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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Whether you’re looking for a place to pull some groovy moves, enjoy soul-stirring music, go on a romantic date or simply chill with your friends, Kube fits the bill for any and every occasion. Khevna Pandit visits Andheri’s newest addition to see what it has on offer

For those who live in the suburbs, getting anywhere beyond Andheri on a Friday night is a task in itself. And, with the rains pouring down on us every now and then, the idea of dressing up for a fun night out seems nothing less than bleak at the moment. But, Andheri is definitely the next big thing with several pubs opening up month after month and each one outshowing the other.

We didn’t find it difficult to locate Kube, more because its bright yellow neon board is hard to miss if you’re constantly stuck in long traffic jams near Star Bazaar. Tagged as Mumbai’s largest lounge bar and club, Kube is home to a dance club, a lounge, a bar as well as a private dining space. We walked in on a particularly rainy evening and were astounded to see how expansive the space was!

Space is a matter of privilege in a city that’s always crowded, and Kube is vast!  With a whopping 11,000 square feet, it boasts of two distinctive sections that are adorned with lush planters, wooden furniture and a garden-like setting. The attractive cabanas dotting the open air sections are reserved for bigger groups who want to catch up. The rustic interiors make use of raw materials comprising of iron rods, tin containers as well as bricks and stone, giving it a raw, funky and unfinished vibe. The long walk from the valet to the restaurant almost had us famished, and we couldn’t wait to check out what Kube had on offer. However, before we could begin our meal, we were given a brief tour of the nightclub by mixologist Errol Menon, who explained how Kube wanted to offer everything under one roof for those who don’t like hopping from pub to pub. However, don’t forget to make prior reservations as the restaurant doesn’t allow you to shift from club to pub as and when you want!

Kube is home to the biggest bar in Andheri (and trust us when we say Andheri has quite a few!) stretching almost 36 feet. The drinks menu comprises of an eclectic mix of concoctions and signature cocktails stirred up especially by Errol in a way that brings the consumer close to the roots of Mumbai.
Another interesting aspect about Kube was that it shuns the idea of molecular gastronomy and fancy presentations for its drinks. Enjoy a cool glass of your favourite drink hassle-free, as Errol believes in enhancing the taste more than focussing on the creativity. We tried the Saffron Sour (Rs 450) and the Bombay Sour (Rs 450). Made with whisky, saffron cream, sweet and sour mix, egg white and orange juice, Saffron Sour isn’t your regular, heady whisky-based drink. Smooth and tangy, this fragrant drink was a favourite from the lot. The Bombay Sour, made with white rum, gold rum, homemade spice mix, grenadine syrup, orange juice and egg white, stays true to its name and represents the ‘spirit’ of Mumbai.We also tried the non-alcoholic Basilico (Rs 180) and the Honeybee (Rs 180). A peachy mix of basil and orange, the fuss-free Basilico was an easy drink and we lapped it up in one big gulp. The Honeybee, served in a wide-rimmed glass, was a sweet blend of apple juice, orange juice and honey syrup, which we think can be avoided.

The menu at Kube was neat and fuss-free, with bar bites dominating the first half of the list. We started with the Cheese Beignets (Rs 295), made of jalapeño, chimichurri mayo and tomato chunda. The dish, quite honestly, didn’t look appealing in the least. However, one bite into these and we could see how wrong we were to judge it based on appearances. Perfectly cheesy and soft, the savoury side of beignets went exceptionally well with the sweet side of the chunda. We also tried the Sambal Fish Rolls (Rs 345), with XO sauce, potato salli, cucumber kimchi, and the Silver Murgh Kebab (Rs 365). My dining companion relished the creamy malai chicken kebabs topped with a silver coating. We even tried the peculiar Carrot Hummus (Rs 295), a dish comprising of rose harissa, cumin khakhra and roasted broccoli, and the Kube Tasters (Rs 295), which had scallion confit, cauliflower puree and tomato powder. The carrot hummus was slightly on the sweet side, and the khakhra easily breaking with every scoop was slightly disappointing, but it clearly wasn’t as bad as the Kube Tasters, which had a pungent cauliflower flavour with a chalky aftertaste.

For our main course, we tried the Penne (Rs 345), pasta made using mama rosa sauce, malai broccoli and parmesan foam. Heavy on the palate, the pasta turned out to be a bit deceptive and we couldn’t eat more than three spoonfuls of it. We even tried the Chilli Garlic Risotto (Rs 375), which was slightly on the spicier side, but was garnished with onion rings. While that’s not a problem for those who love the bulb, I had to pick some out of my perfectly cooked risotto as they aren’t a personal favourite. We were slightly confused to see no trace of mushrooms anywhere on their menu, and it was indeed odd to have none used in any of the four risottos they had on offer. We concluded our meal with a Cheesecake (Rs 295). Although not very different from a classic blueberry cheesecake, it wasn’t as creamy as expected and we’ve definitely tasted better! Despite a few hits and misses in their main course menu, we loved our experience at Kube. However, we’d suggest visiting the place for its chilled out vibe and dance floor to get your Saturday night fix. Other than that, we’d pass on this one!

Where: 5th Floor, Crystal Point Mall, Above Star Bazaar, Link Road, Andheri (w)

Meal for two: Rs 1,500

Alcohol served: Yes (a pint of beer from Rs 150 onwards)

Contact: 30151720

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