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Pali Village Cafe

Bandra WestWestern Suburbs  

3.0

80 Reviews / 80 Ratings

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Pali Village Cafe Reviews

4.2

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Defining elegant and classy

the set up of this place resembles an old-world swiss cottage adorned with old bottles of wine, fancy vintage jars and drop shaped lanterns. The place has a warm ambiance, with a projector screening international movies from the 80s on glass panes. The place has two seating areas, an al-fresco one and an air-conditioned done. Although the al-fresco seating has been sheltered too. The place, located in the heart of the most busy area, manages to keep the diners calm. The food is heavenly, the pricing fair for the kind of food served. The staff here is courteous and prompt.

A place that defines elegant and classy with a lot of subtlety to it.

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3.6

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PLEASE GIVE SALARIES TO YOUR VALET GUYS

This is my 10th visit to Pali Village Cafe and probably the last. I think its high time they start paying salaries to their Valet guys, so that they don't pass remarks at the customers who don't tip them. Only 'Saving Grace' for this Restaurant is their food which is top Notch. But in Hospitality department it has lost its charm.

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BEST PLACE TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY

Loved the decor and ambiance of the place too. The food was truly awesome and delicious and very reasonably priced. I've been going here for a few years and it has kept up its standards, service and ambiance. It's really no surprise that it's always full of foreigners. its a very cool and relaxing place where one can enjoy good delicacies.
A MUST GO PLACE FOR ALL FOOD LOVERS !!!!

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overpriced.

the food is of nominal taste but the prices are sky rocketing. the ambiance is lovely at night, as the lighting is dim, but after visiting it during the day time one realizes that the infrastructure is of extremely poor quality.

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4.0

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best on the hill

Between two we had 3 pastas, 2 deserts and an entree. We started off ordering just the two pastas but every dish was so deliciously we just kept adding to the order. The ingredients in the ravioli were delicate and fresh and the spiced guava juice may be the best drink I've ever tasted. Loved the decor and ambiance of the place too.I've been going here for a few years and it has kept up its standards, service and ambiance. It's really no surprise that it's always full of foreigners. It's pricey but worth it.

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The perfect place to relax and enjoy

I happened to be here on a Saturday night with some of my school friends, and we truly had an amazing time.

I hadn't been to this place for a very long time even though it is a 5mins walk from my house, and I absolutely regret doing so.

It has an amazing ambience to sit and relax with your friends, and the staff is very helpful and nice.

The food was not absolutely exclusive; Nonetheless, the atmosphere makes it.

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fireplague

14 Reviews

December 17,2013

3.0

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Detoriating Service !!!

I am not the kind of the guy to write reviews but given the time in hand today, I would like to make an exception to Pali Village Cafe. I have visited the place three times.

The first time the experience was lovely. We walked in on a sunday afternoon instead of making a reservation and were accomodated on the spot. The staff was courteous enough to get a basket of bread along with butter while we make our choices for the food. We ordered a penne pasta in red sauce and zucchini timable. We had no idea of what the contents of zucchini timable would be. To our surprise, both the dishes were finger licking and very much different and better vis-a-vis the other regular Italian joints.

Second time, went on a Saturday night and the place was lit up with candles and romantic. We sat on the first floor this time. The AC was not functioning which really killed the mood. This was accompanied with no complimentary breads unless asked for twice and the attention of the staff more diverted towards the foreigners rather than us !!! To top it all, they did not have a few dishes on the menu including zucchini timable - a favourite amongst people.

Third visit was with my parents on a saturday afternoon. I had to ask for water twice and for breads thrice. Yes i do love their breads, they are awesome. But to literary beg me for them is disgusting !!! Service that day was horrible with the place being understaffed and staff overworked...

Guess the reviews are not going to have any impact as i haven't seen the proprietor reverting to any feedback below...

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Samveet G

6 Reviews

October 12,2013

2.8

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An interesting experience

I had been hearing a lot about this place from numerous sources and was too intrigued to go check it out personally to understand what the hooplah was all about.

So instead of going by the usual Mumbai fashion of making reservations, we chose to drop in and see if we would get a table instantly.

Now, this place is situated on a road which is barely wide enough for one way traffic, but has two way instead, so driving to this place was a bit of a challenge. Luckily once there, they had valet parking so all you had to do was stop the car, get out and hand over the keys to the valet while blocking & inconveniencing the vehicles behind you.

Anyhow, once inside, the Manager, who also seemed to look like the owner of the place asked us if we'd like to sit on the ground floor or the 1st floor. We took the latter option. Now this place has a very colonial feel to it, as does most of the original "Bombay" and I love that about this city. So to me it looked like, the owner had converted his residence into a nice plush restaurant mostly targeting the affluent hoity-toity Indians and more than that the non-Indian crowd.

The interiors seemed as they had not been touched for decades at a stretch. You can see bricks which have not been plastered; then there are pillars which are cemented but left unpainted and the grills on the railing were all rusty, giving the whole place a nice rustic look. But then again, it's a very personal choice. I loved the ambience, others may or may not.

Now coming to the food. Firstly, when we reached, there were barely 4 - 5 tables occupied, including ours. So it was rather annoying that it was taking the service staff eons to attend to us. We had to make huge gestures, at a couple of instances raise our voice so that they would notice us and come to attend to our requirement. For me, service here is a pure 0.5 / 5.

We were two of us and didn't have much of an appetite after waiting for so long for our order to be taken and then longer for it to be served. So we decided to stick to one starter and one main course between the two of us. In the process of the delay, the chef sent a complimentary plate of nachos for us to munch on, which although a nice gesture, I found rather 'cheap' for a place like this.

Another thing which I found rather interesting here is that they don't serve spirits, beer or cocktails; only Wine (Red & White) that's it....so it seemed to me that this was a typical 'wannabe' place for those who'd like to be seen among the 'it' crowd! May not necessarily be the case.

Anyhow, the food wasn't too bad, but definitely not worth the long wait. My rating: 3.5/5

They can surely improve on the service bit. My rating: 0.5/5

Ambiance: nice & rustic. 4/5

Price: rather on the higher side for the kind of experience one gathers of the place. 2/5

PS: the 1st floor balcony is a smoking area

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4.0

Sangria-licious

The decor and ambience of a restaurant contributes greatly to your overall dining experience. Pali Village Cafe have done an excellent job giving it a nice rustic and antique finish. You must try the different types of sangrias here. Its out of the world. My personal favorite is the melon Sangria. I can just come here for their sangrias. The watermelon and feta appetizer is a nice light salad. The mains include some nice fish, pastas and chicken. Love it!!! P.S : they don't serve hard liquor or beer. Only sangria and wines.

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Jiggs03

14 Reviews

September 24,2013

2.0

Udipi in guise of restaurant!

Went to this place last Sat for dinner. second time that I visited, but first for a meal. The service is completely like you would find in an Udipi restaurant. Waiters standing on top of your head, expecting you to order in 2 mins of getting the menu,serving fast and furiously and getting the bill with double the speed. just makes you feel unwelcome right from the start. Kills the entire experience. And for the prices they charge, its a rip-off. The food is decent but the quantity they serve can be called 'kiddie' portions. Not worth the price and definitely avoid till they impart some serious training to their staff.

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Woodley

2 Reviews

August 17,2013

2.0

Bumped again

Having visited this cafe regularly over the last 2 years we were dissapointed that on our last two visits we were que jumped. Having been asked to wait whilst our table was cleaned and prepared it was disheartening to watch another couple walk in after us and be shown to our table. Once is forgivable but twice is too much. On both occasions we complained to the waiters and staff to no avail. Sadly we will not be visiting again until the service levels improve and simple courtesy applies to those who wait there turn.

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Woodley

2 Reviews

August 17,2013

2.0

Bumped again

Having visited this cafe regularly over the last 2 years we were dissapointed that on our last two visits we were que jumped. Having been asked to wait whilst our table was cleaned and prepared it was disheartening to watch another couple walk in after us and be shown to our table. Once is forgivable but twice is too much. On both occasions we complained to the waiters and staff to no avail. Sadly we will not be visiting again until the service levels improve and simple courtesy applies to those who wait there turn.

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2.0

Expensive Food And Poor Service.

This is my first review. Couldn't resist writing after poor experience.

I had a guest from Delhi and she was keen to visit this place ( i guess she read about it). The staff was courteous and made us comfortable as we entered the place, the ambience was good overall.

