Restaurant Review: Villa Vandre is a big punch in small bites
Villa Vandre is a cafe that's born out of love for food and seeing other people enjoy it. And that's exactly what you'll do there too.
Sky blue walls, white window panes, chipped cutlery hanging from the walls, you can take a look at everything in under a minute, because Villa Vandre is small. Really small. But that's part of its charm. It is run by husbandwife duo Chef Aloo and Firuza and their menu includes their favourites; recipes they've picked up from their travels, and then some — like the dhansak — that have come straight out of their home kitchens.
We started with the Lox on Bagels (Rs 395) a delicious bagel filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers. The bagel, made in-house deserves special mention, it was the perfect balance of crisp with a slight chew. Another must try is their Pulled Pork S a ndw ich (Rs 295), which did not disappoint.
Their meals include a lot of vegetarian options and we tried the Homemade Ravioli (Rs 345) and the Kasundi Risotto (Rs 295). The ravioli was mild and warm, with a lovely filling of forest mushrooms. It was so good that we wished there was more and the pasta to filling ratio was slightly off.
The risotto is excellent with a hit of Bengali mustard that is all at once sharp but not overpowering. Another can't miss is the East Indian Sausage Fry (Rs 315) — spicy sausage, mashed potato and a sunny side egg with pao to mop up the gravy — you can't go wrong with this one. Wash it down with a Mango Smoothie (Rs 129) or Cold Coffee (Rs 110), both of which score points for not being overly sweet.
But if sweet is your thing, go for the Fruit Tart, pastry with custard, fresh fruit and a surprise lining of marzipan. Villa Vandre is a cafe that's born out of love for food and seeing other people enjoy it. And that's exactly what you'll do here.
Where: May Flower, Shop No. 3, New Kantwadi Road, Bandra (W)
Meal for two: Rs 1,000