36 Oak & Barley: Simple ambience, Amazing food

The interiors

The biggest difference, in my experience as a food addict, between the quality of preparations in a fine dining restaurant and a regular joint is how you feel, 30 minutes after your meal. Think of how your stomach feels after consuming half a plate of oily biryani from a road side joint. Most would say, stuffed and heavy, like they’ve had enough for the next two days!! Food well prepared doesn’t make you feel like that. The tummy is satiated with the food levels gradually filling you up. The soul is nourished.
36 Oak & Barley, at Kemps Corner, gets full marks for that pleasant after feeling, even though you may have just hogged on 8-10 dishes. My friends and I had that many dishes (of course, we shared each preparation), and most dishes were generous with butter and olive oil in them.

Roasted Beets, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad Orange Dressing

I won’t get into ‘must-try’ dishes here. That, I believe, depends on individual tastes. But I will testify to the fact that dishes served had succulent chicken chunks, fresh Basa and silky Goat’s cheese in them. When the key ingredients are impressive, you can’t help but take a liking to the food, can you? Chef Nachiket Shetye, the man behind the dishes is known for mix-n-match styles; combining unlikely ingredients to come up with preparations with a twist.
The Chicken Dumplings come with Spiced Thai Coconut Broth and the 36 O&B Signature Tomato and Basil Soup is served with a lump of orange sorbet. An unusual combination, you can taste spice and the fruity sorbet distinctly with each spoonful. The Ravioli, traditional Italian filled pasta, was floating in olive oil, and I soaked each square some more in the fragrant oil before gulping them down. Heaven.

Vanilla and Berry Panna Cotta

The dessert menu has a lot of options with chocolate in them, but we went with Nachiket’s recommendation and had the Vanilla and Berry Panna Cotta. A die hard chocolate fan, it takes a lot for me to praise desserts without any chocolate in them. But I’ll admit that this one offers balance to the taste buds, the vanilla Panna Cotta comes alive with the berry mush as an accompaniment. A rocker, indeed!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Enjoy

Address: 36 Oak and Barley, 76 Nidhi, August Kranti Marg, Off Kemps Corner, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai: 400036.
Call: 022 2381 1010

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The stars shone at the GQ awards

John Abraham: Hey! Look. It’s John’s super skinny girlfriend, Priya Runchal.

Vikas Khanna: If only all chefs looked as dishy as him, all men would be encouraged to learn to cook.

Vidya Balan: When you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. When you’re comfortable with your body and sense of style, it shows on your face and makes you look like a million bucks.

Bikram Saluja: The invite said Retro, not Pyjama party, Bikram. Sandal check, please…

Rahul Dravid: He took home the GQ Legend award. He may have retired from cricket but he’ll continue to rule our hearts, right gals?

Nargis Fakhri: Wood meets wood and we finally have an outfit that does justice to her wooden acting skills. Hallelujah!

Konkona Sen Sharma: Once an amma dresser, she’s evolved in her own amma way making geek look cool. The pop coloured sari gets a thumbs us from us, Koko.

Kalki Koechlin: Is she being bitten by a scorpion or is she growing wings? Can’t be too sure, but Kalki shows off her quirky sense of style in this golden gown. A little eye make-up would have made her look more alive, but we’re not complaining. Shhhh…

Kajol and Ajay Devgn: Ahem! Stubby calves are best hidden in long gowns but Kajol was never one to hide her flaws. Sky high heels, her attitude and husband as arm candy, Kajol gives hope to thousands of chubby women all over.

Deepika Padukone: This dress in Red! You have to be confident to make sure that you don’t end up looking like an attention seeking fashion wh*re. Luckily for us, Deepika Padukone can make anything look sexy and classy at the same time. This Gaurav Gupta outfit is not meant for everyone, but it looks like heaven sent for Dippy.