The freestyle bar and kitchen in Lower Parel, Kode, marked its first year anniversary celebrations with a brand new menu which features a range of savoury additions from around the world. Granite-themed walls, chevron-patterned tiles, ample seating and lighting that's easy on the eyes welcome you to Zorawar Kalra’s Kode, while an open kitchen and huge bar take centre stage. Their bar menu, which they refer to as their spirit library and is quirkily named 'whiskey-pedia', boasts an impressive selection of more than 150 whiskies from across the country. The expansive food menu isn't far behind and we suggest you take your time before zeroing on what to order.
We started the evening with their signature cocktail, Pearl of the Caribbean, which is a spiced rum-based drink tossed with fresh pineapple, basil, citrus and soda. Next in line was Forgotten Petal Sour -- a gin-based cocktail with red berry concoction, rose water and citrus bitter. The drinks had us bowled over even before we could take a sip, thanks to their presentation. The Forgotten Petal Sour came with an edible ‘soap bar’ with champagne foam, charcoal-infused candy floss and nitrogen-frozen rose while the Pearl of the Caribbean was placed next to a rather interesting red wine and mango sorbet mix.
To accompany our drinks, we were served sweet potato crisps with a dip. The crisps, cooked in rice bran oil, were overpowered by the taste of cinnamon. The couscous salad, on the other hand, had us mopping the dish clean. With goji berries, broccoli and crumbled goat cheese lending the salad vibrant colours and a variety of textures, it tempts you to dig in. The bread basket comes along with delicious spring onion and mayo dip, house butter and chili flakes and garlic infused olive oil dip.
Next up was roasted beet and onion soup with brie fritters. The soup was poured in a dish with a clear partition. When we tasted the soup separately, it tasted like just any other soup but when sipped together, it turned into the best savoury and tasteful soup. The next soup instantly scored high on presentation. It came with a pickled quail egg resting atop a nest of glass noodles surrounded by chicken soup. It was the yummiest infusion we had for the night.
You could give a miss to the vegetarian signature Turkish slice pizza with bell pepper, squash and goat cheese. We thought it was a little too bland when compared to rest of the gastronomical extravaganza at Kode. The avocado, corn and pepper tacos from the taqueria taco bar was another dish lacking oomph. On the other hand, the assorted vegetarian sushi platter would please event the pickiest eater.
We then moved on to another round of cocktails. This time we had The Old Fashioned, which had bourbon, spiced maraschino syrup and bitters and was served with a spinach tortilla chip and dried cherry. This has to be the go-to drink if you like whiskey-based cocktails. The Bird’s Eye is a fruit cocktail with ingredients such as vodka, triple sec, berry shrub, citrus and passion fruit soda.
For the main course we tried the 18-hour slow-cooked lamb shanks with blue cheese truffle which was satisfyingly rich and a must-order dish. Meat lovers will relish the juicy, tender meat falling off the bone which will melt in your mouth. Those who prefer chicken can opt for the chipotle grilled chicken burrito bowl. For a protein-packed meal, you can have the generously portioned tofu and edamame Thai curry with jasmine rice.
Though we were already full, Kode's impressive dessert selection had us wanting more. You will not be able to say no to their signature white chocolate and mango French toast fake egg scramble ice cream. The best part was we witnessed the chef preparing the sunny side up pastry bread with white chocolate and mango served with peach-flavoured ice cream. Needless to say, we scooped up the too-pretty-to-eat-dessert within no time!
The new menu has been curated keeping in mind flavours from around the world. It is safe to say that presentation is the key ingredient of Kode's culinary success. This place gives you new reasons to explore your gastronomical cravings with irresistible delectables, and nudges you to satiate your sugar cravings with heart-melting desserts.
When:Monday to Sunday 12 noon to 4:15 PM, 6:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Wallet Alert:₹2,400 for two people (approx.) with alcohol + taxes
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