ARK at Courtyard by Marriott exudes colonial cool with its low slung sofas, brick walled bar, rustic wooden flooring and a collector’s edition wine rack. A dramatic wall consisting of 9 LCD television sets screens all the sporting action. The result is a seductive, attractive space, which is both sleek and playful. The lighting is low and a soundtrack of chilled beats plays unobtrusively in the background. This is the kind of place that’s made for sophisticates to gather for some intellectual chat, fueled by cocktails and perhaps a cigar.
Apart from ARK signatures, the bar also serves molecular cocktails and craft beer. Vodka with watermelon juice and molecularly generated watermelon pearls tickles the senses in the most agreeable way and Rum with lychee liqueur, pomegranate juice and smoked orange peel is refreshing.
Chef Rajan Vasandi gives mushrooms an ego boost by dressing it with Philadelphia cheese and perching it atop a base of french fries. The Tomato Bruschettas with cheese and balsamic reduction is heavenly. My dining companion and I warred with forks over every last fresh, crunchy morsel, before ordering a second round and demolishing that, too. If you love sausages go for the Beer Brat which is a juicy sausage hugged by a baguette and stuffed with pickled vegetables and cheese. The best part is that it comes with 650ml of Kingfisher beer! The portions are big, the meat is hearty and the sandwiches are full of bite – what more could you ask for? With no desserts on the menu the best way to end the night here is the last of whatever remains in your wine glass.
Pink Floss – gin based concoction poured over candy floss in a Martini glass read better than it tasted. Avoid.
COST: Rs 3000 for two
HOW TO GET THERE: CTS 215, Opp Sangam Big Cinemas, Andheri – Kurla Rd, Andheri East, Mumbai – 400059. Tel: +91-22-61369999
NIVEDITA JAYARAM PAWAR