We all love theme restaurants that are done neatly and gracefully. Don't we? Well, I was invited to attend the launch party of the Rainforest resto bar that opened its another outlet in Mumbai at High Street Phoenix mall, Lower Parel.
It was a monsoon Friday and I was invited to the launch and the preview Party. We have been off late doing very fewer food reviews as it gets cliche wherein restaurants looks at you doing reviews at the cost of integrity. At Haute Kutir, we do not believe in Free meals but we believe in doing transparent and straight forward reviews. So why rainforest?
The restaurant theme looked interesting. They have an outlet in Navi Mumbai which has garnered a good name. I wholeheartedly accepted this invitation as it came with grace, humility and promised good company. I am glad that I accepted this invite. If you want to know why? I suggest you must visit them to know more.
The most striking feature of the place is the beautifully and aesthetically executed theme that gives you a "different and unique" experience as you enter.
As the name suggests rainforest, this resto-bar is done in an elegant jungle-forest kind of theme. From outside decor to interiors, the restaurant is done in great taste. You enter to a small bridge overlooking man-made waterfall [ a lot like this jungle theme restaurant in Gurgaon Ambiance mall]
|It is a great place to hangout with your friends, family or host dinner parties over live music|
It was the day of launch and the place was bursting with guests, their different parties which spell "over-occupancy". Yet the staff was amicable, prompt and attentive.
The resto-bar had a live music band that played Hindi music and music on request too. Not sure if this is a regular feature or arranged for the launch event.
Food and Beverage
Given the excellent ambiance and the theme, I was looking for some intersting food / menu. We tried some pre-select menu that unfortunately wasn't as great as anything else. I did not mind the over the top delay in serving the food or the fact that set menu for veg was quite a cliche that has- a typical bruschetta, a typical cheese ball and a very bland paneer [another typical]. There was a variety for sure. Bruschetta were amazing, crispyi yet soft. Paneer Angarey were quite bland and chewy. Cheese balls were nice, though. I also tried the dry veg Manchurian served with falafel.
Main course had Indian bread basket, white rice with Thai curry and biryani.
The "sabji hussainabdi" was succulent but wasn't very impactful. The Thai curry and rice was comforting and soothing. I liked the bamboo serve wares they were bought in. By the time Biryani was served, we have lost our appetite.
The desserts were nice but we were quite full with the highly hospitable starters to relish the desserts.
It was the launch day and the menu if not ellaborative, could have been better. Given the theme, I missed that important roast or dum flavor you could associate with it. The beverage was almost missing except for soft drinks and vodka.Interetsingly, the demand exceeded the supply but am not complaining as I was ahppy drinking my room temperature water. The food lacked a big punch though.
Haute Kutir Verdict: Overall, the place was good and an interesting one. I loved the place and can give the food another chance. You can go with friends, family and even host your get together. I would love to visit them again