Food Review: Melange, Andheri (W) (New Link Road, next to CitiMall)

Good breakfast is the key to a good day. A strong believer of this theory, I, went to the newly opened Melange to review their breakfast and had a very happy day indeed.

The space next to Citimall in Andheri (W) earlier dominated by diners like Salt ‘n’ Pepper and Ginger Marie has now been taken over by dessert and breakfast places like Bru World Café and The Chocolate Room. With Melange opening here, this area is surely going to attract people who love their breakfasts king size.

Like most of the adjacent eateries, Melange too has an outdoor and air conditioned seating. Despite the heat we decided to sit in the open air section and couldn’t stop wondering how lovely this place would be in the monsoons.

There are separate menus for breakfast, tapas and mains and beverages. The beverage one is extensive and has a whole range of shakes, coolers, smoothies, and hot coffees. We quickly ordered a lemon n mint mojito and an oreo shake before focusing on the breakfast menu.  The mojito was refreshing with a mild chilli aftertaste, exactly what we needed on a hot day like this, while the Oreo shake was not cold enough and was a little too sweet.

Moving on from drinks we ordered a Melange special breakfast which includes eggs, toasts, avocado, and baked tomatoes. On our request, we were served a wild omelette instead of scrambled, poached or fried eggs. A generous portion of omelette topped with spinach and mushrooms came with four thick slices of bread, baked in house, an avocado and two plump tomatoes. All we missed on this plate was bacon but being an eggetarian place you shouldn’t expect it or maybe they change their mind…maybe.

Next on our list was the breakfast burger with hash browns and onion marmalade.  The burger was stuffed with cucumber, tomatoes and a couple of hash browns, topped with onion and tomato sauce and was heavy enough to make me skip my lunch. The bread to our surprise was toasted which reminded me of the burgers I used to eat in my school days. If you’ve grown up in a small town and aren’t used to the mass produced burger, you’ll know what I am talking about. The rocket, served on the side, was tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing and added a distinct freshness to the dish.

After downing a fat omelette and a big burger, as we were planning to call for the cheque we spotted green apple crème brulee in the menu and couldn’t help but order it. The dessert came with almond biscotti, fresh cream, and green apple chutney and alone is worth a trip to Andheri. That’s not all they have, there are cheesecakes, chocolate mousse, and pancakes too, waiting to be eaten.

Stuffed with a hearty breakfast we decided to move out but not before asking for the owner who we hear is a very sweet guy. Sadly he wasn’t in. Never mind, we are definitely going back for a chat with him…and yes, for those pancakes too.

Kharcha: Rs. 600 + taxes for two

On the burp scale: 4/5

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