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Leopold Cafe & Bar

ColabaSouth Mumbai  

  • 02233133262
  • Colaba Causeway, SBS Road, Near Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai
  • Multi-cuisine
  • Meal for 2 - 1600
3.0

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Leopold Cafe & Bar Reviews

2.8

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Overrated, overhyped, overpriced and underdone

A failed attempt to re-visit the famous Elephanta caves and aimless strolling around Colaba brought me and my brother here. We primarily wanted a bottle of ThumsUp to quench our thirst, but though to go in as it was the famous 'Leopold Cafe'. It is opposite the Colaba Police Station and is hard to miss if you're in the right area.

Both of us felt a strange unease while entering as this was one of the places which terrorists had targeted during the attack on Mumbai on 26/11. A friendly greeting awaited us and we did ot have to wait much to get in, but were strictly told that the rea upstairs was 'closed'. A lot of Indians are told the same tale, so nothing new here, but we already anticipated it.

The area inside was extremely cramped and a couple of spots were hot enough to cook you up. It seemed there was no interest in making this situation better. The crowd are fine, but limited air ventilation is a problem.

To the menu now. As I have written earlier, all we wanted is to quench our thirst with a nice cola, and even if we would have been hungry, our hunger pangs would have disappeared after looking at the prices...overpriced is not the word I tell you. So we settled for a club sandwich and a couple of glasses of cold coffee. The damages: over Rs 600!

The service is pretty quick, that I'll give them. But after paying so much, one does not want to feel having dined at an udipi place - eat quickly/pay quickly/get out quickly. Also, the quality of the stuff is OK, you'll find better at several places in the area.

Head to Cafe Mondegar for a better experience, 'cause this one is certainly not worth it.

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3.0

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My most favorite place

I can come here every week. Food was awesome. Crowd was awesome. Service was better than other places and price was okay.

Love it!

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Always a pleasant experience

Was in Colaba Causeway, where we shopped till we dropped, doing a recee of the entire stretch. We didn't think much and settled for Leo's as our place for lunch. We made our selves comfortable in one of the center tables at the ground level (Have never quite warmed up to the upper air-conditioned section). We didn't have to wait at all to be seated. Ordered for two mugs of beer and a plate of chicken sausages and salted peanuts that came complimentary with the beer. It was a good start and perfect to beat the afternoon sweltering heat. The next to arrive was crispy chicken - chicken strips stir fried with an amalgamation of Chinese spices and sprinkled with red chillies. The flavour of the spices were induced deep into the flesh of the chicken and was an explosion of flavours. We also ordered for a Barbeque Beef that came along with a side of toasted Garlic bread, again marvelous. The latter was suggested by the server, and it was good judgement by him. Contrary to the other reviews on this page thrashing the service, food and prices, we had quite a nice experience. The service was infact very quick and they always had a smile on when serving. The damages at the end of our meal for 3 was Rs 1,368. A bang for buck we thought. The people tarnishing the image of this restaurant need to give it a second chance, its not all that bad after all.

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Feel like an alien in your own country

I love this place.

Yes. Sounds contradicting to the title but that's the case. Here the staff (mostly) discriminate Indians. They clearly prefer foreigners over Indians. Even if they are well-mannered, polite and good to them.

For a moment I thought I was some 8 legged four headed sultan of some crazy-land. And mind you I go there at at least once in a month.

I don't think frequency should matter. Hospitality should be one for all. Besides, I don't see value for money.

Oh no, you go ahead. Experience it yourself, perhaps you might get lucky if they serve you happily.

(read my previous reviews before commenting on this, thanks! )

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Leopold Cafe Colaba Causeway, Mumbai. Hype? Real?

Leopold Café. Since 1871. Colaba Causeway. Must-see for the traveler in Mumbai. Over-crowded at all times. Hyped. Real.

Yeah, all of the above runs through your mind as you are showed to your table here and you victoriously grab a chair. For how many can get into Leopold with having to wait outside for that coveted seat? We did and thanked our stars. For, the four of us were famished and could eat the pillars, ceilings, fans by then. The menu card was most eclectic – burgers, biryani, pastas, fresh juices, coffee. Multi cuisine, you say? Eclectic, I emphasize. An eclectic menu for the eclectic faces around me – the two boys at the corner table looked like they were trying to write the screenplay of a movie. Why else would they be looking at the patrons intently and jotting down their notes? And then there were the 2 ladies behind us, who looked like they tore away from a society do to have coffee here. The pretty young girl eating a pastry and sipping coffee with her boyfriend. The bunch of foreigners, wearing salwar kameezes, and trying to absorb all that is India. And of course the four of us, bound by a common love, shopping ;-)

So in case you are not dying of hunger, like we were, simply chill, relax, order a drink — Jayant tells me that their Eiffel Tower beer that is served in a tower-like container is amusing. We stuck to mosambi juices though!! And stay engrossed in your animated conversations with your friends. There’s one more thing you could do. Observe the place and try to figure out, Why the hype?

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Review: Leopold Café, Colaba

Leopold Café. Since 1871. Colaba Causeway. Must-see for the traveler in Mumbai. Over-crowded at all times. Hyped. Real.

Yeah, all of the above runs through your mind as you are showed to your table here and you victoriously grab a chair. For how many can get into Leopold with having to wait outside for that coveted seat? We did and thanked our stars. For, the four of us were famished and could eat the pillars, ceilings, fans by then. The menu card was most eclectic – burgers, biryani, pastas, fresh juices, coffee. Multi cuisine, you say? Eclectic, I emphasize. An eclectic menu for the eclectic faces around me – the two boys at the corner table looked like they were trying to write the screenplay of a movie. Why else would they be looking at the patrons intently and jotting down their notes? And then there were the 2 ladies behind us, who looked like they tore away from a society do to have coffee here. The pretty young girl eating a pastry and sipping coffee with her boyfriend. The bunch of foreigners, wearing salwar kameezes, and trying to absorb all that is India. And of course the four of us, bound by a common love, shopping ;-)

Leopold Café is all that you would have heard about or read about. The place to be seen in, the place to be ‘four-squared’!! Food is good more or less. But seriously, how many people come here for food? They come here for their I-have-arrived moment.

So in case you are not dying of hunger, like we were, simply chill, relax, order a drink — Jayant tells me that their Eiffel Tower beer that is served in a tower-like container is amusing. We stuck to mosambi juices though!! And stay engrossed in your animated conversations with your friends. There’s one more thing you could do. Observe the place and try to figure out, Why the hype?

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Not that great food

I visited this place twice and had completely diffferent experience. 1st time when we sat on ground floor didnt like the place that much reason being too much cramped for space, too much noise and felt place runs because of historical importance only. But second time was completely different experience when we sat on 1st floor. Place had nice music playing, good ambiance, proper sitting arrangement and all. good place to drink but not that high rated for food

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Good for beer, avoid food!

I was with my dad in town last Friday to watch a play at NCPA. He wanted to go have beer post that and we zeroed in on Leopold. Surprisingly, we got a table within 10 minutes. We ordered a pitcher of beer, sesame chicken and chello kebabs. I've heard a lot about their chello kebabs and wanted to try them but was disappointed. There was no flavour of anardana in rice. The sesame chicken too was dry and we asked for a sauce with it he pointed towards the bottle of ketchup. Anyway, after asking again he bought a chilli and soy sauce.

I would say go there for beer if you must but avoid eating a meal there. And if you do then stick to regulars like biryani.

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Amazing buzz, not that much on food

Have been waiting to be here ever since I have been in Mumbai.. and finally last weekend I got the opportunity. Having heard so much about it, was hoping to find it full.. and it was! Situated on the main road, it is hard to miss.

