Hitchki’s Powai branch quickly earned a name for itself with its quirky cocktails and various dishes themed on regional cuisine. Their second branch at BKC opened recently and we went there to check out if the eatery lives up to the reputation of its flagship outlet. Here’s our verdict.
We focused on the appetisers as these seemed to be the most interesting of the entire menu. We started with Full Zhol Che (INR 240), a tikki made with cashew nuts, mozzarella and almond mint yogurt that was as tasty as it sounds. This was followed by Wok The Talk (INR 240), a broccoli, soy and garlic concoction that took its time to grow on us but was nevertheless polished off the plate.
The real surprises were yet to come. The Bhut Jolokia Wings and Rings (INR 280), chicken wings with onion wings smeared with fiery bhu jolokia chillies. The dish hit the spice-meter at just the right spot and whet our appetite for the next few dishes. From Zhingat Tacos (INR 420) to Charlie Chapli Kebab (INR 300) and finally the Crispy Chicken Khurana (INR 290), we savoured them all. Full marks to the chef for an interesting and flavour-filled selection of dishes.
With a name like Geeta Babita (INR 265), we had to try this gin and kokum infused drink with cumin spice. We couldn’t make out the cumin but the kokum aftertaste pleased our palate. We also tried the Lungi Spice (INR 265), a vodka-infused drink with chilli, curry leaves and other delicacies that was much more flavourful than Geeta Babita. Lastly, we tried one of Hitchki’s humongous LIIT’s in the form of Boot-E-Licious (INR 395) that left us with no more appetite for any other drink!
The framed clippings and retro mirrors definitely add a twist to the ambience at Hitchki. We loved the seating arrangement that blends personal as well as groups quite well.
Although the overall service could be slightly quicker, we loved the attention from our server and his knowledge about the quirky menu helped us pick some winning dishes.
Considering the competition in its vicinity such as Masala Library, SodaBottleOpenerWala etc., Hitchki’s premise of modern gastronomic food with quirky names and drinks could well make it stand out as an alternative amongst the hip set. If it continues to innovate and draw in new audiences, Hitchki can be a true standout in BKC’s burgeoning food space. We give it a solid 4 on 5 for now.
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