A quaint restaurant in Malad serves authentic English cocktails and fare, which make you forget that life is unfair.
Need We Pull Out The Ties And Gowns?
The English Department, true to its name, is as English as any restaurant in Mumbai could possibly get, without you feeling the dress up for it. Everything from the procession of hanging bulbous lanterns with crystals in them lighting up the stairs, which lead you to the main door and the plush, red diner booths to the bar shaped like the London Bridge and the fireplace makes this a very elegant yet informal place to dine.
What’s On My Plate?
The plate of London Style Fish And Chips is crispy, scrumptious, comes with endless tartare dip refills and goes perfectly with that beer you would be thumping on the table while screaming at your favourite players to do better on the big screen there almost perennially playing the sports channel – like we said, things are as English as they could get (it includes watching cricket). The Lamb Shepherd’s Pie reminds you of the goodness of piping hot mince cooked the right way while the Sunday Roast will finally satisfy your curiosity about all that you watched in the movies – the Thanksgiving dinners, the butler lifting the silver dome off a plate with a well-done bird in that enticing reddish brown shade, all of it. The menu is crafted to make you miss watching The Crown or any other ancient British-based series on Netflix alongside your meal. If there’s space left, desserts like Sticky Toffee Pudding, Red Velvet Jar and Philadelphia Cheesecake are in tow.
What’s In My Glass?
A lot of very interesting cocktails on this menu – but The Savoy Daisy deserves a special mention – blood red, heady, sweet and perfect for when you’re sailing. Likewise, there are a lot of cocktails that would be perfect for sipping on the porch of a house in the Southern US, on a beach in Mexico or in a Mafia gathering as well.
Le Quirky Bit
The smoking zone deserves a special mention – because you’re standing on a grave, the place to ash your cigarettes and stub them were two pails of earth to be emptied into that grave and a host of people and a priest have been painted on the ceiling looking down at you (the person in the grave). The most powerful (and eerie) way of telling you to give up the habit.
With meals and drinks that good, an ambience perfected to make you feel like a Lord or Lady and a sense of wit lurking in the atmosphere, this place is great for a dinner, lunch, brunch or breakfast date. You could also take friends or take yourself out. By Jove, you will have a ball!
How to Get There:
The English Department Bar & Diner
Where : Malad | Bandra West | Thane West
Contact: Malad – 022 65702233 | Bandra West – 022 33956271 | Thane West – 022 33956241
Timings: Mon – Sun 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,500 for two people