Traveling to Vashi is like traveling to another town. In fact, its so far that even free grub may not be a carrot large enough to lure me. Although if thats a cooked tasty carrot, then I may re-consider ha. So when I was offered an opportunity to taste at a newly opened establishment, it did put me in a fair amount of thought. Traveling through Mumbai's rains can be quite a daunting task and if one gets stuck in traffic due to the rains then it can be a self haunting decision. So like any sensible person on the planet, I left my decision on nature. If rain then no game.
I would have loved to come in the evening. The lights and the colors felt like they would be more lively past sunset but I guess that is for another time. I quietly sat on a table by the large glass panes facing Hotel Sheraton and some giant beehives on a building far far away.
The Salad Bar serves healthy grub while the Walnut Cafe serves continental grub. My experience was a mix of both these worlds. Its important to note that this place offers 26 different kinds of salads so its a heaven for a salad lover.
Captain : Somehow, I feel that this little muggy would have done better with some rummy.
Crewmate : Well Cappy, we do need strong hands on the helm or we are doomed.
Captain : One for the crew then.
Captain : Tis' be just one drumstick. Now how do we share that?
Crewmate : Well we can try cutting...
Captain : You can have all the greens, leave the little drumstick for me.
Crewmate : Quite generous Cappy.
Captain : So I take one slice of bread, put some pasta in and cover it with the other. A perfect pasta sandwich.
Crewmate : That be a fine idea Cappy but that doesn't leave any bread for me.
Captain : (nomnom)
Crewmate : Are you even listening?
The service was decent. I did feel that the server fumbled with descriptions and could have been more informed.
The pricing seems to be tipped on both sides of the scale for me. For Salad Bar, I think its slightly on the upper side. For Walnut Cafe, I feel its just right for the mains. Some items feel cheaper than the prices that I am accustomed to in Mumbai and some feel higher.
The Salad Bar & Walnut Cafe has a lot of highs. The highs include the health food, flavorsome mains and the pub like ambiance. The only low for me was the lack of choice in desserts on the day.
The Captain's Score : 7/10
"Oye fellas, all that health food should have powered your lazy arses up. We have dark clouds on the horizon. Put all yer sweat and power in. Lets steer through the storm."
The Salad Bar & Walnut Cafe
F9, 1st Floor,
Haware Infotech Park, Sector 30 A,
Vashi, Navi Mumbai
-I was invited by Pooja Trehan Dhamecha of NaviMumbaiFoodies to try out the place. These interesting folks can be found on twitter.com/navimumfoodies -