Located opposite a popular multiplex in Malad, Vertigo Cafe and Bar isn’t hard to find. The eatery boasts of a cosy outdoor seating area, with a canopied roof and little bar.
The dining space inside doesn’t impress with its décor — like many other bars in the city, it features a wall that proudly displays framed pictures of Lennon, Hendrix and the likes. But the place has a charming neighbourhood-watering-hole feel to it that you tend to grow fond of. Everybody seems to know everyone; on at least four occasions, we spotted people waving out to friends and acquaintances seated at other tables.
Although Vertigo seems to position itself as an all-day diner, there are Indian and Chinese dishes on the menu too. Among starters, the Pork Sausage Chilly Fry ( Rs. 300), slathered in an amazingly flavourful sauce, couldn’t get better. The Soy Chicken ( Rs. 250) didn’t disappoint either. The drinks menu lists quite a variety.
The Lynchberg Lemonade ( Rs. 450) with its whisky base was consistent down till the last sip. However, the Kiwi Walnut mocktail ( Rs. 220) got us wondering if it contained any nut at all. We ordered the Beef Burger ( Rs. 220) with high hopes, which unfortunately came crashing down. Although the patty was huge, the meat lacked taste and juiciness. The Garlic Bread ( Rs. 120) was a real discovery though.
The generous sprinkling of garlic over the buttered bread, in a way, made up for what the burger lacked. Vertigo also hosts karaoke nights and if the number of people who came in on a weekday is anything to judge the place by, it already seems to have consolidated its position as the friendly hangout for youngsters in that part of the city.
What: Vertigo Cafe and Bar
Where: Pleasant Park Society, opposite Movie Time Cinema, Off Link Road, Malad (W)
What’s on the menu: Chinese, Indian cuisine
What we like: Sausage Chilly Fry
We don’t like:
Decor of dining area