92 Reviews / 95 Ratings
Take a Bow Cafe Zoe!
We drop into this place and are in awe, considering the ambiance. The ambiance may not be out of the world or atypical, however, it is a place that puts across the ambiance in a very appealing way. The food is good too, the pricing a little steep though. On our visit there, a certain co-founder/owner Jeremy chatted with us. There are live gigs happening there too. The service is not very prompt though. Unlike other places, the waiting staff here needs to be intimated every time you need to talk to them or call for something.
The place falls into a category of those places where you would drop in with your friends for a get-together or to celebrate a special occasion.
A very elegant looking cafe, ideal for catching up with friends. The most striking part being the high ceilings and sun beams streaming through the open spaces, bathing the restaurant with light. The service can give you a headache, as the waiters are not on their toes and they need to up their act. We ordered for Assorted spiced nuts to go along with the drinks. The drinks came half an hour before the nuts could. By that time we were halfway through our drinks. We prayed devoutly that they don't take that much time for the appetizers to arrive and miraculously they arrived within 10 minutes of placing the order. Our order read like this - Smoked salmon salad and roast beef, mustard, and gherkins sandwich. We had a good time, sipping fine alcohol and tucking into good food. Only sore point being service.
Fabulous food and true value for money!
I went on a Sunday with family from and everybody from age 80 years to two years, had a fabulous lunch. The Yogurt Eggs, Ciabatta Sticks with Salmon Mousse and Eggs Benedict are a must try.
My husband and I visited again later in the week on a Wednesday night and had a blast. What a place!
Great place to have dinner and breakfast
As a single diner, I was seated at the bar. I usually prefer this, but their bar stools are not high enough and I spent my entire meal adjusting and readjusting myself to try and eat my meal comfortably. In between swatting flies that swarmed the bar. I started with a Fresh Black Grape Caipiroska (Rs. 450). Really well priced, but was sickly sweet and I couldn't taste the alcohol. I waited twenty minutes for the first of my bar snacks to arrive Roast Veg Arancini (Rs. 210) served with an unfortunate tomato sauce. I dare you to say it tastes of anything other than a tart gujju pizza sauce. The arancini on its own is nicely cheesy but under-salted; this is probably deliberate, given the way the tomato sauce assaults your taste buds. Many minutes later my other snack, Pulled Pork Brioche (Rs. 285), arrives. I did away with the cucumber slice it came with, wiped away the excess mustard that killed all other flavours and then went on to semi-enjoy this dish.
The best dish I ordered was the Truffle Capellini (Rs. 550). Exactly what it says on the menu. No fuss and all flavour.
Just when I was getting ready to forgive the flies & poor flavours, haphazard service and multiple requests for the Wi-Fi code going unanswered, it all came crashing down with the dessert. First they misplaced my order, then the Panna Cotta (Rs. 150) arrives and tastes of smelly custard, and then the Americano (Rs. 75) arrives in a smelly cup.
Spend 10 minutes here and it is plain as day why people flock to Café Zoe. The pretty ones film maker, ad guy turned hot actor turned activist turned actor, society food columnist, fashion store owner feel like they have come to a members-only private club; and the wannabe pretty ones well, they just wanna be part of this private club. Neither care about the average food, the abundant
Don't Go For The Food
There are some things I just dont get. I dont get the Indian mans obsession with adjusting his balls in public. I dont get the RJs on Bombay radio. And I just dont get restaurants that hide average food and poor service behind free Wi-Fi and cool interiors.
The last time I was in Bombay, the city was going gaga over celebrity spotting at Hakkasan, and Table remained non-five star restaurant of choice. This time round there was a new name I ran into everywhere. Cafe Zoe. Bombay waxed eloquent about how cool it is. How NYC the vibe is. How much they loved hanging out there. A really lovely girl, some expat, and the former chef of one of Bombays hottest restaurants have come together and the city was in love with a new restaurant all over again.
Instead of hiding its mill ancestry, Café Zoe celebrates it. Even though slightly reminiscent of the look that The Bowling Co. created 13 years ago, Café Zoes design is definitely cool. The furniture is simple, there is a decent bar against one wall and sofas against another. What I liked a lot about this restaurant was the tons of natural light that streams in through the skylights. Oh, and the loo is pretty cool too.
Im afraid that is all I really liked about Café Zoe.
As a single diner, I was seated at the bar. I usually prefer this, but their bar stools are not high enough and I spent my entire meal adjusting and readjusting myself to try and eat my meal comfortably. In between swatting flies that swarmed the bar. I started with a Fresh Black Grape Caipiroska (Rs. 450). Really well priced, but was sickly sweet and I couldnt taste the alcohol. I waited twenty minutes for the first of my bar snacks to arrive Roast Veg Arancini (Rs. 210) served with an unfortunate tomato sauce. I dare you to say it tastes of anything other than a tart gujju pizza sauce. The arancini on its own is nicely cheesy but under-salted; this is probably deliberate given the way the tomato sauce assaults your taste buds. Many minutes later my other snack, Pulled Pork Brioche (Rs. 285), arrives. I did away with the cucumber slice it came with, wiped away the excess mustard that killed all other flavours and then went on to semi-enjoy this dish.
The best dish I ordered was the Truffle Capellini (Rs. 550). Exactly what it says on the menu. No fuss and all flavour.
Just when I was getting ready to forgive the flies, poor flavours, haphazard service and multiple requests for the Wi-Fi code going unanswered, it all came crashing down with the dessert. First they misplaced my order, then the Panna Cotta (Rs. 150) arrives and tastes of smelly custard, and then the Americano (Rs. 75) arrives in a smelly cup.
Spend 10 minutes here and it is plain as day why people flock to Café Zoe. The pretty ones film maker, ad guy turned hot actor turned activist turned actor, society food columnist, fashion store owner feel like they have come to a members-only private club; and the wannabe pretty ones well, they just wanna be part of this private club. Neither care about the average food, the abundant flies, or the appalling service. All they care about is the vibe.
I go to restaurants for one of two reasons: great food, great service. Ideally both, but definitely one. Everything else is gravy. Everyone I knew used to want this too. When did this change? Why have (supposedly) fewer options given way to an acceptance of mediocrity? Does the mediocrity stop at our restaurants? When did Bombay go soft?
great plc to unwind
The exposed brick walls, high ceilings and open bar just add to the charm. The food and service are good but what would make me keep coming to Zoe is the relaxed charm about the place. For main's we got the chicken breast with mashed potatoes which were divine, salmon Wellington, which was perfect.Ordered a Veg sandwich, ravioli (cheese) and some mocktails.. The service was quick, food was tasty and drinks were nice
love the look and feel
I really like the atmosphere, during the day or night. High ceiling natural light and spacious in Mumbai, which is rare.
The waiters are helpful, but may take you for granted, talk loudly amongst each other etc.
The food is limited but really good, good breakfast menu too. The juices and the soups are really good. Decently priced, however no consideration for corporate discounts or office parties. Considering its in the middle of the office area!
Tucked away in the Todi Mill complex around other hotspots like Blue Frog, Cafe Zoe is a unique place.
The moment you enter you get a very warm, cozy and homely feel to it. The ambience has been amazingly done with random bicycles placed here and there. A wall is adorned with cook books and shelves with items you would find in your kitchen. Even the bathroom is amazingly done with mosaic tile flooring.
The breakfast menu was limited, especially for an eggless vegetarian like me but they had a normal selection of coffees.
I could only imagine how the place would transform every 12 hours from being a homely breakfast place to a homely party place every night.
Love the ambience
To be very honest, I visit this place for two reasons only.
1. The ambience is very European and the crowd very filtered which makes the place perfect for a drink or two.
2. Their menu card says they take their fries seriously and I love french fries.
Maybe a little expensive if you're looking for a place to get wasted at.
worst service experience ive faced yet
Let me start by saying my girlfriend and I have always been big fans of the place, we try and catch a meal once a fortnight at the least at café zoe.
We came in and were greeted by very polite waiters, we didnt have a reservation and we gladly waited by the bar until we got a table and called for a round of starters and drinks. We were given our table soon and it was much appreciated as we expected a slightly longer wait.
