One thing for Everybody: Cafe Cubano serves Indian and worldwide favourites with blended outcomes


Written by Radhika Singh
| Mumbai |

March 15, 2016 1:16:37 pm

Cafe Cubano is neither a restaurant; nor Cuban. Head Chef Rakesh Talwar says that he appreciated the ring of the identify; it gave the impression of a spot the place individuals gathered and talked. The meals is a melange of Indian meals and outdated favourites introduced with a twist. As Talwar says, “There’s one thing for everybody.”

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We began with the drinks. The Cubano Basic Margharita is a straightforward cocktail and exhausting to get fallacious, and we weren’t dissatisfied. Alternatively, the Lengthy Island Ice Tea, which has about 5 – 6 totally different elements, is tougher to perfect- and Cafe Cubano must work on it. It was served in an fascinating, if barely treacherous trend, in what seemed like saline or blood luggage hanging from steel racks. The drink itself tasted flat and a tad too candy. The Mumbai Spice Mojito had cardamom, pepper and cinnamon and was very refreshing.

Within the “Chotey Bites” part, the Peri Peri Paneer Bites had been wonderful. The paneer was comfortable and melted in our mouths. For many who like a little bit of a kick, the restaurant’s Tandoori Wasabi Broccoli is price each chew — the flavour of wasabi is excellent. The “Chotey Bites” included a variety of rooster dishes. The Hen 65 and the Ghati Masala Hen Tikka had been failsafe crowd-pleasers however nothing distinctive.

Within the “Sliders” part, we tried the Vada Pav Sliders, which include a portion of fries. In a metropolis that has excessive requirements of vada pav, the sliders held up with their buttered sesame seed buns and spicy inexperienced chutney. The fries had been nicely cooked and seasoned completely.

For our predominant course, we selected the Dabba Bhaji, which was served in a steel pail, and the Angaara Hen. The bhaji was tasty, and the rooster gravy was wealthy, spicy, and flavorful. We had it with garlic naan and tandoori roti. The Dal Makhani was the one dish that we tried and didn’t like- it was surprisingly candy.

When trying to the deserts, we’d recommend steering away from the tiramisu, whose consistency moderately heavy, like custard. However the chocolate mousse, one other basic, was mild, scrumptious, and would make wonderful consolation meals. The icing on the cake, nonetheless, was the Banofee Glass. Sliced banana, crumble and whipped cream made it a easy desert, however its freshness was excellent after a heavy meal.

The restaurant’s decor was not memorable, however it was cosy sufficient. A observe of warning concerning the totally different branches. The Cafe Cubano department in Vile Parle has totally different food- although nonetheless no Cuban. It’s just a little extra “conservative” and household friendly- its menu contains sizzlers however not the sliders. However the Kemps Nook menu is so fashionable that Talwar is considering of replicating the identical for his Vile Parle department.

Cafe Cubano is situated on the bottom flooring, Habib Mansion, August Kranti Maidan, Kemps Nook, Mumbai

Meal for two: Rs 2000 (not together with drinks)

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