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This is what you call a cellar idea!

india Updated: May 18, 2012 15:06 IST
Megha Mahindru
Megha Mahindru
Hindustan Times
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What: Vinoteca by Sula
Where:
Ground floor, Sunville Building, 9, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call:
022 40046234
What’s on the menu:
Tapas, pintox and dessert
Drinking:
Yes
Smoking:
Yes

In less than a month, Vinoteca by Sula has established itself as a haunt for laptop-toting expats, working in and around Worli. While its neighbouring cousin, Chateau Indage’s Ivy, located just meters away, continues to be frequented by bermuda-clad youngsters, Vinoteca is its fancier version, with wine sippers in their 30s, dressed for a swig on any given day.

On first impression, this new Spanish tapas bar in town comes across as a cosy space that could have done a better job with the interiors. With wine bottles as lamps, it is needless to say that the lighting is dim, so much so that you may have to pour onto your menu to get your wine right. The wine bar has an al fresco and inside area, both overrun with Sula memorabilia — from bottle bulbs to black and white photographs from their vineyards in Nasik, decorated against its burgundy walls.

The service is cordial and the staff seems quite familiar with their wines and Mediterranean fare. What calls for a toast is the wine list, which offers selections from Sula as well as other labels from Italy to Australia to Chile, which are modestly priced. Starting at Rs 200 per glass (the most expensive glass being Rs 460), the food menu comes paired with the wine, making it easier for wine virgins.

However, a good variety of wines are served as perbottle (Rs 800- Rs 4,500), which works for those looking for long hours of conversations, though we may add that with their music on loop, it’s not so much fun. The only cocktail on the menu is the in-house Sangria (Rs 300), with its sparking wine and fresh apple concoction makes for a refreshing summer drink, and is also available as a pitcher (Rs 1200; serves 6).

On the food front, the tapas bar features an assortment of accompaniments to go with your glass in the form of tapas and pinxtos (pronounced pinchos). We tried the Frita de calamari (Rs 250) that came as a bowlful of stir-fried squids and bell peppers.

With its robust flavor, it makes for a great appetiser platter, in spite of being doused in olive oil. Next up, we tried the Pollo a la naranja (Rs 300), a chicken dish that promised a touch of piquant orange, herbs, liver pate, but didn’t live up to its Mediterranean finish. Completely avoidable.

The menu redeemed itself with its dessert. The final cheer came with the Wine truffle (Rs 180), which is a mouthful, with flavours of red wine and champagne exploding on your palate.

What we like
Pocket-friendly vino
Service

We don’t like
1. Food tastes far from Med-fare

Rating: ***