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Friday, March 09, 2018

FOOD REVIEW

DINING ON DECK

For a quiet evening away from the traffic and busy streets of Mumbai, how about dining in middle of the ocean? Trisha Ghoroi visits Ark Deck Bar to find out if it’s worth the hype

Weekly dinners at new restaurants are getting monotonous. If what you seek is a special evening, how about booking a table at the new floating restaurant in the city that has become the talk of the town? Ark Deck Bar, a ship turned into a restaurant, floats in the Arabian Sea right next to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and is all over social media. We had to visit to see what the fuss was about.

Getting there

However, Ark Deck Bar isn’t the only floating restaurant in the area; in fact, it has two competitors. The boat ride to the ship had us a little worried, but we soon settled on the excursion boat and it seemed a little less scary. The 15-minute journey is where the fun begins. A boat ferrying patrons to Ark Deck Bar leaves every hour starting at 5pm and we took the 6pm boat. Take note: This is the best time slot if you want to enjoy watching the sunset behind the Sea Link. The view is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Hopping on

When: it came to stepping on to Ark Deck Bar, we were expecting it to be a jump; but fortunately the stairs provide a stable welcome, and there are lifeguards to help you. The dining area of the deck stretches across three levels. The middle level has indoor seating, which flaunts a Victorian theme. With dark stained wood interiors, vintage chandeliers and bright yellow light, the décor translated the theme perfectly. Up on the deck, the décor was much brighter, and the blue and white added a lovely nautical touch. There is a deck above this as well, which is smaller and reserved for private dining. We settled in on the deck (middle level), anchored near the beautiful Sea Link and were excited to dig into some food and drinks off their menu.

Eating at sea

To start off the evening, I decided to order a Passionate Daiquiri (Rs 650) where as my teetotaller dining companion called for a mocktail, the Grasshopper (Rs 300). The daiquiri was tangy with a hint of sweetness and had a subtle taste of the alcohol, while the refreshing Grasshopper was a layered drink that was mostly sweet with a tangy note and a hint of lemongrass.

For starters, we ordered the Spinach Ricotta Cigars (Rs 390) and Calamari Rings (Rs 450). The cigars had a creamy filling of ricotta cheese with a hint of spice. The outer layer was crunchy making it a nice snack to start with. The calamari rings were a little too oily, but had a crisp outer layer. For main course, we had a Steak Dog (Rs 520) with the option of lamb, which to our surprise came in the form of a sandwich (and not a hot dog). However, after taking a bite we had no complaint with the spicy lamb and soft fluffy bread. Sadly, the Vegetable Spaghetti (Rs 490) wasn’t the best. The spaghetti was too soft and the dish lacked proper seasoning. Since we were worried about the return journey on a full stomach, we decided to give dessert a miss.

Ark Deck Bar is a wonderful place, we think, for a one-time experience. The lower level of the ship also has three suites for stay, each of which follows a Victorian theme, just like the restaurant. If you’re prone to motion sickness, exercise caution as even though the ship is anchored, you might feel a little dizzy. The restaurant also has a couple of lifeboats and lifeguards on board in case of emergencies. Our experience at Ark Deck Bar was pleasant, but the standard of food wasn’t up to the mark, which was a little disappointing.

Where: Bandra-Worli Sea Link, 100 metres before the toll plaza, Landmark AB Celestial on the left, Bandra (w)

Meal for two: Rs 6,000 (Cover charge Rs 3,000 per person)

Alcohol Served: Yes (a pint of beer from Rs 390 onwards)

Contact: 9004904123/ 9769899938

SAVOURY JAMS, ANYONE?

Who can resist the goodness of a bacon drizzle on... just about anything? To make meals tastier, Prasuma Meats & Delicatessen introduces their range of delicious jams in flavours that will appeal to your taste buds. The flavours in this range include Smoked Bacon Jam, Spicy Bacon Jam and Smoked Chicken Jam and you can easily spread the tasty delights on a sandwich, burger or even add them to your pasta. We love that the chunky jam is packed with flavour. We weren’t even slightly sceptical before trying them out — their names had us in awe — and we became fans of the jams from the very first bite.

Price: Rs 350 for 180g

Where: www.meatigo.com

HEALTHY NIBBLES

We’ve all been susceptible to mid-day hunger pangs. But, before you reach out for a tempting pack of chips, here’s something better to dig into. All Heart has launched their range of healthy snacks. Pick from their Super Seeded Crackers, Chocolate Seeded Crackers, Berry Seeded Crackers, Whole Wheat Cheesy Crackers, Flavoured Peanut Butter dips and more. Their chocolate seeded crackers have a biscuit base made with seeds and coated with delicious white and dark chocolate. These protein and energy-rich treats will soon become your little one’s (or even your) favourite nibble.

