October 30, 2013 by thejalebichronicles
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The Spare Kitchen
Cuisine: Italian and Moghlai
Rs 1300/- for two
Located in plush Juhu, The Spare Kitchen is the latest attraction for gourmets in the Suburbs and beyond. The restaurant’s aquarium filled with bottles of liquor adjoining the bar TVs and projectors, its lounge area, café and upstairs hall make it the perfect place to retreat to after a tiring day On entering the restaurant, the guest is given a variety of choices regarding seating arrangements: outdoors or in, near the bar or in a quiet corner, in the lounge or at a table. The place is guaranteed to suit all types of gatherings and the ambience is sympathetic to the viewer’s needs; a not so little Room of Requirement for all occasions.
For drinks, the reviewer ordered an orange virgin mojito, which was unconventionally served in what looked like a jar with a handle attached to it, furthering the restaurant’s aim of setting itself apart from other eateries.The very mild hint of orange in the cool mojito made it perfect for the hot summer afternoon.
Appetizers included a non-veg platter consisting of chicken and mutton kebabs, malabari lamb and chicken tikka. All of the little cuts of meat were presented beautifully in a platter and cooked to perfection.
The garlic malai paneer tikka, for the large name, was rather disappointing to a paneer lover due to the simplicity of the dish, but the ingenious tandoori stuffed mushrooms could easily be called the highlight of the day; the reviewer’s family had to restrain him from ordering the same multiple times.The dish was very delectable and juicy, leaving you wanting more every time.
Jalapeno poppers were next on the list; they boasted nothing special, but were extra cheesy and not as oily as poppers usually go.
The menu included a list of quirkily named pizzas, including The Godfather II, of which the latter contained lamb mince, orange cheddar, roasted garlic, jalapenos and chilli flakes. What strikes one as strange was the lack of olives in the pizza. Nevertheless, it didn’t have the crispiness one is so accustomed to tasting in multinational pizza brands. The Godfather II still made a welcome change from the regular pizzas one is used to having.
For desserts, green tea and vanilla panna cotta along with chocolate fantasy were in order, and the panna cotta was easily the finest the reviewer has ever tasted; melting in the mouth and making the taste buds tingle.
No true chocolate lover can ignore the temptation of ordering the chocolate fantasy, which included a chocolate spoon, a mocha pastry, spiced chocolate balls, chocolate ice-cream, a hazelnut tart and curiously, a little glass of tea. Words cannot describe the pleasure derived from consuming said dessert, and it remained true to its name; a chocolate lover’s happiest dream and a diabetic’s worst nightmare.
We’re Left With
All in all, The Spare Kitchen experience lacks in almost nothing and variety is clearly not denied to its patrons. Though its array of Indian dishes are preferred to its Italian ones, nothing on the menu isn’t worth trying. Go to TSK for a wholesome experience; you will not be disappointed.
Address: Kings International Hotel Compound, Ground Floor, 5 Juhu Tara Rd, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400049
– Alaric Moras