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Not stiff competition

Posing competition to the well-established Elco restaurant on Hill Road, is this new, surprisingly spacious restaurant. The garish green and yellow design that beckons you from the street is a pretty good indicator of what’s to come.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2011 15:37 IST
Rochelle Pinto

What: Cream and Cheese
Where: Shop No. 1, Venus Premises CHS Ltd, Opp. Canara Bank, Elco Arcade, 39, Hill Road, Bandra (W)
Call: 26550877, 26402589
What’s on the menu: Sandwiches, salads, chaat, pasta and pizzas
Drinking: No
Smoking: Yes

Posing competition to the well-established Elco restaurant on Hill Road, is this new, surprisingly spacious restaurant. The garish green and yellow design that beckons you from the street is a pretty good indicator of what’s to come.

Climb the spiral staircase to the first floor where you can choose to sit in the air-conditioned indoors or out on the balcony. Pleasant as it sounds, the cacophony of car honks and haggling shoppers on the street below may just dampen the mood. The outside area allows you to smoke, but the manager is considerate enough to request you not to if there are children seated nearby.

The menu, completely vegetarian, offers a selection of ‘paneer manchuriyan’, ‘mushroom peprika’ ‘cheese and cone ball’ and fruit ‘flots’. While you laugh yourself silly over the typos, don’t forget to place your order quickly because it takes them about 25 minutes to return, even if you’ve only ordered snacks. Score 1 for Elco. Since few are likely to try the Penne in Barbeque Sauce (huh?), you’ll probably veer towards the chaat section, priced from Rs 55 onwards, which doesn’t have that one classic- paani puri. Score 2 for Elco.

Order the Kit Kat shake (Rs 109) if you like crunchy bits of chocolate swirling around in your shake. Don’t bother with the Lemon Basil Punch (Rs 89) unless you like the sour taste that lemon rind leaves behind. The Garlic Cheese Toast (Rs 89) is not fun at all,
but the Fresh Mushroom Peprika Potatoes taste just as oily and spicy as the best dive food, perfect accompaniments to a chilled beer… if there was one.

Sadly, there’s nothing special about the house specials; the Cream and Cheese Special Paratha, which cost a whopping
Rs 159, is like any other stuffed paneer paratha you’d find at a Punjabi dhaba. The Special Ragda Pattice (Rs 89) should be renamed Very Average Ragda Pattice.

You’d do well to carry some cash, as it took two waiters and one cashier to successfully fail to figure out the debit card machine. Apart from the Kit Kat Shake, slightly cheaper rates, and the fact that you’re likely to get a table here faster, there’s little drawing Elco regulars away from their favourite snack food joint.

What we like
The location
The Kit Kat shake

What we don’t like
No Paani Puri
The bill problems

Rating- **1/2