Heres where it went south:
We waited for a good 50 minutes before we realized theyve forgotten our order. I politely asked another server to check on the ladys order; she was genuinely starving. Told them I didn't mind waiting a bit for mine if thats what it took they were apologetic and we got her food served in the next 5-7 minutes. (57 minutes after getting to the table)
I was enjoying the conversation and I didnt realize how much longer it was taking for the burger I got up and inquired when my girl friend had literally two morsels of food left (easily over an hour and 10-15minutes)
The server who took my order was elsewhere and the attending server was convinced I ordered for something different and not the burger, I asked him to get me to talk to the person who took our order. When I did end up talking to the server who took the order and realized they had forgotten to place my order completely I was definitely let down, I was extrememly hungry but I didnt think it was the end of the world. Being a business owner and a top level manager I believe there is a need for feedback when the main management isnt around. I politely asked to get the bill and a feedback form and I told them I wouldnt be willing to wait till the chef made my burger in a rush. (I then called blue frog and ordered for ribs so I could have something as soon as possible) he apologized and told me there was no feedback form.
On a completely separate note, I always wanted to get in touch with the owners of café zoeand almost everytime I come In I get a visiting card so I can get in touch but I invariably end up forgetting to write. (we work with tea and we have excellent herbs that I help my friends/favourite restaurants source)
I had the card so while I waited for the cheque I began writing in a mail to the address mentioned on your visiting card when the server saw me writing this (I am not exxagerating by even 10% here) he went over to the bunch of the servers and started mocking us and laughed and made a joke about it. My girlfriend caught this and looked over there only to find out they were exeedingly amused by the minute while making it very apparent who the joke was on I cut the mail short and gave him my credit card I hate being insulted in such a manner and I asked the server that I didnt want to pay the service charge (it was 81 rs.. its the principle that counted here and I wanted to make a point). To increase my frustration this amused them even more!! If theres something that amuses them as a group, its polite to go into the kitchen and have a laugh if they have to! They laughed right at our faces and I have never ever felt more enraged. I went over and asked how dare they find it in themselves to insult and embarrass a paying customer in this way(still keeping a normal tone)!!! I was appauled and upset. I didnt want to create a scene, as soon as I got the message on my mobile that the billing had gone thru (I paid for the burger too) I began to exit. The server followed asking me to sign. I tore the bill and I handed it to him. This would definitely be the last meal I have at this establishment.
I have never been so embarassed at a restaurant in my life. This is not a joke and we felt extremely humiliated. I planned it to be a romantic catch up with my mrs and I ended up having the worst evening ever.
good food ang good ambience doesnt always cut it. the fact remains that when there is no management present, the waiters who represent brand cafe zoe were rude and hurt our sentiments deeply
Great for casual dining
Working in the same compound as some of the most happening places in this part of the city has its ups and downs. It means never being too far away from a tasty quick bite, but it also means burning a hole in your wallet so very often!
Love the food at Cafe Zoe, so it is one of the places I visit often.The ambiance and the courteousness of the staff make you keep going back. The menu gets a little boring after a while as there is a limited choice for a chickenarian like me.. My fave is the brie & caramelized onion sandwich. I'm not a fan of their Roasted chicken sandwich as I think it's a little too dry. Their french fries with the special dip are yumm.. and do try the chocolate hazelnut mousse, it's to die for! The home made gnocchi and the cannelloni 3 ways are on my list of favorites too! Do give it a shot..
This is my favourite bar in Mumbai. It has a very rustic European feel to it. Fantastic crowd every time I have been there. Mini lamb burgers are yummy, so are the desserts. Drinks are priced a it high, to filter the crowd I reckon. It may not be a place to get wasted, but certainly a nice one to spend a lovely evening. xx
just back from a lunch at cafe zoe. awesome food as always! though i think the staff find it difficult during rush hours. but they are very courteous and always ready to help. however, was told by one staff member that there is no burrp offer at zoe. I am aware that there is an offer which is till 12 noon but I was told that zoe has never offered any burrp offer? true?
Not for vegetarians
Being a vegetarian here is not so good you have barely 2-3 options to eat from burger being one of them which was not the best I have had I also came here once for breakfast & I wasnt shocked to know that I had just nothing to eat here except having some juices the ambience is lovely & quite huge & open..but not a place I would go for a meal
Wonderful hang-out place
A perfect place to hang out for a drink. A place with a perfectly lively and young ambiance and great food!!
A fun place to visit for lunch and dinner. Though the location is a bit of an issue, however it is totally worth the effort
The food it good and the service is wonderful too!!
This place surely opened with a bang and created a huge noise. The fun pub like scene, with music, great interiors and free wi-fi do give it a çool' image. Its definitely something that everyone in Bombay is talking about. However, I would have liked it more if the food menu wasn't a rip off of another restaurant.
Recently checked out Cafe Zoe at the urging of several ex-patty friends and was not disappointed. The ambience is modern and cozy, with a mix of "family room" style seating, tables/chairs, bar seating, and an upstairs section. Nicely laid out and a relaxing feel. Depending on when you eat dinner, the place is either delightfully peaceful or buzzing with good social energy. As Americans, we were greeted by a quiet restaurant around 6:30 pm, which suited us perfectly. We noted with amusement and appreciation the directions on each table regarding the behavior of children and conduct with respect to nannies, and were subsequently not the least bit surprised to learn the owner was European. Service was polite and friendly, and we settled on a number of delicious appetizers, among which I'd rate the pulled pork and lamb burgers highly. Also, the sauce with their french fries is divine. Drinks were well done, and I tried their roast chicken as my main dish. Very nice, and a few bites of BLT from a friend's plate did not disappoint, either. Overall, a wonderful little place tucked away in a mills compound. I'd highly recommend this place for drinks and dinner, and I've heard great things about their brunch- we will be back for it, I am certain!
situated inside todi mills, zoe has done a great job doing up the place. i love the high ceiling and the paintings. come here on a Friday night and you are gonna love it. zoe is split up into three. they have a dining area, the bar area and the upstairs section. the upstairs section is great for a small party or any other event. I've hosted quite a few here. the dining and bar area downstairs is very lively and filled with people in their mid 20s tl early 30s. the food is not the best but i do like their mini lamb burgers. come here for the ambience, crowd and to relax. not so much for their food
Cafe Zoe Restaurant, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Cafe Zoe is a really nice restaurant space with average food and average service. But it has terrible access.
It has high ceilings and is spaced out nicely. The furniture is not great but is colorful. It is very warm and welcoming compared to most other places in Mumbai. Music was soft and enjoyable.
The food I was told is good on some days and not good on others. The day we went (group of 6 Wednesday 9pm), it was very average. We tried risotto, it was a bit hard and bland. Roast chicken sandwich was a very small portion with only chicken and bread. Good but not great. Fries were good but some pieces were not cooked properly.
Drinks also very average. Sangria was nice but was made from syrups and not fresh fruits like we would have liked. Same for Cairpioska. Total bill was 7,100 rupees so it was not cheap.
Service guy was nice. But I had to leave the table twice to go over to him and get his attention.
Getting in and out of the lane to Cafe Zoe was very bad. The road is broken and very narrow with lots of cars for other restaurants blocking the way.
I was told the owners are very friendly and say hello to everyone but I do not think they were around on Wednesday when we went.
At Cafe Zoe while I write this review on a Friday night, the place has the most courteous staff who will make you a drink to order while you enjoy the music and ambience. Happening and star studded with celebrities prancing around. The most amazing place to be in on the weekend!
September 18, 2013response from management at Cafe Zoe:
Thank you Tanya. Come again soon!
