68 Reviews / 72 Ratings
This is a posh european kind of place you must visit just to see what an european tea must feel like,say in buckingham palace! very experimental and novel food-sandwich, salad, pasta, coolers, tea, croissants and so on. Everything is fresh and tastes great,as if you are sitting in a garden eating everything directly from the earth! service is exemplary and you feel like a VIP! price is too much but then again it is for the whole experience, I just wish the portions were generous!
Breath taking ambiance
The old rugged look and slow music just adds on to the amazing experience.
The service is slow but the stewards are courteous and knowledgeable about the dishes.
The food is simply amazing . This place never disappoints when it comes to food. I go there almost twice a month and never has there been a difference in their taste or standard of food! some of the dishes that are a must try are the watermelon feta salad, the cheese platter, goat cheese xangles and grilled chicken breast!
Perfect place for a cozy dining experience
This is one restaurant I was the happiest visiting in the recent times. I went on the verdict of fellow reviewers and I am happy to note I was very happy for picking this restaurant for a cozy birthday celebration last week.
-Best ambiance I have experienced in the recent times. It is distinguished, unique across every square inch, and truly warm and welcoming. There is a lot to admire across every wall and corner here.
-Excellent menu composition. Being a decadent European themed restaurant, the menu features an amazing assortment of wine (I never heard of an African wine until i visited this place) and tea. Meal options are versatile for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike and something to suite every palette.
We ordered seared duck with refreshing salad, kaffir lime risotto and tiramisu for dessert. Each one was a tasty affair.
- Service is friendly and helpful.
-None whatsoever!! The restaurant is top-notch in every aspect.
-I wish they had valet parking (being in a place like lower parel, but it's just a passing comment)
Verdict: A lovely restaurant if you wish to spend a cozy time with someone or even your family at that. It's pleasant for your palette as much as for your other senses.
It's the ambience in the Tasting Room that always draws me back again- you could go solo, read a book, get some work done, or just go with a couple of friends and some real catch up time.. the colours and the decor is so tastefully Indian, so vibrant and rejuvenating. To add, the food is really good too and the wine selection is great. I love the Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese.. it's ideal for the Bombay heat!
A Taste of the mediterranean
Very grungy and somewhat chic and stylish all at once, Tasting Room is the kind of place you go to when you want a nice, quiet meal set against an ambience that is trendy, to say the least. Ive been hankering to go here for quite some time (although you can say that about a great many places), and using all the powers of persuasion I had at my disposal, and a couple of leftover magic spells, I convinced my friends and wife to make the trip to Tasting Room on a chilly Saturday evening.
The food itself was quite good, although the ambience was the real star of the show for me. Im not sure it should be that way in a restaurant, but it was what it was, which is not to say the food disappointed us. Far from it, but its just that the setup of the place was very easy on the eyes, which is great. The service was a bit on the slower side, but you shouldnt be expecting snappy service on a busy Saturday in any case! Nonetheless, the service extended was quite friendly and always around to make note of any requests we had to make or orders we had to place.
Since we ordered a whole lot of food, let me give you a quick rundown of some of the dishes we had and my open.
Cranberry coolers: Decent, same old, same old. Cant go wrong with it if cranberry is your kind of thing.
Roasted Corn and Chicken Soup: Nice! The creamy texture of the soup with the mild hint of spiciness and occasional mouthfuls of corn and chicken made this a delight. I for one really liked it.
Tomato Coriander soup: Its got Tomatoes. Its served as a soup. Get it? Okay.
Chicken Skewers: The meat itself was nicely cooked, but its the accompanying sauce that really made it stand out. We liked it so much we called for a second round of it, it was that enjoyable.
Corn and Vegetable Cigars: Personally, I felt this would have been better if served as a small dragon roll/spring roll with a fried, crispy exterior that offset the lovely vegetable filling inside. It was very nice all in all, served in shot glasses that came with helpings of the accompanying sauce and it was a big hit with the vegetarians of the group. Recommended if you ask me, as evidenced by the 3 portions we ordered.
Crostini Platter: If Crostinis are your thing, youd quite like this else Id say give it a miss. Its almost like tapas in how bite-sized it is. Bite-sized goodness, but bite-sized nonetheless
Wild Mushroom Risotto: With plenty of mushrooms and enough of chicken added in upon my request, this was very good. Maybe not good enough to warrant the rave reviews that it gets on here, but very good and well worth a big mention. Its very filling mind you, and I quite liked it.
Kaffir Lime and Mascarpone Risotto: The star of the evening for me. Delightfully zesty and loaded with flavor, this is the risotto that did the star turn for me. Again, chicken was added in upon request, but in my opinion non-vegetarians might well enjoy this even without the added meat. It was tangy, full of life and very flavorsome, as opposed to the polite mildness of the Wild Mushroom Risotto, which I also enjoyed, but not as much.
Seasonal Salad: Not to be confused with Caesar Salad! Only rabbits eat vegetable leaves as a meal, and I am no rabbit, ergo I gave this a pass. But the resident rabbits at our table enjoyed every bit of it. If you are a rabbit like them, you might want to consider this too.
Grilled chicken breast on a bed of mashed potatoes: Its exactly what you think it is and exactly what it sounds like. Solid dish, good plating and no surprises here. Nice!
Fish and chips: Confused by the Italian liberally used throughout the menu, Captain Unadventurous chose to go with the tried and trusted fish and chips. We decided to punish him by polishing off a large number of his fries, leaving with fish and only a few chips. Such is the lot of the unadventurous. The dish itself? Good, completely archetypal which is a nice thing.
Jalapeno Smoked Chicken Risotto: This, I was told, was a bit of a dud. But I didnt have enough space in my tummy to have a mouthful and verify, so youll have to take their word for it. Go with some of the other risottos if you are so inclined.
Burger: What kind of a fool comes here and orders a burger? Clearly, we had one in our midst. Its a burger. With fries on the side. It was as expected.
Cappuccino: Have you ever had a cappuccino? Good, then this is it. Comes with a biscuit too, which is nice. Batteries sold separately.
In all, Id give Tasting Room a solid recommendation. Do give it a go, and dont expect rushed service. Stop and smell the roses sometimes, why dont you?
PS: Damages for 9 people came to 10,300 sans any alcohol save for one glass of sangria. Worth it, Id say.
