Great place to catch up
Fortunately or not, the biggest landmark for Café Zoe is the city’s gig venue Blue Frog. Open from 7.30 am to 1.15 am, Café Zoe can safely be called a commendable attempt to redefine fine dining. A good spot for a chatty meeting over some expensive wine and well-cooked food, this section of the mill has been done up to suit the elite, But it also accommodates boozers. The translucent corrugated sheets on the roof make sure electricity cuts don’t bother them in the day.
A well-designed menu doesn’t confuse and presents the offerings as they are — breakfast, salads, soups, vegetarian, meats and seafood.
For starters, we called for the Fish ‘n’ Chips (Rs 310). Fried golden and fresh, the dish was undoubtedly one of the best we’ve had. So much so, that we didn’t even miss the tartar sauce, though they did forget to bring it. The Duck Breast (Rs 690) was rendered well, with the right amount of sweetness. The deal of the evening, however, was the Mixed Seafood (Rs 450), which was a platter of prawns, squid, crab and scallops tossed in light herbs and butter. We appreciated that the shell of the crab was fractured just enough to avoid the use of a cracker.
Good service though was one aspect Zoe lacked. For lack of a reservation, we were seated near the entrance. Fifteen minutes in, we had to prompt the manager for the menu and a glass of water. All in all, Café Zoe has got most of it right, but it would be wrong to go there expecting a Big Nasty or an Olive, in which case just return to Bandra.
What: Café Zoe
Where: Mathuradas Mill Compound (yes, Blue Frog compound), Lower Parel
Call: 022 2490 2068
What’s on the menu: Breakfast, European, seafood
What we like
Free wifi n Food
The fish and chips
What we don’t like
It’s a bit too well lit