She: I wanna seeeee you!
Me: Oh, I soo wanna meet you yaar. I miss you.
She: Come here then.
Me: No, you come here. There is nothing on that side. Not even good coffee.
She: My campus has this amazing coffee stall and you get my company *wink*
Me: So funny! I want more than just coffee.
She: You can get much more!! *wink* *wink*
Me: Get your head out of the gutter.
She: You come here and get it out or I might just drown!
Me: Drama queen.
She: Plz come? *puppy face*
And that is when I get in my car and head to ‘that’ part of town. Yup, Navi Mumbai again!
This time, our destination was a hole-in-the-wall sort of café, an amazing place, that you would most probably not spot unless you know where to look – The Leo Café.
The Leo Café is a small place located near Glomax Mall. You can pick from the outdoor seating or the indoor section, which again is divided into the lower level and the mezzanine floor, and these combined can seat about 20-25 people.
The café sports a simple decor and the dim lights, soft music and comfortable seating give it a cozy feel. The counter displays a number of cupcakes, pastries and bakes and makes your mouth water the instant you land. The service is friendly but a little slow. So have patience, the wait is generally worth it!!
The menu is quite well spread with some really good breakfast options, continental and a few Indian options too, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. One thing that we noticed was that they have quite a few mushroom based options.
We tried Mushroom Trifoliate, one of the Chef specials. Mushrooms sauteed with lots of garlic and coriander. The mushrooms were a little firm but not chewy and tasted so good. Mildly spicy, this dish made our palate long for more.
We then called for Pasta in Mafalda Sauce mainly because it sounded so different from the regular arrabbiata and alfredo and white sauce!
Did it taste different?
Yes, it did. And the experiment was totally worth it!
Mafalda is actually a type of pasta, but they named the sauce Mafalda. Nonetheless, whatever the name be, we loved it!
The pasta in a very spicy and creamy sauce. It was delicious to the point that we licked it off the plate. Loaded with veggies like mushroom, parsley, tomatoes and onions, this is lip-smacking.
Had it not taken so long to arrive, we would have ordered a couple or more portions for this one!
After what seemed like ages, probably longer, ‘coz we could smell the goodness but it was nowhere in sight, came the goodness, Paneer Bhurji and Paratha.
Two crispy and heavy laccha parathas with an insanely delicious and mildly spicy Paneer Bhurji.
Loaded with onions, tomatoes, coriander and goodness, this was one of the best bhurji we have had!
Once this made an appearance, I forgot the reason I had been to Kharghar.
Who friend? What is a friend? I only know food. Food is my friend. And I do not share food!
I probably pushed her away a couple of times (that’s what she claims) when she tried to grab a bite from MY paneer bhurji. Like I said, MY food and I do not share it!
We also tried a couple of mocktails which were made fresh and were refreshing. All had the minty freshness and some portion of orange or pineapple juice.
We tried Leo Love, Leo Sunrise and Chilled Melon and Mint.
Overall Experience: If I say that it was more than worth the petrol and time spent in reaching Kharghar, does it explain the feelings?
P.S.: We said 🙂 for service ‘coz, even though it was slow, it was friendly and worth it!
The Battle: Making up to my friend post the meal. I still get taunted for the day and the bhurji incident!!