We were there for a lunch recently and found not much choice for vegetarians. The food was ok but wish more attention is paid for more choice availibilty for strict vegetarians. In this regard we had better experience in near by restaurant Zen.
So my mother was in town and was going to be here for ~16-18 hrs. I was looking forward to a home-cooked meal. She was looking forward to eating out, and specially at The Tasting Room. I wasn't feeling too well, but that didn't matter.
I called forward to ask about reservations and dress code. I got reservations for 2 for 2:30 pm (they serve until 4 pm) and we reached 10-15 mins post. We had an uncomfortable 5-10 min stand-wait while the maitre d' Deepak checked on our table. He ushered us in and I told him I needed to eat something asap. Also, I have a habit of talking food with the people at (and of) the restaurant. Deepak obliged me right through the meal. Special kudos.
The Tasting Room has a very SoHo feel. It's not incomplete enough to feel like a seedy quarter bar and it's not complete and swish enough to make it feel five-starish. You can feel the mill in it's soul. You can imagine the floor that must have held looms and the arched entrances through which people shuttled, and you can look past the pleated white sheet roof to see the aging roof above. It enhances rather than diminishes the ambience.
I ordered the watermelon and feta salad (their signature) and the basa with the cauliflower puree and bhavnagri cream. They spaced out the courses just right.
The watermelon feta was great without being incredible. The waves of sweet of the watermelon, the saltiness of the feta, the delicious bitter of the arugula (rocket leaves) and the tang of the balsamic vinegar-red wine reduction were exciting. I could have licked that reduction clean off the plate if it weren't for my uber-cool facade.
The dish of the day was the basa. It was cooked perfectly and fell apart at the touch of the fork. The cream sauce has bhavnagri chilis and adds a good punch of heat to the dish. The cauliflower and potato puree is just the right consistency, neither too runny nor too stodgy. It forked just right with the fish and a daub of the sauce. And it was delicious. Recommend this with a hand on my heart. My Mom said it right - no words communicate 'this food was good' as a plate that looks like it's been licked clean.
The duck sliders were the poor show of the day. The compote overpowered the finely minced meat, which looked a bit too dry. Can't win em all.
Dessert - We asked for recos and debated between the berry panna cotta and the Bailey's mousse, and finally settled on the berry panna cotta.
Tell you what -- Deepak brought us the panna cotta and a helping of the mousse....on the house. It was a terrific gesture. And to God, his suggestion of the mousse worked. It was actually better than the panna cotta. They do make the panna cotta different. It's not a white panna cotta layered with a berry compote. It is actually a blended panna cotta.
I was chatting about the exciting orange-ginger ice cream with Deepak, and lo and behold, he got us a biggish taster scoop. Please note -- this is what exceptional service is all about and left me feeling like a king.
And that orange-ginger ice cream was stellar. Better, even, than the first two desserts because it surprised me so. The ginger doesn't grate on your tongue. It has been tempered until it only serves to counter the few dings of the orange. It compliments the orange wonderfully and makes it sublime. Again, recommend this with my hand on my heart.
To end this great experience, Deepak had me chat with the manager and the chef. It's this willingness to talk about food, to take the time to interact with the customer, to know your menu and make recommendations based on your reading of the customer's tastes -- that's what good service is all about. Got it here. I'll be back because you've got something special here.
Did I say we discussed wines too? Fun experience!
Good food! Great salad!
Going to the tasting room? The watermelon and feta cheese salad is a must try. I could make a meal just of that. We started with this.
We had the Penne in fresh tomato sauce and baked Basa next. Yum.
And ended with their Chocolate mud pie.
Oh a special mention for their mustard sauce. It is divine.
It was a delicious meal. And the ambiance just adds to the experience.
Good Food from the Good Earth!!! ;-)
The overall setup is cool, with every furniture for sale, the place looks like have food at a very friendly place. The food is simply yum and creatively crafted.
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This place is PRETTY in every way.
Its like picked up right out of some beautifully grand and gothic interiored palace. The food is fine - one usually frequents this for the various gigs and events they do. The grilled duck sliders are yum, so are the spicy chicken wings and the tuna & sesame pate. The alcohol list has a lot of lovely options - yet to try them though.
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Set in the most unlikely places for a fine dining restaurant - at the rear end of Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, The Tasting Room is like a hidden jewel. The externals of the place don't prepare you for the lovely decor that the restaurant has.
We had opted for the three course set meal offer given by Gourmetitup. Food was inspired and divine. The Watermelon and Feta salad, Prawn Ajilo, Fillet of Basa and the Guanaja Mousse were all perfect. A sure place for good food and some quiet in the city.
We will be back soon...
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1 of the main dishes' orders forgotten by server
Apart from the fact that we faced a bit of issue with one of our orders, the fact is that Tasting Room is like one of those hidden gems that gives such a joy on discovery. Located within the Good Earth Store, The Tasting Room has very eclectic & elegant decor and yet a very laidback and quaint ambiance.
I particularly love how it fits in within a decor store and yet you feel so relaxed and away from any cacophony.
The service atleast in our case remained questionable (more on that later) but on all other counts they were polite and seemed ok.
I went for lunch with friends on a weekday and the place was not very crowded. Infact two tables away from us was occupied half an hour after we walked in by 3 ladies.
So basically there were 6 of us.
Here is what me and my two friends ordered:
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Basa Fillet with Bhavnagri cream
Grileld chicken breast and fish and chips
Fresh Pineapple-Carrot juice
The starters were absolutely heavenly. I think we totally cleared the last crumbs of feta off the salad plate!
The mains was where we had a it of a trouble.
The basa and chicken arrived well in time but the fish and chips was taking forever. Our friend was in the mean time eating from our plate which was ok but then we saw the 3 ladies who arrived after us were also served their mains and yet there was no sign of the fish and chips.
So we asked the server and it turned out that he had forgotten that particular dish!
Now we had all gone out for our lunch break and had to rush back to work, yet the server said this dish doesnt take very long and he will serve it in 5-7 minutes. So we said ok and the it was served to us in about 10 minutes. By this time however it was getting late for all of us and unfortunately our friend had to ask for the dish to be packed as there was simply not enough time.
I was really surprised how they forgot to send this order to the kitchen. Perhaps they should not be carrying the orders orally but infact write it down on the tables.
Anyway the staff was cordial about it but had to be as it was their oversight!
I loved the food and would like to be back when I have the time but my friend was really turned off. And I too was very surprised that on a non-crowded day how they could simply forget one of our orders. Maybe another trip to see if all of us get our orders should be made soon!
