The White Owl is the newest bistro/bar. This new addition is uniquely different from any other bar or restaurant in the city. In its bid to be different, I think they have managed to achieve a sense of chic-ness that I have yet to see in a bar in the city. In fact once you've settled in it makes you feel like you're in a bar somewhere in New York instead of Mumbai. Thankfully unlike other bars which are dimly lit this establishment is well lit and only towards the later part of the night do they dim the lighting a bit.
The alcohol menu offers a range of the regular single malts, whiskeys and vodkas along with some adorably named special cocktails. Highly recommend ' The Biddy' which I’m told has become a runaway hit. It's a twist on a traditional whiskey sour but it definitely hits the spot. Their red and white wine sangrias are delicious and served in these adorable round plump jars which is a nice change from the regular glass.
The food menu is extensive without leaving you with too much to choose from either. Their appetiser menu or as they are called ' shared plates' list some wonderful dishes, such as the beer battered fish and chip and beef paprika skewers. I highly recommend both dishes as the beef is tender and gently spiced and grilled till it’s just right. The fish is a delight as it isn't oily but just crispy enough for fried fish and chips. The zucchini and bell pepper bruschetta is a lovely twist on the classic tomato one and the cottage cheese skewers with chilli verde and soft and is a burst of flavour in your mouth.
Their list of salads is impressive. It's a lovely change to see innovative salads and not the tried and tested ones. The cranberry and chevre salad with rocket , walnut bits and cranberry - parsley dressing and the lemon pepper kingfish salad are both extraordinarily light and a must try.
The tenderloin steak with stout beer marinade and brown butter and scallion mash potatoes, the pepper crusted Rawas in green peppercorn and garlic butter and the house mac and cheese are clear stand outs from the entrees. A special mention for the baby lamb chops with tomato risotto where the meat was so flavourful and tender it melted off the bone and the creamy risotto accompanies it perfectly.
The two non chocolate desserts are clear winners on their menu. The season fresh alfonso mango cheese cake which is a glorious chunk of creamy cheesey cake superbly flavoured with fresh mango. Mango season is wrapping up but before its well and truly over this is a must try. The green apple and raisin apple pie served with ice cream is warm, moist and comforting. The pie filling is divine and perfectly paired with the cold ice cream.
This bistro is best described as young, hip and has a very stylish crowd frequenting it. Interestingly enough its more than just another bar, it’s a micro brewery. Unfortunately their licensing hasn't come through as yet so we will have to patiently wait till the brewery is active. However the restaurant and bar is up and running in full swing and if that is anything to go by, we cannot wait for to sample what the brewery has to offer!
With its menu hitting all the right notes, the announcement of the brewery opening is eagerly awaited. This seems to be shaping into a trendy yet classy bar and a great place to catch up over drinks. If you do find yourself dining at The White Owl , I’m sure the menu will not disappoint you.
By - Roxanne Bamboatt
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time !
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