Dev Goswami tells you why you should visit Levo in Andheri this weekend
Before we visited Levo, we checked out their menu online. It seemed like a normal European style restaurant with a few unique smatterings. So, I was expecting a nice meal in a nice restaurant. But, my actual experience surpassed my expectations! Here’s why…
The resto-lounge is quite big and they have a large al-fresco area as well as a banquet hall that can accommodate 200 people. This kind of space is a luxury in cramped Mumbai. We decided to sit in their fine dining section where Chef Rajeev Arora greeted us. Rajeev’s a heavyweight in the food industry with over two decades of experience and multiple awards under his chef’s hat. He’s even fed Bill Clinton!
We started our evening with three mocktails — the Levo Cooler, Cinnamon Cooler and the Thai Cooler (all Rs 250). The Levo Cooler was a refreshing drink, while the Cinnamon Cooler was sweet with strong hints of cinnamon. The Thai Cooler had a heavy dose of basil that was pleasing.
We started our dinner with Over Rusted Plum Tomato Soup (Rs 200) which was served in a cute teacup with a cheese crostini — a great start to our meal. Next came the Sambuca Prawns (Rs 500) which is a staff favourite. And after a few mouthfuls, it became one of ours too. The garlicy prawns combined with the slight sweetness of the Sambuca sauce went on to define our experience at Levo. Levo is worth visiting for this dish alone.
We then tried bite-sized portions of Pizza Diavola (Rs 550) and BBQ Chicken Pizza (Rs 450), both of which were good — I quite liked the fact that the BBQ Chicken Pizza had the right amount of sweetness of barbecue sauce. For the main course, we ordered the Mushroom Risotto (Rs 550) and Lamb Navarin Printanier (Rs 850). Though I’m not fond of risotto, I quite liked the risotto which had juicy porcini mushrooms served with gorgonzola and mascarpone cheese that made the dish a creamy delight. But, it was the lamb that had me licking my fingers (metaphorically — I was using a fork). The New Zealand lamb was cooked to perfection and the vegetable stew served alongside was just right. A faultless meal in my opinion.
Considering our dishes had been so delightful, it was hardly surprising that our spoons effortlessly scooped up the Chocolate Decadence (Rs 290). It is aptly named, for the moist, melt-in-your mouth cake was truly a luxurious indulgence. Their Chilly Icecream (Rs 250) is also a must-try.
Our experience at Levo was fantastic. And while every dish was unique, it’s the Sambuca Prawns that I’ll be coming back for soon.
Where Levo Restaurant and Lounge, Mukti Business Park, Model Town, Andheri (W), Near Kokila Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital
Meal for two Rs 2,000
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