Basilico is back in Bandra with a bang. Yes, that alliteration is bound to drive grammar Nazis bonkers (see what I did there?). But food lovers in and around Bandra, plus Café Basilico loyalists, are going to rejoice that this restaurant is in business once again. Its striking similarities to the existing Colaba outlet and the previous one in Bandra will evoke nostalgia in the hearts of the hardest critics.
Plus, let’s admit it, the rapidly metamorphosing dining scene in the city has made us suckers for anything that reminds us of the “good ol’ days”.
Which is why it’s so refreshing to see that the café—with its all-wood and glass décor theme—is just as imagined, when you walk through the glass entrance doors. A long passageway (by Bombay standards) reveals a clean and fuss-free seating arrangement. But just as you’re beginning to reminisce, you’ll realise that this space has a surprise in store for you.
At the back of the building, glass double doors offer a peek into a yet-unexplored setting. They lead you to an open area with all kinds of leafy plants creeping up the walls that frame this space. This cosy, ivy-like backdrop will remind you of those charming little houses out west that create a homely blend of modern living and nature loving.
Yet another sense this alfresco space flirts with is the olfactory, with the playful fragrance of night-blooming jasmines wafting through the air. Though, it must be said, the one sense that the restaurant does not play around with is that of taste, by offering delectable, wholesome food that no one can pass up.
The menu is dotted with dishes that Basilico is remembered for (highlighted as signature dishes)—the famous Chargrilled Veg Lasagna, Ratatouille pizza and Café Basilico’s Grilled Panini. Alongside these are new additions that serve up global cuisines on platters—Mediterranean, which stretches from Italian pizzas and pastas to Lebanese shawarmas and hummus platters, as well as Asian fusion through Thai curries and teriyaki dishes.
If you’re on a diet, this is just the ideal place to eat light. Café Basilico offers a variety of fresh breads and baked dishes. Plus, a number of Raw Pressery juices, Paper Boat beverages and green teas keep your energies up. But if it’s your cheat day, you’ve got it even better—they have a selection of divine desserts. Ask for the Chocolate Lava and a slice of Red Velvet cake. Thank me later.
How to Get There:
Contact: 022 33126835
Cost: ₹1,550 for two people
Timings: 9 AM to 12 Midnight