Last week, I was invited to check out DineFest – a ten-day culinary event (15th Feb – 28th Feb 2016) held across Bombay, Delhi and Bangalore. Featuring prix-fixe menus at several of each city’s casual dining restaurants, you can enjoy a three-course feast at a fraction of the a la carte cost.
From their list of Bombay restaurants, I chose The Good Wife at BKC simply because it was one of the few places on the list I hadn’t dined at before. All the set menus for Bombay start at Rs. 600++ taxes and service charge. It sounds too good to be true, but I was hoping DineFest would prove me wrong.
The Good Wife
Dining with a friend, our reservation was made two days prior for a lunch seating. We arrived on time, were promptly seated and handed the set menu. We were each allowed to pick one Appetiser, Main and Dessert.
For starters, we chose the Smoked Scarmoza Tostadas with sour cream, salsa and re-fried beans, and the Soy Ginger Prawns with kimchi pancakes and bean sprouts. The portions were generous enough and quite tasty. I only wish they’d used whole kimchi in the second dish, as the pancakes were quite soggy and didn’t do anything for the prawns.
Picking the Mains was a tough choice, but we settled on the Three Mushroom Ravioli with walnut-sage cream, and the Thai Spiced Grilled Chicken with coconut lime pilaf. Both dishes were quite lovely, but I was partial to the chicken (I love Thai flavours) and would definitely try it again!
As for my favourite part of the meal – Dessert – we picked a Toffee Pudding with ice cream, and Rosemary and Apple Pie, both served with scoops of vanilla ice cream. You can’t go wrong with a Toffee Pudding, really – it was delicious. I only wish they’d given a bit more body to the filling in the Apple Pie, though the crust was nice.
All in all, this was a meal I definitely wouldn’t mind spending 600 bucks on. Value-for-money portions (not downsized from the original dish) and good food. It’s also a great way to try out new places without breaking the bank! You can make your reservations via their website, dinefest.in – certain T&Cs do apply.
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