Review: He said She said, Mumbai

Sprawling across 13,500 square feet, He Said She Said has a huge open-air, tarp-covered section along with an air-conditioned bar, a fine dining restaurant and a terrace bar perfect for sun-downers and gigs. Also considering the fact that this was the day Germany was playing the United States to determine if the US goes through the next round of the FIFA world cup you could see a whole lot of football enthusiasts had converged at this bar making the environment electric. The main area, apart from a giant screen airing the 9:30pm WC games, has a beer pong table, a British phone booth exclusively for selfies and enough space to indulge in various drinking games leading to free drinks (6 shots in 6 seconds anyone??).

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As we were coming to terms with the sheer size of this bar, Kuber, who runs the establishment, was kind enough to give us a tour of the place. With going from a place that is 1/5th its size in Delhi to opening this establishment, He Said She Said has hit the nail on its head when it comes to accommodating everyone in this city who likes a night out, with brilliant and comfortable décor that is very complimenting of its ambiance and vibe.Vishal Guptaa very young and talented interior designer and artist has done the concept and design of He Said She Said. On the Ground level there are 2 Outdoor sections with Not-That-Loud Music where people can talk and lounge. It sports a grass turf, high chairs, sofas, benches with a very relaxed atmosphere. Inside there is an section specifically labelled “Loud Music” where you can dance beside the DJ console, but there is only a clear glass division between the indoor and outdoor section thereby utilizing the openness and space. These areas have colorful digital art in form of Characters as well as a Cityscape that adds to the distinctiveness and a flowing fountain in the outdoor section that has miniature character installations on it (fishing, sitting and even urinating!). The digital art is very difficult to mount in walls without printing or tracing but HS3 got the extremely talented Bhuppi (from Delhi) to hand-paint all of them to precision. Moving up the ladder, the place metamorphoses itself to the land of Greek Gods. White Washed Hand plastered walls and Retro artifacts welcome you to the Fine Dining area with even softer music levels. Treat your taste buds to exclusive European delicacies in this section. Finally, the top Level has a covered Terrace with a small stage that can accommodate small gigs, screenings, etc.

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He said She said, Mumbai,www.stylecity.in

Before we got stuck into the food we had the privilege of tasting some of the many shots the bar had on offer, it was a shame I could not try all as I would have definitely had a memory lapse. He Said She Said has on offer over 40 shots divided into ‘layered’, ‘chocolatey/creamy’, ‘fruity’, ‘spicy’, ‘balls of steel’, ‘it’s different’, ‘ice-cream’ and ‘Mumbai special’ options, all priced between Rs120 to Rs349. Something that is ideal in case one wants to get a quick buzz before heading out to party.Our captain recommended the following sequence of shots and it was the greatest combination of pick-me-up-I-am-ready-to-start-this-party-shot I have ever had. We started with a ‘Red Hot Chilli Pepper’, which came with a green chilly, that one bites into before taking the shot and keeping it in your mouth for 30 seconds before gulping it down. One chases this shot with the ‘Chai Maila’ a concoction of whiskey and caramel soothing the spiciness of the previous shot. Needless to say I was attuned to what effect those shots were meant to have and they did not disappoint. Another fun things to try at He Said She Said apart from their different shots is their FotoFunbooth where patrons enter a Old Retro Telephone booth, sign in into Facebook, get their picture clicked with various props and accessories and instantly upload it, tagging the friends who they want. It is a unique fun experience which will make your memories last forever with friend. Now for the food,we ordered a wide variety of starters and bar food to go along with our beers and game of football. The pepper and olive cheesy parcels are highly recommended by the bar and they live up to their billing. A great combination of melted mozzarella with some pepper and olives infused together before slightly fried and coated to keep them together. This was the perfect accompaniment to our beers. Apart from this the quintessential Okra Kur Kure and garlic bread helped keep the beers down and games interesting.From the fine dining menu we received a sampling of the Stuffed Chicken on a bed of mushroom risotto along with a portion of BBQ chicken wings. We washed these down with a few more shots, which included the Aampanna shot (an old favourite) and the chocolaty Coco Chanel (comes with an actual Kit-Kat bar). Each shooter is so unique and wonderfully presented that you cannot help but try a few.

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To sum up all I can say is He Said She Said in Andheri quite literally provides everything one could ask for at a night out. One can start with some relaxed beers in the main area, move to the louder air-conditioned bar, head up for some fine food at the restaurant and end the night enjoying a gig on the terrace. Coming from Delhi and complaining about the lack of space Mumbai has to offer, trust me such quality establishments are diamonds in a coalmine. Amongst the plethora of identical bars/pubs spread out over Colaba, Bandra, Juhu and Andheri finally there is a place that is quite appropriately ‘for everyone’.
Address: Remi Biz Court, Lane behind Fun Republic, Off Link Road, Veera Desai Road
Phone:+91 9867515082
Price: Approx Rs.2,000 for two
Rating: Butter Chicken
Rating Scale: Tinda – 0, Idli – 1, Salad – 2, Butter Chicken – 3, Kakori Kebabs – 4, Grandmother’s cooking – 5

Review: He said she said, New Delhi

By Avni Wadhwa
Situated at the very alive and kicking Haus Khas Village , He said she said doesn’t promise more than it can deliver. That is, it is a non-pretentious pub with simple décor and introduces the concept of a ‘Shots and Bar Café’ in this populated market which has tons of different cafes and pubs. This on it’s own wasn’t as exciting to me, but clubbed together with a menu offering food infused with alcohol definitely made me want to venture out and try this place with my friends. It is not high strung; the place has no airs about it. It is a modest ,chill out place. We  were made to wait for about 10 minutes before we finally found ourselves a table inside. The murals are definitely interesting but nothing extraordinary, even the seating is simple with high bar stools.The shots menu though was extremely creative and had an interesting variation of shots to offer. ‘I clove you’, ‘aamsutra’ were a few of the shots we tried from the very elaborate shots menu. The shots were tasty, colourful and pretty reasonable at the same time. They definitely aren’t stingy with the alcohol, that I can guarantee.

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I was most curious as to how the food would turnout. They say “you eat with your eyes first” . We ordered ‘Mutton khurchan’ to start from the Indian Selection. We waited 15 minutes before the food finally appeared on the table. The mutton was served on top of the naan and was accompanied with mint chutney, kurma and onions on the side, it tasted fine and had a smokiness to it thanks to the rum infusion. It was spicy ,tender and seasoned well though I felt something innovative could definitely be done with the presentation. Next in line we had ‘Aphrodisiac garlic chicken. This one was a sure shot winner on my list ,with the correct amount of garlic and oriental spices it definitely tingled my taste buds. Main course was ‘Chilli fish with sliced garlic’ and ‘Lamb manchurian’. We ordered steamed rice and hot garlic noodles as sides. The fish was pretty much the old “desi” version Chinese we had as kids. The sauce was a garlic ,soy base thickened with corn starch(more like a regular Manchurian sauce). I had expected more from the chilli fish. The spice factor was missing as the name suggests, though the fish was tender. Lamb Manchurian was seasoned well, extremely tender.The food all in all was decent ,portion wise it justified the price. The aphrodisiac garlic chicken definitely is worth a try and is perfect on the palette. Also the service of the staff was worth a mention, they were sweet, friendly and accommodating. This place is definitely worth a visit especially to start you night of partying, and if you happen to love shots that just a bonus.

Address: 31 Hauz Khas Village, (Ground and 1st Floor)
New Delhi, India 110016
Tel: +91 9717888945, +91 9717888940
Price: meal for two costs 1500/- (inclusive of alcohol).