Nothing can ruin a movie viewing experience like watching actors whip together fantastic meals while the rumbles from your stomach remind you that the last time you ate a meal that good looking was way too long ago.
Ratatouille at Tea Villa Cafe, Bandra and Andheri
There’s a scene in the animated feature Ratatouille, where a food critic is takes a bite of the dish of the same name and is transported back to the days of his childhood and his mother’s version of what is essentially stewed vegetables and herbs. A bite of Tea Villa’s Ratatouille isn’t going to cause any child who has been raised on dal-chawal to reminisce but it will allow you to be honest when you tell your overly concerned mother that you actually enjoyed ingesting your daily dose of vegetables.
French Onion Soup at Gallops, Mahalaxmi
There’s only a fleeting glimpse of French Onion Soup in the Meryl Streep-starrer Julie and Julia but that was enough to set me off on a wild goose chase in search of this cheese and bread laden appetiser. Gallops is pretty to look at from the outside and the restaurant doesn’t do too badly when it comes down to serving the diet killer soup although we wouldn’t argue if they were more generous with the cheese.
Tiramisu at Mia Cucina, Andheri
It’s always a task explaining to people my love for coffee but my distaste for coffee flavoured desserts (see: Tiramisu) so being force fed coffee laden Tiramisu at Mia Cucina isn’t my idea of a fun evening. Yet, the dish has made a believer out of me, so much so that it’s all I think about as I watch Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart fall in love over an entire box of it in No Reservations.
Cubanos at Eat Around the Corner, Bandra
I was warned about watching Chef on an empty stomach; I obviously paid no attention to these warnings because I live dangerously. I slowly realised what a foolish decision that was the minute the talk of these wonderful Cuban sandwiches came up in the movie. Thankfully Eat Around the Corner serves close replicas with lots of caramelised onions, cheese and meat, perfect when paired with iced tea and hot summer evenings.
Chocolate Croissants at The Rolling Pin, Lower Parel
Meryl Streep and Steve Martin teach us younger folk what a real date should be like as they go about the fine art of making a chocolate croissant in It’s Complicated. Anyone who serves me one a chocolate heart wins my heart instantaneously. The Rolling Pin does some of this heart winning business with its Chocola croissant. I find it hard to resist the flaky croissant that envelopes a generous helping of chocolate!
How to Get There
Tea Villa Cafe
Where: Hill Road, Bandra West | Versova, Andheri West | Vile Parle East
Contact: Hill Road, Bandra West – 022 33126911 | Versova, Andheri West – 022 33126275 | Vile Parle East – 022 30150842
Timings: All Days 8 AM to 12:30 am
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people
Where: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai
Contact: 022 30151130
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹2,500 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
Where: G3, Transocean House, Lake Boulevard Street, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai
Contact: 022 67094000 | 022 67094001
Timings: Mon – Sat 12 Noon to 4 PM, 7 PM to 12:30 AM | Sun 12 Noon to 12:30 AM
Cost: ₹2,000 for two people
Eat Around the Corner
Where: 24th & 30th Road Junction, Opposite St Theresa’s Boys High School, TPS III, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Contact: 022 26006717 | 022 26002665
Timings: All Days 7 AM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,550 for two people
The Rolling Pin
Where: 12, Janta Industrial Estate, Senapat Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Contact: 022 30151774
Timings: All Days 11 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹700 for two people