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We often underestimate the strength of small eateries. This is a small cafe located off Chowpatty, serving Mexican, Thai, Oriental and Burmese food. The decor is pretty decent but it is very well maintained. It serves pure vegetarian food and there is a strong reason behind it. The owner does not believe in hurting the religious sentiments of anyone when it comes to food, thus he kept the meat away. His attempt of amalgamating the concept of QSR and fine dine has somewhat been successful. It is a self service place joint with certain dishes usually served only at a fine dine. The variety, for a QSR, is huge and it is always packed, because of the scarcity of space.
MANGO MOCKTAIL (INR 120)
The first mocktail that arrived was a mango flavored one. It was a milk based mocktail and was really viscous. The sweetness was in moderation, neither too sweet nor bland. It had pineapple juice too, but the mango flavor was definitely more dominating. The drink was garnished with loads of chopped cashewnuts. The only problem was probably the size of the straw. The pieces of cashewnut were not coming up easily and were getting left out at the bottom . But in the end, it was a very scrummy mocktail.
TENDER BERRY (INR 110)
The second mocktail of the evening was a bright pink colored one. It had strawberry as its main ingredient which was accompanied by orange juice. This drink was really diluted and after having the mango mocktail, I did not enjoy this. The strawberry flavor definitely overpowered the sourness of the orange. Overall it was a passable drink.
CRACKLING SPINACH WITH PANEER (INR 180)
The paneer pieces were moderate in size. The spinach had the perfect crackle. It was not sweet in taste like the one I have tried at other places. It was loaded with sesame seeds and by loaded I mean, flooded. This made it a bit bitter at times. The sauce in which the paneer was cooked was tasty but for some reason I found the paneer to be a bit hard.
NACHOS SUPREMO (INR 200)
Tortilla chips were drenched in a yummy yellow cheese sauce. The cheese was thick and the color sort of reminded me of the Bombay Blue nachos. Served with sour cream and salsa on each side, Mexican beans were loaded on the centre section. The Mexican beans were light-toned and good in taste. The sour cream was more runny that usual. The tortilla chips remained crisp even after a lot of time. The only thing that I disliked was the garnish of diced red, yellow and green bell peppers.
TACQUITOS (INR 150)
Usually tacquitos are rolled tacos. But this dish contained six medium sized tortilla chips which were given the form of cones. The filling included the tomato salsa, Mexican beans, grated cabbage and sour cream. The cones were crisp and tasty. It was definitely an interesting way to eat the tacquitos. This dish was undoubtedly not presented well but it was indeed an invigorating start to our meal.
MEXICAN MEX-WICH (INR 170)
A crispy burrito was given a total makeover. The stuffing included fresh tomato salsa, Mexican beans, pieces of soft paneer and gooey white cheese. The sour cream was drizzled on top and the entire mex-wich was soaked in their yellow cheese sauce. It is an innovative appetizer and cheese lovers would definitely appreciate it.
GREEN THAI CURRY WITH STEAMED RICE (INR 235)
As soon as the dish arrived, it spread the aroma like wild fire. The fragrance was enough to convince us to eat it. The fresh green color was visually exhilarating. Cauliflower, babycorn, zucchini, broccoli, bell peppers and basil were present in the curry. The vegetables had the perfect crispness and every bite made us eat another one. Overall it was really heavy because of the coconut milk used. The steamed rice had long grains and was garnished with basil leaves.
CHOCOLATE ROLLS WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM (INR 150)
A bite of this and I was reminded of the typical Indian-Chinese spring rolls that we used to get before these fine dines popped up. The rolls were crisp and loaded with thick gooey chocolate. As soon as I used the spoon through the rolls, the chocolate oozed out. Three huge spring rolls were served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. It was not something out of the world, but surely something that I loved ending my meal with.
This place is small but really well maintained. The huge variety that they offer is worth an appreciation. The pricing is also very pocket friendly and the staff is very polite and courteous.
PUBLISHED BY AKSHAY LALCHANDANI