RainForest Resto - Bar , Now at Phoenix Lower Parel ( Exit Byblos )
After a long time , had some authentic kebabs or rather Indian food . Be It any Kebabs , Prawns , Paneer as far as the Indian Section of the Menu goes This place has a fantastic range and the taste is Outstanding. Italian on the other hand was a bit of a miss , maybe i was comparing the high standard which the chef set for the Indian Food - Full marks Chef Yatin to have giving a tasting of some amazing kebabs.
Rainforest as you know is a jungle themed family restaurant and this place is here to stay. Maybe a bit pricy but the ingredients and the quantity makes it a fair price and yes the presentation - Its fantastic.
Focusing on the Kebabs that we had : ( my partner is a vegetation ) lucky me to have tasted both.
Started with a simple yet elegant looking Flambé PANEER ANGAREY - diced paneer flambéed with Vodka giving that ceramic glaze and taste was just perfect. spicy and hit the correct notes. Great start.
MURG ALISHAAN KEBAB - fantastic presentation , comes in a cart ( pic Uploaded ) again the spices played a key role to get this kebab to a great level. Boneless chicken marinated with tandoori masala had a bit of cheese and crushed peanut paste which balanced out the spices cooked in a clay tandoor. This was juicy/Spicy in short a winner of a dish and melted in the mouth - A MUST ORDER.
RED COOKED PANEER - a vegetarian dish with a garlic sauce base , nice , served with glass noodles. Had a garnish of spring Onion and broccoli. And had that Chinese taste to it. Lovely.
MURG SCHEZWAN KEBAB - this is their signature dish , innovation at its best. Chicken tikka pieces marinated well with Indian spices and herbs and served with schezwan sauce . Correct balance. It did give me a hint of that Kashmiri touch . when asked it was smoked with apple wood. That's innovation at its best. Hats off chef !! Till now No flaw - trying to search for one !!
MURG SHIKARI KABAB - Leg pieces of chicken used , this was tangy with bones , basically like a pahadi kebab, lot of coriander and Mint used to get it perfect. Marinated with spicy chilly , coriander mint paste yogurt and homemade spices. Soft Juicy and aromatic. YUM !! Served on a tandoori clay.
CHEESE CHILLY ROLL - i loved this. Great stuffing of cheese and jalapeno rolled in wonton wrap deep fried. Crispy ( this is important ) Served in a cutting chai glass which had a basic Italian sauce ( tomato/olive/basil) tasted good. This comes under the Italian section in the menu
Can't get the name of this Dish - But guess it was :
PRAWNS IN COCKTAIL SAUCE - fantastic presentation. (pic uploaded) prawns cooked to perfection. Juicy lemony , tender and crispy which means cooked well. And the cocktail sauce which served with it was mind blowing !! Mayo/tomato/feta/Worcestershire sauce/lemon/cilantro = WOW personally felt this was the star dish of the day !! Amazing aroma and balance.
For me for the above starters it's a perfect score.
Coming to the Mains -
Baked Farfalle with Gorgonzola Cream - (Gorgonzola cheese + whipped cream ) rich in texture but missed out a bit on the Farfalle pasta ( a bit over cooked ) taste was good , elements like capsicum yellow and red bell pepper gave that crunchiness to the dish as well as zucchini corn . Apart from the overdone pasta i liked the dish.
Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce - thanks chef to make a vegetarian version. and this stood out. Colourful , aromatic and full or flavours. Got the punch from the Feta the sweetness and tanginess from the tomato sauce , carrots , zucchini , capsicum went well. Balanced dish at the end. Again slightly overdone the spaghetti. ( chef do look into it please)
Risotto with Tomato and Basil - YES !! This was nailed perfectly. Rice cooked to perfection. This is risotto all about. One mistake and it's gone for a toss. Picture perfect. Presentation great. Garnished with parsley and diced pieces of tomato - Texture good , taste awesome.
Had heard that the Dal Makhani at Rainforest is good - just asked for a tasting portion , the smokiness was there but was cut out as it was a bit sweet, presentation was lovely. Bread served was good. For me Dal Minus the sweetness would take this to another level. Texture was good cooked to perfection.
It was Tiramisu - presented beautifully , great quantity and tasted good.
This place is known for some amazing cocktails - I will not describe it but will recommend you to try out :
Smoked and Hammed - This was awesome , Vodka/Gin/White Rum/Tequila.....
last but not the least -
DRAGON BREATH - wow !! This is awesome at -92 its magic created and seeing is believing and tasting it , it's heaven. In short its White Rum/Orange/Cranberry...
Daiquiri - an all time classic made in a classic way and tasted perfect.
Old Fashioned - whiskey based drink - again Rainforest has its own innovative way to make it and present it , lot of herbs and flavours , do try out.
OVERALL - Much Needed Restro Bar at Phoenix lower parel . Guys have worked hard on the menu , i again mention the Indian is good , need to try the other cuisines as well , surely will be back -lot of choice in the menu.
Thanks to the entire staff of rainforest - Chef Yatin/Deepak , I'm sorry can't get the name of the person who took care of our table.
Keep rocking Roar like a tiger in the FOREST !!
Recommended for Sure !!
GO FOR IT ....