There is a profusion of bars and dining places at Lower Parel’s Kamala Mills. We went to Tamasha, another casual dining and bar that’s caught on with the masses ever since it opened its doors a few weeks ago. Here’s what we think of the place.
We entered a restaurant that was immense compared to other similar gastropubs. It was so big, in fact, that two office parties were simultaneously happening when we went in on a weekday evening. There were bar stools as well as the usual dining tables. We particularly liked the plates that had different expressions of a face while eating. They made for good images too (with flash of course, thanks to the poor lighting). The narrow Edison bulbs that are now a party staple almost everywhere and the minimalist décor definitely caught our fancy but we felt the space was too poorly lit for us to actually see most of the food that came our way. While an EDM lover might enjoy the post-11 PM vibe of the place, we feel regular diners might feel the space is a bit too dark for comfort.
With such a huge space and office parties supposedly being the norm here, we weren’t surprised to see an all-inclusive menu comprising of urban Indian dishes as well as international cuisine. We tasted most of the starters on the menu and the ones that really stood out for us were Tullu Chicken Popcorn (Rs 385) that had the right mix of flavours with just the right portion size; Khandvi Tester Platter with Papaya Pickle (Rs 365) whose flavor and fluffiness simply blew us away and the Chicken Tikka Taster (395) served on skewers that had just the right amount of juice to bite into. The lamb dishes, especially the Tawa Bheja Fry with Maska Brun (Rs 465) was simply unpalatable – a trend that continued with most of the meat dishes that came our way.
For main course, we skipped the JD-infused Dal Makhni since its been written about ad nauseum. The Videshi Tawa Pulao (Rs 425) and Paneer Lababdaar with Butter Garlic Naan (Rs 425) that we had hit the mark in terms of taste but we couldn’t help but feel that they could be elevated to a higher level with more creativity. On the other hand, the Buff Roast (Rs 545) missed the mark completely. The desserts saved the day for Tamasha with the Chocolate Pan Wedge (Rs 325) rising to the top of our list of recommendations from the dishes to sample at Tamasha. We don’t think people will queue up for desserts here but if they do, this is the one to order apart from the Mumbai Mawa Cake Cream Toast (Rs 295).
Tamasha has tried hard to create a bar that stands out from the rest. There is an entire bar section, in fact, for those who just want drinks. We tried the Rum Infused Raw Mango (Rs 545) that came highly recommended. Thankfully, the drink didn’t disappoint. It was rich with both the rum and mango flavours while the drink bubbled away in self-satisfaction before we downed it in sips. We also tried the house favourite Matargashti (Rs 545) that had a whisky base with orange liqueur, green chilli and chocolate syrup with cinnamon smoke directing you back to the drink until you drink it all in. Finally, we also tried Thanda Garam (Rs 695), a three-liquor drink with an upside-down beer bottle, a pleasant and different drink that we enjoyed until there was nothing except beer left to drink.
With two office parties and our need to look and appreciate good food, we were surprised at the offhand service that was initially offered to us. The service was fairly quick once we settled in though and food regularly kept coming to our table one after another. We would have preferred a slightly more nuanced explanation to some of the dishes but that’s a minor quibble. Overall, we feel the service can pick up a notch to entice more customers.
All things considered, we give Tamasha 3/5.
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