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Go with a free mind, light pocket and low expectations

india Updated: Jan 29, 2011 14:57 IST
Serena Menon

What: Chez Moi
Where: House no. 13, Candies Lane, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W)
Call: 77383 82407
What’s on the menu: Continental food — pastas, pizzas, salads
Drinking: Only on weekends
Smoking: No

The restaurant made a good first impression. But that changed fast; almost as fast as the music playing in the joint. Within minutes the melodious tune from the French cult film Amelie changed to a random hip hop number.

At that point, what initially looked like a beautiful and stylishly designed continental bistro began resembling a confused multi-cuisine eat-out. But part of the meal served came to the restaurant’s rescue.

The menu was concise and did not offer too much. And within those options, there were quite a few items that the restaurant was not in a position to deliver. For instance, the self-proclaimed ‘pub’ only was allowed to serve alcohol on weekends as they were yet to get the permanent licence. So we couldn’t taste the merlot from Chile called Carta Veija (Rs 330 per glass) from their brief but impressive lineup, which included the Blue Plume from France (Rs 290 per glass) in the red wine section and Gayda (Rs 450 per glass), also from France, in the white wine, among others.

However, full points for being accommodating enough to allow us to slip away to the bar next door, Quench, to get a glass of wine. For starters we called for the Tepenade Platter (Rs 210). It included two types of bruchetta — three with cheese and tomato and three with figs and olives. The sweetness from the figs is a sure-shot fail for a lot of Indian platters, including ours. The cheese core meat balls (Rs 210) that followed, didn’t have a lot of cheese in their core, but the sauce made up for it.

For the main course, we constructed our own pizza (10 inches). The options, again, are few and simple. Four cheeses — mozzarella (Rs 30), parmesan (Rs 60), gouda (Rs 45) or emmental (Rs 55) — are on offer to pick from for the thin crust base. We went for the gouda base with pepperoni toppings. The base was soft and crispy, and singlehandedly made the trip worth our time.

Forty five minutes after ordering the Corriander Burre Blank with Fish (Rs 310) for the main course, we were told that the catch wasn’t fresh. Thankfully we had ordered the Pasta Thyme and Mushroom (Rs 190), whose thick cheesy cream base was delicious and more than filling. The Basil and Lemon Grass Mojito (Rs 120) was a refreshing mix.

A hefty meal for two would cost you about Rs 400 each at this well priced joint. Though we suggest you plan your visit around the weekend and try to walk in before the dessert runs out. Usually post 8.30 pm. Lack of expectations of course will make the experience more endearing.

What we like
The food
The decor

What we don’t like
No liquor on weekdays