Dessert and Wine - match made in heaven!
For a match made in heaven, your palate will thank you for a visit to the Tasting Room. Unlike most alleging premium joints scattered across Mumbai, this quaint little place has to do very little to attract aficionados. Recommended cheesecake and recommended, a LOT of experimentation.
Though you really must go here with an appetite to match, or you'll end up needing multiple trips to satisfy the gourmand in you :)
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Personal and Inviting
I have been here two times. First with a friend and then with a group. I have enjoyed on both occasions.
The menu is inviting, the service is great and staff is friendly. Food is really good especially with the wine combinations. The ambience is cosy and yet classy.
Overall an excellent experience. Would recommend for special occasions where you want to be in a welcoming and exciting place.
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The Cheese Cake and the salad here are a masterpiece! Loved the flavors and the ambiance surely gets a 5 thumps up! Am coming back for sure! Drive to this place makes it worthwhile.
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One of my friends took me to tasting room and i loved it. I love the mushroom soup and watermelon salad. I also loved the dessert. The ambience is great with comfortable sofas in one section and overlooking the counter with a huge wine rack.
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Spanish all the way!
Tasting room is one of those quaint little restaurants, after visiting it once you being to wonder why you never came here earlier.
We were here for dinner one Saturday night and the place was buzzing with activity. We opted for a platter of Bruschetta and some batter fried prawns with our white wine Sangria. I couldn't fault either of these dishes. Spot on!
For the main course, the husband went in for a Cajun spiced grilled chicken that was lovely. I decided to be adventurous and go in for the Basa with cauliflower mash and bhavnagari cream, I was a little apprehensive about how this would taste but after one bite I was in love. It was a perfect combination of flavours and textures, what made it stand out was the unusual ingredients used in this dish.
For dessert we had the Chocolate cake with roasted almonds and Beer ice cream, it was stellar stuff.
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Excellent place. Definitely worth a visit. Food, music and ambience was really good. Good choices for vegetarians. Had the watermelon and feta cheese salad trio dip, kafir lime risotto and baked polenta pie. Cheese cake was out of this world. Sangria's were very reasonably priced Rs 350. Next to Palladium/Phoenix mills. However the restaurant is located at the back with no clear signs so entrance is a bit scary.
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Good food !
Having lived in south bombay for all my life & having moved to prabhadevi for the last 4 years,I wondered how I never landed up going to The Tasting Room for a meal !
It has been on my list to visit the tasting room & I finally did so on my anniversary after having heard all the good reviews & I wasnt disappointed & only re-affirmed that I would be a more frequent visitor.
We had the greek salad which was fresh and enjoyed the feta cheese,the minestrone soup served with a platter of breads and breadsticks (my only complaint was the tiny portion of butter accompanying the breads & we had to ask for more butter twice).We had the spaghetti Aglio Olio which was recommended as a must try by couple of my friends & it was really good.
The iced tea was a little too lemony & needed to add ice to dilute the lemon.
Great place to have a quiet & quick bite.
Do not live up to prior commitments.
I am in the process of having an extremely bad experience with the Tasting room. I called these chaps 2 days back (Wednesday) to make a reservation for about 20 people in my team for Friday (today). I was told that it would cost about 750 (incl taxes) for Endless Sangria/Wine.
They mentioned that they could figure out an additional deal with appetizers etc and would call me back. I told them to keep a reservation anyway.
Come Friday (today), and not having received a call, I called them back only to speak with the most mindless and zoned out manager I have ever come across in the hospitality industry. Not only did he make me repeat the query three times over (I work in a consulting firm. The first quality they look before hiring for consulting is communication skills. I am certain I communicated correctly), he ended up telling me that they do not offer the basic offer for big groups. The definition of big is reserved.
He insisted that I take up some offer for over twice the money (1600 + taxes) for a full 4 course meal and endless sangria. When I rebelled and told him there was something else communicated to me, he simply said sorry not happening, and to my dismay, hung up thereafter.
Besides the lesser-evil of humiliation that the hanging up caused, this situation now leaves me in a dilemma, considering there are 19 people banking on MY knowledge. Thank you Tasting room, for bring my credibility down in front of my teammates.
Perfect for long lunch or a dinner date
It's not easy to find since it's tucked inside the Good Earth store and there's no board pointing towards the restaurant. It has a very relaxed setting and the food is great too. Do try their assorted bruschetta platter, minestrone soup and watermelon and feta salad. Go there if you prefer a soup and salad lunch.
January 12, 2013response from management at The Tasting Room:
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Great Place for a lazy Sunday Lunch
This was my second visit to The Tasting Room and had a good experience again - with couple of negatives, though.
I love the quirky, kitschy ambience of the place (and of the Good Earth store as well). The wine list is extensive, though we went for a pitcher of Sangria (with white wine, not red) and it's a winner! We had ordered the Meat Plate for starters and it came w/o the chorizo as mentioned on the menu. They had replaced it with a rather indifferent Turkey Salami, w/o informing us. That was a big negative; if you don't have the stuff, inform in advance, don't just bring out something different. And the server didn't even inform us when he placed the plate on the table; when we complained, he told us about the swap. #FAIL
For mains, we ordered a Grilled Chicken & Mushroom s/w, the Lamb Shank, Grilled Tiger Prawns and a Porcini Risotto. The Lamb Shank was the clear winner. The s/w came with some yummy mustard on the side; I wish they had it on sale! The prawns were good too. The risotto was OK.
For dessert we ordered the much-recommended Creme Brulee, which totally failed to live up to my expectations. It was some weird chocolatey slush, yuck! The other orders were the Chocolate Mousse (could have been better with a darker chocolate) and the Baked Cheesecake with Raspberry Sorbet, which kind of saved the dessert for us!
Ended with a lovely, strong cappuccino.
Overall - recommended for the ambience & the food. Be warned that the service is slow, but on a Sunday afternoon you don't want to be hurried any way!
September 4, 2012response from management at The Tasting Room:
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Having been to The Tasting Room a number of times before I thought it would be a nice venue to celebrate my birthday. Had booked a table 4 days in advance and even got a confirmation call on the day. But when I went there with my friends found the place to be full. The head there told me he's be giving me a table soon, pointing to one where a bunch of friends were sitting and assured me they'd called for their cake and bill. I ended up waiting a good 40 minutes for them to vacate the table and get my seat. Then when we wanted to go in for the unlimited Sangria offer, we were told it was only till 11:30 and it was already 11:15pm by then so had to insist on them extending the timing for us, since we spent half the time just waiting for a table. I don't see the point of making reservations, if you're going to still be made to wait!
