As Mumbai’s food outlets keep increasing, it gets ever so difficult for restaurateurs to come with different themes, menus and ideas so that the people get something different every time. The Food menus are getting a level of precision that can give a good restaurant in London or New York competition, our Bar tenders are getting smarter and coming up with concoctions unheard of yet boozy and tasty AF! The Stables on the other hand has missed the mark and failed ti stay in trend altogether! This is how our night went at The Stables.
Adjacent to Persian Darbar, Marol stands the Peninsula Hotel and Stable is located on the ground floor at the far end. A really big outside space and dimly lit interiors The Stables is a Dubai based ‘gastro-pub’ which has an equestrian theme. Yea right? Wha the f*ck is a ‘gastro-pub’ related to horse racing doing in Andheri East? Exposed walls (yawn) Dim lights (yawwnnnn) and wooden everything (zzzzz) is the main look and feel of the place. Well you tell us don’t judge a book by its cover so lets just see what was in store for us when it came to food and drinks.
There was a short menu for the day for us to taste a few nibbles and try some cocktails. We started with three cocktails Wind Suck, Cribber Ascot and Shergar Gin Sling, luckily popcorn kept coming to our table. Wind Suck is a Vodka Based Cocoktail with cucumber and lemon juice was the only decent drink of the night barring the Bira Draught (Thank God for Bira.) The Cribber Ascot was a mix of God only know what, it seemed very confusing with Rum being the main alcohol and some citrus juices added. The Gin Sling was just Gin and Ginger Ale and we don’t think it was a good Gin (may be Blue Ribband)
Now the food menu was something that we had in the early 2000’s with items like Fish and Chips, Wings, Fritto Misto, Chicken Burger, Chicken Tikka and Pizza. When a company puts in so much money to make the place look decent the least they could’ve done is get an attractive menu at least. The yawning continued! Taste wise: Wings (peri-peri) seemed like packet frozen wings friend and served with blue cheese dip which i think cam efrom a bottle as well. Frito Misto had a few pieces of Prawns, Calamari (over fried) and Basa Fish just crumb fried and served. The Pork Sliders were just about fine, the Pizza looked liked something that was made by a trainee Chef, Fish and chips just seemed like they came from the 2000’s, the only saving grace was the Chicken Tikka (and that does not say a lot about a restaurant) Now when a Dubai based “gastro-pub” comes and serves stuff like this, we really don’t understand as to what are they trying to achieve. To make matters worse a live band started to play post 10 pm, and since the inside section is so small the music was resonating to another level.
Please change your menu! Get innovative, make an effort or at least serve us the good old dishes in a nice way! The only brownie point we can give them is for service. The popcorn kept or replenishing, the foreign wait staff kept clearing our table and our waiter kept repeating our beers and food as and when they would get over! Our suggestion, try out the other space in the locality and if a table isn’t available you can come here.
Value for Money: NA
(The BombayFoodies were invited for a tasting at the Stables, irrespective of that honest views and opinions have been given by the reviewers)