VICINIA CAFE AND BAR
Ek aur naya café? On Warden road? My heartbeat quickens (as it always does, whenever I hear of a new eatery). And then it suddenly goes boompity boompity boom when I brunch at the week-old “Vicinia” with two maestros of couture and style. Both Alessandro Calvio and James Ferreira are acclaimed for their masterly grasp of the art and science of making a woman more beautiful, both are passion-personified,The dashing pony-tailed Alessandro is as equally in demand for his patented haircutting and coloring technique in London (where he jets in from regularly) and Mumbai. Here his international hairsalon in Worli’s prestigious five star hotel is thronged by the crème d la crème, James Ferreira has been draping magic out of his 200 year old Portugese bungalow for the past forty years and is now foraying into precious jewellery.
Both are dyed-in-the-drool foodies, Alessandro’s pasta and James’ innovative dishes are delightful. They enjoy the coziness of the café as we chat about food and fashion.
Wedged between shoe shops, this small, twin-leveled 40 seater café (replaces Subway) is cosy with it’s exposed brick walls, photos of Bombay and white wooden tables and chairs. James loves the birdcage light and both commend the good management of space and the cosy feel.
When I walk in here, Alessandro is sipping on his Lavazza Espresso and James on his Capuccino. I had eaten lunch here two days before and the eatery was packed. Todays winner is clearly the spongy, tasty, healthy oat meal pancake, even the regular one drizzled with honey and melted butter passes muster. It’s the aldente alio oglio spaghetti, which is tasty, even though not the real mckoy. At my earlier lunch, the
salmon sandwich with french fries was worth trying but was mismatchedly served with Garlic mayo. Well made beef Bolognaise, okayish chicken breast with mashed potatoes. The bar promises to pick up as the owner Gaurish Rangnekar has done his masters in mixology from the New York bartending school and along with his wife Akanksha runs the interesting “Bar mobile”The boozy pina colada and mojito soaked cup cakes make for an interesting finale.
Lacklustre French onion soup, ditto for the Truffled crostini.Thin and rubbery Spanish omlette and somewhat dryish redvelvet cupcake, and ricotta berry crumble too. Thin crust pizza was inconsistent, the pepperoni one lousy one day and the salami one okayish the next. Credit cards not being accepted is just a part of the teething troubles.
Open through the day, this new café and bar (only beer, wine and wine cocktails) is cozy and cute. It fumbles on some of it’s dishes and most desserts. A sure hit with canoodling couples, or those looking for a bite in a restaurant in the vicinity (that’s where the Latin word “vicinia” derives from). Moderately priced, it has still to fix it’s teething troubles. We welcome the brand new kid on the block.
P.S. As we sit chatting, both Alessandro and James point out that they will pop in here for a bite and coffee, if in the vicinity,The high point in our conversation? Alessandro and James’s definition of style : Its “simplicity” and “being yourself” and not (thank God !) about being a bling bling fashion victim. Mama Mia!
Ground Floor, Chinoy Mansion,
Near Gangar Opticians,
Kemps Corner, 9167194784 / 022 23681010 OPEN 8AM TO 1AM.
Average meal for two: Rs. 2500
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