The Mediterranean (Med) cuisine is majorly made up of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, wholegrain and olive oil. Let’s not skip the fact that this is considered one of the healthiest diets across the globe. Gradually, a lot of Mumbaikars have started adapting to the Mediterranean diet, including office goers. So, if you are one of them and if your office is situated in BKC, you know which restaurant I am referring to. This toddler Med restaurant focuses on eight cuisines from countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea with a goal to offer infinite options around the same theme.
I was at this spacious, softly-lit Otto Infinito restaurant for lunch last week, and was welcomed with cheerful smiles. This elegant restaurant has beautiful interiors with lamps that were suspended from the ceiling. Music was selection of Italian and Arabic numbers that topped the playlist. My companion and I settled in, and were pleasantly surprised to be offered freshly baked breads. The server is en route to every table with a basket of multigrain and sesame bread. The breads were soft and light, and served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbed butter. An good start. I was handed the lunch menu, which surprisingly featured more veg recipes than non-veg. Med cuisine is a lot about fresh food, so this menu is not a letdown.
Selecting a drink is never easy for me as there’s so much to choose from. However, we settled on a Bittersweet Martini (Limoncini, Campari, fresh lime, sugar) which was potent, and Otto Ginger Blend, a mix of fresh ginger, red chillies, vanilla, black pepper and lime soda. The latter, a completely gingery drink, was a good choice considering the rising temperature.
The Harissa Spiced Prawn was five flavourful and fresh prawns cooked in hot chilli sauce. Next to seduce my taste buds was the Chicken Lasagna. It has a thin layer of batter and the minced chicken spreads its flavourful juices across the egg and spices. Unlike the regular round pizzas, the Quattro Formaggi was a square pizza and interestingly the crust did not get soggy even after 10 minutes on the table.
The only dish that missed the mark was the Balsamic Chicken and Green Apple Salad. It was presented beautifully and reminded me of an aircraft. Four pieces of chicken were laid out like the wings of the aircraft, but it lacked taste, and was mainly lettuce. There was very little of green apple and chicken.
If you’re on diet, put it on hold! You must try this little delicacy – Hazelnut baked cheesecake. It was a treat at Otto Infinito and undoubtedly the best cheesecake I have had. Hot Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream was as usual though served differently. We were expecting both the ingredients in two different vessels but here it was all mixed and served in an old-fashioned glass.
Rating out of 5
Food: 4.0 | Ambience: 4.0 | Service: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0
Meal for two: Rs. 2000| Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes | Timings: 8AM – 12.30AM
Address: Otto Infinito, G Block, Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai | Phone: 022 26567777