The structure will not impose a likeable effect on being seen from outside, but once you are inside, you know why it is so famous. Saturday night at 9, it was full to the brim with more than 20 people in waiting. It is large group friendly, and since we were just 2 people, we were given a place in just 15 minutes.

The place exerts enthusiasm and buzz. Waiters running around taking and serving orders, people having a good time.. You can see towers and pitchers of beer on almost every table. The crowd is pretty good too.

Now coming to the food.. We ordered 2 glasses of beer with french fries and paneer tikka. The beer was served immediately with peanuts, followed by Panner Tikka. Paneer was soft and the marination was quite delicious. Served with coriander and mint chutney, which was pretty nice. The fries came in way later, and we ordered 2 glasses of beer again. The french fries were a little let down. Though good in taste, they were a little too much oily. The service is quite quick and attentive.

We ended the meal with a red velvet pastry. Not the best I have had, but decent enough. The cream could have been less sweet and lighter.

For 4 glasses of beer, 2 appetizer and 1 dessert, the bill came to 1400 bucks. Not worth spending on food, but bang on atmosphere.

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a place you have to go....

Leo's cafe located in the busy streets of colaba, Leo's is a great place to go with your friends......a pleasant place with good ambiance, always crowded especially on weekends,,,,,,,good food, pricing not too expensive....good variety of food on their menu i like their pastas especially......a place must visit for all Mumbaikars...

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Nice place, Amazing history, Good Ambiance

Cafe Leopold is an institution in itself like many other joints in South Mumbai. I had heard about this place a few times but never been to it until i read the book Shaantaram. That book got me intrigued with this place and i dragged my friends over there from Vileparle. I came over here with a couple of my mates in 2008 and since then i keep coming back few times a year with the guys. This place has a entirely different feel to it, it feels like being transported back in time or being transported to a place like Goa. Out on street you can see the hustle bustle and pace of Mumbai passing by but in there its completely different. Their service is prompt, waiters to the best are courteous and well mannered. There is only one thing i wish would be different about this place, well 2 things actually. The Food - their menu is not very impressive, only a few dishes are good and rest all are average at the best. The table arrangement- They have tried to squeeze as many tables as they can in the area they have which makes each table very close to the other.
All said anyone visiting Mumbai has to go to this place, its not too expensive and its an institution like i said before. You can still see the Bullet holes in the walls n glasses from the 26/11 terrorists had opened fire in the Leopold's ...

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khushrao

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February 06,2014

4.0

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Rocking Time

Its the best place to be on any day of the week... The food is amazing & the ambiance is also a rocker, specially to top restaurant.... Its fully crowded on the weekends... The food is also amazing..... The price is a bit on a higher side though...

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4.0

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history

In this world its not only "Scotch or Wine" which becomes tastier with its age, but same thing applies to Leopold.
How we can ever forget tower of beer finished within 15 min with just 3 friends !
Beer Tower seems to be economical @ Rs 1400. Tried tandoor (around 400) which was ok.

If you wanted to have experience of certain "Historical " places in Bombay , then Leopold is one of them. Its little cramped, overloaded with customers and noisy!
If you required "Fine Dining" Experince then avoid!

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9 Reviews

December 07,2013

3.4

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over-rated

leopold sounds the most happening place to hang out with frns in south bombay, this resto has both AC and non AC sections..weekends are very crowded..you'll find foreigners in large numbers..the prices r a bit expensive as compared to the other bar & restos's in d nearby locality.
due to the crowd, sometimes the services are not upto the mark..

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10 Reviews

November 26,2013

4.0

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Best Chilly Chicken but beware of Service Charge

Go in a big gang and order the pitcher of draft beer that comes like a tower and is a delight! All time favorite dishes have to be Chilly Paneer and Chilly Chicken Dry. It tastes the same every single time you eat it and you can never get enough of it. Fish n Chips at Leos is fantastic but do ask for extra tartar sauce. Just beware of the credit card slip. Service charge is added in the bill but when they get your card slip, they don't give the bill so most people land up adding a tip to the bill which is over and above the service charge.

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Kickass, Nuff said

Timeless, classic pub that signifies everything that Colaba/ Bombay is and ever will be! Love this place.

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September 28,2013

3.4

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Mumbai & The Classics.

Don't go ga ga about the food, booze or the service etc. Just feel the raw energy in this place, you will feel Mumbai in its true element here more than anywhere else, the people, zing in the air, the atmosphere, that what this is all about, simply order a BBQ chicken or an omlette pav if your really hungry, sip on a pint of beer, have a liitle chat with your friends and you will not regret this place, its more of a heritage spot than a swanky hang out, this place has seen everything, the attacks, the bad days the good days and is still standing proud....this is not just another hang out, this is place that has heart and soul, this place is a classic.

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Must visit

For all those who live in Mumbai - a must visit at least once.

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Mondy’s Evil Twin

Leopold’s committed reputation suicide when it served a tower full of flat beer to a beer lover. Although an old joint, Leopold’s has been on the decline for quite some time now. The place is dirty, the food is sloppily made and presented, and the beer sucks. Last time I went there, I had ordered the fried wanton with garlic sauce (oily to the limit!) and the Beef Teriyaki, which was very nice, probably the only good thing on the table. Furthermore, what really made me unhappy was their audacity to monetize the 26/11 terror attacks. And no, I’m not taking about the bullet marks being preserved, I’m talking about the bullet marks being printed on mugs and T-shirts and being sold! This place might be a hit with foreigners as a pick up joint, but most people I know don’t want to swing by for a second visit. And yes, it's way overpriced and over-hyped.

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Great Place

I come to Leopold pretty often, and overall I like the place. It's in a great location but I do hate the noise sometimes. The food is average,the booze is good (always) and it's the buzz at that location that I love the most.... It's a must visit!!!

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Overrated

Cafe leopold one of the best places to hangout in Mumbai left me disappointed.
I had been there with 7 people and we were left waiting for half an hour.
After getting the table, the waiter was no where to be seen.all the waiters were busy entertaining the foreigners.
To be honest only the foreigners enjoy their service the most.
After being on the table for about 15mins, the waiter gave us the menu and just disappeared.again after 15mins he came, took the order and vanished.
finally the food arrived..the quantity was huge and the price is reasonable.
The chicken fried rice had raw chicken..it wasn't cooked properly!
chicken chilly gravy had watery gravy..gross!
Chicken crispy was good.
Food was quite okay..
Service was bad..
Overall experience was quite okay..
I wouldn't visit this cafe again! Not worth it.

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Overhyped is an understatement

Cafe Leopold..., last time i went there, i assumed i ordered the wrong stuff (indian; not to mention the minimal portion sizes at exorbitant rates) so i went there again ydy to have the beef burger and the chilly beef.

Chilly Beef had huge chunks of meat and cooked really well. It was good. Except for the most obvious taste of aginomoto. Presentation was shit, Even Baghdadi presented food better.

And then had the Beef burger..., already cut into 4 quarters, 'okay' sized burger was served. The burger patty was (sigh) worse than cutlet meat. And the over generous serving of mayo made it pathetically gooey and totally uninteresting. There was a weird sweetness to it as well. Waste of money. The fries served with it weren't golden brown either.

The waiter suggested us to have Red pepper beef as (according to him) it was awesome. As the dish was served, it looked exactly like the chilly beef, with comparatively smaller chunks of meat (looked more like the kerala beef roast, but tasted NOTHInG like it) with the obvious (indian) chinese taste. Nothing spectacular, just ok.

Not worth the prices they charge. Also, considering it is always crowded and the staff count being little below 'required', the service isn't that great.

I would go there just to show the non-Mumbaikars what 'media' can do to hype up a little-over-mediocre standard restaurant and that's about it.

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Not impressed!

