We spent our Saturday night at the launch party of The Bandra Project.
The Bandra Project is by one of the world’s most iconic food brands, PizzaExpress.
The Bandra Project’s identity has been designed to frame, crop and curate what is around it. This is more than just another restaurant and bar. It is an ever-evolving curation of experiences, and a welcoming hub for the community that enjoys and participates in them.
Distinctive design, good food and evocative music are at the heart of The Bandra Project, something that has always been an integral part of the brand.
The Bandra Project offers a refreshing new menu in India, with a mix of signature PizzaExpress favorites and new flavors and dishes it offers food that’s comfortable, deeply fulfilling and most importantly, soulfully made with love.
It is located in the heart of Pali Hill, Bandra, The Bandra Project is surrounded by some of Mumbai’s most vibrant artistic and cultural neighborhoods. Celebrated architect Pronit Nath has given the space a local colonial vibe, with earthy, unexpected materials, reverse cast concrete augmented by marble, cane accented with brass. The urban Bandra landscape is an eclectic mix of traditional bungalows, row houses and high rises overlaid with vibrant modern street art.
This idea continues onto the facade of the space, which will change at regular intervals; making the front faces of The Bandra Project a vibrant part of the local community.
When we talk about food, the ideas is as fresh as the ingredients, the menu for The Bandra Project is one that doesn’t compromise on taste or flavor, offering many special twists and culinary adventures.
A panel of chefs have been engaged in order to get the first menu for The Bandra Project closest to the new concept – a community driven bar and kitchen. This menu will evolve on almost a quarterly basis to cater to seasonal changes and more importantly the ever evolving food trends, to keep it relevant and refreshing.
The first edition of the menu comprises of scrumptious mains like the Mini Lamb Burger, Prawn Sriracha, Spaghetti with mussels in an unusual Bottle masala, Pastas that come alive with the unexpected sharpness of East Indian spices, Tuna Sandwiches so light and healthy you could eat them every day of the week.
At the launch we tried the cocktail pizza, lamb meatball, chicken croquette and also cheese platter, Ragi Pancake with Prawns and Mini Lamb Burger
The Bandra Project’s signature cocktails are built on homemade ingredients. Ripe pineapple syrup, stewed strawberries, and fresh herbs muddled with spirits from across the world. Head Mixologist Varun Sudhakar, a two time Diageo World Class winner and representative for India in 2013 and 2014, approach to cocktails is modern, while staying true to the classics.
In drinks we had the Fort, Espresso Martini and Super Sun. Along with some Red wine and Beer.
Where Fort was Silky Maple stirred with Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whiskey and finished with sweet port and aromatic bitters.
Espresso Martini was their take on the legendary cocktail, made with heart warming Arabica coffee and Ketel One Vodka.
Super Sun (Mocktail) Succulent pineapple and delicious watermelon poured over honey with hint of mint.