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Home/mumbai/Konkan Cafe, Vivanta by Taj - President

Konkan Cafe, Vivanta by Taj - President

Cuffe ParadeSouth Mumbai  

4.1

10 Reviews / 10 Ratings

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Coffee Cocktails & Kaapi Martinis Dec 14 - Dec 20

  • Enjoy Mumbai's balmy winter with a choice of delicious drinks! Konkan Cafe, the homely restaurant serves culinary wonders from the Konkan Coast, present a wonderful take on coffee. Redolent with flavour and warmth, coffee adds a wonderful dimension to drinks. From hot coffee to a chilled espresso to coffee liqueur, the distinct flavour of coffee will tinge the cocktails on the special menu. The cocktails blended with coffee and martinis created with kaapi as filter coffee is called in South India are sure to please.


Konkan Cafe, Vivanta by Taj - President Reviews

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Konkani at the Konkan Cafe @VivantabyTaj

A mid-way between casual and fine dining, on one hand you will find the serenity of a fine diner and on the other one can find stewards flocking together to sing on your birthday with all the ‘Konkan Café style’ razzmatazz. The Konkan café serves you cuisines from the coastal belt starting from southern Maharashtra all the way up to northern Kerala. “coconut’ is one go to ingredient when it comes to coastal cuisine and I don’t mind eating it all day long.
I started with a refreshing glass of Sol kadi (made of Kokum a fruit indigenous to the western ghats and know for its cooling properties) enriched with coconut milk with a prominent flavour of garlic. It worked as a perfect aperitif made be impatient till the next course arrived. In the interim I ordered a glass of the ‘ Konkan Café’ Chenin Blanc to go with the poppadams and the assorted chutneys on the table.
Kelfulache Vade

Made of Banana Flower an ingredient used rampantly in Asian and south Indian cuisine. This was steamed, spiced, pattied, deep fried and served with coriander and coconut chutney. Very piquant in taste, I could associate it with tart deep-fried plantain.

Vafleli Usal

Mix of different sprouted lentils tempered with curry lead and mustard and had a hint of ghee. Soft steamed sprouts made into a warm salad like preparation was delish. I went in for a German Riesling an off dry style with the starter, trust me it was a match made in heaven.
Phanasa chi Bhaji

A dry raw Jackfruit preparation is definitely a rarity in the city. A must have of you have never tried a jackfruit preparation. Suggest you have appams/neer dosa with the same.

Basale Gassi

Gassi is a wet Mangalorean preparation made with coconut and red chillis and flavoured with cumin and coriander. It is popular for its fish variants but this one was with spinach. It went well with Sannas, a Managlorean idli like preparation made with rice flour but the gravy by itself was lacklustre I thought.
Bebinca

Bebinca a classic Goan dessert, a must for celebrations; is a layered pudding made with eggs, milk, and butter/ghee. The Konkan Bebinca was served warm with ice-cream. Soft and opulent with a hint of sweet spice, the ice-cream in this case or some custard can help to make it a bit moist. I tried a few retailed in Goa a couple of times but never again, I am so glad to find it here in Mumbai!

Elaneer Payasam

This chilled dessert is coconut milk sweetened with jaggery with bits of tender coconut. A real palate soother!

Verdict:

- Lovely ambience

- Veggie Meal for 2 @ INR 2500

- An Indian restaurant without a tandoor, this is coastal cuisine

- Authentic food replicating the local, I can tell I am a Konkani

- For a non-vegetarian account of the place read this by Antoine Lewis

- They are open for breakfast on the weekend serving South Indian fare. Pick anything for Rs 150.

Thank you, Dhanyavada, Upkaram……Devo baro karon!

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sea food

Konkan is located at the Taj Vivanta Hotel, and every time I visit Mumbai I particularly take out time to visit Konkan Café. They serve delicious Konkani food and my particular favourite is the Non Veg thali, if you are fond of Sea food one can try the Sea Food thali. Fried Ravas fish is a must try dish here.
The other dish that is simple and healthy is the moong dal khichadi.
The service is warm and you can always ask for recommendations as the staff suggests the best of the dishes.
I would highly recommend this place for all occasions.

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4.0

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Good South Indian food.

Went with family, good south indian food but not priced right for the taste. Being Taj, i expected more better food. No new dishes except maybe the Neer Dosa, else nothing not tasted before in south indian homes usually.
Can improve more, but thumbs up on decor and hospitality.,

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Superb food and superb service

This restaurant is truly a five star restaurant. Excellent menu, superb quality ingredients, great preparations and above all, exceptional service. The ambience is well done as well. Highly recommend the seasonal banana flower appetizer, kajuchi usal, solkadi and the malabari paratha.

