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25.11.2014

Sitting out at The Sassy Spoon in Bandra feels like you’re idling away time on someone’s patio, people watching while drinking pink lemonade.

An all-white ‘outside area’ here is air conditioned but also kitted out with wide windows, with flowers creeping along a wall, lots of sunlight in the day, printed tiles below your feet (even a manhole cover) and a view of a busy street lined with bakeries, school and hospitals.

Here you'll also find a wall installation built with breadboxes as opposed to the travel trunks at the Nariman Point outpost. This hip replacement runs deeper than décor, as the Bandra avatar is designed to be more casual and café-like. The result is extremely pleasant; we only wish they’d refrained from lettering dish names on one wall. A small gripe.

Served on a base of glass noodles and in a pool of mirin sauce, this bowl made it feel like seasons had changed on our table, taking the meal from sunny to dark, everyday to special occasion. This Asian style dish was the star of the meal, featuring perfectly done meat (medium/medium-well) still visibly pink and juicy in slightly sweet sauce.

Cherry Picking

At lunch on debut day (November 25), we focused on dishes that aren’t available at Nariman Point, starting with the breakfast section (from 9 am to 4 pm), plus flatbreads, skillets and a few sandwich variations. These arrived in an appetizing flurry, bowls and plates featuring sunny side ups, French toast, sour cherry and chicken flatbread.

The sunny side up was served with two crisp rotis and topped with yolks, golden and just the right amount of runny. Also from the breakfast section was a stack of French toast, soaked in coffee and caramelized maple syrup, escorted by a side of whipped coconut cream. Easily amongst the best French toasts we’ve had in the city, this dish made Monday so much more palatable. Other things we’re going back for on the breakfast menu: roasted banana pancakes and eggs Benedict on brioche.

It was a hard act to follow for the flatbread, a generous platter of slices bathed in creamy white sauce and decked with grilled chicken, caramelised onions and ruby bits of sour cherry. Make sure you order this only if you’re sharing with a group, because while one slice is interesting (the sour cherry pops in the midst of mild cheese and chicken flavours) eating more gets monotonous, bland even.

Helen Mirin 

Considering we’d already been treated to something sweet at the start of our meal, dessert consisted of a big brown bowl of speckled beef. Cow Tripping!

Served on a base of glass noodles and in a pool of mirin sauce, this bowl made us feel like seasons had changed on our table, taking the meal from sunny to dark, everyday to special occasion. This Asian style dish was the star of the meal, featuring perfectly done meat (medium/medium-well) still visibly pink and juicy in slightly sweet sauce.

We ended our lunch thankful for a new dining option in Bandra, and made plans to return to this person’s patio on a weekend to drink martinis while watching Bandra bread and boys, gallis and girls from our seats.

Getting there:Classic Corner Building, next to Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra (W), call 8655555555, approximately Rs 1,600 for a meal for two without alcohol. 

bpb pays for its own meals. The review could not be conducted anonymously as we were recognised half way through the meal.

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