Hidden in the bylanes of Lower Parel, there is a relaxed and dimly lit joint – Cafe Free India. The name intrigued me, kinda got me thinking, why ‘Free India’? No, the decor is not based on the freedom fight but has a very welcoming vintage touch to it. One can easily imagine sitting by the window, sipping on a cup of coffee while staring away at the busy street.
The cafe is located bang opposite Deepak Talkies and should be very easy to locate if one follows the map.The street is a one-way street, and parking could be a little tricky for newbies. The cafe is pretty huge but was kinda empty for a Sunday evening barring a few occupied tables.
We started with the Lemon Iced Tea which was on the house. It was perfect and just helped quench the thirst.
Cafe Free India is pretty well known for burgers, and so we decided to order the Piri Piri Cottage Cheese Burger, and boy am I glad we made that decision? The burger is on the crispier side but still maintains the juiciness of the cottage cheese. It leaves a lingering tangy – spicy taste of the famous Indian pickles, making it just perfect! And it comes with a huge portion of crispy fries as sides!!
Next, we decided to dig into White Sauce Penne Pasta, or more precisely – Penne Tossed with Sundried Tomatoes, broccoli ,and garlic cream. The first dig into the loaded pasta and our taste buds were dancing. The white sauce is just perfection and can easily crawl into my list of great pasta you must try. The presentation is basic, but the taste more than makes up for it. And food is more for the taste buds than for the eyes, right?
We were full. Like really full. But you know me, I cannot say ‘no’ to dessert, especially if it is Red Velvet Cupcake. Although this time, I wish I had. The cupcake was just basic. It was served cold, and the cake (base) was almost tasteless in comparison to the sweet and delectable cream cheese on the top.
Overall Experience: The service is great and the food is amazing. Trying their burgers is highly recommended considering the Piri Piri one left me wanting so much more! And the place is not even heavy on the pocket.
The Battle: You are seriously going to battle yourself this time, ‘coz you are not going to want to leave the super cozy ambience behind. And burgers, need I even point that one out?