An open bar, great food, good music and smashing cocktails; these are just some of the things we liked about the new Woodside Inn at Andheri.
Weve all either heard about or been to Woodside Inn at Colaba. Its famous for its beer pitchers, wine and old-Bombay charm. Not to forget the occasional Beer n Burger Festival that everyone keeps raving about. So is the one at Andheri as good? Nope, its better! Way better, wed say.
The first thing you notice about the place is that even though it follows the same theme as the Colaba outlet, it has its own individual style. Theyve got a super-cool al fresco dining area next to a black-and-white wall painted with trees and birds and everything forest. You can sit by the bar, which is between the A/C and al fresco sections a lot like what Olive Bar & Kitchen at Mahalaxmi has in an L shape. The place is obviously much bigger than its SoBo cousin.
The drinks are an assortment of Indian wines, the usual list of cocktails, and beer from around the world. We ordered for the Italian BirraMoretti and the Japanese Dry Asahi from the beer list and red wine sangria from the cocktail list. Whats more the bartenders knew their stuff.
Lets talk about...food
The menu here is pretty much the same as Colaba except for four additions: sautéed beef in black pepper sauce, pepperoni pizza, veg cannelloni and veg lasagna.
We tried out the new beef appetiser and were extremely pleased. The pepper was a little strong but the salad serving balanced it out really well; it nullified the pungent taste of the well-cooked peppery beef. This was followed by fusilli seafood marinara, which had a little too much pepper to handle. Thats when we ordered our beers.
Next in line was some chicken stuffed with fresh mozzarella, mushroom and spinach with grilled balsamic vegetable. What a perfect combination of meat and veggies! It. Was. Perfect.
Feedback from elsewhere
We met a couple of our friends outside while leaving and asked them what they thought of the place. We always manage to have a good time at Woodside. And this place is much better than the one in Colaba. The pizzas are amazing and so are the cocktails, said one.
We also asked a few random questions about the place on Twitter (@burrp_mumbai) and heres what @TheCoffeeNazi (SahilJatana) had to say: I loved the food, especially the scamorza and bacon pizza, four cheese pizza, beef stir fry, chicken skewers and beer battered onion rings. But the service was sad. Everything we ordered took a lot of time and the staff would come back after five minutes of placing the order to confirm it. That was irritating.
However, we found the staff very proactive and extremely quick with their service. Maybe @TheCoffeeNazis experience was a one-off. Or maybe its just teething problems. Either way, this place is a must-visit for Mumbai suburban folks.