Saturday, 17 June 2017

Canto Cafe & Bar Girgaum, Mumbai

Canto CafĂ© and Bar has replaced the old Karma –The Liquid Lounge a place where I have partied at a lot at one time. It could be a match screening or a usual Saturday night or a live belly dancer performance. There are some fond memories that I have of that place. Canto Cafe and Bar is a casual all-day diner with a huge space and lovely decor. The cafe, owing to its wonderful location, sees a lot of natural light from the huge arched windows. It has a downstairs seating area, also a tiny section upstairs for a date night and a classy bar area. A place that still screen all the matches with the lights going dim after 11pm with a DJ spinning some commercial and Bollywood music it’s one of the rocking places in the city that I would visit often.
In a conversation with Pooja Kanodia, co-owner of the space, who tells us why there was a need to open a contemporary restaurant serving non-vegetarian food in the locality. “Right from Altamount Road to Worli, it is hard to find a modern dining space where people can hang out and party. We also realized that there were those who wanted to eat chicken and seafood, considering there were no restaurants serving them in the neighborhood as all around there are only vegetarian restaurants in a fine dining setting,” says Pooja, who interestingly is a vegetarian herself. She seems quite upbeat about running a business that may not go down too well with the Vegetarian population in the area.  

I was invited to review Canto Cafe & Bar, here are some of the cocktails and dishes that I loved and recommend:
Bicicletta Ride - Vodka mixed with passion fruit puree, grapefruit, organic honey ginger balanced with lime. 
Lamb Meatball - Baked lamb gulkand meat balls in a tomato and coconut sauce. Loved this one!
Chicken Caesar Salad - Salad with capers, crisp lettuce, jalapeno mayonnaise & chilly parmesan crisp full of fiber and protein.
Long Island Iced Tea - Really contemporary invented by Ronald Butt at the Oak Beach Inn in the Hampton Bays, Long Islands wiour White Spirits, Orange Liqueur, sour mix and topped with Cola.
Chmichurri Chicken Tikka - Soft, Juicy chimichuri spiced chicken tikka. Chicken was well done and full of flavors. Just the right amount of tang to cut through rich meat. Overall tangy, spicy and perfectly cooked.
We ordered a Half n Half Pizza the Pizza Milano and the Chicken Pizza which were spot-on and we highly recommend their delicious stone baked pizza's.
Melodies - Gin mixed with honeydew melon, fresh cucumbers, lime juice, splash of tonic and topped with sweet chilly air, served with a magical aroma of rose and melon.
Chicken Burger - Juicy and perfectly marinated charred chicken burger served with french fries. Loved this one!
Grilled Chicken - Succulent Chicken breast served with creamy mash and brown sauce.
Molten Chocolate - I completely drooled over this one one of the best I've had served with vanilla ice cream this one is a must try!

Verdict: European Charm with Classic Cocktails, this SOBO cafe is Perfect for a date night or if your a singer you could enjoy a karaoke night  or if a commercial or bollywood freak Canto can be your go-to-place. We had an awesome  time, Mrs & Mr, Kanodia the perfect host, great service, lip-smacking food, rocking music and somewhere that I would like to go again. Let me know about your experience when you visit Canto, Till then take care and Happy weekend!

Getting there: Canto, 534, SVP Road, Charni Road, Opera House, Girgaum, Call +912223617700

Canto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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