Villa Vandre (Shop 1, May Flower, New Kantwadi Road, Off Perry Cross Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West)


In a nutshell:
A tiny yet very beautiful restaurant run by a chef couple that serves awesome food made with a lot of passion.

villa vandre
villa vandre

Address & other details:  Villa Vandre

Meal for 2: 750 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & non vegetarian

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receipt - proof of payment
receipt – proof of payment

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 restaurant is run by a couple – We got to know that the gentleman is East Indian. East Indian – In case u think he is from Orissa, Bengal or Assam, u r mistaken…

a view from outside the restaurant
a view from outside the restaurant

‘East Indian’ is a community in Mumbai who were the original inhabitants of the 7 islands of Mumbai & were the first to convert to Christianity long before the ‘city’ of Mumbai was gifted to the British as Dowry by the Portuguese.

nice read
nice read

They speak Marathi, eat a cuisine that is unique & is a closely knit community. They also have an Anthem – click here to listen: Anthem

inside the restaurant
inside the restaurant

East Indian food – Quote unquote from East Indian website – ‘East Indian Dishes are mainly served with either boiled rice or with aps (bhakri). Rice is at times presented in a variety of preparations called pullaos or arros. For feastive occasions this is substitued by fugyas, wadds, polias, chatiaps and sannas.

on the wall
on the wall

In curries, Bombay Duck or Bobil is a great favourite.Khudi, Moile, Sambarin, Fritath, Temprath, Gizad, Tambrinath, Sak-Sak, Tirfuri, Kald, Baffath, Indal, Salpatel, and others have their own distinctive tastes.’ Find recipes of East Indian food here: Recipes

interiors
interiors

The menu card has quite a few East Indian & Parsi food in addition to dishes from different parts of the world that the Chef learnt during his stints in different countries.

inside the restaurant
inside the restaurant

The restaurant is tiny but it is made very tastefully. Hats off to the person who designed this place.

inside the restaurant
inside the restaurant

There is usually a waiting outside in the evenings & lunch times. So b sure to go early if u do not want to wait much.

sorpotel
sorpotel

Food was outstanding. We went on Christmas evening & hence got to NJOY the Christmas menu.

pie withe creme anglaise
pie with creme anglaise

Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading.

For drink we had Tropical Blush – It was a Guava based drink that was thick & had a very good balance of salt, sweetness & sour. It was refreshing. Rate it 4/5

Tropical Blush
Tropical Blush

We also had Citrus cooler – It was an Orange based drink that was thin.It too had a very good balance of salt, sweetness & sour. It was tangy & refreshing. Rate it 4/5

Citrus cooler
Citrus cooler

We tried Mutton Khudi – It is an East Indian mutton curry. It was hot & had a grainy, thick gravy full of flavours, It was so good that we drank the gravy till the last drop. Meat was super soft and yumm to taste. Rate it 4.5/5

Mutton Khudi
Mutton Khudi

Next dish we had was Sorpotel (East Indian style). It was brilliant. It was hot, tangy and full of flavours of good meat and spices. Textures varied in different bites based on proportion of fat and meat that was going in the mouth. Again too good a dish and we polished it off till the last drop Rate it 4.75/5

Sorpotel
Sorpotel

Prawn curry had scraped coconut in it. The prawns were excellent, fresh, flavorful & soft. Loved the gravy that had incorporated the flavors of prawns , coconut & spices.

Prawn curry
Prawn curry

The most interesting part was teh presence of okra. Rate it 4.5/5

Prawn curry
Prawn curry

We also tried Festive roast chicken – This Roasted chicken was one of the best I have had recently, not just because of the chicken but the full dish. It was a full meal & had fries, sautéed veggies, roasted chicken & sautéed offal.

Festive roast chicken
Festive roast chicken

The roast chicken was very good – juicy, YUMM. The outer layer was crisp & enjoyable. Rate it 4/5

Festive roast chicken
Festive roast chicken

The offal was outstanding – every bite wud come up with different taste & texture depending on what landed on the tastebuds. Rate it 4.5/5

offal
offal

Overall rating of this dish averages out to 4.25/5

chicken roast
chicken roast

For dessert we tried X mas pie with creme anglaise. The creme anglaise was thinner than it shud have been & thus failed to make an impact.

X mas pie with creme anglaise
X mas pie with creme anglaise

The pie was outstanding. It had a crisp yet moist outer layer & an outstanding filling. Rate the sauce 2.5/5 & the pie 4.5/5. Average 3.5/5

X mas pie with creme anglaise
X mas pie with creme anglaise

Overall rating of food at Villa Vandre averages out to 4.2/5. Look forward to revisiting.

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