What a great location, just opposite Palladium/ Highstreet Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel. The Rolling Pin is a great place to meet friends and colleagues for a coffee with snacks. From the same family as SpiceKlub, Quattro and DesiKlub, The Rolling Pin is known for its freshly (and in-house) baked breads.
The first time, I visited this place with my husband when we caught up with an old Bombay friend who now lives in Bangalore. She is a townie and The Rolling Pin was a great place to meet half-way. We enjoyed the famous Mumbai Chili Cheese Toast, a Hummus & Pita platter that came with three varieties of dips and the super tasty (and super unhealthy) Szechuan Bullets. Famous for its baked goodies, we also tried some Eclairs. The service was inattentive and slow which we didn’t bother about much as we mainly came to chat together…
But when I came the second time (and that was the time of my official review visit), I dropped in after a couple of meetings in South Mumbai and before the Holland India Innovation Talks (blog post about the inspiring innovation talks is coming up soon). As I was running late, I tried calling the restaurant –after all they invited me to review the place and I wanted to inform them about my half an hour delay. But I ended up with a non-sexy voice recorded message that directed me to press 1 for this and 2 for that.
With a bit of time pressure to finish some work emails, I quickly ordered some food. While stuck in traffic, I had enough time to look through the menu and was super excited to try the Roesti S/W sandwich: figs, goat cheese and caramelized onions on pumpernickel bread. Wow! Being a German living in Mumbai, I do miss “real bread” a lot and pumpernickel is probably one of the most famous German style breads. (You can read all about German style pumpernickel bread here.)
Obviously, I can’t expect the bread tastes exactly like in a German bakery… but I would have expected a bit more authenticity. It didn’t taste, look or feel like Pumpernickel. Overall the sandwich was too dry but the cheese and fig (in form of a jam) combination was delicious!
As I was running around the whole day from coffee meeting to lunch meeting to coffee meeting, I decided to order a few more vitamins. The Garden Fresh Salad was extremely fresh and super delicious (#vitaminsaresexy) and the Fresh Weatgrass & Green Apple Juice strengthens the immune system and is without added sugar.
But remember my emails that I had to finish? I was extremely happy about the free WiFi at The Rolling Pin and was setting up my mobile office as soon as I had given my order. When I logged into the WiFi using my mobile number, I realized that the internet usage was time limited: only 30 minutes. I rushed through my work and didn’t touch my food that the waiter placed next to my laptop until I was about to send out my last email… but then: the internet time was over. Annoyed I connected my mobile phone internet to finish the work. After half an hour that I was working and not eating m food, the manager came up to me to ask if everything was okay with my order as I hadn’t touched it. I explained him that I had to finish some work first given that they limited the internet usage. Pretending to understand my situation, he replied, “I know, it sucks.”
My conclusion: It’s a great place to meet up with friends or grab a quick bite with colleagues during the day if you are not looking for extremely good service. But if you plan to work (and need internet for that), Starbucks across the street is a better option.
To end this review on a positive note: Once, you close your laptop, you can actually watch people. And more importantly: the baking people. Through big glass windows, you can observe how all the delicious goodies are being made in the baking kitchen. That is fun to watch for children and adults.
Please note that Gwenda Glocalista was invited to review this restaurant. Though we did not pay our own bill, we have our own opinion and free food doesn’t buy our free mind.