Archive | August, 2010

Delicious pasta in a little known cafe

13 Aug

Chembur being where I first began my food explorations in the bustling city of Mumbai, I had to write my first blog entry about this little known but fabulous cafe in the same suburb. Housed in the hotel ‘Jewel of Chembur’, this cafe is one of those kind of places where you will keep coming again and again. This place is called ‘Le Cafe‘.

I first visited this place sometime in June 2006 and have been a regular ever since. I had not realized this before but every time I visit a new place, there is always a mental scorecard (very much like the food critics), which keeps rating the place on aspects like food, service, ambiance and value for money. Le cafe scores an ace on most of these criteria.

Food: The menu of Le Cafe is a delightful mix of European, Middle eastern and American cuisine. So while the bacon and eggs is the kind you see pictures of, the stroganoff  is one of the best that you will find in Mumbai. Some stuff that you must try at Le Cafe- Stroganoff,  la vollaille a la creme, BLT bagel sandwich, poulet de chef (now off the menu but available on request), their coffee (mocha tease if you like dessert coffees), the tiramisu. The list is endless.

What is even better is that along with great food one can also enjoy some chilled beer or wine. I am not a great fan of  all of their cocktails but the mojito is quite refreshing.

Ambiance: Le Cafe is characterized by a clean, no nonsense decor. You will find interesting work of art by some upcoming artists adorning the other wise clean cream colored walls of the cafe. The plain glass walls on one side of the cafe give you a view of the busy chembur street below while you enjoy your hot coffee. This being a relatively small place (about eight tables), one is spared of the noise and cackle which is otherwise associated with larger restaurants.

As students, we used to come here to de-stress from our assignments or exams (which was the most obvious excuse ever to gorge on their food), sometimes even to work. Later this became a favorite haunt to catch up with old buddies. Today- its a place we love.

Service: The food served in Le cafe is prepared in the hotel’s common kitchen. It is only the coffee which is prepared in the cafe. That could be one of the reasons for their relatively slow service. But the wait is always worth it! The service otherwise is unobtrusive. They let you have your meal in peace and do not keep buzzing around your table till the time you settle the bill or even immediately after!

Value for Money: I wont put Le Cafe in the category of ‘a place where you can go anytime you want some good food’ (which in my case is ALL the time!). This is more of an indulgence hang out.  An average meal for two here will cost you around Rs. 900. A meal for two with drinks can go up to Rs. 1500 to 1800 depending on what you order.

Best time to visit Le Cafe is for a brunch over the weekend. It ‘s no fun going here when you have limited time. ‘Cause this cafe is all about lazy, peaceful, no hustle and at the same time gorgeous, sinful, delicious meals!

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