Review: The Pantry

Sunday brunch is the one meal of the week that I look forward to. Wake up late, get out and grab some yummy food and then return home to enjoy some guilt-free lazing – a movie, a book and perhaps a stroll in the evening (if I feel like getting out of bed!). This weekend we decided to try out The Pantry, a newly opened restaurant in Kala Ghoda. Situated right next to Trishna, the place resembles a quaint French patisserie with its frontage all cream with pretty awnings. Ah! A place with character perhaps? No wonder it decided to reside in Kala Ghoda. We were not disappointed as we entered and took in the decor. Pastel colours complimented the high ceiling and a lively ambience. Right in front was the self-service counter and on our left, a few high tables, one facing the window. We grabbed a regular table for two and glanced through the menu.

A family at the table next to us was inquiring about some waffles or pancakes. Nope, not on the menu, said the server but offered some healthy wheat pancakes, which the family declined. No waffles or French toast? Don’t worry. This is no cause for alarm, as the menu had plenty of other options to choose from. We decided to go for two vegetarian quiches – The Golden Triangle (Pondicherry Lofabu cheese and spinach) and the Potato Cream Pie (with Parsley and Onions). Served on light green wooden platters, accompanied by salsa sauce and a delicious mustard dip, which we couldn’t get enough of, we loved both the dishes. They were amazingly light, crisp and fresh. Next came the salad Marguerite’s Mix.  The combination of the gorgonzola cheese worked very well with the arugula leaves and pieces of fig and almond. We really liked the dressing as well. For drinks, we decided to go for the Vitamin Boosts – a banana fig shake, which was heavenly, and a pomegranate and sweet lime juice, which my colleague would have preferred had it been sweeter.

We decided to split a cauliflower and nutmeg soup and the Spring Feast sandwich. The sandwich (pickled zucchini, squash with spring onion pesto and Pondicherry Lofabu cheese) was delicious, a great mix of ingredients. The cauliflower soup was average and we found it lacking flavour.

Finally we decided to spoil ourselves a bit and try the chocolate chip cookie. We requested for it to be heated and we definitely did not regret this last bit of indulgence. Freshly baked, it was thin, crisp and yummy! Their menu had promised us fresh food and we were delighted to see that they really did follow through. Definitely recommend for a relaxed brunch or to pick up something from their self-service counter if you are rushing to work but craving a wholesome and tasty breakfast. We left feeling full but light and energetic. Now back to Sunday mode and being lazy again!

A meal for two would cost between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1,200.

Address: Yeshwant Chambers, Ground Floor, Military Square Lane, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Contact number: 022 22678901

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