I've gone to Cafe Zoe a couple of times since it has opened. While the first two times I was really disappointed with the food, the last few times it has been really good. I love the ambience, very chilled out. This time though when I went with some friends in the evening the restaurant was empty but I was asked if I had a reservation which I didn't. He then told me to wait. I was then shown a table but told I'd have to vacate it by 8pm as that was the first dinner booking. I asked if it became a little later, say 8.15 if it would do and was told a firm no! We still ate there, but I fail to see the reason for the attitude! We were ordering an early dinner and not occupying a table for a small cup of coffee. Service aside, the watermelon and feta salad remains a favourite as does the Lemon coriander chicken. Think they need to work on welcoming guests better
the place was empty when we went.. but still the staff is absolutely arrogant and made it sound like - you have to wait for 45 mins as its full - but it was EMPTY! - Its an absolutely okay place and a hype has been created for no reason !
the food is also OK
I was on a date and she suggested this place. I had heard about this place but was my 1st time there. So it was a sunday early evening, I was told to reserve a place, so i did. However, when I reached the place was empty. Thats ok as I got to choose my seat. The story begins here, the music was so dead boring that I could sleep, no wait - i couldnt have slept either it was so boring. The service was slow like a snail, well u expect slow service at a place which is buzzing with people but with no people around, the staff was chatting with each other and my goodness I chose the corner table where no one bothered to look or even check if I was dying thirsty. Anyway, so it was a bad choice although not mine. I would say skip this place and visit someplace else if u r recommended like I was. Cheers
Great ambience, lots of sunlight. Would love to lounge around all day. But their menus limited. We couldn't order much and thn decided to go next door to barking deer to eat some more. Quantities were less too. Team Zoe pls add some better stuff to the menu I wanna be in a lot more.
I Brunch Zoe, very much.
I usually end up going to Zoe on Friday or Saturday nights for drinks but a while back some friends and I decided to go there for Brunch on a Sunday.
Now, Zoe looks completely different during the day. With plenty of sunlight gushing in and the smell of fresh brewed coffee is so enthralling.
We ordered the Seafood Broth came with bits of squid, prawn and some kind of fish in a tangy broth and some bread on the side. It was filling and very sumptuous.
Post this we got the mini burgers with pulled pork in brioche. These were the highlight of our meal. The pork was done to perfection and spiced beautifully. This with some gherkins in fluffy brioche made the perfect combination.
Their dessert menu is limited but I do love their coffee. The iced cappuccino is a must try during the day.
I've also tried the Gnocchi which to be honest is quite bad. It reminds me a bit of chalk and that can never be a good thing!
If you visit Zoe in the evening, there is a great buzz with the people and the music. The best part - you can buy your choice of poison by the bottle.
Do try the roasted chicken, the lamb burgers and the ever favourite French fries.
A visit to Zoe can cost around 500 to 1000 depending on what you end up drinking.
Good in the 2nd Round
I re visited this place again after my last times "not so good" experience. After all I was in love with their ambience & crowd... so I thought...there is no harm is giving the food a second chance. This time we ordered.. Grilles Veggies & Cheddar S/W, Just Prawns, Poached Chicken Breast, & banana nutella smoothie. This time around the food was pretty good & it washed away my memories of the past... I will surely go again & recommend my friends too. The vibe was as good as it was ever.
smartly played with interiors, best from waste and rustic interiors, less options for vegetarians, do not order food that u dont understand, ull end up wasting it. big place, even the washrooms are to talk about, smartly selected location and decor. contains sea food, bar. salads are a must try. alcohol is expensive. lasagne and gnochhi are a mush have. had been for late diner
Rude, ill behaved staff
This evening we had a table reserved for 12 guests to celebrate a friends birthday. Kimber /Zoe Cafe is serving our requests for food and drink. Our kids called us from the vicinity and dropped by with their cousins to wish the birthday boy. I ask Kimber to recommend some fresh juices for the kids and he takes me to the 'Zappa Beard bartender' who serves the kids beverages at the bar counter. I clearly tell the bartender that we have a table being served by Kimber with a tab running and he should charge the beverages to the table. After the kids finish their beverages, I walk out with them to drop them to the car. A hurried looking Zappa beard bartender runs up to me with an extended arm showing me an unpaid bill and accosts me by saying that I walked away from the bar/restaurant without paying the bill. I ask manager Vijay to solicit an apology from his staff and how could they insult and humiliate a guest like this. No apologies or redressal by either Kimber or Zappa bartender! Appalled by the behaviour and attitude of staff at Cafe Zoe.
Petit bad dejeuner!
A friend and I were at Zoe for breakfast and we ordered the fluffy omelette and ouefs-en-cocotte. Now I'm not french, and nor am I a qualified food critic, but even I can recognise a flat insipid omelette and overcooked almost-hardboiled oeufs when I see them. I wonder what the chef was high on when he put the poor eggs into the oven. The staff who took our order was clueless when asked about which jam it was that he put onto our plates. My baguette was rock solid and impossible to bite into without me looking like an ogre trying to chew on stone. The 50 minute wait did not help. All in all, felt terrible about paying the bill. They did get the coffee right though - clearly the machine did a great job. Get them to do the eggs next time I guess.
I was there yesterday, that is 1 04 13 and once before,
I do agree with all the other reviewers that it is a highly over rated restaurant but apart from that there is a HUGE PROBLEM
Oh my god, I still wanna throw up as I write this review when I recollect the EGGY STENCH that arises from their dinnerware, and I am an egg eating person, imagine this horror for vegetarians,
and this is not the first time, even before when I was here it had the same eggy stench on the dinnerware.
For a restaurant who claims a lot of things is getting their basics really really wrong,
Who is washing their dishes, or not?
I am never ever going to visit this HORRIBLE restaurant again
I had celebrated my birthday dinner over on the 3rd. I have to say the worst restaurant experience EVER. Every thing in that restaurant was disappointing, For a lounge that is so high priced the least one expects is decent service...which is the most horrible factor at this place.
I had a booked a table of 15 people...but instead 16 of us ended up coming. To my horror one of guest had to keep standing because the restaurant staff tole me that they did'nt have ONE EXTRA CHAIR in the entire restaurant. Apart from this we have to ask the captain a minimum of five times to get a bloody fork to eat our food with...! Apart from the pathetic service they give the staff especially the first floor captain is extremely rude to talk to. After giving me and my friends such bad service ...the manager LITERALLY told us to vacate our table because they had other guest waiting. Now if u have already booked the table for 10:30 so why will u book it again for 8:30...how can 15 people eat in two hours?? This the restaurant staff should take care of...and u just cant ask people to leave because another party has arrived.
All in all Cfae zoe was a very horrible experience and ended up spoiling my entire bday dinner
I must say this place is overrated from the service and food point of view. The ambiance, I agree, is nice. However, the service part needs to be improved upon since they compare themselves to michelin starred restaurants like Hakkasan.
I was there on 27.02.13 for dinner. I had Prawn and Calamari Ajillo for appetizers which was good but nothing great. For main course I was ordering Pink Peppercorn Grilled Chicken which came with mash. I asked them to replace mash with veggies but they straight away refused to replace and said we cannot make any changes to the main course and you got to have whats there on the menu.
Even other cheaper restaurants are more accommodating than this place and in their menu they state that any effort to negotiate will be in your favour. I did not understand what they meant by this. However, I ended up ordering Braised Chicken which was average I must say and my partner had French Onion Soup which was average too.
The Tiramisu for dessert can be skipped too.
Very cool space
I recently moved to Mumbai from the US and have been looking for a space with good food and drinks stripped of the pretense, with an interesting interior. Zoe delivers. The drinks are solid and not overpriced. The food is a bit hit-or-miss, but I had a very nice prawn capellini last time I went.
Great place for a date or after-work drinks.
The burger campaign
It's a mid-spectrum review. It's not a judgment on Zoe; simply it's burger (not including the fries).
I'm on a 'best burger' quest. No, not chicken burgers. I have a long-list and a short-list (of 5-6 names).
Zoe was on it.
So I made it to Zoe one Sunday evening with a mission on my mind. Around 7 pm. Alone. They seated me in a dark corner single table.
I'm never one to accept something I don't like. I told them that I'd rather sit at the bar. It was completely empty. They agreed.
Since I didn't have company I wasn't too keen on sitting around. Focus on food and onwards. Somebody came and took my order. How'd you like your burger? "Medium rare in any Western country, but medium (at a minimum) here".
