By Tara Bose Kapur
A Japanese addition to the Bandra food scene. Couldn’t resist a visit.
This tiny eatery is bright and colourful, very much in the Harajaku street style of Japan. Harajuku is a playful, colourful mix of girly and punk, popular among Japanese teenagers. This style originated from a postwar combination of American and Japanese culture which originated in the vicinity of the Harajuku district in Shibuya, Japan.
It was empty when we arrived, we quickly placed our orders for four savoury rolls:
- Miso Pesto Salami Crepe – just about ok
- Porcini Ramen Crepe – just about ok
- Chunky Chicken Crepe – avoidable, chicken was rubbery
- Shrimp Okonomiyaki Crepe – just about ok, shrimp was rubbery
We waited eons as there is only ONE person making crepes, one after the other. He makes it painstakingly (they take a lot of time), puts the sauces carefully, then lettuce and finally the filling.
Unfortunately, the taste varied between mediocre to avoidable.
We tried two desserts – thinking that would satisfy us after the overall unsatisfactory meal
We opted for the Taiyaki, fish-shaped waffles:
- Choco Litt – very average
- Japanese Affair – with black sesame ice cream – interesting
On the whole, very disappointing. Don’t recommend it at all.
The last straw was when we paid the bill – no change – the crepe-maker had to go and get change from a neighbouring store!
My take on Harajuku: despite the concept and lovely colours, the current offering will not be a success. They need to hasten the process, and improve the taste – flavour combinations. I am a Japanese food fan and am a regular at Sushi Koi, Kofuku and Izumi. While I am all for streetfood, this isn’t going to cut it for Indian audiences.
2 stars (and only because of the décor)
Easy access, open from 9 am to 12 midnight
Shop 5, Diamond Arch Building, Chapel Road, Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai
Telephone +919326117396, +919699396622
Xyngr reviews anonymously. We pay for the meal
Location: Harajuku, Chapel Road, Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Tara Bose Kapur is a foodie, a foodie and a foodie. When she’s not discussing food, she’s possibly talking about food. But there’s loads (or loaves) more that she does in life. Like being a communications consultant to the rich, famous and needy, and advising some of the hottest brands in the world in PR. And she runs a chhota bakery in Bandra that makes some yum (and sinful) stuff. For Xyngr, Tara Bose Kapur reviews eatspots around town. Xyngr reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.