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August 12, 2013response from management at The Tasting Room:
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as the name suggests! 10/10
this place has the best tiramisu in bombay..the philadelphia cheese cake is to die for..all other desserts are awesome too..the only thing missing was some light music..the whole feel of the place is kinda arabic..it wud be great if there was some nice music to go with the amazing food and lovely ambience..it becomes too formal and quiet otherwise..love it nonetheless..will definitely keep going back :)
August 30, 2012response from management at The Tasting Room:
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Surprisingly phenomenal food
I took my fiancee to The Tasting Room for lunch on July 12, 2012, and was expecting to have a good, but not spectacular lunch, which would be overshadowed by our dinner at The Table the same evening. But The Tasting Room's food blew the food at The Table out of the water. I had planned on a light lunch, but the food was so good that we ended up having four courses and two desserts. :) We had the seafood soup (with prawns and mussels), the flavor of which was so perfectly blended and balanced; I haven't had a soup, bisque or chowder flavored so perfectly since I returned to Mumbai from the US. We followed that up with the Asian inspired tenderloin carpaccio, which was also outstanding because the experimental flavor combinations were so well thought through, and then had the cumin and orange marinated beetroot salad with toasted walnuts, chevre, cranberries, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce and pear. My only (minor) complaint here was that the cumin, while cutting through the sweetness beautifully, was slightly overpowering; a little less cumin would have been perfect. We also had the norwegian salmon with beetroot risotto, chevre and a lemon and parsley sauce, which was again phenomenally balanced in terms of textures and flavors. The tiramisu with coffee ice cream was also excellent; the only boring dish was the chocolate cake with beer ice cream, and that was our own fault, for ordering something so stodgy. :) Although the wine list is extensive, we chose the unlimited sangria (Rs. 400) and consumed 6 glasses of sangria with the meal. Next time, will definitely try wine pairings. The service was also exceptional; attentive waiters who ensured that the dishes arrived at the table in a perfectly timed sequence. The Table, by comparison, was disappointing (except for one outstanding dish); but that's a subject for another review.
August 30, 2012response from management at The Tasting Room:
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The ambiance is wonderful. You wont believe you have walked into an old mill which has been renovated to the minimum. The awe about the ambiance stays only till your wine arrives. Excellent collection and wonderful service put together makes up for a good night. The waiters are very informative about the wine history and leave you to yourself to savor it with your loved one. Food merely served as an add-on
Overall, 5 stars definitely
The Tasting Room
Breathtakingly spacious and beautifully decorated with mirrors, The Tasting Room suceeds in transporting any visitor to another era. One is surrounded by deep pink walls bejeweled with paintings and tapestries that envelope wooden, well spaced out tables. This is essentially a wine connoisseur's haven. The menu however, is limited to starters and European main course. An ideal location for a post work tete-a-tete with a client or colleage.
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The tasting room has a one of a kind ambiance that is really engaging and soothing and conducive to a relaxing atmosphere and good conversation. The food is superlative and so are the deserts. Recommend the Philadelphia Cheese Cake and the Mud Pie. I'm sure the rest of the deserts are awesome as well. It is moderately expensive, averaging about 400 per dish, and its totally worth it considering it tastes brilliant and the service is also really good. The waiters are helpful while ordering and are careful not to disturb us later when we are eating. The sandwiches here are really really good. Would love to go here at least once a week ! The music was at a perfect volume and had nice ambient bands playing (Gotan Project, Buddha Bar, Thievery Corp etc). All in all quite a classy affair.
Brilliant ambiance, antique Chandeliers with soft glow, pink wall, large size Shrinathji paintings, solid wood tables & soft chairs too good for Mumbai standards. If you are tired with the crowd, noise & shopping at Phoenix Mill, this is the place where you can relax, enjoy peace & tranquil surroundings. Nobody is in hurry; you can take your own time to select items from the menu or to pay your bill. As far as food & beverages are concerned they are ok with prices on higher side, but you come here for unwind & to relax you mind & body (yes it is not spa), better if you are alone & best if you are with your loved one.
The haven of peace, relaxation in Mumbai
For all the foodies out there, this one's a food spa :D
relaxing, not so crowded place, with amazing sandwiches and desserts (and hot chocolate too!) - yes it's expensive but totally worth the soothing atmosphere- highly recommended for a romantic evening too :)
Cool place to chill after work!
The Tasting Room is the cool place to go after work to drink. It has the perfect ambiance that is required for drinking. This is one place where the vegetarian dishes are too good especially the deli cheese plate makes you go head-over-heels. Most of my friends are vegetarians and therefore selection of restaurants becomes an issue, but the tasting room is really good. I would give this place a four on five stars for its perfection!
Visit this place for desserts and wine!
It was my second visit to The Tasting Room and like before, it was a memorable experience . The service staff were very courteous and well behaved. With a large variety of starters, they also had irresistable desserts. But not to forget, this place is known for its great wine collection. It is a good place to hang out with your friends and everything is worth the price. Will surely come again to try out more desserts and wine of course ;)
Food is just awesome here
One thing about The Tasting Room that is unforgettable is the food. It was really very good especially the Salmon Sandwich with Wasabi Cream Cheese was the best sandwich I had ever had. I went there with two of my collegues and we had a very good time brunching on the yummiest food ever. In desserts we had the Hazelnut Mousse Torte which was again really good. And the wines of course are something you cannot miss if you come to a place like this.
True essence of a wine bar
Dip yourselves in the true essence of a wine bar at the Tasting Room! The wine served here soothes your nerves just like the ambience sets the mood... So we ordered for Sula along with the Salmon Sandwich with Wasabi Cream Cheese! Over all the food was really good but the wine is truly this places forte!
good food but pathetic service
went there with my family..ordered for a soup which was delicous a salad and 3 dip starter..the soup was served quickly but unfortunately our main course came in before they even served the salad and starter..this didnot happen once but twice..seems the waiters were in great hurry and wanted us 2 leave...the waiters were so uncourteous that they cleared the side plates while we were still having our salad in it....finally the main cousre came in.....food was good and the portions were big..ordered for the desserts which were also delicious..but must say that the waiters need to be trained in such a good restaurant...cant be in a such a hurry when people havnt finsihed eating....