The goodness ended at the entry. We ordered appetizers and it took them 1 hour to bring after multiple reminders. Other than wine, all the drinks that we ordered were bad e.g. mojitos, smoothies for kids etc..

we ordered a mix of pasta (jive, rivoli..), risottos, pizzas..taste was okay, but man the portions were awfully small...not good for even one person. we had to order some more food to fill ourselves. We decided against ordering desserts after the food experience.

Overall damage was 6100+ for awful food and service and I don't think we will go back again to Pali Village Cafe. Extra star for wine collection and ambience.

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Wine and pricey.

Had a beef burger at Pali Village Cafe...., menu card sed Rs 350, ended up paying 450 (inclusiv of taxes). The burger maybe as big as a big mac. nothing great. nothing exquisite. It was good. and that's it. oh n btw.., they served it widh horseradish sauce :/ (yeah..., WTF)

This place has got an amazing ambiance and is definitely designed specially for the wine lovers. Hence the moment of realization that this wasn't my cup of tea.

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Sunday Breakfast Review: Works

Despite a small breakfast menu, it pretty much serves the purpose. If you wish to sit and chit-chat rather than focus on eating then this is the place to be. We called for coffee, Kheema, eggs all of which was pretty average. It also has a smoking zone. Perfect for a Sunday though. The waiters will give you your space. An overall package.

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What Ambience Are They Talking About

All the reviews seem to talk about how lovely the restaurant is but all you do is step inside and wonder whats wrong with the place.
The walls look very shabby like they haven't been painted since a century, the place looks like a dilapidated house with broken metallic rusted chairs, old creaking fans, extremely dim lighting. It seems to be taking the Rustic feel to its highest and benefiting by not having to spend anything on maintenance.
The only good thing there, were the pretty chandeliers in the Air-conditioned section.
The menu cards looked as if they had been rescued from some floods.
The food and the service is pretty average. I am hoping they do make certain changes in the restaurant or people are sure to adopt other restaurants with better food and ambiance.

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Lacks the Punch

When I visited Pali Village Cafe, I had very high expectations. With its Rustic Interiors, Soothing Lighting, French Music and Hospitable service it was living up to my expectations but then the food arrived.

I ordered Panko Crusted Prawns and Calamiri but due to very strong taste of Wasabai I could not get the taste of Prawns or Calamiri. It was totally missing. In the main course I had Sphaghetti Aglio Olio, and once again it left me dissatisfied. Italian cuisine is all about great taste from simple flavors but the same was missing here. Taste of Garlic was very subdued and they used dried herbs instead of fresh ones!

Overall it was highly disappointing experience. The place lacks value for money because of the average taste of food it serves.

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3.8

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A must visit

I have visited this place a number of times and must say that it is fantastic. The ambience is amazing - the dim lights and old rustic european house look is all very well taken care of. The watermelon mozzarella salad, bassa in madras curry, cheese cake and pannacotta are a must try.

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November 11,2012

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Excellent food + Great Ambiance = Pali Village Cafe

I have been to this place quite a few times and the last time I went there, it was for my friends birthday treat. After eating dinner there I decided I needed to review this place. The last dinner has now forced me to write this... Superb Place. It's the best European food I have eaten in Mumbai with some great ambiance. It keeps u calm and comfortable throughout the dinner. The Caesar salad and water melon and feta cheese salads are amazing. The steak here is amongst the best that I have eaten all my life. Fantastic chicken/beef steak. The last time I ate there, I personally called for the chef to complement his culinary skills. A great place for a date. A little expensive on the pocket, especially the wine but its all worth it. Make sure you visit this place once and you will fall in love with the food. Cheers and Bon Appetite.

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4.0

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Pizza!

I am not very fussy when it comes to food and it is very easy to please me. That being said it is also very rare that I rave about a place, and its ambiance in particular! Pali Village Cafe is not only about great food, great ambiance, but also great service. I loved their pizzas and pastas and have been re-visiting them fairly regularly. I recommend this place to all of you! Dont miss it!

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spajunkie

18 Reviews

November 06,2012

3.8

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lovely ambience & food

Loved the food & the ambiance although a little highly priced. I would rate the food a 9/10. The presentation of the food was decent & so was the taste. Overall loved the food, especially the sangrias. Very chilled out atmosphere and definitely recommended !

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Prawncurry

1 Reviews

September 12,2012

3.0

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Awful food

I don't think I can return to this restaurant after the godawful meal I ate there last night. My linguine came in a generic red sauce that was ridiculously spicy. This is the first time I've had spicy Italian. I felt like a furnace. And ended up with an upset stomach. My dining partner had the ravas, which was clearly stale and overcooked. Our sangrias were sweet enough to shatter your teeth. This was my second visit to the restaurant. I first visited soon after it had opened and had a mediocre meal. Nothing seems to have changed food wise. Pali Village Cafe is a lovely restaurant (except for the chairs that are way too low for the tables). Too bad the food is so poor.

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4.0

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Great ambience and food

After hearing so much about PVC (as it's called), I decided to dine here. From the minute one, enters this place, you fall in love with it! Having a certain interest in photography, this was all the more inspiring. The place has been done up very well!

The food matches the ambience. You could sit here for hours, enjoying the food, music and a good book!

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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

I ordered for a panna cotta - never had something like this before. A great dessert. For the main course I had a tomato and macaroni cheese risotto - the best risotto I have had in a restaurant, a pepperoni and fig pizza slice - the best pizza I've ever had with a thin crust. The watermelon and feta cheese salad-combination goes very well with the salted feta cheese. The presentation was amazing but the service satisfactory. The staff also took a feedback. Worth a second visit.
Total bill was 1300+

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Ayaz_D

3 Reviews

August 12,2012

2.0

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Never Again

Had a very bad experience with the staff. I was not treated well at all and would never want to go there again It was well below my expectations.

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4.5

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My Favourite restaurant

My friend took me to this restaurant the first time and what I noticed first was the decor. Walls left unpainted, wrought iron chandeliers, nice soft lighting. I was in love. The ambience is classy, but not snobby. It's cozy, romantic. The place has a relaxed atmosphere and does not have any of the snobbery that goes with so many other restaurants in it's price range. Ambience, for me, forms one of the most important aspects of any restaurants and this one's a winner when it comes to that. The music ranges from 50s american to retro european just sets the mood. A welcome difference from the loud jarring or sometimes just plain bad selection of songs which ruin the ambience in so many other places. Also the black and white movie screened on the window on mute is just the right touch of ricky creativity.

Food: You really can't go wrong with the food here. From their by-the-slice pizzas (deliciously authentic, and original) to their mouth-watering gnocchi pastas, I'm thinking they have an accomplished chef hiding somewhere in their kitchen.

Wine: As a wine lover, I could not ask for more from a restaurant. They have a very wide range of well preserved wines (and mostly good ones) ranging from the south american wines (I recommend argentinian full bodied wines) to Europeans (though the french wines are good, the Italian wines are the real winners) to Indian (La Reserve- you Must taste). This variety itself is enough to take me back to the restaurant time and again.

Service: The waiters are nice and polite but not as efficient as I would expect them to be in a place like this. That is probably the only little thing they'll have to improve on. The waiters are good, their skill just need to be polished.

Pali Village cafe has easily been one of my best restaurant experiences. It's easy sophistication without snobbery, the ambience, the food and the wine make it my favorite restaurant in the city.

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panktiv

14 Reviews

February 24,2012

3.0

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strictly okayish!

I went with my husband for dinner on Sunday to this place. However, nothing much pleased us.
The menu is very common with nothing noteworthy. We ordered 2 appetizers, which weren't available then. The mocktails were very average. Also, the pasta and risotto were very mediocre.

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2.5

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Just so overrated!

SNOBBISH- is the only word that defines this place-
First, you have to request for some ten different time slots till you get one for a reservation (my friends told me I should not think of going there without one!)
Second, half the items of menu are time bound- we serve this after 7, this before 3 that only for b'fast etc.
Third, the portions are way too small for the price they charge.
Fourth, the ambience is nothing to die for. There are far better places in town available at lesser cost and better ambiance.
Overall a pretty disappointing experience, and not at all recommended!

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2.5

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HIGHLY DISAPPOINTING.

