Lagerbay located on waterfield road, is a fairly new joint in Bandra. It is where the once legendary Zenzi stood. Though I had never been to Zenzi; Lagerbay feels strangely familiar.
Lagerbay sounds more like a bar but once inside you will be eased by a casual bistro like atmosphere. With cool grey bison board clad walls – which gives the space a warm industrial feel. The walls are also adorned in engaging humorous pop-art frames.
As always some of us arrived relatively earlier for brunch but Barrington happily seated us right away. He also promptly took our drink orders. I called for a Mojito, which felt slightly strong but was the perfect drink to help me cool down from the muggy weather outside.
During our second round of drinks we made our way over to the cold spread. We had salads, cold cuts, grilled chicken and devilled eggs to choose from. The grilled pesto chicken, made for a simple and delicious dish. The seafood mix in a light creamy sauce was fresh; both Amrita and I could not help going back for seconds (second helpings allow people to appreciate the food more). The beef carapaccio on a bed of arugula was a little disappointing as the meat was not as tender and the dish required a light dressing of olive oil and salt.
For the main course, four of us called for lamb burgers. The sweet succulent lamb burger with a cilantro yogurt dressing in a fresh bun got better with every bite. Also the mushroom risotto that one of us had called for had a nice creamy consistency and was well seasoned.
From Mojitos to Caipiroska(which were a little watered down) to the sour apple martinis served in old-fashioned glasses the wait staff made sure that we did not go thirsty. Our conversations were mad. We spoke about Bombay tekshi drivers, running the every guy was accused of being a baby(the reason behind girls carrying big weighty bags) but then of course there was just one prashious baby amongst us. From weighty bag issues we went on to discuss light uplifting wonderbras and their effective results on the x and y-axis. Soon after that conversation we were impersonating bbm emoticons. In the midst of this madness we even planned to make a trip to east India next January.
We had quite a few new people joining us this time. Hope that our conversations and banter won’t keep them away from the next brunch.
Megs and the rest of the brigade surprised me with some lip smacking cupcakes from Lulu’s cupcakes. Cupcakes are special they are sweet baked memories and for me they reminded me of New York. Thank you and hugs for everyone.
With it’s relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and a helpful owner like Naveen – Lagerbay is a wonderful setting for a sunday brunch. After brunch some of us walked over to Megs place to watch the French Open finals. Cheers.
Also now with Bombay requiring you to carry a silly liquor permit that will allow you to consume alcohol – there is a sign at Lagerbay that promises to help you out in acquiring that permit within a week.
Bombay Brunch Brigade meets once a month. The purpose of this group is to meet – have fun, find a travel partner, a date(may be), share brain farts and savour brunches. We will be exploring different brunch places all over Bombay. Join our Facebook group for the next brunch date and location information.