Excellent new menu
My husband and I walked into the Tasting Room for dinner to be pleasantly surprised by a healthy new menu.
We both love red wine and decided to splurge on an Australian Shiraz which was full-bodied and beautiful. As starters we ordered Provencal Prawns. The menu said that the dish totally had only 80 cals. It was so yummy that we just kept saying Mmmmm... This prompted the chef (Sujeet) to walk over. He informed us that the prawns contained tomatoes and was flavoured with dried herbs and white wine...divine. The prawns were succulent and the tomatoes were fresh and tasty (most tomatoes these days don't seem to have any flavour).
Then we went for some comfort food and ordered the bacon wrapped melons which didn't disappoint at all. I wanted to finish off with another healthy option and ordered for the Seared fillet of basa over stewed fruit. I have never tasted anything so delicious before. The fruits were deliciously caramelised and there were little round pieces of water-melon and zuchini on the side. The fish too was cooked just right.
The chef informs us that they are trying out healthy yet tasty new recipes for their menu and very soon we shall have more low-calorie dishes on it.
Because of the wine our bill was a tidy sum, but we didn't mind since we had an amazing evening.
I went on a recommendation and was pleasantly surprised. The food was good and they adapted it to my dairy-free meat-free diet very well. I was warned before going here for dinner about the portion sizes. They are pretty huge so we were stuffed after sharing a soup and a salad. For the main course I ordered a Risotto which I couldn't finish and felt so bad about it.
We went on a Thursday evening and there were many unoccupied tables. They still took us to a bar stool seating with a table which we rejected. And they continued to so that with everyone who entered and everyone rejected. They should just get rid of those seats. No one wants to eat a wine dinner perched on top of a bar stool.
The ambience was calm and peaceful. Though I have kind of had it with restaurants trying to play the run down warehouse look. I don't find it new (or inviting) anymore. It's starting to look overdone and a cheap way to do interiors.
Good food & ambience
Was there a couple of weeks back - early evening around 9.00 pm. Good to see that it was not crowded, and was infact rather peaceful. What strikes you immediately is the decor which has marvelously used a decrepit mill and turned into a chic setting. The tables are sufficiently far apart to give sufficient privacy, and the lighting is dim and romantic.
We ordered two portions of a spicy chicken soup - which was very good, and the portion size is generous. Our entree orders were the bass and a pasta based dish - most likely a ravioli. Both the dishes were superlative. That and a glass of wine costed us about Rs. 1,800.
The wines are on the expensive side, but they have a good range. And most definitely try out their desserts.
You like some you dont some
Always been one my hot spots as my office is across the road, tonights dinner was good as usual but not for the Caesars salad with bacon ..the bacon was like a sprinkle of dandruff of the chefs head the ice berg salad was limp as the chefs **** Sorry not what I expected from The Tasting Room. On a brighter note the marinated lamb leg ..was not a leg but nicely cut pieces of lamb tender with just the right amount of sauce very tasty I must say ..Chef take care of the Caesars salad and put some BACON on top.
Great place to chill
Love the ambience.... very chilled, relaxed place... great service too...... I keep going back for the drinks and coffee only.... the watermelon caprioska is delicious... Big drawback would be the food which is not upto the mark, barring a couple of dishes which are ok... the sandwiches are not too bad though.... so I guess for me the best time to go is in the evening for a cup of tea or coffee, or a nice cocktail/mocktail....
Amazing ambience but lack of consistency
Ambience & decoration is amazing. The very best all accross Mumbai I think. Warm & classy. I got the salmon & a steak. Steak was off. Overcooked & chewy while I ordered it rare. The salmon was howver brillant. Wet while well cooked on the top & truly melting in the mouth. Will definitely come back!
One of the best places in the city
There are a few places in this city as charming as this. The decor is simply superb - not over the top but warm welcoming and truely unique.
We started the meal with a cream cheese ravioli and stuffed mushroom which were in short little bites of heaven bursting with complex flavors. But the show stopper was definitely the marscopone rissotto - rich cheesy and all out decadent.
Rack of lamb RIPP OFF
Went there Sat night with a group of 9 people. Overall the food was ok but little pricey for the small portions. The Rip Off was the Rack of Lamb for Rs.1200. Obviously most people would think it would be a full rack for that price but we got only 3 lamb chops in it with some sparingly sauté veggies.. We planned to share it between 2 of us and we both got up hungry. When we asked the manager he also insisted thats their version of a rack of lamb. Someone please tell them the meaning of RACK OF LAMB.
Fine Blend Of European Tastes...
I can't believe that I never heard of this place before and that I would miss out on such a beautiful place to dine/brunch at. It is perfect for a date, a close dinner with friends or a brunch gala. Having said that, yesterday I was at The Tasting Room for the new collection launch of Good Earth by my friend, Krsna Mehta and there was a buffet spread. The food is awesome...I had Salmon, Tomato Feta Cheese Salad, Greek Salad, Blue Cheese (a rotten cheese of sorts but yes, very delicious), chicken in white sauce (so exotic!), Mushroom Risotto, Goat Cheese, Lasagne and well, a lot more. If this was just the buffet, I'd love to go there again for the actual menu spread! I also had a fair share of the wines, champagne, Sangrias and an interesting blend of orange juice and white wine - very tangy, fizzy and yes, delicious.
The interiors are very European/French...set in an old cathedral atmosphere but very pretty. Set within the confines of Good Earth, it is almost as if the two places are part of one another. There are anitquey chandeliers dipping from the ceiling, there are mini-moats of sorts around the place...very culturally pretty to take in. They blend in so very beautifully. There'a a cellar behind the drink counter which is very archaic and interesting. The place is small but unusually airy and spacey. It also remains perfectly intimate for a date or just a close dinner. Expect more reviews from me cuz I intend to come here a lot more often. :) In fact, after Indigo Deli, this would be my second best place for a date - romantic brunch/saucy evening/posh gala. I love this place!
