With four beers on their menu, The White Owl is back on my list of bars to visit around Lower Parel. It took them a while to obtain their licence but I’m glad that their beautiful brewery is up and running. The bar offers a sampler (90 ml) so you can decide which beer you’d like. Then you can move on to the big boy glasses with their 330 ml and 500 ml pours. . I checked out the place to try their beers and also tried their beer and food pairing menu. The menu has a selection of small plates, each paired perfectly with the beers. You can either take the pair (food and recommended beer) for a good price or simply pick whatever looks good on the menu and pay a la carte. We chose the former.
The four beers on tap are devoid of any artificial flavours, preservatives. My friend and I tried each of the beers and sampled a dish that pairs well with it. The Diablo, Irish Red Ale (Rs. 95 / 245 / 375) has a beautiful caramel, roast flavour with just the right amount of bitterness. We started off with this beer and tried the recommended Fresh Baked Pretzels with the House Pale Ale Dip. The mini pretzels looked as good as they tasted and werewonderfully warm. The Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Quiche with grilled leek, spinach, red onions and a sweet balsamic reduction looked big enough to fill us up. Plus with the salad it came with really completed the dish. My friend enjoyed the Torpedo, American Pale Ale (Rs. 125 / 325 / 495) because of the citrus flavours and strong bitterness. Now I do enjoy some hoppiness in my beers but somehow while eating I prefer lighter flavoured beers. The Orange Chilli Duck Baskets in a filo pastry basket and maple glaze struck a perfect balance between hot and sweet, going really well with the beer.
On another visit, we tried the Shadow, an English Porter (Rs. 125 / 325 / 495) has the typical chocolate flavour with a stronger roast-y flavour. We ordered this with Chef’s Chipotle Chilli which came with some brown rice and sour cream. Good price! Halcyon, German Hefeweizen (Rs. 115 / 285 / 435), was my favourite of the lot with the banana-clove flavours and refreshing taste. It reminded me of the one you get at Doolally. With this beer we had the crunchy Salt & Pepper Squid which was served with a little salad and tartar sauce. The squid was so fresh that we didn’t even require any sauce.
The menu is a good way for people to learn about the beers and have some deliciously paired food while at it. I’m really looking forward to any other paired menus they come up with in the future.