Finally I got my act together (thanks, Catriona) and not only visited the Crafts Museum after aeons, but also had lunch in the absolutely adorable Cafe Lota, situated just at the entrance to the museum complex.
Been meaning to go there forever, and it was every bit as charming as I’d heard.
Like the whole Crafts Museum complex, there was a distinctly retro feel to the place. A calm, unhurried, un-pushiness, which was balm to the soul. Here’s a link to a post I wrote about the Crafts Museum.
It’s also about shopping, too 🙂
I decided that if ever I should be so lucky to live in a home with a large courtyard studded with trees, I think I’d like to make a similar space as Cafe Lota has done.
You sit under trees, but are roofed in.
The food was interesting, and that is meant positively.
Indian, but Indian nouvelle-cuisine-y with interesting things on the menu – like mushy pea rotis which, as a Tyke, I obviously had to have.
I’ve never been a chaat fan, after a horrid experience in what was then Bombay in the lovely early days of getting to know India.
Scarred for life, I swore off chaat for decades.
The occasional try over the years didn’t make me change my mind, and yesterday’s dish was fine, but actually, I’m still not a fan.
Catriona loved it, so it’s clearly me.
We had sole cooked in mustard which was heavenly, so heavenly I forgot to take a photo.
And then this mushy-pea bread, makhana and lotus stem combo:
Nice, different, interesting, but a tad awkward to eat, if I’m being honest. But yet again, the fault is all mine.
Loved the vibe, loved the feel of the place and will definitely plan a return visit.
Great service – un-pushy, un-hassle-y, smiley.
I paid the bill myself, and did not mention that I blog or review.