After being blown away my by Masala Library, my visit to MasalaBar was eminent. To sum up my review in a sentence, if you love fancy cocktails that not only look good but taste good as well, MasalaBar is a restaurant you cannot miss out on. The cocktails here look like something out of a science lab.
Located on the first floor at the corner of Carter Road, this place has the most amazing view of the sun setting over the Arabian Sea. And as luck would have it, I dropped by just as the sun was about to set. The sight is truly breathtaking.
After the sun sets, this place is lit up with candles, by far one of the most romantic settings I have come across that will make you fall in love with this restaurant.
Hearing many positive reviews about their cocktails, we had to start off with a round of their staff recommended house blended cocktails. Along with the presentation, the stories behind the drinks were quite interesting as well.
The Great Hornby’s Cloud – Who would have thought Whiskey, Spices and Chocolate would taste so well when mixed together. This drink has a nice sweet taste of Cinnamon and Chocolate with a good kick of whiskey. It comes in an enclosed capsule filled with flavored smoke. Strongly Recommended.
Sunset @ Carter – Another amazingly presented drink that is made up of Almond and Absinthe Foam over a sweet and spicy base. Quite a strong drink and a treat for all your senses. And again strongly recommended.
Bollywood Bhang – This drink too follows the path of stimulating all your senses. The waiter first burns up vodka infused with spices inside a flask and makes you breathe it in. Quite a kick! The drink which is made up of Thandai and Basil infused Vodka is then served in a skull shaped glass. Sweet and delicious, almost like a dessert cocktail.
Malabar Point – The last drink we tried out, made up of Apple and Chamomile Reduction and infused with Vodka. This drink too is quite sweet and nice.
Coming to the food, MasalaBar serves Tapas style food and we went for their Chefs’s tasting menu which included a mix of Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Courses.
Course 1 – Soup (Potage)
– Tomato and Lemongrass Rassa – Similar to your regular tomato soup, garnished with Zucchini and Broccoli. However it tasted very sour, more like lemon than lemongrass. Not recommended.
– Pumpkin Chowder with Crunchy Chicken Floss – The best Chicken soup I have ever had, rich, creamy and amazingly flavorful strands of chicken. The best dish of the day and Strongly Recommended.
Course 2 – Salads
– Carpaccio of Watermelon and Feta – Crispy Arugula, Basil, Sliced Watermelon and Chunks of Feta Cheese drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar. If only healthy food always tasted this heavenly!
– Duck and Orange Salad – Crispy Duck flavored with five spice, served along with segmented oranges and herbs. Another delicious healthy dish.
Course 3 – Contemporary Tacos
– Tofu and Paneer Khurchan – Tiny pieces of minced Tofu and Paneer, drizzled with Smoked Sour Cream and Green Chutney, served over Khari Naan. Very light and delicious.
– Hauled Lamb Barra Khurchan – This was the nonvegetarian version of the previous dish which used Spicy Lamb Barra instead of Paneer and Tofu.
Course 4 – Hors D’oeuvre
– Avocado, Beet and Tempura Asparagus Maki Chequerboard – As the name suggests, sushi rolls made up of Avocado, Pickled Beetroot and Spicy Tempura Asparagus topped of with Spicy Cream Cheese Sauce
– Salmon, Tuna and Tempura Prawn Maki Chequerboard – Again similar to the previous dish with seafood instead of veggies. However this was my least favorite dish, a complete mess of flavors, the cheese sauce totally overpowered the mild tasting raw salmon, even worse, the prawn had its tail and shell on I ended up picking out pieces of shell after eating it. Even the Wasabi served along with it was too strong and inedible. Very Disappointed.
– Baked Potatoes with Sweet and Spicy Beetroot and Apple – Served inside a potato skin and then baked, served alongside fennel flavored sweet yogurt. A nice, light and flavorful dish.
– Kakrar Aam Kasundi Paturi – A mix of South Indian Neer Dosa and Crab Meatballs with Bengali Kasundi made up of Mangoes and Chilies. This dish is sweet, spicy, savory and amazing. Worth a try.
Course 5 – Entrees
– Tofu Katsu Kari, Tagliatelle, Hajikame – A savory Japanese curry served with Italian Aglio Olio Pasta. Interesting but not mind-blowing.
– Yellow Curry Risotto, Banana Blossom Patty with Porcini Oil – A very heavy and spicy risotto. Nice burst of flavors, though it could have been better.
Course 6 – Dessert
– Chocolate, Cappuccino and Peanut Butter Pie – Saving the best looking dish for last, this dish looks like a work of art. The taste was quite nice too.
Overall, my visit to MasalaBar was an amazing experience, I loved the ambiance and the cocktails, while the food was good too. However, it would be nice if they simplified the unnecessarily complicated dishes. A perfect place to catch up with friends or for a nice romantic evening. Worth a visit and Strongly Recommended!
Location : Carter Road, Bandra West
Cuisine : Tapas, Asian and European
Cost for 2 : Rs.3000 (approx)