Drink Up the Bombay Vibe: A Peek Inside the Iconic Canteen Cocktail Book!

Drink Up the Bombay Vibe: A Peek Inside the Iconic Canteen Cocktail Book!

By Author

Published on October 22, 2023

Just when you thought The Bombay Canteen had spilled all its beans, out pops the fifth Canteen Cocktail Book, audaciously titled ‘Make Mine A Bombay’. Now, if that doesn't spark a grin wider than the Queen’s Necklace at night, what will?

A sipster (yeah, we just coined that, you’re welcome) who swaggered into the canteen recounted, “They’re like the Willy Wonka of cocktails but less creepy and more intoxicating.” The mischievous glint in Yash Bhanage and Sameer Seth's eyes can’t be mistaken. They’re the sorcerers brewing up the city in a glass, with stories taller than the Rajabai Tower, and flavors as zesty as a monsoon evening at Marine Drive.

One review, scribbled with evident enthusiasm, praised the Phool, a gin spritzer with Umeshu and a playful marigold soda that “hugged the taste buds like the cosy, inviting chaos of Dadar’s flower market.” Another patron, clearly a connoisseur of stronger spirits, was mesmerized by The Verdict, “A cocktail so stiff, it could make the town's statues blush. Yet, the banana sherry and dark rum made it a solace after a long day, not just a beverage.”

‘Make Mine A Bombay’ is as much an experience as it is a cocktail menu. Bar Head Prantik Haldar, with the panache of a seasoned poet, paints portraits of Bombay with his mixtures. There’s the Paparazzi, a sweet and savory vodka concoction with the pizzazz of Bollywood’s flashbulbs, and the Rear View, a tequila masterpiece that has the echo of monsoon rains pelting against the city's iconic ‘kaali-peeli’ taxis.

The ambience? It’s where the timeless charm of old Bombay waltzes with the vibrant energy of the new city. Every corner, every concoction is a nostalgic journey down the gallis of Bombay, yet each sip is as fresh as the city's first monsoon showers. Prices, starting at ₹675, might make you raise an eyebrow but believe us, every sip is akin to taking a joyride down Marine Drive with the wind in your hair.

Though our taste buds might be partial to the eclectic mixtures of flavors, the real triumph of The Bombay Canteen lies in its adept juggling of nostalgia and innovation. The Canteen Cocktail Book isn’t just a menu; it’s a passport to the city, from the languid laps of the Arabian Sea to the buzzing gullies of Mohammed Ali Road.

If Bombay was a drink, it would undoubtedly be served at The Bombay Canteen. In the warm, ambient glow of the restaurant, every clink of the glasses echoes the city’s unyielding spirit and every sip is a toast to the indomitable soul of Bombay. Book your tables, not just for a meal, but for a soul-stirring sojourn through the city that never sleeps, and seldom stops dreaming. Cheers to that, Bambai!


Discover Italian Charm at Oliveto: St. Regis Goa's Newest Culinary Gem

Discover Italian Charm at Oliveto: St. Regis Goa's Newest Culinary Gem

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 15, 2024

Experience a taste of Italy at St. Regis Goa Resort's latest dining addition, Oliveto, a refined Italian eatery that promises to redefine South Goa's culinary scene. Nestled against scenic pool views and adorned with tasteful interiors, Oliveto celebrates the essence of Italian cuisine, highlighting the purity of ingredients and the timeless allure of olive oil, a staple of Mediterranean culinary traditions.

Embodying the Italian concept of "La Dolce Vita," Oliveto presents a menu steeped in tradition yet infused with modern flair. Each dish reflects Italy's culinary heritage, meticulously crafted with fresh, vibrant flavors. The restaurant's ambiance exudes rustic Italian charm, creating a vibrant atmosphere filled with energy and warmth.

Named after the ancient olive trees that grace Italy's landscapes, Oliveto pays homage to the centuries-old tradition of olive harvesting and the spirit of community it embodies. With its rustic interiors and inviting outdoor terrace, Oliveto provides a welcoming backdrop for guests to indulge in contemporary interpretations of classic Italian dishes, promising a culinary journey filled with passion, creativity, and the unmistakable taste of Italy.

