We are a gourmand couple who love to discover new places and eat our hearts out. Follow us for a guilt trip along the food road.
For ardent food lovers like us, there are the A-List restaurants and eateries, while the rest are just places that we dwell into with hopes that it gets to our A-List sooner or later. While most places fail to hit the mark there are some places that have ‘A’ written all over them.
Living in a Alpha city like Mumbai, everyone considers their time to be more precious than yours. And all said, we know how to take out some ‘US’ time as well. The one who just jostled past you during the day, might end up having a drink and a conversation with you during the evening. So you see the fast paced life day in and out, and there are those few special days where there is no simpler or greater pleasure in life than a quite and cozy candle light dinner. Where the slow paced evening does nothing but unwind you to head back to the grind once again.
Our experience in ‘Ebony Fine Dine’ was a tranquil and a tasteful one which was hosted by a set of young minds handling the social media presence for the restaurant called ‘Work in Progress‘. And here is our review of that one fine night.
Quite exhausted by the travel, we expected a quick seating and we received. A beautiful candle lit table was quite a relaxed sight for the both of us. Once settled in the soothing comfort, we knew it was time to binge!
Our first visits are always an open table, where we ask the staff to recommend us throughout. Likewise we did. And here’s what happened.
First to arrive at our table was the ‘Cucumber Vodka’ a sweet concoction of Vodka, Cucumber juice, Khus (Vetiver) & Sprite. More of a thirst quencher than a spirited drink, which made it quite the type to be gulped down at one go. This was accompanied with the ‘Blue Breeze’ which had a whole lot of things in it like Blue Curacao, Lemon juice, Litchi squash and Limca. Boy ! it was indeed a soul stirring mocktail.
The Entrée along with the drinks were the ‘Veg Crunch’ a ravishing and crispy preparation of shallow fried marinated veggies with peanuts topped with cheese, and the ‘Murg Ebony’ a signature dish from their new menu. Juicy and succulent chicken flavored in Indian spices. With traces of pepper with every bite, this made to our special favorites in no time.
With such a flavorsome opening, we were pretty sure the rest of the evening was going to be a impressive one. The next in line was the ‘Paneer Lata’ Thin sheets of Cottage cheese stuffed with Spinach and cheese. With the exteriors perfectly cooked in tandoor and the gooey stuffing inside, it was a delectable preparation indeed. A perfect blend of spices made sure it enhanced the flavors of the stuffing.
We were informed that they’ve rolled out a new continental menu, and with that we were suggested to try the ‘Chicken Butter Pepper Rolls’ The very sight of it looked like a very bland preparation, but to our surprise it wasn’t. These steamed out chicken rolls were spiced enough with pepper to gobble up one after the other. It was served with a Hot & Sour dip which added even more flavors. With these, two other Entrées were served from their new continental menu’ The Chicken & The Veg Shu Mai (dumplings). Since we already had our fill of spice, and our palates ready for more sizzle, we weren’t too keen about this. Yet, we went ahead and devoured the dumplings with generous amounts of the spicy dip. One thing to be noted here is the fillings were really fresh, slightly crispy, unlike the ones we’ve had before.
This just doesn’t end here. We were up for a whole lot of surprises that evening. Just as we decided that we were done with the first course of the meal, we were presented with the ‘Chicken Shashlik in Pesto sauce’ Another chef’s specialty with tender pieces of chicken, onions and bell peppers in a skewer layered with a pungent green Pesto sauce. The smoky chicken went well with the Pesto sauce, rightly spiced to tickle ones palate. This was followed by the ‘Babycorn Cottage Cheese Spaghetti’ Looking good aesthetically, but not justifying with the taste part. On a personal note we would’ve preferred it with the babycorn cooked a little bit more and with some tangyness to enhance the overall taste.
By now we were really done, and decided to skip the mains, and if possible the desserts too. But our opinion wasn’t actually working very well when we saw the ‘Dum Biryani’ the most Favorited dish, served in a sealed clay pot. Frankly speaking, Biryani is something which involves a lot of patience and even more experience. And we were glad that we tried it. Though we couldn’t do justice by scraping to the end of the pot, we feasted on the rich & aromatic traditional Indian delicacy to our hearts content. We loved it.
Coming all this way, we couldn’t say no to the tiny portions of desserts they insisted us on having. ‘Gulab Jamun’ something which doesn’t need a review and ‘Honey Tossed Noodles’ giving the Ice Cream a pass. Crispy fried noodles drizzled with honey and sesame seeds. Tossing the deep fried noodles in honey at the right time is the most important aspect, which makes the honey coat the noodle in a partial way. And this was just perfectly done.
Our evening came to a end, with our hearts filled with love and our stomach filled with amazing food. To summarize the whole experience in a shorter note wouldn’t be possible ever. So to put it in a line “Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.” and that perseverance is the key to unlocking your true potential. The brains behind this establishment have that perseverance and a whole lot of commitment, so sky is the limit.
A must visit in our list.