My Favourite Restaurant
I've been to this place plenty of times and i can safely say that the more i go, the more i fall in love with it. the food is remarkably good, delicious!! decor is amazing, i love the vintage look it has been given and the subtleness of everything, what's great is that every piece of furniture and artifact is for sale since the restaurant is at the Good Earth store. my favourite is the watermelon and feat cheese salad which is mind blowing!! the meat platter and the cheese platter too is really yum. i really don't want to give specifics of this restaurant but i can guarantee you, everything you order in this place will be worth every penny spent. Service is impeccable, waiters are friendly, approachable and understand the true value of the customers taste. 5 Stars
P.S. i also love this place because it's so quaint and far from the reach of many Mumbaites which makes it easier to get a table sometimes (brunch is really packed)
More than just a breakfast place
We'd read reviews of how this is like a really good breakfast joint, but since we were looking for a dinner option nearby, we decided to check it out with a couple of friends.
first up, the location is truly out of the way for night-time, there is no traffic/lamp-light leading up to the restaurant which is tucked deep inside the Raghuvanshi Mill compound. However, once you reach it, it really begins to shine. the ambiance resembles a neat, small deli and has stuff from the Good Earth store next door placed around the sitting arrangement. A comfy place for a sunday dinner.
We'd had a big lunch so we just ordered a clear broth + greek salad, which was totally yum. Special props to the stuffed mushrooms, which were served totally gourmet style. The cajun chicken was a bit of a letdown though. After all this, we decided to call for a couple of pasta dishes including the mumbai standard of red pesto penne. What really surprised all of us was a nice & delicately flavored spaghetti in olive oil with grilled chicken pieces. I've never eaten such yummy pasta in Mumbai (& i've been to some good places). it had flavor, bite and incredible balance. it'd have been worth the price of admission on itself. We ended up with Bailey's mousse; which was also incredibly savory. It was served in a plastic cup, which surprised us all though
I have to say, we never expected our meal to have so many superstar dishes at one go, this restaurant definitely punches above it's weight in terms of taste and the money that they charge for their meals. Must-go for any foodie.
Not a breakfast place definitely!
I went there for breakfast this morning with a friend as we both absolutely love the food and ambiance there. Big mistake. They open at 9 am for breakfast and when I walked in at 9:20 am there was not a soul around. I ordered a Kerala Coffee while waiting for my friend and was asked to choose between sugar-free croissant or an almond croissant that came complimentary with the coffee. I opted for an almond croissant and settled in happily waiting for the coffee, croissant and my friend.
The coffee came in a tall glass and the croissant did look good. However, I had to struggle to break it into 2 and when enquired about the freshness, our server admitted to it being stale and replaced it with a chocolate chip muffin. My friend had arrived by that time and she ordered a fresh musk melon juice (good) and pancakes, while I settled for Spanish Frittata.
After 10-15 minutes, our server returned and apologetically told us that both the pancakes and the frittata had gone bad and instead asked us whether we wanted sandwiches! Feeling totally dejected I settled for a sandwich (excellent with mustard) while my friend opted for muesli with fresh fruit.
Halfway through the muffin we realized that it was also stale as the lump of flour in the muffin refused to give way using a spoon, or a knife! Once again our server offered apologies and asked whether we wanted another replacement.
Feeling totally bad about the way the supposedly good breakfast was turning out, we asked for the bill. I felt worse for shelling out a thousand bucks for breakfast between the 2 of us for the food that was bad and stale. I am sure for a little more amount we could have had a kings breakfast at ITC Grand Central!!
As a token of apology we were offered a complimentary dessert which we turned down and left the place deciding to come back (if ever) only for lunch, high tea or dinner.
Tasty and not so Tasty
A place in Raghuvanshi mills, right opposite our office, but had never got a chance to visit the place, till a friend from Bangalore popped over.
Off we went, took a professional look at The Good Earth store and then climbed up the stairs. Loved the old warehouse feel & look of the place. A blast of chilled air with variety of perfumes hit us as soon as we entered the place, looked like all the SoBo ladies had decided to have their Kitty parties that day.
Got a table quickly and ordered a glass of red and some bruschettas, whilst reading through the menu.
We ordered the Paprika dusted grilled chicken - creamy, mildly garlicky with potato wedges. The chicken was soft & succulent, worth trying. A Chicken sandwich which was just perfect, with tomato and mascarpone cheese risotto which was more or less okay, but needed some chilly flakes & Tabasco.
All in all a good couple of hours spent over lunch. And that reminds me, that I had promised my wife that I would take her there.
One of my fav restaurants in Bombay. I totally love this place. visit every chance I get. The food is pretty awersome. Qucik and priced just right. Love the ambience. Love the music.
The sandwiches are my fav. Eat them every chance i get.
Special mention about the staff. Very friendly and very courteous. Ask for manoranjan, he is very efficient.
Please give this place a try, if you havent already.
I visited Tasting Room last weekend and was bowled over by the tasty food, somewhat 'Moshe's-que like.
The white wine in the glass was hardly 3 sips compared to what u wud get even in Italy & France for EURO 3/glass (house wine).
The food was perfect.
I think they can spend some more money n paint the walls as they seem to have a hang-over of a mill-godown converted into an upmarket deli.
Also, some signboards at the entrance of Raghuvanshi Mills would be helpful as there are quite a some characters 'waiting ' to park your car and expect a tip.
BUT all said n done, if not the wine, the food definetly deserves many more trips.
The "Excellent" Tasting Room
I guess the review title says how I feel of the place :) Snugged in one of the interior decor stores (Good Earth) in Lower Parel, this place takes the continental food experience to a new level.
They have a wonderful wine list with an awesome mix of international and Indian wines (they serve wine by glass as well). We skipped them though as it was a working day lunch.
We were pretty hungry when we started with our Smoked Tomato and Basil soup and Greek salad. The soup was very well sauted with herbs and the salad had liberal amounts of feta chesse, cucumber, letuce, peppers, cherry tomatoes and olives !
We skipped the anti pasti and ordered the Saffron and Spinach Gnocchi for the main course and really, couldnt have opted for a better dish on the menu ! The finest, warm, melts-in-your-mouth gnocchi we ever had. It had just the right amount of spinach, sour cream, chesse and herbs !
The dessert comprised of the strawberry cheese cake and the choclate mud pie ! Both yummie and absolutely spoon licking good ;)
The ambience and the music add up to the experience and the non-obstrusive staff is a blessing.
Invoke your hunger Gods and enjoy a very fulfilling experience!
P.S: It's a steal at 1200 bucks for 2 :) Fultoo paisa vasooooool !