My friend & I visited this place just yesterday, there are reasons to why the title says HIGHLY DISAPPOINTING. However, true to it's name Pali VILLAGE Cafe I had a hard time finding the place, there was no evident sign, hoarding or board to give us directions, I had to ask 10 different people on the road. Also, when I called Pali village cafe thrice no one answered. 2) The decor was so cheap. The chair i sat on was TORN & the cheap green cloth was dirty & the walls were blackened by dirt. 3) FOOD-I ordered chicken grill & capers which was for Rs.120 & what I got was a JOKE. 2 MICRO MINI SLICES, a thin microscopic crust with minimal toppings. All of this for 120 rs. 4) The order took forever whereas there were only 2-3 tables that were occupied including ours. 5) There were a bunch of shady LOUD women who couldn't stop talking about bollywood & how they're so high maintenance, rich & hang out with ACTORS. I could hardly hear what my friend was saying to me.

I'd recommend them to increase their portions & get a new decor. But never mind, i'd not visit again anyway.

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Expensive ... average experience !

We decided t go to this place being recommended by a good friend ... more so because we have been to most of the other Italian / Continental restaurants in Bandra / Khar area and wanted a change on Christmas night.

Nice ambience to start with ... loved the informal decor and seating (metal folding chair is a cute touch, but not very practical). Sat upstairs and the staff was very helpful and served with a smile. He got a 'better' folding chair for my 4 yr old who was concerned on not able to eat on her own there...

Started with soup ... excellent cream n mushroom, served with bread platter. We were not very hungry so went straight for the main course. Fillet Mignon Steak for me, Grilled Chicken for my wife and Pasta for my Mom and kiddo. Servings were very small ... would have expected atleast a 250/300gm steak but its was sub 200gm. Cooked perfectly but the pepper sauce left a lot to be desired. Served with brocolli and 4/5 pcs of potato wedges. For 500 bucks+, I would have liked better ... The other items were average. Ordered 2 glasses of house wine and ice tea. Damages 3200+ .... little steep for this area. Could have have a far better experience in Cafe Mangii or even Out of the Blues.

Overall an average experience. 4 stars for the decor and ambience ... and service. 2 for food and price. Cheers !

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Average experience! High on price

My first and last dinner at the cafe yesterday. A lot has been said about the food in the reviews below, so i won't repeat it. It's strictly average. We like the rustic ambiance, its interesting. Not all seating is comfortable.

Service is the biggest problem. It's painful and slow. No point making a reservation as they make you wait anyway. Staff is courteous but not trained. They can't take the right order or serve the right food right in time!

Painful.

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2.5

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Talk about a Rip off!

While the decor is smart (read cheap metal chairs and cheap chor bazaar furniture) it is definitely interesting. The day I visited it, they were some random "dudes" short film playing over and over again, sans any volume thankfully.

An eclectic place to do people watching if you do manage to get there early. The staff was very quick and courteous. A big pat on the back to them. And the food (whatever little we got of it) did taste pretty decent.

What then is the problem you ask? Well plain and simple - Poor VFM (Value For my hard earned Money)

The wine list is strictly so-so. While I understand Indians are just getting warmed up to wines, its unfair to take a grocery store level wine (people from the US, you know what I am talking about) and sell a glass for the price of a bottle.

The food while good, was served in such minuscule amounts, that it made me wonder if I looked like I needed to be on a diet. I think they need to understand that this is not a 7 course-type-place, hence there is no need for such strict portion control.

For a meal for 2 (which included 1 appetizer, 1 main course and 3 glasses of wine) we paid over Rs 3000!!!

Got ripped off much?

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4.0

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Love this place!

Reading the reviews below I think Pali Village Cafe has been misunderstood. It is a charming unpretentious restaurant tapping into the style of parisian cafes. I'm yet to be disappointed by the food. It is a little pricey but fairly average for restaurants in Bandra. This place is an absolute gem - the only one of its kind in Mumbai - a very rustic and chilled out affair. Enjoy!

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nitbhatia

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September 24,2011

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Do you think your customers are fools

The food in this restaurant is a joke. Pali village chefs are great at making sandwiches and milkshakes and they should stick to that. Pali Village Chef - Gnocchi is NOT balls of mashed potato, you actually need to make a pasta by adding flour and egg. Your Gnocchi with a garlic cream sauce was DISGUSTING. Next the Beef Burger - Diced beef, drowned in cheap barbecue sauce with onions, cheese. That is the worst burger I have ever had. It is suitable for a kid who likes his meat drowned in sauce, but come on. How can you serve such a burger. The chef does not know the process of caramalisation and what onion rings are. I even sent it back because the description says caramalised onions. 20 minutes later the waiter brought a fresh burger, only thing is it was exactlly the same. I took a bite and left the rest of it. The waiter saw it, the manager saw it, but neither bothered to ask what was wrong. I wasn't looking for a discount on my meal and paid the entire amount but I expected an acknowledgement from the manager to address the issue. Shame on the management for ignoring customers. Never again Pali Village and please remember your customers are well travelled Indians so don't try and make a fool of them. Stick to sandwiches and milkshakes and I can assure you that you'll soon be losing the "foodie" clientele anyway. Lastly, Get a good chef and please taste your food before serving it.

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Beyond Awful!!

Pretentious - the run down old world charm just doesn't work. Flimsy chairs, uncomfortable seating and frankly looks like it needs renovation . It was a crowded Sunday and we found a empty table in the air conditioned section only to be denied since it was "reserved". Then 30 seconds given to another group who was seated outdoors (without prior booking). We were seated in the very stuffy fan cooled outdoors. It was a candle lit setting and when I asked the waiter to lit the candle he couldn't because the fans were too fast. We ordered for a Strawberry Margarita only to be told that its not available so we settled for a Kiwi, and then the waiter comes with a strawberry one apologizing that the Kiwi is not available. I have had my share of gourmet Pizza and that was not it. The pasta and Ravioli was tasteless and the portions were meager. Extremely overpriced for the lack of Fine Dine Quality offered.

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Over Hyped, Under Cooked

It was bloody hot inside. We had to return the penne twice because both the times the pasta was undercooked. They have a pretty good collection of wines. Food isextremely average. They provide absolutely no value for money.

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Absolutely fantastic

My husband took me to a surprise b'day dinner to this place. Honestly, don't go by he name. One look at the menu and you'd know its far from being a cafe. The food is to die for. We had a Duck salad (the first time i tried duck) and it was so refreshing and crunchy. The meat so well done and such amazing texture. We tried the Sangrias which were also so fresh and full bodied. Being a lover of wine, I totally enjoyed the Sangrias, especially the Whites. For main course, we had a Risotto (and this place is the King of Risottos) which was just so good, I am never gonna bother having Risotto at any other place ever again. Lastly, the sweetest thing they did is line the sides of the plate with the Words Happy Birthday with chocolate sauce as we had ordered a chocolate cake for dessert. I'm quite sure that was on my husband's request but it was beautifully done.

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is the fish in ?

They never seem to have anything on the menu. I've been there 3 times now and they have not had the duck, john dory or certain drinks . The food is pretty good otherwise.

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Very Interesting!

First things first, if you go to this place, you have to try their delicious Sangrias; my favorite is White Wine with orange or peach in it. Super!
Food is great; very different; delicious and well presented. As far as drinks are concerned; unfortunately they only serve wines and fortunately they have a good collection. Ambience is nice; again very different and unusual - some friends of mine found it great; some felt like they were eating in someone's 50 year old; never renovated house. I find it very interesting! Must try!

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Try it once then avoid it forever

AMBIENCE is good, seems a little overly done but its a nice change, have a big screen put up for the CWC. Good music playing softly, nice cozy place to eat.

DRINKS, huge list of wines, etc. Ordered a smoothie and another choco/hazelnut drink. Both were good, no complaints. There was a small hair stuck to the outer surface of the glass, but that can be overlooked.

FOOD, the burger I ordered usually comes with a fancy mayo (cherry, strawberry, something) I chose to go with regular mayo for obvious reasons. I found it to be extremely dry and quite bland, My bad, I expected a juicy piece of meat. It came with exactly 3 pieces of potato wedges. I would have preferred a sandwich but they didn't have sandwiches or anything else in chicken.

My friend ordered a salmon and capers which came in 'gourmet' quantity (four pieces to be exact), would've liked a heads up on that. Salmon was not fresh/had gone bad, had that distinct smell to it. Was placed over passion fruit syrup/sauce. Figure how it tasted.

