We stepped into Eat Deli.Cafe with few expectations and even a smaller appetite, least expecting it to have a lavish menu. Located at Pali Naka, this restaurant is tucked into a corner at the start of a one-way street. Accessing it might be a bit of a challenge, but that trip might just be worth it.
The menu fits in a lot- soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, sides, waffles, pancakes, slushes, smoothies and desserts- but the limited options in each section make the decision-making easy.
Our first order-the Cream Of Tomato With Cheddar Cheese Toast (Rs 250)- arrived in less than 15 minutes. Brought to our table in a deep glass mug, the presentation and correct temperature of the soup made the concoction even more appealing. The Grilled Jalapeno Popper and Cheese Sandwich (Rs 370) was our least favourite. The bread didn’t complement the poppers, which on their own, were perfectly spicy and crispy. However, the potato wedges on the side were the real stars of this dish.
The Three Cheese Pizza with Ham, Bacon and Mushroom (Rs 450) was the highlight of our meal. The paper-thin crust folded easily. The generous quantities of the ingredients made it hard not to want to order another just to take home and eat a few hours later. The bacon was fresh and well cooked. The Classic Irish Lamb Stew Garlic Crust (Rs 600) was the second most expensive dish in the mains after the Norwegian Salmon Steak on Arugula Pesto and Wild Pepper Finished Risotto (Rs 700). The preparation wasn’t very stew-like (and was served with rice), but that wouldn’t even have bothered us if the lamb were cooked for just a few minutes more.
At this point, we knew we could push ourselves no further, but the Blue Velvet Cheese Cake (Rs 240; all prices inclusive of taxes) had to be tried. Largely, because it’s blue! Acing again in presentation, the massive slice of cake towered over the swirl of whipped cream with sprinkles. If two diners order this on a packed stomach, there’s no way they would finish it. Like the many good things in life, this one too was rich, definitely unhealthy and incredibly creamy, but delectable.
It’s not every day that we come across places that take the effort to get the small things right. This one has the potential to give other leading delis in the city some stiff competition.
(HT Café reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.)
At a glance...
Meal for two
Rs 1,500 without alcohol
What: Eat Deli.Cafe
Where: 13 A/15, Dheeraj Arcade, Pali Naka, Bandra (W)
What’s on the menu: Pizzas, burgers, soups