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Koyla, Hotel Gulf

ColabaSouth Mumbai  

  • 02233133154
  • 6th Floor,Hotel Gulf,121, Kartar Bhavan,Colaba, Mumbai
  • Indian, Mughlai
  • Meal for 2 - 1500
3.0

67 Reviews / 67 Ratings

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arabian

The whole Arabian feel that they tried to create in their ambience was felt! Their kebabs were amazing and so was their seating as they offered a wide variety of options. The rooftop seating with the breeze coming in from the sea and the view of the Taj all lit up just blew me away! Though I would warn u to make prior reservation! Authentic Chicken Dum Biryani mentioned in the Menu was just awful. .More like pulou with boiled chicken

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2.8

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Not value for money

I have been there just once for my birthday treat. I had read and heard a lot about this place. But when I entered, I was not very impressed. It is a rooftop restaurant. The view from up there is also nice. But when I visited it was covered on the top as it was the monsoon time which really took out the whole point of it being a rooftop restaurant. The ambience is not that great. Its pretty similar to the other restaurants. The food there is a rip off. We were 6-7 people and my bill was about 11k!!!!

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for the ambience & for the love of food I would like to rate this place a 4!!
its absolute leisure & when you want to dine in here make sure you have time at hand!!
though I wouldn't mind the as the place is really nice.
the entrance to the bldg. & the old lift perhaps gives a very different impression at the start but the moment you enter the restaurant after a small flight of stairs (post the lift) it all changes!!
food is good, no doubt.
have been here only with friends though!!

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samcool87  - Burrp User

samcool87

1 Reviews

December 04,2013

3.5

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good ambience.. :)

amazing view and superb place to go with your loved ones.....Food is just awesome no comparison yummmyyyyyy....

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1.3

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Bakwas!!!

The entry itself is sad...It starts from the kitchen of the hotel...And what roof top..Its on the 3rd floor and 3rd floor is not roof top...food is so so...Andheri one is better than this...

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3.0

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Amazing Ambience

The is a roof top restro.
I agree when you will climb up you will just think its the worst place you have been to !
But wait
u get into Koyla u'll see the difference
Amazing !
low seating, Dim lights everything is just too good
late evenings it is just too good !
Food:
Practically its not that good
the taste has something missing
And the rates are a bit high
No Alcohol that's bad
They used to serve Hukkah but now its all at halt .
Then to good place to hangout with friends !

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Very famous already

I think much has been said about the awesome rooftop location of this restaurant and I'm sure everyone already knows this! This place reminds of innumerable nights spent here enjoying kebabs, sheesha and delicious Mughlai food! Go here if you want a great ambience but be ready to wait for hours to get a good seat!

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AMBIENCE......

I've been here thrice... crowd of south mumbai... with a roof top restaurant plus IPL match in large screen.... perfect way to spend time in weekend. Fodd is expensive but u won't regret it after eating.. ROTI basket is best with different kind of rotis in one basket.. i love CHEESE roti, They serve Hookah of different kind of flavours which i think will be interesting though i don't smoke.

perfect place to spend weekend with your friends, family

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Ambiance... Ambiance... Ambiance...!!!

I call it my favorite place in Mumbai.
go there with family or friends...
its a huge place on a roof top, with an Arabic theme set up which is breathtaking..
with the plush crowd of south Mumbai being a regular fare at this place u surely feel one of the privileged..
one can feel rejuvenated and royal at the same time just entering there once..

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3.0

Koyla, Colaba

for the ambience & for the love of food I would like to rate this place a 4!!
its absolute leisure & when you want to dine in here make sure you have time at hand!!
though I wouldn't mind the as the place is really nice.
the entrance to the bldg. & the old lift perhaps gives a very different impression at the start but the moment you enter the restaurant after a small flight of stairs (post the lift) it all changes!!
food is good, no doubt.
have been here only with friends though!!

