It’s just like Bandra to sell you a granola soy caramel milkshake out of an apartment building’s garage. One that, adorably refurbished into a wrap and bagel take-out, guarantees freshly ground mustard, but not that the establishment itself will be around six months from now.
B letuce is one of those ephemeral eats that glass-full personalities will make the best of while it’s still here, and glass-emptys will have a wager on about when it will be replaced by a frozen yogurt chain from the US. Until the bitter gourd end?
Tip of the Iceberg Lettuce
We visited last week, expecting B letuce to be overrun by college kids, considering its proximity to Rizvi College. Luckily, we were the only ones there, occupying one of the only two tables at this tiny take-away and delivery joint. The space is mostly green (think now shut down Sandwich & Co) with a cool specials board, garden chairs and shelves of the much-mused Campbell’s tomato soup cans. Under the watchful shade of potted ceiling plants that grow upside down, we browsed the menu, which focuses on wraps but also offers sandwiches, bagels, salads, shakes and dessert.
We started with the smoked chicken burrito (Rs 139) that was more a wrap than a burrito, and the Greek Style tortilla (Rs 179). Before we analyse the insides, we must credit B letuce for its pretty self-branded brown paper that the rolls come wrapped in. Inside the chicken wrap, we found super fresh iceberg lettuce (that almost makes the typo in its moniker okay), shiny bell peppers, too little of a yum smokey-sweet barbeque sauce and brown rice. The Greek Style was tastier, with a delicious honey lime dressing, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and black olives. After scarfing down the two wraps we realised this: while the produce here is super fresh – bright, crispy veggies and subtly flavoured sauces – the men who wrap need tons of direction, so customise your roll and if you’re ordering over the phone, give specific instructions. If we got a do-over we’d ask for less onion in the Greek wrap and more sauce in the chicken one. Other wraps on the list include smoked salmon, egg mayo, spinach chives, avocado parsley.
Our round of drinks included an average fizzy lemon iced tea (Rs 79) and an apple nut soy vegan shake (Rs 160) that our fellow diner said was thick and yum, and made her glad she lived in the neighbourhood. The small portion of the latter however, did not justify its price.
Bagels weren’t available that evening, so we got the avocado-pesto sandwich (Rs 99) next. One bite and we knew that Mumbai’s temperamental avocados weren’t in a good mood on the day of our visit, so we think this ingredient is best avoided at B letuce. And the fact that the grilled sandwich was limp and soggy, didn’t help its case.
To end our meal, the green people at B letuce recommended the orange creme brulee (Rs 89), which turned out to be a silky smooth cup with elegant hints of orange. Delish!
In its attempt to promote health food and quality ingredients, B letuce also sells vegan wraps, low-cal hot chocolate, Bellot bottle drinks and packets of pumpkin and sunflower seeds to go. Oh and there’s also in-house vanilla and chocolate gelato. Don’t they know that everyone’s doing yogurt now?
Getting there: B Letuce, shop no 6, Nicholas Society, Shirley Rajan Road, Rizvi Complex, off Carter Road, Bandra (W), call 9867004760 / 260474444, Rs 650 for a meal for two, free home delivery within a 2 km radius.
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