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With some changes to their playlist, The Big Bang Bar and Cafe can become a popular haunt in Bandra
For decades, it was one of the most popular destinations for shoppers in the suburbs. But over the last five years, Linking Road in Bandra has also transformed into a gastronomy hub. And in the neighbourhood that is flanked by pubs and eateries such as Kofuku, Global Fusion, Bonobo and Red Ant Cafe, The Big Bang Bar and Cafe is the latest entrant.
Owned by the same people who run Masalazone Bar & Kitchen at Reclamation, Bandra, The Big Bang sits atop Kenilworth Building, which houses a KFC outlet. Spacious with minimalistic interiors, the most striking feature of the place is the fact that it has two large al fresco dining areas, with an equally large indoor section that also comprises the bar, the back panel of which is dotted with cutting chai glasses and green lighting.
The menu is rather standard, with spirits priced between Rs 200 and Rs 450. The food includes a variety of starters — vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian — apart from a selection of burgers, pastas, pizzas and common offerings such as kheema pav, chicken stroganoff and Thai curry-rice.
We ordered Cajun Chicken (Rs 279) and California Potato Skins (Rs 229). The former can be best described as chicken satay and was quite basic, but the vegetarian starter, with a sweet-and-sour filling served with sour cream, offered a variety of flavours and is recommended. For main course, we chose to forgo the Italian fare and instead opted for the Mini Lamb Burger, which seemed overpriced at Rs 279, but did not hurt the palate.
To wash these down, we called for The Big Bang Specials — Roby Spice (whisky, ginger, chilli and lime juice) and Whisky Plum Sage (whisky, plum, sage, sweet and sour mix) — both of which fared average — but were nothing to write home about.