Tales And Spirits | A Review
Another review. another check.
When I see the number of food bloggers in the city, I am overwhelmed. Seriously!!! I have been cooking and blogging continuously for last 7 years, I have been featured as top food blogger in Creme magazine too, but the kind of presence these new bloggers is serious.
When I was actively doing restaurant reviews and menu tastings about 3 years ago, that time there were hardly any bloggers around except a bunch of us whom all I personally know. But today that number is many folds and I don’t know most of them.
Well coming back to this latest review, Tales & Spirits has been there for almost 2 years but it was my first opportunity to visit them. And I must say I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. The location is so nice, that part of the experience I enjoyed was because of the ambiance. It was raining that day and I was happily enjoying a meal sitting under the trees in outdoor setting, right in the middle of on the most busy signals – JW Marriott & Pantaloons, SB Road. Though I must admit that the ambiance is slightly reminiscent of Prem’s at KP.
What also earned my respect for Rohit, who was attending to me from their marketing team, was the presence of mind to serve me small portions keeping in mind that I need to taste a lot as well as I was alone in tasting it. He arranged the dishes from same categories together to make it photo-appealing as well as taking care of small portion need. Job well done Rohit!
I began with Cotton Candy Swirl Vodka Martini, which is one of the best drink I have had. I am not a great lover for cocktails and alike for the simple reason of too much sugar content in them. The martini was prepared using a portion of cotton candy on top of which a mixture of vodka, strawberry crush, pineapple liquid and lime was poured. Amazing, truly! Tales & Spirits is hosting ‘The Martini Fest‘ for the month of October, people do go and check it out.
Starters are the best start of any meal but they really fill you up if you do not take care of the portion size. Thankfully for me Rohit took good care of it. Jalapeno & Mozzarella Cigars & Edamame Gyoza and Shitake & Bok Choy Gyoza really were great and deserve the best recommendation they have on zomato.
I chose Wine & Cheese Popcorn Soup – I am partial to wine and anything wine makes me enjoy it even more and that probably would be the case for this soup as well but I really liked it. Go give it a try!
Main course didn’t impress me much here. I took a slice of Mascarpone Cream Cheese Pizza, the crust was excellent – thin, crispy and toasty, just the way I like it. However, the flavor was a bit too bland and creamy rather than cheesy. I am not sure mascarpone and cream cheese worked that well on a pizza.
Malai Paneer Balchao is a fiery Goan vegetarian pickle preparation served with plain rice. As the description suggests, it was very red and spicy but sadly it was lacking in any other flavor. Only taste of strong chilli was there, nothing else. Plain rice didn’t do justice to it at all.
Desserts comprised of their popular dish – Baklava & Butterscotch. It was one the best I have ever tasted. The flaky phyllo, nuts, butterscotch gelato, just too yummm!
Another dessert which they presented and I was simply mesmerized with the process was flambeed Citrus & Berry Parfait. I am not so sure I enjoyed the taste so much but it was the process of flambe which kept me hooked to the gentle heating of old monk and those blue flames!!
I am seriously going back to this place for martinis, jalapeno cigars, gyozas and baklava. They really are the best the place has to offer.
One point which I definitely would like to make note of is the tardiness of the rest of the staff who served me – the cutlery was not presented with any dish. I had to ask for soup spoon, dessert spoon etc separately, which really was a damper. And it was not just the case with me but I observed other patrons facing the same issue.
Disclaimer: I was hosted by the restaurant for the meal. The views expressed here are totally my own and have not been influenced by any factor other than what I experienced at that point in time.