There are foodies and then there are FOODIES. I belong to the latter category. One look at me and you would know. When it comes to food, I am willing to try most things. Most things that look edible 🙂 My first brush with a non Indian cuisine was Italian. I had a pizza and a pasta and was mesmerised! Needless to say then, when Disha from K.I.S.S who I met at the Indiblogger Dove Meet invited me to join her and a few more foodies at the Chef’s Table that she was curating, I jumped at the idea. I had heard about Chef David Cananzi but did not know that he has opened his own place called Eat Pray Luv at Hill Road, Bandra.
Ambiance at Eat Pray Luv
The decor is done up in a theme of blue and white. It is a very relaxing atmosphere with the idea of relaxing you for the meal coming your way. We sat at the deck overlooking the pool and that is one of the best seating locations! A highlight of the decor is chef Davide’s baby – his traditional wood fired oven. He told us that there are no more ovens in the kitchen and everything they serve is made right there in front of the guests! The bar is tastefully done and not overstocked like some other places I have been to.
Food at Eat Pray Luv
I was looking forward to digging into some authentic Mediterranean fare and I was not disappointed. The chef had an array of dishes planned for us. After a point we had to beg him to stop, we were so so stuffed. We started off with the staff’s recommendation of Spanish Sangrias and Berry Mocktails. The Sangria was absolutely refreshing and full of peachy flavour. The glass looked so inviting that I did not even remember to pause and click a picture! After two Sangrias, I switched to the Berry Mocktail and found it equally refreshing with a tangy flavour. Both the drinks were a perfect accompaniment to the meal and would work anytime in the hot Indian weather.
We sampled the Capricciosa pizza that was the prettiest (and the tastiest) pizza on the table with cherry tomatoes, rocket and ricotta. The ham pizza was high on flavour too but it was a bit too salty. The baked aubergines with ricotta and Parma ham was divine. The brinjals (or aubergines if you wanna call them that) were melt in your mouth. The chef gave a twist on the Sicilian Dessert Cannoli and stuffed it with Tuna instead. The savory starter was light and delicious. Perfect for a summer dinner! We also sampled Spaghetti stuffed chicken wings and Jerk spiced chicken. Both were top notch on presentation and had a healthy dose of spice as well. For the main course, we were served the seafood soup which was extremely wholesome. I did not care much for it because I was stuffed already. I actually preferred the vegetarian soup which was a Russian Borsch. When they brought out the Burrata, I was kicking myself for hogging the pizza. I tasted the creamy asparagus and rose petal risotto but gave the pumpkin and peanut ravioli a miss. All of us begged the chef to skip straight to dessert! The double chocolate mousse with strawberry chilli jam was the perfect dessert to end the meal with. I would have happily gone home had Disha not told me about chef Davide’s famous Tiramisu. It was heavenly!! Second only to the Tiramisu I have had in Sausalito, San Francisco.
And finally, a great part of the evening was meeting so many bloggers. Some I had met before, some I had interacted online and some I had never even heard of. It was a fun group and the easy conversation filled the gaps in the courses real well 🙂
I have also reviewed the restaurant on Zomato. You can read my review of Eat Pray Luv on Zomato here