What if you could get a garden and the stars right in the middle of this bustling city over a meal? Verbena – BrewPub & SkyGarden at Lower Parel not only fulfill this promise but take you to a fantasy land where concrete jungles and nature come together to co-exist.
Verbena is one of those places where you could spend hours talking and eating your heart out. Verbena is about two months old and is already packed to the rafters. The ambiance is fantastic. There is no other word for the amount of skills and hard work that has gone into making this place look as it is. A beautiful unicorn with moving parts welcomes you at the entrance, adding to the fairy tale design. The design is fiercely industrial with its paneled doors in subtle brown and grey, little lights, steel furniture and elaborate bar setting. And then, there are autumn and spring flowers and plants everywhere between all of this in the form of vertical gardens. Metaphoric and hard-hitting for those who look beyond paving the way for anything-is-possible-if-you-put-your-imagination-to-it mentality. The seating sections are divided into two for smoking and non smoking guests.
They boast of a botanical mixology technique for their alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, lending amazing new twists to standard concoctions. These have been specially designed for Verbena by mixology specialists and we guarantee you won’t find these mixtures any place else in the city. There is a great lot of variety available but we tried their famous Wood Chip Smoked Hibiscus and the Botanicals breakfast. Both of these are outstanding concoctions and definitely worth the buck. The Wood Chip Smoked Hibiscus is Hibiscus nectar with Lime juice, Candied Ginger, Bourbon, Whiskey and Orange bitters. The Botanicals Breakfast is a really tall glass of Cinnamon Dusted Orange Marmalade with Whiskey Dash of Orange Bitters and Sea Salt Red Wine garnished with flaky orange slice.
They serve Mediterranean and Asian food and the menu is quite extensive. For starters, we had the kebab platter and succulent is not enough to describe it. Cooked to perfection and presented well, the food packs the required punch without being too formulaic. Special mention for the Tandoori Achari Broccoli which literally stole our heart. Other starters on the platter were Jaituni Mushrooms, Khas Galouti and Bharwan Adraki Paneer. From there, we moved onto the Trio Hummus which looks exceptional. It is served with Pita bread or Nachos depending on your choice. The three kinds of hummus on this plate are the Classic Hummus, Beetroot Hummus and Za’atar Hummus. The Za’atar hummus is a delicious break from the originals! Another very delicious surprise was the Twin Treasure which is essentially American Corn and Water Chestnuts sauteed in Chinese five spices and herbs. Crispy, hot and tangy, this one will stay in your taste buds long after.
Their main course is equally powerful on its own. We had the Chopper Veg Rice which is essentially stir fried veggies in spicy sauce served on a bed of Sichuan Rice. It is light, not too oily and very healthy too! Definitely coming back for this one. For lovers of non-vegetarian food, every item on the main course comes with a sea food/ meat variety.
For desserts, we had the Chocolate Bourbon Toffee Crunch (Rich, chocolaty slice of bourbon laced toffee crunch with raspberry sorbet) and the Paan Ice Cream. There is decadence in every bite of this drool fest! You cannot just get enough of them. Even if you fill yourself with food, we suggest that you save a corner for these yummylicious desserts.
Verbena serves sheesha in an e-sheesha form which is as good as vaping. There are a lot of new kinds of flavor mixes, which makes this an amazing experience for vaping fans. Overall, definitely worth a try if you are looking to experiment with your sheesha.
No restaurant can succeed without the help of its staff. The staff at Verbena is diligent, soft spoken and best of all, accommodating and informative. No matter whatever you need at any point of time during your visit there, even if it is answers to something silly you have spotted there, the staff is always there. Special mention for the manager, Mr. Samson who went out of his way to ensure we had a great experience, every query was answered to well and the service wasn’t lacking in any way.
If you are looking for a great time out with friends and family or want to host a party for your colleagues in style, this is a place we would definitely like to recommend that you visit.
Ambiance – 5/5
Food – 5/5
Service – 5/5
Insta-worthiness – 5/5
What to order – Tandoori Adraki Broccoli, most definitely.
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