SERVICE, I was given a steak knife with my burger, I don't know why. Considered chopping my burger in half :confused:. After half a bit of the salmon & capers, the dish was set aside not to be touched till a shameless waiter cleared our table without a "Is there something wrong with the dish or did you not enjoy our food?".

VFM? Bill was something over 1k. 375 + VAT + service charge for half a bite of the four pieces of salmon. Paying more than Rs. 25 for a burger which is inferior to MC Donalds.

We walked over to another place down the lane to a certain Cafe to complete our meal.

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Excellent Ambience

Great Ambience. The wine list was extraordinary. The starters were great. And I really liked the main course that I ordered. They custom make pasta when requested. It does get noisy but definitely one of the best restaurants in Bombay. Completely recommend it.

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ItsRayna

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February 24,2011

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Pretentious...

My first impression of this cafe/restaurnt is that it is utterly pretentious. What with sloppy chairs and undone walls. What are they trying to prove? Nor is it a haven for gourmet food. I called for a pizza (by slice) and it was absolutely tasteless. I have tasted authentic pizza in ROMA aka ROME so i can tell with some authority that this stuff was anything but authentic! ! The only positive would be ricotta stuffed pasta which was creamy and delicious. the shakes are also pretty good. And i'd like to sit in their "balcony" like section and sip on some coffee but hey i could do the same at Candies at less than half the cost :D
Be warned the mains come in miniature portions all in the attempt to be "gourmet" so be prepared to pay through the nose for something that might or might not live up to your palate's liking.

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the worlds best seafood risotto...

The place is really amazing. The ambiance is just out of the world. It is similar to a restaurant in a small village of Italy. The service is really good. With respect to food, for starters i called for smoked salmon with passion fruit sauce, perfectly seasoned side salad. I totally loved the concept of the pizza slice, you can have still have space for the main course, the Parma ham pizza tasted really nice and crisp. For the main course we called for seafood risotto, Something that has never tasted so good before. Last but not the least for dessert the flourless chocolate cake with chikoo ice cream is a must try.

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Thumbs Down

Very dimly lit, it got difficult to read the menu. The food was not great either and definitely not worth the price. Even stranger was that having a french theme it served Italian food. Would definitely not visit this place again.

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Truly not happening and Sooo... not recommended

I was there with a colleague and a client, a few months ago and had a truly horrendous experience. First of all, I feel the place is really over-hyped. The service was slow and the attitude of the waiter was poor. My co-diners ordered a Pasta and a chicken dish and I ordered some fish for myself, the listed price for which was Rs. 395. The server took the order, only to come back ten minutes later, interrupting me in the middle of the conversation and declared that they had run out of the particular variety of fish on the menu but had Rawas instead without sharing any details about the difference in the price. I said it was alright and continued with the conversation.
When the bill arrived, we discovered to our horror that the fish was charged at Rs. 1100. I paid reluctantly because I didn't want to make a scene and we were running very late.
I'm never going back in there.

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Overhyped

NOISY is the first thing that comes to mind. We were seated in an enclosed area by the bar on the ground floor. They had loud awful (I know taste in music is very subjective and have not deducted any stars for the quality but only for the volume). The music combined with conversations from adjacent tables made the place sound more like a busy market than a quaint cafe. It was difficult to catch a waiter's attention and then explain to him that we did not want "Mineral" water and wanted either plain filtered water or regular bottled water. Once the order was placed food was served super quick. The starters tasted very ordinary and had small portions. The soup of day was the only thing that tasted good. Going by the taste of the starters and coupled by the complete inability to have any conversation because of the noise levels we decided to cut our losses and left. Paid 2000 for soup and starters shared between 6 people.

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December 16,2010

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Mixed feelings...

I booked a table at the Pali Village Cafe on the insistance of a colleague for a few guests from abroad.

When we arrive we got a table at the beginning of the restaurant in the most uncomfortable chairs that resonate of a time frame when steel foldable chairs were all that were available. Apparently we got that table as the others were one's that were booked and they insisted that I had not booked a table. Seems as though there were one too many people manning the phone desk and switched at least 3 times while we were there.

The service was sparse and they seemed to tend more to foreigners. It's like an ailment that restaurants have with expats. The place is beautifully rustic and though i get the look they are going for, the food is kinda invisible. The pizza's are way too thin. The consistency is that of two papads with toppings. If you are going to have one, try the figs and pepperoni. The gnnochi had 4 small pieces on a really huge plate/ bowl. The steak i ate was rare (as asked), a huge mistake on my part, since I am way too Indian for that :P
The desserts are beyond spectacular though. Damages for 4, a near 5k (3 starters, 2 glasses wine, 4 mains and 2 desserts).

All in all, a bit too much hysteria and a tad pretentious, but still the food is good, if your purse permits.

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Hidden Tasty & Quality Tiger Prawns

I may have tasted sea food in a number of restaurants but this place surely has the best sea food, especially the Tiger Prawns.

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for the ambiance ofcourse.

The food is good, but the quantity leaves us wanting more. I'd say that if this place maintains the good food and the ambiance and works on the quantity, its sure to make a winning combination. .

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live_to_eat

3 Reviews

November 11,2010

2.0

Not worth..

went with high expectations..margereta Pizza ....surprise...just a
4" x 4" pizza..bon apetite guys.....!! spinach ravioli... the worst i've ever had...not worth going..

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pleasant surprise

I had not heard good things about Pali Village cafe and hence had postponed my first visit there. I had heard complaints about the food and staff. So when I finally went to the place for dinner, my expectations were low and perhaps over-critical.
But within minutes of being seated at our table, I fell in love with the place, the ambiance is quaint and very very different. The mood is casual and relaxed yet has an air of sophistication about it. The service and food was average, but the setting makes the food taste better and takes ones mind of the un-attentive staff.
Pali village cafe excels where most Bombay restaurants struggle; it makes you feel like you are far away from this city that consumes its people. And that is what I crave for when I go out. Kudos!

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November 02,2010

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Avoidable

Lousy food, poor service, overpriced and clearly not focused on receiving patrons. Do not recommend the watermelon and feta nor the cappelini with pine nuts. The chicken stew was average. Avoid.

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Ho-hum place and food

The two times I called this place for reservations, they were full. So we decided to walk in, like a couple of reviewers here suggested. Although on reaching there we found table unoccupied.
First off, finding this place is a problem - no signboard except a tiny sign on one side of the wall. Try looking for the windows in the picture and you might spot it.
The decor, like most others mentioned, is overdone raw, stripped down and wannabe-artsy.
Within 2 minutes of sitting at our table, the maître d' bustles up - menus in hand - and warns us that they were taking last orders and we have to order in the next 10 min. 7 ppl ordering all courses (except dessert) at one go in 10 min is not fun - and we hadn't settled down yet – forget ordering our drinks! The service throughout our meal seemed hurried and inapt. The servers didn't know what dishes had been ordered by which patron.
The drinks arrived after the starters and main courses. They don't have much variety in drinks other than for wine. The pita with red pepper hummus and chicken salad was strictly average. However, the Greek salad and the apple, beet and arugula salad was good. Ditto the basil pesto pasta, veg ravioli and chicken main courses. The sandwiches barely passed muster and didn't justify the cost. The most disappointing dish was the pasta in cream sauce with pine nuts. Undersalted, and dull - it lacked flavor of any kind and soon congealed into what looked like leftover saviyaan kheer.
The desserts - some of them shone, while others made us wish we hadn't tasted it. The chocolate torte and choco-walnut pie with prunes were fabulous and would please any chocoholic. While the tiramisu tasted good, it had a mousse-like consistency. The chocolate fondant was appalling – it’s basically a chocolate bomb -or lava bomb. The crust was too thick, doughy and the ganache inside seemed to have a little too much flour too. Also, it took 20+ min to prepare it!
If there was one superlative - service, food, drinks, ambience - it wouldn't seem such an expensive experience. Celebrities or not, a restaurant is for the food and drink.
All in all, it seemed like ordering here is luck of the draw - you might just chance upon good food or end up with tasteless dishes. A couple of visits and maybe you could discern the better dishes. I don't think I will be going back here to find out.

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October 17,2010

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yucky

This is a highly hyped place. The pizzas are like tortillas with salsa without any herbs,basil and they do have jalepenos. if you have dead taste buds try pasta that are so chewy giving a good exercise to your jaws.