Ok, so Leopold is more or less like a Mumbai monument now. I have been there a couple of times and honestly I don't understand what the hype is all about. Yes, the place is big, yes it has good music but that's IT. I didn't think the food was THAT great and the only thing I have ever noticed is that foreigners get a higher preference over desi customers here. The place has two levels, one is on the ground floor which has no AC and another on top which is much smaller but is air conditioned and TIGHTLY packed. It doesn't have a dance floor but that doesn't stop people from dancing (I have no issues with that!). The service is slow and many a time, they'll simply forget you're there. The food is nice. Not bad, not AMAZING. Overall, fun place but not somewhere I'd go again. I prefer Monde's.

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BEER BEER BEER !!

I feel its the history which brings people here !! The ambiance okay but if you want to chill with friends and having beer simultaneously, this is the place for your group !! The prices have increased a lot in the past 2 years and now I feel it comes under the expensive category !! You can easily see the bullet marks on the walls which makes this place historical !! As far as food is concerned, its average !!

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great place to hangout

The cafe is quite crowded especially on weekends as it is quite popular.one could find good crowd here at any time.the service is quick and dishes here taste different than the other restaurants in the city.

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HAVEN for BEERHolics !!

Wonderful place...noisy ...perpetually crowded, mostly firangs !!
a Sure HIT for BEER Lovers ....Food wise Strictly OK, but that is understandable as No body goes to Cafe Leopold just to HOG !! Best Place to hang out with bunch of friends.
Try to go in the afternoon or early eve n then continue sitting or else it gets pretty crowded n u will need to compromise on the seating.

Ambience - Classy OLD School Charm without much or RATHER No changes since the time i remember it almost 15 years ago

KUdos to LEOPOLD

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Leopold Café, Colaba

Chat over drink n places to meet each other Ambiance -Normal , Food / Drink -- ok ok , Seating --Crammied , Service --Rude to Indians

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November 10,2012

3.2

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Go here to meet people, not eat

This has always been a place for foreigners to meet each other. After the 26/11 attacks the place became a household name all over the country and now Indians too flock there in large numbers. It's pleasant to sit there and gaze over Colaba - as it's one of the rare bars that is open to the street. A pitcher of beer comes in a tall attention-grabbing tube with a tap attached. So by all means, go there to spend an evening and chat over a drink. The food is terrible, don't even bother with that.

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Ok if you want to have beer & enjoy the ambience

If you want anything more, then this is not the place. The food is just about ok, the desserts terrible. It is an old, landmark venue, so people flock here. Otherwise there is nothing much to write home about.

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A tavern as it should be.

This is one awesome place to have a couple of beers, infact this is the only place in Mumbai where beer is served in an environment it is supposed to be served. I dont know about the food or about any other drinks, because I have never had anything but the beer! The taste is same, but the feeling is different. It is old, not fancy and that is the best part. The service is awesome, the people are very friendly. The place is simple, very simple, that is why it brings one so much joy! Go alone, with a date, a couple of friends, family doesn't matter, this is for everyone, accepts everyone. It is not properly furnished, you can see the damages of 26/11 firing as well, and that is a very sanguine feeling somehow! Its is a tavern as the gods of taverns want them to be!

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3.6

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Landmark in Colaba...Leopold

Leopold is a landmark in Colaba. You love it, you hate it but you can't ignore it is the case here. Close to 150 years old, this cafe is buzzing with activity all through the day. Foreigners are dominant than locals.

Ambiance is like any other cafe but Leopold retains the old British world charm. Plus to add to the mystique around, there are the bullet marks on the walls reminding everybody of the terror attacks of 2008. It's quite a tourist attraction since then.

The seating area is crammed since they have tried to accommodate as many tables and chairs as they could. Tables are so close that if you are quiet you can actually over-hear conversations at other tables (provided you understand German/Russian/French) ;)

Service is decent, but when it gets crowded, it gets difficult to catch the attention of the servers. Preference given to foreigners for obvious reasons.

Food is the best part. I love garlic bread, fish n chips, Chicken Burger, Stroganoff and Kung Pao Chicken...my regulars! Draught Beer and Beer Tower are popular and on almost every foreinger's table.

Food is slightly expensive but I'd say for the kind of aura Leopold holds, its worth it! A meal for 2 would be around Rs 800 (without drinks).

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Ok Experience

I had been to Leopold wid my fiance on a sunday evening. He ordered a beer and i sticked to Ice Tea. Ice tea was a bit bitter which they replaced after i complained about it.

For starters we ordered Chilly Cheese toast which was yummy with generous cheese over it. The only thing was that i felt it was a bit overpriced. The main course was Paneer tikka masala wid Naan. The gravy was superb wid fried pieces of paneer which i dont like.

Overall great place to chill wid friends. :)

Looking forth to trying Chinese next tym i get der.

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The Place

One of the best place.. Awesome food, music n drinks.. just love it..

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Serving since 1887, has to be good

A trip to Mumbai without a visit to Leopold has got to be incomplete. This place has been serving drinks and food to people since such a long time, it has a legacy of its own. The food and drinks are not awesome, but the ambience and crowd is what you pay for.

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A lil too expensive for my taste

I'm going to be very honest here - yes, its got a good vibe going on a place you'd like to enjoy your drink at, but it certainly not the cheapest place to go to. A pint of beer is 190 or so. A bottle is 255. Draft is of course a lil cheaper. The food on the other hand is where it gets expensive. A veg burger will set you back 300! And thats at a place without aircon and cramped seating. A plate of potato wedges goes for about 300 too.

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Leopold Leopold

Leopold Cafe... New to Mumbai? A fun, crowded place to hang out in. Finger licking food, BEEERRR, great staff and even better and friendly service.
Even the terrorists attacked this place? Does this make it a must go? For you to figure out!

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1 Reviews

February 04,2012

1.6

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First and last visit

First and last visit. 10 minutes to take an order, 30 minutes and still no sign of [overpriced] sundae. Refused to cancel order and lied about order time even though written on order slip. Rude and unhelpful staff verging on harassment. Ugh, worst restaurant experience of life

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January 25,2012

2.2

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Even if you're white, it's not so great really...

I read a lot of these comments about how they're treating white people better... I dunno about that.. it might be true- but honestly, I'm white and the service at Leos is mediocre verging on rude even if you are white.I've been there a few times, in the course of 3 visits to Mumbai since 2010. The beer is beer-like... the food is what you'd expect in a bar... not great, but it keeps you drinking. The only reason I go there is because it's one of the few places that, as a white person, you can go and pretty much guarantee to have other tourists to chat to. (Yeh, I'd be delighted to chat with Indians, but honestly the only ones who seem to want to talk to me outside of work are touts...) I certainly *do not* go to Leos for the food or the service. But who goes to a bar for good food?

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1 Reviews

January 17,2012

3.8

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Sunshinewali Jagah

This is the place where my fiancee had her first sip of beer during our courting days. It will always hold a special place in my heart. They say Leopold reflects what Mumbai is. I disagree. It does not. If you want a place to reflect Mumbai, go to any of the small eateries in Lower Parel or Dadar. But if you want to be the yuppie Mumbaite, then Leopold is the place to be. Glass of chilled beer in hand with some of their highly recommended(read mouthwatering) food on the table, a quick conversation with a firang on a nearby table or a loud conversation with your friends; who would want anything else.

Advice - go dressed casually but in expensive looking clothes or go the bermuda way and look chic. Not a place for sloppy dressing unless you are a foreigner. Service is a bit slow, but the ambience and the historical relevance (ohh really?) of this place makes up for it.

