Villa Vandre: A quaint little place

Rating: ****

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A quaint little place with a gracious host. This is the first impression you’ll get of Villa Vandre. Situated in Bandra, this restaurant offers good food, ambience and service. The place is small and there’s always people outside waiting for tables even during weekdays. I have been to the place couple of times and I have liked it.

Food served here is hot and delicious. I have tried their Aglio Olio Peperoncino cooked in olive oil, garlic, parsley, parmesan and chilli flakes, I have added chicken in it as an add-on. Though they added so much chicken that I ended up leaving some of it. My friend has tried Homemade East Indian Sausage Fry which came on a bed of creamy mash topped with a sunny side up egg and was served with a side salad. According to my friend, it was descent. But then, it’s difficult to please him when it comes to food.

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On my recent visit during a weekday, I decided to experiment and have ordered Greek Chicken and was pleased with my choice. The pan seared chicken tossed with lemon juice, oregano and seasonings was served hot with rosemary potatoes and feta salad. And it tasted real good, I scorched my tongue as a result. My friend wanted to try Dhansak as he has never eaten that before. The mutton Dhansak, accompanied with brown rice and kachumber was good but not as great as Parsi’s make! It was actually average.

In desert, going with the suggestion of our host, we tried Tres Leches, which was ok. Their ice teas were average, smoothie was good and so was the fruit juice. But stay away from the ginger ale you won’t like it. The total damage for 2 would be between 1k and 1.5k. The ambience and hospitality is such that you would want to visit again.

Food: 3.5/ 5  |  Service: 4.5/ 5  |  Ambience: 4/ 5  |  Value for money: 4/ 5

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