First Look At The Barking Deer
If all licences fall into place, then the city will get its first brewpub by April. Until then, The Barking Deer, the microbrewery we told you about way back in December 2011, will function as a restaurant and bar. The venue, which opens on Thursday, February 28 in Lower Parel’s Mathuradas Mills Compound, gets its name from a species of deer native to India, a “mascot” that reflects the owners’ “quirky sensibilities”, says managing partner Gregory Kroitzsh. Of the four partners of the Seven Islands Craft Brewery, the company that owns The Barking Deer, only Boston-born Kroitzsh, whose family ran a hotel in Vermont, has prior hospitality experience. The rest have backgrounds in finance and information technology. What you see at The Barking Deer is mostly Kroitzsh’s handiwork.
The 4,000 square feet split-level space, with its elaborate brewing rig, will operate as an all-day restaurant, with a bar offering a standard menu of domestic and imported beers, wines and spirits. The food menu, which includes soups, salads, sandwiches and mains, features seafood chowder; roast chicken sandwich; Pilsner-drowned lamb shanks with rosemary potatoes; grilled chicken in Earl Grey jus; grilled ham and cheese sandwich; ricotta, spinach and mushroom crepe; and three cheese Madras chilli risotto with grilled fennel and lime. The prices – from Rs225 for bar snacks to Rs650 for mains (exclusive of tax) – are relatively cheaper than at the neighbouring Blue Frog, which is happy news for those who make frequent trips to the music club for gigs. A lack of licences has scuppered more than a few F&B projects in Mumbai, but Kroitzsh says he’s quite optimistic about their brewing licence coming through. If it does, The Barking Deer will pave the way for a slew of other microbreweries (including this one) vying to set up shop in Mumbai.