Great food, great service but exorbitantly priced and with a not-so-impressive ambience, Moshes will have to try harder to impress the residents of Bandra!
Ever since Gazebo shut down, the tiny sliver opposite the St Stanislaus grounds has been rather forlorn. But in the last couple of months theres been a sudden transformation and the stretch has seen a spate of new entrants. The newest kid on the block is Moshes, the eponymously named fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant from South Mumbai which opened last week.
Located above Natures Basket, the access to Moshes is through a narrow, poorly lit staircase at the side of the gourmet store. Designed like most of the other outlets, the baked foods, toppings and spread are at the entrance itself.
In comparison to the original Cuffe Parade outlet, the attempt at creating a stylish ambience doesnt quite work. The heavy dark wood ceiling, the sleek polished flooring and the pale beige washed out walls created a stylized rustic atmosphere. However, we felt that the metallic silver cane backing of the chairs sounded a discordant note and didnt quite complement the rest of the décor. A simple, circular wooden chandelier hanging in the centre filled the room with a warm, natural glow, but the room could have done with a tad more brightness. At the far end of the room sits a dessert counter, next to which, shielded by a couple of potted plants, was a plate glass window overlooking the main road.
On browsing through the menu, we realized that most of the items available were similar to the ones at the other branches; there were pancakes, pastas, sandwiches, salads and desserts.
Going with the servers recommendation, we called for the Spiced Harissa Chicken Sandwich (Rs 350) as well as the Moshes Penne Signature Pasta in Paprika Sauce (Rs 350). We found the grilled chicken pieces inside the Focaccia that had been marinated in Harissa sauce (an African hot chilli sauce), were well flavoured and exhibited a very welcome subtle spiciness. Despite being accompanied with fries and salad, we unfortunately didnt feel adequately satiated. The pasta was served with garlic bread and on request, the server agreed to replace the sweet potatoes with mushrooms. Garnished with a couple of broccoli florets and slivers of almonds and swimming in a thick, creamy sauce coloured with flecks of paprika, the penne was cooked soft (just as we like it). What we really appreciated was the generous helping of mushrooms that had been added in.
The service is undoubtedly prompt and courteous. Also, when it comes to the flavour of the food, Moshes scores! However, portion sizes could improve as for the same price there are other places in Bandra which offer a far more filling meal.
(burrp! reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.)