15 minutes. Burger comes in.
It doesn't look too big. I'm hungry. The fries look inviting as does the aioli. I munch on a few fries and then I attack the burger. Then a few more fries. Aioli. Dijon mustard. Hmmm. The fries are stellar. Really good! Better than the burger! I should have ordered 2-3 orders of fries.
The burger is moist with all the mayo but the meat...it's not satisfying. Not. The bite is not big. It doesn't have height. No tomato. No onion. Blanched lettuce. Ya, there's caramelized onion (or is it mushroom?). It's there but not with flavor that bursts in your mouth.
Ordinary burger. Mid-spectrum. The fries are really good. Possibly the best I've had in the city, but then I don't usually order fries...
But the fries are good as is the aioli...
Perfect for after-work dinners!
The husband and I were looking for a place to have an early dinner (it was a weekday) on my birthday. A quick search on Burrp.com revealed that Cafe Zoe was just a hop and skip, not jump, away from my workplace. The interesting menu had us intrigued and we made a reservation.
Walking into the place, which was pretty crowded for a weekday, we were taken my the chilled-out ambience and the quirky knick-knacks. I asked for some Chilean white wine and the hubby had his whiskey. We ordered for some spicy assorted nuts and a roasted bell pepper salad to nibble on. The nuts were delish - not too spicy and a good mix of cashews, pecans, pistas and almonds. The salad was superb with clean flavours and just the right amount of dressing.
I was having my usual prawn craving so I went in for the pasta with a pesto-like sauce flavoured with lime, chilly and coriander. The husband had a Mac n; cheese; we were nearly full after these delicious mains but were cautious enough to leave some space behind for dessert.
We finished the meal with a supreme baked cheesecake that even came with a chocolate dipped strawberry and a vanilla pannacotta, which was just average. Even though the desserts didn't hit the high standards set by the previous courses this is one place I'd love to visit again just for it's warm ambience. Oh, and I must mention that the service was brilliant - attentive without being intrusive, five-star restaurants could learn a thing or two from here!
Cool Cafe Good Vibe place
this a must place to visit whether alone or with a group! was there with my friends on a weeknd aftn and we especially enjoyed the sangria and the tasty non veg bites! esp the prawn and calamari! yes must say a bit overpriced but gives u a very chilled out take your own time ambience / feel . Nice Dessert options too!
Overrated and over priced
They ask us if we have a reservation at lunch like its a fine dining restaurant not a simple cafe, then offer us a bar stool till a table is ready, when the whole mezannine is empty. Says its not operational , few mins later another waiter escorts people upstairs. Finally given a table upstairs ....
Lousiest strawberry margarita I ever had, minute amounts of alcohol in it , pits and seeds of strawberry for good measure. Served in a small water glass , not even a correct margarita glass. When I mention this to the bartender he says this is the style of the cafe. Prices are not cafe like and service is cocky.
Chicken burger was hideously salty , aolli too sour and my friends lasagne was totally bland. Saving grace was the french fries. But french fries doesnt make a restaurant. Oh BTW they are Rs 200 ++ if u order seperately. RIDICULOUS!!!
Mandatory service charge already added to the bill. Not sure what all the hype is about and would not vote for this place as European food of the year. Used to live in Europe.
Just because U r located in a mill doesnt mean ur feeding mill workers but a well heeled international jet set who know what good food is...Would never recommend this place to anyone and shall stick to age old favorite Indigo Deli.
I would like to live here
Had heard about cafe zoe a lot, so finally went there to try it out, or rather the first trip decided to accompany my friend for her meal.
You enter the place and you feel you have left mumbai at the door steps, all the grunge / film noir based cafes popped into my head and I felt that's where I was. I tried their soup and the salad and it was quite exquisite.
The second time I went there I ordered the Hot Chocolate, with lot of expectations, but was slightly disappointed.
For a bright day..
Went to Zoe on 6th day of opening though it clearly mentioned we are teething n co-operate but had wahtsoever no teething problems..
Went again few days back with the girls this time on a bright day. Love the feel, decor n look of the place plus OMGish hot chocolate.
Highky recommend the chicken loaded burger n greek salad straight out of Jar. Happy day at Zoe. Its an expensive place though. everytime our bill has been 3k plus.
Jewel in a mill!!
Cafe Zoe is hidden in one hidden corner of mathuradas mill but once you reach and enter it does make you smile. Its rustic, well lit, spacious and casual. We ordered the beetroot risotto, chicken burger, bell pepper and pesto crostini and tiramisu. The bell pepper pesto crostini was nice but not great. The portion size was a bit too small for us..just 2 people I mean. But the burger and risotto did not disappoint! I wiped the whole beetroot risotto in no time!!! It was perfect..the rice had a bite to it, it wasn't cloggy and the beetroot cubes that were added to the risotto gave it a great textural balance.
The chicken burger was brilliant..patty was succulent, juicy and well seasoned, burger bun soft and not extremely crumbly, fries were crisp and golden and the spicy mayo that was served with it went perfect with the burger.
Next up was the tiramisu...i couldn't stop smiling after the first bite! It had a perfect hit of alcohol and coffee and gladly it was not to sweet!
Other than the food..the service was prompt and good and the ambiance nice and relaxing. A must try place!!
2 year search for Mumbai's Best Burger ends
Like the food, loved the bread basket, the burgers, the cheesecake, chocolate mousse... but best of all like the sunlight diffusing through the glass panels and the decor! Sharing my experience of eating burgers at cafe zoe in my blog ... http://thebongfoodie.blogspot.in/2012/09/2-year-search-for-mumbais-best-burger.html
What are they thinking!
Too many restaurants in this city get away with serving bad food. Usually, those places have at least one redeeming quality that makes up for that. That's not the case at Cafe Zoe. I had moderately high expectations going in. I knew it was a cafe, but the chef had supposedly worked at some other good restaurants (Salt Water Cafe, etc). At first glance, the menu seems alright, but when the food is placed in front of you the debacle begins. I didn't like ONE thing, and I shared quite a bit with my friends. I'm picky, but I've never gone out and disliked everything! The service was inattentive at best, and my server knew nothing about the food or the menu. Overall, really bad experience.
b! Review: Café Zoe @ Lower Parel
The all-day diner at Lower Parel, Café Zoe, which was shut for renovation, reopened on Friday. Shirin Mehrotra and Chetna Chakravarthy hopped in for lunch and had a gluttonous time there.
When the three month old diner shut down there were speculations and rumours about license and BMC issues. But the fact is that that we needed to overcome some teething problems and thought its best to shut down for a week or two, says Tarini Mohindar, co-founder and Managing Director of Black Sheep Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
There are no visible changes in the décor except that the bar is a lot bigger and the mezzanine floor which was used as an office space earlier is open for dinner. The small reading area and comfortable couches made us instantly crib about our office cubicles. A board at the entrance also says free Wi Fi and free natural light. Now isnt this what all the freelancers of this city want? To work peacefully without being bothered by the waiters. So the next time a coffee shop asks you to leave once youre done with your cuppa, you know where to go. We were also told the evening are even better once the mood are lights switched on. Besides we think a drink after work is the best way to start your Fridays.
Moving on to the food, the menu has been upgraded to suit the vegetarian palate with the addition of salads, sandwiches, and a choice of vegetarian pastas and risottos. We started our lunch session with green apple rock martini, guava spice, and melon mule. The martini was a little too sweet when it arrived but the bartender did a quick fix to bring it to my taste. Melon mule was refreshing with its ginger ale and an overpowering mint flavour but guava spice was an instant hit. The strong chilli flavour woke us up from our sleepy state. We couldnt stop wondering how well this mocktail would taste with some Bacardi/Vodka thrown in.
For the main course we ordered 3 Way Cannelloni from the legume section, Grilled Tenderloin Steak, and Prawn Capellini. We quite loved the cannelloni which came stuffed with artichoke, mushrooms, and tomato. The tomato based sauce reminded me of something that I make at home, well almost. Our steak was, unfortunately, tough and chewy; probably we shouldve ordered it medium and not well done. The prawn was a bit dry but had a very Mangalorean taste to it which we quite liked. The food was good if not great but we wish they wouldve given more attention to the presentation.
