With permissions and licensing issues that move at snail’s pace, Brewbot joins the waiting list, but until then is heading here just for the food worth it?
beerIf you’re looking for someone to thank for the new microbrewery in Andheri – try Anand Morwani, Ketan Gohel and Ansh Seth. Much like the other two microbreweries The White Owl and The Barking Deer, you will have to wait just a little longer to sip on some of their home brews.
Located besides La Folie, Brewbot has a small alfresco area that leads you to the two storey brewpub. The striking décor is yet again doodled by The Busride Design Studio who also worked on Café Nemo in Worli. What you notice first is the huge beer rigs behind the bar and spacious booth seating to the left. While the rustic vibe is appealing, the funky Jazz music makes for great company until the food arrives.
It’s a long wait until we sip on award-winning brew master Julie Baggett’s brews. Until then we tried the two beer house specials, The Beer ’n’ Margarita (Rs750) and Beer Passion (Rs500). The beer margarita had a toppled bottle in the glass and as corona wasn’t available we settled for the kingfisher. It was a concoction of Curaçao, triple sec and tequila but it tasted quite like a carbonated lime juice. If you like chat masala then the Beer Passion is perfect for you. With the rim dipped in the spicy-salty masala this one has malty flavours with a mix of peach schnapps and passion fruit.
lolipopPart owner and alumnus from Le Cordon Bleu, Anand Morwani runs the kitchen and decides the menu here. His recommendation of the Goat Cheese Lollipops (Rs 445) was decadently cheesy. The tart flavor of the goat cheese is complimented by the crispiness of the cornflake coating. However we could barely get past the cheese and taste the jalapeno stuffing. Served with a side of rocket leaves and cheese dip the goat cheese lollipop makes for a great appetizer.
A 48-hour marination makes The Pulled Pork Slider (Rs 425) a tender, juicy pick. Shredded pork is sandwiched in a brioche bun with tangy gherkins and melted cheddar to complete this decidedly messy chomper.
lamb bologneseThe main course at Brewbot is a mix of German, Italian and French dishes. The house special Lamb Bolognaise (Rs 445) is a generous serving of fresh spinach fettuccini slow cooked with minced lamb and served with crispy garlic crostini. The flavour of the tender meat and soft pasta garnished with grated cheese fits the bill of perfect comfort food.
The Chicken Roulade (Rs595) is stuffed with a generous filling of minced bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms and chimichurri sauce (green sauce made from finely-chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white or red wine vinegar). The thick tender chicken roulade is served with a side of hot potato wedges and grilled vegetables. While the flavours of mushroom, peppers and spinach work well together, the technique used to roll the roulade is spot on.
trioEasily mistaken as sauces the Trio of Pannacotta (275) is served in three small bowls. Each has a thin layer of chocolate, caramel and blueberry. Not very sweet and beautifully wobbly, this was simple, although a little too subtly flavoured.
The owners and service staff are always happy to help with prompt suggestions; however, we hope the brews are worth the wait. Until then we see no reason why you should miss out on the delicious food and fun ambience.
Must Try: Lamb Bolognese and Chicken Roulade
Meal For Two: Rs 2500+taxes (with alcohol)