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150 varieties of dosa (Ulundu, Neer, even Adais on certain days); Panpuli on Saturdays; Pongal on Sundays and Tuesdays; Goli Bajee (daily after 3pm); Coconut Sevai on Sundays; Bisi Bele Bhaath, Curd Rice and Dal-Rice... the variety here at Matunga's Ram Ashraya is truly mind boggling and it's all in addition to the standard South Indian fare! Just about any South Indian item you can think of, they probably serve, sweets included! Walk in and surprise yourself with the day's menu, or call ahead to find out when they serve that special South Indian dish that you're craving. They keep the decor simple because their focus is on the food, all incredibly fresh (the chutneys are prepared every few hours to keep from spoiling). All of this, and real VFM prices too!

Updated this week

  • Food
  • 70% Complete (success)
  • Service
  • 70% Complete (success)
  • Decor
  • 70% Complete (success)

I'm rejoicing. Countless new restaurants are opening up and their baby steps are being dissected by even more countless foodbloggers, twitterati, instagrammers and more. It's a good sign that we are truly involved with our food. It was not like this when I started writing about food thirty years ago. Then foodwriting was considered unfashionable. Thankfully, things are getting better all the time.

Decor

"Wont you take me to honky taoooownnnn" blares as I walk into the first floor of this small heritage building (built by a French architect), nudged right next to Sterling cinema. I walk past the ground floor cafe area into the charming, high-ceilinged, wooden-beamed, tiny, dimly-lit, olive green-walled bar with posters.

Food

Townhouse cafe doesn't encourage you to take mincing bites of measured portions. It exhorts you to dig in to its comfort food. To crunch into its perfectly deep fried dishes (great accompaniments to alcohol) be it the golden fried panko crusted mushrooms, or the bucket of deep fried squid and prawns. Plenty of pasta dishes, half the menu is vegetarian (do ask for the well-made Scallion crepes and aubergine-red-pepper sandwich). While leaving I bump into owner Anuja Jatkar and her foodie passion and that of her young team shines through, two particularly good fish dishes…the fish and chips burger (crispy fish patty, velvetty tartar sauce within soft buns) and perfectly grilled basa (lemony buttery sauce). Okayish brownie with ice cream. Go to tipple, imported draughts, interesting cocktails (try fresh coconut water mojito) check the happy hours.

Minus Points

Only one dessert on menu. Some dishes on menu are not available. No pork belly or pork belly sliders available. Scrambled truffled eggs are soggy and not enough truffle oil.

My Point

I was happily surprised by the charming European Townhouse ambiance and comfort fare here. Plenty of deep fried comfort fare, but there's a balance between heartiness and delicacy and plenty for vegetarians. Charming ambiance, comfort food at comforting prices. If in the vicinity, it's the perfect open all day, neighbourhood bar.

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Nightlife Review

Buzz: 3/5| Décor: 3/5

Town House Café opens in the heart of town. It replaces Crepe Station, and Malt & Pepper. A perfect location for office goers, this open-through-the-day café has wooden-beamed high ceilings, and is dotted by ornate frames of vintage advertisements. Leather-clad seating adds a cosy charm, while DJ music fills the air. Ask for the favourites… Guava Mary, Orange ‘n’ Basil Martini, Red Wine Sangria and Tropical Mojito. Plenty of well-priced fare for vegetarians is offered by the Spanish, French and Italian inspired menu. Try the range of handmade pastas (Pappardelle, Maccheroni and Linguine, in a choice of Pesto, Alfredo, Arrabbiata, Carbonara and Primavera)... all of which are somewhat oversauced. Be it the Crusted Mushroom with Romesco Dip or the Pan-seared Basa with Beans Ragout and Chilli Mango Reduction all are on the menu. We just hope it has a longer life than its predecessors.

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