A sudden impromptu plan of meeting ex colleagues in Lower Parel made me ask on Twitter – TGIF vs Irish House vs The Big Kahuna because TGIF is too much of a FF membership for me. The Irish house gets a bit loud on Friday evening and we had been there for our sort of farewell. With one or two recommendations for The Big Kahuna and I called up to check for Reservations and Happy Hours. Was told politely by Yogesh that no Reservations but 7 pm they should have enough space and Happy Hours was one on one.

Landed at 6.30 to an empty place with a couple of tables full. Worked well for us and then there was ‘Happy Hours’ too.

Ran thru the menu which looked barely ok, similar probably to every other pub/bar catering to yuppies or hipstahs if you prefer.

Whilst waiting for others to join,we decided to order – No ginger ale, no lemon bitters – only Fresh Lime Soda – Why is that? Why have you written on your menu? Old menu, but Fresh Lime Soda is also under Happy Hours.

I was quite interested in Havana Club 3 years Rum and asked for it. No sir only Bacardi. By the time this discussion was getting tiring, the lady joined us and asked for Vodka based cocktail, and things just went downhill from there. The one which she liked came back as either not in Happy Hours or not available. Finally settled for Teachers 50 because it was on Happy Hours.

Meeting after a couple of years, we did not wish to waste time, so when the food enquiry came, requested with folded hands of whatever they had on the menu and was available to give us options. So we had:

Tiki Wedges – given with just tomato sauce, till we asked for and were provided with tobasco, mayo, chilli garlic. Quite nice, but then you cannot screw up wedges.
Lomi Lomi Bruschetta – Quite good actually, crisp with a mountain of chopped fresh tomatoes, onions, olives etc.
Veggie Barbeque Pita – Quite good and was polished off in double quick time.
TBK crispy chicken – Looked, tasted like a C grade shetty quarter joint. Stringy and refried.

We decided to do dinner some other place and left. The service was quite friendly, good, prompt and they even split the bill on multiple credit cards. The ambiance was lovely given the “wintery weather” of Bombay 🙂

Overall No different than any other place. However, since it got quite full post 9 pm, but then every place in Lower Parel does get full.

Will I go again – Maybe, if there is a difference in menu and drinks, otherwise there are other options to try out.

Location: High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Meal: Drinks and Starters
Food: 5/10
Drinks: 4/10
Service: 8/10
Damages: 4000/- for 4 people including drinks and service charges

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Written by AD
ex waiter, angadia, travel agent, dotcomer, dukaandaar, marketeer, people watcher. appreciates single malt, food, friends