Done with our main course we had our eyes on the desserts section next. Grinning from ear to ear we ordered a crème brulee, panacotta, and hazelnut chocolate mousse cake. Crème brulee was almost perfect except for the caramel that was a little too sticky. Panacotta had very thin consistency and we didnt touch it beyond a spoon especially after the mousse cake arrived. Can a combination of hazelnut and chocolate ever go wrong? Think Ferrero Rocher before you answer that.
Happy with the interiors more than the food, we left reluctantly. Now, if only we had our laptops with us we wouldve sat there for endless hours with a round of cappuccinos and sandwiches in the evening.
Meal for two: 1500 + taxes (without alcohol)
After reading some great reviews, i visited cafe zoe for dinner on last wednesday with my husband. Nice place with a lounge kind of feeling. But for me it is the food that matters. We ordered cherry tomatoes & goat cheese crostini, peppercorn grilled chicken, cheddar cheese gnocchi with mushrooms, cannelloni. Crostini was ok ok... grilled chicken was good, nothing exceptional. Gnocchi was upto the mark, a bit bland for me.after 2-3 morsels, i needed some other texture or flavour.. Cannelloni was worst of all.. It didnt suit our pallette. The entire cannelloni as a whole dish went waste... As we still had some place left in our tummies we ordered chicken burger which was decent... pls note nothing exceptional. We finished our dinner with creme brulee... which was good. All this for 2300/-... utter waste of money. There are many places much better than this. We dont mind spending this kind of money on food... but it should be worth the penny.
Zoe you're very cool with great ambience but your vegetarian food is just amongst the worst in the city. We were 3 of us, each with a separate vegetarian dish on order at lunch time and 2 of us could not eat our dishes in entirety as we just didn't agree with the taste at all. We are quite liberal and open minded and how much we want to not say this as we think you are a "cool" place and the city could do with more of you but we will tell all our friends that avoid zoe for vegetarian food unless you start to hear better.
The restaurant that doesn't believe in hospitality
Good food can also leave a bad taste in the mouth.
I am not a food critic and I dont even like to share criticism publicly. But after my experience at Cafe Zoe, I was forced to write a review.
Before going to the restaurant we called and tried to make reservations, but an extremely rude person on the phone was quite rigid about maintaining their two seatings a night reservation policy i.e. reservations are available for either 20:30 or 22:30. We then decided to try our luck by going to the restaurant as advised to us on the phone.
We maneuvered our way through the narrow lanes and reached the restaurant. We entered and met Ivan, who I believe is the manager, and was responsible for taking reservations.
We put our name in the waiting list, and were curtly told by the manager that we should wait by the bar and hell let us know in an HOUR if they can accommodate us or not. We were taken aback by such arrogant behavior. I do not think they need an hour to figure out if they can give us a table or not.
While waiting we notice that treating their customers like this is just normal for them. Seeing so many people on the waiting list, and people having reservations coming in an hour late, this reservation policy for a weekday clearly seemed implausible.
While we were waiting at the bar, Ivan had our table ready in precisely 10minutes. As we walked upstairs, we see quite a few tables unoccupied. This made it even more difficult for us to understand such inflexible attitude.
Once seated our server, Beno, did not attend to us (for 15minutes) until called for. There is a long wait for everything, right from getting the menu to getting someone to take your order to clearing the plates. The only thing we did not have to wait for was the cheque.
The only conversation we had that night was how bad the service was.
To be fair, the food was good. But poor service did leave a bad taste in our mouth.
It disappoints me that a restaurant with so much scope in terms of its concept, ambience and food is purely being let down by its service and the manager(Ivan).
My second experience with Cafe Zoe was when I tried to make a reservation for 15 people to celebrate my father in law's birthday. I called 4 days prior to the birthday(which was on a weekday) and made a reservation for the "08:00PM seating". After confirmation they told me that we'll have to quickly finish our dinner party by 10:00PM in order to accommodate their 10:30PM reservations. To this I told them to make reservations for us for both the sittings. They off course said "NO". In that case I refused to get my guests to such an unaccomodating place. In 5minutes the manager calls back saying that they'll make an exception for us and hence would let us stay for as long as we want. This conversation left such a bad impression on all of us that not only did I take all my guests to a much better place. We all decided never to visit Cafe Zoe ever again.
I feel that the management at Cafe Zoe needs a reminder that restaurants sell as packages and cant survive on food or decor alone. Service is what makes loyal customers.
Owing to our disappointing experiences at Cafe Zoe, I do not intend to go there again. And Ill not even recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy eating out and consider that Service can make or break a restaurant.
Cafe Zoe is an experience I would not want to experience again. Mumbai restaurants have much more to offer than settle for such a compromise.
This restaurant is for people who think they don't have any self respect and I am surely not one of them.
Rustic and Chic
Like some of you here, we too were told that they were full when we called to make a reservation on a Sat night (both sittings 830pm / 1030pm were full). However, I managed to confirm a reservation for 1030pm after enlisting the help of a 5-star hotel concierge. And when we arrived, only 1 table was occupied and throughout the sitting, at least 3 tables were empty! What is this trick, trying to act pricey??? If they are reserving those tables hoping for "big fish" to walk-in, big mistake! Customers with deep pocket may not necessarily be your repeat customers, but ordinary guys like us, will keep coming back if you get rid of this illogical booking system!
Now come to the nice part, we loved the ambience! Very rustic yet chic at the same time. Quite an extensive menu which we took almost 10 minutes to study in detail. We ordered 2 lamb shanks (menu of the day) and the scampi which were delicious. Will definitely come back for the food and ambience, only if I don't have to go through a hotel concierge for booking!
Ambiance and that's it!
ambiance is great, so is the service but the food is bad. Though the menu is elaborate but it tastes baddddd. The only savior was the hot chocolate coffee that I had....it was delicious.
Did not have the drinks but my friends suggest they were nice.
So a 50-50 thought of going there again.
Go only if you like being insulted.
A bunch of friends and I were looking for a good place to eat on a Wednesday night, and since we had heard good things about Cafe Zoe, we decided to try it out. Big mistake.
We did not have a reservation, but we decided to try our luck anyway. We reached at around 9pm and the place was decently filled with 3 vacant tables. However we were told that they had kept those tables for a 10pm reservation and that if we would like to chill at the bar for a bit, they would accommodate us as soon as possible. We decided to wait. Big mistake # 2. After an hour, when we asked if we could get a table (which were still vacant, btw), the captain informed us that they usually give a 30 mins buffer to the reservations. No problem, we waited a bit more. Since the table was still empty for another 10-15 mins, we asked again (politely), and were curtly told by the captain that he knows how to read a watch and that it wasn't 10:30 yet.
So, wasted 1 1/2 hour of my life, spent a couple of thousand on a round of drinks, and got insulted by the staff. We ended up at Hard Rock Cafe which was sooo much better.
Teething trouble no more an excuse
Cool decor is the only positive I could find with this place.
On a Sunday evening, when 2 of my friends and I decided to dine at Cafe Zoe, one of us called them up at 7pm to make a reservation for 8.30pm. The person who answered the phone said they are full. However, we persisted that we will still drop by and see if they can do something about it. When we reached the restaurant at 8.30pm, at least two-third section of the restaurant was empty. Not the greatest first impression.
While ordering our dishes, the 3 of us decided to try the seafood broth. However, since we didn't want to order 3 separate dishes, we asked the waiter (who took the order) whether the chef could simply divide 2 portions into 3 bowls. He said "of course" and went on to take down the rest of the order. When the soup arrived, there were 2 bowls with soup and one empty one. The waiter said that we would have to divide it into the third one. Though taken aback, I asked him to do the needful. He simply took both the bowls (with soup) and poured a little from each into the empty one. Doing so ensures that only the liquid portion gets into the third bowl and none of the prawns & mussels. Seeing the unprofessional process, I asked the waiter whether wouldn't it have been easier for the chef to have done it earlier in the kitchen itself. The waiter simply shrugged saying that it was the ideal situation but the chef was not co-operative. A disconnect between the waiter and the chef is not the most impressive factors in a place like Cafe Zoe.
