El Mercado

    El Mercado
    (3 / 5)

    By Tara Bose Kapur

    El Mercado is a tiny 20-seater diner on the leafy Perry Cross Road in Bandra (West) serving Spanish food. It attracts a lot of people who praise it, so had to go check it out!

    It doesn’t accept reservations, understandably, and said come at 8 pm for a better chance of snagging a table. It has a small menu with a large part dedicated to Breakfast served all-day, Tapas, Mains for lunch/dinner, Paella and Dessert.

    Here’s what we had:-

    Tapas:

    • Calamari Bocadillo – we’ve had better, I think the batter was too thick
    • Garlic Prawns – served with a delicious crusty toasted bread – this was the best item according to us!
    • Pimentoes stuffed with goat cheese – yummy

    Mains:

    • Catch of the day – John Dory – a good portion served on potato slices and spinach
    • Lamb Albondigas (did not like it – tasted only of garlic and ginger… they didn’t charge us for it)
    • We wanted to have the paella but at 8:30pm only the chicken one was ready so skipped it. May be next time!

    The service was good and food came promptly!

    It’s very popular, it was full and at least six people if not more were waiting for a table.

    My only grouse was that the open kitchen means we can smell the frying food. Also the temperature inside was too warm despite the two ACs.

    No alcohol but interesting drinks including fresh fruit smoothies.

    Xyngr reviews anonymously and the restaurant isn’t aware that we visited for this review. We pay for our meals.

    About El Mercado
    It’s popular, the service is good… and the food? Three stars, says Tara Bose Kapur

    Posted on Aug 25, 2018

    Bandra-BKC
    Time: 08:30AM to 10:00PM

    (All Days Open)

    Location: El Mercado, Shop 3, Sunbeam, Perry Cross Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

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