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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Episode One Powai Mumbai | Breaking The Clutter One Episode At A Time | Food Review | Restaurant Review

There is a garden. There is a mirror that shows my dress code. And there is a painting with an elite British captain from 19th century sporting a bubblegum and a balloon.






Episode One breaks the clutter of lounges and pubs that focus on hoity-toity 'upper class' dress codes, footwear, accents and menu. The ambiance is cool, funky and elegant, has an amazing amount of greenery in different sections, there is even a dance space for those happy friday nights, the dress code is whatever you wish, the staff has a perennial smile on their faces and spunk in their stride, the menu has limited but enough Indian, Asian, Italian dishes to make everyone happy and the prices are reasonable for quality and quantity. 





Since we were here for a review invite, we had tasting portions of multiple dishes, be assured that the original portions would be more than enough to make your belly happy. Loved everything from the drinks to the desserts. Oh by the way, check out their cocktails on tap section in the spacious bar, lovingly known as Taptails!




TAPTAILS

BERRIES & ROSE = Mixed Red Berry Tea Mix with Cranberry Shrub, beautifully tangy and refreshing, with edible rose petals, 

LYCHEE LEMONGRASS CARBON LEMONADE = Lychee Nectar with lemongrass lemonade and activated charcoal, very strong, has a kick in every sip, 

BLUE TEA & GONDHORAJ = Elder Flower + Butterfly Pea Blue Tea gives it the color of Harry Potter's cloak, deep violet :D Add to that Apple Nectar, Kaffir Lime, Gondhoraj which is a part of the lime family. D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.





STARTERS

AVOCADO GALOUTI - With Coin Paratha & Beetroot Ketchup, melt-in-mouth bite sized heavens, could have had dozens on these :D MUST-HAVE!

SHROOM SLIDER- With Mushroom Patty, Brioche Bun, Fries & Cheesy Dip, am not a big mushroom fan but these were good, meaty Portobello mushroom patties and soft buns and those super-duper crunchy fries, yummmmmmmmm.

TRUFFLE MUSHROOM BUN - With Cantonese Chili Oil & House Soy, these were so good they took me by surprise, Soft and steamed to perfection buns with loads of Portobello mushrooms inside and truffle oil layering outside made it unbelievably delicious. MUST-HAVE!

PIZZA

SPICY MARGHERITA- With Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Basil, it is extremely difficult to get this basic pizza right as the proportion of sauce to cheese and spices has to be just right. Extremely glad to note that every element of this pizza was PERFECT. If you like Margherita, definitely try this.




MAIN COURSE

PAN FRIED NOODLES - With loads of Exotic Vegetables tossed in non-spicy Cantonese Sauce, hearty dish for those who do not like overly spicy Indo-Chinese fare,

BRAISED TOFU CHILLI BEAN LEEKS & BLUE RICE - Had been seeing this blue rice on instagram and wondered if it tasted any good too. Well, it sure does :D The blue color comes from the use of butterfly-pea flower and also imparts a distinct fragrance, the rice here is tossed with veggies so even on its own it is a delicious dish. Add to it the softest tofu ever in a spicy gravy and it was the perfect representation of Yin and Yang.



DESSERT

SANDESH PUFF - I love me some Sandesh, this was a contemporary take with a flaky puff pastry hiding the softness of Sandesh, and delicious Vanilla Ice Cream by the side, and some delicious jell-o drops too. Overall good.

CARAMEL TART - Dessert worthy of crossing seven seas for :D Gooey, Sinful, Layers of Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache and that touch of sea-salt on the top. If this is not heaven, nothing is. MUST-HAVE TO THE POWER INFINITY.

A very big thumbs up from this hungry hippo. Would be sauntering in some time soon, this time probably in my shorts and crocs :D 

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