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Sunday Brunching at O:h Cha

I simply adore Sunday Brunches! It just brings back memories of home where the entire family would land up at my grandparent’s place, chilling with a mug of beer and gorging on that beautiful spread she would lay before us.

There’s something about the whole concept of Sunday brunches that makes me want to scream with joy! You’ll never find me saying NO to them except if I’m in a do or die situation.

And like I’ve said before, Sundays are meant to indulge in some great food and wine and I see absolutely no harm in doing so!

What was really nice about this brunch at O:h Cha which I was invited last Sunday, was the fact that it was a sit down brunch so all I had to do was sit there and was spoilt rottenly with so much food coming onto the table.

The entrance of the restaurant is not very welcoming but the décor is indeed eye-catching. The first thing I noticed was the faux-grass walls, slate-grey paint, colourful gladiator masks of Buddha, and huge basket-like cane lanterns. Or wait, was that bamboo? Whatsoever, it gives you the whole Thai feel and then a few minutes later, you come back to your senses and realize that you’re still in the city of dreams!

Free Flowing Bar

O:h Cha known for it’s balance, detail and variety, made me more than thrilled to begin the meal. Thai food has always had a special place in my heart and there’s something about this cuisine that can never make me get enough of it.

The menu consists of an unforgettable blend of old and new, popular Thai dishes evolved from Chinese cuisine and introduced to Thailand centuries ago. What I assume is that the Chef is a big fan of the French Cuisine as most of the dishes that were served to us, had a fusion of both these distinct flavours. The chef stresses on using the freshest of ingredients to produce a truly authentic culinary experience.

We started off with a glass of Casablanca Sparkling Wine that paired well with the Krob Kream which the restaurant is most famous for and I don’t see why because it’s indeed the most addictive thing I’ve eaten on this planet! They are sweet and salty wontons which were crunchy and had amazing flavours that I was actually hooked on to it for quite a while!

Coming to the main part of the brunch, there were a few hits and a few misses. It was quite disappointing to see that some of my favourite dishes were a real let down.

The menu is quite exhaustive so come here with empty stomachs.

 4 DISHES TO HAVE

Stir Fry Tofu with Sriracha 

This was definitely the showstopper of the brunch!

Extremely soft, moist pieces of tofu marinated in that beautiful sriracha sauce that melts in your mouth. You usually don’t find me digging into the vegetarian fare especially when there’s so much of meat around but this was exceptional and totally worth the try!

Holy Basil Chicken Bruschetta

It was interesting to find French on the menu. The fresh basil really stood out for me and it was so addictive that I just couldn’t stop at one.

Pad Thai Noodles 

I’ve always had a soft corner for Pad Thai since my childhood days. It was the only Thai food I was familiar with back then!

This was the best dish of the main course and I fell in love with the texture of the noodles. Found it a bit too sweet for my palate, but do give it a try, you may just like it!

Home Made Sticky rice & Mango Ice cream

The texture was really smooth and it’s the Chef’s signature dessert. What I found very strange was the fact that both the elements were served together which is not the case always but flavours were bang on, so a win-win dessert for me!

4 DISHES TO STAY AWAY

Lemon Grass Crème Brulee 

GOD HAVE MERCY! This was a real nightmare! What’s the point of eating a Crème Brulee if you don’t get to crack the top-most layer? The caramelized sugar layer was hard as stone and I felt it to be such an insult to the French. The only good part was that it left a nice lemon grass flavour in my mouth!

Green Curry Vegetable 

The base of any traditional Thai meal is their green curry and I’m such a big fan of it. But this? It felt more like I was eating rasam. The consistency was too thin and runny. It would have been so nice if the coconut milk was richer and more thick and would have added so much more flavour to it also.

Stir Fried Chicken Black Pepper

How could you call this stir fry when the bits of chicken are running in a gravy? I was expecting it to be crisp and dry so you get the crunchiness in your mouth. Also the salt content of this dish would have shot up my pressure levels. It felt like I was literally eating salt so another big let down!

Asian Mushroom Vol-au-vent

I think they tried to make a fusion of the Asian and French flavours through this but failed miserably at it. I couldn’t identify any of the flavours and as for the puff pastry, it was a complete disaster! It was dense and chewy and a real disappointment because it’s the flakiness of the pastry that excites me.

Other things on the menu to gorge on:

Fried Turnip Cakes
Sweet Corn Pa
tty
Vegetable Chive Dumpling

Fried Lemon Grass Chicken
Chicken Satay

Chicken Gyoza
Prawn Chive Dumpling

Som Tom

French Bean Chilli Bean , Four Friends, Pad Kra Prow Kai and Steamed Jasmine Rice
Steamed Dory Lemon Chilly Garlic
Tub Tim Krobe

Orange, Lemon Grass and Honey Sorbet
Goey Chocolate Mousse Cake

All in all, it was not that a bad brunch. Considering the fact that this was the first one that they ever hosted,I will try to not be too hard on them.

Though, service is something that they really have to work on. The food took quite some time to come on our table, we missed out on the turnip cakes that everyone was raving about and a refill of my wine took more than 20 minutes. It came after I was almost through with my meal.

Leaving aside these glitches, the ambience I can say with no doubts was the best part of the entire brunch experience. There’s a man on the sax playing some lovely jazz and other tracks familiar to all that makes you sway to the music and want to shake a leg.

The Chef Owner, Rakesh Talwar is also extremely friendly and comes around making sure that you are having a good time.

With Chef Rakesh Talwar

More than anything else, O:h Cha provides you that comfort and happiness that you look forward to spending your Sunday. It’s all about enjoying it with your close friends and family and we had a blast!

So if that’s what you’re looking for, then I don’t think O:h cha will be a bad decision after all!

Sparkling Sunday Brunch at O:h Cha

(Rs 2000 all inclusive+ a glass of Casablanca Sparkling Wine)

Address:

Unit 1, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Premises, Mathurdas Mills Compound,, N M joshi marg, Next to Blue Frog, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013

(The author was invited by the restaurant to review the Sunday Brunch. However, the author’s views are unbiased and solely her own.)

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