Seesha in Bandra is a popular hangout with all hookah and good food lovers. Me too have liked my all experiences at this terrace style resto, but a recent visit left a tad bitter taste in my mouth.
We step out of the lift to enter the place, only to be asked to procure our college I-cards as this was a 21+ place. Taking precautions is fine, but we were a bunch of seven of us, all working professionals between the age of 23-25. The head steward even went to the extent of asking a particular petite friend of mine, if she was over 21. Not that she minded the subtraction of a few years from her actual age, but there could have been a more polite and diplomatic welcome to the place. Finally after convincing the required personnel of our ages, we settle down into our lounge seats after making our way over the fine gravel which crunches and crackles under your feet (a nice sound). The lighting for this place has been kept low to create an ambience for the hookah smokers, but then when I have to squint to read the menu, they could at least provide some candles/torches to facilitate reading the menu :P . We order a Mint hookah and settle down, snorting the fumes .. as things got warmer and we realized that the open air resto was covered cos of rains. We asked for the fans to be turned on, and we get a shocker of a reply that said that the fans would only be turned on after 8 PM (we were in at 7:30). So much for power conservation, that you allow your patrons to sweat and perspire in the humid environment.
Finally we could get to turn On the fans, and there was some relief and we came to ordering our grub, only to be turned off by the steward who took the order. The fellow turned out to be a wee bit more pushy with his recommendations - but nevertheless the starter course of Murgh Nizami Tikka, Tangdi Kulfi Kebab and Panner Ajwani Tikka had us all licking our fingers. The Tangdi Kulfi Kebab is a personal favorite of mine and it requires an acquired taste to savour this mildly nutty flavored kebab. The Paneer Ajwani Tikka could have been a little spicier - but nevertheless, the Paneer was soft, tender and delectable. We move onto the main course (which did take some time to arrive) and being so full with the starters , we moved onto the Rice directly. Murgh Dum Biryani was just total VFM and it tasted heavenly with the Raita. The Veggies ordered for some Corn Capsicum Masala and Cheese Masala Kulchas. Not much of a grass eater am I, but I would strongly recommend the Veg fare out here solely based on this combination of CC Masala and Kulcha. The Kulchas just melted in my mouth .. Yumm !!!.
The meal ended on a not so nice note again as the Bill took a hell lotta time to come, with us reminding the steward twice or thrice for the same. Plus they had messed it up by double billing for the Hookah. A mumbled apology and the bill was rectified. Didn't leave me with a smile on my face though. Overall a 4 on 5 for this place. A more detailed break up
Food = 4/5
Ambience = 3.5/5 ( They could make it a little more lighted for a clearer view of the Menu)
Service = 3/5
Location = 5/5 (A top of Shopper's Stop in Bandra -the main youth Hub in the suburbs)
Crowd Factor = 5/5 (A whole bunch of yuppies and the usual hookah grungies with a fair mix of Firangs) I am glad this place does not lick White Skin as most of the restos in town do.
Value for Money = 3/5 (A damage of 1773 Rs between the seven of us is a tad expensive)
Overall = 4 Star :) . Am going back again