Inside House Of Tipsy | All The Deets
Replacing the three-storey 5 Spice in Pali Naka, Bandra, House Of Tipsy is all set to earn the title of the neighbourhood’s go-to bar. With a suggestive name like that, I had assumed it would be all party and loud music, but stepping in, it was one of the most refreshing restaurant spaces I’ve been to in a while.
The large space stretches over three floors, of which one is a dedicated hookah section. They have a visually stunning bar, while the interiors are a mix of wooden and metal interiors with a splash of tropical murals all across the walls. There was sunlight streaming in through the large glass windows that gives the space a very modern and cheerful look, especially during these dreary monsoons.
We sat at a corner table on the third floor, opposite the bar on a late weekday afternoon as my companions and I went through the menu. Their multi-cuisine menu made it hard for us to judge what they might be best at, so we left our order up to the chef’s recommendations.
I don’t remember the last time I ate so many kebabs at once. Our starters featured so many kinds of kebabs that I lost track at some point. While the two vegetarian kebabs carried a certain freshness, every chicken kebab we ate seemed like a duplicate of the previous one. The subtle differences were lost to my palate. This was when, after the Murgh Boti Kebab, Burani Ki Rani, Quick Gun Murgh-an, and the Kandhari Razz, we requested our server to not get any more Indian food to the table.
Switching gears, the Gangsta Nachos with Yellow Cheese were a fun take on everybody’s favorite drinking accompaniment. Magic Mushrooms were mushroom kebabs cooked in a spicy curry masala. The Paneer Lapeta was skillfully made by wrapping thin sheets of paneer in a roll in a tikka style marinade.
We asked for two items that I was very intrigued by, of which one was a hit, and the other a miss. Tofu Scramble On Toast was a lovely gentle flavour – the crispy toast and velvety soft tofu went very well together. The mild flavour of the tofu really stood out for me. The Mock Takoyaki, on the other hand, which was essentially a Maggi dumpling, was bland and tough, and a total miss.
The cocktails at House of Tipsy were a game changer. House Of Tipsy’s resident mixologist whipped us up some great cocktails, which were our evening’s highlight. Life In A Metro was a beautiful vodka based drink, made with beetroot puree, honey water, lime juice, cardamom and smoked rosemary. Rise N Shine was made with gin, coffee and kewra, which was an interesting mix of flavours that were very well suited to my palate. The kewra was such a unique element, and brought a fruity note to the dense drink.
Aaila was a tall glass of rum, rosemary and orgeat (an orange flower flavoured syrup), from the ‘Knockout’ section of their drinks menu, suggesting that it was a tall and strong drink enough to get you buzzed.
The main course was a low point in our evening. The Paella, a traditional Spanish rice preparation, was a dry and chunky chicken rice, and the Herb Crusted Fish was overcooked as well. We left both dishes almost untouched.
After the disappointing mains, the desserts, surprisingly turned out to be the best thing we ate at House of Tipsy. We were served two very simple, and very indulgent desserts – a Red Velvet Pastry and a Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream. We relished the sweet end of our meal, and felt a lot more pumped about our visit.
While I won’t recommend House of Tipsy for dinner, I would go back here for a fun drinking plan. It’s a beautiful space, and I would definitely indulge in some shameless day-drinking here!