I passed by you and looked at you longingly but carried on my way…😍
I checked you out and bookmarked you but never stepped inside….😱
That is what happened every time I passed the brown door, the name of the restaurant peeking through the green foliage. I always thought to myself, ‘I have to visit this place’, and finally I did!
Mockingbird Cafe Bar is a library cafe or a food-library as they call it, dedicated to amazing books and some delicious food (with a twist). A beautiful, happening place welcomes you as you pull open that door.
Mockingbird Cafe Bar is a place that makes you happy as soon as you step in. Words and quotes cover the walls, lights and art hang from the ceiling, and you might take a few minutes just to select the spot where you wanna sit at. It has a mezzanine seating,with books stuck in the walls, yes ‘in’. These are some of the owner’s favourite books. A small blue clock here and a random line/quote from a great book there, the place is a maze! There are some high tables and a small private sort of area as well,at the lower level. The bar area is done up in striking red and black and just screams for attention, which you would happily give it!
The place was packed with a crowd of all age groups. You could hear kids chatter from the tables on the inner side and a group of friends near the bar. A super old couple walked in as we were just settling and it just made this place more awesome. The service was quick despite the fact that it was a packed Saturday afternoon. The menu is wide with something for everyone, from sandwiches to pasta, from cocktails to coffee!
Just like that, for no reason, we started with Swiss Chocolate Roll. Even before I tell you anything else, I have to say, if you visit here and do not try this, might as well skip the visit. This is just so good! Soft, melt-in-the-mouth cake covered in lip-smacking chocolate. Words cannot do justice and I cannot explain how ‘just a Swiss Chocolate roll’ can be so good, but it was. The delicious chocolate sauce, the central blueberry cream layer and the bed of vanilla just added to the taste! We had the perfect start! 😍
We then ordered Hummus Platter with Red Pepper, Basil and Thai dips – The dips served were very fresh and delicious. This platter was a part of the ongoing Hummus Festival menu courtesy Chef’s Basket. My favourite one was the Red Pepper Hummus which was a little more spiced compared to the other two subtle flavours.The dips could really be licked off the bowl and eaten without any bread! The crisp Lavash and Pita served with the platter were fresh.
Nacho Salad was just heavenly. I know what you are wondering. Nachos are supposed to be had like Nachos, with loads of cheese and salsa and a few more dips here and there. When I saw this option in the menu, even I was intrigued. So basically we are saying, crispy Tortilla chips, a whole forest of fresh veggies like tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, capsicum,lettuce, arugula leaves and olives , a spicy Salsa sauce tossed in,black beans, spices and oregano and topped with a dollop of delicious Sour cream. A spicy-tangy preparation. A complete delight! Just loved this one! Must try if you love salads and definitely worth a try if you won’t mind a little twist to your Nachos 😍
Chilly, Pepper and Jalapeno Baguette – The bread was crispy but soft with parboiled veggies and spices on top. The baguette was loaded with cheese and is a good option.
From the mocktails, we tried – Ginger Minjer and Paradise. Ginger Minjer is a refreshing lime,mint and ginger based summery drink. Paradise is a whole paradise of flavours. With every sip, you spend the next five seconds guessing ‘which delicious fruit did I just taste’. It is a tangy combination of watermelon, pineapple, orange and passion fruit. It is a must have! We also tried Ping Pong, but it was the same as Paradise.
In an argument over Pizza or dessert, surprisingly dessert won here. ‘Coz we remembered how delicious the Swiss Chocolate Roll was….😍 So after another argument and calling the server thrice and sending him back (after which he still returned smilingly, thank god!)…. we finally settled on Creme Brulee. Completely unaware of what was going to happen next, we soaked in all the goodness of the place, just roaming and checking out the library and other stories that decorated the walls.
As we settled back on our table, the Creme Brulee made its appearance. First bite and we were once again in dessert heaven. The burnt caramel layer on the top was hiding a delicious and creamy custard inside. Perfect consistent texture and so delicious. All those fruits were just getting in between us and the custard, to be frank! Loved it!! 😍
Overall Experience: One word- Amazing!! Just perfect. The ambience, the decor, service and the food. All were above excellence!
The Battle: Try giving your ‘human-side’ a test. Go here and order Swiss Chocolate roll and then see how good you are at sharing and caring. It would mostly be – not caring about not sharing!!