Kala Ghoda Cafe – Review

I have another restaurant review for you this week (after my lunch at this place yesterday). This cafe is tucked away in the by-lanes of the Kala Ghoda precinct in Mumbai and it’s quite easy to walk past it, if you don’t know where to look! Kala Ghoda Cafe is a quaint little cafe housed in a former barn and the high roof and skylights lend a bright, outdoorsy feel to the place. Here’s a map so that you can find your way.

Getting a table is difficult as there is limited seating; there are 5 tables, plus one on the mezzanine and 2 at the back, which is kind of a waiting area (no A/c). There is a quirky pink-handled cycle mounted on the mezzanine and if you cycle over to the cafe on Sundays, tea or coffee is on the house! The cafe also offers free Wi-Fi, except between 1230 and 1530.
My partner in crime was again my friend D and we managed to get the mezzanine table, with a bird’s eye view of the cafe and the street outside. Though it’s a tad difficult to catch the server’s eye from the perch... The menu is limited, but then again it’s a cafe, not a full-fledged restaurant. The breakfast items are available all day (except the combo offers). There is a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks and desserts, and of course organic teas and coffees. The cafe blends its own coffee beans and it’s just lovely to sit there and take in the wafting aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.

We started with Parsi Pora, which is a Parsi style spicy omelette. It was quite delicious, though the accompanying toasts were too hard and the butter seemed to be just out of the fridge; our server replaced them at our request.
Our next order was the Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Salad, with Sesame Soya Dressing. The dish looked beautiful when it arrived, but it was a bit under-dressed. So we called for some extra dressing, which instantly lifted the flavours.
For dessert we ordered the Carrot Cake with Orange Rind Cream, which was a winner hands down. A thick slice of warm cake with a dollop of citrusy cream = heaven! 
I have also tried their Ginger Cake with Cream earlier, which is quite delectable.

We ended with a Cappuccino for me and a small pot of Green Tea for D. The cappuccino came with a complimentary square of melt-in-the-mouth Callebaut fine Belgian Dark Chocolate. Full marks for that touch! Check out the complete menu herePricing is quite reasonable and includes taxes.
Overall, it was a lovely meal in a nice ambience, with great coffee and conversation. What more can you ask for on a dull, rainy day?! 

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