Vibes Speak Louder Than Words
We are not sure who said this, but whoever did, probably had a place like Mumbai Vibe in mind.
If we were to describe the vibes oozing out of this place in one word…..we wouldn’t be able to!
‘Coz this place is amazing, lively, charming, inviting and super happening! The colourful, bold prints and decor catch your attention and make you smile. The outside seating is super pretty and covered with colourful potted plants. There are swing seats at the entrance, couches, comfy seats and wooden bleachers to pick from. Music is groovy, there is a large projector screen and a bar counter on the first floor.
The place tries to capture the essence of Mumbai with quite a few knick-knacks that decorate the restaurant and in their food as you will find later.
We especially loved the small wacky and witty phrases associated with the various stations in Mumbai, framed like the station indicators at the platforms.
There’s Devil Wears Sanpada, Lage Raho Mumbra Bhai, Gharwali Borivali and more!
We could go on and on about each item that caught our eye, so let’s just say, this restaurant is kick-ass in terms of decor.
The menu is pretty spread out and includes salads, chaats, tacos, sandwiches and more! The mocktails or should we say Faux Cocktails are good too but most are a combination of fruit juices, a little more variety would not hurt. They also have detox options, freak shakes, coffee and tisanes.
We really loved the food at Mumbai Vibe and hardly found anything that did not live up to our expectations, they generally surpassed. The chaats here are a must try.
Here’s what added to the already amazing vibes we were enjoying:
Cheesy Onion Bhajiya with Green Chilli and Garlic Dip
Crisp onion bhajiyas topped with a dollop of cheese and finished with lots of chaat masala and spices. These spices make your mouth water with the inviting aroma and do wonders to the mainstream bhajiyas. The combination is mind-blowing. Garlic chutney that is served with these is very spicy and delicious.
Palak Patta Tempura Chaat Papdi
Batter covered and deep fried spinach leaves served with a Ragda chaat. The leaves are crispy and the Ragda is chick-pea based, loaded with veggies and made spicy by green chilli pieces. These are then topped with curd, spicy mint chutney and sweet tamarind chutney giving a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Finished with sev and pomegranate seeds, this one is another amazing chaat here that makes you sweat with the spiciness and still long for another bite.
Vada Pav Sliders
What describes Mumbai better than the ubiquitous vada pav? These are small and medium spicy vada stuffed between super soft pavs/buns. There’s mint and coriander chutney, tamarind chutney, green chilli and red chilli powder..the complete package, Mumbaiya style!
Oven Roasted Exotic Masala Veggies Nanza
Pizza on a naan base. Thin and crispy base, topped with a tangy tomato sauce. Zucchini, bell peppers and lots of Mozzarella cheese and topped with olive oil, pepper and herbs. Perfect pizza, Nanza style.
Makhni Plate with Oven Baked Naan
When we thought this is as good as it can get, the chef blew us over with this dish! How good can Dal Makhani, Paneer and Naan be? Well, it definitely has to be this good! Crisp, thin naan served with dal makhani and a creamy paneer based dish. Dal was smokey and delicious and it was not at all heavy. Super soft paneer pieces in a slightly sweet tomato based creamy gravy which was spiced with black pepper and other herbs. Delicious is the word! Loved it! So glad we found this option among the mains pasta and risotto options!
Butterscotch Espresso Rossogulla
Imagine a strong coffee flavour mingling with delicious and smooth butterscotch ice cream. Groundnut Chikki added crunch and a surprising twist to this combination. Finished with a mint sprig, this fusion is a must try!
We also had a few mocktails –
Mumbai’s Finest which is a refreshing mix of pineapple and orange juice. Lemon adds tart while cinnamon gives it an amazing aroma.
Bandstand Love is a tangy sweet mix of strawberry, pineapple and lime.
Mango Fruit Soda is basically Aamras or mango juice with soda and is skippable.
Mountain Detox is a blend of watermelon, orange, ginger and mint and all the flavours are well balanced. It is not very sweet and a good option.
Overall Experience: Good vibes, scrumptious and lip-smacking food, prompt, friendly service and an amazing ambience. This place has it all!
The Battle: First you fight with your gang over the amazing food and then you fight with yourself over having to get up and leave. And trust me, you are going to fight over that Dal Makhani and Paneer! Sooo epic!
They say your vibe attracts your tribe, well this place definitely has us in the permanent tribe!