Where: National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Call: 2282 1212, 2282 4242
What’s on the menu: Soup, tapas, pinchos, cocas, pasta, cheese plates, dessert
Amadeus is a restaurant that puts you at ease as soon you step inside. Despite being a fine-dining Spanish-Levantine specialty joint, the place doesn’t emanate any snobbish vibe that one might associate with high-profile eateries. Its excellent location at NCPA (where restaurant Sidewok existed before it shut three years ago) only adds to its charm.
In its wooden décor and beige surroundings, the place looks warm and inviting. Spread over a sprawling 6,000 square feet and boasting of a separate bar and lounge area, a private dining room and a live-performance space, this restaurant is reminiscent of specialty eateries at five star hotels. From murals to door handles that bear pictures of performers, the theme of music is enchantingly played out here.
It is now time to time to hunt for a Spanish chorizo dish on the menu. We are told that cocas (Spanish flatbread preparation with toppings) are a specialty here since the kitchen houses a wood-fire oven. So, the Spicy Chorizo with Apple Cider Caramelised Onion Coca (Rs 740) seems just the right choice. Textural in its appeal, it turns out to be far tastier than a thin-crust pizza, though there could’ve been more chorizo slices. The menu also features various kinds of tapas, paellas (rice dish) and pinchos (skewered snacks).
For the main course, Grilled Herbed Himalayan Trout (Rs 950, ouch!) is comforting with the amazingly buttery Beurre blanc sauce. The Wood Oven Asparagus and Broccoli Potato Roesti Cake (Rs 650) makes up for the lacking portions of the former dish, but doesn’t really excite the taste buds. However, the Tiramisu au Kahlua (Rs 290) eases out any qualms we might have had about the food. Contented, we leave the place hoping to return.
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