While the main course dishes were just about ok, the desserts were totally dismal. While the panna cotta was an extremely small serving in a relatively large bowl, the mango coulis topping had an overwhelmingly overripe and sour flavour. The creme brulee was another diminutive portion while the baked cheesecake was hard and mealy.
Simple verdict: wouldn't want to go back again.
I went to Cafe Zoe yesterday with my wife, after hearing a lot of good reviews from friends. The place is tucked on the backside of Todi Mills (difficult to find). As soon as you enter the place u see that it s huge, spacious and well made. We were here on a week night and the person at the front desk told us that they were full and if we didn't have reservation we needed to sit at the bar. The place was clearly empty, but guess the management is fussy.
The waiters seemed over bearing and kept pushing us too order cocktails. We sat on the high chairs by the bar and started off by ordering the potato leek soup which was very good. Then we ordered the greek salad which was sub par, the veggies didn't feel fresh and the dressing was not very good, the greek salad almost felt like something u could mix at home (minimal feta cheese) We ordered the fettucini, which was ok at best, small portion size, tangy tomoto sauce, few veggies, nothing to write home about. We ordered the creme brule for dessert which was a big dissapointment. The sugar was well burnt on the top however, when to dig deeper it seemed the innards werent well settled and the pie just broke up giving it a custard feel. The waiter was busy on the phone and took forever to get the check. ( wonder how the management allows waiters to talk on cell phones while on duty).
All in all a good place for the ambiance and a feeling of space in a claustrophobic city. We ended up paying rs 1000 for a soup, salad, pasta and a dessert! The service however is not the best. food is ok, would go here for the ambiance and is pretty close to phoenix mills, so if you come here for shopping is good place to hang out and chill!!
Chic, Quick and Delicious
We'd visited Cafe Zoe on Friday for a little celebration. We reached for an early dinner, prior to a movie, and had a nice unhurried, uncrowded Friday evening experience.
We arrived at 7pm. We had reservations - but were seated in the dowstairs section. After a request, they seated us upstairs and for a good part of the meal - we were the only ones in that section.
The ambience is interesting... nice lighting, "minimalist" decor ie. basic wooden chairs, undisguised ducts, bulbs without shades :D
The service was pretty decent - the waiters seemed to know about the (few) items on the menu and were able to make recommendations. Twice they brought food meant for another table to us - strange since there were only 3 tables occupied in the upper section.
We had the signature cocktails (kiwi margarita, blackberry cosmo, green appletini and a bellini). All the drinks were well-made and potent, except for the bellini which was cloying and made with a horrible pink sparkling wine. My favorite was the kiwi margarita - the fresh kiwi and tequila made for an yum combination. One grouse I had with the drinks - the tequila, cosmo and martini were all served in tumblers. A part of the fun of a drink is in the glass it is meant to be served in. It wasn't a quirk of the place, because the bellini was in its regular stemware.
Along with these we had:
A goat-cheese tomato crostini: Teeny portion, yummy cheese, too much tomato
Fish and Chips: Both the fish and chips were yum , and the tartare sauce has us asking for seconds
Truffle Capellini: Absolutely truffle-icious. I just wished there was some smarter pairing instead of a generic dinner roll and nondescript greens.
We were too stuffed for dessert.
We paid 3800/- for all the above. Overall a 4/5 experience, with a couple of glitches (the bellini, the over-zealousness with tomatoes on the crostini).
MORE ;;MORE;;@ CAFE ZOE
what an exeperience ''''''' manage to get a table at busiuest sunday noon , amazing place,. it leaves a thunder on me,,"""ZOE''''''' IS A SURPRISE PACKAGE MORE WONDERFUL THAN WHAT I HAVE HEARED OF .....i was there with my wife and friends . as it was our 1st visit ,we had our great exp.we were served by '''JITU (ex JW MARRIOT), his skills were still yet finest always met the expectation . black grape smoothie, and the che chease burger was out of the world, wallnut pie was something you can die for and finished with cappuccino with a ""ZOE''' on top..coming back verry soon ,please keep a table ready for me jitu. ""CAFE ZOE ROCKS""
My favourite breakfast, besides South Indian dishes of course, would have to be Pancakes, Hash Browns and Eggs Florentine.....Zoe didn't have the Hash Browns, but the Pancakes and Eggs Florentine were to die for! The Hollandaise was a tiny bit of a let down, but otherwise, yum! For a relaxed Sunday breakfast, this place was ideal....loved the natural lighting, high factory ceiling and plants which made it feel outdoorsy even if we were sitting in a nicely wi-fied airconditioned indoors. Fantastic place...so good that it reminded me of my favourite breakfast place in my favourite city of Bangalore. A big Thumbs Up 'coz considering it's Bombay, the service was excellent!
A very pleasant experience
Went here on a monday night for a bday treat..the service was pretty decent..very courteous waiters. we ordered 5 dishes n all of them came in less than 20 mins..the food was amazing..fresh and full of flavors..quantity was dcent too..i wud say its a little over priced but i guess given the location, ambience and the quality of food its worth it.Had a great time :)
One of the best places in Bombay
I heard that the service can be variable but it must have improved of late because I have gone several times in the last two weeks (just came back from overseas) and have loved this place. Great food, terrific ambience (it has a strangely friendly vibe that is unique) and service is fine (not as good as Indigo but Indigo's ambience is not quite as good). I would suggest they keep increasing the menu (I feel I have tried everything) but otherwise keep up the great work.
Try anything with Truffles in it!
I really don't understand the other reviews here. It is full every night for a good reason!
awful service!!!! avoid this place
the interiors of this place is nicely designed, spacious and well thought out....i met my frnds for drinks there and the vibe inside was really chilled.
HOWEVER the service reaaaallllllyyyyyy sucks.....the staff could be slum dwellers or druggies coz the level of service wuld remain the same....
they took ages to do any small thing and were extremely extremely rude.....
but we were still willing to overlook these lapses as this was a friday nite.
I left early at 11 :30 as i had work the next day.......AND ENDED UP WAITING 45 MINUTES FOR MY CAR!!!!!! we were really angry about this obv and went to speak to the completely inept "manager" Ivan who asked us " your car was given late so what am i supposed to do about it sir???"
Maybe he should have tried actually dealing with the situation!!!! but that was clearly far beyond his skill level....I recommend that the cafe zoe management let him go as soon as possible as he is really dragging down the place.
Also 45 mins!!!!! without exageration.....they reaaalllly need better valet services
The first thing that ran through my head when i entered Cafe Zoe was that the place is perfect for a date. Beautiful, soft lighting all over, well spaced tables, great music. Went there on a Saturday night. Service is good, drinks are decently priced (Kingfisher - Rs 150). The desserts are a must try. I'm going back there for sure.
Managed to get a table there today after trying to book for nearly 2 weeks.. Was looking forward to it, thinking 'it's always full must me amazing'. To our disappointment it was absolutely, overrated, over priced, and very low on quality and quantity of food.
The food was quite flavorless (doesn't work for another India taste buds) and the service was pathetic. All we asked the server was to change the pasta In a dish from Capellini to Fettuccine and were told 'we don't customised dishes on busy days'. It's not that they have a 100 dishes on the menu that they couldn't make a small change.
Very bad experience.... Never ever again...
Not too great.
Getting to the restaurant in my opinion ruined its first impression because it was slightly difficult. The ambiance was unique but the menu was very limited. The service was nothing but pathetic- our food was not only extremely late but also a wrong order. After waiting 45 mins or so, the food arrived and it was very average and ultimately good food means a good restaurant. Desserts were great. Definitely not worth visiting again.
Ok food, terrible service, great ambience
On my first visit to the place, I went unreserved on a Friday night with a large group of people. Understandably we waited a long time to be seated , but I enjoyed the service and the ambience. Now I think we only got served well because we were accompanied by some one who is famous and who knows one of the owners well.
