Had Corniche been located just off the beach, its open-air section would’ve made far more sense. But in its present position, the Mumbai heat and mosquitoes just about defeat the purpose. The biggest mood-kill, though, is the inexplicable techno music, adding to its confused vibe.
The whitewashed walls and blue upholstery remind us of the decade-old Olive, just up the road. Its menu, an inconvenient, large slate of wood, boasting of Mediter-ranean and Italian dishes, is also similar to that of Olive.
To start with, we chose the Chilli Garlic Prawns with Wasabi (R 195) and Lamb and Burghul Dumplings with Chilli Garlic Dip (R 195). The former was delicious, though it had no trace of ‘chilli garlic’ in it. The dumplings had succulent meat with nuts, olives and cheese stuffing, and went well with the dip.
The biggest disappoinment of the night was the cold and tasteless, pizza margherita (R 260). Thankfully, the dishes that followed redeemed the restaurant. Our prawn risotto (R 360) was light, creamy and filling. The hero of the day, however, was the tenderloin steak with brandy and pepper sauce (R 450). Strangely, though we weren’t asked how we was cooked almost to perfection, and went well with the accompanying creamy mashed potatoes and sauce.
We finished our meal with a chocolate and hazelnut mousse (R 175), which wasn’t memorable. The chocolate was powdery and the base, too soft. The portion, however, was larger than we expected.
The final blow was undoubtedly the bill. We ended up paying nearly 22 per cent more than the prices listed on the menu. Corniche would be much better off once they iron out a few chinks, but for now, it’s a safe bet for a quick meal by the promenade.
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B-15, Gagangiri CHS, Carter Road, Bandra West
What’s on the menu:
Mediterranean and Continental fare with a smattering of Spanish and Thai dishes