I’d been hearing about the food scene in New Bombay for quite some time and so when Navi Mumbai Foodies invited me to review Coral Lounge in Vashi, I jumped at the chance. And I’m glad I did because Coral Lounge was funnn.
The place is classy and the music loud, as expected. Wednesdays are Bollywood nights and so we heard everything remixes of everything, from the latest Yo Yo Honey Singh to Chittiyan Kalaiyan. Fun thing is, they have karaoke as well. The place was pretty lively in the middle of the week. There were groups of college kids and young professionals, probably chilling after a long day at work. The seating was comfortable and the decor, minimalistic.
I went with my foodie friend from school, Shiva, whose opinion on the non-vegetarian food I’ve reproduced here, since I’m shuddh shakahari. He had a Budweiser, while I, being the sophisticated lady that I am (!), had a peach flavoured margarita. The menu has a wide range of drinks. So from champagne to a Glenfiddich to a Grey Goose to a Carlsberg, they have it all. They also have sme in-house cocktails apart from the usual suspects. And of course, as any lounge worth it’s salt would, they have shots as well!
The non-vegetarian starters arrived first and Shiva felt the Squid Calamari was a winner with the beer. The Awadhi Seekh Kebab was cooked well and went well with the drinks too as it was spicy. The vegetarian nibbles were delicious. I especially loved the concept of Veg Kurkuri — pastry cigars stuffed with exotic vegetables and cheese, served in a shot glass containing sweet and sour sauce. Full points for innovation and flavour. Next came the Paneer Makhmali Bharwaan Roll. Soft and succulent, a total delight for paneer fans such as yours truly.
Then arrived the Chicken Siu Mai, dumplings served in a cute traditional dim dum steamer basket. Shiva approved of the taste of this dish too. The Rock Corn Tempura (veg) came next. Shiva found it rather bland but I felt it was decent. Not great but not bad either. We stuck to appetizers and drinks because, really, who has a main course at a lounge. But should you want to call for some (not judging you), there’s plenty to choose from the usual Indian and Chinese fare on offer.
The service was polite and prompt. All in all, I’d say Coral Lounge would be an ideal place to visit if your idea of a fun evening was great drinks, loud music which renders conversation difficult, and yummy finger food. I’m impressed by Vashi though. Navi Mumbai Foodies, led by Pooja Trehan Dhamecha, often does food trails in the twin city and I hope to join them the next time around too!
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Coral Lounge: Sagar Restaurant & Bar, 1st Floor, Nirman Vyapar Kendra,Vashi, Navi Mumbai. Call: 022 27894873. Meal for two: Rs 2,000 (approx)
Fine print: We were hosted by Coral Lounge on behalf of #NaviMumbaiFoodies.
Until next time,