East Will Re-open As 36 Oak & Barley Next Week

January 19, 2012 12:30 pm by
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In November, we reported that East, the Pan-Asian restaurant in Kemps Corner, was to re-open as an all-day eatery with a focus on Asian-inspired small plates. Since then, restaurant owner and chef Nachiket Shetye has had several changes of heart, which have resulted in a delay in its opening. On Wednesday, January 25, East will relaunch as 36 Oak & Barley, an all-day restaurant that will serve “comfort food” from across the world. “For those of us living in between Colaba and Lower Parel, there are too few all-day dining [restaurants],” said Shetye, who will run 36 Oak & Barley along with friends-turned-partners, Nipoon Aggarwal and Avinash Gupta. “We hope to fill that gap.”

The renovated space bears no likeness to East. A limestone bar, wood flooring, red walls and PVC chairs imported from Italy, are the new features of the 2,400 square feet restaurant. A giant sculpture of a jaguar jutting out from the bar wall is meant to serve as a conversation starter. Smokers will appreciate that 36 Oak & Barley has a designated corridor for ciggie breaks.

More importantly, the menu has undergone a complete revamp. They will now serve a large number of appetisers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, fondue, risottos and a few main courses that will only be available during lunch and dinner. “Asian food doesn’t lend itself to an all-day restaurant, which is why we overhauled the menu to incorporate comfort foods,” said Shetye. The comfort fare includes dishes like akuri, chilli cheese toast, mac and cheese with truffles, and Thai curry. The largely Continental menu also features a few of East’s signature dishes such as the tofu and black bean; Thai basil and cottage cheese; raw papaya salad; and vegetable dumplings. The restaurant will offer free wi-fi and plans to host screenings of major sporting events.

36 Oak and Barley is slated to open on Wednesday, January 25.