My wife loves me.
Lunch date with myself.
One hour delay in Toronto. At the airport café.
Construction site lunch with da boys.
These are four of the million different contexts in which #pizza was being hash tagged around the world, at the same moment when we dug into ours yesterday afternoon. Our pie wasn’t made by a loving spouse, nor did it precede the promise of a journey, but it was super thin, yum and generously topped with Milano salami.
This tweeting and eating took place at Le Mangii, a new all-day Italian restaurant in Juhu - from the guys behind Café Mangii and Mangi Ferra (now Mangia Fuora) – that’s set up base right opposite Penne. It comes with all-day breakfast and the potential to morph into a cool bar post sunset - two culinary additions that Juhu desperately needs.
The general layout of Le Mangii looks a lot like Woodside, Andheri, with wood panelled walls and a double-sided bar that serves the al-fresco as well as indoor sections. There’s also a secluded red brick walled part with a huge ornate mirror and a long table that’s ideal for a big, vain bunch of diners. So, tonight it’s you + 10?
Le Mangii is meant to be an upscale version of Cafe Mangii, but with new additions to the food menu, mostly vegetarian. There’s also the freelancer-friendly all-day breakfast we mentioned above (available until 7 pm), as well as free Wi-fi!
Much more glamorous though, are the changes at the bar that features frutinis and martinis made with fresh fruit. It was 3 pm on a work day, and despite the black clouds, the sun found a way to glare us, and so we settled for a non-alcoholic drink – thick passion fruit frappe, a blend of fresh fruit, ice, milk and vanilla ice cream served in a large high ball glass. Yum!
The Rest… In Pieces
We started with the yum pizza that started this review, drizzled with olive oil and also starring sautéed mushroom in addition to salami. Next came a food wrap stuffed with lightly spiced paneer, yellow and red peppers, and served with a side of chunky salad along with well-done herbed potato wedges. It’s essentially the chick flick version of a hunky paneer tikka roll.
For mains, we got the butternut squash risotto, which is fragrant and tasty, but also super rich and not recommended for a working lunch. A good change after its buttery blandness, was the more forceful smoked brown sauce that came with char grilled chicken in red wine jus, reminiscent of Yoko Sizzler’s all-tastes-the-same sauce. Sitting on the side were sizeable portions of nutmeg infused mash and veggies.
At the end, we craved the Costa Rica coffee, but sadly only the cappuccino was available. So instead, we got our caffeine fix through the coffee-soaked mocha fudge cake topped with hot chocolate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It wasn’t spectacular, but it would have to do. On your way out, look for Le Mangii’s pick-up bread and deli counter with baguettes, cheese and meat.
A moveable yeast!
Getting there: Navratan Apartments, AB Nair Road, near Juhu Post Office, opposite Penne, Juhu, 66756100, Rs 2,760 for a meal for two without alcohol, Rs 225 + taxes for a Kingfishes Ultra.
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