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Friday, March 30, 2018

Food Review: Tailor Bar

Not your typical clubbing destination, Tailor Bar brings you delicious food paired with delectable drinks. Trisha Ghoroi drops in to check out the new space in the city

We’re not as lucky as Eggsy (from Kingsman) to land a job at the ‘tailor’s shop’, but Tailor Bar in Andheri is equally good, if not better. Inspired by local tailor shops, Tailor Bar pays tribute to the time when Mumbai was a textile village and tailors ran the show. So naturally, the décor is inspired by the craft. The space is divided into a restaurant and a lounge area, and they have VIP section as well. 

As the name suggests, Tailor Bar is all about local tailor shops. The tables at the restaurant have a touch of a tailor’s sewing machine, with foot pedals underneath. You’ll find sewing machines at the bar for effect. Thread-like patterns adorn the bar area and bar stools have large buttons for seats. The wall behind our table displayed spools of colourful thread organised according to shades and served as the perfect backdrop for an Instagram post.

Even the names of the drinks are inspired by the humble tailor. It was recommended that we try the Ladiez Garmint (Rs 395) a strong tequila-based drink with sweet notes. We couldn’t taste the litchi, but got the spicy hit of the Areca nut (supari) at the end. From the section Tailor Made Shooters, my dining companion tried the Old Fashion Style (Rs 445). A tequila-based shot served in old fashion style with flambé, this wasn’t the best shooter that we’ve had.

We began with the Chilli Cheese Balls (Rs 225). True to its name, the cheese balls were crispy and served with spicy mayo, making the dish heavy and a little too creamy. Next, we tried the Crispy Chilli Kurkure (Rs 125), their version of French fries with Indian spices. Spicy and crunchy, the snack goes perfectly with a glass of chilled beer.

We also called for the Yeh ‘Tang’ Muje de de (Rs 295) and Jamaican Wings (Rs 285). The former was a sticky chicken dish with sweet and spicy sauce, and garnished with sesame seeds. Although it was spicy, overall it was a good bite. The Jamaican Wings were spicy and juicy. Incredibly delicious! So much that we ordered a second serving. Next, we tried the thin crust BBQ Chicken Pizza (Rs 325). The crispy base, little heat from chicken and melted cheese made it the best dish among all.

The gravy-like Mushroom Masala (Rs 345) came with Makhmali Paratha and the two paired well. The Chicken in Schezwan Sauce (Rs 365) served with fried rice had a Chinese flavour to it. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the hot sauce was utterly delicious.

Much more than a bar, the humble food at Tailor Bar is carefully curated to suit a variety of palates and the dishes focus more on taste than presentation, a rare sight nowadays. The bill comes in a coal iron, bringing the theme of the space around full circle. All in all, Tailor Bar is a lovely space to catch up with friends over great drinks and even better food.

Where: 45, Telly Park Street, Near Andheri Station (e)
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
Alcohol served: Yes (a pint of beer from Rs 155 onwards)
Contact: 7700026027

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