2 Reviews / 2 Ratings
b! Review: Black Gold Café @ Hill Road
Shraddha Motipara went to check out the newly opened Black Gold Café at Hill Road and came out with a full belly but a half empty wallet.
Bandra has no dearth of good cafes. So, when one more cropped up in this area already brimming with cafes, we wondered how it would work.
The first thing that strikes you as you walk into Black Gold Cafes is the vibrant al fresco area dotted with multicoloured plastic chairs and marble-like tables. Walk inside into the cafe area and you have a change of scene with the checker-board floor and the tea cup shaped wooden chairs. Add to this, tables with kitschy Bombay pictures and the decor is decidedly different from what youre used to seeing around the city.
The lounge occupies a separate space with miss matched red-blue-green and gold sofas and crimson velvet drapes. While the lounge is yet to receive its liquor license, we hope they rework the rather brassy- looking interiors.
We ordered from the big black menu board hanging over the counter, like most other coffee shops. A printed version of the menu is expected to be on their tables soon.
Though not very extensive, the food menu offers a mix of pizzas, tarts, bruschetta, muffins and you can even choose your own sandwich filling. Salivating is free, but we recommend holding back as you watch the chef prepare one right in front of you.
We began with the Chicken tart (Rs 169). Five small tartlets filled with a creamy mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, bell peppers and black olives are served infused with a generous pinch of black pepper. Topped with melted, stringy cheese, one bite and these crisp tartlets melt and crumble in your mouth leaving a rather nice after taste of the peppery cheese. However, you could skip the small helping of radish, bell peppers and carrot salad. Served as an accompaniment, it could do with a drizzle of dressing and some seasoning.
We think that once you get your basics right, you can always strive to better your product. Prompted by that reasoning, we tried the classic Pizza Margherita (Rs 129). The flat 8-inch pizza base was perfectly crisp. They seemed to have learnt the art of baking just right. We could taste the oregano and fresh basil flavours in the tomato sauce. The mozzarella wasnt too chewy and the neatly placed fresh basil leaves coupled with an olive oil glaze made it look really mouth-watering. P.S: We loved the small spoon-shaped dish in which they served the ketchup.
It was well past noon, and nowhere close to breakfast time, but their Coffee muffin (Rs 89) proved too tempting to resist. The moist muffin had just the right amount of coffee and wasnt too sweet or bitter. Wed happily pick these up for breakfast again, if they were a tad cheaper.
We wanted to bring our meal here to a fitting end with the Black Gold Affogato (Rs 129). For a dessert that came highly recommended by the sweet, helpful manager this one left us disappointed. Melted vanilla ice cream served around a scoop the same ice cream is served in a margarita glass. A tiny milk jug filled with espresso accompanies the dessert and we had fun pouring the piping hot espresso over the ice cream. The result: a tepid mush that wasnt impressive at all. We nibbled on the few bits of coffee muffin lying on our plate and rounded off this meal on a good note.
Weve often been told that the basic application of maths solves most problems. Heres our suggestion for Black GoldCafe subtract a little from your prices and add a little variety to the menu. We reckon this should equal in speedy sales and a whole lot of happy customers.
Must try: Chicken Tart
Average meal for two: Rs 700 + taxes (without alcohol)
Great place to hang out!
A brand new café in Bandra, barely a month old, already had some bad reviews. I just had to try it and find out for myself. And so I did!
Food- So as of now they dont have a menu but it comprises of coffees, shakes, fizzes, sandwiches, desserts, etc. My friend and I had gone in the afternoon right after a heavy lunch so we decided to have something to drink. I had a Brownie shake which was too sweet but delicious nonetheless. The Brownie in it made it awesome and probably the best brownie shake Ive ever had! My friend decided to have an Iced Expresso which was too bitter for my liking but my friend loved it! After hanging out for some time, I decided to call for a Chilli cheese toast which was basically 4 slices of garlic bread with cheese, bell peppers and chilli on top. I liked it and the presentation too. The little rose made of tomato skin was super cute! The sandwiches are made as per choice, similar to the subway concept. Ill probably try one of those next time.
Ambience- The name Black Gold basically came from the ancient idea of black coffee so before you start thinking what a lame-ass name for a café, its deeper than you thought ok! Located at Hill Road Bandra west near the Bandra Police station, Black Gold is a café cum lounge. The good part is that the café has an outdoor section too which is where we sat. Both the café and lounge have checkered flooring (indoors). The chairs inside look like teacups which is cute! Otherwise the furniture is simple. I love the centerpiece candles on the tables outside; very pretty but they dont go too well with the look of the cafe outside unfortunately. The lounge area in the day sounds very weird to me. They should let it be a normal café in the day atleast without the gaudy lighting or do something better with that space. I think the décor overall is mismatched and needs reworking. Also, the bathroom has one red light which is a complete turn off!
Service- The waiters seem slightly clueless about whats available and suggested we go inside and place the order but luckily we had Elaine (the manager perhaps) who helped us out. Theyre probably new to it but I guess with time thatll improve. Also, there will be parking issues so make sure your vehicle is parked in the right place, in fact, double check that with them. My friends bike got towed just 5 minutes after entering Black Gold Café.
Prices- The pricing is moderate. The Iced Expresso was for Rs. 89, Brownie Shake for Rs. 131, Chilli Cheese Toast for Rs. 89. So with taxes the bill came up to Rs.363 which is normal.
Verdict- There are a few things that can be worked on apart from which Black Gold café is a great place to unwind with your friends, some coffee and good food. Go try!
Great addition to the coffee club in bandra!!!
heavy rains which took us to this new place near bandra police station!! Something very unxpected to find amazing ambience which matched their quality of coffee and sandwiches!! I tried their black gold affogato which was too good, ferraro frappe which my friend ordered was also good!! they serve 'make your own sandwiches' which i found very interesting, their management is very sweet to help you through it!! this place i discovered also have a lounge and you can also enjoy your coffee in the passage area with the rains!! this prime area of bandra needed a place like this!! :D!!
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