Where: G01/101,Morya Landmark I, Off Infinity Mall, New Link Road, Andheri (West)
Call: 022 64559900
What’s on the menu: Set course; multicuisine
It might take you a while before you find your way through the dark alleys to this new ‘prix fixe’ lounge/ restaurant. Knowing that it’s the lane adjacent to Mainland China would help. Driving there in a car would be even better. One, there’s no street light. Two, you don’t want be ogled at by a bunch of construction workers in the area. But like light at the end of a tunnel, you can’t miss the palatial door of Grillopolis.
One word describes the décor here — fancy! It could easily be the classy banquet at any five-star hotel. Done up in wood, with tinted glass lamps and plush sofas, the Turkish influences are evident here and it hits the bull’s eye when it comes to first impressions.
We are told they have a set menu in the dining area. Prix fixe, remember? There’s a nine-course starter menu that includes four veg and four non-veg dishes and a buffet main course for dinner (Rs 650 per person). The lunch menu has two options — four course starters, buffet main course, a drink (Rs 500); or salads, espetada/ cage grill, a bread basket and a drink (Rs 400).
We first opt for the lounge area upstairs that promises a la carte, only to be told that the menu hasn’t been decided yet. But the yellow-blue lit lounge section can be the perfect place to show off your designer cocktail dress. We step down and settle for a Caipiroska (Rs 225) and a innovative pineapple and clove martini (Rs 225), which left a refreshing aftertaste.
A barrage of flavours soon invades our table. From middle-eastern, to Greek, Spanish and Indian, the grilled starters did the talking here. The sauces — tabouleh, hummus, black pepper — took the cake. Now if only the background music wasn’t such a riot!
While the mushrooms stuffed with chilli and tomato and grilled fish coated with poppy seeds deserved our whole-hearted attention, the parmesan grilled chicken and Mediterranean cottage cheese just remained decorative names. To include Italian pastas and risottos, Spanish paella, and Indian mutton biryani and prawn pistara in the buffet spread requires some daring. Wish we could say the same about the dishes. Try their chicken in cinnamon / cranberry sauce though. Quite interesting. Desserts take a backseat here, but the fresh fruit mousse gives a nice finishing touch.
What we like
The grills, all of them
What we don’t like
Main course is strictly average