Picture this. A pool fringed with tall trees swaying gently in the breeze. By the pool, a collection of low and high tables illuminated by dim table lamps. Nearby is an outdoor chef’s station emanating smoky, mouth-watering aromas. And to complete the scene, melodious music which, paired with all the other elements is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of regular Mumbai life.
Sounds like the perfect way to spend an evening, right? That’s exactly what The Leela Mumbai’s Barbeque Evenings at 6 Degrees offers. Every night, 6 Degrees offers customers a selection of salads, soups and breads followed by a vast array of non-vegetarian and vegetarian grills.
Tasting The Talk
We stopped by The Leela on Saturday night for an evening of delicious dining and drinking; the perfect antidote to a busy week. We began by sipping on a divine glass of Kir (a French cocktail which blends crème de cassis and white wine together) as an aperitif.
A bowl of green pea soup followed; the soup was warm and velvety and paired perfectly with the bread basket of buns and rolls on our table.
We then proceeded to dive into the grills, beginning with sampling the seafood platter which included Norwegian Salmon Steak, Tiger Prawns, Marinated Black Pomfret and Marinated Calamari. The salmon, which boasts an extremely delicate flesh, was cooked to perfection and topped with a zesty lime sauce. The black pomfret was also perfectly cooked with a mild marinade that allowed the freshness of the fish to shine through. Meanwhile, the prawns were succulent and juicy.
We then moved on to the meats platter which includes a Thyme Mustard Marinated Chicken Breast, Spring Lamb Steak, Double Cooked BBQ Pork Chops and German Pork Sausages. We believe that to judge a barbecue, one has to judge how the meats have been treated. These, we imagine, were treated like royalty. Our favourite of the lot was the Thyme Mustard Marinated Chicken breast which was tender and beautifully flavoured. The Barbecue Pork chops were also divine; while the meat itself was thick and hearty, the barbecue sauce lent them a sublime flavour.
Meanwhile, vegetarians will love the Cottage Cheese skewers which placed mildly marinated charred cubes of crumbly cottage cheese on a skewer and the Cajun Spiced Potato Wedges. From the vegetarian grills, we also loved the baby grilled eggplant which had soft, tender flesh and the grilled mushrooms which combined earthy, smoky flavoured.
After the remains of our grills were whisked away we were presented with a plate of the desserts of the day. On this was a chocolate brownie and two layered cakes. The star of the dessert platter was the warm, rich chocolate brownie but then, we are pretty partial to chocolate.
As we spooned the last chocolate crumbs in our mouths, we were reminded of something Anthony Bourdain once said; “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” At that moment, filled to the brim with the delicious grills we saw his point. An evening spent enjoying 6 Degrees’ Barbecues will put you in a relaxed, joyful frame of mind; head there yourself to give it a try.