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Mai Tai : Food, Fun & Friendly staff

Mai Tai, the American chain of Polynesian-themed bars, has been making waves in Mumbai for over a year now. The newest entrant is the one at Phoenix Market City Kurla. Trader’s Vic Mai Tai Lounge with its tiki carvings and wooden furniture, is indeed the perfect place to have a drink and dine at leisure. And yes, have fun too.

The Baked spinach and potato dip which Arup recommended seemed the perfect beginning. The melt in the mouth Parmesan cheese with spinach and potatoes, served with crisp garlic bread and pita bread, helped us whet our appetites. The chicken mince skewers had a delectable flavour which infused my senses. Aromatic and flavourful, these were a perfect combination with the dip. Other exciting options were Cho Cho skewers and Hawaiin Volcano sliders for meat lovers and Mai Tai crispy chicken for other non vegetarians. Vegetarians too had an array to choose from.

The large plates section too, had one spilt for choice. Burgers, Pan Asian fare- Jasmine rice with Thai curries, sandwiches, steaks. There was something for everyone. Tiki Falafel Burger, Wasabi crusted flat iron steak and Roasted Tomato Linguni, I thought were interesting and unusual.

From the grilled mains, we opted for the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. It came with the option of garlic mash, island pilaf or sautéed vegetables. Sauteed veggies were the right choice. Crunchy broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers were delicious and complimented the chicken wrapped in a divine sauce. I did not quite enjoy the fish burger as basa, does not appeal to my palate. But the burger was well-made and the spicy fires salvaged the situation.

Chef Ajay has an eye for detail and his presentation is impeccable. His world food menu is well-crafted and his flavours, authentic and robust and the ingredients fresh.

The warm chocolate bread pudding was the grand finale to an already lip-smacking meal. Soft and gooey, it just melt in our mouth and the banana slices on top made us feel less guilty

The bar menu is exhaustive, although we steered clear from cocktails that afternoon. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, the food lives up to your expectations. It is a lively, sun place to dine in. We had a nice laid back Sunday lunch. Am sure it is even more vibrant in the evenings. Check it out and enjoy.

Upbeat & Interactive : IBAR

Not a great one to drink, I am normally not very excited to step into a bar, because the food there is obviously not the mainstay and thus nothing to write home about. However, IBAR at Bandra West, Mumbai proved me wrong.

The Interactive Bar started by young entrepreneur Lakhan Jethani, who is the Director, is certainly a must-visit place if you enjoy unusual drinks and food. Well- versed in bartending and molecular mixology himself, Lakhan dishes out great Chocolate Martini, Kamikaze Shot with a beer and lime foam and Mai-Tai, to name a few. He clearly enjoys being behind the bar and knows the pulse of his generation – the youth.


The Apple Sangria with black grape caviar – with strawberry and tequila infused jelly that I was sipping was refreshing and visually appealing. It was fun selecting one’s menu from the IPad that was handed over to us. The Cajun Spiced potatoes, with their sweet buttery flavour complimented the spicy Cajun. Served with a blue cheese dip, these were luscious.

Mushroom Foccacia

I have a weakness for sea food and the tequila glazed prawns completely bowled me over. The spirit is heated in up in a glass and poured over the dish flaming in front of the guest. That created even more magic.

There was more of sea food. Beer Batter Fish Fingers came next. Fresh sea basa fillet, marinated with olive oil, chives and coriander, salt pepper coated with a beer batter and deep fried served with fries and tartar dip. You can’t go wrong with fish fingers anyway. The surprise of the evening was the Mushroom Foccacia. Coated with an olive tapenade and topped with wild mushrooms, it teased my palate beyond comparison.

Chef’s special kebabs were equally a treat and the chef thus proved his versatility. The newly introduced Sushi was a great hit. Salmon and cream cheese sushi appealed the most to me. And surprisingly vegetable California roll came a close second. The sushi had distinct flavours, were neatly rolled and the wasabi tasted just right.

The main course is understandably limited but the place does have some good pastas and risottos, as well as Thai curry and rice.

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Aesthetically a well-done up place, it is a fun place for youngsters to relax and unwind. And yes, for the first time I found the finger food at a Bar to be delicious and imaginative.