I know that I’ve been away for really long but if you’ve been following me on Instagram / Facebook, you know how crazy Knead with Love’s kitchen has been. Recently I was also part of a super fun event in Mumbai – The Tea Party at Sanctum store, Khar(W) which was organized by Small Fry Co. You can check out snippets from the event here. Anyway, I hope to be more regular on the blog now and keep on sharing some cool recipes and reviews of places where to eat yummy food.
So, I recently got an opportunity to try out the new cafe-lounge in Mumbai – D’bell. Located in Indiabulls Centre in Lower Parel, D’Bell has a casual dining area and also a lounge where they keep on having regular gigs. We started off our meal with not one, not two but four starters!
Cottage cheese satay had soft paneer pieces but I found this dish to be a bit salty and the peanut sauce didn’t help and just enhanced the saltiness even more. If the salt gets adjusted this can be a good dish.
Corn cigar roll which were like tiny spring rolls but made with phyllo sheets and filled with American corn and cheese mix served along with a spicy tomato sauce. The rolls were oily and soggy but I guess that’s cause the phyllo sheets were fried. If baked they could have been crisp.
Wasabi prawns had perfectly cooked prawns but could do with a bit more of wasabi hit.
Bacon wrapped chicken Involtini was the best starter we had. Soft chicken pieces stuffed with cheese and wrapped with salty bacon were perfectly cooked and were tossed in a spicy tomato sauce.
For drinks we called for the Bellini which was perfect, Long island iced tea which was dominated by the iced tea flavour, Sour apple martini which was potent and had great apple flavour and Creamy chocolate martini which well was a chocolate drink.
For the main course we called for Char grilled fish fillet and Scarmorza stuffed Baked chicken breast.
The fish main was excellent with perfectly cooked fish fillet served along with lime coriander sauce and spice tossed vegetables. The only let down on the plate were the over baked potato wedges.
Whereas the chicken dish had good sides of spice tossed vegetables, caper sauce and creamy mashed potatoes but the chicken was chewy and pink and the lavash like bread wasn’t crunchy.
They do not have a fixed dessert menu so we asked our server for options. They had blueberry cheesecake, baked cheesecake, a chocolate dessert and tiramisu. We picked the tiramisu and like many other places in Mumbai this too didn’t have any coffee liqueur flavour but just sponge soaked in coffee syrup and the creamy mascarpone layer was replaced by some sort of mousse. If renamed as a coffee mousse cake this dessert would work better.
Overall D’bell had a few hits and misses. The service was good, drinks not too bad but the food was bit of a let down. Another thing that didn’t impress us was the food plating and I feel it shouldn’t be ignored.
You can check out their Facebook page here or follow them on Twitter: @DBellMumbai