Moshe’s Bandra introduces new menu

Mumbaigloss was invited to taste the new menu at Moshe’s Bandra, Hill Road branch this weekend and was joined by other food bloggers through FBAI. The lunch offered some unique dishes and strong flavors from their new menu. Moshe’s have also started with bar items but strangely it looks more like a deli or a coffee shop than a bar cum restaurant. Unless and until they upgrade their décor and arrangement of the hotel, it comes out more as a casual eating joint.

Kiwi and Mango drink, fruity cocktail, fruity mocktail, Moshe's

Coming back to the food that I tasted over the weekend, the meal started with an interesting tri-color humus platter called Homestyle Humus. The pink, mint green and white humus were layered next to each other. The ingredients giving them the natural hues were beetroot, Tahini and broccoli. The other ingredients used were nutmeg, spinach, cream cheese, sun dried tomato, chili, etc. Very well thought of and healthy snack item with grilled pitta bread. Though, the olive oil dressing was missing or rather was negligible on the platter. The olive oil gives humus its punch and I felt that a little more would have done wonders to the dish. I loved the broccoli one the best, though other bloggers preferred the beetroot humus.

beetroot dish, humus, broccoli dish, healthy restaurant dish, Moshe's, Bandra

A pink summery drink made with white wine and watermelon juice garnished with mint was served to us called Melontizer which I found to be pretty average. The drink lacked the zing which is expected from a summer drink. It didn’t have the lemony zing, or the mint flavor and the white wine was somewhere lost in the fruity taste of the watermelon juice. It wasn’t close to Sangria’ s (another fruit and wine based drink) freshness which I love on a hot afternoon. But later, one of the bloggers ordered for a Kiwi and Mango Martini which looked quite impressive; green and yellow colors fusing into each other giving a burst of both fruit flavors. I didn’t taste it but plan to order it next time.

Watermelon cocktail, white wine drinks, Moshe's

Next, we were served with Portobello, Porcini and button mushroom soup which had a rather strong celery flavor. I love earthy flavors but so much celery rather overpowered the mushrooms. A bit of creaminess to the soup could have balanced out the flavors.

Mushroom soup, Moshe's hill road

After the soup, came the French Pear and Rocket Salad which was tossed in mustard, orange and honey dressing and garnished with roasted walnuts. I found this salad very delicious and healthy. Weight watchers can easily order one of these and feel satisfied during a meal. There was no creamy dressing and the zing of the rocket leaves (mustard leaves) was balanced with sweetness of pear and crunchiness of the walnut.

Moshe's hill road, restaurant review, rocket salad

I loved their Harrisa Chicken Skewers which came next as appetizers. Spicy, soft meat (not fibrous) and presented in a unique way with bread rings. The dish is perfect with a pint of beer on a summer evening. I would certainly like to order this again in my next visit. The hotness was carefully balanced with a dash of vinegar. If you love Goan cuisine or East Indian masalas then you should definitely try this.

Chicken skewers, Moshe's hill road

The main course included Malaysian Vegetable Curry served with fresh lemongrass rice and Brick chicken.  The Malaysian curry was nothing exclusive as many pan Asian restaurants serve a similar fair. But the Brick Chicken was definitely worth the penny.  The tender rosemary and garlic seared chicken breasts were presented on top of potato stilts. It was accompanied by white beans in pesto, cherry tomato and shallot. To retain the moisture in the meat, the chicken pieces were cooked on a grill with a brick on top and that’s how the name Brick Chicken came into picture. The presentation was good and the spice was moderate so it can be tried by anyone. I would like to order it again.

Chicken dish, continental food Mumbai, Moshe's Bandra

Finally, the dessert was served. Moist chocolate cake with Vanilla ice-cream was placed on the table. Moshe’s is popular for its desserts, especially the cheesecakes. And I wondered why they decided to place the chocolate moist cake (another version of mud cake) for review. I tried a bit and left it mid-way. May be it wasn’t as per expectation. Though, they do have a lovely dessert section which is full of mouthwatering baked goodies.

chocolate mud cake, vanilla ice cream, Moshe's

My take on the new menu is that it needs improvement at a few places otherwise it has some interesting dishes to offer. It is certainly not a sit out fine-dining experience but they do have some stand-alone dishes which might cater to niche customers. Especially for those who are looking for healthy eating options in restaurants! I will certainly go for those skewers and the salad again.

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