The interior of Sizzle House
The interior of Sizzle House

Lounge review: Sizzle House, Mumbai

Sizzle House, which comes from the team behind Home Chef caf, offers nostalgia and old-school continental fare

Sizzle House at Shivaji Park comes from the team behind other midtown establishments like Home Chef café and budget bars Open House at Shivaji Park at Quarer House in Mahim. The restaurant is a slightly hipper update to the multi-cuisine restaurant-cafés popular in the 1990s and early 2000s like Cream Centre, Bombay Blues and even the Shivaji Park favourite Ovenfresh. Go here when you crave a little bit of nostalgia and old-school continental fare right in the middle of the quiet, leafy neighbourhood where the food scene is changing at a slightly slower pace than the rest of the city.

The good stuff

Sizzle House has a comforting familiarity in both the way it looks and the food it specialises in; don’t visit expecting a modern or nouvelle twist to the basic soup-salad-sandwich-and-pizza fare. The menu is too long to bother with things like that anyway—stick to retro comfort food like the faultless Warm Mushroom Pâté ( 250) and Herbed Butter Prawns ( 300) like us and you won’t be disappointed. If we weren’t watching our weight, we’d probably also order their thin-crust, biscuit-crisp pizzas with no-brainer toppings like Peri Peri Grilled Chicken ( 350) and an Aglio Olio Paprika special ( 300). Add a Kala Khatta Granita ( 150) or a 5 Star chocolate milkshake ( 200) and you’ll be back in time treating your teenage self.

There are a lot of mains listed on the menu including One Pan Meals such as Bibimbap ( 325), English Ghee Roast Chicken ( 300) and Akuri Salli ( 250), some Tex-Mex and Italian options too, but we came here for the sizzlers. Our three-person dinner team decided to get one sizzler each to try the different meat and seafood options but we had to settle for a vegetarian and a chicken option instead. The kitchen doesn’t serve any beef and they had run out of lamb. We were quite pleased with the individual portions of our sizzler orders. Too full from our appetisers and main we decided to skip desserts which included options like a home-style Bread and Butter Pudding with Caramel Sauce ( 250) and a Sizzling Brownie sundae ( 250).

The not-so-good

We were expecting Sizzle House to be a modern, snazzy update to old-fashioned sizzler and steak houses like Kobe, Yoko and Fountain Sizzlers. After all, owners Aditi Limaye Kamat and Niketa Patil Rampal run two other cool and casual bars in the same 5-km radius. Unfortunately, Sizzle House is an all-in-one continental diner with very little focus on its grilled meat and seafood mains.

While we had no complaints with our cheese-based appetisers and a Tex-Mex-themed vegetarian main we didn’t care much for the classic sizzler combinations that were sloppily put together with bland and tasteless sides. We were also disappointed to settle for a Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers Sizzler ( 400) since the kitchen had run out of lamb chops and offered only basa in the Grilled Fish Steak sizzler ( 450).

Talk plastic

Expect to pay anywhere between 800 to 1,200 per person at Sizzle House. An average price for a starter is 250 and mains are priced between 350 and 400. The menu also lists burgers, sandwiches and pizzas priced between 300 and sizzlers range from 285 for a vegetarian Cheesy Pav Bhaji sizzler to 425 for a sizzler with grilled lamb chops.

Sizzle House, Bhagirati Sadan, Swantantryar Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Dadar (W) (2447-5378). Open daily from 12noon to 12am.

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