Yanna Rascalaa… SamBar is here…Mind It!
In the words of the owners and conceptualizers, Sam Anna is the fun side in each one of us. And SamBar is where you should let this side out!
And SamBar is where you should let this side out! Vibrant colours, hatke food, kick-ass music and really unique mocktails and cocktails will ensure that you do!
SamBar, a new resto-pub located in Khar is currently the talk of the town and for all the right reasons!
The fun side of the place begins right at the entrance with the bright pink face in its name.
Pink, Blue, Yellow and Green and all the loud colours can be seen in the decor of this place. Walls are covered with chic paintings. There are two sections, indoor section, which also has a projector and live bar counter and the outside seating with kickass music. A football match was being screened indoors when we visited and the entire restaurant had come alive!
Another awesome thing is that the wait staff is dressed in the traditional Lungi and respond promptly when addressed as Anna.
There are some really good and fun offers on drinks here, like the Anna Hours where the wheel decides if you get a discount or not and if you do, how much.
The cocktail and mocktail menu are really interesting with some crazy blends. The food here is basically South Indian fusion food, some authentic flavours and some dishes with a twist.
The focus is strongly on bringing out the South Indian flavours and spices. The menu is well spread with lots of options for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.
You have some desi dishes based on Idli, Gol Bhajji and Appams, and you also get Banana patty burger and Paneer Chettinad pizza!
From the mocktails, we tried –
Gun Powder Idli was bite sized idli sprinkled with gunpowder Masala, the hero of South Indian spices, a dry blended powder with dry chilli, garlic, chickpeas, etc. Topped with lots of sesame seeds, it tasted well alone and with the minty mayonnaise chutney.
We then called for the Veg. Platter with Anna’s Bhajiyas, Pepper Paneer, Aama Wada and Mushroom Churuttu.
Anna’s Bhajiyas were amazing, not very oily and really crispy. Pepper Paneer has really soft pieces of paneer in a mild -spicy pepper based gravy. Aama Wada was banana and corn-based wadas, fried but not very oily. There were on the drier side and tasted really good, especially with the Tamarind and Tomato based sauce/dip. Mushroom Churuttu is basically mushroom and cheese filled spring rolls. The mushroom has a charred and smokey flavour and the combination with cheese is really delicious.
The platter was served with a tomato & tamarind based dip, a sweet coriander dip and a yoghurt, coriander and chilli dip.
From the main course, we called for Paneer Chettinad and Appam along with a Neer Dosa.
Paneer Chettinad has mild-spicy but really soft malai paneer pieces in a semi-thick gravy. The Appam was just mind-blowing. We ate most of the appam plain, without any accompaniment. It was soft and made with coconut milk and tasted really good. Neer dosa was good too.
No options for desserts are available.
Overall Experience: Yanna Rascala… very good.. mind it! The service is friendly and prompt, the food is good and not very heavy on the pockets.
The Battle: Sam Anna doesn’t like fights. Sam Anna said no fighting, only eating. So we ate. And as we ate the Chettinad style dishes, it was the tears we had to fight with, when things got too heated and spicy! But Sam Anna and we love this type of a battle! Mind it!