Cafe at Kitab Khana: An Affogato With Your Vada Pav?
Learning makes you hungry, doesn’t it? We found it very apt that this old school bookstore at Flora Fountain, with high ceilings and wooden flooring had a cafe in it! Grab some fodder for the mind and some for the muscle. Having usually been to browse through their selection of books or to attend a reading, this time we ended up at Kitab Khana cafe Food For Thought, in the hunt for coffee and a snack. Yes, we will admit it. We did not have the patience or the passion to wait to get a seat at Starbucks. One of our group of three suggested Kitab Khana and we heard her say something that sounded like Bhel Puri sandwich. We had to see it to believe it so we traipsed along and were shortly attended by a distinguished gentleman in a pony tail and seated at the only available table. Glancing at the menu, we saw that it was entirely vegetarian and had a variety of options including sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza and dessert. We opted for a Bhel Puri sandwich, a Vada Pav sandwich (which we were told was actually healthy – very little oil and no gram flour) and a veggie Maggi. You may wonder why we picked Maggi but it’s always interesting to see what twist a cafe puts on our favourite childhood meal. My friends got a coffee and a cutting chai and I decided to try the affogato.
The cappuccino was the first to arrive. My friend did not enjoy it much as he found it too milky but we loved the cinnamon cookies that accompanied it. Both the Bhel Puri and the Vada Pav sandwiches were delicious. I’d highly recommend it to any foodie. I had never tried to imagine what Bhel puri sandwiched between toasts would taste like and surprising enough, it was pretty darn good! The Maggi was just okay – cooked with capsicum, but nothing interesting, so even if you may want to relive your childhood days, do it elsewhere. The cutting chai was just right with the sandwiches and lastly, the affogato (ice cream in a shot of hot espresso) was a perfect way to end the meal.
Since we had entered at about 5 pm, which is around peak cafe-going hours, the cafe was packed the entire time we were there and as we left, thanking our host for an extra complimentary plate of cinnamon cookies, we saw a few relieved patrons ready to be seated.
A meal for two with coffee would be about Rs. 400 to Rs. 500.
Address: Food For Thought, inside Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, 45/47 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Flora Fountain, Fort, Mumbai
Contact: 022 22844242