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Overdue - Review

Went there with a few friends quite some time ago, Sat on the mezzanine floor, Pub Like, too loud for me, But the Food was awesome, I would not call it over priced at all, The prices are high ,but the quality and the portions are really good, Had a few chicken starters, some prawns and followed by a Sweet Corn Chicken Soup, peppered by a few large Baccardis. Prawns are to die for, the Best I have had so far (Chinese - probably Prawns Chilli.). I could not believe the soup, it was practically a meal by its self. Great experience - Loud though, next time I will try the ground level. No Service problems at all, I would acknowledge the Good Service

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1 Reviews

January 08,2012

1.8

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Arrogant waiters!

visited ths place recently, had an awful evenin with gf. Went upstairs as the place was full dowstairs, the service was awful, the attendant was too arrogant and impolite while attending. Everytime he got somethin on table, he use to bang those dishes, mugs, spoons, whtever it is on table. Will surely chuck this place on my nxt visit to town ...Waste of money, i think they only treat firingis properly.

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Truth

ITs true that its located there since ages, but the truth is it was a joint for sailors who landed in Mumbai, it was a notorious place.
My Mom used to live in Colaba during the 70s and 80s.
She and her sister used to walk out of regal and stop at Leo's for a Cold Drink.
The crowd would letch.
The say there was basic food served that time.

They saw Leopolds after nearly 30 years and they were honestly disappointed. SO was i, No one cared to serve, i know our plea and comments won't change anything about that place, but it would be nice if youz were nicer.

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November 11,2011

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Worst experience and worst hygiene

Worst food, worst ambience and the hygiene is so very bad that I had severe sore throat, bad cough after having a drink with ice there. The ice bucket and glasses were awfull. Please never go there. It's a very very hyped place.

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Overhyped. OverPriced

If anybody has cashed on terrorism it has to be this place. Leopold's is one cafe where you'll find more foreigners than Indians on any given day courtesy lonely Planet and 26/11. Its an Old looking cafe, true to its "since 1861" image. The food is mediocre, nothing great. The only unique thing would be its Beer towers. The service is very poor. The stewards are more concerned about the people standing outside then they are for the people being served. So, it's a cafe following a fast food strategy ( I wouldn't be surprised if this is the reason for their mediocre quality of food). But the most strikingly unpleasant thing is their prices which are exorbitantly high for the service n food being offered. Burgers going out for Rs.450 in a Non- airconditioned quasi fast food joint !!! But its does not really matter, As they say " Allah Meharban to Banda Pehalwan!" so is Leopold.

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Mondys is better

There are two ways of looking at this joint; one is after considering its history, its long heritage and it being one of the spots for the terrorist attacks in 2008. While taking in the happy noise and laughter, your eyes may meet the bullet marks that the walls here still bear.

On the other hand, you may consider it more analytically and rationally based on food, quality of service and ambiance. This place is frequented by celebs. Thanks to its mention in the Lonely Planet magazine, it has become a mecca for hippies/backpackers.

The place is a bit dark and could use some live/ambient music, albeit the crowd makes enough noise to fills your ears.

The food is well, okish. We ordered a pasta, Fussili Alfredo (Rs 370) that tasted brilliant. The Schezwan Chop Suey (Rs 300) was not very soothing to our palate, though the serving portion was impressive.

The range of beer beats Mondys, with a variety of domestic and imported brands. You could also try the choclatey Mocha Frappe (Rs 70) or the occasional non drinkers could hold a Fresh Lime Soda (Rs 55).

All in all, this place is synonymous with Mumbai's nightlife and should definitely be visited atleast once. But there are other places in and around Colaba that deserve equal limelight.

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4.6

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all time favorit

anything and everything in this place is good.

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Wanna Try, Recipe called ‘’Disaster’’

Having grown up in the vicinity I’ve always had high regards for the place. it proudly boasts ‘Since 1871’
Back in my hey days late 90 it was a simple yet a nice to chill and enjoy your tower (Beer) Thought I’d revive my old days on a rainy Saturday Evening and decided to visit the place and chose Leo's Square, still donno why the heck they call it a ''square''.
We ordered thai Curry and rice, Please allow me describe the preparation and service sequence. Steam Rice - There was no steam in the rice, it was ice cold just flown in in from tundra Land ,it tasted stale or perhaps it could have been a left over from another table or chefs(sorry to insult the world Chef, the guy must've been kitchen helper who prepared it ).
Thai Curry - ''Wow'', thanks to my hospitality skills am able to judge the dish correctly, in fact i figured a new way to make Thai Curry after ordering it here , take water or chicken stock, add lot of cornflower, throw in some multicolored peppers, for a tangy taste squeeze in at least 4 lemons, serve it cold like a gazpacho. when asked where is the lemongrass in it .. the waiter looks at me as if ..i asked him to summon his chef.. sorry i had to use it again.. cook.
Chicken S/w - Please take my advice if the owner ever reads this, Get a Sandwich guy from road side to do your s/w section, there are plenty available outside church gate, am sure he would do better job, perhaps get u some revenue for serving good sandwich alteast.

Service - when i voiced my concern to the server, he was quick to answer a standard quote, staright from his SOP Manual (Standard operation Procedure), i cannot change, or cancel sir .. Next line was it will be charged to me sir.. (Now that's very inhumane) and what a brilliant way to teach your guys, it’s just amazing
Please, i wish you luck with restaurant. you are doing a great thing by putting up and being there since 1871, least of all please do justice to your place you should be proud of your place don’t abuse your heritage and your customers,
i see lot of foreigners with their backpacks at your place, who come by with great expectations with their 'Lonely planet' and Frommers...please do not ever serve your thai curry to them, if you still do please keep some doctors or an ambulance service on standby, we don't want our guests of our country to be food poisoned, for the meal you served and of course charged them for it
Sorry guys i gave desserts a miss. didn’t want it to be paid by the waiter atleast

Our meal was a dissater, the only saving grace was the draught beer, which i concur its still good.

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Kaushik

11 Reviews

August 23,2011

5.0

Wanna drink & chill with Shantaram?

Great atmosphere, cool people...walk in & awaken your senses!

Perfect to chill out with or without friends!

ps - must order the cylinder pitcher beer!

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Super Food, Avg service....

Being a teetotaler, i was initially apprehensive of the food and the ambiance, but a visit to this place (on a weekday night, mind you) changed my views of a place like this...

Entered at around 2330 and found the place bustling with a mix of ppl from all over the world... good start... the waiters are a little lax, but i guess that's what ppl expect from them when they are here to drink/eat and spend time...

Had veg food that included an awesome chilly cheese sandwich, one of the best i have ever had in this city, followed by a lovely pasta in white sauce... though it was good, it just fell short of great... decent quantity, slightly overpriced (until u remember the place you are in...South Mumbai, oh come on now, you can still get the price down a bit...)... The service can surely get a little bit better...

Overall: Great Food, Lovely Ambiance (btw, i sat below), Ok-ok service, can always be better priced :-)

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wish i cud abuse here!!!

awful service!!!pathetic wud be an understatement.... first of all thers is no description given for the dishes ...acceptable cause they hav a pretty exhaustive menu....but when i find mushrooms in my soup i politely asked the waiter to change it cause its FATALLY ALLERGIC for me...but that uneducated waiter curtly said"IT WILL BE CHARGED EXTRA" as if he was doin a favor on me!!! NOT ACCEPTABLE in this SERVICE ORIENTED era dudes!!! n stop commercializing terrorist attcks by sky rocketing ur prices....your shit food is available elsewhere at 1/4 th the price that u charge....!

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Liked it

Good food......service is horrible.....best part is d crowd is from every part of d world....gr8 ambiance esp d design.....

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Love the music and crowd

Great place to be to mingle a diverse crowd. Food priced on the higher side post 12/26 to cash in on the popularity but beer tower is great fun if you are with a group of friends. They also serve Foster's, my favorite! :)

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The good times and the Bad times..

