Fashioned with Italian lampposts and an Austrian chess board, Pedro has unleashed life in a relatively quiet neighbourhood. While most people would avoid the S V Road, Malad west, to set up their restaurant, Pedro boldly plays host at a terrace venue.
What’s more is that Pedro has taken up the challenge of providing non-vegetarian food in a Gujarati-majority suburb, where finding even a piece of well-cooked meat is quite a task! But Pedro has more than made up for it.
The restaurant offers platters of all kind, Spanish, Mexican, Italian, Lebanese and even, an Indian one (kebabs). The Spanish platter is complete with lamb chops, sautéed prawns, potato roll and grilled chicken. Their chicken satay is a not-to-miss. Whereas the Lebanese platter has some humus with pita bread and deepfried bean sticks. Definitely, try the Lebanese platter. The lamb chops were slightly over-done, but their grilled chicken made up for it. Some fantastic accompaniments are the Capiroshka here, albeit slightly strong and the Lemon caipirinha, an interesting mold of crushed ice makes this drink perfect for the evening here.
The restaurant also allows guests to carry their own sea food – even if it’s prawns – and cooks up a scrumptious meal for them at their kitchen at a minimal cost.
A feature that’s quite a hit at this month-old place is the music and their happy hours. With retro ruling the evenings, collegians – after their call centre shifts – are seen (enjoying the huge discount – 15 per cent on alcohol and a complimentary starter) singing along and even, shaking a leg on the terrace. An enclosed section with about 50 pax, a bar, a dance floor and a DJ console sees many parties even on working nights.
Easily the best part of the evening there, was watching a few children playing chess with the live-size chess board and pawns. A picture perfect evening, truly! And well, value for money.
Dinner for two Rs 550 (inclusive of alcohol and taxes)
Pedro – The No Frill Bar
Shivam Shopping Center, Rooftop, Opposite New Era Thaetre, S V Road, Malad (west)