SAVE YOUR DATE AT CAFÉ ZOE
Café Zoe is a restaurant and bar in Lower Parel. In addition to its regular lunch and dinner menu, it serves breakfast and brunch till 5 p.m., has an extensive alcohol menu, and hosts Theatre Nights with live plays. There is a branch of the restaurant located in Alibaug as well.
Café Zoe, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (w), Mumbai 400 013. Phone: 022 2490 2066
“This is perfect for a date.”
My brain has no memory of the last time I sat across a table with amorous intentions, but that doesn’t hinder my gray matter from being blinded by red every time I step into Café Zoe. Maybe it’s the sunlight that streams in strategically through the glass panels in the ceiling. Maybe it’s the dim bulbs that dangle over the island bar. Maybe it’s the “Sangria blushing” pitcher that always leaves me chipper and chatty. Whatever the reason, I’m convinced that Café Zoe hasn’t seen a single disastrous date.
When the evening starts with a chilled Estrella Damm, gets naughty after a “dirrrty martini”, and peaks post Pimm’s, it’s obvious that spirits will be in direct competition with the super high ceilings. At Zoe, the wine is always crisp, the rim is always perfectly salted, and the Irish coffee doesn’t scrimp on the Irish. Family, friends, colleagues, classmates, roommates, acquaintances, relatives – I’ve shared pitchers, swapped stories, giggled, and guffawed with them all around the bar over the past five years. The last time I was there for some rosé, I finally had an epiphany.
“This is pretty much perfect.”
Feature photo courtesy Café Zoe