What: Soul Food
Where: Silver Croft, Shop No 7, TPS III, Bandra (W)
Call: 022 26004520 / 265003486
What’s on the menu: Soups, sizzlers, rolls, momos, Chinese and Thai cuisine
Call it Indian Chinese or Chinese Indian, whatever you want. The cuisine, much like Hinglish, the Nano and Bollywood’s songs and dance sequences, is uniquely desi. Stalls, run by people belonging to each and every part of the country and seen at every nook and corner, offer hungry patrons cheap chow mein or hakka noodles, all adapted with spices to suit the local palette. And that’s precisely why we love it.
Unfortunately, while Soul Food at Khar gets the Indian Chinese taste quotient right, it botches up when it comes to the prices. Dishes in the Rs 100 to Rs 200 price range demand a certain quality and ambience that the place cannot justify.
The start is good. Dishes listed on the menu are extensive (though spellings like ‘mashroom’, ‘rost chilly’ and ‘papper’ are a turn-off), and offer prawn and chicken variations. Impressed, we ask for the Prawns Chilly Pepper, only to be told that they don’t have prawns. That immediately cuts the menu down by half. Not good.
We ask for the same dish in chicken (Rs 190) along with a Paneer Mangolian (Rs 180). We also go in for the Soul Food Special Soup (Rs 120 ). A taste of the soup and starters, and the flavours usually associated with Indian Chinese hit the taste buds. While the hot and spicy soup doesn’t manage to hold our attention for long, the Paneer Mangolian definitely makes us linger longer than we intended to. Worth it. The Chicken Chilly Pepper too is peppery enough.
By now, thoughts of the main course enter our heads but our full stomachs mean that we do not want to order excess. So we ask the waiter for a combo meal. Helpful, he asks us to go for a Chicken Bon-Bon Rice (Rs 190) that comes with spicy gravy and is garnished with green leafy vegetables.
We agree to sample it. The dish, and its large quantity, leaves us satisfied, an apt end to the meal.
But would we return? Considering the Rs 680 that we shelled out for this average fare, the answer would have to be a no.