Mumbai: Melting pot

A new family eatery makes the most of its ample space and serves up some good food.

Anamika Butalia        Print Edition: February 7, 2010

It's no secret that there's a dearth of sprawling lawns in Mumbai and from the look of it, Twist Lounge and Fine Dine seems like a standalone, cosy family dining space. Walk in and the restaurant holds a surprise element. It stands on an abundance of space: All of 5,000 square feet. The exterior of the place isn't extravagant.

Add to that, it stands next to a petrol pump, down the road from the everbustling Juhu Circle towards Silver Beach. But the interiors have a classic look. Twist has a sit-down dining area, which is quite plain compared to the rustic “outdoor” hookah lounge. Next to the lounge is the restaurant's very own pub, and a private dining area (available only on reservations) that seats 12. Over all, the restaurant can play host to close to 300 guests. The music, hookah and hi-fi service is definitely a draw for college goers; the dining area is a hit among the affluent residents of Juhu for its very expansive menu.

The menu offers popular world cuisine, namely Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Indian. The reluctant non-vegetarian is going to love the vegetable crunchy in the Chinese menu, whereas the Chicken Tawa Masala done up a little spicy with less oil is just heavenly. If you've got the appetite, try the chicken and mushroom risotto— you can even get your risotto/pasta tailormade to suit your taste. The desserts are very basic but the gulab jamun is just the right temperature.

For those who are busy relishing the currently-termed exotic cuisines, Twist will be a refreshing walk down memory lane.

ADDRESS: Plot no. 30, Jamardhan Mahatre Road, Opposite Juhu PVR, Juhu, Mumbai; 022-65590048

Timings: 12.30 p.m.-1.30 a.m.

Meal for two: Rs 2,300 (exclusive of alcohol)

MUST-TRY: Veg Crunchy, Chicken Tawa Masala, Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

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