Review – Lunch at Cafe Mondegar – Colaba

Cafe Mondegar, Colaba, Mumbai

Cafe Mondegar, Colaba, Mumbai

This weekend I had a chance to visit the most iconic places to eat in SOBO, aka. South Bombay. For all the purists, its Mumbai now! Thanks to the Eastern Freeway which has made reaching the “town” a cakewalk now, we managed to sneak out for a lunch on a Sunday afternoon. We wanted to eat a proper lunch in any of the restaurants at Kala Ghoda area but as we were planning a late lunch (after 3 pm), so most of the joints were closed. Disappointed, we decided to visit Café Mondegar to get a quick bite. Café Mondegar is more popular for its elaborate breakfast menu. But, given that most of the places we wanted to go were either booked or closed, we quickly parked our car at the circle next to Regal movie Theatre and headed straight to Cafe Mondegar.

Café Mondegar is located where the popular shopping street Colaba Causeway starts. You will find lots of shops selling jewellery, clothing, gift items and other tit-bits on the footpath. Fortunately, when we reached, we immediately got a seat. The café also has a vintage juke box and the décor is very retro. Smart one liners, catchy phrases and caricature adorns its walls. These happen to be cartoonist Mario Miranda’s best works. There is a small room adjoining the main seating area called The Innside Story. May be apt for small gatherings. The cafe was brimming with people even at 3:30 pm and we saw many pouring in during the course of our stay.  You cannot eat there without being knocked off by people moving in and out of their seats. They also sell souvenirs like mugs, dish, etc. People love to come here as they can sit for hours listening to good music and savoring beer or coffee without any hindrance. The Café serves, Indian, Chinese, Continental and Tandoori dishes.

inside Cafe Mondegar

inside Cafe Mondegar

We were extremely hungry after a satisfactory shopping spree, therefore, without wasting a minute we placed our order. OH ordered for some wine and I ordered a refreshing lemon ice-tea. For a starter we ordered for chicken in ginger garlic which was undoubtedly the best that afternoon. The portion size was small so in no time the dish was over. We had also placed an order for Minute Steak and Pollo Mexicana (chicken, mushroom, pepper stew made with white sauce and black pepper served on a bed of rice) which was served promptly.  The steak is always well-done. They don’t ask for your preference till you specify it yourself. I must say that the waiting staff at Café Mondegar is prompt. Our food was served in no time. The first look wasn’t that appealing. Presentation and beauty has been almost ignored in this joint because it has established its reputation of serving good food since long and is always full of visitors. Taste was good, no doubts. Though, the accompanying vegies and fries are just for namesake and are almost towards the burnt side.

Food at Cafe Mondegar

Food at Cafe Mondegar

If you are not ordering hard liquor or wine, a meal for two will easily cost between Rs 1000 – 1500. My verdict – go for ambience and food. It’s not value for money. But eating a meal in a vintage and iconic restaurant comes for a price. Isn’t it?

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