and sourness. Exceptional multilayered Laccha Roti; buttery soft Reshmi Paratha.
Masala Khichiya Papad adds the right crunch to the meal. This is Mumbai’s second restaurant to serve Chicken a la Kiev (Gaylord being the first). Though there are added desi creative touches (fried toast and boiled egg) the A la Kiev passes muster.
Pickle & Pint: Paradise By Tunga, Mahakali, Mumbai: Minus Points
An ambitious menu, which tries to please everyone. Alas! Though the Indian fare is good, an overload of Kewra and Elaichi in the Nalli Nihari mars it. Hindi Cheeni bhai bhai… be it the Fung Chun Chao paneer or the identical Hilltop Paneer, they are overwhelmingly assaulted by the slushy masala. Ditto for the Dhingri Makai Balti.
Over sweet humdrum desserts (Gulab Jamun, Apple Pie and Chocolate Truffle). Even though Captain Arjun was attentive, the service on our neighbouring tables was slow (we checked with Vikas Bhatkar).
Pickle & Pint: Paradise By Tunga, Mahakali, Mumbai: My Points
Packed and bustling, Paradise by Tunga’s Pickle and Pint lives upto its name. Let’s focus on the “Pint” first. The fully stocked bar serves alcohol and craft cocktails 365 days a year. As for the multi-cuisine “Pickle”, stick to the Indian fare, kebabs and curries. Not a gourmet destination, but that it is open through the day, serves large portioned dishes with affordable price tags (average dish priced at Rs. 400) make it an affordable, accessible neighborhood restaurant.