I went there with a friend, one night and we thankfully did not have to wait much.. If there are only two people, the "concealed" top floor is mostly available.. What I did not like, was the wait.. The waiters don't really pay much attention to you, once the order is taken.. And if you want to order something else, better do it when they're serving you, or else they disappear and reappear only with the bill.. As a whole, I had a good enough time, thanks to the company I had..

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It definitely is aweful now!!

Have been going here for years, but on my last visit (after a long time) i realised the the owners have attempted to kill the hen laying he golden eggs. Food that tastes like anything ordinary has been priced over Hard rock legendary burger. The place is always packed inspite of the stupid "taste to price ratios". And people still pour in jus cos it displays 26/11 bullet marks on wall. Seems like someone really milked the popularity gained after the T-attacks.

I really wish it would return to its old self, its old charm. But, I know it won't. This only means I am outta this place for a long long time. Fellow Indians and even mumbai hungry foreigners please give this one a skip.

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Horrible service

This place had its own charm 4-5 yrs back.. Was a regular at Leo`s during my college days(5 yrs back), but after consistently being disappointed with the service and food now I dont even think of going there... Food is still OK, but a road side thella would give you better service that Leo`s. The waiters just suck up to the foreigners. They charge you insanely and then you dont even get the service you kinda expect from such a place.

They serve horrible cocktails at an exorbitant rate... Though the beer is always nice and fresh...

During its heydays, it was surely the place to be but not certainly not NOW.

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March 17,2011

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Best place ever

I love this place and love the food. Especially their Chicken Chilly Dry. My favourite restaurant ever.

The reason it gets a 2 is because they have astronomically jacked up the prices. It is sheer ridiculousness to charge Rs. 375 for a Chicken Chilly Dry. I don't think I can go there again and enjoy as much as I used with such crazy prices. Their portions have also reduced and it just seems really unethical on the part of the management.

As mentioned in other reviews, Indians have always received secondary treatment here. It is deplorable.

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Good Food for Indian with Indian Salaries

A Sincere request to the owners/management ,

Have been enjoying your food and Ambiance for time immemorial.Would like to thank the whole team for all yummy and finger licking food that i my family and friends have enjoyed on many rainy and hungry nights.
But i am deeply disturbed by all the latest review that re being posted for there has been a underlying snob/racist attitude towards your Indian patrons for some time now.
If the management has not noticed it this should be right signal that all is not well.

And now about the prices , I Understand as a Entrepreneur it is not my prerogative as a diner to question the Steep prices taking into consideration inflation , Salaries and taxes.
The current prices are just not there, its good for a expat backpacker to tick on his lonely planet to do list , for us "locals brown skinned" who used to patronize your joint on a regular basis it is just not affordable.

Maybe you can open another joint down in the suburbs still with no A/C will do but please keep earthly prices and Indian tip friendly waiters.

I don't have any personal grudges , just love the place a lot you can refer to my older posting for the same place.

and if pigs had wings they could fly..............

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Stale Food at Nights !

While all of you watched an eventful ENG-IRE WC Match, I was faced with a strange attitude and hints of racism at Cafe Leopolds.
So Dinner with the family, after a Movie.
Get a cocky waiter(hailing from NE-India).
Ordered
- Regular Cold water:"Sorry only available bottled..filter broken"
- 3 plates of Chicken Curry and Rice(its the best in Bombay I've had):Order arrives, we eat our first bite "Curry is stale and chicken is uncooked" we tell him.
W:"Sorry I do not understand. No has complained about this.You know this is Chicken Curry you ordered".
"Please ask the manager/cook to come and rectify this".
W:"No one will come and rectify this, I'm sorry".
Understandably,its pissing off.And ofcourse he gets a peace of our mind.
Manager comes,does not apologise, takes it away to rectify it and returns with 2(TWO not THREE).
Curry is okay, Chicken is still not cooked completely.
Piece de Resistance - Waiter says sorry the Chicken Curry was from the Morning !

I'm speechless.
I'm pretty sure there are more experiences like these but maybe we were too conscious of speaking up or just never bothered.
Earnest Request : Can we not make this an attitude and settle for such hogwash !

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srt10

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February 15,2011

1.0

So Expensive!!!!!????

Recently visited Leo's after the kala ghoda fest fr a quick drink n a bite. But was shocked to see the new menu wid exorbitant prices!! Potato chips at 135/- & all starters are now 400/- min....!! a Meal fr two can easily be arnd 2k now!! Plus our fav chicken pepper or chicken in blackbean sauce starters have been shelved :( Very Disappointed

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January 23,2011

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Absolutely racist!!

Be prepared to be treated like crap unless you are a firang or have firang company with you.The first couple of times i visited this place wid sum American guests i was playing host to.I didnt find anything lacking in the service at that time.However i had a rude shock awaiting me when i returned minus my firang friends.The waiters barely paid any attention and were dangerously close to being outright rude.They seemed to want to pour out all their time and attention on only the goras around.The food and ambience at all 3 times was strictly average which means il never find myself heading to Leopolds again

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Leopold ...... Jus famous for Gunshots.

Just returned frm an awful eveining @ leopold.
Had heard a lot abt tis place ..... asked the waiter for helpin me choose the speciality of the place ..... he asked me to try an Amritsari sandwitch. Its the worst ever stuff I hv ever had.

The sandwitch tasted aweful and was frozen cold inspite of being grilled......had to call waiter thrice for the cheque too.

2 stars are for the strawberry juice which was really the best ever.....

The waiter keeps on showin the gunshots .... I think its complementry;)

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January 12,2011

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Great food, old world Colaba charm

Amazing place with great food, the quality of which has not diminished in the least since I was there last (Fussili with red wine sauce and chicken, was an item I tried once again), with a great ambience. The service is not bad, but typical of a place that is full most of the time, and this one sure is. Perhaps they can increase their staff count on occasion at least, so people will not have a reason to cite that in their rants. The other problem I found - there is a section on top, that seems out-of-bounds to most patrons. That kind of put a dampner on my afternoon, since I noticed people who know someone or the other make their way upstairs. But since that aspect is not a biggie, I still would go back and dine downstairs in the future. And yep, it helps that friends of mine saw Gregory David Roberts at Leopold after Shantaram became a huge coffee table topic. ;-)

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Worst service, food and attitude + very costly

Leopold's is nothing more than a street side cafe, just made popular by the attacks and Shantaram! Its nothing more than hype. The waiters have huge egos and pathetic attitude. The food was so bad, we thought the cleaner boy had made it in the absence of the cook...And the prices are really not worth the crappy food. dont go to Leopold's if you can help it! worst restaurant ever..

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Good place but noisy

I come to Leopold pretty often, and overall I like the place. It's in a great location but I do hate the noise sometimes. The food is ok, the booz is good (always) and it's the buzz at that location that I love the most.... It's a must visit for any tourist in Mumbai who are in the Colaba area....

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December 08,2010

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Crooks!!

Please check your bill and if possible, ask for a receipt each time you order a drink or shots. We had just 8 drinks between 4 of us and were charged for 15! And the manager even showed us obviously fake receipts for these. This has happened to other friends of mine on several occasions as well. We've just stopped going here despite fond memories of hanging out here during college days. The place has lost its charm anyway and the food is pretty terrible now.

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firangi to the core

i mean ys i m proud to be an indian.. and feel grt abt "athithi devo bhava" feeling.. but wht u get at leos.. is "indians not welcome" and thts outrageous.. think of the firangs sitting beside u .. mus be murmuring to his girlfriend in german/hebrew/turkish these guys r treatd like sh#*& in thier own country why do they talk abt racial discrimination elsewhere.. the bvrg, food and all is gud i agree but bro let ur own countrymen appreciate it too.. im sure its not a prob with the management there.. but may be u need to orient ur staff.. i mean who wud like to go to a place wher one is treated like a 2nd/3rd class citizen???

