Fakt Café [Malad]

We are fans of small cafés and places that are known only to a few, hidden away in a corner!

Do you like such places too?

If yes, then Fakt Café is a place you should check out soon.

Fakt Cafe, that is ‘Only’  cafe, is a simple,  petite and cozy cafe in Orlem area. Already well known for the delicious paninis and salads, this is one place you should bookmark for your next pocket-friendly but hungry-for-good-food outing. It is quite easy to miss if you are just passing through the lane, but that is one mistake you should totally avoid.

Ritika Nagpal, a first-time restaurateur decided to give the place an Indo-western touch. One can feel this in the mix of retro Bollywood songs alternating with some English hits, in the mix of high tables on one side and trunks converted to seats on the other side. Light bulbs hang from the ceiling while a figure of Kathakali dancer holding a sub-sandwich bedecks another wall. They also have an outdoor seating, which would be perfect for an early morning or evening visit.

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Blue Curacao & Coffee Banana Milkshake

The café has a good range of paninis, burgers, poutine, salads and smoothies. The owner is quite chatty and really helpful with her suggestions. She suggested us some of their top selling items and boy were those good!

Generally not the people to experiment with our coffee, but somehow, Coffee Banana Milkshake was really inviting us to give it a shot and we did!

Contrary to the overly sweet banana flavour that we were readying ourselves for, coffee dominates the taste in this milkshake. The mild bitter coffee taste coupled with the sweet banana bits made for a really good shake.

Blue Curacao was refreshing too.

We also tried Blueberry Cheese Cake Smoothie on Ritika’s recommendation and were surprised that it could be so light and refreshing. Perfect consistency and so delicious. We kept fighting for another sip! This is one you should definitely give a shot! 👍

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Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

While we waited for Italian Cilantro Panini to make its way on our table, we relished the Fakt Special Salad, a good portion of exotic veggies, mainly lettuce, bell peppers, zucchini and feta cheese. It was topped with an in-house special dressing that gave it a tangy and mildly sweet taste. We called for a smaller portion, but should not have, ‘coz this was just yumm!

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Fakt Special Salad
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Italian Cilantro

If you like pesto but are a sucker for everything spicy, Italian Cilantro is the panini for you!

The panini has a really spicy pesto with cilantro, green chilli and garlic and is stuffed with exotic veggies and cheddar cheese.

Another delicious option is the Mushroom Cheese Philly which is a perfect combination of mushrooms and cheddar cheese. The aroma and the dominating flavour of cheese made our mouths water! Char grilled mushrooms with capsicum and onions just go perfectly in the panini. Definitely worth a try!

Paneer Pesto has a mild pesto with veggies like bell peppers, rocket leaves, cherry tomatoes, onions and perfectly marinated soft cottage cheese.

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Mushroom and Cheese Philly
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Paneer Pesto

All the paninis are made in a multigrain bread that is soft and fresh. The relish served with the sandwiches is a yummy mixture of cucumber, onion and beetroot. Not that their sandwiches need any sort of add-on, but this relish can be relished on with the wafers for sure!

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Cottage Cheese Burger
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Barbeque Poutine

Cottage Cheese Burger is a must try burger here! The patty is a combination of paneer and cheese!

I know right!

So soft that it melts in the mouth. It is just flavourful and delicious. With veggies and more cheese, this is just amazing. 👍

We also tried Barbeque Poutine which is a combination of french fries in barbeque sauce and loaded with cheese. The barbeque sauce tasted perfect and this was another winner!

The sandwiches, burgers, etc. are served in cute cane baskets and the portion sizes are good.

Overall Experience: Fakt Café has really good food and cozy ambience, ideal for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. The food is light and delicious and does not burn a hole in your pocket.

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The Battle: Take a bite of the Cottage Cheese burger and then take a look at the person opposite/next to you. Do you still feel enough love to share it? I didn’t! 😉😉

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Joey’s Pizza [Malad]

Become so amazing at what you do that you need no introduction….

It goes without saying that Joey’s Pizza has managed to get this right! This place is another pizza heaven I love. Finger licking and waistline expanding pizzas!

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Joey’s Pizza is one of the really good pizza places on this side of town. I have visited the place numerous times and have recommended it as many times! Go here for delectable cheesy pizzas, loaded with such crazy quantity of toppings, that you feel overwhelmed.

They have the half & half pizza option nailed! With an extraordinary amount of toppings on both the sides and a cheesy crust in a soft base,scrumptious to say the least!

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Cheese Garlic Bread

We tried the Cheese Garlic Bread and it was perfect. The bread had the right garlicky taste and was toasted to perfection. Just plain delicious. This buttery-cheesy delight is amazing and you will most definitely not reach for the flakes and sprinkles when having this one!

Pizzas we tried : Margarita , Veggie Delight, Corn Exotica , Brave Heart, Roma and Mexican Bonanza. Nope, not at once, that would be impossible!

For the Brave Heart, you really need a brave heart. A very spicy and unique pizza, with rajma (black beans) onions, green chillies, and tons of cheese. Do not be fooled by the calm exterior. I would rate this as my favourite one here!

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Mexican Bonanza and Brave Heart
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Veggie Delight and Corn Exotica

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Veggie Delight, Corn Exotica, Mexican Bonanza  with tons of toppings and a more than generous quantity of cheese are amazing options to satisfy your pizza cravings.

I love their Margarita pizza, which they serve without and with tomatoes (yup I know that makes it Neapolitan, but what is in a name, right? Everything’s in the pizza…) Sprinkle this one with tons of chilli flakes and trust me you will hog like you have never seen food before!

Even the best things have some cons. Joey’s takes a miraculously long time to prepare your pizza, but that can mostly be ignored considering the outcome is so damn good. You can expect an excruciatingly long time for them to deliver your pizza. The Malad outlet is generally  very crowded, and nine out of ten times, I have taken away my pizza to eat in my car. So ya, plan ahead for the long wait. The place is loved!

Overall experience : Pizza Pizza Pizza! Ooops… I mean great. Love the pizzas here, the only complaint being the atrocious waiting time. Service is okay and the place needs a little cleaning up.

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The Battle : Finish one large pizza from Joey’s in one go and we will talk!!

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Jimis Burger [Malad]

Pure Bliss!

That is the feeling I had when I took that first bite of their amazing burger! Oh so good!

I think I should first tempt all of you with the pictures and then go on talking! It will give me some time to control the drooling too! 😉

The BBQ Paneer and Bell Pepper Paneer Burger

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If you are not drooling yet, then let me take this opportunity to tell you about the juicy paneer and the yummy caramelised onions, red cabbage and jalapenos. Oh and do not forget the cheese and mayo that ooze out with every bite! So tempting and so irresistible that you will not care about the sauces decorating your face as you dig in! Perfection and happiness!

Jimis burger is a small joint hidden away in the super crowded lanes (gallis) of Evershine Nagar, Malad. It has a comfortable ambience, but not a lot of seating space and the service is super friendly! Jimis is super pocket-friendly, and if you live in the neighbourhood, you are bound to become a loyal here.

They  have french fries and crispy potato wedges as options and let you get your beverage from outside.

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They have only one option for vegetarians which is just so sad! I just hope they launch more options soon.

The Battle: Oh there was a battle alright! But this time, it was between my friends and me for the next bite of the delicious burger.

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