13 March 2014

Barrio: Review

We have become so much more conscious about what we eat now. Gone are the days of reckless bingeing on heavy Indian gravies or spicy, MSG filled Chindian food. The foodie now wants healthy fare without compromising on the taste. And we are spoilt for choice with all the new options coming up. Case in point being Barrio. Recently opened in the suburbs of Versova, they hold true to their tagline of Eat-Drink-Love. 
Situated within a fitness studio called, Inch by Inch Body Temple, they promise to serve up some healthy, wholesome yet delicious food. We visited one sunny afternoon for lunch, and we were the only ones there, since its just a week old. They don't even have printed menus yet, so we read the dishes off a printed paper. 

Ambiance: Step into Barrio, and you forget the noise and heat outside. A beautiful garden area with outside seating. Tables well spaced away from each other so you don't bump elbows with the diner next to you. Lovely wooden furniture, chandeliers hanging from the roof and an open kitchen. We sat next to a beautiful pool which was so serene and relaxing.

Service: Warm, friendly staff. They fielded all our food questions happily. We got our food within 15 minutes of placing the order. So no teething troubles...!

Food: They have an extensive menu comprising some delicious all day breakfast, waffles, egg preparations, salads, sandwiches, burgers, mains, juices, smoothies and desserts, if you decide to binge. Everything has a healthy twist to it. For example, the sandwiches are made with multigrain bread served with sweet potato fries. 

Soba Noodle Salad

The Soba Noodle Salad (Rs. 295/-) with teriyaki chicken, thai chilli, crushed peanuts and spicy soy dressing had a lovely Thai flavor to it without being overtly strong. Fresh crisp greens, smooth well-flavored noodles and the crunch of peanuts make this a light meal by itself.

Roast Peppers and Chickpea Salad

This salad  had roast peppers, chickpeas with roquette, feta, onions, za'atar and lime dressing. (Rs. 275/-) What I loved about both the salads was that they weren't doused in dressing, were very light yet filled with crunch and flavor. I'm totally hooked onto the salads here, even though I'm not much of a salad person.

Omelette with spinach mushroom and tomato
Do try some of the all day breakfast menu when you visit. We had a fluffy egg-white omelette with spinach, mushroom and tomato. At Rs. 155/- its totally value for money. The omelette is served along some multi-grain bread and sweet potato fries. The star of the dish was the sweet potato fries. They taste just like regular fries, but are so much healthier.

Brown Rice Stir Fry
The next on the list was the Brown Rice Stir Fry with almonds, mushrooms, zucchini and peppers. Absolute winner this dish was. I loved the al-dente brown rice, and the soy sauce stir fry it was cooked in. The almonds, zucchini and mushrooms gave it a wonderful crunch. Such a wholesome bowl this was. 

There is a long list of juices, shots (the non-alcoholic, healthy ones) and smoothies on the menu. They're made with 100% fresh fruits and have no added sugar. The coconut water with lemon, mint and ginger (Rs. 165/-) was refreshingly cool for the hot, summer day. It had a lovely after-taste of mint & ginger.The orange, pineapple and mint (Rs. 165/-) was also fresh and tangy. Special mention to the bottles we were served in, along with the cute twisty straws. 

Will I go visit again? Most definitely, yes. I'm going to try the savoury waffles next. Or maybe the quinoa burger. So much to eat. So little time!

My Ratings:
Ambiance: 3.5/5
Food: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5 (We paid 450 bucks per head. Absolute steal!)

Situated inside Inch by Inch Body temple,
Next to D-Mart,
Versova, Andheri.
Phone: 022- 69907990
Website: www.barrio.co.in
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barriomumbai
Instagram & Twitter: @barriomumbai

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