When Fashion Befriended Food: AKA Bistro

A long year of seemingly never-ending examinations, assignments, and hectic schedules had finally reached its end. I craved for an outing. So, what better way to go about with it than to dine at a new restaurant with my family.

Amidst the tortuous and cobbled lanes of Fort, stood a newly set-up restaurant called “AKA Bistro”.  Upon our arrival, I couldn’t help but notice how spacious and airy the property was. In a city like Mumbai, acquiring such properties is a rare feat. I could only imagine how bright and well-lit the restaurant would be in the morning. (P.S: My hunch proved to be right when I checked out the photos on Zomato!)

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Space: A big deal in Mumbai.

The first word that came to mind when I soaked in the ambiance, was “quirky”. Why so?

On closer inspection, one would notice that the objet d’art, displayed proudly against an elegant backdrop of sky blue, were mannequins.

That’s right, mannequins.

So you can see where the fashion part comes in play. In fact, situated right next to our table was this particular relic.

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Do you see it?

Seems like an ordinary dress to you, doesn’t it? Other than the eccentricity of displaying dresses on hangers, nothing comes across as unusual, no? Well, I beg to differ.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Now, you do.

You’d have probably figured out by now that the aforementioned dress is made out of pasta. To be specific, conchiglie or shaped pasta.

And it doesn’t stop there. I came across other wonderful curios as well, some of them being:

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A fashion magazine hanging from a night-lamp. (Hi, Lisa Haydon!)
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A unique take on a chandelier (minus the lighting).

Okay, I’ve talked quite a bit regarding the decor and feel. We need to get down to the real deal, food.

We commenced dinner with the “Soup of the day”, which was Cauliflower & Sage. The mildness of the cauliflower complemented the peppery hit of the garden sage perfectly. A side of toasted bread served as the final touch. Needless to say, a lovely way to start off our meal.

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Cauliflower & Sage Soup

The quantity may seem rather measly by the looks of it. However, take my word for this. It was enough. Not too much, not too less. Just the way I like it.

Alongside the soup, we placed an order for a salad as well. Yes, a salad! My taste buds were feeling quite adventurous that evening. Or maybe the recent health fad rampant among my peers finally got to me.

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Duo of Quinoa & Cauliflower Cous Cous

Our salad for the evening was a “Duo of Quinoa and Cauliflower Cous Cous”. Apart from the glaringly obvious ingredients, added to mix were baby spinach. feta, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds. The cauliflower was crisp and well-seasoned.  The feta and pine nuts added some great depth in terms of texture. The quinoa was well cooked. The pomegranate seeds added a much-needed pop of flavour to the dish. Overall, a really refreshing dish.

For the main course, we decided to go with two dishes which followed two different routes. The first being Spanish and the second, Italian. We placed an order for some “Vegetable Paella” (Spanish) and some “Aglio Olio Pepperoncino” (Italian).

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Vegetable Paella

The Vegetable Paella is typically rice cooked with saffron which gives it a vivid colour. Very reminiscent of the colours of a typical biryani, but a few shades darker. Various bell peppers and other vegetables are also added. To top it off, a dash of aioli. Aioli is basically a sauce of Mediterranean origin, which is a mix of garlic and olive oil. The dish was very well cooked, spicy and flavoursome. The vegetables added some crunch and the aioli, an unusual but very welcome hit.

The Aglio Olio Pepperoncino is a spaghetti pasta dish drizzled with some olive oil.

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Aglio Olio Pepperoncino

Various vegetables are mixed with the pasta. It was like a breath of fresh air when we tried out a pasta which was not soaked in any type of sauce, whatsoever. The focus was solely on the quality of pasta, and it delivered. The pasta was al dente i.e. it had a bite to it. However, I felt that the olive oil drizzled was a tad too much, which made the dish a lot more oily. Nevertheless, a really tasty dish on the whole.

To end our dinner on a sweet note, we ordered for some dessert. Who doesn’t make room for this part of the meal?

The restaurant has a mini-confectionery stand with various delectable treats on display. Apart from this, there are some desserts on the regular menu too. I think it’s safe to say that the customer is spoiled for choice as far as desserts are concerned.

I decided to go with the Cream Cheese Brownie. It reminded me of cheesecake, which is my favourite dessert. That, in itself pretty much sealed the deal. Anything involving cheesecake, and I’m in.

 

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Cream Cheese Brownie with Vanilla Ice-Cream

The brownie was served with a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream garnished with a basil leaf. The warmth of the brownie against the cold of the ice-cream made a really interesting case of hot & cold, which worked very well. The brownie had some gooey chocolate in it but also a good amount of cream cheese, which did not make it overpoweringly sweet. The ice-cream was smooth, creamy and delicious which is exactly what you expect from a good ice-cream.

My experience at AKA Bistro was a good one, and I definitely plan to drop by again. Soon.

For more details on AKA Bistro, go on:

https://www.zomato.com/mumbai/aka-bistro-fort

Copyright © 2017 by Shamika Lal,  all rights reserved.

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