Disclaimer: Okay. Right up front. This is a venture by a friend. And I was invited here to check it out. And of course, if I didn’t think it was worth the while, I wouldn’t have written about it.
5 All Day Dining
Hotel Apollo, Lansdowne Road, Behind Regal Cinema, Colaba
(Turn in left from Cafe Mondegar, and this is right opposite Gordon House Hotel).
Tel: 022 6524 7070
5TheRestaurant at Santacruz is a right cozy little place, with a nice intimate vibe to it, attentive service and great food, so when I was told that the brain behind this, Roy Edwin, was planning to take the concept to Colaba, I was right on intrigued. The food was fabulous, no doubt, but there was a world of a difference between the profile of the audience in a suburb like Santacruz and of those in Colaba. After much dillying and dallying on my part, primarily because the trip to Colaba to me is like actually travelling out of town, I gathered up the nerve, the child and the spouse and took myself there to experience the restaurant.
Tucked away discretely, yet located conveniently, there is a fresh, yet cosy vibe to the place. You enter to face a bar, which has a screen drop down in the evenings to convert the place into a party zone, an impressive selection of wines and alcohols, and two seating zones upstairs which is glassed off and the lower level which is flow on from the bar space. Cosily grouped sofas in hues of mint and orange, a muted palette.
The cuisine is a mix of Continental, American and fusion food, with some really interesting sounding dishes, one of which I did end up trying but more of that later. Here’s what they write about their food: “The food speaks for itself, as it surprises everyone with the innovative ‘smoked’ technique which is the restaurant’s signature. The dishes include smoked bloody mary soup, smoked pumpkin and fenugreek soup, smoked hickory chicken burgers and smoked spinach and scarmoza brownies to name a few. 5 All Day believes in using indigenously available ingredients which brings us to dishes like the Kasundi marinated Kolkata bekti, a fish which is flown down from Kolkata everyday and Red spinach, bhavnagari chilly and cream cheese ravioli. If you have a sweet tooth you wont be dissappointed with desserts that include banana flip torte and a dark and white chocolate parfait which is a thick and silky chocolate pudding studded with cherries.”
What we sampled, and what Roy was brave enough to offer a child weaned on McDonald’s Chicken Burger with Cheese was the burger platter, three mini burgers which came with the meat cooked just so, threaded through with a toothpick and with a cherry on top that so delighted the child, he insisted on picking them all off and eating them before he got started on the burgers. And he did demolish them. For starters we had a wonderfully flavoured Cajun Chicken, Kasundi Prawns which were melt in your mouth, Curly Fries (in deference to the child at the table) and Feta cheese with sundried tomatoes.
For the main course, the spouse and the child, being kattar meat eaters opted for the Roast Leg of Lamb with herb rice, which I tried the enticingly named Green Peppercorn and Cumin Rubbed Hickory Smoked Chicken with Beetroot Spaghetti which came in a luscious shade of pink, and tasted as divine. Portions, let me mention, are very generous. The spouse, who is a good eater at the best of times, was hardpressed to finish his serving. Flavours were subtle, yet intriguing, meats were cooked well, not overdone nor underdone, presentation was excellent. I’m not a food blogger, so I can’t analyse the food, except to say that the Chicken Tandoori and biryani preferring man was perfectly satiated by what he ate. I did notice the attention to detail, the fact that the waiters were informed about the dishes on the menu, and that the service was discrete and meticulous. We finished off with delish Creme Brulee–mango and coffee. Portions of which finished too quick for satiation.
5allday is, as the name suggests, open all day. You can walk into it at any point in the day and get a proper meal. They have a Monday to Friday set menu option that has a choice of soups/starters, sides, mains, desserts and beverages, (including a glass of Sula) for Rs 475/- which I thought was a great deal. The menu is comfortably priced and the restaurant opens at noon. On the anvil are DJ nights and such like, making it a great place to hang out post work.
Go, check it out, if you’re in that part of town.