Palladium Social in Mumbai will win you over not just with its specially curated burger menu, but also a range of craft beer.
Working professionals in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area have always been a lucky bunch with (literally) countless watering holes and restaurants to choose from. And, if that was not enough , Riyaz Amlani, Mumbai’s own restaurateur, opened yet another Social in the city in early September. Palladium Social at High Street Phoenix is his third in Mumbai, after Todi Mill Social at Mathuradas Mills Compound and Colaba Social. Amlani’s idea is to offer his patrons something new with each of these restaurants that is a combination of a café, bar and co-working space.
I went on a Tuesday post- work to be greeted by a huge charcoal black stained wood doorway. Fluted glass paneled façade, graffiti-art plastered walls, low slung light fixtures, ceramic glazed tiles – the interiors of this Social has a unique touch like the others. Strategically-placed large vintage mirrors, leather sofas and seats paired with solid rough cut wood log tables and a painted image of Subhas Chandra Bose on the wall complete the look.
What makes this Social standout is its well-stocked beer tasting room located at the rear end, with up to 15 craft beer on tap, their names written on the glazed tiles on the wall. These include German style wheat beer, an IPA (Indian Pale Ale) and a Dunkel from Gateway Brewing Co, an Irish Red Ale, a German Hefeweizen and an English Porter by The White Owl, and a Wheat Beer and a Blonde Beer by BIRA. Also expected soon are rotating brews from local breweries, brewed exclusively for Social. You can also participate in their hourly tasting and samplings of beer alongside indulging in burgers from a specially created `Beerburger’ menu. The resident `Beer Expert’ is always on hand to explain the finer nuances of the beer, its colour, body, taste, etc.
By 8pm the place had started filling up with many waiting at the bar to get a place, or opting to come back later. Craft beer and Long Island Iced Tea seem to have been the brew of choice that evening. The largely burger oriented menu looked very inviting, with typical Social style names like Faker Burger (Mock Meat marinated in Soy in a Brioche Bun), Tongue You Very Much Burger (Tenderloin, Tongue, Miso Butter in a Brioche Bun), etc.
The place offers at least 15 different types of burgers to choose from, and will help you to pair it with the craft beer in over 215 different ways. I opted for the SMS burger (Spinach, Mushroom and Swiss Cheese) and my friend for Pulled Pork & Mango Burger (Slow Braised Pork with Mango Relish in a Brioche Bun), preceded by a starter in the form of Fish Taco’s ( soft shell tacos stuffed with fish fingers on Baja sauce).
The SMS burger took about 15 minutes and I paired it with White Zen, a German style wheat beer. The crisp spinach and creamed mushroom under the soft sesame bun complemented the clove and banana flavor of the beer. The Pulled Pork which took 45 minutes to arrive was bit of a disappointment. The base bun looked over-soaked in pork sauce, making it difficult to eat. The mango ‘relish’ was a saving grace though. We rounded the evening with Summersault, a smooth tasting Indian Pale Ale.
We made enquiries about the co-working space before leaving. It is available between 10 am to 6 pm for a monthly membership fee of Rs 5,000, an amount that can be redeemed for the food and alcohol on the menu. Once the entire amount is redeemed, you will be billed against actuals. Of course you also have the option of working without ordering anything for the rest of the month. And the craft beer can be your friend in need during this time.
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Article by Madhuwanti Saha
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