Restaurant Review: Le Cafe at Ghatkopar
Sink into the booming, black comfortable upholstery at Le Café amidst yellow ochre wooden furnishing, and all you’ll think is, how easy it is to zone out the world here. Relaxed and radiant, Le Café is sparsely done with bare walls. Independent of quirks, décor and wall art, Le Café exudes poised confidence with subtle music and well yet un-interfering lighting.
As its tagline suggests, Le Café has three main priorities. Food, wine and art. Since they were yet to receive their liquor license, wine is something we had to do without. The art part of the story, although a fascinating concept, is still shrouded in mystery. But it is safe to say that there is something coming up for Instagram and pop art lovers soon!
Now for the food part. Being ushered in by the smiling manager had us looking forward to a complete five-course meal there. We started off with the Roasted Tomato Basil Soup. Rich and luscious in colour and texture, the piping hot soup laid to rest our hardships of the day. While the crunchy pepper sprinkled on top we absolutely loved, the imbalance of the flavour, we couldn’t help but notice. The basil flavour was as absent from the soup, as was the tanginess of the roasted tomato overwhelming. While the soup didn’t taste ‘off’ in any way, we would have loved slightly stronger undercurrents of basil.
Next up on our target list was the Mesclun Greens Salad, the deliciousness of which still lingers on our palate. A vegetarian salad, it starred lettuce, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrots, mushrooms and marinated olives in a yummy Dill Mayo dressing. Accompanied with 2 portions of garlic bread, the salad was creamy, tangy and delish.
After salads, came the turn of the appetizers. Crispy Fried Potato Skin was exactly that. It is a slightly more exotic form of the aaloo bhajjiyas that we eat off the street, making it perfect for the monsoons. They were crispy and filling, though a little too oily for our liking. Of course, the absolutely scrumptious garlicky tartar sauce more than made up for it.
The Chicken Olivetti was our second appetizer, which won our hearts because of so many things. Firstly, the presentation was spot on. Secondly, the balsamic drizzle tasted like efforts had been put in to make it this tasty. The chicken rolls were filled with a delicious stuffing. While the chicken was cooked to perfection, its juicy taste had been preserved, which heightened the experience for us.
For the main course, we called for the Veggie Calzone Pizza as wood-fired pizzas are their speciality. A host of different veggies, all in a tango of flavours and fragrances took us by surprise. Although delicious, our only complaint was that because the pizza was too hot and heavy, we had a tough time saving our veggies from falling off while eating it. Worth mentioning are the mushrooms that shone their way through the others.
For our favourite part of the meal, the dessert, we called for the Chocolate Mud Pie that was ‘oh-so-exotically’ drizzled with Caramel Sauce. This gave it a glaze as well as a tasteful break from all the delicious chocolate, making us very happy people.
A meal for two at Le Cafe should cost you between Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,000 (sans alcohol). High ceilinged with an open kitchen, Le Café apart from the food spreads happiness and cheer through its many initiatives. They know exactly what is going to make their patrons happy and they use it to their advantage. One such thing is free-wifi! (Yes, you read that right!)
Address: G 42, Phase 2, Ground Floor, R City Mall, LBS Marg, Ghatkopar (W)
Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Contact No.: 022 40159999