Food Review: Terttulia, Mumbai
Whether you live in Pune or are a regular to the city, there’s no way you’d have missed a meal at the wonderful Terttulia. And now Mumbaiites have the luxury of sampling their legendary Pizza Terttulia-aah! and Aphrodite Panini in their backyard, as the European-style restaurant has opened in Shivaji Park last week. We were one of the lucky ones to be able to get a sneak preview—and here’s our experience.
The Décor and Ambience
The interiors of Terttulia
In keeping with the Pune flagship’s relaxed vibe, Terttulia Mumbai is hip and laid-back, with wooden tables, chalk-adorned walls and an array of knick-knacks including quirky teapots, chai glasses, flower pots and lights hanging from ropes. Owner Imrun Sethi wants to position it as Terttulia Pune’s more slick and grown-up cousin, which he succeeds in doing for the most part. There’s also a bar where patrons can have the restaurant’s deliciously fruity sangrias and a separate area for a private party.
In a city where European bistro-style cafes have been springing with alarming regularity, Terttulia will have to count on its loyal patronage to stand apart from the clutter. Although the mains are the highlight of the menu, special mention must be made of sides such as the Mushroom Ragout (Rs 200), Stir-Fried Broccoli and dips such as Mushroom Pâté (Rs 295) and Olive Tapenade (Rs 315). In contrast, the potatoes could have done with some more seasoning.
Pizza Terttulia-aah! & Bacon and Parmesan Wrapped Dates With Creme Fraiche
While we enjoyed the sides, what we were really looking forward to were the mains—and they didn’t disappoint! The Ravioli With Caramelised Onions In Brown Butter Sauce (Rs 545+taxes) was outstanding, the saltiness of the butter perfectly complementing the sweet onions. But our favourite was the Aphrodite Panini (Rs 325), where spinach, feta, artichoke hearts and walnuts came together deliciously. The meal was washed down with Terttulia’s signature sangrias (Rs 385 per glass), something that we had really missed in Mumbai.
Crème Brûlée Cheesecake
We’re not ones with a strong sweet tooth, so the dessert section was the least exciting for us—but boy, were we glad we agreed to try the Crème Brûlée Cheesecake (Rs 255), a mouth-watering combination of crunchy crème brûlée and indulgent cheesecake. If you must have one dessert, it’s gotta be this!
The Overall Experience
A short way away from the food hubs of Bandra and Lower Parel, Terttulia might find it hard to get ahold of the lunch crowd, but we predict it will be a hit for dinner and Sunday brunches. We’d definitely recommend a visit here for the competitively priced food and vast menu (which includes breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, pastas and desserts).
Address: Ground Floor, Hotel Parkway, Near Natural Ice Cream, Ranade Road Extension, Shivaji Park, Dadar (W)
Timings: Daily, from noon to 1.30am
Contact: 022 6002 0202
A meal for two with alcohol costs approximately Rs 1,800 and without alcohol, Rs 1,400