Inside The Nutcracker, Bandra | New Opening
When we heard that The Nutcracker had opened in Bandra, there was this certain angst within that couldn’t wait to go check it out. For us, The Nutcracker has been a homely space, serving us hot chocolate that we have craved for since, eggs that spell comfort, the Nutty Spaghetti and the Seven Layered cookie, dishes that we think of when we think of good ol’ food.
The cute eatery has now made its entry to Bandra, making the buzzing suburb more enviable than it already is. The interiors of the Bandra location once again give you the robust quirkiness extended from the one at Kala Ghoda. A high seated community table lines one wall, while it opens to wooden sturdy tables and chairs for other patrons. The glass windows allow natural light to fall inside, highlighting the yellow walls spread with the modern figures made of wires.
With a menu that radiates traditional and favorite food, the warmth from Chef Annie’s serene smile is translated into the food prepared from the café’s kitchen. We started off with the Emmenthal truffle scrambled egg. Needless to say, just the scent of the truffles accentuated our hunger and when we served ourselves, the strings of the emmenthal between the fluffy scrambled eggs set the bar quite high. And we were not disappointed. Gorged on with toasted bagels, these eggs were just as tasty as we imagined. However, the Turkish eggs were just too delightful. Perfectly poached, once you mix the runny yolk into the garlic yoghurt and take a bite, the subtleness of all the flavors burst in your mouth. It is surely a beautiful bowl of breakfast to start your day, if you must.
The eggs kejriwal is wholesome and fulfilling. The bed of mushrooms adds a kick to the traditional kejriwal that you are used to, which is welcomed with a smile. What won our hearts was the akuri, made the traditional parsi way. The eggs were not overdone, the pao was soft and buttery and the amount of masala was just right. One could easily imagine having this akuri with chai at old dearly bawa aunt’s home and the tone would be just right.
We steered away from the eggs (with a lot of difficulty) and dived into another indulgence in the form of the classic grilled 3 cheese sandwich. You have the option of choosing multigrain or white bread, but since we were doing the calories anyway, we decided to go for the classic white bread and stuffed it with jalapenos and chilies and oh boy, we sure were smiling after biting into an already drool-worthy oozy sandwich. We also had the warm Lebanese sandwich. Must appreciate how the falafel did not disappoint. Unlike the dry falafels we have tried across, this one remained warm and moist, only to be enhanced with the garlic mayo and hummus with a zing of the pickles. The brown rice burrito bowl is great for a quick lunch fix too.
Ending on a decadently sweet note, the much-loved buttermilk pancakes with apricots and crunchy honeycomb bits were every crunch appetizing. The dark chocolate waffle with the melted butter and syrup, gave a bite of chocolate chip in each mouthful and that says enough.
Walk in to The Nutcracker if you want to start your day with some great food and a warm, vibe. From salads to wholesome sandwiches, eggs to pasta and a dessert haven to choose from, you have a meal that is sure to make you a whole lot happier and in our world, nothing could be healthier 😀