Foodies ANURAG MALLICK & PRIYA GANAPATHY step into Lagerbay, Bandra for a bite and some beer
If you were wondering whatever happened to Bandra’s iconic hangout Zenzi, it has been reincarnated as Lagerbay. Fusing the best of an American Diner and an English pub, the place grows on you like ivy on a stone wall. A comfortable lounge area accentuated by a post-box red sofa leads past a narrow passage and opens into a larger bar area. Considering how space is a luxury in Mumbai, Lagerbay doesn’t scrimp. They chose to keep it a 78-seater even though it could accommodate 120.
That apart, the decibel level of the music is just right and you can’t go wrong with retro rock. The addictive classics of CCR, Beatles, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Eagles etc. fill the air while funky lights, graphics and quirky props from the streets of Bangkok and Patpong Weekend Market spruce up the walls. A poster sized 4-panel woodcut of Bob Marley grabs your attention while a small handcrafted vintage metal motorbike is parked on the bar counter.
After placing our order for a bucket of Carlsberg with fish and chips with tartar sauce, we were invited to try out a new range of Indus Pride Premium Indian Lager brewed with spices – Fiery Cinnamon emerged the favoured brew over Citrusy Cardamom, Citrusy Coriander and Spicy Fennel. Schneider Weisse wheat beer from Germany, Tsing Tao beer from China and the staple Carlsberg watered the rest of the evening with a few refreshing cocktails like watermelon-based Caiprojca and Caipirinha (cachaca, demarara and lime) thrown in.
If it wasn’t the beer, it was certainly the food that floored us. Platters of Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta with Pesto drizzle, Lamb Kibbe, Chicken Quesadilla, bowl of Chicken Wings in barbeque sauce and hint of tabasco, were wiped out in minutes. Then came the crispy Beer Battered Prawns with the perfect bite of wasabe mayo. Greedy for the good stuff, the main course was a well done juicy Beef Steak with broccoli and a Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken.
It was still Friday… and we heard that they have weekly specials and a Ladies Night. But there’s good reason to go back on Sunday. With Comedy Central’s stand up acts as entertainment on their Sunday Brunch menu, we’re wondering, “Why not?” Too much of the good thing, is not a bad idea.
Lagerbay – Food. Music. Bar.
6, Mamta Building
183 Waterfield Road, Bandra West
Mumbai – 400 050
Phone: 022 67369900
Cuisine – Eclectic International cuisine whipping up American diner and bistro regulars. Take your pick of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, appetizers and meals served in decent portions. Don’t forget the lager, there’s lots of it.
Cost – Meal for two Rs. 1200-1500 without alcohol
Wheelchair Access – No