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November 15,2010

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terrible service, terrible food, messy place

Yesterday, I went to Leopold with my gf. We have been to Leopold couple of times and experience before was okay (not bad). We waited couple of minutes for table for 2. Place was crowded as usual. Finally we got table for 2 in corner side. There was water spilled on the floor and floor was very wet, it looked like it was recently cleaned but not properly dried. My sport shoe was slipping, so I hold hand of my girl friend and helped her sit to make sure she don't fall in those high hells.

Place was dirty and it felt like I am sitting in some dabha. We was sitting there for 5 minutes and nobody came ahead to ask us for order or water or anything. Finally I asked passing waiter to call captain. He arrived promptly and asked for order. I asked him for spicy chicken kebab and he responded like take anything. I asked him which one is spicy he suggested go for tikka kebab. I asked him if they have any other spicy kebab in menu, he said that's the only one he can think of. Ok, I ordered glass of draught beer for me and Cocktail juice for my gf, chicken chilly and chicken reshmi kabab.

He bought beer in 1 minute but no juice for lady friend!. It was kind of rude to drink beer while she wait for her juice, but she asked me to ahead anyway. He should have bought them both together. Draught beer was HOT (not cold enough) and tasted like soda without gas. There was very less bubbles and it looked like it was kept open for an hour before serving!. He served no complements (they serve peanuts or cheese biscuits as complementatory) and I have to ask him to bring complements with drink!.

He never asked for water!

Finally juice arrived for my gf and 5 minutes after chicken chilly which was followed by chicken reshmi kabab. While chicken chilly was good, chicken reshmi kabab was cold and chicken was very hard and over cooked. It looked like it was cooked 1 hour before and he just microwave it and served us chicken. Waiter who brought chicken also left it on table without any spoons and he did not bother to serve chicken to any plate. anyway, I have to ask him to bring spoons and some tissue papers on table!!!!!. He promptly bought tissues and spoons!. Waiters behavior was very rude and it seems like he was in very much hurry and have no respect for guests!

Finally, after seeing terrible chicken we decided to leave but before leaving we have to use wash rooms. To my surprise, washroom was very very small, very dirty, ladies room and men's room was in same washroom. It was very very messy and looks like washroom at railway station.

To make all things worst, there was waiting to use washroom, while I was waiting for washroom which is located just near to kitchen, I was looking at kitchen. It was disaster. It was very tidy and messy and very unclean. There was 40+ rotis cooked and was kept open, it looks like they prepare food in bulk and they just heat it and serve to guests.

After seeing kitchen, I felt very terrified and prayed god help me from not getting sick. After awful time, we decided never come back to this place again.

Its sad to see leopold ruining its reputation like this. They should improve there standards and keep place clean. May be too much media coverage after recent terrorists attacks have bought them too many customers hence they really don't care.

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bigben

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October 01,2010

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UR INDIAN...UR SHIT...the leopold real tag line

the topic of my review , is exactly what i felt on my lst visit to this stupid place. on confronting a issue abt a certain dish i ordered, the manager ( a gora) talked me as if, i belonged to a race of slaves in his country. the staff , treat u as if they r feeding hungry children at a refugee camp in somalia.
IF U R INDIAN , BE PREPARED TO GET INFERIOR TREATMENT....actually , there are 12647567.... restaurants in bombay that serve better food, serve u well, treat u with a smile, have the same ( no!!...much ,much much better) environment. y take the risk of spoiling ur outing.? i WILL NEVER EVER STEP INTO THIS PLACE AGAIN, ( im sure they will accept only foreign gurrencies in sometime). I WILL ALSO STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST THIS DUMP ( RUN BY SNOBS), TO ANYONE , WHO WANTS TO HAVE A GOOD TIME

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decent place

this has been the news of lately
the place is decent
they got the general area (as one enters)
and couple area above (better one)
the place ain't loud
foods great
decent place to chat n all
crowds mainly firangi
i'd prefer mondegar to this

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Expensive but Excellent

Food is very very tasty, am not sure how long back you guys have been to this place but it has gone through a major change with the taste of food for sure.

I've always had a liking for this place but had mostly gone only for beers and short snacks unlike this one time i decided to go there for a quick meal. We ordered Chicken Stroganoff and the quantity was more than one person could eat. A whole lotta chicken with a good quantity of rice and some vegetables. Food tasted freshly cooked and very warm to eat. Was more than enough food as we had an appetizer too.

This time around I wanted to try another dish too so ordered the Barbecue Chicken and a portion of Garlic Bread; even the bread was so perfectly crisp but soft that we enjoyed every piece of it. The barbecue chicken was delightfully tasty with freshness and aroma. Had another friend join us so ordered the Chicken Stroganoff again as it was an excellent choice earlier. Our meal totally cost us Rs.1060/- along with a couple soft drinks.Each good dish costs between 300-400 so that's pricier than some of the previous reviews but total value for money as the taste of food is better than many restaurants even nicer one's.

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Pathetic

Well went there for the 2nd time we usually prefer mondegar...this time 1st we didnt get a place to sit and had to sit by the bar,we were told we'll get a table in 5 mins,we kept waiting ,the people who came after us got a table and we kept sitting ,only after we spoke to the managent again after waiting for 30 mins for a table that we got one.
We ordered Fish and chips which we had ordered last time aswell.This time they were pathetic.It had no salt in it and the fish was stinking.We told the waiter that it bdoesnt have any salt init and he said ,it comes without salt,fish and chips are saltless.I've know certain food is bland but heard for the 1st time that it comes saltless.Told the waiter to change the dish ,he said order cannot be changed we had to have the saltless fish.Overall it was a very bad experience.The beer which we get in the market for 80 bucks they were selling it for 220 bucks which is quite high.Well wouldnt want to go there again.

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Absolutely Amazing

From the time when I read Shantaram, this place has been on my agenda of "places to visit" when I go to Bombay. The opportunity to visit Leopold's came last weekend when I spent two days in Bombay. I asked my taxi driver to drop me here for lunch and, after peering carefully at the sign to make sure that I am in the right place, I walked inside and sat down at a table for two. I was hesitant to enter, after having read the below reviews on "racism" but thankfully I faced nothing of the sort. The waiter couldn't have more polite and nice. He pointed out the menus, carefully stuck to the table, beneath its glass top and then left me to make my choices. He however hovered very close and the minute I looked up, appeared and noted down my order - Pot Rice with Beef, Beef with Black Garlic Sauce and, a Fruit Lassi with Banana. My drink arrived almost at once and I settled down happily to drink it and look around me. The place is lovely, with pictures lining the walls and there is a fair amount of space between each set of furniture. My food arrived in less than 20 minutes and I slowly began to munch my way through it. Being alone, I finished a little over a quarter of both dishes, before feeling full. I did manage to get through the whole glass of Lassi though. Meal over, I called for the bill and after paying the rather exorbitant rate mentioned on it, I strolled over to speak to the very young and cute-looking floor manager. I wanted to ask him where the bullet holes were located in the restaurant since I wanted to photograph them. He very kindly took me all round the restaurant and showed me the bullet holes and also stood by patiently while I photographed each. I then thanked him and left. My views of the place are that it is in an ok location, has a fairly nice ambience (well it's actually just a simple cafe cashing in on Shantaram and the 2008 hype), nice food which is served in huge quantites, a mixed crowd and, lovely service.

