Uno Más, Bringing The Magic of Spain to Mumbai | All The Deets
Mumbai’s glittering home for all things cuisine, BKC, welcomes a new Spanish inspired tapas bar-Uno Más; which translates to “one more” and focuses on celebrating the little things that make up the whole. This restaurant brings iconic tapas, paellas and drinks inspired from the Mediterranean to our own seaside town. Co-founded by Priyanka Sharma and Pallavi Jayswal (who is also the chef), the restaurant also features a bar curated by the awesome Bar Back Collective.
As I entered, I was immediately drawn to the vibe given off by the restaurant which recreated the effortless ambience of a typical courtyard, with arched balconies, vintage paintings and hand painted porcelain tiles breaking the monotony of wood throughout. A large open bar is placed at the centre of the dining area where you can watch your bartender mix up glorious Spanish inspired concoctions. This overlooked a mix array of low seated chairs and high table tops, making the ambience friendly to all. My companion and I chose to sit upstairs in the balcony and had a fantastic view from the top of the entire place.
We started off with the platters; Tabla De Quesos, which was a selection of international cheeses including brie and cheddar along with different accompaniments such as pears and olives. I thoroughly enjoyed the Tabla De Embutidos (mainly because I am a meat lover) which was a platter of imported cured meats such a prosciutto and chorizo, which all tasted fresh and delicious. We also ordered Tabla De Panes, which was a selection of homemade breads, ranging from sourdough, brioche and corn bread served with salsa.
We moved on to the seafood section and I was delighted with my plate of Calamares Rellenos; grilled baby squid stuffed with prawns and mushrooms. The squid was cooked just right, taking away any chewiness while the stuffing of chopped prawns and mushroom added a dimension of different textures and bursts of flavours, only to be enhanced with the romesco sauce it was served it. Unfortunately, the clams were not available, so we decided to have the cuttlefish (Sepia A La Plancha) instead. The griddled cuttlefish was drenched in garlic and lemon, simple flavours, yet so delicious to have.
Next, we tried the Patatas Machaconas Con Cerdo, which were spiced mashed potatoes with crispy pork belly and crackling. I would have liked the meat to be sliced thinner than the chunks served to us, however, the crackling and potatoes were good accompaniments to the dish. I really enjoyed the Migas, which was a bed of bacon and chorizo, topped with red grapes and a fried egg. The saltiness of the bacon sat very well against the creamy egg. My companions felt that the grapes were unnecessary, though I liked the acidity of them. We also sampled the Patatas Bravas. I loved the smoked salsa brava that the crispy baby potatoes sat on. This smokiness of the salsa was complimented by the garlic alioli. A signature dish that is found in most Spanish restaurants, I enjoyed the simplicity of this one.
We then went on to order the Bistec Con Patatas, tenderloin with chimmichuri. The steak was cooked medium rare and one could see the expertise used to prepare the dish. Slightly pink in the middle, I was in meat heaven! I would highly recommend the Costillas De Cerdo Con Mojo Dulce for anybody looking for their fill of pork ribs. The quality of the meat was impeccable. It was slathered in a sweet and spicy sauce that had the correct balance of spice and this dish was savoured by all.
At this point, we were too full to actually call for the Paella, so we gave it a miss and decided that we would try it next time. We settled for the Churros Con Chocolate to end our meal and we were oh-so-happy we did! Crispy donuts which were tossed with sugar and cinnamon were served with a delectably rich chocolate sauce. I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending to our meal.
Uno Mas gave me a complete Spanish experience. Everything about this restaurant resonates with quality and a good time. My friend certainly enjoyed The Frenchie she was sipping on and said that she loved the elderflower syrup along with the vodka! Chef Anurita Ghoshal who curated the menu, has brought oodles of talent in the form of the dessert menu on the table and we certainly thanked her for making our night such a palatable one. I would recommend this little gem a visit for any occasion. One doesn’t always need a reason to have some good food!