Mumbai is all about the winning formula. One may stumble upon a grand idea and achieve success, ensuring that a number of aspirants will try the same mantra in the hope of as much (if not more) success. It’s true. We’ve seen it in films—first, the Yash Raj love story, then the Karan Johar love triangle, and finally the Imtiaz Ali meet-cutes, all set the trend and had hordes follow suit—but also when it comes in the context of Mumbai’s dining scene.
First came the colonial English kinds. Mogambo, Leopold Café & Bar, Geoffrey’s and Café Mondegar, all testaments to the winning formula. Then came the Mediterranean variety, starting with Indigo Café (which kick-started the standalone fine-dining scene) followed closely by the rustic Italian-themed Mia Cucina and Santorini-white Grandmama’s Cafe. And slowly, on the heels of the successful Suzette and Chez Moi, the current formula that’s inched its way to the top is that of the über-chic Parisian café.
And although The Nutcracker comes very seriously close to a Parisian café feel, it would be unfair to label it as just a winning formula entry. Why? Simply because it gets far more right than just the formula!
There’s no denying that the cutesy yellow metallic chairs lined up, under the bougainvillea, in front of the glass door and façade, evokes memories of the many courtyard-style cafés in the French province of Champagne. The yellow theme continues inside—in the form of yellow-legged stools randomly suspended in one corner of the space—and brings a little bit of the sun in.
Although the café is set in the smallest of spaces, it makes up in big, bold flavours. The next time you find yourself in Fort or roaming the precinct of Kala Ghoda, grab some grub here. The Pesto Panini is a delicious serve of mushrooms, roasted red peppers, zucchini and feta in herbed bread; the Bagel & Cream Cheese is another #delish and we love that you can get this one on-the-go (seeing how difficult it can be to get a table here).
Eggetarians have reason to rejoice—there’s so many options here! The Salli Eggs dish is a sumptuous take on the Irani café-favourite Salli Chicken. If you’re from Delhi, you’ve got to try the Eggs Kejriwal. Just because. Then, there’s the Emmenthal & Truffle Oil Scrambled Eggs—for those who can’t resist truffle-anything. But if you don’t have much of an appetite, then get the Soya Spinach Jalapeño Burger—not because it’s a small portion but because this tasty burger will bring back that lost appetite.
How to Get There:
Where: Modern House, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg, Opposite One Forbes Building, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
Contact: 022 61344971
Timings: All Days 9:30 AM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people