Cafe Infinito had us at coffee. Cinnamon coffee. Within minutes of our arrival and a request for the drink, we were served a tall glass of the cocoa and cinnamon concoction. One of us, who peculiarly judges restaurants based on the quality of their cold coffee, said it was a sign of good times ahead that evening, and that it sure was. Cafe Infinito replaces the Mediterranean restaurant, Otto Infinito and now serves breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, mains and cocktails.
Bakewell Tart has a warm, fresh crust and all the goodness inside
We started with the Chorizo Ravioli with Honey and Chilli Emulsion and Aubergine Caponata (Rs 250). The dish looked splendid, and was remarkable to taste. The pork was some of the freshest we’d had in some time, and the mildly sweet taste of honey was a pleasant surprise. Next up came the antipasti — a generous portion of the Basil Gnocchi with Harissa Fondue (Rs 275), which, again, was well-balanced. We would have licked that Harrisa fondue clean had we not had company.
Ovencooked Spinach and Ricotta Canneloni
When it came to the vegetarians on the table, it was the Oven-cooked Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni with Pine Nuts (Rs 450) that elicited much exclamation. We had been hoping that, like other cannelloni we’d had, the cheese here wouldn’t overwhelm the dish, and we got that — the cannelloni was surely made with a light hand, with spinach and pine nuts wrapped in thin, baked pasta crust.
Café Infinito replaces Otto Infinito at Bandra Kurla Complex
Next up was the Seared Chicken with Fondant Potatoes and Porcini Jus (Rs 500), which lived up to the impression we had formed of the place by then — one which blends flavours meticulously and gives attention to detail. The chicken was tender and we liked the dash of fennel in the potatoes. What also won many a heart was the just-right smoky flavour of the porcini jus.
For dessert, we found that the theatrical Belgian Chocolate Cake (Rs 225) — eager to impress with its chocolate disc melting under molten caramel — was not as good as the modest Bakewell Tart (Rs 225). It was the latter we preferred because of its warm, fresh crust and goodness inside.
There was almost nothing the staff and chef at Cafe Infinito could have done better — our servers were warm, attentive and accurate when it came to suggestions. The thought put behind most dishes was easy to notice given the presentation, portions and flavours. Amid many upcoming restaurants out to impress at the glassy-eyed BKC, Cafe Inifinito is certainly warm and memorable.
Food: Balanced, flavoursome ambience: Comfortable service: Warm and well-informed
At: Cafe Infinito, G Block, Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East.