What would happen if Tuesday were to vanish from your week? For us at the bpb office it would mean no morning yoga class, no start-of-the-week beer with friends, no grocery shopping.
At Ruby’s Bar & Grill, formerly Ruby Tuesday, the disappearance of this weekday from its moniker means a whole new menu featuring Indian and Chinese food. We visited yesterday, like Scouters in a superbly strange Murakami novel, there to investigate the mysterious evaporation of Tuesday. Here’s what we found: the Nariman Point restaurant no longer belongs to the international chain, which explains the change in name, but retains its management, diner-style interior and that strange stable-like smell from before. Lovely.
Kathi Copy Paste
While the burgers and barbeque ribs have stayed back, they now serve tandoori chicken, kathi rolls, and a jumble of Indian and Asian entrees including kadhai chicken, biryani and Thai green curry.
First, we ordered an old favourite, the guacamole dip, but were advised against it as the avocados were having a bad day. So it was decided that we’d skip straight ahead to mains. The vegetarian Manchurian plate arrived first, with a gravy so intensely red, it could well be implicated in terrifying Ruby’s ‘Tuesday’ away. One bite though, we’re happy to report, changed our snap judgement instantly. The sweetish-spicy gravy was not Manchurian-like at all, but still tasty, and the dumplings were soft and not overfried. The Butter Chicken entrée came next along with a black dal plate. Now it won’t be the best butter chicken you’ve eaten, but you will leave satisfied with the tender pieces of chicken in a slightly spiced gravy, served with roomali roti. The black dal was our favourite, creamy without the feeling of indulgence.
Tues a Company
The thing we liked most about our experience at Ruby’s Bar & Grill was that none of the entrees (each priced at approximately Rs 350) we ordered were overwhelming. The proof: A whole day of active scouting in the neighbourhood without that comatose feeling that’s usually served with Indian food.
We may not plan another lunch here, but if we’re in the neighbourhood and need a quick meal option, maybe. Now if only that stable smell would follow Tuesday’s exit. Screaming ourselves horse?
Getting there: Ruby's Bar & Grill, 31, CR 2 Mall, Nariman Point, call 022 66510709, Rs 1,800 for a meal for two without drinks.
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