Inside Effingut, Colaba | All The Deets
Pune houses some of the best breweries in Maharashtra and I am glad that most of them have opened their outlets in Mumbai. One of Pune’s favourite breweries, Effingut, recently set up shop in Colaba and I grabbed the first chance I got to try out their menu.
As soon as I entered the restaurant, I was intrigued by its rustic vibe. Think: vintage Hindi movie posters, walls peppered with colourful faucets, ceilings adorned with upside-down fedoras and a scooter suspended by chains.
The pub is divided into two floors and we decided to seat ourselves on the top to watch the Asian Cup on a big screen television.
We started our evening by ordering tasting portions of their 10 craft beers and out of the lot, I was bowled over by four varieties – the award-winning Hefeweizen, Peach and Ginger Mead, Dry Stout and Apple Cider. But, it was the Peach and Ginger Mead that stood out because of the appetising combination of peach and ginger. However, don’t keep it unattended for really long or it will turn really sweet.
We paired these beers with a host of appetizers, which they fondly call Beer Buddies. The first one to arrive on the table was Chicken Wings with mango habanero sauce and this won our palate from the first bite. Courtesy: the succulent chicken and the flavourful sauce. What’s interesting is that you get to pick the sauce basis on its spice meter and of course, I went for a mild option. If you enjoy spice, you should definitely try their fiery bhut jolokia.
Next, we tried the Effin Fish & Chips, Crispy Lotus Stem and Curry Leaves Butter Garlic Prawns. The prawns were a disappointment because of the amount of cheese that they were wrapped in; I almost couldn’t taste the prawns. The Lotus Stem was crispy and perfectly sweet – a must-try for vegetarians. However, it was Effin Fish & Chips that was a sheer delight. It’s their version of Bombay duck fry and is crispy, melt-in-the-mouth soft and bang on in terms of flavour.
Moving on to the mains, we tried the Spiced Pepperoni with Jalapeno flatbread, Chicken Pattaya and Aglio Olio Pepperonicino with prawns. The Chicken Pattaya that was served with chicken gravy, burnt garlic rice and flat noodles was the winner here. The mix definitely sounds heavy but you’ll be surprised to see how well all the flavours blend together. In my hunt for the best aglio olio in Mumbai, their version got a 7 on a scale of 10! The flatbread works well with a glass of beer but the pepperoni didn’t taste great. You can skip this topping and opt for something else instead.
We rounded off our meal with the Salted Caramel Baked Cheesecake and Hefeweizen Banana Trifle. I am still drooling over the trifle because it was supremely creamy and highlighted the flavour of Hefeweizen just right. If I could, I would have wiped out at least two of these. While we expected the cheesecake to be the winner out of the two, it was a let-down in terms of taste. Although, it looked great!
Needless to say, my experience at Effingut was delightful and I am definitely heading back there for the Peach and Ginger Mead, the award-winning Hefeweizen, Effin Fish & Chips, Chicken Pattaya and Hefeweizen Banana Trifle.