Oxy Café comes as a boon to youngsters, officegoers, college kids and practically anyone who haunts the bylanes of Mahim, bereft as they are of restaurants and eating joints. The blue and white is hard to miss and brings a spot of colour to the otherwise dusty, traffic-filled Senapati Bapat Marg. The two-floor café isn’t large, but perfect for a quick meal and catching up with friends.
The café boasts of a ‘live kitchen’ and the waiters inform us that they serve starters, Mexican and Chinese food, thin crust pizzas and mini-meals.
We tried the cappuccino (Rs 55) and an aloo paratha (Rs 75), which comes with a helping of curd. The paratha was passable but a dash of pickle would have elevated its status considerably. The cappuccinos were just right —frothy and served in large cups. The waiters, we were happy to note, were really attentive. The restaurant may seem a bit empty in the late afternoons, but it fills up quickly towards the evening with college kids and officegoers.
In keeping with the young clientele they are expecting, the owners have kept the prices reasonable – mocktails (Rs 125-150), cold coffees (Rs 110-140), smoothies (Rs 90-110 ), cold sandwiches (Rs 65-90) and pastries (Rs 65-90) along with quiches (Rs 70-80) and puffs (Rs 60-75). But it’s their combo-meals that are a steal -- two parathas, chole and raita (Rs 120), or soup, salad and fruit (Rs 150), or soup, salad, two slices of garlic bread and dessert (Rs 200). We are told that a frankie stall is on the anvil.
As for the name, Oxy Café, we were told that it was conceptualised keeping in mind “the breath of fresh air that the cafe brings to the locality.” Can’t argue with that.
What we like
* It’s easily accessible
What we don’t like
* The traffic outside doesn’t make it the best in the world.