In the middle of old Bandra, off Hill Road, the sight of clean-cut lines, sparkling large windows and friendly ambiance suddenly startles you. Walk into Birdsong and there’s more. Paper glasses that look like wood; real wood short forks and spoons; a large blackboard with an impromptu menu; pastries, cookies and breads on the counter; high ceiling, minimalist decor, large wooden benches and tables that have a bottle of something yellow and powdery, perched on it. Could it be jaggery powder? Yes it is.
Birdsong takes itself seriously. The menu is short but the staff is ready to mix and match and do things for you. We began with the Potato and Onion Soup (`150) and the Ginger-Lime drink (`100) that was not on the menu. Served in paper glasses, hot, the soup was a tad over-salted. Strictly okay. The drink, however was to die for. It was the right mix of organic honey, ginger and lime, and can be served hot, too.
Next, we tried the Roasted Salad (`125). Even though it was roasted, it came cold but was heavenly. We wolfed it down. The Brown Rice Salad (`125) with its distinct flavours had a similar effect on us. The Quiche of the day (`225 each) — and we tried two of them — was amazing. The Pumpkin and Feta Cheese Quiche was of melt-in-mouth variety, so was the Spinach and Mushroom Quiche. We tried the Bruchettas (`125) — again served hot and cold — and they were adequate. By the time we ordered the Pasta Aglio Olio (`200) — we had asked for vegetables to be added in them — we were quite full. The pasta was thin, light and we polished it off, too.
Could we have eaten more? No! But we were cajoled into trying the Carrot Cake (`80 per piece), which was not on the menu, the Blondie (`90 per piece) made of oats but you’d never guess and the Orange Chocolate tart (`80 per piece). The Carrot Cake was was a big hit. Juicy, and loaded with raisins, it surprised us.
The Blondie was mysterious and delicious and the Orange Chocolate Tart was divine. Each dessert, we are told, is made of organic jaggery. Could we have wanted more? A bottle of wine, perhaps. Bridsong’s cheery reveal that they are perfecting a way of making organic wine. We can’t wait.
At Ground floor, Waroda Road, off Hill Road, Bandra (W).
Call 26422323 / 26423939
Birdsong didn’t know we were there.
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