Phone: 022 50645717
Address: 318, Linking Road, Khar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Time: 12 Noon – 01:00 AM
Meals for two: Rs.2,100
Cuisines: American, Italian, Beverages
Facilities: Full Bar Available, Valet Parking Available, Live Music, Vegan Options, Brunch, Desserts and Bakes, Indoor Seating, Kid Friendly, Wifi
BlueBop Cafe, Khar, Mumbai: Decor
Pleasing, simple, cozy space with cherry red walls, printed tile floor and a brightly lit wooden bar. Acoustics are the always important in any restaurant, but more so when there is live music. Acoustic consultant Kapil Thirwani has done a great job to ensure perfect sound levels.
BlueBop Cafe, Khar, Mumbai: Food
Take a look at the photo I shot – the unique mozzarella balloon salad, their delicious take on the caprese salad looked unique, as it is painstakingly made with a siphon. But, it was an exception because most of Chef Saurabh Raturi’s food, inspired by New York jazz bars, was a comforting, familiar Italian-American fare with some vegan and gluten-free options, too. Ask for the New York-style pizza, especially the one with the robustly spiced jerk chicken topping. Barley and millet salad sparkled with pomegranate, topped with a swirl of cream cheese is recommended, as are the squishy cheese-stuffed, fleshy mushroom caps and hearty burger with a tasty, moist chicken patty. Go for the unique cocktails, created by mixologist Dinesh Mondkar with homemade syrups. ‘Espresso Martini’, ‘Hibiscus Gimlet’ and ‘Go Bananas’ are recommended. End with the delightfully baked blueberry cheesecake.
While some of the dishes were delectably presented, plenty others need more fine-tuning. Hard shells of profiteroles and overdone, rubbery grilled chicken are avoidable.
Sadly, very few Mumbai restaurants offer live music – Veranda (Bandra) Toast & Tonic (BKC), The Little Door (Andheri), and the newly revamped The Eau Bar (Nariman Point). The BlueBop Cafe opened and set the tempo by being committed to live jazz music on Fridays and Saturday, and sometimes on other days, too, whenever there are visiting bands. It has a crowd pleaser menu (pizza, salads, gluten-free, vegan et al), generous portions, moderate prices (average dish costs Rs. 400), and unique cocktails. It hits all the right notes!