My second try at cafe Zoe never materialised. I called on a Monday night to make a reservation. I was told I should come by 8-8:30 or I wouldn't be given a seat until 10:30. I was told this was restaurant policy in a fairly rude and stubborn manner. My problem is not with the policy but with the complete lack of imagination on the part of the guy who answered my phone. It was a Monday night! Even if his tone was accommodating I would've figured a way around their policy! Naturally they lost out to Olive that night.
There would've never been a third, but a friend of mine made reservations without my knowledge so I went along. I was disappointed with the service again! They have a fettucine vegetarian dish on their mains menu. I asked if the same dish could be made with penne/fusilli or any short pasta. This is a very reasonable demand and I have never encountered a restaurant yet that has rejected this, but Cafe Zoe did. I was told that the chef said it couldn't be done! Instead I was shown another menu from which I could pick penne with the sauce I liked. Of course the price was double that of the fettucine on the main menu.
I'm therefore forced to deduce that they in fact do not serve fresh food, but reheated food, because I cant think of any other reason why the type of pasta could not be replaced.
I hope the management of Cafe Zoe wakes up to the fact that they're in the service industry! Besides there food is not so great nor their ambience out of this world, for people to put up with this snobbish behaviour and still visit the restaurant!
Dreadful service and really mediocre food
The ambiance is what is attractive. Don't go with any expectations and you may be OK. The food is not up to scratch, in fact I think I have had the worst roast chicken of all time, at CZ. There is no quality control and the food really needs to to better and more distinctive. I think the chef is trying to be innovative, but is seriously off the mark.
The service is another story! My husband and I ate at completely separate times. He was served first and I got my meal only after he had finished his. We had both ordered main courses and starters. We were desperate to leave by the end of it. So much potential, so badly run. I say, don't open if you have such a long way to go from running it professionally. Hope it gets better and they take their customer feedback seriously.
Sunday Brunch at cafe Zoe!
What a sunday it was.. It all started with Eggs Florentine. Stunningly fabulous :) Aah heaven on a plate! Next, Fluffy omelette - Awesome. Truffle scrambled eggs and a smoked chicken sandwich - alright/ordinary. We finished off this mega meal with some Creme Brulee and an Apple cinnamon muffin. Both not every sweet and very yum. All in all super brunch :) Must go !
Great ambience but a complete let down.
They have to pay more attention to the plating, portions, and quality of food .
The drinks we had were good but the burger we ordered was runny, most of tuna filling in my sandwich was in the center of the sandwich and the cheesecake tasted like it was from a supermarket dessert section.
The staff while polite do not seem to have been put through a rigorous training programme.
Monday at Café Zoe.
Last night a friend of mine and I decided to dine at Café Zoe. We had a 10:30pm reservation. For a Monday night, I was pleasantly surprised to see it almost completely packed which certainly raised my expectations, but then again, I must admit, South Mumbai has limited restaurants and when something new opens there's usually more than deserved hype around it.
The interiors were alright - wooden tables and chairs, high ceiling, nice bar - but not over the top. What I did like was the fact that the lighting was perfect.
I was a little put off by the food menu. It doesn't offer too many choices and it didn't seem to offer anything that you'd spot on a menu and find interesting enough to try just by reading it.
What we ordered
Black Grape Caprioska
Yellow and Red Pepper Crostini
Grilled Chicken in Pink Pepper reduction sauce
The Black Grape Caprioska was fantastic!
Yellow and Red Pepper Crostini tasted alright.
The Tenderloin Steak was really good, but the presentation was quite poor.
Grilled Chicken in Pink Pepper Reduction Sauce was quite nice, although, their chicken mains are way too limited on the menu, this is the only chicken main that seemed to be "different" and worth trying.
Portion sizes : Good.
I didn't bother ordering dessert because I thought they had quite a sad dessert menu, nothing out of the ordinary.
I see myself going back to probably get a few rounds. Food... maybe not.
Ambiance : Decent.
Pricing : Good.
I had high expectations going to Cafe Zoe considering the chef is Viraf Patel. I had the gnocchi and was sorely let down by the flavour and texture. My friends also didn't particularly care for their food, which included a sandwich and Roast chicken. I did feel the menu was quite limited. On a friend's recommendation, I went back a second time, to try their cocktails but the blueberry cosmopolitan tasted like cough syrup. Service needs to improve too.
Great food, well priced, and good ambiance
A bad start to the experience ... we reached at 1230pm for a 12pm lunch reservation, and got grief from the staff for being late, even when 80% of the restaurant was empty. WTF!!! Then the flies did not stop bothering us for at least an hour. Which gave us our turn to give them our piece of mind!!!
But apart from that, food was great. Very reasonably priced. Soups, juices, food were all good. Worth going and worth the trouble. Have heard the atmosphere is great in the evening.
Good Food with A Rude Shock
Since Café Zoe, opened in Mumbai, I always had a desire to visit it. I finally picked up my phone and reserved a table for 8pm. I had a hard time locating the restaurant, so I called up the restaurant for directions, was told go to Blue Frog and they will tell you where it is. I wasnt impressed, I was close to walking out on Café Zoe, but luckily I managed to locate the restaurant with a little effort.
As I walked to the restaurant a large grey door welcomed me to the restaurant, I was quite surprised with what I saw a few minutes after I stepped in, Café Zoe is basically a shed converted into a restaurant. The seating area has a very open feel to it, reminds me of college canteens, was a bit too open for my liking. They have worked very hard to give a warm feel to the interiors of the restaurant, but sadly they have failed, Café Zoe just does not feel cosy to be in. Fortunately, I was promptly seated to my table by their staff, was happy to be sitting on good old Irani Café chairs. Called for the menu and decided to place the order.
Called for a Lime Iced Tea, it was lemon iced tea and not lime iced tea, had too many mint leaves which ended up jamming my straw while I drank the iced tea, nothing much to write about this average concoction. For starters called for Pulled Pork Brioche, brioche is a pastry and not a bread, unfortunately the brioche served was more of a bread than a pastry; there was surely no pulled pork used, they were thin strips of pork; the sauce used to flavour the brioche was our tried and tested mayonnaise and nothing else, I expected more layers to its taste; just four small pieces of brioche were served in one portion, quantity on offer has to be more generous; on the whole the Pulled Pork Brioche was a big disappointment as it was no different from the Chicken Roll served by Ratan Tata Institute, I was aghast to see a Rs. 285 preparation taste absolutely same to a Rs. 30 preparation. Now to the main course. Called for a Tenderloin Bolognaise, first I noticed the measly sprinkling of cheese on top of the dish, luckily the pasta was cooked with cheese added to it, a nice touch; tasted very authentic and pleasing to my discerning palate; the meat and pasta sauce blended beautifully; a wonderful preparation but I just wished they were more generous with their portion. Also called for Basa Fillet , I was served overcooked fish which had a slightly rubbery feel to it, was difficult to cut through the fish, the basa was beautifully filleted though; toasted almonds and olives topping the fish were a very welcome addition, the sharpness of the olives just added a bit extra to the dish; the mashed potato accompanying the basa was simply simply divine, perfectly mashed and buttered potatoes were so so good; I just wished the basa was a cooked for shorter time on the pan, apart from this I cant find any fault with this preparation. I was kind of full and decided to skip the desserts and called for the bill right away.
Now my overall view of Café Zoe. The service is quick and efficient. Prices are decent, Iced Tea Rs. 120, Basa Fillet Rs. 450, Pulled Pork Brioche Rs. 285. Tenderloin Bolognaise Rs. 410. Food is also pretty good, although I felt heavily left down by the Ratan Tata Institute taste of the Pulled Pork Brioche. Till here I thought I may give 4 stars to Café Zoe, but I have to mention 1 last thing. I felt much suffocated in the restaurant, and was very very keen to leave the restaurant as soon as I was done with my food. It was filled with decked up men and women; its a café for Gods sake, not some super swank restaurant where you come to be seen. Café Zoe had such a fake vibe to it, where everyone there had put a mask to act all pricey and snooty, such a wannabe trait. More importantly it was filled with white skinned men and women. The few Indians at Café Zoe while I was there were simply in awe of white skin. Our desis at Café Zoe were only interested in aping white mans mannerisms and attitudes, I was simply disgusted. India has been an independent country for 65 odd years now, and Indians are still worshipping white skin. Bapu would be disgusted if he would have seen the scene at Café Zoe.
