Category Archives: Restaurant Review

Review: The Cuckoo Cafe, Bandra

We have a new favourite cafe in Bandra! The Cuckoo Cafe is the perfect example of a hidden gem.

It’s located right next to the oh-so-famous Candies and Pali Naka and is extremely difficult to spot (in a way glad). It’s a creative little cafe cum co-working space with a little performance area on the ground level. The cafe and coworking space is on the first floor.
The cafe is open air and the menu is limited. The have a great range of smoothies and sandwiches and sort of an old world charm! We tried the Grilled Chicken Sandwich which came in multigrain bread with grilled herb chicken, caramalized onions and cheddar cheese. So delicious! We also tried the house special The Cuckoo Club Sandwich which was a giant sized club sandwich with roast chicken, mayonnaise, bacon, fried egg and cheese.
From the drinks, we had the Berry, Banana, Muesli smoothie which is a perfect drink for the health conscious, super filling and tasted great too. And a fresh orange juice, yes, they have fresh juices too.
Overall, if you’re looking to read, work or just grab a quick bite over coffee or a smoothie, this one is a great option. This is definitely becoming my go-to place.

Venue:  The Cuckoo Cafe

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Pali Naka, Bandra West

Landmark: Next to Candies

Phone: +9196199 62969

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Review: Nara Thai, BKC

After a long wait and a million recommendations, we finally decided to visit the newest kid on the block, Nara. Brought down to Mumbai all the way from Bangkok, this one comes from the same family as Yauatcha, KA Hospitality. The word “Nara” comes from the Sanskrit language meaning ‘Thai woman’. You can see a glimpse of that in the decor, feminine and classy!

The outdoor section is a dimly lit casual dining space while indoors is bright and more formal. The menu is not too vast but everything looked delightful. A special mention to the service, from the reservation over the phone to the table service, everything was smooth.

For the drinks, the bartender made us a whiskey sour, on request and we picked the Lakhon, a wine based cocktail with Martini Bianco, Green Apple Juice and Passion Fruit from their signature cocktail menu. Potent and fruity, we absolutely loved the Lakhon was truly ‘lakhon mein ek’!

From the food, we tried the Som Tum Salad – the classic Thai salad which was fresh and juicy, a little more spice would’ve been great though. Next up was the Gai Tord Samunprai – Crispy Fried Chicken with Thai Herbs, loved the flavour of the Thai herbs. In the mains, we had the Phad Thai with Chicken and Massaman Curry with Steam Rice. Both the dishes were full of flavour, especially the curry. Coming back for this.

For the desserts, we tried the Nara Coconut Ice Cream with Condiments. This one is a must try. The ice cream is creamy and tastes home made and the colourful condiments take you back to the streets of Thailand!

Overall, if you’re looking for a no frills meal, with no fancy stunts and just a great meal, Nara is a good option. They can definitely polish up their presentation skills, but all in all, for Thai food, this one is a winner!

Venue:  Nara

Bandra Kurla Complex

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Landmark: Below Yauatcha

Phone: +9122 6137 8080

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Review: London Taxi, Lower Parel

With all the new places in Kamala Mills, London Taxi comes across as a pleasant surprise. We were here for lunch and must say, the food and presentation is quite impressive.

The interiors are colourful with a long bar on one end, high tables in the centre and comfortable seating on the other end. From the drinks, we called for the Dirty Truffle Martini and the Mimosa. The martini was extremely potent and not for the weak hearted and the Mimosa was a perfect lunch drink!
From the Soups, we absolutely loved the Truffle Scented Dark Chocolate and Cauliflower Soup. It was unusual but at the same time quite easy on the palate. The Watermelon and Feta Salad was next on our table and it came with olives, crotons, feta and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic reduction, refreshing and delicious.
From the mains, we’d totally recommend the Chicken Ramen – a tangy chicken broth with noodles, chicken and a whole lot of veggies and the Spicy Chicken Flatbread – Olives, Peppers and Chicken topped on a cheesy flat bread.
The highlight of our meal was the desserts!
Salted Dark Chocolate and Whiskey Mousse, the Mascarporne and Raspberry Sorbet, the Banana and Toffee Parfait, all were spectacular, in taste and presentation! Definitely going back here for the desserts.
Overall, if you’re looking to grab a great meal alongwith some potent drinks at Lower Parel, London Taxi is a great option.

Venue:  London Taxi

Kamala Mills, Lower Parel

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Landmark: Near Farzi Cafe

Phone: +9177100 82222

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Review: Jamjar Diner, Bandra

After a sucessful outpost in Andheri, Jamjar Diner has opened in Bandra replacing Moshe’s on Hill Road. It is quite missable if you are not sure of the location as the entrance is tiny and it’s located on the first floor.

Let us start with the positives first, the ambiance is really tastefully done. There is a jukebox right at the entrance and the interiors are bright and colourful. There are tiny things that caught our eye like the plants around, the little knick knacks that were placed in the walls and the bar area! Unfortunately our excitement was short lived. As we entered, we were made to wait for a good 15 minutes as the waiter said there was no table for 2 available. There were 4 tables empty and it was 7 PM but he refused to give us those as they were bigger tables (Tables for 4). We asked him to shift us onto a table for two once it gets empty but he still bluntly refused and asked us to wait. Not too soon, but we got the table after a brief argument with him (we waited for a table for 2).

