Exclamations like ‘big’, ‘spacious’ are often missing while describing restaurants in Mumbai where cramped spaces are a way of life.
Spread across 8000 sq. feet and divided into 3 sections, al-fresco, a ground and a first floor, Lord of the Drinks would be synonymous to those hardy found exclamations.
The moment you enter the place, you get the similar vibe as Tamasha, Lower Parel, primarily because of the interior. Not to mention that it is owned by the same restaurateur, Priyank Sukhija.
I got an opportunity to visit LOTD within a month of opening. Here is what we got to try…
The concoction of rum, cucumber juice and lime helped cool off the heat!
This animated drink made with vodka, green apple syrup, mint foam topped with blue curacao syrup too was a great cooler.
Another highly potent cocktail was Mumbai Tea. A mix of cinnamon tea and Kahlua, orange liqueur, vodka and apple juice.
In the variety of fruit flavored cocktails, we tried Lychee Desire, Meon Twist, and mint Papaya Rita. A mild infusion of spices like cloves, smoked cardamom stick and chili pepper makes these different from run-of-the-mill fruit flavor cocktails.
Smoked Sangria brought a smoky twist to a regular sangria. Try it only if you like sangria.
I realized only after the server told us that the fries are made from sweet potato.
The Tender Coconut and Galangal Soup and the Black Daal Soup turned out to be my personal favorites. Tender Coconut and Galangal Soup is a must try if you like Thai curry as both has the same base, tender coconut broth. Usually, soups made from lentils are bland but this one had a unique taste.
Chukandar Galauti and Bamboo Shoot and Chestnut Kabab were served with bite-sized Malabar parotha and dips. Tzatziki and fresh fruit chutney respectively. Both were a little bland in taste when tried alone but gave a different taste when tried with the accompanying dip.
Other different dishes we tried were Tandoori Platter veg, Trio of Bruschettas, Yellow Chilli and Roasted Garlic Dimsum, Trio Mushroom Dimsums and Roasted Veg. Pizza. none of them disappoint us but the star main course was Lasooni Shingada Palak and Makai Roti.
With unusual presentation and equally unusual taste, the water chestnuts in garlic and palak gravy was a burst of flavors.
And if this was not enough, the desserts served raised a level in combining unusual flavors.
The Paan Ice-Cream Martini gave a good twist for a dessert and was served with thandai shot. A great combination for paan and ice-cream lovers.
Another quirky dessert was cinnamon malpua topped with cream cheese rabri and Kiwi fruit accompanied by French baguette. Not to be missed if you like malpua or have a sweet tooth.
Considering the great and potent drinks and equally great food options the more apt name would be ‘Lord of the Drinks and Food!’
Service: N/A. This was an invite.
VFM: N/A. This was an invite.
P.S. – We were invited by Lord of the Drinks to try their menu.
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