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Fashionable entry to city’s nightlife

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india Updated: May 11, 2012 17:04 IST
Serena Menon

What: F Bar Lounge Diner
Where: Indiabulls Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road, Lower Parel
Call: 022 66505820
What’s on the menu: Mediterranean, Mughlai
Drinking: Yes
Smoking: Yes

This club is nothing like its Delhi counterpart. Thank God... or the proprietors, who were convinced that the city’s F Bar Lounge Diner needs to concentrate more on food and less on its nightclub aspect. The first part, they seemed to have succeeded in doing. But not the latter, fortunately, as everyone shook a leg on its opening weekend.

Their menu doesn’t list any domestic beer with international ones costing Rs 550. “We have Tuborg and Carlsberg,” they said, when we asked for cheaper options, though these were not included on the menu. With tax, a pint would cost roughly Rs 350. We went for the in-house Cucumber and Green Apple cocktail (Rs 650) and a whiskey mix (Rs 650). The first will make for a good brunch accompaniement, while the second —Jack Daniels mixed with Cointreau, lime and lots of ice — stood its ground. As a result, we didn’t, for too long. Post that, a serendipitous confusion with the bill got us another cocktail (Martini, Rs 550) for free, which was the only one that felt half-baked, not served in a frosted glass and not chilled enough.

Unlike places like Trilogy and Hype that stuff smokers into tiny, airtight rooms, the outside deck area was a pleasant change. Female uniformed chaperones and the managers were courteous, though they obviously underestimated the crowd as there were only four-odd servers that night.

From starters, we called for the Goan Sausage Vol Au Vents (Rs 395), an uncommon sight on Mumbai menus. But vegetarians, there aren’t too many options for you. We picked the Paneer Lasooni Tikka (Rs 450), which should come with a box of breathmints on the side. The cottage cheese was presented well on a banana leaf with a layer of garlic mash underneath.

The cover charge for couples, Rs 3,500, is a bit steep. But if you do sneak in without shelling out much cash at the counter, you can have a good time at this safe haven for Bollywood music haters. Otherwise, you could nurse a lone drink and stare at the visuals of models projected onto a bare building wall.

What we like
The service
The deck/outside area

What we don’t like
Under-staffed