Tilt all day, Lower Parel, Mumbai : A balanced act

The Beautiful Light Arrangement
The Beautiful Light Arrangement

Some visits to restaurants create memories and some despite the hype around them, fail to create a buzz. My recent visit to Tilt All Day located in the Kamala Mills compounds was a mish mash of both.

The restaurant is located near the gate 4 entrance to the compound behind the netted mini football area. It is flanked by some other neat looking restaurants and joins them majestically to create a nice promenade of casual dining restaurants. The location is perfect for after office happy hour seekers and night crowd hopping bunches; however despite the late Thursday evening time slot that I chose to visit this restaurant, it was completely empty with only a couple of tables occupied.

The Lounge area
The Lounge area

The interiors of the restaurant is very tastefully done and the beautiful light arrangement gives the feel of both lounge and fine dine at the same time without overpowering each other.

We felt odd on entering the empty place where the staff was lingering around the kitchen counter and the manager quite coldly attending us at the table. After the initial pleasantries, I gathered that the manager was not in the mood to chit chat nor suggest any interesting dishes or drinks from their menu, thankfully for us, our server was very enthusiastic and suggested us a couple of dishes to start off with.

Lamb Kibbeh
Lamb Kibbeh

We started our tasting with a portion of Lamb Kibbeh (Rs. 395) which was actually made with mutton instead of lamb and had a meaty bite to it. The kibbeh did remind me of the kind one gets in the middle-east; however the accompanying hummus and sour cream weren’t quite upto the mark. On the drinks front, the Whiskey Smash (Rs.600) was too mild and sweet to my taste but the Perfect Storm (Rs.660) made with vodka, limoncello, passion fruit and kiwi bits was quite delectable and had the right balance of sweet and sour.

Watermelon and feta salad
Watermelon and feta salad

The Watermelon and Feta salad (Rs.325) was a good choice for our next course. The sweet watermelon and the salty feta combined well with the sharp rucula leaves and the balsamic dressing balanced it out with the right flavours of sweet and sourness.

I asked to change my whiskey smash for another drink which might be less sweet and was brought a Monk Martini which had Old Monk as its base and was mixed with Coffee and Kahlua. The drink is a great drink for lover of coffee and though the sweetness here was a tad bit high too, it was quite a delicious drink in itself.

Spanish Pepperoni Pizza
Spanish Pepperoni Pizza

For the mains we chose a portion of their signature Flat breads and went for the Spanish Pepperoni which I found to be very light and crispy. The Pepperonis used in the dish were of a good quality and not the kind one would find in QSR delivery pizzas. The standout dish of the night however, was the Classic Chicken Burger (Rs. 395). Yes, for a change I chose to go for a very simple chicken burger and I am glad I made that choice. The burger brought before us was a thick big burger which at first seemed to heavily fried run of the mill chicken burger, but on the first bite itself, all such notions went for a toss. Thick chicken juicy patty which was cooked right to the core despite the thickness, coated with a very crisp coating, oozing with cheesy goodness with sweet slivers of pickles in each bite, it was divine dance on my palate. Surely has to be one of the best chicken burgers I have had in a long time.

Crispy Chicken Burger
Crispy Chicken Burger

The desserts that followed could not hold themselves in front of their predecessors. I found the Tiramisu (Rs.325) to be too densed and a bit heavy handed on the alcohol and the Chocolate lava shot (Rs. 250), though goeey, quite basic and simple. For a restaurant of that quality I expected the desserts to be a bit classier.

With a privileged location and the beautiful décor that the restaurant enjoys a lot is expected from them in terms of food and service. While my experience was a mixed one at best, their chicken burger alone is good enough for me to go back to them. I would however be a bit wary of spending such big bucks on the drinks though!

Ratings out of 5

Food: 3 | Ambiance: 4 | Service: 3 | Overall: 3

Meal for Two without Alcohol: Rs. 2500 Approximately plus taxes| Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes|

Timing: 12 noon to 11.15 pm | Wheelchair access: Yes

Address: Trade View, Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills Compound, PB Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Telephone : 022 30151046

Disclaimer : This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. Due judgment and care has been applied by the author to remain objective and unbiased in the review; however readers may exercise their own discretion.

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