They call it Please Don’t Tell but once you were there you must tell everybody about this amazing place. Branded as the only speak easy bar in Mumbai, PDT how the cool kids on the block call it, wowed us with fantastic food, delicious drinks and awesome ambiance.
But do you know exactly what a “speak easy bar” is? Well, I didn’t until Google told me this:
“A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933, longer in some states).”
Perfectly located in the gentrified Lower Parel, the restaurant and bar is located in the former cotton mill compound of Kamala Mills. The industrial feel of the interior let’s you immerse into a different world. That is, if you figured out how to enter the place. (I won’t give away the secret but all I can say is there is a red telephone booth awaiting you…)
Enough small talk, let’s get to business. And that is –surprisingly as it is for a drinking hole– the amazing food they serve.
We started off with mini lamb filled pitas that were accompanied by probably the best tzatziki I ever had in Bombay and an onion date relish (Crave the Date) and a delicious, light and still filling quinoa salad with pomegranate, spinach, caramelized apricot and mascarpone (Good Girl Special). Both these starters are new on the menu and I totally recommend them. Try to eat the lamb filled pitas like pani puri… And the salad even wowed my husband. I can’t believe it’s so delicious to eat healthy. I wonder if Marissa Bronfman inspired this dish?!
The yummy food was accompanied by cocktails and mocktails and more cocktails. After all, we are in a speak easy bar. Both not big into drinks, I ordered a Teacher’s Pet (virgin mojito with mango and mint) and my husband wanted to go for a beer. The waiter was friendly enough to recommend the Puzzle Guzzle cocktail (vodka, homemade ginger syrup, mint sprigs, lime, grapefruit juice, soda and a hint of cinnamon). Yes, it is as good as it sounds. And that’s why I ordered this delicious cocktail as well after I tried it from my husband. (The mocktail was good as well though…).
Our main courses were the lamb burger (Sheeping Around) which was okay but not as breath-taking and outstanding as the other dishes. But the Butter Chicken Roll totally made up for it. I loved that it was cut like a sushi roll –perfect to dip it into the chutney and eat with your hand. The roll was actually a recommendation of our friendly waiter. Though I wasn’t particularly excited about it, I went with this choice and boy did this roll wowed me. (Btw: the roll comes from The Roll Company next door. Same owner, same kitchen. And they also do home/office deliveries. I’m just sayin’…)
After so much of delicious food, we were too full to order a dessert. But given that the dessert section in the menu is called “Happy Endings”, we definitely come back for it.
And now don’t forget: PLEASE (DON’T) TELL and share it with everyone on your social media.
Please note that Gwenda Glocalista was invited to review this restaurant. Though we did not pay our own bill, we have our own opinion and free food doesn’t buy our free mind.