Mid-day, Updated: August 17, 2012 15:39 IST
The Pint Room positions itself as a one-stop space for beer lovers, and lives up to its name by offering a staggering range of Indian and international lagers. However, it needs to up its act with the food and ambience, to keep the fizz factor intact.
After a long day at the office in muggy Mumbai, what could be a better idea than to chill over a pitcher of beer? That's exactly what we did one weekday, when we headed to newly Bandra's newly-opened beer cafe, The Pint Room. Locating the place was easy, especially since it's on bustling Linking Road.
As we stepped in, we noticed that the place wasn't spacious. It was buzzing with people -- a good sign considering that they had opened doors their doors recently, We seated ourselves at the busy bar. The white-and-red interiors and quirky statements on the wall revolving around beer were interesting but the lighting inside was an issue -- too bright for comfort. Subtlety would've set the mood.
After a dekko of the place, we scanned the menu and were amazed to learn that The Pint Room serve 28 domestic and international beers. However, what fascinated us the most was the frosted tap. The bartender gave us a crash course about these taps that are maintained at -5 to -7 degree Celsius, so that the beer that pours out is chilled to the last drop.
To begin with, we opted for a Hoegaarden Draught Glass (Rs 432) and a Stella Draught Glass (Rs 409). Although these could be guzzled from bottles, we didn't want to let go of the opportunity to glug the beer from the unique iced taps. The beer was served in a couple of minutes, our selection was bang on; the lager was chilled and tasted great.
We decided to give our lager story some nibble company, and so we plumbed for the Red Bean Hummus Platter (Rs 212) and Chicken Nuggets (Rs 280). The food arrived quickly, which was good, since we were hungry. However, the portions in the platter was less than we expected. The Hummus tasted average and the pita bread was crispy instead of the usual doughy-soft texture. When we enquired about the crispiness of the pita bread, we were told that the crispy one is preferred with beer and hence the tweak. The nuggets tasted good, were well-done and non-oily, thankfully.
Since we still had some beer for company, and our palate was craving for more food, we opted for the Tomato Mozzerella Pizza (Rs 298). The thin-crusted pizza seemed appetising, with a thick layer of cheese, tomato slices and basil. Although it wasn't too bad, the crust was extremely thin while the layer of cheese was a wee bit thick as we made our way through it. However, it's fair to say that it was edible, and with a few tweaks, it can garner maximum points. Our recco? Stick to the pint, and you'll love the fizz of the place.
At: The Pint Room, The Great Punjab, next to Shoppers Stop, Linking Road, Bandra (W).