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persian grandeur

just awesome ambience...one of the very few rooftop restaurants that i have been to...the view u get from the top is just awesome at night....awesome food...bit costly, but
u cannot expect food to be cheap at such places....u get to eat like a maharaja...also hookahs are there for those who want to try...to sum up, a must visit place atleast once

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Good place if you love Punjabi Food !!

If you are going to this place I should say this is a Heaven of Punkabi Food !!! We started off with Tandoori Baby Potatoes, then we ordered Paneer Tikka Masala with Cheese Kulcha which is the speciality !! Beware order only 1 cheese kulcha bcoz you will find it difficult to finish !! Overall the service was good and attentive.Food here can cost you around 2500 to 3000 for 4 to 5 people which is pretty decent.

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4.5

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Good north indian food

Koyla is a roof top restaurant, with very comfortable seating on low chairs where the lighting is dim which gives very rustic feeling.

Offerings include a multitude of Mutton and Chicken dishes. The tandoori chicken is one of the best I have had in Mumbai, beautifully marinated and juicy. We also ordered the Mutton do pyaza which is simply gorgeous. The gravy is rich in flavor and the mutton extremely tender melting in your mouth. Also for the Veg their Dal Makhni is extremely authentic, reminding me of having dal makhni at a truck stop near Shimla, fabulous stuff. For desserts try out their kulfi which is also good.

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billa

10 Reviews

March 11,2013

3.3

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nice ambiance , okish food

a beautiful setup, huge place, nice seating, few waiters, just 1 loo for such a huge place, and d food was very average,
Had heard so much abt this place but was just not impressed with the food, service was ok,
wud go there for the ambiance ofcourse,

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asp111

1 Reviews

December 28,2012

1.3

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Disappointing!

Really bad service. The waiters are very rude. Pathetic experience. Must avoid.

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Amazing place!!

I was here last week with my partner and the place was just amazing. Had paneer starter. Cheeze naan and veg kadhai for main course. The cheeze naan is worth trying. Ambiance was just perfect. An ideal place for winter evenings. The presence of sand does make you feel that u' re in Goa. I recommend this place for all couples :)

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Amazing Ambience and food

I was searching for a surprise date for our marriage anniversary. I wanted it to be romantic and candle light dinner. I found this place so thought to visit it. I had read the reviews in Burp! It is walking distance from our famous radio club. There are valet parking people from the koyla restaurant standing to guide you to the place. You have get into a crumpled lift to get to roof.
The view of Arabian sea and decor, lighting of this place is amazing. There are shacks created the one like in arabian oasis. There are low seating also avaible which i would recommend for large group. As compared to Sheesha Bandra , i found this place better in - view, decor and .
We are vegetarians so ordered panner tikka and masala papad as starter – was amazing, sabzi kadai in main course and naans of course - The quantity, quality and taste is very good. The bill came to 900 only, which is really inexpensive considering the place and food.
The most amazing part of this restaurant is the bay they have to stand there and have scenic view of the Arabian sea, Taj mahal hotel and boats in the sea.
I would rate is must visit places for romantic dinner. My wife thoroughly enjoyed this place.

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foodie1190

14 Reviews

November 23,2012

3.8

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So beautiful!!

I had been there last weekend. This place reminds me of one on the shacks in Goa. The ambience is just awesomeeeee...The food however is not as good as the price they offer. But a "must go atleast once" place. Very beautiful!!

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anky1992

6 Reviews

September 17,2012

3.8

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freshhhh air :))!

i had been here wid my friends over dinner...!must say d rooftop arrangement is beautifull n d sanddd on d floor wid fresh air feels gudd!it can be a gud place for a dinner date :)....d food is very tastyy...sad part is dey dont serve alcoholl but dey hav gud traditional indian drinks..d tables r dimmely lighted which makes u struggle wid ur food alil...d way to dis rooftop restaurant is alil uncomfortable..d elevator was shockingly small!wich again lead to a staircase...d menu was alil more priced but overall gr888 9/10!

