Uno Más means “one more,” and the name is apt. It’s our new favourite and we can’t wait to go back there for one more! No more missing Spain, as this new Spanish-inspired Tapas bar has an amazing spread of Spanish dishes, along with the right ambience spiked with tasteful music and live Flamenco performance every Friday and Sunday. In addition, they have Viva la Musica on Thursdays. Uno Más has been nominated thrice already for the Times Food & Nightlife Awards in their first year itself! Thank you, Mumbai, for giving us Uno Más.
At Uno Más, one could taste home-cured Boquerones (anchovies) or even the prized Jamon Iberico Pata Negra from Spain, sitting right here in Mumbai. As if we were reliving our moments of eating out in a tapas bar in Spain, Uno Más touched our soul instantly with not only food, but with a comfortable vintage vibe. The two-level restaurant has a huge Italian-marble bar at the centre. There is ample seating around as well as on the first level. Vintage windows, furniture and wall décor add a strong European vibe to the newly opened Uno Más. The Spanish touch extends itself to the painted tiles and the archway. The verandah with vaulted ceiling has a romantic vibe for sure.
Given the quality of food, the pricing is done right. There is plenty to explore, in terms of food and drinks. In addition to the regular menu, they have a delicious Sunday Brunch (12 pm and 2.30 pm slots), and they call it No Siesta, Come Fiesta. The brunch menu is pretty impressive, with dishes like Los Huevos Fritos (egg specials inspired from the stalls of La Bouqueria, Barcelona), Tortillas, Queso Flameado (melted cheese and mince with crisp melba toasts), Tacos Caseros, Brunch Bikinis (triangle sandwiches of Catalonia) and the quintessential Sunday Roast (black-spiced roast chicken). The Bottomless Sangrias in four varieties are a must-try. The Red Sangria is a mix of Shiraz, Rum, berries and citrus fruits, whereas the White Sangria has Sauvignon Blanc with muskmelon. The bar is well-equipped and the cocktails are a bomb here. For instance, the Bathtub Gin is infused with juniper, coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Among the concoctions, we tried the Aperol Spritz. Well-made and truly soul-uplifting! Another cocktail, the Nacional, is a mix of dark and gold rum with homemade apricot syrup and fresh pineapple.
The main menu is divided into three parts: Para Picar (snacks before the drinks arrive), Signature Tapas and Paella. Vegetarian Tapas are wonderful here, as are the non-vegetarian ones. Worthwhile to mention here is the Esparragos a la Plancha, which is a platter of jumbo asparagus tossed in olive oil and topped with flakes of almonds. Berenjenas Fritas con miel is a vegetarian bestseller here, and I heard from a close vegetarian foodie friend that it is delicious! These are crispy aubergine fritters drizzled with chilli-honey: a traditional Spanish Tapa served across Andalusia, especially Cordoba. Having tasted real Cordoban fare in Spain, I must say, go for this dish! This dish is famous in Malaga and Granada regions of Spain, too, but there, it is drizzled with molasses. Aha, fond memories of Spain come alive with this vegetarian Spanish masterpiece. And yes, they do have Patatas Bravas for potato-loving hungry souls.
In Tapas, we ordered Tabla Embutidos (imported cured meats with accompaniments), Almejas a la Marinera (local clams cooked with citrus, garlic, chillies and tomatoes) and Codornices (grilled quail slathered with pomegranate molasses). All three dishes were superb in flavour and the portions were good enough.
Or, let’s talk about the creamy Pescado al Pil, the recipe of which comes from the Basque Country. A plump fillet of local fish sits in a smooth, yellow sauce called Pil Pil. This unique sauce is made with salted cod in garlic-infused oil and the dish is served with crispy fried garlic. Another mouth-watering dish, a party starter, will make you go weak in the knees. Their Gambas al Ajillo is a dream come true: garlic-infused prawns served with a flavourful prawn-head oil. Yet another star in their menu, the Queso Flameado, is appealing enough. Thankfully, it has a vegetarian version too! A mince of Spicy Chorizo or spicy Soya Bolognese is topped with hot, melted cheese and served with melba toasts. The cheese is flambéed at the serving table. What a visual treat!
One of their tapa called Chuletas de Cordero inspired by Southern Spanish cuisine, is divine. The dish has New Zealand Lamb chops marinated in homemade Moroccan signature spice blend, which is chargrilled to perfection. And if you love the food of San Sebastian, go for their Pintxos (or Pinchos). Pincho Morunos or skewered chicken served with pickled onions and Cuban-inspired piquant Mojo Rojo sauce will leave you satisfied.
Why the Spanish restaurant is our favourite? It is their Paella de Marisco served straight from the flat-bottomed pan, which did its trick on us. It smelled of Spain, as we tasted each morsel of saffron rice cooked with a selection of seafood (clams, local fish, prawns and squids). The zucchini, yellow squash and peas definitely do justice here, adding a sweet taste to an otherwise savoury dish. The only disappointment is that we couldn’t find any socarrat or the crispy Paella crust at the bottom of the pan, something that a true Spanish cook always ensures in his traditional Paella. I hope that the chefs out there will work on this feedback for good! The Paella de Pollo (with chicken) and Paella Verduras (vegetarian Paella) are other options available.
From the dessert menu, we loved the Crema Catalana, which is torched Catalonian cream flavoured with candied orange, cinnamon and vanilla. The Mousse Chocolate comes in a glass container and is a rich chocolate mousse with cocoa nib crumble and fresh berries. The Pastel de Chocolate (chocolate cake layered with chocolate Ganache and feuiellentine; served with vanilla bean ice cream) was rich and comforting. The kids loved their crispy Churros Chocolate, which comes tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with rich chocolate sauce.
By the way, Uno Más is going to launch their new set menu for lunch very soon, and that’s definitely a boon for busy corporates in and around BKC. In the near future, we wish to see more additions to the vegetarian entries here. The menu is well-planned and the staff is well-informed. One needs to reserve a table in advance, as it is goes fully booked very often. What’s not to love this new Spanish Tapas bar in Mumbai? We at Cosmopolitan Currymania (@purabinaha) will definitely visit there for more.
Note: We at Cosmopolitan Currymania visited Uno Más unannounced and as usual, it is an honest, unbiased review.
Address: Uno Más, Inspire BKC, Unit 2, MGL Gas Pump Service Lane, Bandra Kurla Complex Road, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Reservations: 022 2652 1155
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