Ever thought what your heaven would feel like? Well, we just found ours. The new Mockingbird café bar opened just last week and it was every bit as awesome we thought it would be. The café is owned by Deepak Purohit, owner of Indian Summers and the manager of now shut down Tea Centre. The ‘heaven’ part of the café comes in when we tell you that this café bar offers you more than a thousand books to read at your leisure straight from the owner’s book collection who spent his entire lifetime collecting all these books. ‘The idea was to combine two passions, food and books’, says Deepak. Not only does the café offer you a separate peaceful corner to browse through the books, it also offers you a black corner just like the one in your heart; You heard that right, the black corner! The black corner as its obvious is black and filled with beautiful quotes.
Being just two minutes away from Jai Hind College, the café expects a lot of Jai Hind students along with people of all ages because let’s face it, everyone loves books.
Since it’s a café bar, the drinks available to you here are just as distinctive as the café itself. The drinks menu has a special section called ‘Liquor for your wounds’ because these are the drinks that are necessary for everyone who’s had a long day. The cocktails have also been tweaked around with and not with just the names, the ingredients as well. Some of the cocktails available to you are ‘Bridget Jones’ Daiquiri’, ‘Lord of the Mai Tai’, ‘Bloody Carrie’ etc. According to the owner, Deepak, the cocktails are prepared with their own fresh ingredients and nothing with preservatives. (Tip: Write a six word story to get yourself a free drink!)
Coming to the food, since we were too spellbound by the books, we didn’t eat much but what we did try was the Roasted garlic chicken pizza that was made with kasundi mustard, basil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. The pizza was thin crust, delectable; and for the college goers, very affordable! Though the cocktails sounded tempting, we ended up trying a couple of Mocktails. We went with Ping Pong which was made with fresh pomegranate, mint, lime juice and raspberries and was a bit on the tangier side after which we tried the Summery Melon which was a blend of fresh watermelon, fresh lime, apple and cranberry juices.
To sum it up, Mockingbird seems like it’s going to be the talk of the town and a personal heaven for booklovers.
PS, They’re pretty active on social media so go follow them on Instagram and they might just follow you back!
Address: 80, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai.