5 Reviews / 5 Ratings
the authentic shawarma
one of the very few places that offer good authentic lebanese food. for us, it was a quick bite in the afternoon. hence couldn't go thru their exhaustive menu. But the shawarma was very tasty, the chicken was juicy, the salad was mildly vinegaared,pita bread was properly roasted. a lot better than many "novice" shawarma preparatinos in town. looking forward to try out their mughlai stuff. all in all a decently priced restaurant with specialty food.
Nice place for a family outing
I went to Arabian Blues with my family. Fairly enjoyable experience. Very good service, cordial service staff, good variety on the menu, and very good quality of food. Waiter patiently explained the Arabic and Lebanese items on the menu, and even offered to take back the main course he recommended in case we didn't like it. Now that's not something you see often.
Good Food Service needs to Improve
Heard of the restaurant through a Snapdeal promotion and decided to try it out. When I tried to make a reservation for a group of 6 , the person didnt know how to take one and said the restaurant will be empty on a Monday night. Restaurant has a small no descript seating area down (non A/c), however the air-conditioned first floor has plush sofa chairs and blue lighting and looks cozy . The seating is a bit cramped though and unless you are anorexic there is quite a squeeze to get into and out of chairs as chairs and tables are placed too close together. The entire top floor was filled to capacity and they were shuffling tables and chairs around to accommodate groups.The menu is vast and covers Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Arabic, Continental as well as sizzlers.
We decided to begin with a soup of the day , which we were informed was a "clear seafood soup". What was served was a Chinese style thick soup, which was quite tasty. Also tried the sweet corn chicken soup and the cream of chicken which were adequate. In starters we had the Mutton Seekh Kababs which were flavourful and tender and melted in your mouth. The servers got the accompanying chutney after the dish was over. For the mains we decided to try a mix of Cuisines. When we inquired what the Sizzler contains , we were informed by the server that it had a brown sauce . They were not clued into the contents. We tried the seafood sizzler and the Chicken Satellite. The Satellite was a chewy chicken cutlets with a few fries and some rice and vegetables and the brown sauce The Seafood Sizzler had the same accompaniments , however the accompanying sauce was a cheesy mustard flavoured one and lent the dish an interesting flavor .The Arabic Chicken Djaff (looks and tastes somewhat like a dry Reshmi Kabab) was undercooked the first time round , and they immediately replaced the dish. The Raan Biryani was superlative as was the Dal Gosht. Clearly the Indian food does much better than the continental fare here. All the tables seemed to be facing some problems with the service as we could see people arguing and cancelling orders as accompaniments like raitas and rotis came after the meals were over
They manager came around and was apologetic re the service and mentioned his staff was new and not used to handling such a rush. Arabian Blues should invest some time in making its serving staff aware of the dishes on offer so they can explain what it is rather than just tell you its nice .Hopefully they will get over theses initial teething problems and South Mumbai will have a nice , reasonably priced new hangout.
Bangalore to Mumbai Arabic Blues is Awassum
More of theme based food
Me and friend have decided to visit the place this place is very nice and good for its food ,mocktails,menu is spread huge and its flavour of the combination of mixed cusion where indian food continental ,arabic and to chinese.
service is good. Food is excellent with mumbais aroms flovurs and spices.
quality and hygenic is maintain .
Worth a visit
Every once in a while youll find an unusually interesting restaurant popping up in the least expected of places. Arabian Blues, near Crawford Market, might not seem like much at first glance but their Arabic fare certainly merits a second visit.
Arabian Blues will not get you down. Squeezed between rows of shops, the seemingly small restaurant is actually broken up into a warren of rooms. The ground floor entrance opens to a brightly lit, colourful, but compact non AC area perfect for a quick meal. At the back, behind a thick curtain, is a family area while a wooden staircase in the centre of the room leads to the upstairs ac section. Being a somewhat warm night and wanting to have a better look at the restaurant we trooped upstairs. What we stepped into was no ordinary AC section, but a wood panelled room with plush white low sofas bathed in low blue light giving the room the look of an airport lounge-bar. At one end, a plate glass wall overlooked the bustling road while at the back a door opened into yet another room where sheeshas were being served.
Arabian Blues inordinately long menu encompasses almost every popular cuisine in the city, with the exception of Udipi and Japanese. Right from pastas and tandoori to burgers and Thai green curry, youll find it all.
We, of course, would have none of that and zeroed in on the tiny Arabic section of the menu. From the Lebanese selection, we ordered a Hummus with Arabian Breads (Rs 75) and a Chicken Open Shawarma (Rs 90). The hummus, decorated with chilli powder, crushed black pepper and slices of the bottled stuffed green olives was rather tasty, though suspiciously too smooth and creamy to have been made fresh. It wouldnt be surprising to find it came out of a bottle or tin, but it tasted good and went well with the triangles of pita bread. The Shawarma, which we had no doubt was freshly prepared since we passed a rotisserie at the entrance, came loaded with crisply shredded chicken mounded in the centre of the plate surrounded by pita triangles and some rather sad French Fries.
Reassured by our mezze, we decided to continue with the Arabic food despite the waiter enthusiastically suggesting we try their Mughlai or some Arabic dishes for which he had no explanation. Since his description of the Madni Laham Khafsha (Rs 220), a Saudi mutton rice dish pretty much matched our expectation we decided to order it. And a good decision it was! Similar to the dry Avadhi-style pulaos, the Khafsha, strongly scented and flavoured with whole garam masala was deceptively mild looking. On the palate though, it was explosively spicy and when mixed with the accompanying Shattah, an innocuous looking, tomato based-sauce with the punch of Tabasco, it was downright nose watering.
Arabian Blues is clearly hoping to attract the clientele from a popular first floor restaurant in the neighbourhood. Its unlikely to do so, but its still a worthwhile option in an area that doesnt have very much upscale dining to choose from.
Average meal for two: Rs 500
(burrp! reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.)
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