14 Reviews / 15 Ratings
Great place and good food but service is not great
Have been to this place several times and I love the ambiance and the food. The person behind the counter is always very morose though and has been downright rude on a couple of occasions. Sad, because his attitude really detracts from the overall experience.
Its a great place to order food if you are in the vicinity, their service is quick and food is always super fresh.If u have a little extra time just walk into the place and enjoy a lovely meal / snack/ coffee or dessert. The owner/manager is usually around and is super sweet and is a great host. The staff is well trained as well.So far i have tried the different soups, dips with crackers, Mexican potatoes, Vietnamese rice noodle salad, pesto melt sandwich, tangy mushroom sandwich, slaw sandwich, burrito bowl, aglio olio and pesto pasta and a few of their desserts. and have LOVED them all.
So my friend and me decided to go to this place. Its a tiny place in a bookstore, hence the name. We had to wait for 20 mins till our turn, but it was worthwhile. The hot chocolate is to die for. The pasta aglio was just perfect. And the quesadillas just melted in my mouth. The food menu is interesting but my center of attraction being a street side "Bombay Sandwich" fan (Now graduated to Sandwizza). The menu had sandwiches with interesting names & we ordered Bhelpuri Sandwich & Cheese Chilly Paneer Sandwich.
You enter a book store. After looking around a bit, you're drawn to this dessert counter with cup cakes, cheese cakes and the like. While you're still ogling the desserts you notice on the left, a small cafe with a cozy yet air conditioned interior and a few tables which one wouldn't notice from the entrance. You decide to have a seat, have a cup of coffee perhaps followed by that piece of chocolate truffle cake that you were staring at.
While all this can happen & might be the case for many, truth be said, I never noticed this cafe the first couple of times I visited Kitab Khana.
Very lovely cafe apartment for a in house thing
Very lovely cafe apartment for a in house thing in a bookstore.. perfect to wind up over a coffee and a good book. The salads are fresh, the pastas are piping hot yum and the shakes are good. Go here and unwind for a few hours, away from the hustle and bustle of the city
A friend and I were walking along the old buildings of the Fort - fountain area, when we happened to discover this place by chance. The book store has a very non commercialized, peaceful warm feel to it which is enhanced by the fact that it has a nice high ceiling, giving you a sense of space. The way the bookstore is built, it makes you feel like you are curling up on a couch with your favourite book in another time.
Now about the cafe itself. They have a very innovative menu with things like a bhelpuri sandwich and a blueberry chocolate cake. The menu mainly consists of light snack foods, hot and cold beverages and desserts. We tried the blueberry chocolate cake, the Chipotle Bowl (wasn't on the menu so check the specials board) and a cutting chai. The cake was okay, could have been a lot better but the Chipotle bowl was amazing. It consisted of rice, mexican style beans, salsa, cheese, ice berg lettuce and sour cream. The cutting chai was nice and strong and not too milky - just like a tapri chai (although a lot more expensive). the prices ranged from aboutRs. 120 -Rs.180 a dish and our bill came up to about Rs. 390. Although, it is not cheap, it does not burn a hole in your pocket like some of the other cafes in town.
The owner makes a special effort to be welcoming and warm and he even mentioned that all the food was specially cooked by his wife! The only negative I can think of is that they dont allow you to read a book with a cup of coffee in the cafe without having bought the book first (something that crosswords is still awesome for)
Al in all it was a sunday evening well spent and id definitely go back for more!
LOVE! Still thinking of Mud Pie
First of all, the ambiance of the bookstore and the cafe is just so inviting, especially in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Flora Fountain, that I never want to leave once I'm in there.
The lovely couple that run this place make it look so easy ! They are super friendly and so calm even when the place is brimming with customers waiting for a table. Service is top notch. The owner is extremely attentive to your needs.
And of course the food is just so good. This is no regular cafe with great coffee and average baked goods. Everything that I've tasted is amazing, and you will not find these things elsewhere, and they will not be this tasty without being greasy. The vada pao sandwich and Moroccan salad are my favorites. And the chili cheese toast ! I want more. And of course the cheesecake and the mud pie sent me to food heaven with the first bite. The woman who runs the show knows what she is doing. And this is coming from someone who is not easily impressed, having lived in New York City and San Francisco.
This place is such a cute little corner cafe, the experience of walking past book shelves to get to it adds to the atmosphere. The feel of this cafe is very different form the one you experience at Crossword x Moshe. The owner is present and this adds to the cozy feeling, he even served me a few min before shutting (a toasted bagel - my companion claimed she could die in peace after eating it).
The cup-cakes are very sweet, the muffin soft and the butter cream-is actually butter cream not icing. Everything on the menu looks exciting including the Bhel sandwich (very interesting texture).
Its the thought that matters...
Review Food For Thought, Kitab Khana
I love libraries and bookstores! Can spend an entire day at such places surrounded by books of all shapes and sizes & the smell of the oak wood shelves. And thus when I noticed this new book shop in flora fountain I couldnt help but get inside.