This is certainly a restaurant for the refined pallate. Its only drawback is the limited fare for vegetarians or if your tongue is more suited to spicy, high salt meals at say, a Jai Hind. If you are looking for a European flavour with some decent wine, this is a top choice in Mumbai. Do try their variety of breads. The watermelon and feta cheese salad is also splendid as are the assortment of sandwiches you can customise.
In the beginning i didn't expect much from this place since i hadn't ever heard of it before. I accompanied my mom after a long day's shopping spree, the first thing i felt was this great feeling you get when u enter a royal place. the food, the work to create a lovely atmosphere took my breath away. I m coming here again, soon!.. Brilliant!
I just hate it when a restaurant gets everything right except the frickin food !!!!!!!!!! It really is worth at least 3 if not 4 stars considering the location, ambience and menu, but the disappointment when the food arrives is so acute, that it just leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and two stars on the burrp page.
Lunch on the go
Entertaining some serious shoppers last week, we had to pick up a quick bite. Since Good Earth was on our radar, it seemed only logical to eat at the Tasting Room.
I had a chicken salad which had the right amount of crispiness, my guests had a grilled sandwich, spicy chicken with rice and a vegetarian pasta.
The portions were just right, the ambiance perfect ( though I was completely distracted by the fly that I was dying to swat), the waiters attentive and on the whole a perfect lunch.
In good taste...
Valet Parking: No.
Nestled in the commercial environment of a busy compound is this haven of tranquility. A roomy expanse, lofty ceiling and an abundance of natural light pouring in from large windows create a languid atmosphere which puts you at ease instantly. Wooden beams running across the ceiling and unfinished walls add charm to the interiors.
Take your pick from the eclectic seating, from tables and chairs of diverse heights to comfortable sofas. And if you like what you see, you can walk away with it for a price. Located inside the very posh furniture and lifestyle accessory store Good Earth, everything in the restaurant is for sale.
Soak in the atmosphere and munch away on the tray of goodies placed before you, various types of bite-sized breads, crisp breadsticks and a sinful swirl of garlic butter, as you wait for your order to arrive, which does take an age to appear.
You'll most probably polish off the enitrie tray by the time the food does arrive, and realize the wait has been worth it. Elegantly served in large square plates and earthen bowls, feast on the presentation before you feast on the food itself. My tastebuds rejoiced at the delicate flavoring of the Paprika Grilled Chicken (Rs 325)
Do try the delectable desserts, especially a wedge each of the A.B.S.O.L.U.T.E.L.Y S.I.N.F.U.L. Mud Pie (Rs 110) and Philly Cheese Cake (Rs 160) (When they say cheesecake, they mean cheesecake!)
The Tasting Room is also Mumbai's first wine bar.
Average meal for 2 (without alchohol): Rs 900
Cozy place - strictly for snacks though
I love the decor in this place.. It kind of extends from/into Good Earth - and is quite cozy and romantic. They have various types of seating- couch, tables, high chairs - good. If you peg the atmosphere is that of a pub/cafe - you are right. The name does not mislead - it is good for wine and drinks. But if you are here for a huge lunch or brunch - you are bound to be disappointed. Strictly the salad, sandwiches, soup and a couple of main dishes place. The variety in the things they do serve is also pretty limited. The service is a little laid-back and slow - I guess to go with the atmosphere and all. But what they do serve is really good - the sandwiches and cheeses are fresh and tasty. So are the pastas.
Do visit if you are in the neighborhood and want a quick bite.
Spectacular ambiance and nothing more!
Friends told me that The Tasting Room is a must-visit, so visit it I did, on a Sunday night... The place is above Good Earth (an amazing home decor store) and from the minute I stepped in, I was blown away. It's unbelievably charming. It has a very earthy and warm feel to it. Lighting is not too dim and yet, romantic.
I couldn't stop gushing at how beautiful a place it was till we were shown to our table; tables and chairs of varying heights are strewn about. My two friends and I sat at one of their high tables.
Trouble started when we were each given a menu; a menu which was unappealing both in its appearance (rumpled sheets of dog-eared paper tagged together) as well as its offerings. No appetizers were listed! Big minus... Just soups and salads. Then there was the main course, but the choice there too was very limited, especially for the vegetarians.
The wine list (from the perspective of someone who does not know her wine) looked good. My friends ordered a glass of Shiraz (Rs. 150) each with a cheese platter (listed no where on the menu, but the friend had been there before and knew it existed) (Rs. 315) to go with.
For the main course, my friend ordered a Spanish Chorizo (Rs. 385) (mashed potatoes and sausages, I think). He loved it. The other friend got the Cream Cheese Ravioli (Rs. 225) which was good too. I, upon the recommendation of the waiter, asked for the Asparagus Linguini (Rs. 225). Big, big mistake. It was cream sauce based and very bland. I can do bland, but not bland with no flavour. Portions looked small, but turned out to be okay for an average eater. I could not get through more than a few morsels of my linguini. Felt like throwing it at the waiter for having 'recommended' it to me.
Desserts: Mud Pie (Rs. 110) - very good, the saving grace of my meal. Blueberry Cheese Cake (Rs. 110) - also good. Irish Bailey Torte (Rs. 140) - disappointing, couldn't really taste Baileys.
Service: Pleasant, but only at times. Some of them couldn't understand what we were asking for and would just walk away, without any explanation, leaving us wondering what in God's name is happening! Till someone else would show up to tend to our needs. One waiter did not bother clearing my plate despite repeatedly telling him to. My patience was running thin by then. The bill was dropped at our table while we were in the middle of dessert, and this time, the waiter didn't forget to keep returning to our table to collect the cheque.
Damage for 3, including tax: Rs. 2275.
Absolutely not worth it! The two stars are only for its spectacular ambiance and decor.
what a great place , nice very apt for a romantic dinner , but one thing is sure the place has it's own charm a colonial feeling. reservations in advance are a must. as suggested by fellow burrpers , i ordered for a chicken grilled salad & for the main course a dusted chicken paprika with garlic bread . i must say a MUST VISIT
Rude Service - Okay Food
Decided to try-out someplace we've never been to, so went to Good-Earth's - The Tasting Room.. The ambiance is charming... The food is Mediterranean, with an up-scale wine collection. The service - RUDE, in-attentive n up-tight.
For starters we ordered a Greek Salad with Feta, a dish (dont remember the name) with Water Melon slices topped with feta, and rocket leaves at the side, a ham tasting platter, and the cheese tasting platter.
