Zouk means a style of rhythmic music that originated from the Caribbean, the islands associated with pirates, paradise and fun. The word definitely makes an appropriate name for a lounge bar. Zouk Bar and Grill is a moderate sized lounge that is wedged between other establishments. Its entrance may be a tad bit difficult to spot since the current door appears like a staff door on first look. It makes sense if I play along a theme where I come across a hidden place with an ordinary door and behind that door lies a completely unexpected otherworldly zone.
Zouk used to be a casual dining restaurant in the past and has recently transformed itself into a lounge and bar. The ambiance is very typical to that of a lounge. The dim lit lounge with its well placed orange lights mesmerizes the senses especially after you have a few drinks. The place is divided into two zones. The pub outside and the lounge inside. While one can sit and have drinks sinking themselves to the music outside, the zone inside requires you to use your energy to dance to some beats.
I was invited here as part of a "Bloggers" group. That term has become quite broad nowadays since a lot of bloggers don't actually have blogs. The group was rather large and felt a bit uncomfortable. In fact, my drink was snatched for food paparazzing before I even had the chance to lay my eyes on it. I was happy when I saw a few familiar faces and decided to sit on a different table with them.
Zouk prides in itself as a drinking destination. This is true as their forte is in their cocktails and spirits.
Captain : So, I am drinking straight off the count's head.
Crewmate : Draining a Vampire. What does that make you? A Double Vampire? (Laughs)
Captain : In me four hundred years, never have I heard of such a dull joke.
Crewmate : Wait, did you say...four hundred?
While Zouk really excelled on the Grog and the Ambiance part of the experience, I felt that the food was very average and left me unsatisfied.
Captain : Tasty, Savory, Crunchy but not quite Kung Pao-ey.
Crewmate : What manner of word is Kung Pao-ey?
Captain : Stop being such a joy killer lad, I was just trying to keep me rhymes straight.
Captain: Normally, I don't like corn but these little morsels be full of fun.
Crewmate : Let me try one.
Captain : Your shoelaces are untied lad.
Crewmate : Oh, let me fix those... Wait a minute, I am not even wearing shoes... HEY! Where did all the Kebabs go?
Lasooni Prawns looked quite appetizing on appearance and tasted all right. However, the prawns suffered from the same problems as those in the Creamy Prawn rolls.
Moving on to the mains, as a carnivore I felt thoroughly disappointed. The mains seemed to be styled for vegetarians.
Captain : This actually tastes all right.
Crewmate : You seem to actually like green food for a change.
Captain : Seems like the only island in a sea of mediocre mains.
The service could use a lot of improvement. It took a while to get the server to bring the Chicken mains on the table. They also oddly served Enchiladas to us after we had finished the dessert and were preparing to leave. While the Restaurant manager seemed like a polite fellow who was an expert in mixing the drinks, the regular staff appeared to be a tad bit uninspired.
Since the meal was on the house, I cannot comment much. The pricing on the menu appears to be lower than most pubs for the Grub although the quality of the grub needs serious improvement. The Grog seems to be on par for the experience.
My final thoughts on my Zouk experience is that it scores greatly on Ambiance and pub culture. There are even games like Ludo, Jenga, Foosball and the like. The Grog also scores highly on my scale. The grub however is solely responsible for pulling down the overall score. I would definitely visit Zouk again, but only for drinks next time.
The Captain's Score : 7/10
"You fellas better be sober for some sailing. Can't drink and sail on the rough seas after all."
Zouk Bar & Grill
Hotel Imperial Palace,
45, Telly Park Road,
Andheri East, Mumbai
Phone Number : +91 9821111441
-I was invited as a part of a Bloggers meet to the establishment.-