Zinc, which replaced Zenzi Mills in Lower Parel, may put you off with its tacky touch —overwhelming neon lights, shiny beaded curtain, mercury droplets on walls and silver cushions. The first response is nostalgic— mourning the absence of the oblong bar that served bento boxes to gig enthusiasts.
A heady swig later, we began to sink into the clubby feel and sway to the dance numbers, welcoming the spacious dance floor. Zinc offers the perfect mix for a smashing night. Blending multiple shots, a nip of our pinkish tall order, Tall Berry cocktail(Rs 450) exploded flavours of vodka, rum, gin, tequila, peach liqueur as well as cranberry juice. The after-effect is a fuzzy feeling that makes everything fine in the dimmed blue light space, filled with commercial dance music.
In its opening week, Zinc tried to establish its clientele. Hosting the first edition of a popular “invite-only” social experiment called French Tuesdays, the nightclub saw expats and social climbers at the venue. But thanks to their relaxed door policy that allows stags and couples to enter without any entry or cover charge, it sees a mixed crown. While the dance floor is expansive, the first level has plush seating, similar to its diminutive cousin (VIP area) on the ground floor. The nightclub also has multiple screens in front of each seating area. We sank into our VIP seats to settle for the refreshing sound of Minty Baileys (Rs 450), a cocktail that mixes mint, vodka and Baileys. The club also has an exhaustive menu of grubs. We settled for a portion of asparagus and mushroom with lemongrass (Rs 266) and char sui pork pao (Rs 350).
For a place that mixes heady drinks, the good news for meat eaters and herbivores is that the food portion is generous. While the place did not have Malaysian Redang (Rs 350) on the day we went, our plate of pot-roasted pork loin came flavoured with chilly sauce, green apples and star anise, while our mushrooms in brown sauce were smack-worthy. Zinc may take a while to convert the Zenzi loyalists, but for the city’s hip-shaking lot, here’s something to boogie about.
Where: Todi & Co, Mathuradas Mill Compound, off Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
What’s on the menu: Cocktails, mocktails, beer, pan Asian vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare
What we don’t like:
Expensive Cosmpolitan, LIT and Mojito
The lighting and décor