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Good Vintage place which lacks good food....

I went for dinner at this place. Here goes the review

Cons
1)The location of the place is pathetic. Its very crowded and there is a lot of traffic here. They have valet parking but on leaving the restaurant it takes them at least 20 minutes to bring the car.
2) The food out here is pretty average. It is over hyped in terms of the food. We ordered a slice of pizza that cost us 95 rs. and tasted more like roasted papad.
3) The service is pathetic out here. We were not attended to properly.
4) It is exorbitantly priced and they give no value for money.
5) They do not serve burgers and sandwiches or beer and vodka after 7 p.m.

Pros:-

1) The ambiance is excellent here and reminds you of old days. They have good music. there is a vintage Irish feel to it.
2) The pastas were good here. The raviolli (spinach) pasta is a must try and their nutella shake is superb.

Overall I would give it 5/10

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Cut the Attitude!

Went to Pali Village Cafe over the last weekend. I am disappointed, not by the food, but by the attitude. Yes, its frequented by celebrities, but the menu and the prices charged for the dishes are same. We were asked to place our final orders by 11:30 pm or the kitchen would be closed. We requested for additional garlic in the chicken and they excused themselves stating that it meant deviating from the recipe and they could not do the same. The food was strictly ok with small portions. We have been to better places with better food. They need to be more welcoming for their patrons to enjoy the experience. I am surely not going back there again.

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September 30,2010

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ovation - for the philly cheesecake

Everything has been said before. We tried the burger but they weren't any great. The philly cheesecake tasted fresh and out of the oven. It was perfectly sweet and rightly warm. It had a perfect crust. The cheescake costed us 250 but is definitely worth a try.

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September 24,2010

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A hidden gem of Bandra!

I went to Pali Village today with my girlfriend and we both were absolutely and very much positively surprised!

First, the interior is completely different from any other place in Bandra - it is totally non-snobbish, non-pathos, I would say it was more Parisian or Italian. This place focuses more on atmosphere than anything else.

The music selection is great. We met the owner while we were leaving and he said all of it was done by his wife. While many people will question the importance of music at restaurants, I would say it plays a veto role.

The Food is just as wonderful as my previous comments - I had some of the best tortellini in my life. Tortellini stuffed with dried tomatoes and zucchini. Would recommend it to everybody! Portions are not too big but that's good for your body!

Next to negative points - every place must have some! Service is somewhat slow (as was mentioned here earlier). It took 15-20 minutes for our wine to arrive, it actually arrived after the salads. Also, selection of Indian wines is not that careful - they could find way better items. There is no beer in the menu so one has to spend a lot if decided to have some alcohol during the dinner.

To sum it up, it's a wonderful, cozy, romantic place and I'm sure to go there again.

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September 22,2010

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Great Food

Went with my friends a couple days ago and have not been able to stop recommending the place to my friends.

The place does not have a big board indicating its location and the interiors are not fancy. But they are very elegant and reminds of some of the restaurants in an European small town.

The food also is very nice. I tried the lamb and it was simply awesome. It was very well cooked. My friends also like the dish they ordered. They have an excellent Wine collection and some great deserts.

Though the place is a bit expensive, but it is worth pampering yourself with the experience once in a while out here.

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Mixed Bag

Visited the place with a few friends.

The ambience is good but a bit too dark. The menus are like makeshift menus but print fading away on some. - 3.5/5

The service is slow but attentive. Just about average - 3.5/5

My friends called for a iced tea and some other drink both of which were pretty good.

For the starters we called for a Pizza slice, both the mushroom and sun dried tomato and the goat cheese and garlic pizzas were good. The crust was nice and crispy. Just a larger slice would have been nice. - 4/5

We also called for the pak choy and mushroom entree which was "excellent", we loved it so much we called for a second portion. Loved the crispy almonds. a well deserved 5/5

The greek salad was good but not great. Frankly I've had better. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, the dressing was good.- 4/5

The main course was nothing to write home about They forgot to season our Fettucini with pesto and other penne dish. The dishes were bland with virtually no salt. The pine nuts in the pesto were rancid. So both the pasta dishes were at best mediocre - 2/5

A couple of my friends ordered for fish and some seafood (I guess it was prawn) Rissotto. They said it was ok.

We did not try the deserts.

The entire meal set us back by about 700 per person.

To sum it up its a nice place, I wouldnt mind going to this place again.

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CRAPPY

I feel the place is just over hyped and over rated. I went there with a bunch of friends for a sunday brunch and the decor is all crap and unkempt. There are cobwebs all over. The place is not clean at all. The fans are not cleant either. The Al Kabeer scribbled logo on the wall sucks. If you call for a pizza you just get a small slice of it which is highly priced. I fail to understand but is it about this place that p[people like. In Addition the service is slow too.

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August 21,2010

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Pali Village delivers again

I've been to Pali Village Cafe a few times, twice for lunch and about 3 times for dinner. They don not maintain consistency in their service, but I keep coming back for the food. For example, the new menu designed is not too great and is soiled with oil.

For lunch on Thursday a few of us started with the Cream of Mushroom soup which was subtle and pepped up with a nice fresh infusion of thyme and a good seasoning of pepper.

The lamb chops were a little tougher than usual but can't really blame the chef for this. Excellent mash as always. The tenderloin was excellent as usual as was the Spagetti Alla Olio.

The meal was rounded up with coffee.

Lucky we started early as I could see the wait staff straining under the crowd which had arrived.

All in all, food was good enough to keep me coming back.

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Ever so blah

You could give Pali Village Cafe a miss since you wouldn't be losing out on much. Nestled in a dilapidated home in Pali, this cafe is as close to peeling walls as you get. The owners stayed faithful to the original peeling walls - no complaints there really.

The problems lie with the proximity between tables, the food, service and final taxes on your overall bill. Far from spacious, this joint allows diners to listen in on another persons conversation. Different thing that the bunch of women occupying the next table were yelling the choicest expletives!

The food is just about okay - I had the risotto which was average, nothing about it made me swoon. The amount of the portion was okay for me, but then I am a small eater. The candlelight in the rundown home was the real winner. It's okay for a one time experience - there's nothing new about PVC. It's just another cafe that serves some Indianised continental food with portions that make the dishes at Fleur De Lys in San Fransisco seem large!

Ambiance: 2.5/5 - Nothing fabulously creative at all
Food: 2/5 - Just another menu
Service: 2/5 - Lackluster
Overall Experience: 2/5

P.S: They also add quite a few taxes to your bill. If you doubt the charges, please make sure you check with them.

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Disappointing!

There have been mixed reviews of the place so far and therefore to find out the real deal, I had to go there myself! I finally went to the most talked about café opened recently- Pali Village Café in Bandra.

Food- They serve Italian, European and Mediterranean food. They also have a huge range of wines to choose from. Since we went in the evening at around 5, we thought we’d stick to coffees and light snacks. So I called for a Goat cheese & garlic Pizza slice and since I’ve heard their desserts are great, I called for a cake that looked nice in their display. My friends called for a Sweet potato gnocchi and coffee.The coffee was strong and good but the rest of the stuff was quite bad! My pizza slice was more like 2 large Tortilla chips with cheese on top. So basically I had a pizza without the pizza sauce. Is that how pizzas are supposed to be in Italy? After I looked at the sweet potato gnocchi which were barely 4 tiny pieces with some sauce. The dessert was a huge disappointment too! The cake was warmed well and the ice cream had a strand of hair in it! Although they changed it, the taste didn’t make up for it one single bit unfortunately!

Ambience- Located at Pali Hill near Janata Lunch Home, Pali Village Café is a one of those hoity-toity places. The place if you see has an interesting décor, different from other places you’ve seen. I’ll give them credit for that. The dim lights, Italian flooring, classy furniture and old frames on rustic walls give the place a very unique look. They play old classic European music which sets the right mood for the place. There’s just this one annoying wall near the stairs that looks really bad! I wish they’d do something about that well

Service- These guys really need to buck up with their service! My friend had to ask 3 different waiters to get her a sachet of sugar for her coffee! Also, if you ask them what the dish contains, they haven’t a clue!

