Glee Cafe is the newest kid on the block along Versova’s restaurant-heavy beach road, and it offers both al fresco and indoor seating. We chose to sit indoors to avoid the constant drone of cars and passing traffic. White couches adorned with colourful cushions line the walls on either side of the restaurant. With retro rock playing softly in the background, we were definitely getting into a Glee state of mind — that was until we were interrupted by sudden bouts of the blender going off at the bar.
The menu is impressive. We were offered both the Lite Bites menu as well as the Gourmet Dining menu, so we had an extensive choice of wraps, pizzas, pastas, salads, as well as fine dining options including Seafood Bouride, Chicken Chowder, Chargrilled Tenderloin, Tempura, and a Mezzeh platter.
We ordered the Pink Salmon Carpaccio (Rs 375) from the list of appetisers. The extremely fresh, melt-in-the-mouth slices of Norwegian salmon were absolutely delicious. In fact, it needed none of the pomegranate glaze they’d drizzled on top or the little round pieces of roasted bread (not quite the blinis they claimed to be) they’d served it with.
We also ordered the Salad a la Greque (Rs 225) and Vietnamese Vegetable Rice Wraps (Rs 250) — both a bit disappointing. The salad, with which we began our meal with, was just a plateful of roughly-torn iceberg lettuce leaves, large chunks of carrots and bell peppers tossed in far too much vinaigrette. The only saving grace was the goat cheese and Kalamata olives. The insipid rice paper rolls were fried and could only be eaten with the honey coriander dip. The rolls were perfectly crisp and not too oily, but steaming them would have made them lighter and more appetising.
The Pesto Genovese (Rs 275), which came to our table next, was far more pleasing to our palates. The creamy pesto sauce had a generous dash of pine nuts and wasn’t overwhelmingly cheesy. We’d say it came pretty close to perfect after the maitre d’ crushed some fresh pepper on top of the pasta.
From the entrées we sampled the Roast Chicken in Maple Marinade (Rs 385). The chicken was tender and juicy, but it was the crispy skin and the delicious slices of potatoes that we enjoyed the most.
Overall, our meal was a satisfying one. For the ingredients they use, the restaurant seems very well-priced. Their presentation, however, could do with some work. Almost everything we ate was served on a bed of lettuce. The service, although far from perfect (only two tables were occupied, and yet the waiter brought us drinks we hadn’t ordered), was cheerful and courteous. We would certainly go back again, even if it were just for the Norwegian salmon.