Once we were seated, we went through the menu. Quite an extensive menu, we ordered for the following: the Chargrilled Chicken Skewers, Peri Peri Fries and the Burnt Garlic Alfredo Pasta. Our order took really long, again, the service was super slow.
The Chargrilled Chicken Skewers were overcooked and hence chewy. The Peri Peri Fries were fine and came with a dip. The Burnt Garlic Alfredo Pasta was great although the garlic flavour was hardly there, not too different from a regular Alfredo pasta.

The portion sizes were decent for two and the pricing was great but the overall quality of food didn’t seem impressive. They really need to work on their food consistency and train their staff to treat customers better!

Venue:  Jamjar Diner

Hill Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Near Mamagoto

Phone: +9122 2635 8880

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Review: Coffee Culture

In a place like Bandra, we can never have ‘just enough’ coffee shops. The more, the merrier, is what we believe.

Replacing Basilico, this newbie is not so new afterall. They have outlets in Surat, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Vapi, Kadodara, Bardoli and now Mumbai. It’s amazing to see how cafes are taking an effort to do up their interiors and gone are the days where all you got in a coffee shop was a display of cold food and a table to keep it on.

Coffee Culture, located on Hill Road, is chirpy and colourful. When we entered, on a weekday evening, we were quite surprised to see that there was no place to sit, inside or outside. After a wait of ten minutes, we were given a table. Since it was too loud inside (constant chattering and no music), we asked to be shifted outside, which definitely had a better vibe.

We ordered for the Chicken Pizza Wich and Culture Addiction Cold Coffee. The Pizza Wich – a grilled sandwich with cheese and chicken as the filling, was average. The filling could have been better and definitely more cheese! The Culture Addiction was listed under the Dessert Cold Coffee section and was rich, creamy with a hint of hazelnut and was topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It was great, definitely coming back for this one. The menu is so vast that it’s going to take us many visits to try out more stuff on it and we are looking forward to it. The service lacked promptness, hopefully only a teething issue and since it was packed to the t, we can excuse them.

Overall, Coffee Culture is a wonderful addition to the coffee scene and it makes us happy that they have a range of food options. Going back there soon!

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Venue:  Coffee Culture

Hill Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Opposite Mamagoto

Phone: +9122 6134 4915

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Review: Farmer’s Cafe, Bandra

Every time there is a new restaurant in Bandra worth visiting, we do a little happy dance!

The newest entrant on our list of favourites is Farmer’s Cafe. A hidden gem, we heard a lot about this place since the time it opened so finally we decided to pay a visit. We aren’t a fan of the keto, vegan and other diets/fads, but even then, it was interesting to see their menu had a host of options to suit everyone following these diets as well as for those who just want to eat healthy.

The place is located in the same lane as Ayaz, Between Breads et all but can easily be missed as it’s a hole in the wall. There are couple of tables inside as well as outside and a pretty great menu. The vibe of the place is quite cozy and warm and so is the service.

We ordered for the Chicken Burger, which was served with Coleslaw and their House Sauce. The burger patty was grilled and the buns were multigrain. Inspite of this, the burger tasted as good as an unhealthy one. *winks* Next we had the Aglio E Olio which came with mushrooms, olives, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and bell peppers and was topped with parmesan shavings. This was delicious as well and the portion was good for one.


A vegan friend who accompanied us called for the Farmer’s Vegetarian Meal which looked mind blowing. It came with Roasted Vegetables, Tofu cooked in their homemade sauce, brown rice and salad. This meal was vegan and gluten free. She absolutely loved it and was quite satisfied as it was a complete meal! Going to definitely try the non vegetarian version of it on our next visit.

In the beverages, we tried the Cucumber Coriander Chaas which was more like a slush but quite refreshing and delicious. And the cold coffee with soy milk (vegan again) which was quite nice too. They don’t serve processed sugar and if you need a sweetener, you can request them to give you some jaggery.

Overall, the meal was absolutely delightful and we’re waiting to go back here to try the remaining options from the menu! Kudos to the team 🙂

Venue:  Farmer’s Cafe

16th Road, Bandra West

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Landmark: Opposite Hawaiin Shack

Phone: +9175060 15930

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Review: Entisi Chocolatier

Entisi the newest Chocolate Store in Santacruz West, claims to infuse their passion and expertise in crafting the finest chocolates with rich, creamy textures and a divine feeling. They have a range of Chocolates from Bon Bons, Bars, Dragees, Single Origins and Cubes. Priced on the higher end, these chocolates are apt for gifting purposes or for a pampering treat for yourself.

We loved a couple of flavours that we tried which included the centre filled Raspberry – Chocolate and raspberry ganache encased in dark chocolate, Kesar Pista which was a perfect replacement for your Indian Mithai – saffron, cardamom and homemade authentic pistachio paste in creamy white chocolate shell and the Coffee which was made with real coffee beans infused overnight to get a powerful coffee flavoured ganache in dark chocolate.

The Dragees were quite delicious too but addictive as well, we couldn’t stop at one and had a few too many.

The founder Nikki Thakker was kind enough to share her story behind the brand and her passion for Chocolate making. It’s great to know that the market for fine chocolates is growing by the day in Mumbai.

Venue: Entisi Chocolatier,  Santacruz (W)

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Phone:
 +91 80805 54554

Landmark: Near Vero Moda

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