For past few days, we’ve been scrolling through Pooja Dhingra’s (of Le 15 Patisserie fame) Instagram timeline to get the glimpse of her new café in Colaba. Dhingra has brought in her Le Cordon Bleu classmate chef Pablo Naranjo Agular to head the kitchen. Designed by The Bus Ride Design Studio (who’ve also designed the Bombay Canteen and Tilt All Day among others), the Parisian interiors are colourful and flowery with huge windows letting in enough sunlight. The upholstery has been designed by fashion designer Masaba Gupta; we loved the bright pink and blue cushions.
The launch menu is limited with a few salads, sandwiches, waffles and plated desserts, but we hear that more dishes will be added soon. We landed there at 11am on the opening day and were greeted by Dhingra and Agular who took us through the menu and made suggestions. The Burrata (Rs 400) was our first pick. Lately, more restaurants are attempting this creamy fresh cheese and we’re glad to try it in different avatars; you know how much we loved the one with carrot marinara at One Street Over. Le 15 Cafe’s burrata came with tomato sauce – the hero of the dish – topped with almonds and basil and stuffed with pesto. The tang of the sauce and creamy cheese was a match made in food heaven.
The Poached Eggs With Tomato Sauce (Rs 325) were served on crunchy parmesan waffle; the tomato and basil jam was thick and sweet, and eggs with perfectly runny yolk. We ordered an Americano (Rs 100) and Chocolat Froid (Rs 190) – served both cold and warm. We’d suggest go for the latter and you’ll discover the best hot chocolate in Mumbai; rich, dark, comforting, coating your throat on its way down.
The Stuffed Gnocchi (Rs 370) comes as Dhingra’s personal recommendation and we were glad we ordered it. The delicate hand-rolled pasta had a filling of spinach, almonds, cheddar and mushrooms and was served in a white sauce, which despite being cheesy, was light. The gnocchi was topped with crisp curry leaves and caramelised garlic bits adding a deep flavour to the dish.
We wrapped-up our slow breakfast with Amelie (Rs 350) – milk cake soaked in more milk and served with raspberry coulis, pepper crumbs and mint. While the dessert felt a bit too sweet, we loved the raspberry and would’ve loved more of its tart flavour.
Despite being the first day, the service was brisk and the team was earnest to make a good impression. Did they succeed? Oh yes, with panache.
Must Try: Poached eggs with Tomato sauce on Parmesan Waffles, Chocolat Froid
Cost: Rs 1,735 + taxes including two drinks, three main dishes and a dessert
This review was conducted anonymously and originally published on Burrp!, February 2016