An Evening in Paris at the ‘Long n Short – The GastroBar’
Food blogging is not an easy task especially if you are trying it out for the first time. I grabbed the invitation from the mumbai.intercontinental.com to dine and review the Menu laid out for the Parisian Food Festival currently at the Long n Short. I love dining at this Gastrobar as its full of character, apt mood and the pretty adorned artifacts delight the dining experience further. I was accompanied by none other than my dear foodie friend Shiraz K.
Chef Vicky, during his visit showed us the Parisian Food Festival menu. On checking the menu, I was a bit surprised as there were dishes I have had before and some I wished to try for the first time. I always consider the Chef’s recommendations. This time I went through the menu to see if I could pronounce the french dish names with ease.
Soup- Hence, we started off with the authentic French Onion soup. The French Onion soup (Rs 350/-) is a caramelized onion soup flavoured with chicken broth and served with a Gruyere Cheese Croute. A well seasoned soup with distinct onion flavour went down fast. A bit warm though I would have preferred it piping hot.
Starters- Chef Vicky visited again to inquire on our order for the starters and main course. He suggested the Shrimp Cocktail and Baked Carembert Parcels. The shrimps looked pretty n pink sitting on a bed of seasonal salad adorned with zesty mayo and Tabasco sauce. The sweet and succulent prawns were so yummy, we enjoyed them quietly with full concentration. Later, we chatted and caught up on old times sipping on our Pineapple upside down mocktails.
The Baked Carebert parcels had crusty flaky pastry on the outside and yummy gooey Gruyere cheese on the inside. What an awesome combination. I got so carried away with this dish which I had for the first time. Oops! Missed taking a perfect picture.
Main course- By now, I was eagerly waiting for the two main dishes – Chicken Cordon Blue (Rs 650/-) and Coq Au Vin (Rs 650/-) . Chicken Cordon Blue is the tender breast of chicken layered with ham and cheese, dusted with bread crumbs and deep fried to perfection. French fries accompanies it to add to the exuberant dining experience. My knife cut this delicacy with ease and my stomach was blessing me for this feast.
I could not take my eyes off Coq Au Vin – this is a dish of chicken cooked in red wine, mushrooms and herbs served with garlic bread. This specially crafted dish was the show stopper of the evening. The presentation of the food was exquisite and I felt like diving in immediately but thankfully stopped to click a picture. The mushrooms, baby carrots, dressings, all calling out to me. This baby was huge, easily enjoyed by two persons. I wish I could try all the dishes on the menu, each one a specialty from the French connection
Dessert- Who had place for the desserts? Shiraz is not a dessert person which I am. How my hungry eyes wished to relish the bread and butter pudding, my small stomach proved to be a party pooper and had to resist. We decided to taste Strawberry soup with Mascapone. This petit looking dish came on the table which I wondered if it would live up to the expectations of my sweet tooth. We drizzled a generous helping of the sour and tangy strawberry soup on the whipped peak of mascapone and slipped our spoons in. It was not too sweet but smooth. The sweet and sour taste did a tango and took me to Paris and back in a moment.
Would I return to Long n Short? Yes for sure, the ambiance, the service, the value for money gives me an ample reason to return to this GastroBar… bar bar lagatar. However its ‘Au Revoir’ till we meet again.
Contact: Long n Short – The GastroBar, Intercontinental, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai.
(The author was invited to review and experience the Parisian Food Festival which is on till the 22nd of February 2015.)