Restaurateurs Mihir Desai and Amit Singh (the guys behind The Big Bang Bar and Masala Zone) are bringing stock-market principles to their new all day eatery, The Bar Stock Exchange (TBSE). The deal: Customer demand influences the fluctuating drink prices, which is displayed on a digital ticker. Prices start from MRP. Watch out for the prices of your favourite drink and snag it while when no one is ordering it.
Beers at Rs 75 and Chivas Regal at Rs 69 is a bargain! We started the night on Corona, but switched when the price of the Mexican beer got too racy.
Trading gets easier when you download a free mobile app fed with the necessary algorithm and order in real time. Ps. Treat colleagues during lunch, as all alcohol is static at MRP. Trading begins post 6 pm.
TBSE is not only about raising ‘spirits.’ The kitchen helmed by Jerson Fernandes an ex-Olive chef, dishes out some seriously delicious eats. Among the starters the tandoori lollipop is spectacular. Perfectly seasoned and constructed the chicken drumsticks are brought to life with a subtle, smokey treatment.
The piled-high nacho platter topped with guacamole and sour cream is cheesey and perfect for sharing. Or not, if you’re feeling particularly hoardey.
Tortellini stuffed with chicken mince and herbs is another satisfying indulgence – the pasta shells whisper underneath the noisier tomato and cheese notes. Fernandes displays a deft hand with the risottos too. Don’t miss the mushroom risotto that comes with three types mushroom and a white wine parmesan sauce.
For desserts go for the Bluberry Cheese cake – perfectly moist and not overtly sweet, its something a character from a fairy tale might eat.
However, not every dish is swoon-worthy. Excess salt killed the mustard fish tikka. Rubbery calamari served with Chilly Mayo is both stiff and dull.
One last quibble: While the low lighting shaves years off your face, it also makes reading the menu a strain.
HOW TO GET THERE
Shivani Industrial Estate, Opposite Times Square (Behind Mc Donalds), Andheri (E), Mumbai – 72. Walking distance from Saki Naka metro station. Tel: 0222850 1214/15, 0222600 5858
TBSE has outlets in Bandra and Oshiwara too.
COST: Rs 1500-2000 for two
NIVEDITA JAYARAM PAWAR