CAPPUCCINOS, CROISSANTS, AND CO-WORKING AT BOMBAY COFFEE HOUSE
Bombay Coffee House is a sound option for those looking to work out of a café in Bandra. The coffee is delicious, the staff is courteous, and you can’t complain about the WiFi on most days.
Bombay Coffee House, 248, New Kamal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra (w), Mumbai 400 050. Phone: 022 2642 6879
Every coffee connoisseur worth their beans knows that the best brew in town can be found in Bandra. But if you happen to be a freelancer with a refined caffeine palate, the mocha-sized café pool shrinks to the size of an espresso shot. Koinonia (in neighbouring Khar) can barely accommodate more than 10 humans at a time, let alone laptops. The Bagel Shop is so popular it often has too many humans. Blue Tokai doesn’t have a washroom. Enter Bombay Coffee House.
Everything about Bombay Coffee House is as simple and straightforward as the name suggests. The décor borders on vintage with old-fashioned booths, marble top tables, and black and white photographs of the city. This could be a coffee bar in Fort during the 1960s, but the freelancer friendly plug points under most tables give it away. The concise menu doesn’t inspire awe, but the flaky French croissant possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that leaves the eater rather dumbfounded. This means it’s wise to choose the “croissandwich” with ham and cheese or pesto and grilled vegetables over the all-day breakfast items on offer.
When it comes to coffee, you can’t really go wrong. The beans are sourced from some of Karnataka’s most famous coffee plantations, and the prices don’t force you to stretch your latte for the entire duration of your visit. A recent “working day” at the café with a friend saw us start our morning with foamy, flavoured cappuccinos, move on to Vietnamese iced coffees at mid-day, and finally turn to steaming mugs of mocha in the evening while the rain went on with its surprise act on the other side of the window. Between bouts of giggles, discussions about conspiracy theories, and sipping silently on superb coffee, we never did get much work done. But not once were we asked to hurry or nudged into placing an order. What more can a freelancer ask for?