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Spoiled by oil

india Updated: Apr 02, 2010 18:00 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Located at a prime location in Malad (West), where Uncle’s Kitchen once operated, a new multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, Unplugg, can’t easily be missed.

The rest-o-bar has a very up-market, jazzed up décor, lit with low purple, red and golden lighting. Spread over two floors, the ground floor has a warm, cosy ambience, with seating for six to eight tables, while the first floor has a bar. . A life-size poster of Michael Jackson greets you, although the music is ‘70s to ‘80s retro, ranging from The Beatles to Abba.

We took a seat next to a glass wall, which had a great view overlooking the Malad skyline (or whatever’s visible of it). Unplugg has everything from Mughlai cuisine to Italian to Chinese to seafood on its menu, and the prices are affordable.

Most dishes are priced at Rs 200 to Rs 250, the most expensive being lobster for Rs 800, while starters cost around Rs 150. These range from
salads to Kakuri Tikka Papdi, but the chef’s special was a Bell Pepper Garlic Bread.

The drinks menu was vast, with most alcoholic beverages available (average cost Rs 260, going up to Rs 2,000 for champagne). There were shots, with names like Blow Job (Kalhua and Bailey mix), Absolute Sex, and Slippery Nipple.

We ordered a Blue Delight Mocktail and Tequila Sunrise Cocktail. The Garlic Bread turned out to be an anti-climax, as it was soaked in oil, but the drinks were worth the money. The Tequila Sunrise was refreshing, and had just the right amount of alcohol.

For the main course, we ordered Chicken Breast in Mushroom and Pepper Sauce and Paneer Makhani. While they tasted good, both were too oily for one’s comfort (and weight). We wished we had ordered The Grill, any meat grilled how you want, in the sauce you prefer. There were no desserts.

We would go back to Unplugg for a drink, and perhaps for a bite, but with the instruction of going easy on the oil.