It’s called Rude Lounge, and the tagline is ‘spoils ur bad mood’. It’s difficult to be objective, but in the case of Bandra’s latest lounge-club, go with your gut. The dance floor occupies level one and level two has the seating area. The view from the top level is unusual – you suddenly realise how wide Hill Road is. And that’s when your order arrives.
The Lamb Peri-Peri (Rs 340) sizzler arrived sizzling with the meat and the fresh veggies. What was supposed to be peri-peri sauce, however, tasted almost exactly like tomato sauce mixed with red chili. The Vegetable Stroganoff (Rs 240) was the pick of the evening.
Once a month, however, the level one lounge turns into a gig venue and hosts special DJ nights. The weekend we visited happened to be the first such night. With a fixed menu for food and drinks, this night almost ruined the experience for us. Let’s just say the most fun we had involved wondering what the peculiar dishes spelt ‘Prawan crispy’, ‘Corn cheese ball’ and ‘BBQ baby patato’ on the menu would actually taste like.
The fixed menu on those nights offers cocktails and mocktails. The Long Island Iced Tea (Rs 500) was so-so, but the Bloody Mary (Rs 500), which the bartender took a good three seconds to understand, came to us perfectly.
What we like
At least the city’s got another pub
What we don’t like
Feels like Lokhandwala’s not-so-distant cousin. No offence.
What: Rude Lounge
Where: Suru Palace, opposite Globus, Next to Matrix, Bandra
Call: 022 2640 0066
What’s on the menu: Pastas, pizzas, sizzlers, seafood and Mughlai