The greek salad was crisp and cold. I wish they'd thrown-in some more fetta.
The water-melon thingy was avante-garde,
The ham & cheese platters were okay - I've had better cheese n ham for the same price..
We ordered some soup - Asparagus & Cream of Tomato. I quite liked the Cream of Tomato soup, with a nice dollop of mascarpone.
For the main course, we ordered Grilled Chicken Dusted with Paprika, Chicken in Almond Sauce, Some Dish with Rawas, and a Prawn dish with pasta(Sorry, I'm bad at remembering names of dishes.)
The chicken was over-cooked, which made it dry n chewy. The sauce preparation was decent.
I'm not a sea-food person, but I heard that the prawn dish was awright. To me, it looked like haka noodles with prawns - something u'd get at road-side Chinese food-cart.
Okay, now comes the part bout the rude service. A friend ordered a Rawas dish, which is supposed to contain slices of egg-plant. While placing the order my friend requested the waiter to exclude the egg-plant. To her shock, the waiter told her if she didn't like egg-plant she should just order another dish... We called for the manager but he was not available...Finally, after speaking to the captain, we managed to get the rawas sans the egg-plant. Once again, the fish was over-cooked, dry and chewy..
Overall, I'd give it a 3/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Food - 3/5
Service - 2/5
Price - 3/5
I've been to a coupla supposedly good restaurants recently .. It seems to me like most of these restaurants concentrate more on the deco and alcho, rather than good food n service...Most of these places are hyped-up n pretentious, but dish-out crappy stuff..
Wonderful for a romantic date
I have to admit, I am partial to Good Earth. I love the ambience of the store & all that is displayed in it. So for me the idea of going to The Tasting Room for our anniversary dinner was perfect.
The experience was as good as it gets. We found ourselves a corner table, btw all the tables were lit up by candles kept in some textured glasses which made the lighting very subdued.
We started with wine (ordered by glass) & some bruschettas. The wine was good (actually we ordered the cheapest on the list) & bruschettas quite flavouful. The table bread was quite good too. Since we are not big eaters, we only ordered Paprika dusted grilled chicken for main course which was wonderful. Garlicky in taste & served with potato wedges, this dish went very well with the wine which by then we had repeated. Though I wanted to order some desert, my husband backed off & I lacked the courage to finish a full desert all by myself.
So all in all, superb dinner. Light & flavourful as I like it.
PS. It might be a good idea to aviod this place if the group is too large, though they have a couple of large tables set up there.
Nice food - slow service
This place has changed and expanded recently. Their menu has got a lot more to eat than what my wife had earlier seen of it. Located in and around an artifact store, this place has some wonderful and highly inviting interiors. Background music was not bad also .. nice & soothing but I don't think the acoustics were designed well for the music to be heard evenly across the venue. And that can be said about the air-conditioning also. 10 of us were in a big corner table, the other areas of the restaurant seemed much cooler.
What did we eat?
Paprika dusted grilled chicken - creamy & mild. the chicken could have been a little more softer. But worth trying.
Sun dried tomato n grilled vegetables spaghetti [Highly Recommended]
Tomato and mascarpone cheese risotto - Baby safe dish was nice but needed a heavy dose of chilly flakes & Tabasco to make it fun and also a pinch of salt helped bring it to the right taste.
Peppered potato with Racellete cheese - YUM! but I wish the portion was a bit larger. the cheese was really good on the tongue.
mushroom pate - time pass ... they used mushroom cream and pickle on vol-au-vent
What's to drink?
Lots ... wide choice of wine, viocktails (coctails made from wines), cocktails
What's not good?
They apparently have a "small" kitchen so cooking speeds are slow. Also customization and mix-match of dishes are not very welcomed.
The approach is dark and dingy ... a little lighting near the car park area would make it a bit more friendly.
Conclusion - Good food, nice ambiance, I just wish they bucked up on the speed. but what would be a good idea is to go in small numbers, Romantic Meals, Dinner Dates - AVOID large groups.
Old world charm...
The Tasting Room is a quaint cafe / restaurant tucked away in Raghuvanshi Mills (inside The Good Earth store)... It has this old world charm, with the dark wood furniture (all on sale- courtesy Good Earth), patchy walls (makes me worry what the kitchen walls look like!), and laid back ambience.
I've been to this place quite a few times... and I love it for 4 reasons:
- They have a foosball table!! Yes, believe it or not, they do have a foosball table- which sticks out like a sore thumb in the elegance of the interiors. But its the biggest reason for me going there so often.
- The Grilled Chicken Salad with its (seemingly) low fat dressing of Coriander and Lemon Grass- this salad is my favourite. Its a must try! My other recommendations are the Teriyaki Style Chicken, the Salmon and Wasabi Bagel, and any of their desserts.
- The Big Comfortable Sofas the first time I visited the Tasting Room I got the impression it was one of those snooty places, where they ask you to hush down if your voice goes over a few decibels and they frown at you if you mis-pronounce your pastas. But they staff here are very courteous and accommodating and dont mind if you put up your feet and curl up comfortably on the sofa.
- And finally, they have a pretty decent assortment of cheeses and cold cuts the best this side of town and reasonably priced.
The downside of this place is that the coffee isnt great- I guess coz this is more of a fine wine type place. But as a coffee lover that comes as a huge bummer! The menu is also quite limited and thats something that becomes irritating if you are a regular. However, since everything Ive tasted has been great- itll be a while before I start cribbing!
Good, OK, Nice, Non-Fancy
I find this place Good, OK, Nice, etc. all the non "Wow" words, but still far away from all the negative words, somewhere in between.
Good about this place is its food, quality and taste, the food will be as expected. I don't think you would be able to find any flaws or dissatisfaction, regarding food taste or quality.
So its good food that's the main point of EATING - isn't it ?
Bad/Cons/Scope for improvements etc:-
I have ZERO idea, why the DECOR of this place still looks like it needs a paint job, and also needs dozens of Carpenters to for a month to work on everything else apart from FOOD, and Kitchen.
Even if someone gave me a logical and creative views :-
- as to why this places looks like how it looks now, - shabby, unpainted, with special featured cobwebs, and maybe even spiders too, (which in turn attracts a lot of mosquitoes, which is bad for a restaurant and kitchen).
I would not believe the logical explanation or would not want to buy any such CRAP. (after all we don't pay to sit at places which look similar to our houses or even worst, rite??).
Service - Good
Music - Ok