Address: Next to Masala Library, FIFC Building,Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai
(Don’t let Google Maps fool you, just get to First Rand Bank on the main road and take a left and then left again! Damn you Maps)
Phone: 022 2653 0762
Price: Rs. 4,000 for 2 people inclusive of alcohol
Axis Bank brings to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and and Kolkata the Gourmet Fest from the 11th-20th November 2016. A 10- day long culinary celebration, the event lets you enjoy some great cuisines with a fixed 3 course menu at Rs. 799* per person. All you need to do is pre-book your table with an Axis Bank Card. A minimal booking amount of 49* shall be charged at the time of confirmation and all details of your booking shall be sent to you. The fixed amount of 750* per person will be charged by the restaurant on your Axis Bank Credit/ Debit Card.
Take a look here at the participating restaurants in your city – http://gourmetfest.diningdelights.in
From the Mumbai list I chose Smoke House Deli, BKC. When we don’t know what to do on Sunday evenings and are down right lazy to even boil a packet of Maggi, zipping down to Smoke House Bandra is always our first choice.
Since I had a plus one invitation, I decided to invite a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. I’ve been a little low lately so I was looking forward to an evening of good conversation, sangria and great food. It’s safe to say my evening was a delight 🙂
It’s always nice when your experience at a restaurant begins with a warm greeting. If you’re a food blogger it’s even better when the wait staff is aware of your arrival (one of those rare instances!). I immediately chose a table with good lighting, because, photography. Dinner began with a basket of warm breads with the Deli’s herbed butters. I wish they weren’t so damn good because I went to the restaurant hungry and stuffed myself silly.
Then came the made to perfection sangrias. I must make a note here that there are VERY FEW bars / restaurants in the city that make a mean sangria and Smoke House Deli gets it correct EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. If only I could get my hands on their recipe! Conversations and wine now begin to flow.
For starters, we ordered the sweet potato paprika fries and paprika puffs with wasabi salsa. The fries were lip smacking but the puffs failed to impress. The wasabi salsa thankfully wasn’t too strong but the tomatoes were cut too big, making them messy to eat. They also did not taste too fresh.
Mains included penne in pink sauce with market vegetables and the wild mushroom risotto. The penne was a plate full of creamy goodness, cooked al dente with the juiciest vegetables. It was that so terribly good that I had leftovers for breakfast! My Mum judged me all the way through.
Unfortunately, the risotto which normally is fantabulous was a tad bit tangy, the mushrooms were too chewy and tasted like an overdose of vinegar.
Just when i thought my stomach was about to pop, my friend decided to order the raspberry Oreo cheesecake for dessert! This failed to impress me on all accounts. The cake was too dense, tasted like canned raspberries, the Oreo base was too difficult to cut through and certainly was no treat for sore eyes. Or in my case some what blurry eyes (thank you Sangria!).
Maybe this just wasn’t one of their days because this was literally the first time I did not lick my plate clean after a meal at Smoke House Deli. However, this is most certainly not going to stop me from going back and ordering the same food. My only suggestion would be that it’s time the restaurant added a few more interesting vegetarian / vegan starters to the menu. It’s been the same for a long long long time now.
Overall, I’d give the restaurant a 4/5 rating, considering the drinks were great, the ambience is always wonderful and service is an absolute delight 🙂