Prices- Ridiculously priced! The goat cheese & garlic pizza slice costs Rs. 110! We called for 3 cups of coffee, 1 pizza slice, 1 starter and 1 dessert. The bill came up to 1100 inclusive of tax! That’s almost 300 per person just for an afternoon snack… not even a snack, actually! I’m not complaining about it being expensive…I’m complaining because it’s not worth it at all!

Verdict- Pali Village Café might be extremely popular as of now, with people making reservations to go there but I think the place honestly need to change a few very important things; namely- food quantity, prices and service!

Rating- 2/5

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..and another cafe!

A. Bandra
B. Pala naka
C. Misplaced crowd
D. Raw look taken too far
So, that was the first impression at that fateful Sunday evening at 7pm. Because a FRP roofing sheet as the roof and at a door do not a make "chic decor". Unplastered walls are an art to achieve. Effortless does not mean no efforts at all.

But Pali Village Cafe is unfortunately the latter.
A Cappuccino could be a scale to judge any new place. It's as basic as one can get, in a world where the best of Coffee beans and machines are available. But, you can expect a watered down, ordinary flavoured, mild concoction.
Thankfully, we did not decide to invest in a full-fledged dinner. As a burger ordered at 7pm, turned up after incessant reminders at 8pm with 3 wedges on its side with some raddish.
The patty could have been a 'ready-to-fry' cold storage variety and the manager insisted that the miserly drops of mayonnaise was infused with the "chilly pickle" that was mentioned in the menu. On insistence, extra mayo did arrive!
So, the management may have felt guilty about the time and portions and so, as compliments they sent over something that proved the final test for this breezy eatery- A BREAD BASKET!---Thanks a ton!
I may again opt to go southwards for a weekend evening and suggest the management also should take a tip or two, instead of taking cues from lost Brooklyn cafe's. The decor, railings and crowd can be inspired, but key factors of food and service just cannot become secondary factors! - Too Bad!

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PVC - not plastic at all...

I'd read the mixed reviews below, and was left somewhat confused with what to expect from this relatively new all-day restaurant. However, it was enough to pique my interest to visit this place just to find answers to such quandaries as: What does European 1960s décor resemble exactly? What was with the weird reservation system issue? And, who serves cheese/mayonnaise with a breadbasket - is this the new trend?

Anyway, after three separate attempts, over three weekends, and numerous calls to get through to P.V.C., we were finally successful at finding the place. Maybe G.P.S. might have increased our success rate somewhat…

As far as we could tell, they still haven't got the signage in place – just a small plaque on the wall with the name, which is only visible if you’re walking south, and have better than 20/20 vision in broad daylight.

It was a Saturday night and we'd not made a reservation – partly due to a recommendation in a review below. As soon as we were inspected by the maître d', he suggested that we sat at the side of the ground floor restaurant and had a drink whilst we waited for a table.

The place was full, with one empty table in the bar behind a pillar in the corner. It seemed like the place was exclusively for females downstairs for some reason with a baby wailing in the background that did nothing to cheer us up.

The place was very dimly lit by what appeared to be industrial-style lamps, in keeping with the former use of the building, I imagine. Said lamps made reading the menu no easy task. Perhaps they should offer the menu in Braille instead?

Wine bottles filled one wall from floor to ceiling. And the wine list was long and wide too. We soon realised that there were only a few wine cocktails on the menu if you fancied something else. Take note: no spirits of any kind are available here. That said there were plenty of wines to choose – many by the glass – and a veritable overload of Indian wines, which was good to see.

After 20 minutes of waiting, the empty table still hadn't been occupied and so we made some enquiries as to how long our table would be. The waiter said he'd check. We then pointed out the empty table. Soon enough the maître d' came back and said we could take that particular table if were done by 10.15pm. It was just 9pm and so we took it rather than waiting for any longer.
The maître d' alone was running up and down to all sections of P.V.C. for most of the evening. They either were totally disorganised, or they were operating some kind of policy to ensure a table here continues to remain in demand, and/or keep the riffraff out.

The service was crisp and attentive. The recommendations were good too. We started with chicken supremes and a salad. The supremes filled the plate and came with a mild dipping sauce (no complaints about portion size here as there must have been about 9 pieces of chicken on my plate). Same for the tasty salad – it was a very large bowl-full for an appetiser. As for the breadbasket, this contained a good mix of Italian breads and grissini, along with butter, if required.

Lamb stew and the bassa were our main course dishes. Again, no complaints from us on size, flavour or colour. We had a look at puddings, and was sorely tempted, but as the clock was ticking, and the maître d' getting visibly excited, we decided to make a move and head somewhere else.

An 8% service tax is included so don’t be tempted to leave another tip on top of this. However, for what we paid it was good value with service included.

Finally, as for the décor, it is perhaps best described as shabby, industrial chic. It is by no means screaming any European accents to me. Now, don’t get me wrong, cement was indeed a British invention, but you can hardly call cracked and chipped bare walls as typically European unless referring to a 500-year-old basilica, which has been pillaged and ransacked by hoards of invaders.

Overall, P.V.C. deserves a good 4* rating. Its menu is sufficiently different, the wait staff know what they are talking about, the wine list is one of the best I’ve seen in terms of depth and price, and the overall experience will be looked forward to repeating again very soon. Maybe by making a reservation next time too.

Moo’s mantra: the human mind is like a parachute – it’s useless unless open. Go to P.V.C. You won’t be disappointed if you want a quality night out. Just remember to bring your night vision goggles.

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A winner at Pali.

After we managed to find the `blink and you miss it’ entrance, Pali Village Cafe was a delightful jewel.

Rough wooden furniture, plenty of natural light, smiling waiters and tacky laminated menus set the mood for a happy 1 ½ hour lunch.

The wine list is extensive and it was nice to see most wines also served by the glass. Cocktails, mocktails and four types of sangria made up the rest of the drinks menu. Since we were a group of three friends meeting after ages, we decided to celebrate with a pitcher of Red Wine Sangria. It was perfectly good. Chilled, yet not watered down with a generous amount of sliced fruit to add color and tang.

Since 2 of the three of us were vegetarian, we decided to order only the vegetarian food. We started with a red pepper hummus was full of flavour although the portion size was diminutive.
The idea of pizza by the slice appealed to us and we ordered one portion each of the Goat’s Cheese and the Margarita Pizza. Both of them came to the table in large platters with 2 small slices of pizza and a small helping of crisp salad. When I say small pieces, I mean small pieces. They were no more than a mouthful each. Crisp base with a thin topping. A burst of flavour and the slice was gone. Great appetizer, but, maybe, not at the price.

We followed this up with a Mushroom, Grilled Pepper and Scarmoza Cheese sandwich, which was satisfying, flavourful and well seasoned. And last but best was the Porcini Gnocchi. Light as air gnocchi with a thick cream sauce busting with the distinct taste of dried Porcini. We used the bread at the table to mop up the last of the creamy Porcini sauce.
The service right through was pleasant, efficient and helpful. When we requested them to rush through the end of our meal and hurry with the bill they were more than helpful. Hats off to them for that.

The total bill was just a shade less than Rs 1000/- a head. Certainly steep considering the portions.

It was 1.10pm when we entered the restaurant and when we finally rushed out to keep our various appointments at 2.30 pm, the place was almost full of trendy ladies-who-lunch, kitty parties and the occasional couple. This is 2.30 pm on a week day!

They get minus points on the portion size and maybe on the tacky menu. But the food, service and ambience more than makes up for that.

I think if this place sticks to what it is doing currently, we have a winner at Pali Naka

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July 02,2010

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Overhyped....Forget Reservations Try Walking In

Have you heard of any restaurant in Mumbai especially one of this size that doesn't have good reviews being completely booked for the next two weeks ? Well Pali Village Cafe is, and it doesn't matter weekend weekday its all booked. Makes one wonder right ? Its basically just a ploy to screen the crowd and create the hype. I'd heard about it and saw it myself. We called in Wednesday morning to make reservations for the the evening and all full. Decided to drop by since we really wanted to go to this place. Luckily my friend knew the manager so we got a table with the promise of vacating it at 10 (of course the fact that we were 6 women didn't hurt). We were just happy to get one so agreed. Now all the while we were there there was a table for 6 that remained empty through out. And that was just the upper level. I'm sure the situation was the same on the lower level as we did see a few empty tables.

Ambiance: Its nice and luckily for the dim lighting no one really notices that the place has been done up at all. The "rustic" look.

