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Right place, wrong setting

india Updated: Feb 24, 2012 15:49 IST
Shweta Mehta
Shweta Mehta
Hindustan Times
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It’s a little tragic that a terrace done up as beautifully as this one is surrounded by buildings on every side.

La Patio sits pretty on the eighth floor of a Lokhandwala building. But its relaxed ambience, retro music, open bar and elevated deck seating above a small pool and fountain setup lose some of their sheen in this urban setting.

Understandably, the drinks menu here is as extensive as the food — a mix of Mediterranean, Italian and Indian dishes.

Drinks are competitively priced, and along with an impressive selection of house cocktails and local and regional wines, the menus even suggest what dish you should pair with the drink. Exotic sounding coffees also catch our eye, but the absence of mocktails can’t be missed.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTEditImages/Images/hungrytraveller-food2.jpgWe start with two appetiser: a pyramid of wild mushrooms (R315) and Paneer Makhmali Kebab (R275). The mushrooms, though slightly oily, were a refreshing departure from the usual, and were accompanied by a tangy caponata. The paneer, however, was a little chewy and mostly bland. Its promised cheese and chillies stuffing just didn’t come across.

For the main course, we went with Pan-Roasted Chicken and Mustard Risotto (R395) and Crisp Skin Chicken (R400). The risotto was the dish of the day — creamy, with perfectly done chicken — and more than generous in quantity. The latter was slightly thick, but well marinated and came with a heap of greens.

Our only letdown was getting sautéed baby potatoes instead of the mashed potatoes mentioned on the menu. Dishes are well presented, and even the staff deserves a special mention for carefully serving every element of the dish on each plate. They even went out of their way to help a young boy who’d come in early to set up a date.

We ended our meal on a good note with the Chocolate Espresso Brownie (R175) that was rich, gooey and filling, for which we intend to go back soon. Keep in mind, though, La Patio opens only in the evening.

What: La Patio
Where: Morya Landmark II, eighth floor, off New Link Road, near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (W)
Call: 2674 4909
What’s on the menu: Indian, Mediterranean and Italian dishes

What we like
Décor
Well-trained staff
Generous portions

What we don’t like
Open only for dinner
Location

Rating: ***1/2