The Tasting Room owned by the folks behind Good Earth, an upscale home decor boutique next door also looks like a store on display albeit this one is a wine bar and an all day diner. And yes, many items including the chandeliers are for sale! Located at the deep end of the Raghuvanshi mill compound this one sits on the first floor at peace and you can feel it in the air.
Monday afternoon was relatively quiet as I dropped by for a quick-lunch. For a wine bar, the menu is reasonable but it doesn’t stand out for its selection. Nonetheless unlike any other place in the city they have wine flights comprising Indian and international wines and for those looking for an affordable wine fix, their endless stem or unlimited wine (a red and a white both international) offer at Rs 1150 a head is very popular. Can you imagine a weekend night with than offer?
Food is European and familiar. The quinoa salad with asparagus, grapes, hazelnut and blue cheese was brilliant, an interplay of textures and myriad flavours and so was the goat cheese samosas in phyllo. For mains the kale and spinach tortellini was cooked right and had a bite to it with the piquancy of the tomato playing apt for a hot afternoon.
The carrot cake with the cumin beetroot sorbet was a joke. The carrot cake was baked to perfection and the mascarpone quenelle paired well. The beetroot sorbet with bracing acidity and cumin was disastrous, but for adding colour to the plate it only did harm,it was best left untouched. I have patronized Tasting room many a times a few years back and it was nice to be back. The place looks glorious as always and has a lot of potential, they must up the food and beverage scene quickly especially given the competition around.