Pali Village Café can safely be called a “bungalow restaurant”, though it is quite unlike the best known example in this category, south Mumbai’s Indigo. The café owners worked on it to give the double-storey building the look of an old bungalow. Wrought iron railings on the staircase, bare cement and brick walls, wooden furniture and floors with heritage tiles, an open dining space with rusted chairs—the interiors are fabricated vintage. The good food and the Wi-Fi are a bonus.
The menu is European, with a good selection of sandwiches, bagels, pizzas, pastas and grills. The café only has a wine licence, which is not bad considering the place is perfect for sipping midday sangrias.
Thin crust pizzas are served by the slice. We first tried the pepperoni and fig pizza. What looked intriguing on the menu was perfect to the taste buds—the tangy sauce combined with the sweet figs added zing to the crispy base and the pepperoni. The Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with roasted almond cream sauce was creamy, with crunchy almond bits.
But the best part of the meal was the mains. The Pan Seared John Dory was fresh and succulent, served in a tangy, peppery cream sauce and perfectly complemented by the capers. The Grilled Australian Lamb Chops—we asked for medium rare—were tender and juicy. In desserts, the mild vanilla flavoured, creamy Panna Cotta served with sharply tangy passion fruit reduction was refreshing.