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5.0

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“Fantastic”

Very nicely decorate The food is of a very high standard and the service is very friendly. We found it so nice that we went back the following day. They also prepare items that are not on the menu as well if requested best place for fish thali..

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Udupi-style fatafat thali at 5-star

Are you one of those patrons who can't but glance greedily at the neighbour's plate while you wait impatiently head to Konkan Cafe? The five-star eatery is going the fast food way and has launched a thali they promise to whip up under 10 minutes, or you get 50% discount on the meal. For more details

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5.0

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Divine food!

Konkan Cafe was one of my destinations on my gastronomic pilgrimage before I bid farewell to Mumbai in a weeks time. A dear friend and colleague has a special fondness of this place and high regard for their chicken/veg stew and melt-in-your-mouth Appams so Konkan Cafe it was this evening when we decided to meet for an impromptu dinner.

Konkan Cafe has the hallmark of Taj hospitality- polite and cheerful staff, gorgeous ambience and wonderful service. The basket of mixed papads were perfectly fried, non oily with the right degree of "crunch" factor- the chutneys that accompanied it were wonderful. The green chutney was my absolute favourite. I ordered the seafood thali while my friends chose the vegetarian thali-the food arrived promptly and was absolutely perfect. All the dishes were flavoursome and had a home cooked wholesomeness about it. The appams lived up to their melt-in-your-mouth softness, the neer dosas were served warm, the egg appams were unique (although i preferred the plain appams which were frankly out of this world), the rasam, sambhar, mangalorean fish curry, and fish fry were just gorgeous. BTW, the appams are steamed in the front and brought to the table in bamboo steamers separated by layers of banana leaves (Can you tell I loved their appams? )!! The pulao was beautifully fragrant and just like something that my mother would rustle up...Konkan Cafe lived up to its reputation and some more. The service was discreet yet efficient, the maitre d' was very helpful..and the meetha paan at the end of the meal finished off the meal perfectly. All in all, a very leisurely meal amidst a great ambience and the food can only be described in one word- DIVINE! Definitely, a place that I will visit again..this time with my better half and family in tow!

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Excellent Prawn Gassi & Solkadi

Went to Konkan Cafe for a quiet meal with my beau. I had some inhibitions at first since I am not particularly fond of Indian stlye sea food. But I was amazed at how differently flavorful the food tasted. We were not too hungry so we decided to share 1 starter and 1 main dish. For starters we ordered a charcoal roast chicken dish. It was excellent. I tried some Solkadi while he decided to stick with the good ol' diet coke. Bet you he regretted that decision, coz I gulped down the last drop of my Solkadi. It was too delicious to waste or share. :P For main course we ordered Prawn Gassi and RIce. Prawn Gassi is spicy prawn curry. We asked for it to be extra spicy.. by the end of the meal our noses were runny and ears were steaming. No regrets though, coz we enjoyed every bit of the meal. Meal for two - Damage- Rs. 2000

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Oh Panna!!

Yeah... apologies to the meat-eaters!

It's amazing to find some real cool veggie stuff at Konkan Cafe... I tried the Panna (raw mango extract) which is as refreshing as any drink could ever get... You may also like the Kothmir vadi (fried / steamed balls of gram flour, coriander and spices) and ofcourse the paneer bhurji... simply delicious...

Pure veggies beware -- the Appam is made with a coat of egg yolk spread all over... You may want to miss that..

The place is tucked in one end of South Mumbai (Taj President)... With Trattoria's staff standing a hand-shake away, you may be tempted for some Italian magic.. but KC has a charm of its own... excellent decor... polite staff (trademark Taj!)... and good food.. It's what you can expect from the great Chef Ananda Solomon!

My regards to you, Sir!

P.S. Had the privilege of working in the KC kitchen for 3 days... was fun!

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4.0

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Pricey, but Goan Food Second to None

Being in the Taj, it should be understood that this will be a hit to your wallet. Now that it is behind us, I simply need to tell you that this has the best Goan seafood in town. Try the Goan Prawns (my fave). All the crab dishes I have tried were delicious. Wine selection is also good for wine enthusiasts. One more warning: this place is expensive!!!

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Suddenly so steep!!!

I remember going to KC a couple of months ago or may be even a year, when i had relished the Veg Thali, especially the appams and the rasam. Had enjoyed it even more because it cost some Rs 300 odd. I was quite amazed to find out that the same thali (infact every item in it was ditto) now costs Rs 550 plus taxes!!! It was nothing exceptional either. The unlimited crunchies they serve as starters along with some nice chutneys, was the highlight of the meal. Of course, the ambience of the restaurant is very ethnic, feels like u r dining in one of those huts along the coastline, but surely wouldnt wana pay that much for some food i can eat for Rs 50 - 80 in the bylanes of Matunga.

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