Imagine your closest friends, a cup or two of coffee, infectious laughter and the soothing music of the waves splashing against the coast right in front of you.
Nope, not a dream. Just get on the ferry to Mandwa and head to Kiki’s Café and Deli to enjoy a peaceful view with some good food. The cafe is located near the jetty and serves some quick bites and beverages along with an amazing view.
The interiors are fun, colourful and funky with bicycles hanging from the ceiling and a thela/cart with colourful glasses and ceramic ware.
The indoor seating is spacious with different seating to accommodate a small as well as a large group. However, the outdoor seating is the real deal, with the view of the beach, this is just amazing for a morning breakfast or an evening coffee. The cafe opens at 8 am, which is just perfect! We visited the cafe early Sunday morning for a lazy breakfast and came back happy, although a little light in the pockets!
Here is a peep into what our Sunday morning looked like, or rather, tasted like!
Egg Kejriwal: I am no master on this dish, but it tasted as good as it looks! Two runny fried eggs with lots of chillies, salt and pepper.
The bread was toasted to the perfect golden brown shade and the dish overall was yumm!
Cappuccino: Just the perfect combination with the waves and the view!
Strawberry Freakshake: This one is not exactly a freakshake and more of strawberry milkshake with ice cream.
Not overly sweet, thick and consistent, a good option if you are a strawberry fan.
We also had Cold Coffee and Fresh Lime Soda, both of which were good, but did not exactly do justice to the cost!
The Allibugger Pizza is one of the items you should definitely give a shot. Thin crust flatbread, with mildly spicy green chutney (mint) as the base, which gave it a mouth watering aroma. The toppings included potatoes (surprising, I know), capsicum and onions with lots of cheese! Loved it!
Green Garlic Paneer: Soft malai paneer pieces, made crispy on the outside by shallow frying them. The paneer melts in the mouth at the first bite. Tossed in a semi-dry garlic and spring onion mixture, this one was well made. The quantity is really little, though.
Kiki’s Cafe and Deli is a place to chill and unwind, away from the cacophony and pollution of Mumbai. Although it does lack music and maybe a few games to keep people more engaged, there is an option of enjoying some basic water rides at the beach. Apparently, they also arrange for speed boat rides to and fro Mumbai.
The cafe is not really light on the pocket, but a splurge that is well justified. Just imagine the view and ambience in rains! Mindblowing!
Overall Experience: The ambience is good and the service is friendly.
The food is not extraordinary but a few things are good. Their pizzas especially are a good deal. Our bill came to a total of ₹ 2910.
The Battle: You will seriously not want to leave the place if you happen to be here at the right time!
How to get here – Take a ferry from Gateway of India, Colaba for Mandwa. The prices range between 110 to 180, with multiple options like the upper-deck and AC sections as well in certain ferries. Speed boats are also available. There are ferries every 30 minutes but the last ferry back to Mumbai is at 7 pm.