Inside 1BHK: Oshiwara’s Cosy Brew House Kitchen | All The Deets
Having seen a number of pictures of 1 BHK flooding my Insta-stories, I was quite excited to finally pay the venue in Oshiwara a visit. To be honest, I was not disappointed. The pretty restaurant seems to have a personal touch in every corner with a picturesque entrance leading into an outdoor seating area. You are greeted with a spread of quaint wooden tables that lead to a porch that also has seating for patrons. A spiral staircase adorned with green planters against a bright yellow wall adds a splash of brightness enhancing the charm of the restaurant.
The menu consists of Goan, Parsi, Middle Eastern and European food. It is extensive and my companion and I had a tough time selecting our courses. We decided that it was best to let the chef decide our meal. We started with the Malay Curry Laksa Soup, an aromatic spicy coconut and shrimp based soup that we slurped up with hot, steamed bao. Strongly flavored, the garnish of fried onions and peanuts highlighted the Malaysian curry tones well.
Moving on to the salads, we loved the Slow Cooked Chicken and Pineapple Salad. The coconut and feta dressing complemented the spicy shredded chicken, with the salty feta balancing out the sweetness of the pineapple. The Melon Ricotta Salad was also delicious. The sun flower seeds, berries, candied papaya and roasted almonds offered tons of crunch while the creamy ricotta and ‘tutti fruttis’ transported us back to our childhood!
Next we were served the Chickpea Hummus with Chilli Thecha. This dish was a unique representation of the chef’s experience in the Middle East, tinged with an undertone of his Mahrashtrian roots. Served with poi, the hummus featured pounded green chilies and peanuts which lent the dish spice and crunch. We also really liked the Prawn Chil Pil served with bao. Do not be fooled by what looks like an overload of oil, it’s actually a butter garlic sauce cooked with prawn heads to add a kick of flavor and punch to this dish. We almost ordered more bao just to soak up all the delicious sauce! We polished this entire plate off in minutes.
The BHK Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce did not offer much to write home about. The skewers were grilled well but the sauce lacked the piquancy of tzatziki making it seem more like a regular tartare. The Thai Style Sweet n Sour Fish were on the dry side. Though the mix of sweet and spicy coated fish with bites of sesame seeds sounded good in theory, it needed to be cooked better for us to enjoy the flavours.
In the mains, we loved the Goan Fish Curry with Red Boiled Rice. A beautiful orange gravy of smooth consistency accompanied with fried shrimp on the side was a delicious and hearty meal for one. The Spaghetti Aglio Olio Peperoncino was well seasoned and wasn’t too heavy on the oil or garlic. Unfortunately, the green marinated Chicken Cafreal did not live up to our expectations as it was quite undercooked.
We ended our meal with the Signature Tiramisu. Fluffy and creamy with Kahlua soaked biscuits as a base, the dessert topped off our meal on a sweet note. The boldness of the espresso and liquor blended well with the creaminess of the mascarpone and we loved every bite of this dessert!
1 BHK also serves freshly brewed coffee from Blue Tokai, so if you are in Oshiwara, the venue is a great stop to enjoy a tete a tete with a friend. We recommend that you pay this cute, pretty restaurant a visit just to enjoy the airy vibe that is hard to find in this city.