Overall three stars from me, and would mostly never ever return to Café Zoe.
great, can do even better...
great ambiance... good food...
the only slight grouses at zoe are - the limited menu - especially evenings - & often one has to seek out service when it's busy...
must narrate a comparision - visited zoe, & olive bandra on consecutive nights... asked for a bottle of wine from the menu at both places... wasnt available at both... the zoe bartender recommended a bottle priced slightly lesser... the one at olive pushed one double the price :)
Good food but really okay service!
When we called to make the reservation itself they informed us that we would have to vacate the table at 10.30 as they have another reservation and throughout the dinner we were remined of that...that was very annoying. Apart from that, the food is really great. The starters - scrambled eggs on toast and the crostinis (veg) were yum and so was the steak I ordered. We also had the seafood dish which was yum as well. The sangria pitcher we ordered was fab but disappointed by the size (it wasnt a pitcher more like a beaker!). The service was kinda slow. Would deffy go back for the food. Hope they solve their teething probs by then!
Good food, indifferent service
This place is in the same compound as Blue frog is.
Large, airy, space. We went in the night and I found it a bit less lighted than I would like but I am guessing in the day time it must be lovely with a extra high ceiling and big windows for the light to come in.
Sweet Potato soup - lovely flavor - loved it
Veg burger - very nice .....would not say excellent but nice
Greek salad - good.
Tiramisu - excellent - one of the few super tiramisus in Mumbai I would say though I would like it chilled and not just semi cold.
The service was kind of indifferent and not very pleasing. The waiters could do with some more smiles and friendliness. When we asked for water glasses , were told take the glasses in which the spoons and forks are kept !
Prices are quite reasonable - most dishes are priced at 250-300 and our total bill for one each of the above was Rs 900.
I am surely going again for the ambience and food and hoping the service is more welcoming this time around
don't even feel like given them a star
just @ the entrance they mention " sorry we r teething pls bear with us"
omg. seriously... they r badly teething.
1.ant in d salad, thats heights of teething
2. chicken wings had more batter than the meat
3. bread basket was a rock basket.. bread wasn't even soft
4.presentation was alright.
best is the melon sangria. ( wch they were out of melons, and we got apples instead )
valet took 30mins ,since the valet guy lost the tag and he didn't bother 2 mention.
crazy sad place, wudnt go again.
They really try your patience here!!!
I was looking forward to lunching at Cafe Zoe, totally disappointed, we wanted to try the 1/2 roasted chicken and meat balls .. were told that they were out of roasted chicken owing to the rush on Saturday and would check if there were meatballs with tomato sauce available.. which was there and tasted yum, the tomato sauce was fresh and prepared very well(missed a bit of basil taste there), the meat balls were succulent and done well. Instead of the roasted chicken we ordered the grilled chicken in a reduced jus (delicious, the jus was delicious and had a hint of red wine).
Sad part though, we were served only an hour later from our order.... everyone around us seemed to be getting their orders, but we were just sitting sipping on our iced teas (there no water served either to us instead of repeated asking .. to add insult to injury, were served water when the bill was brought to us.. how wonderful - even an Udipi restaurant serves water without being asked)
The shocker was we were charged (in a handwritten bill
) for a starter that we had ordered for, but were not served and when asked for the manager in charge to explain.. received an unemphatic and rehearsed apology, citing problem with their server and machine.
This was my first time at Cafe Zoe and it turned out to be nothing short of a nightmare... understand the "teething problems" but that is a lamest excuse I have heard so far for shoddy service and lack of attention by staff.
If for nothing else, just go for the unassuming and delicious food, but be prepared to WAIT
Cafe Zoe is gorgeous...
Cafe Zoe is beautiful. Right from the entrance to the interiors. It feels like a huge studio apartment where you can just chill and have a good time.
Apart from having amazing food and beverages. They have a book shelf and a newspaper stand where you can pick up anything you like and read. They have interesting one liners placed all over the cafe [Even in the menu]
We went there for breakfast and ordered a fluffy omelet, Veg Burger, Hot Chocolate & Creamy Cheese Cup cake.
Everything was perfect...
The natural sunlight is the most perfect setting for breakfast and lunches. If you have not been to Cafe Zoe yet, you should go there NOW! It is totally worth your time and money.
Wonderful entrance - the bamboo trees welcome you to a world of fresh, green and natural.
Amazing natural sunlight all around - perfect for breakfast and lunches.
The food is wonderful too! We ordered:
Potato and Leek Soup (SUPERB!)
Greek Salad (Nice but what's the deal with green canned olives? - not good!)
Grilled Veggies & Cheddar Sandwich (Real good, but could do with more grilled veggies)
Tomato / Goat Cheese Tartine - Well done - 5/5 stuff.
Fettuccine Pasta - Oh, the sauce was incredible!
Pumpkin risotto - WINNER!
They seem to focus a lot on fresh local produce and it's good. Food is not cheesy, salty or over powering - it's a job well done.
Cafe Zoe is a refreshing change to Mumbai. Kudos.
Zoe Living ......
This eatery that wakes up for Breakfast ...turns into a buzzing lunch place with great natural lighting.... transforming then to a cofee /snacks place,,,,,on to dinner and a lounge space with some awesome food and drinks in the wee hours,,,,is like a living breathing being just like its fictional character Zoe (who it is named after) .....
We went here for Dinner last nite with a group of firends and were there till 11.30 pm or so and the place was only beginning to get more buzzing....
Although the board outside does warn of "Teething Trouble.." its a decoy to keep your expectations low and the service is good & courteous ....and the Owners try very hard to make sure all their guests are comfortable and well looked after
For Starters we had the Chicken Wings (these were excellent and a far cry from the standard bbq sauce) Ceaser Salad (with Chicken/Prawns is the only optoin) was fresh and the sauce accompaniment was tasty as well,,,,,,,for the veggies theres tommato and goat cheese on ciabata toasties which was good
They have a decent drinks menu....while all of the standard stand alone alcohol was fine,,,, they didnt manage to get the strawberry maragaritaas right the two times we ordered it....the fresh lime soda was also just ok,,,,,.but its a NEW place and we had been forewarned so well give them the benefit ...
As far as the Mains go,,,,we had the Tenderloin Burger (Zoe Cheeseburger) which was served medium rare upon request and succulent ...we also tried the Veggie burger and finally there is a place in MUMBAI that has got its Veg Burger SPOT ON,,,,,finger licking good.... also theres something about the french fries (even if they are out of a packet) they r served hot and with sauces (mustard /ketchup) and just the right amount of salt.....we also had the Duck (in cranberry reduction) highly recommend it only if youve had duck prior(the meat has a peculiar acquired feel),,, the Zoe Pork Carbonarra was excellent as well,,,,,,and for the veggies the piece d resistance is a dish called the WELLINGTON ..... (easily can be shared by two)....
desserts are good ...i would recommend Choc Orange cake and the Hazelnut Mousse is with crunchy pieces of hazel nut and ROCKS
The overall Space,,,, ambience (We are informed the Owners together with Red Bus - another feather in their cap) have done a great job with this space,,,,,,and with the Music and laughter ,,,, the huge bar ,,,ALL OF THIS add up to make ZOe a MUST for All MUMBAIKARS,,,,,,its our CAFe to beat all CAFES ,,,,,,
PS Check out the Knick kancks /Cutlery Wall where they sell the stuff worth a dekko...they have some nice quirks with the bill coming in an old box ,,,,(see pic) and the legal letter print outs for Menu,,, and the Carafes they serve the water in....its always the little things
Amazing ambiance, lots of vertical and horizontal space , delicious food with wide variety, fantastic music system, designed to hangout, excellent and original cocktails, courteous and efficient service, books and wifi absolute must--natural sunlight during the day--only one of it's kind in Mumbai