CIRQA Review: Many corners of Lower Parel have turn out to be undeniably enticing hubs for culinary fanatics within the metropolis. Vast areas occupied by Mumbai’s well-known mills in bygone instances at the moment are dwelling to fine-dining eating places, luxurious retail shops and different shocking institutions. The evolution of those localities is a testomony to the town’s nature to always change and renew its choices. We lately visited the Todi Mills space of Lower Parel for the launch of an thrilling new cocktail bar known as CIRQA. In some methods, the bar itself is a mirrored image of the town’s multifaceted allure. Read extra about our expertise beneath:
We began our night with Sakura’s Punch, an exquisite concoction of Tanqueray gin, Campari, and Grapefruit genmaicha shrub, topped with carbonated water. The cocktail is dry and citrusy, with subsequent to zero discernible sweetness. Sakura is the Japanese phrase generally used to seek advice from the world-famous cherry blossoms. But many people may even affiliate it with Sakura Haruno, the character from the Naruto manga and anime collection. Gaurav Suvarna, our mixologist for the night, additionally factors out the affiliation. Such hints of playfulness inside the in any other case extremely subtle menu make us all of the extra curious to attempt extra of CIRQA’s creations.
CIRQA has a couple of savoury cocktails on supply, whose quirky names and unconventional elements are positive to catch your consideration. For occasion, their ‘Breaking Bread‘ incorporates toasted bread, black garlic-washed vodka, tomato water and clarified lime. But we now have a gentle spot for puns and the one we determined to go for is ‘Shut The Duck Up.’ It’s made with duck fat-washed bourbon, orange and black pepper Cinzano Rosso discount, lavender tincture and citric resolution. It’s an expertise in itself – with every ingredient managing to make its presence identified. Complex but satisfying, this drink was a pleasant discovery we might return for. Watch a part of its making beneath:
For these feeling much less experimental, CIRQA additionally has traditional cocktails with their signature twist. The one we particularly beloved was the Bombay Cosmopolis (hibiscus and cardamom-infused Grey Goose, with cranberry and lime, served with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry). The flavours appear acquainted sufficient, and but there’s the distinctive trace of the cardamom that manages to take you unexpectedly. We additionally preferred the Clear Colada, with plantation rum, caramelised pineapple, lime and clarified coconut milk. As we sipped, we have been transported to the tropics for a couple of moments – far faraway from the hustle and bustle just some metres away from us, exterior this cosy haven.
The meals menu includes a collection of bar bites, small plates and huge plates. Indian, Asian and Continental elements are expertly reworked into elegant treats that match the complexity of the drinks. One might time period it “fusion,” however that label would not appear to do justice to such fastidiously curated dishes. The Sweet Roots with Magaj Crema is a must-try. It consists of beetroot and carrot blended with a plum dressing and topped with crispy strands of potato salli. This is neither a chaat nor a salad, however a mix of one of the best components of the 2. Among the non-veg bites, do not miss the crumb-fried Millet and Duck Croquettes, that are crisp and flavourful.
We additionally suggest the Prawn Sesame Bites – by far, essentially the most ‘typical’ merchandise on the menu. We admit, we have been left craving one thing easier amid all these wealthy treats, and these shrimp appetisers have been the proper resolution. Indulging within the delicious Pumpkin Rillette with white onion soubise, seed granola and lavash, was a memorable a part of our night. Warm and nutty, this small plate comes with completely different layers of softness and crunch. Among the desserts, the Peanut Butter Sundae is bound to turn out to be a crowd favorite. The flavour mixture is reassuring and chances are you’ll end up simply dropping your self in its yumminess after an extended day.
While the culinary creations of the bar are markedly up to date, CIRQA’s decor exudes old-world allure. The bar has two storeys, with the higher one designed to take you again to the great outdated days of classic bars – extra particularly, to 1960. So put together to be swept away – in additional methods than one!
CIRQA is helmed by brothers Pankaj Gupta and Avinash Gupta (the duo who’re additionally behind Taftoon, Oye Kake, and Cafe Haqq Se), whereas entrepreneur Adele de Fontbrune serves because the Co-Founder and F&B Director. The bar programme is led by Louness Ducos and Agnieszka Rozenska, co-founders of Stories and Spirits, distinguished mixologists from France and Poland who at the moment are primarily based in Goa.
Where: Plot 126, Ground Floor, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Pawar Marg, reverse Zeba, Lower Parel, Mumbai.