Tried & Tested: Food Review
Tucked away in the quiet by-lanes of Andheri east is a picturesque rooftop lounge waiting to be discovered. Khevna Pandit visits
Patch of Sky to find a mystic setup that overlooks a charming pool Rooftops are a personal favourite. In a city where we’re often restricted to views of bumper to bumper traffic, it’s great to be able to have an occasional stretch and gaze out into the night sky. When: we heard about Patch of Sky and its fine-dining experience under the stars, we just had to see what all the fuss was about. Although we were a little sceptical at first (since Andheri east and a quiet rooftop just don’t seem to gel), we were pleasantly surprised to find it situated within a silent housing society. Located on the terrace of Hotel Aureole, the restaurant opened up to a plush green walkway that led to a wooden foyer.
A table for two
As soon as you waltz in to the restaurant, your eyes will be treated to the striking blue pool that draws all the attention at Patch of Sky. Although only an attraction, you may have the urge to take a dip (or at least wet your feet), but unfortunately, that isn’t an option here. We were disappointed to find out that the pretty set up looked out at nothing but residential complexes — and some seats even give you a view of what’s cooking in their homes! However, putting that aside, the charming décor at Patch of Sky was inviting, and we couldn’t take our eyes off the table for two (with a vintage table fan) at the farthest corner of the restaurant. The table was set on a pedestal and it looked out at the (somewhat) lush trees around the hotel. Ideal for a romantic evening, we’re sure that a surprise date here would score an impressive ten on ten.
A la carte
We began our fare with the Star of Aureole (Rs 350), a luminous litchi cloud with orange rings and a blue halo, and a zesty Guava Mary (Rs 150). Served in a tulip glass, the classic Guava Mary came with spices and crushed ice, and was an instant favourite. For appetisers, we were served Crostini, Lavash & Breadsticks with assorted pâté (Rs 250). It was an elaborate platter with different types of breadsticks and three types of dips — corn and garlic, zucchini and cashew nut, and mushroom and cream cheese. Quite naturally, both my dining companion and I fancied the mushroom and cream cheese dip. The delightful platter was fun to munch on until our Thai Coconut Curry Soup (Rs 200) arrived. Served with rice noodles and peppered with fresh red chilli, this soup gives you a hint of nutty flavour while you scout for noodles. We also tried the Ricotta & Orange Tortellini (Rs 220). The melt-in-the-mouth tortellinis came stuffed with creamy saffron aioli and parsley, and we gobbled it up in less than a minute!
A main course affair
We were served a generous portion of North Indian style oven-baked Lasagne with yellow pepper cream (Rs 330). Wholesome and nothing like you’ve ever tasted before, the north Indian flavours kick in the moment you take a bite. Apart from that, we loved the fact that it was a healthy alternative to lasagne — since it is prepared minus the cheese! Impressed with what we had so far, we decided to try the Wild Mushroom Risotto (Rs 390) and the Pimento rice stuffed in a grilled zucchini bed of tandoori mash and paprika (Rs 390).
The risotto (which was served in a margarita glass) was surprisingly heavy and too rich for our liking. The pimento rice came stuffed inside slices of zucchini, and was served along with a helping of mashed vegetables. While we loved the mashed vegetables, we’re not too sure if zucchini is a very nice option for those who don’t like their food chewy, as it was hard to cut into.
All’s well that ends sweet
Extremely full When: it was time for dessert, we certainly weren’t expecting an extravagant explosion on our plate. However, we were served the dark and tempting Mega Chocolate Balloon (Rs 220). Beneath a layer of hot chocolate, the dessert inside was revealed and we saw our childhood dream come to life as we spotted a brownie, nuts, marshmallows, gems, crispy wafer biscuits and a lot more covered in molten chocolate sauce. As dream-like as it seems, the dessert is incredibly overwhelming and definitely not for those who want only a hint of sweetness at the end of their meal. It is a sugar-packed dessert that will have you avoiding chocolate for quite some time. While there’s no such thing as too much chocolate, this was more than we bargained for. Order it only if you love chocolate and have space for the indulgent dessert.
Patch of Sky is a cosy, romantic getaway that you can pick if you’re into breezy fine-dining under a star-speckled sky. However, if you’re going to crib about the view, we suggest you keep this option off your list because it may leave you disappointed.
Apart from these few niggles, we loved the green menu and the poolside ambiance at this adorable little hideout. We might pop in only for the fairytale-like experience along with a glass of wine.
Where: Hotel Aureole, Bima Nagar Society, Sir Mathuradas Vasanji Road, Telli Gali, Near Andheri Station, Andheri (e)
Meal for two: Rs 1,000
Alcohol served: Yes (a pint of beer from Rs 100 onwards)