Lunch At The Attic Steakhouse @ Marine Drive

Today Anil, Madhu and I were supposed to meet up for a long lunch as Madhu is leaving for Qatar in a couple of days. We wanted to have a little farewell lunch for him and spend a few hours hanging out as it won’t be possible to do anymore until he comes back on vacation, which is whenever. And who knows what could happen in the meantime so I was really looking forward to the lunch today. Unfortunately, Madhu’s dad fell ill and had to be taken to the hospital and hence we couldn’t all meet up.¬† Now as this happened just 10 minutes before we were to leave for the meet up, Anil & I decided that we would still meet at Coffee Beanz and then head to lunch or get a couple of beers somewhere.

I left my apartment at around 1pm and went to Reliance Web World at Marine Drive to cancel my Netconnect+ connection which I had taken up last July. In hindsight it was a mistake to have taken up that connection but at the time it seemed like a good idea. Due to a mess up with their customer care call center, I still had the damn thing active even though I called in a request to cancel the damn thing. Anyways, I first went there to hand in a cancellation request after taking a copy of my id proof and a passport sized photo. Once that was done I met up with Anil for lemonades on this hot, sunny afternoon as we discussed where we would go for lunch. My cousin had brought up the suggestion of a place called the Attic and since I wanted to try it out, I convinced Anil to go there.

The Attic is a small steakhouse directly above the Ela restaurant and in fact both are owned by the same people. While the Ela is more of a family restaurant with traditional style dishes, the Attic is more hip & Western. We found the place to be quite and cozy but a bit dusty at the windows (we sat near the windows) even though the view looking out at the main roads below is worth it. Nice tables, chairs and tulip style glasses. We got our menus and after browsing through them, Anil settled for a chicken steak while I selected the fish & chips.

I must tell you that I found the food a bit too pricey but boy of boy were they delicious. Both Anil & I loved our food. His chicken steak came with sizzling gravy, veggies & a large mashed potato while my fish was succulent & delicious but a bit small. I had a cup of mayo and another of chopped up onions and I had French fries version of chips. Everything was delicious. At first as we took our first bites Anil & I stopped to dissect the dishes and offer opinions but soon we stopped talking and concentrated on munching the food down. He was quite happy with our decision as initially he wasn’t so sure of the place and had wanted to get a beer as well (The Attic doesn’t have a liquor license) and it took some convincing from my side for him to come here. He managed to say good choice in between bites.

That being said it would have been the perfect place for some chilled beer which would have gone down excellently with the food we had. That was a shame. Anyhow once we finished out food, not feeling bogged down with spices and stuff, we still ordered fruit salads with ice cream. Very nice meal and a bit costly for regular outings but we might go there once in a while for a change of pace and to have some good solid steaks. The pic above is Anil’s chicken steak and below is my fish & chips. Finger licking good.

Dear ICICI

Dear ICICI Bank

During the days between the 22nd of December 2011 & 7th of January, I have withdrawn money from ATMs that are not owned / installed by you. I’ve taken the money out from ATMs of the State Bank of India and I think from a Federal Bank ATM as well. Each time I received an extra SMS from you which informed me that I had withdrawn money from a non-ICICI bank ATM and that ICICI has many ATMS in the city, state, nation blah blah blah!

Thank you for that information. Well I don’t have an ICICI right next to my apartment; I have an SBI ATM within 2 minutes of walking distance. But both times I withdrew cash from the SBI ATM was while I had left the office where I had been for interviews. There in the very next building was an SBI ATM and I needed cash urgently and I withdrew it. Same as yesterday; I was out shopping for some stuff and looking everywhere for an ATM and I found an SBI ATM near the cafe I was going to go to right after my purchases. Had they been all ICICI ATMs I would have gladly gone in but no they weren’t :(

Please try to setup a few more ATMs near me and the places I usually go to and I promise to never step into another bank’s ATM again. Honest. Call me or email me for my address and the place I usually go to.

Warm regards

Roshan

Cowboys & Aliens

What you get when you replace the Red Indians or Native Americans as the villains in a cowboy western movie with aliens. And the villains are super strong, highly advanced, nasty as hell and totally out of this world. Cowboys & Aliens is a Jon Favreau directed movie starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. Based on a 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the plot revolves around a man who has amnesia after the effects of being captured by hostile aliens and has to help save the town with the help of a motley crew gang led by a rich cattleman & an alien traveler who has taken human form.

Produced by Brian Grazer,¬†Ron Howard, Kurtzman, Lindelof, Orci, and Rosenberg, with¬†Steven Spielberg¬†serving as¬†executive producer the movie does a good job of creating that isolated frontier appeal that most western movies served for us but falls short of being a truly memorable outing.¬† The alien villains, although fascinating in their at first seemingly almost super strong physique and quick movements, are once again one-dimensional in their quest for all the gold on earth and seemingly without any emotion and almost robotic as is the case of most of the new alien-invasion movies of late. I’m not sure I like this trend; it leaves no room for character development amongst te villains and hence they are not memorable as are the movies.

Anyways, I do like the film and Favreau’s attempt to bring the novel to life on the big screen.

  • Daniel Craig plays Jake Lonergan, an outlaw who was captured by the aliens along with his lover and several others. He was the only one who escaped while being experimented on and lost his memory. Jake managed to get his hands on on a gauntlet, a powerful weapon that the aliens use but his lover, played by Abigail Spencer, is killed just before he escapes. He comes to the town and although initially hostile towards him he leads the men to fight the aliens and save their town and perhaps the Earth.
  • Harrison Ford plays Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde, a rich & influential cattleman. He has a moronic & useless son and runs his business with an iron hand. As his son is abducted by the aliens, he brings his posse along with Jake to find their hideout and free his son.
  • Olivia Wilde plays the mysterious alien who has taken up human form. She reveals herself to be an alien who traveled to Earth to help resist the invaders after they destroyed her homeworld and tells them that the aliens are after the gold which they covet. She knows how to destroy the alien’s motheship, which is mostly buried underground and will help the humans to fight them off. She is killed in the explosion she sets off to destroy the alien ship.
  • Adam Beach plays Nat Colorado a native American who is the right hand man of Dolaryde and treats him like a father. Dolarhyde is deeply affected when Nat is killed while fighting the aliens.
  • Sam Rockwell plays Doc who owns & runs the local bar. He joins the group as his wife is abducted by the aliens.

The movie also stars Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown & Ana de la Reguera as well as Raoul Trujillo as the chief of the Indian tribe. I thought most of the cast did bang up jobs in their respective roles but the movie still falls short overall. I’d give it a 7 outta 10!