I remember last Summer being back home, slyly walking towards my dad’s booze cabinets trying to fix myself a good drink because cocktails are my thing. I simply enjoy sipping on a drink (intoxicated) especially on a really hot, sunny day. It relaxes the mind and soul and definitely helps you beat the heat!
This Summer unfortunately I’m grounded in Mumbai, studying (supposed to be) for my final Semester exams so that’s why you see me reliving those memories of Summer’15 at the Bombay Vintage by trying out their Fabulous Summer Sangria Festival.
This also gave me the perfect opportunity to finally make my way there as I missed the launch of this place due to some unforeseen circumstances.
Bombay Vintage is one of those places any proud Mumbaikar would love to dine at. Being new to the city, I’ve been told that “Mumbai” today is nothing of what “Bombay” was a couple of years ago so it’s a happy amalgamation of the past, present and future. Everything about this bar and diner brings back great memories along with eclectic tastes of the modern Mumbaikar.
Walk into this place and you’ll find lots of old artifacts and wall hangings so I did take the trouble to go around and have a look. What struck me the most was this typewriter.
My grandmother would tell me stories of how when she first started working this is what she used so it really caught my attention.
The heat was killing me that day and so I needed to quickly settle down with my glass of Sangria. Now even though Sangrias are usually had during times of celebration in the Spanish towns, the whole concept of drinking them is really catching up here in India too.
I guess it’s the best excuse you find to quench your thirst! 😉
Bombay Vintage offers some beautiful, refreshing Sangrias that have the perfect combination of wine and fruit that will keep you sorted for the entire evening.
From fresh watermelon and berries to apples and peaches, they add deliciousness to suit your palate.
It was time to now do the tasting and be the judge of it. The first one I tried was the Watermelon Sangria and this has definitely got to be my favourite. It’s the perfect thing to have on a sunny day, trust me!
It consists of Fresh Watermelon Juice, White Wine, Triple Sec,Vodka and Watermelon scoops with Mint. It was really cooling for the system and I felt that the watermelon and mint made a great pair.
I also tried the Tropical Sangria and Peach Sangria which were absolutely stunning drinks.
The Tropical Sangria consisted of Merlot, Port Wine, Orange Juice, Brandy and Tropical Fruits while the Peach Sangria had White wine, Peach Liqueur, Peach Nectar and Fresh Peaches & Pears. I loved the flavours of the fresh peaches in my drink!
The other ones you must try are the Spiced Apple Sangria, Green Apple and Kiwi Sangria and Blushing Sangria. I think that’s what I’m going to have on my next trip there.
Along with all these drinks, I’ve been told that you cannot miss out on their quirky Western and European twists to Indian food. The food is a fusion of vintage classics combined with continental ingredients so I was thrilled as ever to dig in…
Started off with these Mutton Vada Pav Sliders served with cilantro and paprika mayo that were simply out of this world! Being new to the city, this was the first thing I was introduced to (obviously the meatless one) and this is something I can still live on till today so I was very impressed. The mutton was cooked to perfection and I loved the whole concept!
Next on my plate was Fried Calamari with Tartare Sauce. I’m a big seafood fan and especially when it comes to calamari, I jump for it any time! But I have a policy while cooking it. You either get it right or wrong and sadly this didn’t live up to my expectations. It wasn’t crisp and flavourful and to add to it all- rubbery. So that was a real disappointment!
Being half Mangy, it’s not a surprise how obsessed I am about my neer dosa and the twist to this dish sounded very fascinating so decided to order it: Neer Dosa Prawn Sukka Rolls
I loved the Sukka masala that was marinated in the prawns! Can’t compare it to the one we make back home but it was authentic enough.
But the neer dosa on the other hand was a real disgrace. The consistency was too thick and it felt like I was eating more of a pancake. I’m sorry for being a fuss pot here but I’ve been brought up on thin, light neer dosas that are meant to melt in your mouth so can’t make any exceptions for that.
The Rawa Tawa Fry served with roasted chilli mayo and salli potato was mediocre. I enjoyed the masala from the fish but couldn’t figure out how exactly the salli potato went with it. If you’re a person who can’t handle spices well, I suggest go easy on it!
Some of the other things you must try out is the Chicken Misal with Rice Roti and Maska Pav, Sabudana Risotto with Roasted Peanut Sprinkle , Chicken Roulade with Sundried Tomato Kulcha & Butter Masala Sauce and Continental Pav Bhaji with Foccacia Fingers
Finally, I can never end a good meal without satisfying my sweet tooth so there you go two desserts that gave me two opposite reactions.
Call me daring to order for the Volae Bella but yes it was a real insult to the traditional Mangalorean ones I’ve eaten before. Nothing worked for me and surprisingly the jaggery was really bitter too.
Thankfully the Chocolate Walnut Brownie with Kulfi came and saved the day. Never eaten this combination before so it was so much more decent than the previous dessert. I actually liked the fusion of flavours!
So if you’re in the mood for some great Summer Sangrias coupled with even more delightful food, then head to Bombay Vintage for The Fabulous Summer Sangria Festival.
It goes on till the 31st of March, 2016.
Oriental Mansion Building
Ground floor, Shop no 5
Next to Philips Antique Showroom
Mumbai – 400039
(The author was called to review the ongoing festival. However, the views of the author remain unbiased and are solely her own.)
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