Where: www.allheart.co.in

MUSIC

Classical tunes

Aaj Rang Hai is an Indianised musical with the tunes of Sufi music tied in with the beats and rhythms of Kathak. It explores the poetry of Hazrat Khusrau and revolves around the life and works of Beni Bai, a baithak singer with extensive knowledge of Indian Classical Music. The dance drama celebrates a world of love and no conflict depicted by characters such as an endearing fool, an always angry bua and a dear lafanga. So, experience a drama full of love, humour and soulful musical performances.  

Price: Rs 225 onwards for members, Rs 300 onwards for the public

When: March 10, 7pm

Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Contact: 22824567/ www.ncpamumbai.com

FOOD & DRINK

The éclair story

Mad Over Donuts has come up with a new range of gourmet desserts — éclairs! Delicious dough pastries stuffed with cream and topped with icing. Available in a variety of flavours such as Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Nutella and Salted Caramel Custard, make the most of these French delicacies which have been given a twist by the chef.

Price: Rs 99 (all inclusive)

Where: Mad Over Donuts outlets across the city

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Pa Pa Ya, the modern Asian restaurant known for its flair of theatrics with food is set to delight your palate with a delicious, unlimited Sunday brunch menu. Seeking inspiration from delicacies across oriental landscapes, the menu features a range of sushi, dim sums and mains. Crispy Corn Curd Tapas, Ching Mai Curry, Corn Fed Chicken Sui Mai and Caramalised Rendang Curry Dim Sums are just a few scrumptious offerings to feature on the menu. To add to your indulgences, complementing the brunch menu is an assorted range of soft beverages, exotic cocktails, Indian spirits and glasses of Prosecco or champagne. With a special menu curated just for children, we know Where: we want to spend our Sunday afternoons! 

Price: Rs 1,699

When: Every Sunday Where: Hotel Diplomat, 24-26 B.K Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder

Contact: 8451011174 / 8451011175

THREE-COURSE INDULGENCE

Give your lunch box a skip and indulge in a special three-course lunch menu at The Wine Rack. Curated by Masterchef Australia contestant, Sarah Todd, the menu includes a salad or a soup with options like Minestrone Genovese and Thai Pomelo Salad. For appetizers, pick from Goat Cheese Churros, BBQ Chicken, Charred Corn Puree and Pomegranate Salsa. Finish your meal off with a hearty main course, by choosing from dishes like Nasi Goring Cottage Cheese Steak, Margharita Pizza, Crusted Snapper Chipotle Mayo Fries and more.

Price: Vegetarian Rs 599 (plus taxes), Non-vegetarian Rs 699 (plus taxes)

When: Monday to Friday, from noon to 4pm

Where: The Wine Rack, Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel

Contact: 8452833377/ 8454966611

EXPRESS LUNCH

Toast and Tonic has launched a prix fixe lunch option, Lunch Express, to cater to the busy corporate life of BKC. The three-course meal starts off with Asparagus Veloute or the healthier Millet Salad for your first course. While the small plates include the Crispy Calamari Rings and Chicken, the Big Plates options include the T&T Club Sandwich, Drumstick Pesto Fettuccine, Coriander Crusted Chicken or the Charred Eggplant and Grilled Vegetable Sandwich. End your hearty meal with desserts such as the chocolate with malt ice cream, cocoa nib tuile and malt ganache or salted caramel ice-cream.

Price: Rs 699 (plus taxes)

When: Monday to Friday, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Where: Unit #1, Ground Floor, Jet Airways-Godrej BKC Building, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (e)

Contact: 26534722/ 7777049774

OTHER

POOCH PARTY

Dedicate this weekend to your furry friends and take them to Dog A’Fair. This yearly dog festival is in its twelfth edition and is set to give you and your pawsome pets the time of their lives. With fun games, a Doggie Personality Pageant, an adoption pound, an artist’s corner and lots of pet merchandise to buy, this is definitely a treat for dog lovers. Let your dog run around and make new friends. Organised at the Radio Club, right next to the sea, the breeze will cool your pets down after a tiring day filled with play and fun. And if you don’t have a pup, worry not you can still visit the Dog A’Fair!

When: March 10 & 11, from 3pm to 9pm

Where: 157, Apollo Bandar Road, Near Gateway of India, Apollo Bandar, Colaba

Contact: 9821046822

A WEEKEND LUXURIOUSLY SPENT

Looking to infuse your life with some luxury? Head over to Reliance Jio Gardens for the Luxury Lifestyle Weekend, an event that aims at creating a unique engagement platform for Indian as well as international brands with their customers. Luxury brands span across several verticals such as automobiles, art, décor, watches, jewellery and hospitality. From Jaipur Jewels to Christie’s, and from Franck Muller to Panerai, there’s plenty to look forward to. Also, the Sunday sun-downer will witness a spectacular performance by British band, The Revue.

Tickets: Rs 1,000

When: March 10 & 11

Where: Reliance Jio Gardens, BKC

Contact: www.bookmyshow.com

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