What: The Big Nasty
Where: Above Shatranj Napoli, Union Park, Carter Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050
Call: 6534 6263
What’s on the menu: Burgers, subs, starters
When you first enter this place, you will be impressed. Dim lights in the passageway and random corrugated-sheet doors set the underground feel. Then, as you step out of the small elevator, you’ll realise what an enviable job they’ve done with the soundproofing. The vibe is great and the place is priced well. It’s huge and has the evident potential of becoming Bandra’s to-be place. But there are teething issues: the overzealous air-conditioning, and the lack of a fire exit and smoking room. After pointing out the absence of a safety exit, we were shown an obscure door in the kitchen.
Most domestic beer costs R 185-200, but within a week of its opening, they miraculously ran out of a certain popular brand. Indian whiskey costs Rs 180 and Bourbon, Rs 400-450. Availability of Hoegaarden on tap is nice (Rs 450).
The cocktails are disappointing. Their specialty, The Nasty Mary (Rs 300), is guava juice-based. Not tasting the liquor in a cocktail is great, but no booze in a cocktail makes it a mocktail. Now imagine, red wine, coke and lime in a drink called Kalimotxo (Rs 300). But it turns out to be some old port wine, flat coke and lime.
The DJ plays fabulous retro music, but at a deafening volume. We spent a major part of the evening lip reading and playing dumb charades as a result.
At this point, we really hoped this bar wasn’t selling itself as a burger joint. Though, we blame the eccentric AI air-conditioning for dishing out a cold American Classic Beef Burger (Rs 240, regular). That’s almost as blasphemous as being served pork dhokla. We’re still investigating the absence of the quintessential ingredient, salt.
The burgers come in two sizes — regular and nasty. The nasty burgers are an inch bigger (7 inches), and cost you Rs 100 more. But a regular burger with the fries and sides (choice of five options) are more than enough. We weren’t warned that the sautéed onions were caramelised in the Urban Pork Burger (Rs 250, regular). But great service made up for that. The Two Bean Burger (Rs 190, regular) patty, vegetarians say, is better at Bembo’s.
Full points to the starters. The Tempura Vegetables (Rs 180) and the Batter Fried Prawns (Rs 350 for six prawns, whoa!) were served adequately hot, fresh and crispy.
We hope The Big Nasty eventually irons out its kinks. So if you’re not into cocktails and eating at bars — and trust us most aren’t — just carry a jacket, request the DJ to tone down the volume, and have a great night.