Imagine a pretty place with wooden floors, tee-lights, a beautiful bar and place where one can go and enjoy a meal and have an actual conversation — Yes! it is true there are a few places in Mumbai and Silver Beach Cafe is one of them. Very little Silver and no beach but this newly opened place is just a little ahead of the iconic Sterling Multiplex and is getting very famous with couples, both old and young (replaced Town House Cafe.) This is the second outlet of the restaurant which has its first outpost in Juhu and we must admit, they have done a great job when it comes to designing the restaurant and most importantly the menu. The Bombay Foodies went to SoBo after a long time and continue reading further to see if it was worth the trip or not:)
The Place and the Food:
Like we said in our opening paragraph, a lot of thought has been given to the interiors of the restaurant, as well as the menu. Unlike a lot of restaurants that are focusing on drinks and cocktails, SBC seems to have done a lot of research and trails to get its menu right. With over 10 options in each soup and salad, 15 in starters, pasta and mains SBC is definitely a place for food lovers! We went for dinner, and the dimly-lit place with tee candles as the only source of lighting did make it look pretty but wasn’t the best for taking pictures!
Our host Mariya who stays close by did drop in to meet us and even though she was off her shift it made us feel special! She told us that we could call for small portions of food as the Chef and his team knew of us coming, thus we started off with 2 soups, one being the soups of the day – Carrot and Apple soup and the other a Provencal Seafood Bisque. We also called for two mocktails which were Herbed Cooler and Lemon Delight a good start as both drinks were refreshing. The Carrot and Apple soup was something different and a flavour combination we have never tried before in a soup, so full marks for that! It was a slightly sweet tangy soup with sweet little pieces of apple. The Seafood Bisque, though a little on the thinner side was also good with enough fish and prawns in the mix. But a concern with both soups is that there needs to be a break in the taste and texture. As we called for the soups #OnebyTwo (only in India) we found the quantity fine, but if one has an entire bowl of either soup, by the sixth or seventh sip one will get tired of the same flavour. We also told the server to tell the Chef to add some sour cream or even some crusty bread in the soup to break the monotony. The accompanying cheese sticks and lavash bread helped a little, with our above concerns.
Gnocchi make me Naughty!
Out of all the starters mentioned in their menu, we opted for the (Soft as F*ck) Chive Potato Gnocchi with a Blue Cheese sauce in the veg section and what looked like the cutest looking Mexican Lamb and Spicy Chicken mini burgers. Again, we are stating the fact that the chefs at SBC have got a great mix and variety on the menu, we wanted to eat everything on their menu and we can assure you, it will take one at least five to six visits, to have everything on the menu. Great Work! As a lot of restaurants are not giving so much importance to food, SBC is definitely a breath of fresh air in the ever increasing “Pub and Bar” fair of Mumbai.
Getting back to the food, as mentioned above, soft Gnocchi!! Everything from the plating to the Blue Cheese sauce, the paint brush of Balsamic to a single stalk of Chive, this dish made the Chef do naughty things (To himself or others, one will never know!!) This dish made us realize the importance and need for the humble herb, Chive. Not only did it break the color combination it also added the crunch to the soft Gnocchi and gave a whole different flavor to the dish.
The mini bugers, two each of Chicken and Lamb (Four in a portion but you can ask to mix and match) arrived shortly after. Really cute looking, the not-so-Mexican Lamb outdid the not-so-spicy-Chicken in taste and juiciness. Although the M:B proportion (Meat to Bread) was good, the Foodie couldn’t live without the sweetness that a burger (Bun or Caramalized onions) should have. In short the Chef “thulped” all 4 and was very happy 😀
Wide variety of Mains:
Like we said earlier, SBC is an out and out restaurant and their main course is a proof of that very fact!! They have it divided into Pizzas, Fondues, Sandwiches, Pastas and then their Mains. Giving the first four sections a miss we called for the Herbed Pork belly over a bed of Pumpkin Risotto with an apple sauce for the Chef and the Foodie had a pan seared Rawas with Aragula, Potato cheesecake and Wasabi Cream sauce.
Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Everything from the presentation to the aromas were perfect but unfortunately all that glitters is not gold! The pork belly had a lot of fat compared to the meat and the apple sauce wasn’t sweet, thus did not complement the dish; the risotto was fine enough. Coming to the fish, the wasabi hit in the sauce wasn’t as strong, but the fish and the potato cheesecake were good. There was also sauteed spinach that was served with the fish which really held the dish together!!!
For desserts we opted for a Chocolate Addiction and New York Cheesecake served with strawberry ice cream. The chocolate addiction was good, a different dessert compared to the regular lava. The New York cheesecake seemed a little crumbly and tasted a little flat, yes we know it sounds weird but that’s how it tasted and felt in the mouth! All in all this particular meal started on a great note, but the end was one not the happiest.
We are not going to rate this particular meal as we feel that Silver Beach deserves another visit. We know that with all the items on their menu, have great potential, the chefs with just a little more input can make all dishes taste f*cking great! We shall be back to the SBC outlets very soon and try their food again to give it a proper feedback and rating. Till then Bombay Foodies, try this place out, as it’s pretty, a really quiet venue and might have a potential favorite dish, hidden in there somewhere.
Food: NA (Simple because this place needs 2-3 visits more!!!)
Value For Money: NA
(This was an invite from the restaurant and the Bombayfoodies haven’t paid for this meal. Honest reviews, suggestions and feedback has been given by the reviewers. The Bombay Foodies will go back to SBC again to try out the other dishes as all the items couldn’t be given enough justification.)