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sps2711

2 Reviews

September 09,2012

1.5

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Disappointing!

Had great expectation from the place and the food, but was disappointed on both the fronts! The service was lousy and food was just average. Ain't value for money..won't recommend to any of my friens.

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sps2711

2 Reviews

September 09,2012

1.0

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Below Average

Had great expectations from the place and food, was disappointed in both the fronts! The service was lousy and food was just average. Would not recommend this to any of my friends..

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4.3

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Superb ambiance with good food.....

they have got excellent ambiance with good food . Overall its a good place to visit and chill out also.

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4.5

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ma experience

hmmmmmmm alot of thngs i hv heard abt koylas'
n nw i hv finally been 2 it
welll d atmosphere is damn guddd...i reli lyk d concept its smfuinn thng lyk ua on a date wid a candle lite dinner i hv tried kababs platter n its damn awesum i cn say n berry blast is so amazing evrybdy shud try it...best drink so overall its lil costly bt if u wnna freak out dn its awesummmmmmmm:)

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3.3

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Nice ambience, ok food!

I had heard a lot Koyla's from friends. My visit here on 30th March for a friend's birthday dinner didn't exactly disappoint me. The ambience is really nice with different kinds of seating arrangement, which I found pretty interesting. Although placed on roof-top, I can imagine Koyla's getting uncomfortably hot during the summers.

In respect of the food...Well, it was just about average. Not bad, at the same nothing about it which can be specially mentioned. No alcohol is the rule. Hukkah was served there previously, no idea if it still is. A bit on the expensive side but its okay if all one wants to do is enjoy the ambience. Definitely enjoyable on a cool and pleasant night!

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not at all worth

ambiance created makes ur expectation higher but the quality of service and food is utterly disappointing. not at all worth even one try.

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3.8

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great ambience..

AMBIENCE:4/5i had gone to this place during kala ghoda art fest, one thing that is most striking is the ambience and the rooftop scenario, its worth be it with ur group or ur gf perfect setting, the hookah section is separate so if u r sllergic to smoke ask for other section .
FOOD:3.5/5 food was good not tht exceptionally delicious,
price: its on expensive side a meal for two can set u back by 1500k if u try 2 starters and main course. overall its a great place to have really good time

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One of the best place in town...

loved the food,...specially black dal..roof top.. very expensive...but i really loved this place ...north indian food is nice...but now a days they dont serve hookah..

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2.8

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Only the Ambience is good

We were a group of 7 and headed to this place called Koyla.
The ONLY good part about this restaurant is its ambience.
Food is BELOW average specially Veg starters.
Non veg starters are just ok nothing great! Main course dishes are waste of money.
A great NO NO..they accept only CASH...so be prepared for a surprise.
Ambience 4/5
Food 2.5/5
Service 2/5
They have stopped with the Hukka which used to be a crowd puller

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for Gluttens Only

For a place that does not serve any addictive substances, Kolya does decent business, yet I think their previous USP (Hukkah) is missed sorely by most. Food alone cannot compensate for the loss of Alchohol and Hukkah. Therefore you are pretty much dependent on a sugar high to enjoy yourself.

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1.5

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1star for the view!

Entrance: Its better if you close your eyes and go inside or you would start judging the place( as I did)
Sitting & ambiance & view : IS all that they have!
Food: We ordered veg snacks and main course.. it was too bad!
Service : was as poor as food! they were not even serving breads quickly!
We went on 25th dec'11 for which they were open till 5 in morning. Assuming that they were prepared and knew people would pour in I dont think they stood up to the mark!
A big NO!

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super romantic place!

Superb location! Romantic ambiance! Amazing view! Try berry blast, tanduri baby potatoes and cheese naan!

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Come here for a date this place is lovly

Good food, ok sheesha place, ambiance mind blowing. One can easily spend grands and feel happy about it. Service is like a typical Indian restaurant, but the food and the place kills your bad thoughts about it. Trust me go there with a good attitude and you will love it. Its one place you have to visit if your visiting Mumbai. Plus they park your car for you, no worries at all the staff on that area are great.

