Inside South Bombay Bar, Worli | All The Deets
A new opening at Atria Mall in Worli is bound to spread a certain buzz. South Bombay Bar enamours you with its snazzy interiors and its extensive yet simple menu. Put together a collaboration of a hip bar, an all-day café and a restaurant and you find yourself at South Bombay Bar. This new restaurant is all set to serve fusion Indian and Continental cuisine, focusing mainly on delivering flavours.
My companion and I visited the restaurant in the afternoon. The interiors of South Bombay Bar reflected the menu which were a mix of tradition in a modern setting. Clean lines, a spark of greenery, marble tops with vintage upholstery and a quirky signage that read “I really like you but I am not crossing Worli to meet you” greeted us, which immediately lead to a half-grin. The ceiling featured a mural of a vintage map of South Mumbai, with various landmarks and neighbourhoods that were highlighted. The place seems ideal for both formal and informal settings and can transition into being a lively place to host a party post 10 pm.
We met the manager who told us that he would be sending us dishes that the chef recommended. We started off with the Green Pea Soup. A bright green, rich cup of soup arrived in front of me. Warm and creamy, with hints of Indian spices and herbs, this soup was interesting to have as I’m usually accustomed to the regular tomato soup when it comes to Indian restaurants. We then had the Sriracha Paneer Tikka Baos. The baos were nice and fluffy and the spice of the Sriracha on the paneer was much needed on the otherwise very bland protein. It had a mix of sweet and spice, so the overall flavour profile was a hit. I really liked the Kalonji Chicken Tikka. The chicken was juicy as well marinated in cream and onion seeds. The cream and spices toned down the sharpness of the onion seeds and I enjoyed the pungent flavour of this dish.
I was looking forward to the Koliwada Fish Bites but I was a tad bit disappointed. Though the spicy Indian batter tasted just like how I imagined it would, it was undercooked, hence there was no crispiness nor crunch to the texture of the fish. We then transited into the main course. The Chicken Londonwala was a concoction of a classic chicken tikka masala and butter chicken. Juicy chunks of chicken cooked in a rich, creamy and spicy gravy was served with tandoori naan and papad. This plate was cleaned out between my companion and I. We were also served the Exotic Veg Chop Masala along with Methi Laccha Paranthas. This had a similar gravy to the Chicken Londonwala but the methi paranthas added a nice piquancy to the preparation.
Since it was a working afternoon, I didn’t really indulge in the cocktails, though the menu looked extremely inviting. It had a whole range of very interesting sounding drinks that also included several tea and coffee based ones. However, I did try the Date and Saffron Frappe which was a beautiful and smooth mix of the two topped with a date foam. The Watermelon Rosemary Iced Tea was refreshing and was good call for the afternoon.
We ended with the Kacchi Kairi Cheesecake. Well, a raw mango lover may bite the bait to this one, however the flavours didn’t sit too well with me. I liked the texture of the cake though, so maybe a different flavour would have ended my meal wondrously.
To sum it up, the setting of South Bombay Bar is colourful, contemporary and helps to unwind. Armed with menu that is full of Indian flavours and quirky variations, you can visit this restaurant for an indulgent lunch or night out. The ambience is chill, the bar is innovative and the food is tasty, to say the least, making it a nice spot to meet for almost any kind of occasion!