Restaurant Review : Tap Sports Bar, Andheri West Mumbai
Tap Sports Bar is a recent (well not that recent too) addition to China Gate portfolio. Located in Andheri Lokhandwala area, right next to China Gate.So we visited it on a Wednesday night, and to my surprise, it was quite buzzing.They have two sections – an outer section with a sports bar feel and an inner air conditioned section with disco lights and peppy music.
The thing which attracts most of the visitors, is the fish pond aka aquarium beneath your feet just as you enter, rest of the decor is quite rustic, high chairs and tables along with some sofa sitting . There are sports artifacts and paintings hung all over and two projector screens for continuous football action. There is dart game machine too. The place has a great vibe to it, even on a weekday it was beaming with people.
The menu at Tap Sports Bar is quite huge, they serve Mexican, Italian, little bit of Indian and Chinese too. Though technically, they preferred to be called a mexican/italian place. We ordered a Taps Veg Platter, with some cosmopolitan and LIT to start with. The veg platter consisted of three mexican starters – nachos, poblane veg chilli parcel and cowbow wedges. The nachos were great, a perfect mix of corn chips, black beans along with salsa, cream sauce and sour cream (the sour cream tasted a lil weird though). Veg chilli parcels – fried parcels with a chilli and corn filling,were probably the best thing on the platter.Cowbow wedges was kind of disappointing, it tasted more like a stir fried masala wedges with onions. The drinks were good, so that was a major plus. We also tried veg and non veg enchiladas, unfortunately they were the worst enchiladas I have had in a long time. They were very dry and did not taste good at all.
I wanted to taste a few other items(from another cuisine) before forming a view about the food so we asked for an an assorted bite size platter of Indian veg kebabs along with angari murg tikka (on request, though individual items are available on the menu). Indian veg kebabs consisted of veg seekh kebab, veg tikki, ajwaini paneer, and mushroom kebabs. The angari murg tikka was quite good, the chicken was succulent and the spicy marinate was just perfect for Indian palette. As far as the veg kebabs are concerned, veg tikki is a must try, they were absolutely delicious,the veg seekh kebab was good too.Unfortunately the same cannot be said about ajwani paneer and mushrooms, both seem very bland and lacked proper seasoning.
As far as service is concerned, I was pretty impressed, the staff was quite prompt and helpful. Cost wise Tap Sports Bar is on the higher side when it comes to food, however beer is cheap which is why people flock this place.
Overall, I had a nice time at Tap Sports Bar, the ambiance was great, there was so much energy and great vibe about the place, that you can sit there for hours. However the experience with the food was mixed. Some of the dishes were great while others were disappointing.I will still suggest you visit this place atleast once, during the football world cup is even better.
(PS I was approached by the PR to visit and review the place, but the review is completely independent and solely based on my experience)