Food 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Service 4/5

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Amit Ahuja

5 Reviews

November 04,2011

5.0

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Great Zaika

Best Food ......... Price is ok which maintains a standard..........Man what a view from the top... Not to look for parking what else shall i ask for. Great

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justkaran

2 Reviews

October 10,2011

4.3

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Good, Tasty Food but costly

Nice ambiance. Good and tasty food. Bit costly.

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2.5

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Unhappy birthday

Was my birthday so we went to Koyla. We loved the ambience last time we had gone. And food was ok ok. This time also we somewhat liked the starters but not the sabji and roti at all. Sabji was quite tasteless. While ordering the guy said it will be slightly spicy, but it turned out to be totally bland. We asked him to change it. He offered to make the same one spicier. But as expected he made it worse.

They were quite accommodating in giving us seats of our choice.

So go here for the ambience but not specially for the food.

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need to complain in a consumer forum

yesterday i.e 16th april 2011 went at 8 pm to koyla, we were 3 friends asked for a seat for three of our choise the whole restaurant was empty at that time, but they refused our choosen seat they said take what they are giving or we can leave........most rustic behavious of all time my previous experiences here was gr8t but yesterday experinece made me see the real KOYLA will never recomed to any one and if any one ask will surely discourage them to go there.....i donot know how burrp can certify such a restaurant such places need a seriou boycott so that they can understand courtsey being in a hospitality industry.........KOYLA HOSPITALITY IS A REAL SHIT

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Aarti99

7 Reviews

February 13,2011

3.8

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Black & Grey

This Is Sobo's rustic looking roof top restaurant.
Excellent Sheeshas.
Very good north Indian food.
The dal makhni & chicken tikka masala with the cheese kulchas are delicious.
Service has definitely become a lil unfriendly.
Do something about that mr azmi. I suggest get in the basilico staff. Lol!!!!

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Good place

This open air restaurant near the gateway of india completely refreshes the mind..

Food fare is also good though the type of music played is very irritating

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dp_ttude

13 Reviews

January 26,2011

2.0

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Pathetic

The waiters take too long to come over and take orders, mix up the hookah orders - get hookahs after 30-35 minutes and that too the wrong ones. Food is not so great. Don't have good mock-tails. Staff is too rude.

Cut a long story short - avoid being there except for the ambiance.

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1.5

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very poor

a rip off place..and has a very very rude manager.this was the only place i had been where i was asked to vacate the place in 1:30 hrs even though the place was empty...!!!

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Pathetic Rip Off Place, Zero Customer Loyalty,Crap

So we all decide to spend New Years at Koyla's Colaba. Cause Koyla Oshiwara was very nice and decent.
They tell us for Rs. 1200 per head, you get a cover for food, hookah and drinks (They only serve non alcoholic drinks- How lame )
Alright so we say yes, knowing half the people in the group dont drink. And that if its 1200 per head as COVER, it would be more than enough to fit a bill.
We paid in advance to book a seating for 19 of us as they said all other seats will get booked fast.
So when we started ordering, they had a DIFFERENT menu for new years !
Hookahs priced at 700 bucks approx ( all were crap )
Red Bulls around 500-600 I guess.
Starters at a bomb rate
Our Billing, instead of 22800/- went to 39,000/- for just food hookah and red bull. They initially made a bill of 41000/- to loot 2k extra as if we are goofballs who wouldnt check our orders. We got it corrected. NO DISCOUNT AT ALL EITHER.
Place shut at 3 am. Our car keys were taken by the cops from the vallet parking. Now its sure that the cops wanted some settlement with the Koyla guys. But why should WE customers come to such problems?
Worst Place ever, RIP OFF, Pathetic Food, Pathetic Hookah.
All the waiters and serving guys were nice and kind.
The Manager and the place was utter bad

Guys, please think twice. This place was the worst pathetic place ever and priced like a classy 5 star, whereas I wouldnt even rate it 1 star

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Rude Manager....

