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Ring in the Happy Hours

Easy on pocket,D’bell in Lower Parel is a good option for a quick post-work drink.

Written by Meenakshi Iyer | Mumbai | Published: December 12, 2013 4:58:22 am

The latest entrant to join the long list of pubs and restaurant in the business district of Lower Parel is D’bell — housed in the lobby of One Indiabulls Centre. The whitewashed walls of the cafe section offered a relief from the unfinished look most restaurants are opting for these days. We chose this section over the lounge area,where an elimination round for a music event had metal heads take over the sprawling space with mosh pits.

The menu at D’bell is limited and their portions are just enough for two people. We ordered a hummus platter (Rs 285) and a starters basket (Rs 285) along with a Mojito and Mimosa,a fusion of orange juice with sparkling wine. The drinks were priced at Rs 400 each. The platter included three different varieties of hummus — jalapeno,paprika and sun-dried tomato — accompanied by an assortment of pita breads and focaccia. The basket was an assortment of deep-fried onion rings,potatoes,mushrooms and herbed cheese. The Mimosa was a refreshing as the orange juice did not overpower the fruity flavour of the sparkling wine. We also called for Bacon-wrapped Chicken Involtini (Rs 290),essentially a wrap roll,which was a good mix of smoked bacon,cheese and tangy tomato sauce.

On the mains menu,Scramoza-stuffed Baked Chicken Breast

(Rs 350) was disappointing — there was only a hint of cheese inside the breast and the white sauce seemed inadequate. Since desserts were not listed on the menu,our server suggested we try out the Blueberry Cheesecake and the New York Cheesecake from the buffet menu. The latter was a winner for its creamy texture and mild sweetness. The Blueberry Cheesecake could have been better with more coulis on top.

The food is a little above average but D’bell’s location is its biggest advantage — One Indiabulls is home to many media companies and banks. It’s great for young professionals working in the neighbourhood with its competitive pricing and happy hours offers.

Meal for two: Rs 1,800

meenakshi.iyer@expressindia.com

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