Once we stroll into YOUnion, Zorawar Kalra’s bar in Decrease Parel, we simply can’t ignore the remnants of the décor of the Farzi Café outlet that used to occupy the house earlier than. Though Kalra has managed to shake issues up a bit with fashionable neon lights (‘No More I Love Yous’ says one) and a ceiling backyard, we chew the bullet and put our queries to Kalra. “We’re in seven countries now, and there is one Farzi just down the road and other properties in the vicinity. So they were cannibalising each other. We wanted a more youthful concept for this space, a millennial-friendly one. But YOUnion is also for the young of all age groups,” Kalra responds. He additionally agrees that the general restaurant enterprise in Kamala Mills took an enormous hit after the 2017 fireplace within the advanced.
Served by robots
Kalra is eager to speak in regards to the sturdy idea behind YOUnion too. The USP being over 200 completely different photographs and cocktails (curated by Barnaby Ingram and Dino Koletsas of Dare Hospitality) every with a singular id. And by distinctive, we imply a shot glass served by a mini robotic, group cocktails in a disco ball (serves 10 to 12 individuals, ₹2,999) and a stormtrooper helmet (serves three to 5, ₹1,999). It is not all frou-frou although, because the cocktails are scrumptious. Tequila, creme de cassis, ginger beer with lime are shaken as much as make El Diablo (₹495) or strive a Smoking Cranium Manhattan (₹595, sure, it’s served in a cranium with lit-up eyes) with cinnamon bourbon, pineapple, angostura and Martini Rosso. The costs are extraordinarily pocket-friendly, with photographs beginning at ₹50. “Are you trying to get people drunk?” we chide Kalra. “We want to promote responsible drinking and as a rule, we won’t ply inebriated people with more alcohol. Our staff will take special care of this,” he tells us. Did he get an opportunity to debate YOUnion along with his father, the late Jiggs Kalra, we ask him, as that is the primary new property launch from Huge Eating places publish the legend’s passing. “Yes, I did. And in fact, he insisted that we pull this 200-shots concept in a responsible manner. Hence we will take special care of it,” he says with a smile.
It’s not all drink and video games at YOUnion although, as Kalra says that in addition they provide the biggest espresso menu within the nation, and what Kalra calls a consolation meals part too. Assume breakfast trays that provide kheema pao, bun maska pao and Nagori chai collectively (Muhammed Ali, ₹199). Different meals choices embody extra crowd favourites comparable to Potato Bravas ₹149); Complete Wheat and Corn on the Cob Salad with Mint Labneh (₹179); Spicy Hen Schezwan Momos (₹190); Membership Tenderloin Burger with Bacon and Sunny Facet-Up (₹349); flatbreads, meal in a bowl, pastas, sharing plates and even zunka bhakar. All of this maintaining in thoughts that it isn’t only a fancy bar, however an all-day restaurant too. “It’s a place you can kick back and relax, it’s a zero-stress zone for people of all ages who will walk in through the day,” Kalra informs. And we by some means belief him with the palate (as he gleefully entertains his friends whereas sporting a hand of Thanos with all of the stones), contemplating we liked how he rotated his bold restaurant, Rivers to Oceans which obtained a lukewarm response, to TYGR, a hip Asian bar and restaurant that provides nice flavours at non-pretentious costs.
YOUnion, Kamala Mills, Decrease Parel midday to 1.30 am; 8433942801