I visited this place on Sat eve ard 8pm.The place was almost empty,the manager was continuously arguing to sit near the Entrance table (dnt knw reason) even when other tables were empty. He was showing his attitude that he has tables booked from 8.30 pm to 11 pm so better finish ur order fast....He infact gav us 45 mins to finish our meal...

Overall ambience & service was gud. But the Manager should learn manners that how to talk to customers............

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kadanaJ

2 Reviews

December 16,2010

1.8

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Horrible Service

Went to Koyla's on a saturday with some friends.
These guys have the worst service I've ever seen in any restaurant.
To start off, we asked the waiter for water 5 times before they finally got it, and that was after 45 minutes. WTF!!! I had to yell at the waiter before he finally got us some water.
Our main course took over 1 1/2 hours to arrive, and even that was after we complained to the waiter numerous times.
A Fresh lime soda I ordered never even came.
They offered no apology for their horrible service, only excuses like its a Saturday night, big crowd etc.
The ambience is nice, but the food is nothing special, and definitely not good enough to justify the ridiculous prices.
Overall one of the worst experience I've had in any restaurant, ever. Would NEVER go back again.
Also the first time we left a restaurant without leaving any tip, they really didn't deserve it.

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crook123 - Burrp User

crook123

2 Reviews

November 28,2010

5.0

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The Best place in Mumbai!!!!

This is one my favourite restaurant, it has gr8 roof top ambeince, gr8 food, the only part is that they have to improve their service..the waiters take a long time to come to your table and take the order.Its a gr8 place for both veg as well as non-veg lovers..The cheese kulcha and dal makhni is the best part of their menu.Price is on a higher side but justified

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burrf

9 Reviews

November 25,2010

3.0

nice bet

loved the location of this place, no better location for huka joint then dis 1, wat amazing view of sea. Huka was just average not dat extra ordinary.

Had ordered for chicken platter & tandoori mushrooms. They wer just mind blowing, perfectly made in typical tandoor.

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3.0

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go for the Ambience

After hearing about KOYLAs so much, we visited there.
The roof-top ambience takes all the credit.
Hookah is cheap and good.
Food is good, but not exceptional.
Price is justified.

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gr8 place

The place and hookah and food all is good even the couches or chairs all are gr8 the service is okie-dokie but the worst part is that it has only one washroom that to for both so many times on weekends there is a queue over there as if someone waiting for queue in a public toilet

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pankajJ

4 Reviews

August 02,2010

2.5

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Good Ambience & Food But Worst Service

Yesterday I went there in a group of 6. We reached there at around 8:00. We had to wait for around 45 minutes but being friendship days it's fine. Ambience was great, In starters we ordered Paneer tikka n hara bhara kabab with tomato soup n Koyla thunder in mocktails. These were really good. We also ordered hookah that was also good, up to now things were good.
Now we went to main course we ordered Dal Makhani, Paneer bhurji, Paneer makhani n some other items, waitor took more than 1 hour for this, n when he brought he forgot 1/2 order when we asked he took another 1/2 an hour of for this. Then after some time we said them to repeat Nans, again we kept waiting and after another 1/2 hour, a person come to us n say "Any thing else Sir" means they forgot to repeat order, Actually no fixed waitor was there for our table. we talked to manger he got blank.
We reached the place at 8:45 PM and left aroud 12: 20 AM, One more thing koyla has got large area n lots of tables to dine but there was single washroom common for boys n girls.

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Very Bad Experience.

I and couple of my friends went to Koyla’s in Colaba. When we entered the place the ambience was good we wanted to sit on a particular table but the attendant told us that the table was booked so we settled for a different table. It was 8:00 pm so we decided to go to Colaba market and come back at 9 pm. Then attendant told us that they do not do reservations (what the hell few minutes back he told us that the table was booked) any ways we decided to sit and ordered for hookah and few starters. The hookah was nice and so where the starters I liked the way they decorated the plate. We also ordered for fresh juices and I liked that also.