Embark on a culinary adventure at Oliveto with tantalizing starters like the Insalata Oliveto, featuring a vibrant mix of roasted cherry tomatoes, red onions, and smoked olives in a refreshing lemon emulsion. Explore their inventive take on Tuscan cuisine with the Cavelossim Ribollita, followed by artisanal pizzas boasting a sourdough base and tantalizing toppings like olives and burrata. Indulge in fragrant delights such as the Goan Red Rice Risotto infused with saffron and mascarpone, or treat yourself to decadent desserts like Panna Cotta and Affogato al Caffe. For a truly immersive experience, opt for the signature Esperienza di Punta, curated to transport guests to the lush olive farms of Italy, featuring an array of cheeses, tomatoes, and basil paired with exquisite olive oils.

With Oliveto, St. Regis Goa Resort invites guests to savor the charm of Italy in a picturesque setting, where every dish tells a story of tradition, innovation, and culinary excellence.


Midleton Distillery Releases Its Most Aged Whiskey Ever

Midleton Distillery Releases Its Most Aged Whiskey Ever

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 13, 2024

Midleton Distillery has unveiled a landmark release in its prestigious Silent Distillery Collection—Chapter Five. This 49-year-old whiskey is not only Midleton’s oldest to date but also a testament to the art of whiskey-making. Distilled back in 1973 by the then Master Distiller Max Crockett using the world’s largest pot still, it represents a bridge across generations of distillers.

Kevin O’Gorman, the current Master Distiller, describes this release as "an exceptional liquid that exceeds expectations," inviting whiskey lovers to a unique tasting journey that combines rich history with exquisite craftsmanship.

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The whiskey matured in an American ex-bourbon barrel selected for its quality and historical significance. After nearly five decades, the result is a complex profile of fruits, nuts, and spices, rounded off with a long, satisfying finish of caramel and oak. The sensory journey begins with delicate fruit notes, evolving into deeper flavours of dark chocolate and herbal tea, seasoned with a hint of spices.

Adding to its exclusivity, the final six months of maturation took place in a special barrel, repaired in the mid-1970s by Dominic Buckley, a renowned cooper. This cask, maintained over the years by Buckley's son Ger, now the Master Cooper, is emblematic of the craftsmanship passed down through generations.

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Each bottle of Chapter Five is encased in a hand blown decanter from Waterford Crystal and housed in a custom-designed cabinet by Irish designer John Galvin. Made from tiger brown oak burr and accented with reclaimed oak from Irish whiskey vats, the packaging itself is a collector’s item.

Priced at €55,000, this exquisite whiskey is available in select markets, including the US, UK, and Europe, making it a must-have for collectors and connoisseurs worldwide.


Bastian Restaurant Expands to the Garden City, Bengaluru

Bastian Restaurant Expands to the Garden City, Bengaluru

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 13, 2024

Bastian Hospitality Private Limited has announced the grand opening of Bastian Garden City in Bengaluru, marking the brand's third venture in India following its successful establishments in Mumbai's Bandra and Dadar districts.

Founded in 2016, Bastian has garnered widespread acclaim for its unique culinary offerings, blending inventive pairings with comforting classics. Ranjit Bindra, the founder & CEO of Bastian Hospitality Private Limited, expressed his excitement about the expansion, stating, “Our vision has always been to establish a hospitality brand renowned for its exceptional dining and bar experiences. We’re thrilled to kickstart our nationwide expansion with this exciting venture in Bengaluru.”

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Bastian Bengaluru presents a diverse menu featuring flavored creations inspired by American and Asian cuisines, promising an indulgent dining experience for patrons. Additionally, the restaurant maintains its focus on a crafted bar selection, ensuring its position as a premier nightlife destination.

Situated on St. Mark’s Road, Bastian Garden City occupies a 60-plus-years-old bungalow behind St. Mark’s Hotel, offering a spacious setting spread across 22,000 sq ft of space across two levels. The chic decor, inspired by chic holiday destinations, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. Although plans for a waterfall in the alfresco area have been put on hold due to the city's water shortages, the ambiance remains enchanting.

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Chef Amol Phute has curated a menu that introduces meatier options while retaining the signature favorites from Bastian Mumbai. Dishes like the Peruvian tenderloin tiradito with chipotle ponzu and the salmon and snapper ceviché with mango offer a tantalizing culinary journey for diners.

For those seeking a delightful dining experience coupled with vibrant ambiance, Bastian Garden City in Bengaluru promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. So, gather your friends and family and embark on a culinary adventure at Bastian!

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