Going Solo

While branded restaurants from popular and well-marketed chains are making their mark in the area, we do have some standalone joints that are doing a great job as well. I did the rounds of Goregaon east and picked out a couple of impressive ones. Each is my choice for a different reason. Do read on and give these places a try. If you already have, let me know how far you agree with me!

Cooling Tower Café and Bar – For mini meals

IMG_20160726_215351Roosting within the Nirlon premises, Cooling Tower Café (or CTC as it is popularly called) is an easy resto-bar option. The seating is ample, the menu is interesting and the bartenders do a fairly good job. Balancing Indian, Asian and Continental options, the portions in both starters and main courses won’t disappoint you. And neither does the pricing. The mini meals are a real USP. We tried the Herb Fish in Hollandaise and the Vilayti sabzi meal and were quite happy with our choice.

Perfect for a Friday night out, after drinks and starters, the mini meal works just right for both belly and bill.

Upside: Affordable option for dinner and drinks with friends or colleagues

Downside: Closed on Sundays

This & That Café – For that local café need

ea28f39d7dcb8dfc0f60255d7fc8d030Warm, friendly and freshly stocked. What more do you need from your local   café? Located just by Oberoi Mall and very recently opened, This & That Café serves small meal combos, burgers, rolls, sandwiches, beverages, cookies and cakes. The staff is eager and helpful with your selection, which can take a while considering the attractive array of goodies. We tried a Chicken Lollipop (well made), a Lemon iced tea (machine-made), a Smoked Cottage Cheese and Cilantro sandwich (tasty filling but too much bread) and a Pure Chocolate pastry (nice!).

The ambience and décor makes you want to hang around a while here. There is limited seating but you could get some place if you step in in the afternoon for a break with a colleague.

Upside: Sandwiches are offered in a variety of breads.

Downside: The coffee and tea is vending machine-made, not custom-made.

  • Hot Box – For really good Lebanese food

shawarmaHot Box is a very basic, no-frills joint. Inside the Royal Palms premises, this place is about six months old. It offers a very good Lebanese menu, perhaps the only one in this area. The chicken shawarma (priced at ₹100) was quite good. The chicken was spiced well and the whole shawarma was a rather generously proportioned one. Chinese meal options are also available at Hot Box. If you live within Royal Palms, then a Shawarma takeaway or home delivery from Hot Box should be your next trial.

Upside: The wide variety of Shawarma

Downside: Only delivers within Royal Palms

Bindass Binge – For customised cakes

3Floral_Wedding_1431086816Oddly named but surely doing some good business! Offering formidable competition to popular branded cake shops, Bindass Binge is a go-to for a special cake for any occasion. Their customised cakes are well-crafted and taste as good as they look. One isn’t left disappointed with one’s orders for themed party cakes. Everything made here is purely vegetarian, by the way.

Bindass Binge also has some savouries, breads and some fast-food meal options. There are a couple of tables added to seat three or four groups of people.

Upside: It’s a totally eggless kitchen and bakery

Downside:  The bakery section is not always well-stocked.

Note: All food reviews were done anonymously and paid for by GHP.

Images (other than the first in this post) have been sourced from the internet


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