14.11.13

Zen Moment at a Plush Vegetarian Cafe in Mumbai



Zen Cafe Mumbai: cafe space that is center of creativity & urban respite


Paneer Kathi Roll


Yummy Mediterano Pizza


Pizza Margherita

 Tomato & Mozzarella Panini


Latte

Among the many things that I did while on this hiatus was finally visiting the {relatively} new vegetarian cafe doubled as a restaurant aka Zen Cafe. Now its an irony when you're unable to visit a place that's just two blocks away from your regular weekend hangout for five full months. Never mind.

On a Saturday, after visiting Address Home at Raghuvanshi Mills (love this place for their Home Decor) for revving up my room with bright cushions and delirious with hunger I finally decided to visit Zen Cafe for an early dinner.

Located at the mezzanine level of a furniture store, the cafe is surprisingly spacious (one thing that is pure luxury in Mumbai is space and it's always a delight to visit a place like this) with chic accents (beige comfi sofas). Just as the name suggests, Zen Cafe is not the kind of place to go with a rowdy crowd, or when you want to have loud, political debates. Go to Zen Cafe with a loved one or two that you can share some quiet moments, easy chats or have a tete-e-tete. The place inspires calm, meaningful meetings {or chat} and copious amounts of food and drinks (Ohhh I mean the likes of tea, coffee, shakes). I can imagine coming to this place to unwind and calm down after a long day of work, just sit down, have a coffee, nibble some yummy food by myself or some good company.

The name Zen Cafe will trick you into believing that it has oriental cuisine [that was my initial assumption when I read its name on the hoardings] but its actually Italian and Mexican. A good selection of food for a cafe with decent options in the beverages section. Everything on the food menu is designed to share and the food comes in concise portions.

Hunger struck, we first ordered some drinks - a latte, Zen Smartini (rooibos tea shaken with hazelnut) and nutella shake. I was excited to try the smartini but could not relate to the drink as it had the strong aroma of a tea {the hot tea kinda notes in an iced tea, not too welcoming} with the hazelnut flavour lost somewhere. The nutella shake was yummy and filling; rare guilty pleasure when you are allowed some pampering with all that chocolate.

We started the meal with Paneer Kathi Roll that looked like paneer and some vegetables rolled in a chapati. It was surprisingly yum, with a distinct pickle flavour that added a nice flavour and taste to the roll without being spicy.

We tried the grilled veg Quesadilla next, that again was a lookalike of the kathi roll; cheese and veggies stuffed in a flour tortilla that gave it a chapati vibe. Somewhat lackluster, nothing much to talk about. This was followed by Pizza Mediterano - thin crust with sundried tomatoes {my fav}, olives and capers and the classic Margherita. I loved the  taste, flavour and crust of Mediterano. However Margherita, which is my favourite go to pizza, was a disappointment, the pizza lacked in salt and was rather bad.

A Tomato and Mozzarella Panini soon arrived and looked tempting. The bread of the panini was so soft that it melted in your mouth, and the sandwich had pesto sauce in addition to the tomato and mozzarella, which was a nice surprise. The portion was good enough to fill up an adult with a delectable taste.

To cleanse our palate and add a sweet touch we ordered Apple Cinnamon cake, which was an absolute delight. I ordered it with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream and the combination tasted heaven.

I will not bore you with minute details of every item that was ordered, but my absolute favourite was the Pizza Mediterano, kathi rolls and the Apple Cinnamon Cake.


Loft Tshirt, Diesel Jeans, Charles & Keith Shoes, Love Moschino Bag

I'd love to come back to Zen Cafe with my book and spend an afternoon all on my own, sipping some tea, biting on the yummy pizza when I'd feel peckish, watching the calm and quiet {smiling at the people around}, going back to what I was reading and finish the day with a content feeling inside.

Zen Cafe
KSL House, Raghuvanshi Mills
(near Phoenix Mills)
Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel
Mumbai
Open 11am-10pm (11pm on weekends)


11 comments:

  1. You had a very great time, yeah it looks so cozy to spend the time there :)) plus love the simple style of you !

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  2. Food diaries are always the best. Makes me want to get outta my desk and eat something.

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  3. Looks really relaxing with comforting food too! Your black and white outfit is packed with style!
    K
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  4. Thank you Style Destino for sharing your Zen moments :)

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  5. Looks like such a nice place...which area is this in?
    Also, love your shoes & bag! :)

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  6. On top of posting such yummy pics of food, you write and describe the food in such a drool worthy manner.. how are people supposed to resist? I just had lunch and am hungry again..imagine! :D

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  7. I am so hungry after reading this post.
    Jokes apart, love the way you describe the Food.

    Love,
    Nikita
    http://pen-twister.blogspot.in/

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  8. wow!
    i'll try to drop by this weekend, looks great! thx for sharing ;)
    have a lovely day!
    S

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  9. These food look so good! It's making me salivate already even I've just had dinner =D

    P.S. Hey, if you have some time, do drop by and give support to join our giveaway. We're giving out an iPad Air to a lucky winner for Christmas. You could be the lucky one too =)

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