Rated @ 8.25/10
Value for Money: 8/10
After a long hectic week, it was time to unwind. Reading a few reviews on burrp we zeroed down on a popular choice The Laughing Cavalier at Malad.
Asusualwe like to book our spot before we reach the restaurant. Sowe logged onto the website to check out the booking options. Unlike our previous experiences (where we dropped and email and never got a response), at TLC after filling in a small online form, within an hour we received the confirmation. This was a good start to an evening, we hoped, would be a lazy one.
The Look & Feel
We reached at 1930 hours,(which was even before the valet driver reported for his duty), only if there was gold medal for this feat.
The minute we stepped inside the compound, grandeur is the word that hit our senses. The two huge white tents, at the entrance, reserved for large groups and the gigantic Saxophone gets you charged for whats next.
The doors open and the restaurant managed to live up to its tag line The Fusion Restaurant, with its dim lights and modern wooden decor coupled with Rolls Royce/Elvis and Marilyn Monroe paintings giving it a retro yet contemporary feel.
I ordered Minestrone which was classic Italian tomato and vegetable broth in other wordstreat for a sour throat but sort of a punishment for the tongue, as it tasted so much like the Spinach Soup(I dont like spinach, YUCK! ).
Raksha ordered,Cream of Morel and Wild Mushroomsnow this one was an instant hit the minute it entered Rakshas mouth. Thesimmering soup let out a delightful aroma of spices, the scent wafting through her nose leaving a tingling yet burning sensation (now isnt that very poetic of her?).
Time for some appetizers:
First up, was a kinky named dish called Yogurt Poppers.A paste made from yoghurt and pomegranate with a tinge of chilly and coriander leaves, all stuffed in deep fried bread. We simply wanted to order one more round of these delightful small coconut look alike poppers, but held back ourselves, as it we had a long belt snapping evening ahead of us
Next up was Couscous stuffed Zucchini with Ratatouille. We bit into this one with caution but were delighted with delicate flavours from the fresh couscous.
Moving on to the main course
A usual, we had asked the managers to recommend a pizza which definitely dint have cottage cheese, and the suggestion was the Quattro Formaggio Pizza to break it down, it means a pizza with 4 different types of cheese -Acidino, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella and Parmesan.
In the end, a little disappointed with this suggestion, but we honestly think it was due to the limitations of our taste buds which have been exposed to years of Garam Masala Nuclear Bombardment, but yes, the four different type of cheese was something we hadnt ever indulged in.
Finally, we ordered for the deserts, first up was Banana Maple Leaf, which was simply too sweet for our liking, more like, Lets give everybody Diabetes sweet type.
And the next one, called TuttiFrutti was almost dipped in sugar syrup. TLC should add a few more options in this section, is what we feel.
An ideal Date-Place to spend an exquisiteevening with your spouse/partner.
Out of Pocket
A Meal for two would cost you around Rs.2100/- (excluding alcohol).
The fusion theme of restaurant was nicely adapted to the entire restaurant, from the décor to the food and how could we forget, live music with the guitarist playing one of the all time hits by John Denver Annies Song.
Reaching the place
Now this is the trickiest part, reach malad link road, take a right from the Toyota showroom, ask for Mittal college, keep going straight from there, the next junction is where you find TLC.
In the end, we would just like to mention a small incident, thought the see through kitchen was something we found to be very refreshing, the sight of a manager walking in to grab a bite of bread-butter without a hair cap just irked us a little, though we loved the overall experience.