Thats the apt description for this tiny-sized restaurant, which has people unanimously raving about it (via word of mouth, blogs and websites like Burrp, Zomato and Timescity) ever since they opened. In fact, my friends, colleagues and other acquaintances had a look of utter disbelief as to why I still hadnt visited the place. After months of waiting (for friends who are super busy and finally had some time to spare), we excitedly headed for our maiden visit to this meat Mecca.
Sadly, nobody warned us about the crammed space with 4 tables on the ground floor, 2 tables on the mezzanine floor inside the restaurant and a few tables outside in the open. We went there for dinner on a Saturday night, and every seat and stool on every table was occupied with people happily chomping food. As I entered, the sight, sound and smell of different kinds of meat being prepared by the staff sent my salivary glands into an overdrive.
I carefully made my way up to the mezzanine floor to my tiny table and noticed my tiny stool was wet and sticky (possibly due to spilt cold drink or gravy). I asked the guy taking the order (not the cute spectacled smiley boy) to clean the stool. After unsuccessfully cleaning it with a cloth, he began placing tissues on the stool. I didnt want to sit on the tissues because my jeans were wet from the rains, so I asked him to place a newspaper instead. He said theres no newspaper and that the stool was clean and so there was no need to worry. I then asked him why was the stool damp and sticky, to which he had no reply and he left. My two friends (softies at heart) sat on one seat, so that I wouldnt have to sit on the sticky damp stool. And it didnt make an ounce of a difference to the waiter to see two people squashed together on one seat! I was shocked by their service or rather, the lack of it.
I would have stormed off the place right away, but since we travelled all the way from town to Bandra just to eat at Imbiss, I didnt want to deprive my friends and myself of their almost legendary food. Their menu is short and sweet, not leaving you very confused as to what to order. Prices are unbelievably good and thats their USP. As for beverages, they just had 3 cold drinks Thumbs Up, Coke, Diet Coke. And another blow, no desserts.
I was desperate for our order to arrive, not only to sink my teeth into some hearty meaty dishes but also because it was very hot upstairs despite the AC. There was a table fan that did not have the outer mesh covering and it seemed dangerous to keep it on for fear of something accidentally getting caught in it (bags, hair, fingers, etc.) Also, the environment was super noisy with the sounds of cooking, people conversing and laughing, and speakers blaring English songs from the 80s.
The Baby Back Spare Ribs (Rs 385) were lip-smacking; the meat was falling off the bone and the slightly sweet-tangy-salty-smokey sauce was just right, not overpowering the flavour of the meat. The quantity was generous and it certainly exceeded my expectations. However, the salad (which they serve with many dishes) had lettuce, cubed onions, carrots and tomatoes tossed in a lime juice dressing giving it a slightly bitter taste, which left me disappointed.
The highly-recommended Signature Sausage Platter (Rs 180) had 6 different types of sausages. Ive never had such a variety of sausages in one sitting. My favourites were the ones stuffed with cheese and bacon. Also, the fries seemed to be fried in sausage flavoured oil, which was wonderful.
Next was the nicely presented Cold Meat Platter (Rs 180), with a variety of cold cuts served with yummy garlic bread, a spoon of garlic mayonnaise and salad. All the cold cut slices had different flavours, but the triangle shaped slice with herbs was the best. The garlic bread soft, topped with a generous amount of butter and the garlic mayonnaise went perfectly with the cold cuts.
The Lamb and Mint Sausage (Rs 120), had a mild taste of mint (thankfully, not too strong). The mashed potatoes were strictly okay, nothing much to write about. In fact, I expected it to be better. The gravy is supposed to be mint jous as per the menu but I couldnt taste any trace of mint in it, it tasted like plain brown sauce. This was our least favourite dish and none of us liked it.
Lastly, my friend ordered the Milanesa Nepolitana (Rs 180) which had slices of ham stuffed with cheese and then fried. It was delicious and would have been outstanding if it was crisp, as promised on the menu. The salad tasted like its a mere formality. I wish they served coleslaw instead.
The bill arrived in a little bucket with Parles Kiss Me toffees at the bottom (I yawn at the sight of Litchi candy or Chloromint). Eating these instantly revived childhood memories. The three of us had to shell out Rs 375 each.
The food at Imbiss I say, goes beyond value for money. A variety of meat prepared German style is something different in a refreshing change sort of way. The very reasonable prices surely leave the wallet guilt-free in todays age of inflation. Take a break from the usual Indian, Chinese, Italian, American cuisine and sample some meaty German fare. As for the service, I didnt expect such a bad experience.