One of our friends was to join us at 10:00 pm and then we where to order food and another hookah. Now the waiter comes to us and asks us to order for dinner I told him that someone is going to join us in 10 min’s and then we will order for food. 10 minutes later we call for the waiter ask him to get us another hookah and the menu card for dinner to our surprise he tells us that we will have to leave the place as there is a booking for this table. I told him you have to be kidding me as it is a Wednesday evening and only half of your tables are occupied and it is our friend’s birthday. He told me that it is a restaurant rule that one cannot sit for more than 2 hrs. I called the manager and explained to him that what kind of a rule is this, I could understand this if all your tables are occupied. Then there was an argument between the waiter and the manager in front of everyone it was very embarrassing for us.

The manager told us that now we can sit and order for food but by that time we had lost our cool and requested to get the bill. Waiter went and got it in a flash. I thought Koyla’s was all about relaxing and enjoying hookah and great food but the management has lost it. Olympia on Colaba causeway has mush better waiters and management. I guess Koyla’s has lost it and for sure I will never go there again…

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chris_D666

19 Reviews

February 19,2010

3.5

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Wins out on Ambiance!!

Though the entry to this place is quite aptly put "Shady!" this roof top restaurant has a great ambiance. Everything else is pretty much the routine : Hookahs and Muglai/ Punjabi. Though the food tastes great the menu pricing is not justified. As for the service, it's as shoddy as it gets in a place like this.

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Good ambience, dropping in standards

The place is set with a beautiful ambience. Koyla started off as one of Mumbai's first Sheesha parlours and made an excellent name for itself. Slowly, the standard has started dropping due to their slow service, especially on weekend nights. Also, their staff (MANAGERS) are NOT COURTEOUS. Apart from this, they have a Sheesha specialist (Mangesh) who is an ace at his job and is a backbone of the Sheesha business at Koyla.

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Beautiful Ambiance!

Koylas, well to locate this place maybe difficult,and it's located through the lanes between causeway, you have to take the lane opposite to Mad Over Doughnuts(MOD) to reach this place, the entrance to this place is through Gulf Hotel,which is cramped up and especially when you take the lift and through the lift which the lift man takes you makes you a little suffocated,and once you exit the elevator you feel good,and just then you have to take another set of stairs which is difficult especially if you're wearing stiletto's. And as soon as you enter Koylas, you feel really ecstatic since the area is so well lit and with the breeze that runs through your hair,quite chilled on winter night.
The setup is quite similar to the desert safari is dubai! The same atrificial trees,fountains,sand!
In the beginning the service was quite good,since we were the early ones but as soon as the there were more people pouring in.. the service kept deteriorating.One thing really surprising was to see the number of tables being reserved or occupied on a weekday and towards the end there were people waiting! It's quite popular,which is surely because of the ambiance,located behind the gateway of India!
The food is slightly pricy though but equally good,especially the non-veg dishes.It has to be good to give competition to the restaurants below koylas,because they serve equally good food as well:)
We ordered quite a bit including veg platter(300)
non veg platter (350)
rotis(25)
butter chicken(285)
chicken biriyani(295)
The food was really excellent! I'd probably visit this place again for the food,but they have to work a little more on their service!
The sheesha wasn't as expected,it was quite dry and kept hitting the throat and despite several reminders,there wasn't any marked improvement..But we all go there for the food and the beautiful ambiance, which i don 't think any other restaurant (maybe quite a few) offer!
I'd just miss giving this place 5 stars because of their service,if they improve on that then it's surely a 5!
We had visited this place for a close friend's birthday,they surely din't let us down and when we had to cut the cake,we were led to this place where we had to take the stairs and from there we could see the entire of south mumbai, it was beautiful!
Would like to visit this place again!

