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A door worth opening

Restaurant review

india Updated: Apr 27, 2012 19:59 IST

What: The Little Door
Where: B-31, Ground Floor, Shree Siddhivinayak Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Call: 022 2490 2068
What’s on the menu: Mediterranean cuisine, pizza, burgers, seafood
Drinking: Yes
Smoking: Yes

You don’t just walk into The Little Door (TLD). Here you literally have to walk through a little door, which, with its beautiful ocean blue façade and black outline, makes you imagine there’s a wonderland waiting to be explored on the other side. We loved the stuccoes on the walls and the ‘seaside fishing village’ feel the place exudes.

The quirky menu card with witticisms scattered here and there instantly endears the place to you. We started our meal with the TLD Special Sausage, (Rs 223) that came with a lovely thick aromatic sauce and was replete with exotic herbs and spices. The dish went well with our drinks, Sour Spaniard (Rs 347) which had strong olive flavour and the Martini (Rs 347). However, the Chopitos (Rs 243) that the menu promised would be ‘lightly batter fried squids’ was a disaster. The squids, extremely chewy with a hint of rawness, came with too much batter and demanded ungainly large bites. Next, we opted for Beef Kabob (Rs 243). The beef chunks, marinated with red wine and olive oil, were delicious.

The service was average, as the waiting staff suddenly seemed to lose interest in our table after bringing in the order. The resto-bar is slightly difficult to locate, but its setting is wisely chosen so that it is quiet and the music can be turned up loud without bothering residents.

The place already boasted a 90 per cent occupancy on a Monday night and is likely to become one of the ‘it’ places outside of Bandra.

What we like
Décor
Location

What we don’t like

Music
Service

Rating:
***

What: Belcibo
Where: Near Kewal Industrial Estate, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Call: 7303040403
What’s on the menu: Pizzas, pastas, wraps, sandwiches and mocktails
Drinking: No
Smoking: No

If you do decide to head to Belcibo at Lower Parel, don’t forget to ask for directions first. Also, avoid dressing up. Even though foodie websites list it as a ‘fine dining’ Italian joint, it is more of a hole in the wall kind of eatery. And once you have adjusted your expectations to match the small crowded room, get set for the next disappointment – no non-veg.

But if you are able to overlook these minor flaws, this place does have a lot going for it. Once we were over the shock of ordering vegetarian Italian fare, we were able to appreciate the presence of some rather innovative in-house mocktails, wraps and sandwiches on the menu.

We started our meal with a Belcibo Garlic Bread (Rs 79) and two coolers, Watermelon and Mint (Rs 79), and Cranberry and Orange (Rs 79). The garlic bread, with its crispy crust and dollops of cheese, was well above average. The pieces of watermelon at the end of the watermelon cooler were pleasantly refreshing, while the Cranberry and Orange didn’t taste like fresh fruit at all.

For the main course, we also opted for the Country Classic Pizza (Rs 159) and Creamy Funghi (Rs 159). While the pizza had a crisp thin crust that made for some delightful munching, it could have done with some more toppings. The pasta, once again oozing with cheese and sprinkled with mushrooms, was worth every buck. We left satisfied, but would we return? Only if we saw non-veg items added to the menu.

What we like

Innovative mocktails Easy-on-the-wallet prices

What we don’t like
No non-veg
No ambience to talk of

Rating:
***