How do you choose between Leonardo-Dra-Vidli and Sabz Gaudy or Frida Koli-Wada and M.F. Hufish? Choose by the artist or the ingredient. Either way, you can’t get an order wrong here. Veranda, which literally resembles a bright, breezy and stylish space with popping hues, is a refreshing break from static or aesthetically lacking restaurants that are synonymous with Indian cuisine. And its (large) pun-filled menu is all the more charming.
The Raja Dahi Varma, a deconstructed dahi bhallas, is one of the best starters on the menu. While the Jackson Pallak, crispy fried spinach and okra served chaat style, is a clever take on the Chinese crispy spinach, which gets an Indian touch with fried okra and the mint chutney and yogurt dips. The Contem-beet-root Salad is an inspiring ensemble of beets, arugula and quinoa with feta, citrus fruit segments and kasundi honey mustard dressing.
Take your pick of fish or prawns when you order the Frida Koli-Wada, which is a must-try for any one who loves Koliwada style cooking.
On the other hand, the M.F. Hufish is a delight for those who prefer a more continental prep. It puts together mustard fish, panko crumb and tartar sauce. The Butter Paneer for vegetarians and the Chicken Redbrandt are delightful entrées (if you still have room to eat a bigger plate). But one thing that you shouldn’t miss is the dessert at Veranda. Choose one (or all) of them: the Rasmalai Cheesecake, the White Chocolate Soufflé or the Gulukhand Chocó Bar. You won’t be sorry.
If there’s any place that gets almost everything right, this is it. Plus, it’s educative too, since the menu will have you looking up some of the greatest artists of all time! IMHO, this place is an art lesson in the best possible form.
How to Get There:
Where: Hotel Executive Enclave, 331, Dr Ambedkar Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Contact: 022 33126749
Timings: Mon Closed | Tue – Sun 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 8 PM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹3,000 for two people