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Light on stomach, not wallet

Restaurant review | By Shalvi Mangaokar, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2012 02:19 PM IST

Located in a narrow lane, near Cumballa Hill Hospital, 36 Oak & Barley (O&B) isn't easy to spot if you aren't familiar with South Mumbai. But once you’re there, this restaurant- lounge is a great find.

With lavish interiors, it’s the sort of place you can go to for a romantic dinner or just to have a drink. The smart usage of mirrors makes the already-spacious restaurant look even bigger.

And once you settle in, you notice the relaxed ambience with rock music playing in the background. There’s a huge projector at the other end, meaning one can enjoy a sports match while dining. Also, they have free Wi-Fi.

As we scanned through the menu, we came across a variety of drinks. From wine and champagne to beer (reasonably priced at Rs 175 for a pint) and some classic cocktails, there’s a lot to choose from.

We opted for a White Russian (Rs 450) and a Blackberry Cosmopolitan (Rs 425). The drinks were good and accompanied our choice of food well. They also had an extensive food menu with a great balance of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Impressive!

For appetisers, we chose Steamed Shrimp Dumplings in Coriander Broth (Rs 400) and Baked Asparagus and Cream Cheese Phyllo Triangles with Chive and Cream Cheese Dip (Rs 350). The dumplings were outstanding, but the baked asparagus was a little bland.

For the main course, we opted for a Three Cheese Pizza — Emmental, Smoked Scamroza and Mozarella — with Mushrooms and Jalapenos (Rs 350), and Lamb and Vegetable Stew with Basil Couscous (Rs 500).

The thin crust pizza was delicious and the mushroom- jalapeno combination worked. The lamb was well cooked. Thumbs up!

What we noticed and liked was that the items on the menu were light on the stomach. The quantity was just enough to make you feel happy and satisfied. The dishes were well presented and the service was quick.

To end our meal, we chose a Chocolate and Chilli Vodka Mousse (Rs 350). The mousse was tasty, with just the right amount of sugar and spice. But a small suggestion — if you want to call for this dessert, make sure you've kept a little empty space in your stomach.

What: 36 Oak & Barley
Where: 76, August Kranti Marg, Gowalia Tank.
Call: 2381 1010/ 2388 0001

What’s on the menu: American, Italian and Thai dishes
Drinking: Yes
Smoking: Yes

What we like
Well-trained staff

What we don’t like
Not easy to locate
Small tables.

Rating: ***1/2

In a tweet 36 Oak & Barley, though expensive, is a place worth checking out!

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