Pebbles by Juhu Residency strangely has been a restaurant I have never frequented although it is located really close to where I live. I decided to remedy this last night. It is best known for its Indian char grilled, coastal & Pan Asian cuisine.. Inspired by the original recipes of India, Thailand and provincial China, it has an exclusive seafood menu that ensures that every catch is treated individually, blended with particular spices and herbs and cooked in a manner to retain its natural flavor.
An entry into this fine dining restaurant on Link Road Andheri West was a surprise. Teeming with families on a Sunday night, the understated elegant decor and vibrant ambience energized me. Seated comfortably in a corner table, I explored the varied menu. Sea food across all cuisines was clearly their forte. But so were other vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies in Pan Asian, Coastal and Indian cuisines.
Spicy crab meat soup was recommended to us and proved to be the perfect choice in the current weather. Comforting and soulful, we lapped up this broth. There were generous amounts of crab meat in the soup. Steamed dim sums arrived next. Fish, prawns and crab meat were on our platter. Well steamed, light and with a succulent filling. The accompanying dips were equally interesting and added the right zing to our taste buds.
The tawa fry pomfret was a wake up call for our palate. The spice tantalized our taste buds and we relished the fresh, melt in the mouth fish, fried to perfection.
Appams and chicken sukha along with Manglorean fish curry(Rawas) is what we opted for as main course. Could not have been a better combination. The appams were light and fluffy, albeit filling. The chicken was lip-smacking although rich in coconut, typical of the coastal region. The highlight was the tangy fish curry, with the right blend of spice and flavour. It paired well with the appams and we did not miss rice.
Our palate was pleased beyond words. However desserts were inviting enough. Caramel custard is what we settled for. Rich and creamy, it was well set and had the right consistency and sweetness. Full marks to this one too.
The service is good, efficient and unobtrusive. The staff is pleasant, well-informed and articulate. Overall the dining experience turned out to be better than I had imagined. The food is of high quality, with fresh ingredients, and only the best is served. The pricing at first glance may seem a little steep, but given the quality and the portion size, it is value for money all the way.
If you are a gourmet who has discerning taste buds and wants to settle for nothing but the best, head to this restaurant. I am going back soon, for the extraordinary buffet lunch this time.