The clubby pub Tonic sits at the bottom while the restobar Auriga floats at the top.
The seats are made of nice studded leather although the lack of backs could be an issue for long sitting patrons.
Its time to drink the tonic and power up to the next level. And thus I sampled some of Tonic's in house specials. They use a novel concept of Batli(Bottle), Barni(Jar) and Balti(Bucket) while serving the drinks. Batli serves to cater a few people. Barni is moving up on the scale and if you really feel like going on a merry night with a large party, go with the Balti. But for me its more like Beginner, Expert and Advanced levels in a Video game. If you know what I mean.
Captain : I feel like finishing my long due Frankenpirate project.
Crewmate : But you never started an artificial life project Cappy.
Captain : Or finishing my copy of R2D2.
Captain : This be like the stormy skies from the far southern seas.
Crewmate : That sky and weather troubled us a fair bit Captain. We almost reached Davey Jone's Locker.
Captain : Now its time to avenge all of that by drinking it all.
The best part about Tonic was that it served quality grub. One oft finds standard finger food which is average in quality and taste in many of Mumbai's lounges. Chef Ameya appears well experienced and a man who knows what he is doing. Well his food certainly spoke well for him. The drinks were fantastic but the best part was the food.
Captain : These pockets taste great.
Crewmate : Thats fine Cappy, but could you please not stuff them in your trouser pockets and leave some for me too?
Captain : I love this lollipopcorn chicken.
Crewmate : Lollipopcorn Chicken! That sounds like a nice name.
Captain : Oh it may become popular someday.
Crewmate : How is that possible? Unless someone heard our conversation.
Captain : Summon the great Volcano of Polenta and dip me chicken in its ash.
Crewmate : This could keep the crew happy for many a nights.
Captain : It would certainly keep me happy.
Crewmate : I bet....hey where did all the chicken go?
The service at Tonic was excellent with Edmund and his team addressing an unruly group of food monsters with military like sophistication. Not only did they serve the food properly, they also accurately described each of the dishes and drinks. One would mistake them for being chefs with such knowledge.
The pricing at Tonic could be a little high. Although the grub and grog is quite worth the experience, I still feel that they could do a bit better by shaving the price by a teeny weeny bit.
The only major downside I see to Tonic is their difficult to find location. Its located inside the Famous studio lane and its quite difficult to reach by car coming from the opposite side. One has to go quite far to get a U turn to get on the right road. And other than an obscured board at the beginning of the lane, there is almost no hint of an eatery in that quiet vacant passage. Thankfully, Google maps helped me reach there without glitches as its marked clearly on that.
To round this up, Tonic is a great new pub plus eatery. The environment is full of eclectic energies and colors. The food is surprisingly great for a lounge and the ambiance changes every day. The place is still fairly new so its likely to find it a bit empty. I reckon that this is the best time to visit it before it starts becoming crowded.
The Captain's Score : 9/10
"We are not done yet lads, there is Auriga upstairs waiting to be explored. But that is a tale for next time."
Famous Studio Lane,
Off Dr. E Moses Road,
-I was invited to wine and dine at the pub as part of a Zomato Reviewers/Bloggers meet. -