Food: Ok now hearing soo much about the place you'd expect atleast the food to be good right ? Wrong. First of all there are hardly any options for veg. Appetizers has one soup, hummus, mushrooms and pak choi, gnocchi I think and a few salads. Main course has pizza, pasta and risotto and nothing that is out of the ordinary. We ordered the mushroom and pak choi which the waiter recommended and hummus for the lack of anything better given we were starving. Avoid the mushrooms and hummus is very average.

Ordered a fettucine in pesto, risooto with mushroom in white or pepper sauce, pasta in pepper sauce and tortellini in some white sauce. Looking at the tortellini quantity we were expecting the worst but the rest was in sufficient. The risotto and pasta in pepper sauce have to be among the worst for a fine dine place. The saving grace was the pasta in pesto even though a bit heavy on the oil. The star was the tortellini - yum with a burst of cheese towards the end.

Desserts: We were skeptical if to order desserts and finally decided on some pie with chocolate served with vanilla ice cream. Totally worth it.

Damages: I don't know why people say it was expensive because we paid Rs 430 per person (2 starters, 5 mains, 1 desserts and 3 soft drinks) which is not bad except of course the food didn't match up.

To sum up dress well, have lot of women in your group, just walk in even if you don't have reservations. The place is ok and food is not worth the hype. Would only go back for the tortellini and dessert if I have to.

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Italy in Bandra? I don't think so.

So my friend and I decide to go check this new place in bandra - we're hearing too much about it. So instead of heading the usual route towards Janta Bar, we looked around and spotted this cafe, slightly tucked away. The ambience is great, nicely done-up, cosy. The crowd is guaranteed to be elite, considering the prices are sky high. BUT the food is nothing great, considering you are paying through your nose to eat here. The salads are pretty much OK. The roast chicken is good and they serve great Rose Sangria. Coming to the service, the first word that comes to mind is 'horrible'. My friend had his glass of wine taken away from him, when it was millimeters away from his lips, by a waiter, who had mixed up the order!!! We were aghast. I personally did not like the lighting since it was too dark. So to sum it up, bad service, bad lighting, very very overpriced and above average food.

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Good ambience, bad service, worse food

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I'm really surprised at the great reviews PVC has been receiving. We had heard so much about it these past 2 weeks, that we decided to take a look. 1) Nice, quiet ambience 2) Poor, slow service 3) Dirty tables, dirty glasses 4) No accompaniments (bread, sauces) 5) Tacky menu - printouts on paper with spelling errors galore 5) Atrocious food for a place with such hype. The beef & hazelnut butter burger was horrendous - a small, processed slab of beef, almost-stale bun, hazelnut butter that you couldn't taste, dry due to lack of any sauce or butter or cheese (this is perfectly acceptable if the meat is juicy and tender, which it wasn't). The goat's cheese and garlic pizza slice was simply a tiny smear of cheese on crisp, heavy bread. Not a pizza slice by any means. Roast Chicken, Zucchini and Goat's Cheese Sandwich was decent, but lacking the oomph that you always get at an Indigo. Cheese was almost absent, but the chicken was tender. Potato wedges were good. The problem was that it was just so-so. Each bite made you feel fuller rather than yearn for more. Overall, nothing more than a 2 on 5, one point only for the ambience. I wouldn't eat that burger again even if they delivered it to my house for free. I hope this was a one-off, but I doubt it was. I don't think I'd be visiting again.

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awful service overshadows some great food

The place to be, that's whats everyone seems to be telling me as soon as i got into Bombay. So i decided to go there with some friends, most of whom hadn't been there before.

We walked in on a Saturday afternoon. The place was full and we had to wait for a table.

Now for the good points. The place is done up beautifully, right up my alley. It reminds me of The Tasting Room, another favorite restaurant of mine.

The food was actually really good. The pizza slices were superb, the best I have had in a long time. The main course was also pretty spectacular. The seafood rissotto, the tenderloin steak, the salmon and the grilled chicken all were cooked really well.

The cutlery was also really nice and well suited the ambience.

Now for the bad points, the place has an attitude as soon as you walk in. We were made to wait for a table, whcih was perfectly fine as we had no reservations. But the way the manger spoke to you was like he was doing you a favor. We ended up getting a table in about 25 mins, and the manager decides to tell us in a rather rude and snooty tone that we were lucky as a reservation had got cancelled.

The drinks took very long to come. The greek salad was pretty bad, but excusable given that the rest of the food was spot on. The food took a long time to come, but again was understandable as the restaurant was full. But everytime you asked the waiters for water, for napkin or how long the food would take. They pretty much were just plain rude. They took 20 mins to give us an extra glass for the sangria. And when they bought a glass, they bought a regular glass instead of a wine glass which they had given us when we had ordered the sangria initially. And we asked him to get us a wine glass, he rolled his eyes at us and took another 10 mins to get us a glass.The only thing that was quick, was the bill.

I also think it was overpriced, and even though the food was great, its not really worth the price tag. Its a CAFE.


So even though, they have some really great food and great ambience, the service is so awful that I would never go back there again.

What a dissapointment

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Brunch

Pali Village Cafe makes up for what was missing in Mumbai. It has a very rustic look. It also has two seating areas. An awesome menu selection with a great combination of flavors,very well presented food, and an amazing taste!
I personally liked the goan prawn sausages with mustard and potatoes, grilled prawns with orange reduction,spinach ricotta ravioli. Chocolate fondant was just superb!
Talking about the beverages, they have some nice berry and grape sangria,melon sangria. Perfect for a sunday afternoon!

Very good service and courteous staff.
They also have some gourmet stuff that you can pick up.

Hope to be there soon

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Child unfriendly and snooty

We went there last weekend for an early dinner at 7 p.m. for our son but were told that children are disallowed at the dinner time (which is really the time kids can come in this burning weather). Wonder why the hell they don't have a sign outside, would save a lot of people from wasting their time. We then thankfully decided to go Cafe Mangii just down the road which is great with kids and has far better quality of food. This place is very average on food, not child friendly and heavy on the pocket . The ambiance is nice but not good enough to make up for the let down.

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Great ambience - Steep on the pocket.

Right at the Pali Naka junction , next to Janta bar and restaurant is this new place - Pali Village Cafe. It has an interesting ambiance with high ceilings and windows, two floors with seating area, an AC section, the whole brick walled look. It comes across evidently that a lot of effort has been put into the look and feel, for sure.
However, at 7 p.m. we were told that main course isn't available.We settled for a Strawberry martini and Kiwi Martini with grilled chicken breast appetizer. The Kiwi martini was a fresh new taste, and the chicken was yum too. The waiter returned only to tell us that the strawberry martini isn't available. We liked the Kiwi flavour so much we told him to get another. It didn't arrive until much, much later.
After much conversation and time sent mulling over the menu, we settled for a Caesar Salad and Goat Cheese and garlic pizza by the slice. The salad was good and only after the food had arrived, did the Margarita finally appear.
The pizza by the slice is a big disappointment. You order hoping for 'pizza' but what you get is far from it. It' has a superbly thin crust and i love thin crust but i couldn't let this pass as 'pizza'. The slice is way too small to qualify as a slice in the first place, and its too expensive. such a waste!
we ordered cheesecake for dessert and it was the best! It made up for the pizza disaster.
This meal set us back by 1500 Rs, and for an evening of snacking and cigarettes, its mighty expensive, I'll say.
Give it a miss if you're looking for real food. Haven't tried the pasta or risotto yet, but really wonder if Im willing to spend that much again for a measly portion!
For the ambiance, full marks. Service is slow. and too much confusion on whats available, what inst.

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awful!!!WONT RECOMEND DS PLACE TO ANY!

We went to this cafe last night on a Tuesday. We ordered for some pizza slices and a pasta. The food only arrived after an hour and a half. The pasta tasted stale which was either due to the cream or the milk. The pizza was not hot either. It was a disappointing experience. Also, certain staff members act a little pricey. The service is extremely slow and the food worse ever.

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Charming and Fun!

I ate here last night. What a charming restaurant! Great, unusual cafe without being even a tad overdone. I ordered simply and was very pleased. The watermelon and feta cheese salad was creative, beautifully executed and delicious. The spaghetti alio et olio was al dente. It is sometimes hardest to do the simplest dish well; but Pali Village Cafe did it very well. Simple, friendly, gracious service; a great glass of Australian Gewuerztraminer; good prices and I AM GOING BACK! Can't wait to see their brunch. This is my new favorite Bandra restaurant. I am raving about it to all my foodie friends. Go here. Eat great food. Have fun.

