The latest entrant in the ever-expanding dining out scene in Mumbai is Hispanic hot-spot, Luca. It’s a first of its kind in the city, promising a range of Mexican, Caribbean and South American delights with a well-stocked bar.
A life-size painting of Frida Kahlo taking a drag greets you at the entrance, setting the mood for its bohemian interiors. Bright orange walls, Aztec design cushions, and a black & white checkered floor. The atmosphere screams “chill out” with Caribbean beats setting the mood. There are live music and Karaoke Nights, and even a giant TV screen – which although an eye-sore is highly in-demand on soccer/cricket nights.
It’s a vast menu – expect unusual combinations with generous portions. The Orange Quinoa Salad was zesty in flavour, with bits of halloumi cheese and crunchy taco slivers. Chicken In Mole Sauce was a leg piece slathered in chocolate and rum sauce. Interesting in taste, but I’d suggest sharing it since it can get a wee bit sweet after a while. Chilli Con Carne was a traditional pot of pork mince with well-spiced rice. And in case you’re in a sandwich mood, don’t think twice – their freshly baked bread is the best in the city!
The Crab Back is a delicious gooey mix of goodness with crab meat, scallions, tomatoes and herbs, baked with buttery breadcrumbs on top. In desserts, the Sweet Potato Cake stood out with its drizzle of champagne vanilla sauce.
The Pork Belly Bites worked really well with its base of sweet potato. Unfortunately, the pork was overdone.
(Luca, Unit 1, Todi Mills, Mumbai; Tel +91-22-49714450/51)
By Farhad J. Dadyburjor, Mumbai