6 November 2014
Dr VB Gandhi Marg, opposite One Forbes, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai.
Open daily, 9.30am-10.30pm
A new all-day cafe opens in Kala Ghoda.
This November on, Kala Ghoda landmarks the One Forbes building and kebab joint Ayub’s will have The Nutcracker for a neighbour. The wee cafe, which can accommodate only 26 people at a time, will serve breakfast from morning through dinnertime. Owner Annie Bafna told us that she is partial to the morning meal, but her menu will also feature salads, sandwiches, and burgers. However, the dishes will be vegetarian, except for a selection of egg preparations.
Like The Pantry and Kala Ghoda Cafe down the road, The Nutcracker has a decidedly boutique design aesthetic with patterned Bharat tiles, wood furniture, and potted bougainvilleas. The decor is the handiwork of Tejal Mathur, who has also done up Pali Village Cafe and Pali Bhavan in Bandra, and Facing East in Juhu. To man the kitchen, Bafna, a former chartered accountant with no formal training in the culinary arts, has enlisted the services of chefs and consultants who have worked at establishments like Moshe’s, Wasabi at the Taj Mahal Palace Towers, and Smoke House Deli.
Menu highlights, said Bafna, include the salli eggs with pao; pesto scrambled eggs breakfast sliders; French toast with dark cherry jam and caramelised nuts; blackbean burger with caramelised onions and tomato salsa; Asian salad with grilled tofu and chilli dressing; seven-layered cookie; mint lemonade; and passion fruit and basil cooler. Bafna is a proponent of foods made from scratch, and so the use of packaged foods will be minimised at The Nutcracker, where the breads, spreads, sauces, and sweet bakes will all be made in-house.
This feature by Purva Mehra first appeared on the Mumbai Boss website.