Drop, a European restobar that replaces Club Royalty on Bandra’s restaurant-infested Waterfield Road, does full justice to its name.
The dramatic cantilevered staircase ‘drops’ you from the street-level foyer into the cavernous subterranean space featuring semi-circular booths draped with chainmail curtains and pillars covered with metallic discs. It lends a rather whimsical industrial-chic look to the place.
The rough, grey concrete floor perfectly offsets the colourful, mismatched tiles of the raised bar area dotted with canary yellow high chairs and orb-shaped pendant lights dully illuminating adjacent tables and booths.
While a pair of forlorn-looking DJs did their best to pep up the patron-bereft atmosphere with House music, all the mini army of servers did was to amble around aimlessly and inattentively. We weren’t even asked our water preference; goblets of tepid water were plonked on our table along with the menus.
Things began to perk up with the frugally priced drinks’ list (read: a peg of Old Monk rum for Rs 50 and a Kingfisher beer for Rs 100!). Among the cocktails, we opted for a well-made mai tai, with potent pours of white and dark rum, and the zombie, a delicious sum of golden rum, apricot brandy and pineapple juice.
As drink accompaniments, the crackling deep-fried chicken-skin wafers had us hooked from the first bite, though a more generous squiggle of the harissa aioli would have elevated it. The earthy, almost truffle-like hit of the wild mushroom poutine with home cut fries, burnt garlic and mozzarella was enough to have us scrape the bottom of the dish for a last few morsels.
Medium rare and perfectly edible, the green-peppercorn-crusted tenderloin steak was let down by its runny red wine jus and raw leek bits carelessly strewn. The blushing pink pan-tossed beetroot gnocchi, served with a feta paté and crisp rocket salad, on the other hand, was all the things a good main course should be. Flavourful, textural and utterly more-ish.
For dessert, we shared a lighter-than-air chocolate parfait. Though reneging on its promise of a coco tuille, it won us over with a subtle twinning of dark and white chocolate, flecked with micro basil leaves. It was reason enough for us to decide to be back at Drop soon.
(HT reviews anonymously and pays for all meals)
RATING: 3 / 5
WHERE: G1/B, Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W)
WHEN: 12 pm to 4 pm (Wed, Fri, Sat) and 7 pm to 1.30 am (all week)
COST: Around Rs 2,400 for two, with one cocktail each