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Indulging In ‘Sin’

Raadia Mukadam gets a taste of Sin, Mumbai’s latest happening bar cum bistro cum cafe

Opulent without being ornate, the ambience of Sin combines the eloquence of a bar, the eclectic cuisine of a bistro and the convenience of a cafe. The aura inside is unique and a pleasant breakaway from the customary dining arrangement that most restaurateurs confine to. Utmost privacy has been provided to each table without severing them with walls.

By day, Sin provides the ideal setting for a quick morning stopover to the visitors at the US consulate that is located bang opposite. You can take your pick out of an assortment of sandwiches with some very alluring range of coffees made with an explosive blend of dodamane coffee. The range, though not exhaustive, is commendable, and if you feel indulgent then go the whole hog and try out the signature ‘Sinful Coffee’ consisting of cold coffee, rum, cream de cacao and cinnamon. Or simply linger over some fresh fruit juices conjured up to appease the health conscious and connoisseur alike.

In the evening the coffee lounge gives way to a contemporary, cool and mature ambience perfect for those pleasant and yet intense over-lunch-or-dinner conversations. The menu comprises an eclectic composition, a delectable selection of light grilled European food.

Though the menu is self-explanatory, one can always take the assistance of the staff who are friendly without being familiar. I followed chef Sheldon Fernandes’s recommendation and started with a mini meze with home style breads and hot stuffed mushrooms with roast garlic sauce (a must-try). This was followed by portions of crumb fried breast of chicken with mashed potatoes and Teriaki glazed rockfish on a ginger scallion hash cake and jalapeno tartare sauce. Die-hard ‘fishetarian’ that I am, I came back thoroughly satiated.

The bar with its chilled elegance, offers a fine selection of wines and cocktails while the rich desserts round off your tryst with Sin.

An absolute recommendation is a taste of the in-house flavoured teas. Though raspberry, fresh mint and peach are more commonly asked for, try the hibiscus or the wild berry flavour for a refreshingly different taste and feel.
All in all, kitsch and culture converges in Sin. A delicate balance that encompasses the full spectrum of moods.