La Ruche – The Bar and Grill

I am always in search of new places which serve some amazing food. All the pubs in Mumbai emphasize more on Cocktails and drinks ignoring food as people spend a lot on drinks as compared to food. And the outlet earns more profits over drinks as compared to food. So was in search of a pub which served some better food as well and finally I was able to find one, thanks to Guiltless foodies for extending me this invite. A place where you can enjoy drinks as well as food, beautifully crafted menu. A place where you can hangout with your friends. Cost for 2 is 2000 Rs. I dined in afternoon at this place so couldn’t enjoy much of lights and music, but I feel definately  dinner turns out to be more better than lunch at this place.

Food

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

A classical Italian dish which is popular amongst the people with various toppings. LA Ruche also had this on their menu, they topped their bruschetta with cherry tomato and mozzarella. Slice of French Baguette was used as the base which was crisp from outside and not at all soggy. It was topped up with a mixture of cherry tomato and mozzarella. The cherry tomato was marinated with aged balsamic, basil and salt – classical combination of flavour that works out pretty well.

Watermelon and Aragula salad with feta crumble in tangerine dressing

Watermelon and Aragula salad with feta crumble in tangerine dressing
Watermelon and Aragula salad with feta crumble in tangerine dressing

Salad has been winner on the plate with coming times, everyone is getting health conscious now a days. So every place has started giving more emphasis on salads – the combinations, concept and taste. One such creation has been displayed by team LA ruche, simple salad yet very effective. Salad was made up of watermelon heart, aragula leaves, fresh orange segments, olives, cherry tomato tossed in tangerine dressing and finally garnished with crumbled feta. The flavour combination was bang on, pungency of aragula leaves, sourness of tomatoes and olives along with sweetness of tangerine dressing and saltiness of crumbled feta. The salad portion is filling and can be shared between two. And trust me after I had one bite, I couldn’t resist finishing it completely.

5 spiced grilled basa sizzler

Sizzler
Sizzler

Most interesting part of my meal was this, 5 Spiced grilled Basa sizzler. A very unique way of serving sizzler, fish is studded in fork which is directly attached to the sizzler platter. The dish included  spiced grilled basa which was served along with garlic mash, spiced rice, Grilled vegetables and Caper Cream Sauce. Garlic mash was treat to have it was smooth with dominating flavour of garlic, mash was finished with butter which gave it shine and a unique flavour which was bang on. Basa was soft and moist with full of flavours that went well with grilled vegetables which were crunchy and had that peculiar  charred flavour. The caper cream sauce was a perfect accompaniment to the fish, delicate in taste but with good blend.

Baklava

Baklava
Baklava

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made up of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts , sweetened and held together with honey. A cup made up of phyllo sheet , stuffed with rich and heavy mixture of chopped nuts and honey. It was garnished with a net made up of sugar & some slivered pistachio. The dessert was perfectly baked and the stuffing was delicious, couldn’t take my hand off the dessert. I was stuffed with the other courses, but it was so delicious that I finished it in one go. A perfect end to the meal.

Beverage

Virgin Pinacolada

Pinacoloda
Pinacoloda

Pinacolada is classically a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. The one served to me was a non alcoholic version and trust me it was worth a try. This cocktail had a blend of pineapple juice, coconut syrup, fresh cream, vanilla ice cream and berry & orange juice. The flavour of coconut did stand out the way it should. The drink was a little thicker as compared to classical one due to addition of vanilla ice cream.

Service

Server Ngahershang Mawon made sure that I didn’t feel alone, he kept interacting with me and was on his heels to help me when required. He made sure table was cleared after every course served to me. Chef Shankar Kokkula was heading the show in absence of Chef Juliano Rodrigues who has curated the new menu. He suggested me all the dishes and explained me the concept behind every dish served to me. Chef Venkatesh.k made an absolutely amazing and mouth smacking Baklava for me, it was the best way to end the feast.

Stats

Food seems to be better as compared to drinks. The place is worth visiting , which will make you drool around.

Ambiance – 8

Food – 9

Service -9

Value for money – 8

Note

1. I was invited to review this place by Guiltless foodies aka Arvind and Nisha.

2. All pictures are my clicks and should not be used without my consent.

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