:D

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mirali81290

1 Reviews

December 10,2009

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my birthday party..total fun!

its a good restaurant. food was great. quantity is good too. a little over priced. everything apart, the ambience is lovely. its like u sitting right below the beautiful sky.
a perfect place for a romantic date!

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1.5

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not good at all

the arrangement of table is good... the ambiance is simple n good....same music was played over n over again... hukka was left widout coal fr 20 mins... the food is overly priced and nt dat worth also... the service is also nt dat good... waiters are really slow n arrogant...

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Nice Experience

This rooftop restaurant in Colaba is one unique place. The seating here is the most comfortable you can ever get. Eating and chatting under the stars can also be an unique experience in Mumbai. The food here (Punjabi) is pretty good, a bit pricey though, but guys this is Colaba. But the best part is the relaxed atmosphere and the excellent service. Perfect place to hang out with friends as you can sit here for hours without the waiters breathing down your neck. They also have the hookah here. Food here can cost you around 2000-3000 for 4 to 5 people which is pretty decent. Recommended!

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Bad Service 'over the weekends'

The ambience at Koyla is good... The food is Ok-ok.. The service is pathetic...
Just to give you some of the details:
1. Took 25-30 minutes to serve coke and that too after reminding twice
2. Starters served at room temperature
3. Starters served without green chutney
4. Main course served without onion & pickles
5. Nobody present around to serve water or take order for any dish
6. It took 15 minutes each for the bill & change
When I told all these points to the Captain, he said 'Sir, weekend pe aisa hota hai.'

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This is one of best place SoBo , with a view to die for.Frankly for me the view it self makes it worth the money.

Surprisingly hookah here is more compares to any other place serving hookah,in mumbai.

This is kind of place where you can spend some quality time with your date or with group of friends.

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Not the same anymore!!

Koyla was very impressive on my first visit there with a huge roof top ambience, good crowd, nice sea breeze.. However, all this is enjoyable only if u dont have to wait all the time for a table (with the snobbish waiters stating that they are "reserved" all the time).. What is the point of having a restaurant if everyone cannot enjoy it??? Worth going once but make sure you RESERVE that table...

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Great place for hangout

Awesome Interiors,Tasty food, Superb Hooka, Ok services, Poor Menu card having small list of food for veges,really expensive

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Going down the drain...

I used to be a frequent visitor earlier where Koyla's black dal and roomali roti would be the craving factor. However now with my latest visit (my last one here), i differ from my previous opinions about this place.
Ambiance used to be great here, even during the summers the ample number of fans used to make it a pleasant roof top seating. Now its an effort to request the waiters to turn the fans on. Along the same lines, service was never the +ve point about this place but now its going deep down. As i said, to get the waiters attention was a project. ICed tea served was warm so when we raised this point to our server, he amusing answered that there is enough ice in there so it will become cold in sometime! Now one would think that atleast the food would be a saving grace, but so not! The paneer tikka was pathetic, paneer was chewy. The hara bhara kabab if thrown at you would leave a scar (a little exaggerated but the kabab was really hard). Our main course order was paneer makhani and black dal. while the former was overly sweet, the latter was decent but def not upto the mark. Roomali roti was cold and disappointing. 1600 for 5 - Damage.
It was a saturday night and the place was quite empty (very unlike the previous times). I think this restaurant is no more the star it used to be...I am glad i can scratch this off my fav restaurant lists with ease.

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Sal

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January 19,2009

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Love the ambience

Entering the Gulf Hotel you'd think the place would be really shady but surprisingly isn't. We went on a tuesday evening at 10 pm and they were full but luckily there was no waiting so we got a table soon enough.

Ambience & Decor: It is a great place to chill out at. There was good music playing. I like the way the place is done up with various seatings. Even the loo has a very rustic feel. Since it is winter the weather made the experience even better.

Food: Ordered Paneer tikka, Paneer do pyazza and dal makhani. Paneer tikka and dal was good but the dish of the day was the paneer do pyaza. Ordered a hooka also which was ok. Couldn't really taste the flavour well.