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PALI VILLAGE CAFE IS VERY ADDICTIVE :)

We went here for a meal on a hot Sunday afternoon. It was a fantastic experience with some amazing food which was cooked to perfection, service was average BUT the restaurant had a great atmosphere / ambiance , and the deserts are to die for.
I would recommend this place every time i get a chance to talk about food .
The owners are a couple, one of them personally came to our table to check if everything was alright which in my books is a big plus plus since this is happens very rarely and its always good to have that personal touch while running a restaurant , We chatted a little about the restaurant and realized it was fairly new. It had opened only 8 days ago , the surprising part was it was a full house and they were only taking in reservations, i guess we just got lucky to get a table inside.

Will definitely be visiting this place again.

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A beautiful place with belligerent staff and the worse service of any place I have ever eaten. In fact we didn't even manage to eat. Styling itself as a laid back cafe / deli with options for main courses, pasta, burgers, pizza and sandwiches I was hoping to have a pleasurable relaxed eating experience on a Sunday afternoon.

Sitting down at a table with 6 people, three waiters hung around the computer screen before we had to get one of their attentions to get given some menus. Or water took 15 minutes to arrive and was chilled. Our sangria however was great. The only bright spot in an otherwise awful experience.

When our order was finally taken we were informed that there were no main courses or pastas available as it was after the lunch rush. We ordered salads, sandwiches and a couple of slices of pizza.

So an hour and 15 minutes later we had successfully been served two jugs of sangria, two bottles of water and nothing less. We asked them every 15 minutes about our food and were told that it was on its way. Then finally a man proclaiming to be the owner told us that our food was not coming, that the kitchen was shut (bear in mind a couple of people were being served a bowl of pasta behind us while we were being told this) that there was no chicken and that they could, in fact, as a special favour give us some pasta (which we were earlier told was off the menu). So we asked to get some food. Then all of a sudden a salad and three piece of pizza turned up. Tiny pieces of pizza and not great either. The salad was fine, although it claimed to include sun dried tomato and had a measly 3 pieces.

While talking to the owner we told him of our displeasure and that we were not prepared to pay for one of the jugs of sangria as we would not have ordered it if we had gotten our food in time. The owner seemed to have no care for our experience his excuses of it being the 8th day of business and the fact that they had a big lunch run and a busy friday night were just awful. A good owner or managed would have just said "Let me get you some bowls of pasta immediately and please don't worry about paying for them". The service would have been wonderful if that had given any quarter for our experience at their cafe. Trying to be understanding and just ask for some food and some consideration for the fact that we had been waiting for over an hour for food that we had been told was coming. Finally a turkey sandwich appears and when I ask "What is happening here, are we getting food or not?" I am told that this sandwich had been specially DEFROSTED for us. Well, that sounded wonderfully appetizing. So we say we are going to leave and they ask us to wait another FIVE minutes to wait for our bill. This for me was the final straw. We paid whatever we had to and left.

This is a terrible place. I have never met people who are so determined for their cafe to fail and to be considered for awful service and just not a good place to spend time. I hope they can sort out their teething problems and that the Pali Village Cafe turns out to be good. But for now it's not. It's not good, it's not even close to being good. It's rude people with a beautiful place and terrible excuses for terrible service.

Avoid. At least for now, until, as the owner said, they sort out their teething problems.

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Unusual Place..... Okay Food

The place is done well. Kudos to the designer. Its an interesting concept, where most restaurant's try to ape successful restaurants in the city they have tried to be a little innovative.

I wish they would have been more experimental with the menu and made use of seasonal ingredients available here than just ape an international menu.

They definitely need to improve upon their service. What with taking a 35 minutes to get an espresso and 45 minutes for a sandwich.

The burger we called for was good, the chicken, zucchini and cottage cheese sandwich was bland and lacked any from of basic seasoning. A nice spread would make it interesting. They served both alongwith 3 potato wedges even which again lacked basic seasoning.

The pizza by the slice should be given a miss. It tasted like pizza that one would make at home.

The portion sizes were to small for the over-priced items on the menu.

The dessert's were really good, the cheese cake definitely worth a try and i would expect no less from chef Conrad since he is one of the best pastry chef's the city has seen.

With respect to the food, it was a disappointment , but i would go back for a coffee or a dessert and to spend a lazy afternoon.

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Classic Ambience, Not So Classic Food

Located in the ever burgeoning Pali neighbourgood, it’s hard to find this one even though you have been told it’s next to the cult Janata Bar. Look around for what seems like a defunct vintage era warehouse with high ceiling and glass windows and you know you are at the right place. Having opened its doors just two days back, the signage is yet to arrive; hopefully, it will be a big, bright one. Till then, it’s a tiny sign on the right wall next to the entrance that helps the smart confirm their claim.

But walk in and it’s another story. A 60’s European style restaurant with two levels, each split into an al fresco and air-conditioned areas, it’s more than welcoming with its dimly light ambiance, elegant black wood décor that blends in beautifully with the contrasting unpainted walls. Head to the upper al fresco section with two cosy tables and after a few minutes, the prickly plants and no fan makes you feel otherwise. But then compensation comes in the form of eye candies Ranbir Kapoor, Ayaan Mukerji and a bunch of friends who opt for the upper level air-conditioned section (Katrina Kaif walked in a while later). While spotting celebrities, at that real hot ones is always exciting, it isn’t enough to make you sit under a partially open metal roof. And not wanting to come across as celeb-desperate, you decide to head for the air-conditioned zone downstairs; definitely more comfortable with better lighting, better chairs soothing Italian music and no plants.

Browsing through the menu, done interestingly in thin blue sheets punched together with a modest golden clip, you decide to go in for a salad and main course after the waiter tells you that they don’t serve bagels, burgers and sandwiches post 7 pm and vice versa for the pastas and the main course. Opt for the only mushroom salad on the menu and it’s a huge mistake. The highlight of the Mushroom and Pak Cloy Salad is the latter with chopped mushrooms and roasted almonds thrown in for namesake. Done in excess of balsamic vinegar, it makes the already bitter Pak Cloy inedible with the oily aftertaste. A piece of advice for the health freaks who plan to binge on salads: order two plates per person, their quantity is aimed at size zero. Not wanting to torture yourself with the bitter experience, you decide to move on to the main course.

With the vegetarian options in the mains section reading on the lines of mashed potatoes, sautéed greens in madras curry; it is the pastas that seem more promising. The waiter suggests you go for the Tortellini with zucchini over the one with Pesto sauce and walnuts. For the uninitiated, tortellini is little cap-like pasta that can be stuffed with whatever your heart demands.

What arrives on your table a few minutes later is a bowl full of cabbage and a little bread basket. You secretly hope this is not what tortellini used to be in the 60s. And the answer is a pleasant no. The bowl full of cabbage is actually a Greek Salad and a replacement for the bitterest salad in history. Now you totally appreciate this gesture and get on to gorging, actually just cabbage while hunting for cucumber pieces, chopped baby tomatoes, olives and cubes of feta cheese, all of which didn’t happen to more than half a dozen. The bread basket is alright though the buttery dip disappoints; some cheese or mayo wouldn’t hurt now when we are talking charm and frills.

However, all disappointments pale in comparison to what you encounter when the pasta arrives. Exactly six tortellini pieces covered in yellow sauce with one shoot of broccoli thrown in a giant sized plate makes you realise how some people think they can take their guests for a ride with candle-lit charm. Leave alone the quantity, even the very average taste did not justify the Rs.265 dish that comes up to Rs.319 with VAT and 8 per cent service charge.

Not wanting to be fooled anymore, you decide to skip the desserts that start at Rs.200 and ask for the bill. And now, they don’t charge you for the salad. Why? Well, it’s complimentary. Well, that’s nice but if only you were informed about that earlier you would have considered some dessert now, wouldn’t you?

Clearly, don’t go here expecting great food. If you are willing to do with ordinary tasting food, go ahead but make sure you order double of what you would ordinarily do. But if time well spent is what you are looking for, by all means, look no further. As for us, we are sure to go back to this lovely place but skip the food menu and rather focus on the wine menu which extends to Sangrias and more.

(burrp! review anonymously and pays for all its meals)

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