Of Cold Soups, Warm Nights & Heady Cocktails: Say Oi To Mumbai's New Restobar
What Makes It Awesome
As you make your way through the leafy bylanes of Khar, your expectations are in tandem with the mood that's been set - and that's where Oi has surprised us with everything it possibly could, from the dishes to the drinks and even the uber-friendly chef who decided to keep us company. We're grateful. Welcome to Oi- Kitchen & Bar. A Latin American-inspired restobar, we absolutely loved the cosy ambience here. Slightly vintage yet very contemporary, this space is just what you need for a perfect night out. Memorabilia and elements of South America are scattered across the restaurant. Marble table tops, patterned tiles, and splashes of colour have made it really inviting. We started with their cocktails, and courtesy their super well-trained staff, we got to try some of their finest mixes. However, the Sandalwood & Berry Old Fashioned was clearly my favourite, followed by the Granadilla Martini (anything with gin and kaffir lime has my heart.) While the bar is a space you will enjoy, the food is what will totally catch you by surprise. As mentioned, Oi serves dishes inspired by cuisines of Peru, Brazil, Chile and other nearby South & Central American countries. Which means, everything here is really high on flavour. We started with the Cold Soup of Green Tomatilo which partly sour and mostly creamy thanks to burrata (loved every bit of this). It was perfectly followed by the Grains and Legumes Salad, which, by the way, comes with a generous portion of tuna. Quinoa, beans and tuna (among other things) together were a refreshing revelation. I decided to make the meal more about their small plates, so I chose the Lobster and Avacado Ceviche, Season Fish Crisp and the Pulled Duck Tacos, where the first and the last were my absolute favourites. While I liked the fish, I feel they could've done with a little less batter. However, I had no complaints with their food or drinks throughout the evening. The food, to me, was rich in flavour and taste, and I loved how the chef added her own touch by mixing traditional Indian cooking techniques with Latin American recipes. Also, if you do get a chance to interact with the chef, don't miss it- she's full of exciting stories. I ended my meal with the dulce de leche that was chef-recommended and absolutely divine. If you're a fan of all things sweet, this is one thing you definitely should not miss. Over all, if you have an evolved palette or are open to experimenting with your food and drinks, pay a visit to Oi. I promise you won't regret it.