I've lost count of the number of times that I've frequented this quaint cafe ... on Hill road, if you blink while you are on the lookout for this place, you will miss it .. the place is right next to Godrej Natures basket .. they share a glass partition and you can peep in directly into the stores well stocked wine cellar ..
Since Hill Road is bustling with traffic all day long, would recommend you come in a little early to find parking .. there is no valet parking available ..
I first landed here to celebrate my promotion at work in April 2011 .. thereafter a birthday party.. then another birthday .. then I ran out of reasons ... I come to eat pizza!
The first time that I'd visited the place, it was serving alcohol (now it doesn't) and I'd ordered an orange sangria .. it was beautiful!!
Theres the inner air conditioned seating and the outer seating .. the inner section with about 4-5 tables is where the pizza counter is located .. there is a green chalk board showcasing the days specials .. and soft music playing all day long .. the place is open until midnight (I've landed up at 11:30 p.m. once)
Was there last nite with my wife and a couple of friends .. since the weather in the city has been relatively pleasant by March standards, we decided to sit outside .. between the 4 of us, this is what we ordered to eat:
1 African Peri Peri Chicken : 16inch
1 Rays Special : 16inch
.. this is a classic .. simple no frills pizza .. recommended!
1/2 Smoked Bacon and Onion : 12inch
1/2 Pizza Con Proscuitto : 12 inch
Yup we over ordered but then we packed up the extra slices in doggy bags ..
While the pizzas were awesome, theres one thing I noticed for the first time .. the base sauce for all the pizzas is more or less the same .. its the meat that imparts the flavour .. the smoked bacon retain its smokiness and the pepperoni was greasy ..
For drinks, The kiwi blast is not recommended .. you wouldnt be missing anything .. the tall glass of hazelnut was awesome .. and the nimbu pani tasted just right .. but honest advice, nothing goes with better with greasy food than a tall glass of good old coke!! I recommend coke whether you order a pizza, a burger or just about any grub .. We ran up a tab off Rs.2700/- (service charge @ 10% included)
The other thing about Rays is the quick service .. it doesnt matter what you order .. a 16pepperoni or a pasta or coffee .. it takes 15 mins flat .. and the staff is always courteous
The other thing is they serve pizza by the slice .. while the menu on this front is limited, it helps when you are hungry enough just for another slice or 2 .. you dont have to order an entire pizza .. its light on your stomach and the pocket ..
On previous occasions, weve ordered the New York Cheese cake and the orange flavoured chocolate mousse (must must must try).. and a whole lot many things and there has never been any reason to complain ..
All in all .. a delightful experience .. I will keep coming back
P.S. I dont know if its a figment of my imagination but in the Kareena Imran starrer movie Ek mai aur ekk tu .. a scene of a pizza parlour in Vegas bore strong resemblance to Rays Cafe!!