A new book café in town. The Munching Route offers you some good food while you enjoy reading some of your favorite books here.
This place is located on a 1st floor in Baner bizbay, above Andhra bank and opposite Syngenta.
I was invited here for a food tasting by cafe manager Surhud and I was accompanied by one of my friends.
Recommended Food: Café Latte, Gold Rush, Olive and Pesto Chicken, Mumbai Pizza, 3 cheese pasta, Mocha
Café latte: Strong and energizing. Good amount of caffeine and just the right sweetness. Not too strong, not too sweet. Just the way I like. I really liked this latte served here.
Latin Red: Chilled water melon juice and Apple juice mixed with some freshly cut watermelon chunks. A good mocktail.
Gold Rush: I loved this appetizer. Chopped mushrooms, olives and spices mixed with cheese and then stuffed in button mushrooms, coated and deep fried. Perfectly crispy, right size of mushrooms, cheese oozing out on a bite.
Olive and Pesto Chicken: Chicken marinated in pesto grilled with chopped olives and cheese inside. Chicken was tender and well cooked. Pesto could have been slightly better.
Egg and Chutney Sandwich: Masala egg omelet put between sliced bread lined with chutney and toasted to perfection. Masala omelet and green chutney might sound off the books but did not taste bad. What I loved about this sandwich was the way it was toasted. Perfect amount of butter, rightly crunchy. Served with side portion of French fries.
Spicy Pineapple and Mint salad: Diced pineapple with mint in vinaigrette dressing sprinkled with black pepper, spiced with red chilies and garnished with cherry tomato. If you like your salad spicy, you can definitely give it a try.
Mumbai and Mexican Pizza: As we were almost stuffed, we asked for half-n-half thin crust pizza. Mumbai pizza has inions, mushrooms, paneer and black olives while Mexican Pizza has onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and red beans. Mumbai pizza was slightly bland and Mexican pizza was spicy. I preferred Mumbai pizza over Mexican one.
3 cheese pasta: So cheesy!!! Fusilli with olives bell peppers and sweet corn. Though the pasta could have been al dente, the taste was really good. The quantity of cheese sauce that went into this preparation itself made me happy. You can try this pasta.
Peri Peri Chicken: Chicken breast marinated in peri peri and tossed with dice onions, bell peppers and lots of chopped garlic. Served with garlic bread and buttered rice. Chicken was well cooked and sauce went very well with it.
Mocha: Nice and thick cold coffee with lots of chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Perfectly sweet. Sipping this while reading a book would really be good. I loved this one.
Service: Nothing to complain about. You go to counter, place your order and pay. Choose a table to sit as per your choice and you will be serve your order on a tray in few minutes. Staff is friendly and service is quick.
Ambience: A book café ought to have a big book shelves offering variety of books to choose from. They have books series like Harry Potter, GoT series, Lord of the Rings and books of different well known authors like Dan Brown, John Grisham, Irvin Wallace, Sydney Sheldon, Jeffery Archer to name a few. They also have some comic books for kids and few well know Marathi books as well. I am sure, you can take your own book to read there as well.
Seating also looked comfortable. You can choose to sit by the glass wall on table for two or somewhere near the TV away from bright light. They offer a good environment for you to read a book in peace.
Value for money: Yes, as your primary focus is reading.