‘Let there be light’ being their motto, Light house café, quite stands apart from being just another café in town. Nestled right next to khar station, you would never wish to believe its location, though it announces 3rd lane in khar. In the last 2 months I have been to numerous restaurant menu previews.
And the common factor is that most have a theme which tries to outshine the other. Have cuisine centric restaurants, springing to saturation point been put on hold. Well, well till we look beyond Chinese, Indian, Italian and Thai.
Very few times do invites scream of themes, unlike the one that Light House café decided to ideate and send out. Very nouvelle and very attractive to start with.
The café promised to be a melting pot of ideation and creativity as put by owners, Karan Dharod, Nikhil Arora and Anvay Kolwankar. The restaurant indeed is vibrant, young, attractive, innovative and buzzing as we walk in. Considering its first day in business, it had created quite a buzz alreadyWithout exaggeration, you feel you have walked into a house of lights. Deriving the idea of inspiration and thought that is drawn from a light-bulb, the interior space is disconnected by the use of different lighting in each area giving the space, a raw and rustic ambience.
When it comes to food, the Light House Cafe is an amalgamation of cultures which is reflective through its multi-cuisine menu. The not so vast and extensive draws influences from modern Indian, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Vietnamese, American, Continental, Thai, British, African, Spanish, South American and Australian cuisines. This is surprising. As their menu pages do not overflow and the chef has chosen the best of the regions. My favourite being the North-African styled, Tajine, is a slow-cooked savory stew made of sliced meat, poultry, fish and vegetables.This is a must-have at the cafe. Also liked the ‘Lighting Wings’ which were chicken wings in peri peri marinade and served with with Chilli Mayo and Fries, Mexican Potato (Twice baked potato with skin served with Mexican beans sour cream salsa sauce tasty mozzarella and spring onions) and Prawn Cakes (Spiced grilled prawn cakes with lime mesclun and tartar sauce) from the Tapas menu.
From the salads, the Roasted Pumpkin and Rocket Salad (Honey Tossed Walnuts, Baby Spinach, Sundried Tomato, and Orange Wedges with Orange Lime dressing) is recommended. From the Flat Breads, the Mediterranean Slider (seasonal vegetables grilled in olive oil with sundried tomato and feta cheese pesto) is a must-have. The Vietnamese-styled Basa Banh Hi served with basa accompanied with pickled vegetables and coriander makes for a good option from the mini-burger menu. The grill enthusiasts can relish the Baked Mousakka (Grilled eggplant toppled with arrabbiata sauce and cheese).
You can choose between Baked Blueberry Cheesecake or Eggless Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse. Both passable. Strictly.
The winner is their bar menu. The bar Menu boasts of an extensive variety of shots in over 25 variants. Some of their signature must-haves include Sip Sip (a shaken concoction of kahlua baileys and whipped cream),
Loved their signature cocktail- Blood Effect (tequila, rum, vodka, gin, triple sec lemonade topped with red wine) and Bull Frog (Vodka triple sec white rum blue, curacao sour mix with Red Bull).
Overall, with a multi-cuisine menu and an interactive seating set-up, amazing drinks and outstanding house music, Light House Cafe is a sure winner!