Most restaurants open and shut while failing to make any impression. There are some restaurants that manage to get it right and Woodside Inn is one of them. This tiny English Pub themed bar in Colaba became such a success with their beers and well crafted menus that they soon opened their second and much larger outlet in Andheri. It is not a surprise to find that despite it being double the size, it is just as packed as its older sibling.
Folks like to visit Woodside Inn for various reasons. The imported beer, the locally brewed ones, the quirky ambience, the amazing playlist, the hearty breakfast or even those thin crust delicious pizzas. Despite having their own favourites, every single patron will agree that one of the biggest draws to their respective outlets is the amazing selection of burgers they have on their menu. They are so popular that the restaurant has launched a very successful property which is their annual Beer and Burger Festival held every July for an entire month. This year marks their 9th year and once again they are showcasing different beers from around the world and pairing them up with similar burgers. So for example, you can order a beer from Japan and eat a Japanese inspired burger as well. There is no compulsion to stick to the same burgers and you are free to mix them up, so German beer with an English inspired burger works just as well.
These guys get super creative and in the past they have had ramen noodle burgers, black burgers and even pancake burgers (which are my very favoruite). Innovation is the one constant factor with this particular festival and every year they aspire to bring about newer dishes and test out global trends. While the focus of the menu does lean more towards the meats, let us not leave out the vegetarians. They have a few options for them each year and over the years they have gotten more creative with their vegetarian burgers and have strayed away from the regular over done vegetable and potato or paneer patties.
This year the choice of burgers is quite unusual from what they have done before. There is a pork belly burger and even a Bohri style spicy raan burger. The vegetarian options sound far more innovative with a vegan inspired jackfruit burger and even a burrata burger.
What makes it more elusive is that post the festival, neither the beer nor the burgers are available on their regular menu. So if you are in the mood for different tastes and flavours then this is perfect for you. The festival is from 12th July - 15th August 2016 and is available at both their outlets.>
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.