Town House Cafe
Spanning over two floors, nestled between the corporate firms in Fort is the Town House Café. With pale olive green walls and French posters adorning the lower floor and a vintage style bar on the space above, this bar and grill is the 7 month old baby of Mr. Mitthal and Mr.Jatkar.
I started my meal with the Halloumi Crostini, a charming and stunningly flavoured dish with grilled Halloumi Cheese smeared on a tart salsa rosso, served with warm and crispy breads. It was absolutely delicious and the smeared sauces on the sides, added an elegant touch to the dish.
Next up, was a beautiful recommendation by the chef, the Batata Bravas! A single dive into this dish would ensure an encounter with the street food in Mumbai and the European cafes. It is a splendid combination of potatoes tossed in olive oil, mustard sauce and chilli flakes. Priced merely at 225/- this dish is a win-win!
The appetizers were relished by my taste buds and with 10/10 for their portions; I decided to go light on the mains. I tried the Scallopian Crepes that were filled with the goodness of mushrooms, onions and superbly presented with a dressing of goat cheese. The dish was a far call from boring crepes and was dressed in a reddish pepper sauce. It was filled with oodles of flavour and was caramelised with onions.
To finish off, there was the sea food platter served with tantalising pieces of prawns, fish and calamari. The platter can be chosen from the three that are on offer- Veg, Chicken and Fish. Picking the jumbo sized prawns from the sizzling platter and sinking my teeth into its meat was heavenly. With the dishes being low on price and absolutely high on flavour, the food is totally applause worthy.
The bar on the upper level of THC is crafted very elegantly and has high-raised chairs, giving the feel of a European Café. For my drinks, I decided to try their signatures as the bartender was very keen on serving me the most popular cocktails among the customers. Their signature cocktails and mocktails, prepared with fresh fruits are the favourites with the corporates in this daunting heat. The beverage menu scored particularly high as it was a perfect combination of coffees, cocktails, mocktails, smoothies and milkshakes!
On the recommendation of the bartender, I tried the Whisky Sour, a mix of Black Dog Scotch, coke and a sweet soured add on. The Whisky Sour was a refreshing spin in this climate and was served very artistically by the talented bartender. It helped me unwind and relax after a tiring day. The price was levelled at 375/- and made me happily call for another round! The other offers on the table for the week were uber cool as well.
Who offers 6 pints of beer for 750? THC! And they have happy hours as well, every day from 4pm-8pm. Another cocktail I tried was the Jealous Eve. I simply tried it for the uniqueness of the name and was truly surprised at the taste of the fresh fruit melons hinting oodles of a fun. There were others on the list too however, three drinks down I guess I was done for the day!
Another perk this establishment offered, which most of the cafes and grills around lack, is a super-fast Wi-Fi service that makes it a perfect place for a luncheon for corporate meetings, as well as if you wish to work in solace, while bracing yourself with a drink.
With an in-house DJ the venue plays some retro and house music, with the latter being played a little late into the night. My two hour rendezvous with THC brought me back into the 70?s era with Karma Chameleon and Dirty Dancing playing in the background. I loved every minute of the time I was there. With Sterling cinema right next door, I highly suggest a date night in this eatery, post a movie. What better way to enjoy a good night with your family or better half?
WHERE? 16, Murzban Road, Near Sterling Cinema, Fort. Call: 022 22037356 HOW MUCH? Rs. 1,500 for two without alcohol. Rs. 2,500 with alcohol WHEN? 12.30pm to 1.30am WHAT?S HOT? Undoubtedly, everything. The pricing, food menu, signature cocktails, ambience, music, all of it! WHAT?S NOT? The localised paper napkins did not match the European Era of the grill and made it look a little tacky. CUISINE: European. So basically, you have Italian, Spanish and even Mexican all under one roof. SHOULD YOU GO THERE? Hell yes!