Bollywood Themed Café?
Nothing new in that, right?
But finding it in one of the lanes in Chandpole, famous amongst tourists who may not know many of our stars, was pretty surprising for us.
Café Ra looks like the house of a crazy Bollywood lover, who knows every movie and every dialogue at the back of his/her head and has a room that is a shrine to a celebrity or Bollywood in general.
Replete with drama, Café Ra is a cute and rugged restaurant dedicated to the owner’s love for Bollywood.
In fact, the way we located this cafe was equally dramatic. We were walking down the narrow lanes of Chandpole, to find another café, when we saw some really colourful and funky looking graffiti on the side walls.
Look up and ta da – there stands a café with a cute little blue door and it claims to be a ‘BollyFood Restaurant’.
Curious we walk in and are discover this fun place. It is spread over three floors of a small house, each floor seating around 10 people (give or take) either in the cozy low-seating cushions or tables at the corner. The top floor can seat double the number. The walls at each level are covered in movie posters, pictures of actors and actresses or movie names.
The topmost floor is labelled Stall and has its two walls covered in paintings and movie posters. On the same wall, one can find Coolie and 3 Idiots, Umrao Jaan and Jodhaa Akbar, Pyasaa and Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge! A colourful painting of Amitabh Bachchan (not perfect, but you know the man the moment you see an attempt to be/look like him) bedecks one wall while another one has the ever-so-beautiful Rekha (again, not perfect) from Umrao Jaan.
The cold coffee was something you can refrain from ordering. It was basically sugar water with a little flavour. Hot Coffee was decent.
What you must give a shot to are the parathas and other desi items. We loved the Aloo Paratha we ordered. It was huge and super delicious and spicy like we asked it to be. Served with a lip-smacking mango pickle, this one totally made our day! Another good news? It was for only ₹50!
Café Ra is a restaurant you should definitely visit for a pocket-friendly meal. Our bill came to a total of ₹150. The service is really good too. If not the food, the paintings and the insignias and the Bollywood craziness is sure to make you smile.