We recently got this lovely opportunity , to review the food of The White Owl, a warehouse-like brewery bistro located in Lower Parel at One Indiabulls Center, Mumbai, India. This place opened recently, on May 31, 2013. The review was done by Shreyom Ghosh and Rutavi Mehta .
The White Owl was conceptualized by two young entrepreneurs: Javed Murad & Kunjan Chikhlikar. With educational backgrounds from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business, respectively, the two of them moved back to Mumbai from the US to set up the “Owl”. Their commitment to detail is evident by their teaming up with Obataimu Design Studio to engineer a rather unique creative concept. Right from the interior design to the menu, everything is beautifully crafted to suit the tastes of the young professional, bright-eyed entrepreneur and anyone with a free spirit.
At The White Owl, old world objects, iconic of Bombay in the 50s come together in unexpected ways. The space is an amalgamation of industrial elements with basic rudiments like antique smoked-mirror table tops and metal chairs combined with patent leather upholstery, creating a grunge yet chic atmosphere. . The attentive staffs seem as though they have walked in from a 1950’s English movie. The music is modern and lively. As such, it is the remarkably eclectic vibe at The White Owl that sets it apart from the other restaurants & bistros in Mumbai
Firstly, we liked the ambience of this joint. We like the combination fine of bistro and a micro-brewery like this, which was new to Mumbai as destination.
Chef Kshama is at the helm of White Owl’s kitchen which has char-grill as the main concept behind their menu. They bake their own breads, make their own dips and would start brewing their own beer, as soon as they get their license.
Here is the menu which was planned:
For starters we had the Assorted Dips with House Lavash, Pesto Chicken Skewer, Beef Paprika and Cottage Cheese Chilli-Verde. The dips(carrot & cumin paste, labneh and hummus) were really good.
Kingfish Chimmichuri was made well where olive pil enhanced the flavour , Pesto Chicken Skewer being their signature dishes , was a good dish to sumptuous on. The Beef Paprika was way over-cooked , chewy and we think could have been better.. The cottage cheese was cooked well, but the would have been better with more sauce would have given it better flavour.
Next up was the Classic Grilled Chicken salad which had chicken cuts and filling salad and then followed by Cranberry & Chevre salad, which is one of their signature dishes, and that was amazing. The combination of cranberry, goat cheese and parsley worked pretty well together and it was the best dish till then. Only one note though, the salad portions could have been slightly more.
We moved on to the main course which started with the Gourmet Potato Gratin which was pretty amazing. The caramelized onions along with blue cheese & chives is brilliant and adds a lot of depth to the dish. This was followed by the Gingerale Chicken & Asparagus which was another interesting concept. We really loved both the concept and the taste of the sauce but the chicken could have been cooked better. It was really dry inside instead of the moist, succulent chicken that we were expecting. The portions of all the mains were pretty good.
Next up was the Pepper-Crusted Rawas which in our mind was the best dish to come out from the kitchen that evening. It was perfect. The fish was cooked to perfection, the sauce was amazing, everything on the dish went well together as well as on its own and hence, we would call it a perfect dish. If you are visiting White Owl and had to try just one dish then this would be it!
Grilled Green Apple & Raisin Pie and Blueberry Cheesecake were the deserts for the day. The pie was really nicely done. The crust was baked to perfection and the green apple & raisins filling went really went with it. It wasn’t too dry or soggy. It was just right. It tasted really good even without the scoop of ice-cream it was served with. The blueberry cheesecake… hmm. Let’s just say that you should skip that and go straight for the pie.
We would say that White Owl is a nice place to chill-out and get a couple of drinks with friends and hop on to some great fish there. The starters could have been better, to say politely. we would wait for them to get their micro-brewery license so that we can try some of their beers and would return only to have their Grilled Green Apple & Raisin Pie, the Pepper-Crusted Rawas and maybe the Gourmet Potato Gratin.
Address: One Indiabulls Center, Lobby Level, Tower 2-B, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai 400 013
Contact Number: +91 22 2421 0231
Timings: Open on all day from 12.00pm to 1.30am
Follow them on Twitter: @WhiteOwlTweets
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiteowlden
The lovely photographs follows after the review. The photography has purely done by Khyati Dodhia.
Khyati Dodhia is a freelance photographer based in Bombay. She specializes in food , travel , architecture , interiors , portraiture and wedding photography. She likes to dabble in art, film making, designing and digital media besides photography.
Shreyom Ghosh is an engineer turned into an animator and director. After getting a MFA degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Asia in May 2012, he is working as a freelancer and an independent filmmaker. Blackbirds was his thesis film and one of his first independent films. This was followed by The Girl Who Destroyed the World, which is his first professional film. He loves to travel around the world, eat and write about his experiences on his photo travel blog: http://journeythroughmycameralens.wordpress.com/ . He loves to try exotic food.
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