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Awesome

Beer Tower? Check
Finest Drinks? Check
Good Food? Check
Great Music? Check
Friendly Waiters? Check (Sorry, friends! but I never faced apartheid here, if you really wanna see what apartheid is like try MOD).
And, most importantLY

Amazing Crowd??? CHECK


Whatelse, you need to have great times with friends?
Oh Yeah! If you are driving...you gotta struggle for parking a bit.

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Racist Attitude

Well, I know we all value inflow of foreign currency into the country, but Leopold Cafe made me experience what I usually go through in Goa, the Brown Skin Attitude. Shantaram went a long way in hyping this place up, but ALAS!!! the ground reality is below:

In all the times, I have visited Leopolds, I can count on my fingertips the number of times I have had good service meted to me upstairs. The captains wholly dedicate their attention and service to the "Firangs" that frequent the place here. Orders are given faster, their drinks come faster and the attitude towards them is way better than what I have received in the past.

On 1 occasion, a German tourist with his better half, seated behind me, who ordered 15 mins after I had placed my order, received their order; and I had to wait another 15 mins till my drinks arrived. By then, their drinks had arrived along with finger food.

If you have to place an order in the evening post 7pm. ALL THE BEST. Guess you will have to scream TERRORIST in there to get their attention. The captains and the waiters are least bothered about the normal folks who come here and concentrate wholly on the Expats and Firangs who are present.

If the management is reading this review, kindly note the below points:

1) YOU ARE IN INDIA!!!! guess you have forgotten that. Being one of the oldest places in Colaba, this kind of amateurish behavior of your staff doesnt say a lot about the kind of mentality they have. Your an Indian, respect your fellow people. All they care for is to make sure "Foreigners" are happy and we have to twiddle our thumbs in the hope of good service. Unprofessional and a lacklusture attitude towards you guests.

2) In the hospitality industry, your guests are your bread and butter. You are in existence because we come there and we pay. If you think Indians cant pay as well as others, wake up dude

3) Think it is high time you wake up and address this issue. Being made to feel like an outcast in your own country is the most pathetic feeling to have. I guess you wont understand the same till you go through it. If you are so inclined to be more hospitable and wanna give better service to only foreigners, then my advice and suggestion, convert Leo's Square into a Firang only zone, since thats all you care for.

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- 0 for the service and staff attitude

- 2 for the ambience. You DJ believes we all are deaf and for heavens sake when he is not there.. PLAY A GODDAMN NEW CD. I have the playlist memorized and me and my girl have a competition who can remember the next song in line.. Like jeez. and this is been happening for over a year now

- 3 for the food. I like your food. Especially the Beef Chilly Dry,
the best in the city

- 2.5 on the overall experience

I sincerely hope if the Management of Leopold Cafe ever read this, request them to put in more time into training your staff to attend all customers and not be RACIST. Are we in an apartheid regime in India?

For your convenience, have shared this feedback with numerous regular patrons here and most of them share my view. Staff attitude reflects management's attitude. Thats all I have to say. Just hoping the next time I do visit Leopold ( and I havent in a while due to this racist attitude) some corrective measures will be taken.

the below comments posted by fellow burrpers cant be wrong.. just backs what i have just written down.. and frankly I can personally assure you that here are tons of people who have had the same experience. I would love the Management to reply to the same. I am sure and supremely confident that the Management doesnt EVEN bother to read. WHAT CAN THEY REPLY!

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Hyped, especially after 26/11

Ground Floor of this cafe is like a shack, no AC with Victorian age ceiling fans trying to squeak out the last few days of their lives. If you have been to an Indian Coffee House in any corner of the country, you will find a lot of similarity - the only difference is that there are a lot of pale skins hanging around in skimpy clothes. Beer Tower indeed is a good concept, but you really wont like it when the tower is cracked and put together with Scotch Tapes and the bottom of the seems to have a thick layer of moss. the taps also leak some time. Food is good, table service not so good if you are a non-Pale Skin (thats how I like to put it). Tables are greasy and make sure to fold up you sleeves if you dont want to get them stained. First floor is comparatively better with AC and cleaner tables.

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What's The Fuss About?

Alright so it's high on sympathy and shock value post 26/11 but it can actually be a nauseating experience for guests. The first and last time i visited this place post the incident, they had a security guard in place who insisted that i had some dangerous metal elements in my bag since his detector kept beeping. so i take out my phone and it still keeps beeping. i then take out my wallet since the coins may be the culprit. Unfortunately, it still keeps beeping and since its impossible to empty all the contents of my bag on the crowded Causeway, i try to explain it to the security fella. But he has the look that makes me feel like m wanting to illegally cross a national border. whatever... really, heard of long-range shooting guns?

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A landmark...

Ok, I must admit...It was the 26/11 attack which made me look for this place. Staying in Pune, I had to come down to b'bay for an interview...About the place...impossible to miss on the colaba causeway, it has table with glass tops that have menus below the glass. the atmosphere was really good with a mix of foreigners and Indians. The food...ordered tiger prawns, strawberry shake and a chkn fried rice...shared a 2-seater table with a guy guzzling down cans of carlsberg(im guessing)...total damage...arnd 550 bucks...overall : a lil pricey but i guess a price you have to pay for the place's fame and ambience....The next tym, 10 of us had gone for lunch on my b'day...the bill came up to 5 grand with beer, fried chkn, fried rice, chilli chkn and 3-4 veggie dishes...felt better vfm the second time around...Go to the place if you want to get a glimpse of what happend on 26/11....and for a feel of the bombay we all want to be a part of !!!!

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SHANTARAM

Greogory David Robertsfirst comes to mind when i think of this plae...well that for emotional rreasons...as far as satisfying ur stomach is concerned,, monies worth to go to this place...

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Great Food, Drinks and Music!

I love this place. It has great food, drinks and music. Its not very expensive either. Its a very chilled out place. Should come here more often with a group of friends or should get your tourist friends here. I usually do the above mentioned. I love the great music it too!!! After 26/11 its more crowded. So if your lucky enough you should get a place. Lovely location too. Its one of my favourites in town.

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browns neglected

Sadly, one of my fav hang out places has turned into a run of the mill restaurant.The staff is unfriendly,it almost feels like they're obliging customers by waiting on them.The prices too have shot up ridiculously.I can understand a slight increase in prices to keep costs/profits covered, but an unreasonably big jump is so not justified.Not at all pocket friendly as it used to be for the middle class youth,not the same place as it used to be up to 2 years back.I remember this one time when a waiter ignored my signal and rushed to a table full of foreigners.I don't think wanna go to a place that makes me feel inferior in my own country.I hope the place changes for the better or simply puts up a 'tourist only' sign outside.

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February 19,2010

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Stick to the Eat and Go Routine

I would advice ppl to sit in the lower level order their beers and dishes, not expect too much attention from the waiters and be patient with your orders.

Post 26/11 the place has dramatically changed it's approach to customers. Gone, are the days when there used to be these friendly lot of guys serving you some beer. It's all about maximum profits, fast moving rounds of orders on tables and i guess the number of souvenirs sold in a day.

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February 03,2010

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breaks my heart to say this

visited this place many times and 2 times after the 26 / 11 attack . The Chinise food is yummy and good quantity refering to the fried rice , The Indian food sucks , the worst butter chicken i ever had , the Tikkas were stale and used the fat portion of chicken in it , they cant customize the order at all , they charge u for peanuts too , the waiters and the staff are rude , the owner sits and talks loudly about the expenses he has personally , waited for 25 mins exactly the get my fried rice , the nan was burnt . and the moment u step up u find pimps and robbers , so mind u r pockets . its just good for the fried rice . GOOD BUY LEOPOLD . REST IN PIECE .

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January 23,2010

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argh!

This joint needs to be torn down! This is what i felt after witnessing the careless attitude, and tall ego's of the staff.

