In a nutshell:
Legendary mumbai restaurant that retains its old world feel , a great place to hang out, catch up, but food is average to good – nowhere near wow.
Address & other details: Leopold Cafe & Bar
Meal for 2: 500 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.
Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
This is the same cafe which fell prey to the infamous 26/11 attacks of mumbai. They have chosen to retain the broken glasses and the bullet marks since then.
The facade of the restaurant is hardly visible from the main road due to the covered dark walkway in front. However the signboard is as visible as it can get. In fact it’s a landmark. They still have retained the decades old cola ad on the signage that is now turned retro.
The facade of the restaurant is interesting. It has Windows from where the passerby gets a glimpse of the people sitting inside. There is a small bakery takeaway counter in a niche.
Inside the cafe it is a different world – as if one is transferred to a different era.
Coloured tiles, small wooden furniture, framed pictures all over, large mirrors, beautiful coloured glass with bird figures, a long open bar and more….
Amazing place to catch up with friends and chill.
I guess once in a while it’s even good to sit alone, read a book while sipping on a cuppa coffee and soaking in the atmosphere.
While the waiters give menu cards, the menu is written on the table as well, below the glass. The menu card was just a list of names and did not gave any descriptions.
The guy serving us was good. At times we were challenged in locating him as he was doing too many tables.
Food was average to good with exception of a Keema dish.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Chicken sandwich – it had a very good n crisp outer layer that was tasty by itself due to use of Amul butter while grilling. The filling was intense shredded chicken.
However the quality of chicken used was not good – it was over refrigerated for beyond permissible limit. Looked like kitchen boys do not use FIFO principle. Result was that chicken had a mild ‘old smell’. Rate the bread part of the sandwich 4/5 and filling 0/5. Overall rating averages out to 2/5.
Chicken omelet sounded interesting. So we ordered the same. What came was an omelet made from boring poultry eggs with chicken who was playing hide and seek with us. It remained in ‘hide’ mode for most of the time and we cud not ‘seek’ the chicken. It was an ordinary omelet served with a sprinkling of chicken which did not make its presence felt. Rate it 2/5.
Keema Pav was the face saver of the day. It was very intense, flavourful , rustic and robust. It had flavours of spices and meat equally. The amount of fat was perfect – not too much, not too less. The mince quality was good – was not like the useless machine minced type. It was better than the ones at cafe Mondegar and Olympia. Rate it 4.5/5.
Buff burger was good. The bread was an ordinary sesame bun.
The patty was soft inside and kind of crisp outside. The taste was ok but not great. The meat had been made into a paste and did not have any texture. Rate it 3/5.
Akuri was pretty good except the fact that it had very little salt. The usual juiciness of Akuri was missing and so was the intensity. The Akuri at cafe Mondegar was way better. Rate it 2.75/5.
Overall rating of cafe Leopold averages out to 3/5
I wud revisit only to catch up with people but unlikely to go just to eat.