Ten Second Takeaway

Eat

Chilled Watermelon Salad, Barley Lime Chilli Risotto and Grilled Prawns with Lemon and Basil Sauce

Drink

Litchi Kaffir Lime Mojito

Winning For

A menu with plenty of choice, budget friendly prices and quick service

What we ate

Our first orders were a Chilled Watermelon Salad and a Litchi Kaffir Lime mojito. The menu here efficiently straddles Oriental, Continental and Middle Eastern fare and short eats such as salads, sandwiches, thin crust pizzas, wraps along with more elaborate mains. While we waited for our starters, we moped up some freshly baked Focaccia with a delish compound butter flavoured with caramelised onions and roasted garlic. The mojito came muddled with plenty of lime and fresh basil leaves, though a wee bit sweet, it was a refreshing mix of litchi juice paired with tart limes. The watermelon salad came with square chunks of the fruit piled up on a plate and layered with generous dollops of feta cheese and scattered with roasted pine nuts. The maple galangal dressing was a surprise addition and complimented the sweet and savoury flavours of the fruit and salty feta.

The spicy jerk chicken thin crust pizza is a must-try here as is the grilled prawns tossed in a buttery lemon basil sauce, but the lemon, garlic, chilli barley risotto won us over with its simplicity and fresh flavours. The novel use of the gluten-free barley instead of the usual arborio rice was a hit with us because the healthy grain plumped up while cooking soaking all the lime and lemony flavours. CafeMezzuna’s dessert platter is perfect for a large group to share with tiramisu, vanilla bean panna cotta, baked Philadelphia cheesecake and a dark chocolate fudge cake with a whiskey mousse. We loved the cheesecake’s extra salty kick and the delicate vanilla-infused goodness of the panna cotta.

The DL on the Ambience

What was once Bengali restaurant Oh Calcutta! is now Cafe Mezzuna {owned by the same company}. The seating is divided into al fresco and indoor, with dark wood furniture, a cheery colour scheme, large glass windows and a bookshelf stuffed with tomes by authors such as Haruki Murakami {hell yeah!} and Chetan Bhagat {let’s pretend we didn’t notice that one}. We recommend the al fresco seating to enjoy the gorgeous Bangalore weather. They even have an invisible rain shade to protect you from the elements.

So, We’re Thinking

Cafe Mezzuna is a good option for quick office lunches, after-college snacking or even a long, languorous brunch. But it may still face stiff competition from the next door Truffles, a popular and budget-friendly option.

Where: 15/16, Ground Floor, House of Lords, St Mark’s Road,

Contact: +91 80 22112896

Price: INR 1,200 for two {approx}

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