New Bars and Restaurants: Razzberry Rhinoceros in Juhu, Kuai Kitchen in Colaba
• Gig venue Razzberry Rhinoceros, which closed in 2007, officially reopened on Tuesday, March 14. In addition to a split level bar, the venue now has a bistro section, a patio and a sea-facing al fresco diner called The Deck. The menus for each of these areas, including the bar bites, have been crafted by TV chef and cookbook author Ranveer Brar, who heads TAG The GourmArt Kitchen in Lower Parel. The bar offers ‘modern Indian’ grub such as chicken gochujang tikka; kasundi prawns; and Hyderabadi biryani. The bistro and patio serve Mediterranean nosh including Turkish falafel; chargrilled pepper calamari; pork curry with apple couscous; shrimp risotto; and lamb tagine. The Deck’s kitchen makes dishes like masala cheddar toast; ghee roast chicken bao; beef chilli bao; curry leaf tikkas; Irani nalli; steamed sea bass with coconut; Hyderabadi kaleji kofta; Assamese bamboo chicken; malpua mille-feuille; and butterscotch kheer. Open daily, from noon to 1am. Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu Hotel, near Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu. Tel: 74004 02604.
• The folks behind Royal China and the recently opened Jia will launch Kuai Kitchen, a casual-dining South East-Asian restaurant in Colaba on Wednesday, March 15. Menu highlights will include prawn and chive dumplings; steamed edamame; prawn tempura roll; avocado maki roll; diced tenderloin in truffle oil; turnip cake with chilli oil; and crispy seaweed. Open daily, from noon to 11.30pm. Kuai Kitchen, 16/A, Cusrow Baug, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 2283 0692.
• Aalia Hospitality, which owns Bandra seafood restaurant Bastian and the bar One Street Over, launched A Bar Called Life, in Juhu on Saturday, March 11. The ‘modern Indian’ bar is helmed by Amninder Sandhu, the former chef at Masala Bay, the fine-dining Indian restaurant at the Taj Lands End hotel in Bandra. The food menu features burrata topped roomali roti; chicken wings spiced with bhoot jolokia; bombil fry; shammi kebab slider; rajma with rice; kheema kulcha; and gurda, kaleji and bheja fry. The USP of the bar menu is that the drinks start at a reasonable rate at 6pm (a 30ml pour of Old Monk starts at Rs50) when the bar opens and get progressively more expensive on the hour after 8pm until 11pm, when the prices stop increasing). Their signature cocktails include Vada Pav (whisky, curry leaf syrup and tomato juice); Angoori Madira (grape juice, egg white and Tequila); Meetha Paan (gulkhand syrup, orange bitters and vodka); and kadhi patta mojito (curry leaf, mustard seeds and white rum). Open daily, from 6pm to 1.30am. A Bar Called Life, Paradise Banquets, near PVR Cinema, Juhu Circle, Juhu. Tel: 022 2620 0122.
• Keventers, the popular chain of milkshake shops from Delhi, opened in Khar last month. The menu offers thick shakes and classic shakes in flavours such as mint Oreo crumble; Kit Kat; choco chip; butterscotch; cold coffee; strawberry; and chocolate hazelnut. Open daily, from 11am to 11pm. Keventers, Ground Floor, Gagangiri Apartments, next to Cafe Coffee Day, off Carter Road, Khar (West). Tel: 77109 25995.
• Bistro at Coffee Break has replaced Mexican restaurant Uba Tuba in Bandra. The restaurant serves American, Italian and Mexican fare including burgers (available in chicken and buff), hot dogs, tacos, quesadillas, pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. Among the options are the Juicy Lucy burger (double mozzarella stuffed patties, cheddar, pink sauce and gherkin); Alabama smoke house burger (egg, onion, lettuce, cheese and white BBQ sauce); and Chicago burger (lettuce, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, cheese and Tabasco sauce); the classic hot dog (with ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise); fried chicken dog; California dog (with pickled vegetables, chilli mayonnaise and cheese); chicken tikka tacos; chicken sausage pizza; pesto pizza; adobo grilled chicken quesadilla; tuna melt sandwich; grilled cheese sandwich; Kit Kat sundae; and sizzling brownie. Open daily, from 11am to midnight. Bistro at Coffee Break, Ground Floor, Pearl Haven Building, near Chaayos and Salt Water Cafe, Chapel Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6565 7860.
• The eighth branch of The Bar Stock Exchange is slated to open in Shivaji Park in April. The outlet will replace casual dining Indian restaurant Masalazone. The Bar Stock Exchange, Building No. 289, Veer Savarkar Road, Shivaji Park, Dadar (West).