In a city where watering holes are closing left, right and centre, it’s with great expectations that we look at newly opened lounges. While the Beachcomber isn’t exactly a new bar (it replaces Aqua Spirit at Juhu’s Sun-N-Sand), it’s a brand new space with an onyx bar, ocean-inspired mural by Arzan Khambatta, a beach view and pool-side seating area.
For this transformation, Deepak Advani, EAM Food and Beverage, brought down London-based mixologist Dre Masso to work his magic. Masso visited Mumbai on three occasions — taking in the vast diversity this city has to offer. He experienced local delights, ate the food and drank in the sights. With a head full of ideas, Masso went back to the UK and developed a new cocktail menu for the Beachcomber. Earlier this month, after weeks of rigorous training, the lounge threw open its doors for patrons. With 36 drinks on the menu — both classics and signature — and sampler-style bar grub, the lounge has something for everyone. Every drink has a ritual around it — the Mango and Rosemary Mojito is served in a wooden glass with a flaming rosemary sprig; the Millionaire Martini is a three- course drink; the Double Espresso Martini is served with torched orange rind and the Magical Teapot comes in a steaming pot.
We tried the Mango and Rosemary Mojito, which was refreshing with a nice touch of vanilla sugar. Next, we opted for Millionaire Martini-— a sip of sparkling wine to be followed by the main drink and finished with dark chocolate. All the flavours marry well to give you a fun ritual. The Double Espresso martini had a special twist — the bartender torched a piece of orange rind over the cup to add some of the oils into the drink. This gave a zesty flavour to each sip making this our personal favourite.
This was followed by the Marvellous Mumbai Mary which was inspired by our spicy food. The strong dash of local spices makes this a great pick-me-up or hangover cure. Our last drink, Magical Teapot, was also the most elborate — a chai martini served in a teapot almost bursting with steam and poured out in chilled cups. The chai had a nice kick with the gin and the dry ice-induced steam added a nice chutzpah to the drink.
Beachcomber is a great bar to visit with friends. The lovely view, plush seating and cool gimmicks with the drinks make guarantee a fun evening, especially if you’re celebrating an occasion.
MARVELLOUS MUMBAI MARY
40ml premuim citron vodka
150ml tomato juice
50ml passata (thick tomato juice)
Small spoon red chilli paste
6 drops worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins)
10ml fresh citrus juice
1 bar spoon horseradish
A pinch of sea salt
A pinch of coarse black pepper
A pinch of hot smoked paprika
A pinch of cumin
A pinch of garam masala
A pinch of turmeric
A pinch of crushed coriander seeds
80ml premuim gin
300ml chilled masala chai or latte
30ml pomegranate syrup
Served with dry ice in a tea kettle