Phone: +91 8104620244
Address: Atria Mall, 4th Floor, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Time: 8 AM to 12 Midnight
Meals for two: Rs. 2,000
Cuisines: Modern Indian, Indian, Pizza, Continental
Facilities: Full Bar Available, Mall Parking, Valet Parking Available, Indoor Seating, Group Meal, Dance Floor, Serves Cocktails, Smoking Area, Lunch Menu, Private Dining Area Available, Nightlife, Resto Bar, Desserts and Bakes, Live Sports Screening
“I really like you but I am not crossing Worli to meet you,” announces the sign at the entrance. South Bombay’s new entrant sure takes its name seriously. It serves up a dose of humor with drinks, music and food. My gorgeous guests, the globetrotting gourmet friend trio, ski, holiday dine at Michelin restaurants together. We have a great afternoon. My kind of girls, they combine style with substance.
Trained nutritionist, Gayatri Chona, helms a chain of award-winning artisanal ice-cream and food cafes, Meha Patel is all set to wow the world with her personal care range of natural products, and Nidhi Negandhi is blazing trends as an edtech entrepreneur. Lousy service notwithstanding. We had the most fun afternoon.
South Bombay Bar, Worli, Mumbai: Decor
In Worli’s Atria mall, South Bombay Bar, nestles right next to my most favorite movie hall. Enter a large (really large) hall. Look up to admire the ceiling with Bombay’s map, there’s an island bar, quirky signage and dramatic lighting. Loud (really loud) music.
South Bombay Bar, Worli, Mumbai: Food
Baos, pizzas, blue cheese naan, railway mutton curry, pasta with Chicken tikka… Having eaten my way through the menu twice, it was the starters which came up tops. Be it cheesy mushrooms waltzing with jalapeno, broccoli with wasabi or fries with lemon chilli. Moist flavorful chicken did a delightful bhangra with sesame chutney. Sweet potato fries were crisp at dinner and soggy at lunch. Ditto for the fish koliwada, superb at dinner and avoidable at our next meal. Thin crust Fiamma pizza passed muster. Amongst the mains, the masaledar moist biryani and robust home style railway mutton curry are worth trying. End with Sex in a Teapot.
South Bombay Bar, Worli, Mumbai: Minus points
Service. As always, my assistant booked in a fake name, requested my guests to go ahead and order. They had inattentive and sloppy service. And even later, the waiters forgot the last bit of our order. Slushy rajma, messy bacon biryani, thick chewy Chicken bao, tasteless kachi kairi cheesecake. Inconsistency marks some of the dishes, competently cooked at one meal (penne with chicken tikka) and lackluster the next. Loud music. Too loud for comfort.
South Bombay Bar, Worli, Mumbai: My Point
End with “Sex in a Teapot”… moist, gooey Belgian chocolate brownie with heart of ganache. I dined at South Bombay Bar twice and both times the service was mixed up and slow. Focus on the well-made starters (plenty of choice for vegetarians); inconsistency marks the mains. Kudos multi-talented Chef Rakesh Sethi (restaurants in Mumbai and Africa) for ensuring that the taste levels are high, price points low. Welcome stylish, easy-going, open all-day South Bombay Bar.
PS: Just for the record, I maybe a South Bombayite, but I love the suburbs and go as often as I can.