Inside Su Casa, Lokhandwala | All The Deets
Su Casa’s first outpost in Bandra is perhaps better known for its buzzing nightlife than it is for its quaint garden and European menu. Knowing this, I wasn’t expecting much from the second outlet in Lokhandwala. Sometimes, going in with no expectations is the best way to start!
Picture a huge, modern looking space, with pleasant interiors and paintings adorning the walls, with a lot of natural light streaming in through long, sleek windows overlooking the bustling street below. Moving into dusk, the view becomes even prettier with little fairy lights decorating the space and a mood that seems perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
Su Casa is all set to serve you authentic European cuisine made with the finest of ingredients while offering residents of Lokhandwala a brand new date night spot. Located in the same building as Marks & Spencer and Godrej Natures Basket, you can even get your retail and grocery shopping fix after dining here!
Chef Anil J aims to make this space more food-centric than the Bandra outpost with new additions to the Mediterranean menu. I enjoyed a casual lunch there on a gloomy Monday afternoon and boy, did I get over my Monday blues!
The menu features small plates, large plates, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, burgers and desserts. A great number of fancy sounding cocktails, mocktails, juices and more were listed on the bar menu. Besides European, they have a variety of dishes from other cuisines to offer too.
I tried a bit of each section and was quite delighted. From the small plates, I ordered the Colo Cassia Tuk was hand-smashed arbi, fried and seasoned with Indian masala and served with spicy green chutney. The Layered Savoury Crisp with Four Mushroom Pate was prettily plated, and had creamy mushroom, smeared on top of a buttery, thin and crispy base.
The 24-Hour Chicken consisted of Mediterranean chicken skewers that were tender, with a taste of masala butter milk and served with tabbouleh, olive dust and aioli. My companion and I finished this plate in literally 5 minutes, it was so good!
Both my friend and I are suckers for a good pie so we struggled while deciding what to choose from the extensive pizza menu. Finally, we settled on the Smoked Jerk Chicken Pizza. This pizza was just the right amount of spicy and sweet with the creaminess of the cheese and the sweetness of the peppers balancing the heat of the jerk sauce.
For those of you who want to try this pizza, I recommend teaming it with the Hangover Helper, a delicious albeit sugary sweet mocktail. The drink was an interesting concoction of fresh pineapple, orange juice, passion fruit, line, grenadine syrup and splash of sprite. If you love all things sweet, then this is the drink for you. I personally prefer to save my calories for dessert!
You could also give the Paan-tini a try, which puts a desi twist on the classic martini with vodka infused with paan masala and gulkand.
The Arrabiata Pasta had a spicy, tomato sauce seasoned with basil, topped with some grated cheese and was a comforting bowl of happiness. The portion of the pasta did justice to its comforting element.
The Banana Leaf Wrapped Fish served with bajra rice had a beautiful buttery texture. The fish was perfectly cooked and served tender and flaky. A squeeze of lime was all I needed to be sent to foodie heaven.
The only disappointing dish we tried was the Med Spiced Cottage Cheese Steak. The dish featured cottage cheese steak with a small portion of rice and was served a bit cold and had a bland cherry tomato compote that could be better spiced with some more basil! The sautéed greens did not provide any respite to the dish which was surprising, considering Su Casa has made its name as a European restaurant.
It was International Cheesecake Day when we went, so we decided why not celebrate the day with some cheesecake? My companion and I were thrilled when the Bruleed Cheesecake turned out to be exactly what our cheesecake dreams were made of. The crackling burnt sugar topping with creamy cheesy filling was everything we could have asked for, and more.
The chef also sent over his special, the Chocolate Expression, that had rich dark chocolate mousse with cranberries and looked so pretty we didn’t want to demolish it 😛
Wrapping up, I can say that the food, service and interiors were all upto the mark and tick off all the requisites on my list. The interiors, the overall vibe together with the delectable food truly made the experience memorable.
And like I said in the beginning, cosy date nights are sorted at Su Casa, Lokhandwala and I will definitely be coming back for one. Oh, and more of that cheesecake too please!