Hill Road in Bandra is undoubtedly one of the most popular shopping destinations. People from different corners of the city regularly flock to this neighborhood to buy a wide variety of goods. It also marks some of the key locales you pass while going to other iconic parts of Bandra while traveling from the station. As a result, you will always find Hill Road buzzing with activity. In recent times, a newly opened cafe, The Nest, seeks to give you a refuge from this hustle and bustle. We visited the cozy establishment to ourselves for dinner some time back.
The menu is relatively straightforward. Along with cafe classics such as pasta, pizza, sushi and breakfast favourites, there are different types of starters and signature sourdough toasties. The drinks menu is notable for its wide range of offerings. You don’t just get typical hot and cold drinks here. There’s a lot more to choose from, and the unique additions are a welcome change from the same old options. For example, we counted more than 7 coffee-flavored cold milk drinks. There are also special coffee mocktails and cold brews.
Managed by Khushal and Priyanka Kotak, the cafe aims to make patrons feel at home. This is reflected in the pleasant atmosphere characterized by bamboo work, jute mats, jute chairs and earth tones of beige and green. Small plants and warm lighting give the cafe a welcoming atmosphere. There is an outdoor seating area as well as tables located in a climate controlled room. Customers can also choose a book from the cafe’s small collection or choose to play board games with friends.
Let’s dive into our recommendations. Among the appetizers or “munchies” we enjoyed Baked Cigar Rolls (chicken) served with a spicy sauce. Although we would have preferred the side to be more fiery, its flavor nevertheless complemented the rolls quite well. We appreciated the heartiness of the filling and the delicate flakyness of the rolls.
Another delicious chicken option was Shish Tawook, although the flavors are much more subtle here. The dish consisted of juicy chicken kebabs laid on a bed of pickled vegetables and pita bread, with a side of fries. We especially loved the garlic sauce it was served with. Our server told us our order would be like a deconstructed shawarma. In that case, we felt the bread should have been sliced - as the dish was quite unwieldy to handle as a whole.
Among the Sourdough Toasties we liked Farmer’s Toast. Packed with the goodness of cucumber, tomato, avocado and sprouts, this is a great choice for that diet-conscious friend who has reluctantly agreed to come with you! The freshness of the toppings and the overall healthiness of the toastie stood out to us.
If you fancy Asian flavours, we recommend Crisp lotus stem. Tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce, the appetizer was satisfying and easy to share between two people.
For the main course we enjoyed the sour Ravioli Pomodoro. The vegan version contained a filling of spinach, corn and feta. The taste of basil and herbs, along with the tartness of the tomato, were well balanced.
Throughout the evening we paired our food with some interesting drinks. We started our meal with one of the special brews: cascara tea. It refers to a tea made from the dried husks of coffee cherries. It was fruity and delicately sweet – with a calming effect that anyone would appreciate after a long day at work. The cafe also has a chilled version of the same.
Among the mocktails, you should not miss Passion Spritz. It was a delightfully refreshing and fruity drink that would be perfect for summer – or whenever Mumbai humidity gets to you. We also liked the simplicity of it The older – a bubbly concoction with elderflower syrup.
We satisfied our sweet cravings with Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast. Yes, it really is as decadent as it sounds! The brioche was wonderfully soft and spongy with a nutty chocolate and whipped cream topping. It also came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and what can we say? We had entered dessert heaven.
The Nest is a great place to hang out with your friends or your significant other. Even if you need a quick break alone from the crowds on Hill Road, head here for a charming atmosphere and tasty food.
Where: The Nest, 1st Floor, Hotel Metro Palace, Hill Rd, Opposite Marks & Spencer, Bandra West, Mumbai.