An NYC Connection, Inside The Benedict Bistro And Bar | New Opening
Bringing a slice of New York City to Bandra, The Benedict Bistro and Bar is a redone version of It Happened In New York. Paying homage to the Big Apple, you can expect a lot of references to New York through the food at Benedict Bistro and Bar.
The set up has been made to look like a New York Cafe or Deli, with large glass walls that streams sunlight straight inside. They have daily bakery goods on display, and a faux fireplace replicating cutesy cafes from the movies. The tone of our meal had already been set.
We started with two kinds of Eggs Benedict. One with ham, and the other with pork belly and a barbecue hollandaise. We preferred the classic ham and hollandaise bennies over the pork belly, even though the barbecue hollandaise held a much stronger burst of flavour than the subtleties of a classic hollandaise. We accompanied this breakfast special with a frozen hot-chocolate inspired by the iconic Serendipity 3 Cafe in New York.
Our brunch style afternoon at The Benedict quickly turned into cocktail hour quickly. The next part of our meal included chicken tacos and avocado on toast, accompanied by a red wine based cocktail called the Upper East Side Wine Cup, definitely contributing some Gossip Girl vibes to our lunch.
We had a slow moving experience that afternoon, with all the food and drinks coming to the table at a relaxed pace.
Their menu consists of a lot of New York icons like corn dogs, hot dogs, and even rainbow bagels, but matching New York street food to the prices that came attached with these specialties, honestly felt a tad bit extra.
We loved both the mains that we ordered : a spaghetti in marinara sauce, and a sweet potato gnocchi. We highly recommend you try the melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi that we just couldn’t get enough of. It soared to the top of our list, overtaking everything we ate that day.
Finally, when it came to desserts, we opted for a classic NY style cheesecake, which was somehow fluffy and dense at the same time, carrying a subtle flavour. We didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to eat marshmallows, so we also tried the S’mores Thin Crust, a homemade sweet cracker, topped with toasted marshmallows, seasonal berries, and a berry compote. Unfortunately, what sounded great on paper, did not translate onto a plate, which was the case with the S’more Thin Crust.
The Benedict Bistro and Bar, for us, seems like a great spot to go with someone you need hours to chat with over a fulfilling meal and drink. We had a fun experience, being able to catch a glimpse of New York in one afternoon. Even though we still have a lot of their vast menu to explore, we are sure the sweet potato gnocchi is going to become a regular order!