Service: The service was extremely good. The waiters were helpful and courteous especially since we were celebrating someones birthday. The best thing is even if you are having only hooka they let you sit in peace and not rush you.

Peeves: Unfortunately they now shut by 1 1:30 unlike earlier when they would remain open till three. They don't serve any alcohol.

Great place to hang out at especially since we have very few rooftop restaurants.

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KOYLA, COLABA DOES SUCK!!

I have just returned from India and had gone back to Koyla to have a shisha. It is so shit, its not even worth calling it a shisha place. The shisha's all tasted like paan, no matter what flavour you had. The manager just stood there like a cock, thinking he is all that and the staff dont understand a word of fuckin enlish. Asked for a strawberry milkshake and was brought a strawberry ice cream and that was an hour after i had ordered it. For the common Indian person, the prices are over charged for what the service is, for us tourists it is quite cheap but I would never go again.
I had gone to another shisha place on a rooftop in Bhandra and that was quite nice. The service was ok but the shisha was nice. We didnt have to wait an hour for our order and the staff were very friendly and understood English exceptionally well. As for Koyla, Colaba fucking waste of time. People only go there cause Aisha Takia goes there, but she only goes there cus she is shagging the owners son.

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It Sucks!!Don't Go!!To Be Very Frank!!

I went to koyla's the last time when it was my friend's farewell.And to be very frank for 1st time i realised what actually koyla deals with.We were 6 people and waiting for more than one and half hour.Still. we didn't get the table.And over all this when we order sheesha the waiter forgot the order so it adds 45 minutes extra to our time.That day we got out of the restaurant at 12:15 am.And really it kept us in disappointment.And the we took the oath that we won't go again to this cheap place where the staff thinks that they are favoring customers.They should learn first thing that customer is king.And to be frank i'm not talking about ambience and food.I'm talking about everything.The manager is standing in white shirt and tie and thinks that he is the owner.There's no thing as hospitality.No smile on anyone's face.It sucks and really not worth spending your hard earned money.But still if you want to try you can and have a experience of bad taste.Good luck

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Lets burn the Koyla!

Wow.... this place sucked big time when i went here like a year back....!!!
There were innumerable number of inscets on our table...
Food id not even give it one star...
i don't know about the non-veg my friends were eating but the veg...from the starters to the vegetable sucked...each of it...was worse than the other....!!!!
I had heard alot about this place.... but i think its just too over rated.... i dont think it even deserves a star...
but i think ill still give it a star for its roof-top location...which i like....
but apart from that ...its a total zero...!!!
Will i even give one more shot ever in life?... never !

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KOYLA RULES!!

I am from the UK and have been to India 4 times in the past 8 months. I have always been to Koyla every night I was in Mumbai.
I love shisha and the service and the quality of the shisha at Koyla is out of this world. Their setting is amazing. The service I recieved here was absolutely 5 star.
On returning to the UK, I have opened up my own shisha cafe, named Koyla, but nowhere as nice as this one.
If you come to Mumbai, you definitely need to come to Koyla and experience their shisha and food. Their chicken tikka was absolutely gorgeous!!

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Excellent Ambience

Just imagine music, cozy place and friends around and sitting on a building terrace having amazing good food and hookah. Thats how I would describe Koyla's. A nice place.

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above average food set in a cool ambiance

The food here is just above average and the service is a bit amateurish. Waiters are kind, but probably not experienced like you might expect a wait staff to be. The food is your traditional mughlai/north-western frontier fare, meaning very rich and heavy! The mushroom tikka was a great starter I must say - the dal makhani was as expected and the dum aaloo was just way too oily/rich/heavy for my taste.

The ambiance is what is special here - on the rooftop of the seedy Gulf Hotel, tables are set under canopies of clay - some of the larger tables have entire benches made out of the white mediterranean clay, which gives it more of a tropical look. I WISH this place served drinks, but unfortunately, all they have to offer are hookahs. Yech!

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