New to Mumbai: House of Nomad at the Taj Lands End

A very first of it’s kind, the Taj Lands End Hotel Mumbai, brings to the city the raddest new gastro bar in town, House of Nomad. Boho-chic interiors, skilfully designed cocktails, an extensive wine list, competitively priced alcohol, tapas style food and to top it all, Taj Hospitality, all come together to bring you a perfect night out in the city.

The much awaited House of Nomad, unlike any other bar at a Taj property, opened its doors to Mumbai over the weekend. We were invited to a preview tasting where we got to meet award winning mixologist Andrew Pearson who worked for months with his team curating the perfect cocktails. Andrew, also fondly known as Andy, has been described as the “Jamie Oliver of Drink” by Theme magazine !

On the menu:

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1. Express Yourself

Fresh espresso shaken with Ketel One vodka, Kahlua, homemade chocolate bitters and vanilla syrup served over block ice with a vanilla pod. Everything about this cocktail screams FLAWLESS. The bitter taste of the espresso is cut through beautifully by the Kahlua, the first sip leaves you with a gorgeous taste of the homemade chocolate bitter that lingers on your palate until the next few sips and of course the Ketel One that leaves behind a crisp and sophisticated flavour. Even the block of ice that this drink is poured over is carefully chipped by the team themselves. This is certainly our top recommended choice of poison.

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2. The Final Say

Designed especially for the ladies 😉 this drink is made of Bacardi Gold, Martell VS peach liqueur, guava juice, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and adorned with a dragon fruit. A beautiful punch of guava with a minimal taste of alcohol, you’ll want to keep this one coming!

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3. Chanel No.6 

This one is a treat for the eyes, the nose and the tastebuds. Comprising of Ketel One vodka, lychee puree, coconut syrup, homemade bitters, shaken and served straight up with a molecular lipstick. Not to forget served with a side of a fragrant mist!

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4. The Bollywood Hopeful

It’s been Andy’s dream for a while now to act in a Bollywood movie, so whilst he continues to pursue that dream, he concocted The Bollywood Hopeful in the meantime! Made with Ketel One vodka, apricot liqueur, pureed mango and fresh lemon, shaken and served up with a cheeky shot of Prosecco on the side. The Prosecco can be had 3 ways, by itself a shot, sipped on alongside the cocktail, or mixed, take your pick!

5. The final one was the Black Rum Bevy. Where Andy comes from, they often say “Bevy?” roughly translated as “would you like to go get a drink?”. Hence, the name. What I loved the most about this drink were the homemade draught stout reduction shaken with Old Monk and homemade liquorice bitters. Instead of buying these, the team just creates them in house. Add a little lemon juice and sugar and serve it up in a dimpled beer mug with a dash of nutmeg and you’ve got a gorgeous twist on the simple Old Monk.

These were only 5 of the several others on the menu, but I can say without a shadow of doubt that I’m going back for more! The team plans on revising their menu every 6 months or so with seasonal ingredients, so you can be sure to find me there each time they do something different!

The bar is currently open from 3 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.

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Happy weekend !

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Blogger’s Meet at Harry’s Bar & Café Fun Republic

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Great company – ✓
Excellent music – ✓
Decent food and alcohol – ✓

What more does one need for a Friday night? The newly opened Harry’s Bar & Café at Fun Republic (Andheri) part of the chain started not so long ago by Jim Gelpi (along with 13 of his friends) in the year 1992 is a quaint place to spend an evening after a long day’s work. Besides, well-priced alcohol and food are hardly an offer to refuse. The infamous Chef Vicky Ratnani and the Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) came together to give us bloggers a fun evening at Harry’s.

On the (vegetarian) menu, were stuffed mushrooms, Vietnamese spring rolls, nachos, cottage cheese in Moroccan spices, marinated olives and feta in a jar, wasabi cottage cheese squares, Thai curry and crispy potatoes.

My personal favourites were the Ratatouille stuffed mushrooms caps – delectable, juicy, and incredibly tender, and the wasabi cottage cheese squares. Normally I shy away from wasabi considering it can get a tad spicy, but this dish brought together the texture of the cottage cheese and the wasabi beautifully. This item is a must have. Crispy chilli potatoes are always a delight for anyone that enjoys the taste of so called ‘Desi Chinese’ food. The nachos unfortunately were a huge let down. Served cold and all mushy, I’m not so sure that the refried beans were too fresh either.. or at the way they tasted told me so. If there’s one restaurant that does great nachos, that has to be Sanchos. Not to digress, but in case anybody was wondering 🙂 The Vietnamese spring rolls were raw cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts (I think) and toasted peanuts, wrapped in rice paper served with a soy chilli sauce. I’d like to give the restaurant the benefit of the doubt that it probably wasn’t served to me at the right temperature, but these didn’t do anything for me. It’s a great, healthy dish, and I’m a sucker for soy chilli sauce, but somehow this just seemed to lack flavour, despite the chilli sauce. The cottage cheese with Moroccan spices didn’t seem to do much for me either. It was an overdose of spices. The Thai curry was served last and brought a smile back to my face. Served at the perfect temperature, this was a delight. The marinated olives and feta in a jar kept me great company as I waited for the next dish to arrive.

With so many new additions to Mumbai’s nightlife circuit, Harry’s definitely stands out owing to their pricing and great vibes, so this one is definitely worth a visit.