Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Asado The Cocktail Street | Bandra West | Food Review | Restaurant Review

Go clubbing with an alcohol loving friend and not starve to death due to dearth of good food. That’s what Asado is offering, great cocktails with very good food options too, a rarity when it comes to most lounge/bars. It was thus a wonderful experience that awaited me & my sister when we landed here 2 evenings ago for a much awaited review :) 

All Pictures Credit : Prachi Shailendra Photography

Located barely 20 steps away from the busy Gaiety-Galaxy junction in Bandra West on an even busier S V Road, walk in and get transported to a different world than the honking horns and bustling traffic outside. Think a laidback Goan shack. Think a Mexican village square with a charming marketplace and old-world cottages with those cute windows. Think lamp-posts and a carnival–esque atmosphere with vintage lanterns and open blue sky overhead. Bring these all together, welcome to Asado the Cocktail Street, perhaps with one of the most romantic settings in Mumbai. 

Dim lighting, comfortable seating arrangement, retro music, sweet ambiance with excellently trained staff who can suggest the best drinks and dishes from the menu make this a cool place to land at with a loved one. Or go with a bunch of loved ones especially to take advantage of their mammoth drinks. We tried just one – House of Eden- Rum based with Passion-Peach-Pineapple, and it was so deliciously strong plus enough for a party of 4. Similarly there are humungous delicious mixes for party of 6,8,10,12 and more! Also loved the Tiki Zombie – Rum, Passion & bit of Absinthe, Yummm! We also had the privilege of tasting a Zinger which is made right on the table by mixing fruits, herbs, lemon juice, spirits etc. as per our choice. We chose watermelon, pineapple, mint, rosemary and it turned out to be delicious in looks as well as the mild surprise that my sister wanted to end the night with. Cocktails are the star performers here with a wide variety to choose from for all alcohol lovers. 

Food is not far behind as I said before :) We started with Truffle Mushroom Cream soup which obviously made me super happy being a Mushroom lover, it had wonderfully light creamy texture and dense flavors. A must have for mushroom fans! Then came Truffle Garlic Parmesan Fries with Exotic Dips, a crunchy treasure with melt in mouth deliciousness inside and the dips got over faster than the fries itself. Absolute mouth watering stuff! 

Pan Seared Cottage Cheese with Teriyaki Sauce was something different, we usually expect something like Paneer Tikka but this one really made us pause and relish it. I found it a bit salty but that was because I am not a big fan of Teriyaki sauce myself, my sister though loved it :) Next we turned our attention towards Tex-Mex Loaded Potato Skins which were truly loaded with Corn, Olives, Cheese, Asparagus, Jalapeno and the flavors burst like anything. Yummy! 

To break the monotony of grilled or cheesy stuff, we had the Healthiest Quinoa Salad and even my sister who normally does not like Quinoa liked it enough to smile :) I loved the fresh burst of veggies and am happy there is something healthy for everyone on the menu here. Similarly impressed with Veg Tacos where the filling was just so fresh and juicy. All health fanatics must order these here. Cottage Cheese Taquitos are another one of my favorites,soft Paneer with fresh veggies,also a good healthy alternative :)

Got back on the saddle with Beans & Cheese Quesadilla and Cottage Cheese Taquitos which I again found a bit salty but my sister loved :P What we both really loved was the Chipotle Marinated Cottage Cheese Steak with Corn on Cob, Mashed Potatoes and Dips. It was perfect. Cottage Cheese was marinated beautifully, it was soft and flavorful, corn was juicy, potatoes were creamy (yet light). Nice meal for 2 hungry people!  

For anyone indulging in cocktail fun, greasy cheesy food is a must to absorb up all that alcohol. I recommend going for Truffle Risotto (loved the slightly sweetish flavor, amazingly creamy) and Four Mushroom Truffle Fettuccine (again with the brilliant textures of mushrooms coming forth perfectly). 

After all this deliciousness, most of which we couldn't finish naturally, we pounced on the tantalizing Tres Leches dessert. Sweet dreams are made of these, who am I to disagree :D Oh and then we ended the evening with a pair of flaming shots, the kick of absinthe in them being the perfect way to say goodbye to an amazing evening :) Psst-If you are a neanderthal like me, do ask for the help of staff before gulping down those shots :D 

Portions of all dishes are quite hearty making them perfectly good value for money. Even 3 starters are enough to fill up 2 light eaters. Quality is top notch and the staff is always checking up (without being too intrusive). There is something for everyone on the menu which is why I am happy that even a place specializing in heavy duty cocktails has enough juice to make every foodie happy. Asado, I will be back :)

All Pictures Credit : Prachi Shailendra Photography

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