Chef Deepu and The Three Wise Monks of the Cafe Mestizo and The Bombay Diaries fame recently launched the Viman Nagar branch of Cafe Mestizo. #TheBTeam was invited to take a dekko at the newest installment of this lovely eatery.
Nestled away in one of the bylanes of Viman Nagar, Cafe Mestizo gives you an instant feeling of coziness, even from across the road in this crazy hot weather. Canopied by lush green trees, the white and green awning give it a feel of an Italian cafe on the streets of Rome. It is hard to believe that this quaint looking cafe is just a hop skip and jump away from the bustling Nagar road.
The interiors follow a similar scheme of white and green – as one of the tiles adorning the walls suggests, it actually inspires you to “Eat Drink and Be Cozy”!
We had to start off with the famous Butter Chicken Pizza. Beautifully cooked, mildly spicy butter chicken on a hand-rolled thin crisp pizza base, covered with a layer of cheese. This is truly what dreams are made of.
We also tried the Kheema Overdose Pizza, another hand-rolled thin crust pizza, with a spicy chicken kheema masala. I found the kheema slightly over-seasoned, and a tad heavy on spice.
To beat the spiciness of the Kheema, we ordered a couple of their ‘summer special’ lassis. I particularly loved the Mint Lassi. Mint complimented the natural flavor of lassi beautifully without being overbearing. It also had a touch of kewra (which I mistook for khus) – perfectly to cool your senses.
The Caramel Lassi was another innovative drink – the mild flavor of Caramel blended beautifully with the sweet lassi. Mango Lassi remains a popular favorite, and the one at CM was on point.
As we were wrapping up the drinks, the heady fragrance of the famous Shahi Lucknowi Biryani wafted in through the restaurant. This biryani is right up there with the best in town. Considering that it is prepared in a central kitchen, the flavors were identical to the one served at the Balewadi branch. Layered rice, chicken, mild masala, topped with fried onions and served along with raita, salan and chutney, this is a winner.
And you can’t leave Cafe Mestizo without trying out their mind-blowing freak shakes (or as the Chef prefers to call it – MMS : Mestizo Messy Shakes!)
The Nutty Mocha is perfect for the coffee junkie – loaded with cream, chocolate, coffee and hazelnut, this one sure is decadent!
And we ended the meal with The Popcorn Shake! A @cafemestizopune special, with caramel popcorn and caramel shake, this just gave me a yummy caramel ki dakaar! It was super fun picking off the caramel popcorn from the sides. Dont be fooled by its size – it’ll get over before you know it, thanks to the ultra light whipped cream crowning this glorious MMS!
Overall, a super cozy feel good place – drop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a quick in-between snack, Cafe Mestizo is a super place to be.
PS: I was invited as part of blogger table. The Usual Disclaimer applies.