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
Pali Naka, Bandra West
Landmark: Next to Candies
Phone: +9196199 62969
Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and The Cuckoo Cafe at @toocuckoo
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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!
Venue: Coffee Culture
Hill Road, Bandra West
Landmark: Opposite Mamagoto
Phone: +9122 6134 4915
Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Coffee Culture at @coffeeculturein
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter
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
Landmark: Opposite Hawaiin Shack
Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Farmer’s Cafe at @farmerscafemumbai
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter
Everytime there’s a new cafe in the city, we are the first ones to drop by and try it. It was no different with Poetry, a newly opened cafe by the guys behind dessert chain, Love & Cheesecake.
We went there on a rainy weekday evening and we were delighted with the cute little space with an abstract feel to it, justifies the name, Poetry. One side of the cafe had an enticing line up of desserts while the other side had a few tables to accomodate the customers.
We started with trying the Hot Chocolate. Extremely fascinating, the Nutella Hot Chocolate was. A chocolate ball in an empty glass and milk is poured over, these little gimmicks, we love ’em! The Hot Chocolate was not very dense and a good portion for one! We also tried the Nutella Layered Cheesecake and it was no surprise that we love it!
The interested part was that they give you the bill inside a book, a poetry book! How thoughtful! This one we’re sure is here to stay and is an absolute delight to visit.
If you too are of the thought that tea is an art, thou ought to try Tea Trails. With over 50 varieties of teas to choose from we were definitely spoilt for choice at this newest BKC tea lounge. Kavita Mathur, the owner of Tea Trails got us on the fun trail to enjoy some of the best teas from around the world. Tea trails offers an array of international blends along with some teatime essential snacks and is not heavy on the pocket too. Our tea tasting expedite comprised of about 6 to 7 varieties of teas, most of which were quite impressive.
The hits: The Green Chamomile Tea (Rs 95) was a hit, it had to be brewed for about 1-2 minutes and was served in a tray with two cups, a delicious Palmier, an hourglass and a little card which mentioned the resting time of the tea. We then chose one from the flavoured black, the Blueberry Mist (Rs.95) with an ideal resting time of about 3-4 minutes but we love our black teas a bit strong so we allowed it to rest for another 2 minutes and it was perfect. This one had a beautiful aroma and a delicate aftertaste of blueberries. Next up was our favourite, the Turkish Apple Tea (Rs.95) from the Tisane tea choices. It had a strong aroma of apple and cinnamon and flavorful bits of apple . Did we forget to tell you that this was the best tea that we tasted at Tea Trails? In the cold teas, The Taiwanese Mango Bubble Tea (Rs.110) with tapioca balls made us feel like kids with the bubbles bursting in our mouth on every big sip.
The tea was accompanied with some tea infused cookies which tasted ordinary and we’d give it a miss on our next visit. The Burmese Salad infused with green tea was tangy and crunchy topped with peanuts, a good accompaniment.
The Kullad Special (Rs.70) didn’t quite live up to our expectations and the Chocolate Chai (Rs.60) which could have been a tad chocolat-y. The Lemon and Mint Ice Tea (Rs.80) looked extremely appealing but lacked the mint flavor that would have made it perfect. When asked about this we were told that they ran out of mint leaves as they were almost nearing closing time. We would definitely try it once more to see if it actually has the mint punch. Although, we loved the cheese straws which was served with the Kullad Special and Chocolate Chai.
We feel Tea Trails has a satisfactory choice for the tea lovers. And they can certainly work on the food menu which could have some fun and interesting choices. Their service was a little slow, although we hope it was just a teething issue. Their prices vary across all three outlets, BKC, Thane and Malad. They also soon plan to sell packaged teas.
We will definitely come back here for the Turkish Apple and the Mango Bubble tea and probably to try out some more teas on their menu.
We were lucky enough to get invited by food critic Rashmi Uday Singh to join her for a review at the new casual diner, Eddie’s Bistro. We began by chit chatting and discussing the Twitterverse, and ordered most of the items on the menu. Beautifully plated and lovely looking dishes arrived in no time. Here’s a low down on what we ate, what we liked and what we’re going to skip on our next visit.
We started our meal with the drinks! Fresh Strawberry Iced Tea, which was a good change from the regular packaged or syrup based iced teas, the Sangria was good too, although not the best we’ve had and last but not the least the Rosemary Spritzers was absolutely delightful.
Coming to the food, some dishes you must try are: Miniature Lamb Burgers – juicy, succulent and delicious, House Spice Rub Chicken – Flavourful chicken cooked to perfection, Unbeetable Burger – A gorgeous burger with a beetroot and cottage cheese patty, Cottage Cheese Block – the best looking dish served on a bed of Mushroom ragout.
The dishes you should skip: Mac n Cheese Bites and the Polenta Fries. Also the Grilled Prawns are inconvenient to eat because of their shell, so if you are a lazy eater, skip this one.
The desserts at Eddie’s are mind blowing. If we could, we would have had all of them, but we would definitely recommend the Panna Cotta, the Hazelnut Torte and the Baked Chocolate! Slurp.
Overall, Eddie’s Bistro is a great place for a casual meal especially for all those who love Burgers and desserts. Eddie’s gets full points for its presentation and service. We’re definitely coming back here.
Everytime you think that Bandra has everything you ever wanted, something new pops up and pleasantly surprises you.
Birdsong Cafe, the latest addition to the coffee shops is located in a secret lane, off the noisy, bustling, shoppers paradise – Hill Road. The location of the cafe is its biggest advantage, considering the fact that it makes for a perfect spot to enjoy a book over a cup of coffee , tea or one of their health juices.
What makes the cafe more interesting is the fact that the food served here is completely organic. Even their brownies and cookies are a healthier option. We tried the yogurt salad, the lemon ginger juice and the carrot beet juice. The juices were as healthy as they could get but we wished the glasses were bigger. The yogurt salad was delicious and definitely worth a try.
We did want to try one of the brownies but they looked dry and we weren’t sure if it was a good idea, Maybe next time, cause we’re sure coming back here!
Venue: The Birdsong Cafe
Waroda Road, Off Hill Road, Bandra West
Landmark: Behind American Express Bakery
Phone: 26422323, 26423939
The Birdsong Cafe at @TheBirdsongCafe
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid
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