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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Barbeque Nation Food Fiesta Review

Customise your   barbeque at Barbeque Nation

What: It doesn’t take a lot of effort to sell the idea of an evening in Barbeque Nation. Foodies, especially those who dig barbequed starters will love the concept of having a live grill on your table. Skewers holding marinated and partly grilled starters are placed on the barbeque stand that is at the center of the table. You have to keep turning the skewers to avoid charring the chunks of meat and empty them on to your plate when you think they’re ready for your palette. The choice is ample – pieces of boneless chicken, fish (Basa) and prawns apart, one also gets to taste mutton, aloo, paneer and the like. Honestly, a normal tummy can’t handle more than a few rounds of barbequed meat and salads for accompaniments. But the spread at Barbeque Nation likes to challenge sane tummies. The main course spread has a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to dig into. The perfect ending to a meal here would be picking from the range of desserts, usually comprising of pastries, gulab jamuns, pudding, cheese cakes and ice creams with chocolate sauce.

Current Highlight: I was very excited when I heard that BN is having a Sun and Sand food festival, where in patrons can get a glimpse into cuisines from beaches of the world. Grilled artichokes, cottage cheese, quesadillas, shallow fried fish fillet from Maldives and Bahamian smoked ribs, inspired from, well, the cuisine of the Bahama – BQ lured me to its midst.

If it is an unlimited buffet spread, I like to park myself at a table right from when the buffet is announced open to guests. I reached BQ at around 8.20 pm and was surprised to see the stewards putting up a dance performance for guests. Dressed in dungarees with palm trees and the sea printed on it, they put up an enthusiastic performance, one which was rewarded with a lot of claps.

As we settled down, skewers full of chunks of juicy meat were brought to the table. They looked like they always did – wrapped in rustic red masala and partly cooked. I really hoped that they would taste different, but they didn’t, reminding me of the regular fare served at BQ, on any other day. Among the main course, the Lamb Vindaloo and Mangalorian Crab Curry caught my attention. They were well-prepared, but again, the dishes weren’t something I hadn’t had before at BQ. Ditto for the desserts.

Thumbs up: An evening at Barbeque Nation is always eventful and paisa vasool if you are in the mood to eat! The meat, whenever I dined here, has always been fresh, succulent and juicy. Food festival or not, BQ is always on my list of haunts to visit with friends and family.

Thumbs down: Not everyone may take not adhering to the theme as lightly as I do!

The interiors

Sun n Sand, Beaches of the World Festival dates: October 10 – October 21, 2012.

Barbeque Nation outlets in Mumbai: Khar, Thane, Lokhandwala, Andheri and Nerul