It was sheer luck and I must say a good one that I noticed this store. The name itself Kitab Khana is very old school and just adds to the vintage charm that flora fountain/fort exudes. Not the usual Landmark and Oxford kind, this bookshop is neither humouguous nor is it over flowing with people. Just the perfect atmosphere! You know the kind Bombay Stores and Fab India give. Ofcourse not a day there is a sale.
What I like about this place is the layout and architecture. At every turn youll find something new. Some of the walls are engraved with dohas by Sant Kabir, verses of Sant Tukaram and other great philosophers.
Located to the far left corner of this bookshop is a quaint cafeteria called Food for Thought. A charming and dainty café, of just 7-8 seats, walls of which are adorned with movies related to food Ratatouille, Julia and Julia, No Reservations. Mental Thought: Culinary Muse loves this and promises herself to get these for her home. Anything to do with food!
The all vegetarian menu lists down a limited yet impressive selection of Appetizers, Salads, Sandwhiches, Pastas, Deserts and Drinks
We get on to ordering. The first Penne Pesto is brilliant with yummy, nutty green sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil flavor and a portion of bread on the side. The second pasta Penne Aglio Olio was too dry and tasteless, quite a disappointment compared to the Penne Pesto. In the drinks we had the Ginger Lemonade, which was quite refreshing considering it is still so hot. The Earl Grey Tea was the normal, tea bag version.
In the desserts, we had the Apple Crumble beautiful presentation with Cinnamon Powder sprinkled all the over, the dish was an equal delight in taste. The crunchiness of the outside crumb and the soft warmth of the apple inside was just brilliant.
A meal for 2 here would cost anywhere between Rs 250 Rs. 500
Ambience: Old School
Service: Slow yet Hospitable with the owner personally interacting with everybody
Quicktip: Dont be lazy, forget Flipkart for a day, come buy a new book or just explore the ambience of Kitabh Khana and Food For Thought a try! The Apple Crumble is a must!
food for thought is a beautiful cafe located inside kitab khana bookstore in fort,south mumbai.the ambience is very classy with a combination of contemporary and old british architecture.The salads and sandwhiches are very innovative and good.dont miss pasta arrbitta and the bhel puri sandwhich.
2 thumbs up!
So heres another new café in town! Woohoo! Heres why you must go try it!
Food- Their menu consists of Starters like Nachos, Jacket Potatoes, Jalepeno Poppers and the like, salads, sandwiches, bagels, pastas, desserts, coffees, teas and other cold beverages. They also have some stuff which is not on the menu so dont forget to check the counter! My friend and I had decided to go just have some coffee but I got tempted to eat so I called for Alfredo pasta which sounded like a safe bet. My friend called for a black coffee which was pretty good. The good thing is that they ask you what veggies you want in your pasta before they make it. So I called for one with zucchini and capsicum. It was really good except for that it was a little dry. But I asked them to pour some white sauce in it after which it was perfect. We also decided to call for a dessert- Chocolate Ecstasy which comes with ice cream. It was ok, could have been more chocolatey. Id love to try more food next time though!
Ambience- Located near the famous Flora Fountain, Food for thought is a little café in a bookstore called Kitab Khana. It reminds me of Cha Bar at Oxford Bookstore, Churchgate. Since its a part of a bookstore, youll find the place very quiet and peaceful. So if youre with a bunch of friends and want to make noise, be ready to get stares from people! Go there if youre with just one or a couple of friends. Its a great place to have a work meeting too! The look of the café is chic and comfortable. I like! Theyve put up a few movie posters related to food on grey walls and thats really cool! I also loved the mauve coloured stairs on the side.
Service- Our food was brought to our table within just a few minutes which was great! Also, when I asked them to add some white sauce in my pasta, they took it back and added some without any dirty looks. So Id say the service is good.
Prices- The prices are perfect! The starters are priced at Rs. 80 each, the salads at Rs. 130, Sandwiches Rs. 150, Pasta Rs. 120, desserts at Rs. 120 and up, coffees and teas at Rs. 50 and up. After having 2 black coffees, 1 pasta and 1 Chocolate Ecstasy, the bill amount was Rs. 340 inclusive of taxes. Not bad at all huh?
Verdict- Food for thought is a great café and Ill definitely go there more often! Great food, ambience, service and prices! Two thumbs up!
Loved it ! Got it right !
This is the cutest cafe located inside the bookstore Kitab Khana. It's a small place with maybe 7 - 8 tables and a very homely vibe. Given the friendliness of the owner you feel as if you've been invited to his living room.
Food: The have an all-veg menu. Yippee ! Ordered the cheese chilli, paneer sandwich with hummus, hot apple tea on the owner's recommendation and waffle with hazelnut chocolate sauce. The paneer sandwich with hummus is an unusual combination and led to us squabbling over who'd have the last piece. The apple tea was divine and the best I've had.
They had a deal that if you check into foursquare you get a free dessert :D The hazelnut chocolate sauce was dreamy and even though I was stuffed to the brim couldn't resist and polished off half the waffle.
Damages: Rs 340 for a sandwich, a starter and 2 drinks. Free dessert.
They've done a great job. Keep it up !! Am definitely coming back for more.