Food Bytes: R City Mall, Ghatkopar – A Buzzing Foodie Haven

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Mocha - R City Mall, Ghatkopar
R City Mall, Ghatkopar
R City Mall, Ghatkopar
Let me be brutally honest with you. As snobbish as it may sound, Mumbai for me starts at Cuffe Parade and ends tragically at Andheri. If I have to venture any further than that, I literally start packing for the journey. So, when I was recently chastised by a card-carrying member of the ‘I love my suburbs’ brigade, I saw the folly in my previous dismissal of places beyond the realm of my elitist radius. “And the hook?” you may ask. Well, where promises of orgiastic food feasts lie in store, I will automatically apparate there like some sort of culinary law of physics! So, I recently sauntered down to the city’s central suburb of Ghatkopar to investigate a mammoth mall that wears the self-conferred title of 'The City’s Largest Mall' with aplomb. Yes, I’ve just about begun to ‘drool eloquent’ about the R City Mall that is now THE coolest place to hang out in when in Ghatkopar. And it sure helps that it is home to 20 restaurants, 25 refreshment kiosks and four coffee shops, the latest being Mocha to join the ranks of Barista, Café Coffee Day and the Manchester United Café Bar (don’t we just love such oxymoronic sobriquets like Café Bar!!??).
Mocha - R City Mall, Ghatkopar
Mocha - R City Mall, Ghatkopar
More on Mocha in a while… first let me give you a run-through on what I thought were the foodilicious highlights of the Mall With The Most. Starting at the bottom of the heap—for no other reason than the fact that they are on the ground floor—is the Finger Lickin’ Good (or is it simply So Good, now?) KFC along with another American chain, TGI Friday’s. Local Mumbai-bred brands like Moshe’s and Yoko Sizzlers are also on terra firma level making for easy and quick access when those hunger pangs kick in big time. The first floor is home to Mocha and Zaffran that deviates from its other branches offering a range of fusion cuisine which marries both Chinese and Indian cooking styles. The house specialty Claypot Biryani being one such interesting mutant. Hiking up to the third floor, The Bowl House presented itself as a neat place dishing up some yummy South East Asian fare, while the tried and tested Urban Tadka formula of wholesome and tasty Indian cuisine was amply evident in their branch here as well. Rajdhani too shares space on the third floor whipping up veggie thalis served by waiters hell bent on ruining your post New Years’ diet. Other inhabitants of this restaurant-festered floor are Subway, Indigo Deli, Balaji, Cream Centre, Jugheads, Mainland China, Banana Leaf, The Rolling Pin, Quattro, Punjab Grill and Shvatra.
Mocha - R City Mall, Ghatkopar
Mocha - R City Mall, Ghatkopar
Mocha which opened shop at R City a few weeks ago is an interesting place with an outdoor sitting area and done up with wall installations using recycled, flattened metallic ghee cans and ruffled skirt-like fabric chandeliers, giving it a rather kitschy vibe. Their all-day breakfast concept that comprises of Pancakes, Waffles, Eggs and even Bambaiya Ishtyle Keema Ghotala and Bun Maska Chai is served along with a selection of 17 global coffee bean varieties and numerous teas. The chefs also dish out holistic options like crunchy salads and fresh fruit juices. Other yummies include the Moroccan Meatballs, Prawns with Burnt Chilies in Garlic Sauce, Thai Fish Cakes, Bean and Nacho Chilli, Mezze Platter and Tomato Bruschetta. All-Day Meals bring the world on your table with Thai Curry, Fajitas, The Arab Platter and the coconutty Singaporean Laksa. Desserts like the gooey Chocolate Avalanche, rich Lava Lava, the ‘four-story high’ Vertigo and indulgent Fondues are drool-worthy happy endings. Now, if all this is not one more reason to head uptown to Ghatkopar and ‘do’ the burbs, then nothing is! Pics Courtesy: Mocha and R City Mall

Raul Dias

Raul Dias
Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.