Running a lounge in Mumbai is no easy business and if you open yours right next to Boveda and Little Door, you are certainly assuring yourself of some serious and tough competition. Opening its doors less than two months ago is Local Passenger. A name you can hardly forget, considering half of the city commutes by the local trains. Even before entering Local Passenger, I was smitten by the name.
There is a neon signboard which leads you through the entrance of the venue, which is artistically designed and offers a different theme to it in totality. The ambience is well done in white and offers interesting quotes spread across the walls. Besides the neon sign board, a hand on the table posing as an ashtray, attracted my attention. Not a soul in the lounge missed a chance to capture a photograph with this distinctive piece. Both of these elements called for uniqueness in their own style and captured my attention instantly!
LP, as it is popularly called with the crowds, has picked up quick pace in two months and is flocked with crowds every evening. A usual evening at LP starts with EDM, flowing into Bollywood music, late in the night. Thursdays are solely meant for Bollywood music and this calls scores of True Mumbaikars to this venue to sway to a dash of Bollywood and Punjabi tracks. Thankfully, unlike other little places this lounge offers enough places to sway through the night.
To start off for the night, I ordered a Solomon cocktail from the huge array of drinks on offer. The cocktail was a delightful mix of orange juice, pineapple juice and a 60ml dash of Signature Whiskey. The smoothness of the Signature offered a luxurious feel for the evening and was the perfect way to start off at this unique venue.
Still scanning through the menu, the others which caught my attention were Manhattan, a whisky-based cocktail prepared with Signature again and Eclipse, a tequila infused drink. Most of the cocktails were priced between 325/- and 450/- making it quite a pocket savvy place to party! Post my first drink, I tried the Manhattan which matched perfectly with the Solomon and went on to feature on my list of favourites. With three bartenders across the bar, it was quite a sight to watch them juggle glasses and bottles without a flaw.
The food menu did not have much to offer and disappointed me a little, considering the superbly adorned décor and drinks menu was perfect. With not much to offer, I left it to the chef to present me with his choice of food with a small request to avoid disappointing my inner foodie.
It wasn't too long before my food bubbles were bursting with joy at the mere sight of a Lebanese dish, The Chicken and Prawns Shaslik. Chicken and prawns were marinated with in house sauces and butter, and were served on skewers. It was priced economically at 385/- and offered soft, tender and juicy chicken pieces.
The lover for Italian food that I am, I had to try the Cherry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Tartlet. I braced myself for the treat with and loved every bit of the Jalapeno Cream Cheese that melted in my mouth.
As my binging with the starters was on, I ordered the mains from the Lebanese section- The emblematic fish and rice cooked in fish broth and spices. It had a fabulous spicy Lebanese taste and was a sized appropriately for the 475/- price band. Unlike the appetizers, the mains provided good portions and were more than enough for two people.
On my way out of this breathe taking place after a hearty meal coupled with a good round of drinks, I chanced upon meeting the manager, Mr.Akash. A young, jovial chap in his early 20's has been abundantly delighted at the instant popularity of LP and credited the success to the eminent management staff. He invited me to the sun down events that will begin taking place at LP every Sunday noon.
At 1am when I was finally calling it a night, the crowd at LP had no plans to move out till the place shut its doors. One of its kind in the suburbs, this place is sure to attract scores more!
WHERE? Morya Landmark 1, Opposite Infiniti Mall, Andheri West HOW MUCH? Rs. 1,000 for two without alcohol. Rs. 2,500 with alcohol WHEN? 7.00pm to 1.30am WHAT'S HOT? The uniqueness in the ambience, Bollywood tadka in the music and Lebanese dishes. WHAT'S NOT? The portions for the appetizers were rather small and the menu was very limited. CUISINE: Continental. SHOULD YOU GO THERE? Yes. Thursday nights are apt for you if you are a Bollywood lover RATING: 4/5