Leopold was synonymous with a good outing for me and my gang, when in south Bombay, but the I guess the recently gained ( not deserved ) popularity gained by this joint, seems to have clearly gone to their head.

The staff is sloppy and behaves rudely , and when taken up with the management u learn that these guys are the real tutors of the attitude the staff has.
I guess leopold is focusing more on fooling new comers than trying to retain its frequent visitors.

My advice 2 the management is not focus on the incoming money, because the way u r going it might be ur last bite of the meat

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2 Reviews

January 18,2010

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from good to bad

i am....srry .. i was, a regular at this joint,this change can be attributed to their downhill going service and attitude.
The waiters and management, hav post 26/11 ( their shot at fame), started taking customers for granted.,like you are uninvited guests at their wedding.
On my last three visits i have been made made to switch tables to accomadate more eaters, wave out at waiters like im trapped on a island , to get their attention , and as if all this can overlooked ,the quality of the food, is the cream on the cake, of this super bad experience.
The only plus ,here is that you will get a good helping for every dish u order.
The reason i think crowds pour in at leopold's, is coz they think they think it is very " south bombay" to eat here and the bums at leopold think that its k 2 hav a few pissed of customers, becuase they know that there are herds of fools trying to eat here.
i hope my review creates a dent in their heads or profits( coz they are completely money driven unlike b4) , and makes them pull up their socks( i hope they have em on)
i know there are ppl, who will read my review ,and call it a whole lotta hogwash ,but trust me even i would like believe otherwise about this joint

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5 Reviews

January 06,2010

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beautiful place

Hey pple dis is a must go place if u live in mumbai....d ambience & pple r so friendly & d place rocks & so does d music n food....love to sit bck in leos n chillout with friends & hv a gd time....i always sit n play on the glass & table ....its fun....love it ....

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Awful service. No courtesy what so ever.

Cold sandwiches, sloooooooow service, expensive and an extremely poor attitude to Indian customers. If you wanted to visit this place for 26/11 sake, please take a photo from outside and move on. otherwise you shall regret for sure..

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mia12

14 Reviews

November 18,2009

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Disgusted by the attitude!

I was dissappointed at the way we were treated by one of the waiters at our otherwise favourite joint. 2 friends and i went to grab some drinks yesterday.It in the afternoon post the lunch hour.It was very insulting to be asked several times by the waiter about whether we are done with our drinks or not, especially when he could clearly see we havent finished.When we told him about it, he said that there were people waiting in line outside who wanted to get a table.Right next to us were these foreigners who were done at least 20 minutes before us and were just sitting around, but they werent told a word! Funny getting treated like a second class citizen in your own country!I never expected to be treated like this, especially at Leopold!I think the waiters need to learn to cut the fair skin chase because everyone who walks in is a paying customer..NOT just the white trash who walks in giving a huge tip.

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memoirs

It was a much anticipated visit to Leopold Cafe... coz it was my visit after the place had been attacked by the terrorists last year.. when you enter the place - you can even imagine this place could be under attack. The place is buzzing with a lot of activity - firangs and locals moving here n there..good crowd!!

The waiters are extremely friendly - atleast the one taking care of my table was.

Beer pitchers in towers are quite a craze here and extremely popular.. Food here isnt that great and is a bit overpriced... although - food isnt bad either. You can always munch something and leave with a burrp.. :P

The AC section is conjusted - so is the nonAC section.. it gets really hot inside..

I still liked the place.. and shall go again sometime...

Oh - and yes.. those bullet marks of the terrorist attack have not been covered up - they have been preserved - quite nice!

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Love Leopold!

I think i am getting to oold to enjoy this "smoke-filled cafe" bustling with firangs and youngsters and buzzing with music and the clanking of beer bottles! Oh Leopold! You are such an intrinsic part of Mumbai culture :)

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good to hang out with friends.

i agree with my other burppers that food is not that great. but the ambience is like you are in 1970's......a good joint to hang out with friends.....can enjoy beers. in my opinion the food is also above average.

one must not visit this place to enjoy food. but if you want to sit with friends and enjoy beer....u wud luv this place. not at all highly priced. quit reasonable.

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Great food - great atmosphere

I personally loved this place lot, even though several people say it's over hyped and all. There is a good mix of Indian and foreign crowd at this place. The tables really give a feel of the contemparary Irani joints given a slightly neater and more polished look.

Now coming to the food. I loved what I had. Though ihad a dish with which it is difficult to go wrong. It was a fussili al Funghi. The pasta was cooked a perfect al dente. The amount of cheese was just appropriate. The mushrooms were lovely and the consistency just right. Loved the food.

They are quite famous for their Beer pitchers which tower at the centre of most tables at Leopold. Do try this place which is bustling at all times of the day.

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tanuj1089

3 Reviews

September 16,2009

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awesome place to hang out!!

this is the mecca of beer lovers in mumbai...lot of firangi pepl can b spoted over here...it has non a/c and a/c sections....drinks are nt overly priced!

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Have the right expectations & you'll love it

I don't understand what people expect out of Leopold. Yeah the food is average, the service is mediocre but it never claims to be a gourmet restaurant.

Its a place where you go to have a greasy but really yumm hot dog or some fish and chips with a beer and friends to just relax. thats why it doesnt matter that the food is slow .

and whatever the reviews below have said, leopolds has its own charm and i absolutely love going there... it somehow captures the pulse of that part of the city

so dont expect plush interiors or anything.. you can sit down which is very open and u can see the hustle and bustle of causeway or go up for a more pub-like atmosphere

i would definitely say check this place out. theres a reason its so famous

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Only the name

I first went to Leopold 4 years ago when I had not made Mumbai my home. I was very much impressed by its cosmopolitan culture but now when I visited twice after the terrorist attack I found more Indians there than it had before the attack.
I found it highly overrated, food is average, service is not upto the mark & many of my friends have complained that waiters are biased towards foreigners.
Found nothing special about food but friend Sanket is crazy for Leopold special Pasta.
Can be visited once to tell your outstation friends that you have been to Leopold.

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debaser

12 Reviews

August 04,2009

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Very over-rated

Now this place may be legendary for many reasons, here's another one: because its over-rated

The food is barely passeable at best , and dont go near the kitchen cause the hygiene standards are enough to knock you out cold.

The only +ves are the fountains of beer and err...the fact that you can tell your friends internationally that you came here

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OVERATED!

pathetic service-not so great food-extremely overpriced booze ... don't go here unless you really want to .. try delhi durbar opposite this.. mouth watering food :)

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shantaram, lonely planet & 26/11 making this hit

Though I visit Bombay often,I never thought of chill out at Leopold cafe. Until I read Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. He discribed in several pages about this restaurant when it was in 1970s. Nothing great about the food. May be the books Shantaram, Lonely planet and 26/11 terrorist attack attract firengis here.

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Best? haha!

Okay..I like Leopolds..I like the vibe of the place, very positive..very energetic. All kinda people come here..a lotta firangis but frankly speaking, I think a lotta hype has been generated about this place. I mean, its the best restaurant in Mumbai on burrp..You are kidding me!

I've tried the golden prawns, crispy chicken, chickoo milk shake & french fries over here. Food was decent, reasonably priced but I would never call Leopolds the best restaurant in Mumbai..

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Let-down

For a place which is supposedly a landmark of Mumbai, I was disappointed by the service in the upstairs section. Especially since I have eaten below and loved the food, drink and atmosphere.
Sunday night was ruined by poor service and a recalcitrant waiter who didn't even respond to the manager being called out.
Word to the wise - stick to the ground floor or go elsewhere (the AC isn't worth it)

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4.0

The Buzzz

If someone who love to be in crowd then, this is the best place to be. gr8 hangout zone with glass of beer and enjoy with gr8 atmosphere and full of noise.

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