I hold chicken grills, steaks and other carnivorous pleasures pretty close to my heart. That said, the real question when I visited The Rolling Pin, was: Could this strictly vegetarian restaurant alter the course of my life forever?
The Rolling Pin calls itself a boulangerie first and then a patisserie and chocolaterie. The magical smell that greets you on arrival at the Lower Parel eater definitely supports these claims. If this is what a vegetarian lifestyle entails, sign me up!
To get to the seating area, you walk through their takeout section where their desserts, an assortment of breads, pastries, cookies and chocolates are on display. My Sunday lunch companion can’t help herself and runs from counter to counter salivating at the variety on display (fine I’m lying; that was me. I did that). Later, seated at their wooden tables, we get a chance to take in the rest of our surroundings.
The Rolling Pin is a cross between a quaint European cafe and a hipster bakery complete with trusty brick wall and visible ventilation shaft. On the wall hang cutting boards with scribbled lines like ‘A party without cake is just a meeting’. We’re handed the menu, and on our waiter’s recommendation, order the Bagelitch, a bagel and sandwich hybrid, along with sliders.
As we wait for our food to arrive, the playlist of current and older 60’s pop keeps us entertained. I get a glimpse of a chef baking some fresh lavash and my companion almost cries as she sees some scraps of cake being thrown away. We watch all this through the transparent, glass partition that separates the dining area from the kitchen, a treat for kids and adults alike.
Our order arrives on butter paper sheets of The Rolling Pin News with plugs for Quattro, SpiceKlub and DesiKlub, all restaurants from the same family. We try the three sliders first and are happy to find that each one of them is pretty distinctive. From tomato and cheese to a cutlet stuffed with eggplant, they deliver on the promise of variety and don’t fare too badly on the taste test. The Bagelitch is a cold sandwich stuffed with gherkins, tomato, cheese, jalapenos and other veggie delights. The bagel is baked to perfection but the fillings lack any special seasoning or flavour to really wow us.
For sweetness, we turn to the Amarena Cherry Mousse which excites my companion because she has seen it multiple times on her Instagram feed and is thrilled to be finally part of the cool club. The mousse is the highlight of our visit. With a crusty exterior and a soft cheesecake-like filling bursting with Amarena cherries, it is love at first bite for our palates.
We don’t want to leave just yet, so we pick up some of their baked offerings to go. Almond Biscotti, Buttermilk Cornmeal Chilli Bread and a Baguette, all of which are yummy enough to convince me that The Rolling Pin is ‘the’ place to go if you are willing to overdose on your daily requirement of carbs and then some.
So am I ready to give up on my carnivorous ways and ingest the grass that is supposedly greener on the other side? Not yet…although I could be seriously tempted by that Cherry Mousse!
How to Get There:
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 (approx.)