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Java Green vs. Mocha Shoot – Who is better?

Been to Java Green and Mocha a few times already so though of doing a shootout. Read on to find which is better.

Mocha is a well established coffee house, well know among the urban youth. It is more than just a café as alcoholic beverages and hukka is also served here. These two put together put the vote in favour of Mocha. Don’t forget the coffee they serve here is far better than any other café in Mumbai. Try out the Brazilian or Colombian coffee or just the espresso. Coffee here is as good as it gets.

Java Green on the other hand has coffee that I would  call ‘average’. It won’t keep you awake late in the night but that is not the point here. Coffee is cheap here but the flavours aren’t as diverse as what one may find at Mocha.

Coming to the food well it is a tie in that case. Though Java Green has far better Chicken Crispy Panini than Mocha. The bread is crispy and the chicken is tender. More important the chicken pieces are bigger than at Mocha which is a real disappointment. Overall, the food is better at Mocha.

Lastly, the ambiance at Java Green is no match for Mocha. At Mocha, one feels like spending time, chill out, relax, drink coffee and have conversations. Java  Green seems more formal and the seating isn’t as comfortable here.

Overall, Mocha is excellent for Coffee, Hukka, Booze and Ambiance. Desserts are excellent here and as well as at Java Green. Prices are on the higher side at Mocha so if you are in the mood for some cheap food, coffee and desserts than Java  Green is the place to be.

For those lazy to read, check the rating graph below.

Coffee:  Mocha (M) – 9/10 | Java Green (JG) – 6/10

Food: M – 7/10 | JG – 7/10

Desserts: M – 8/10 | JG – 7/10

Ambiance: M – 9/10 | JG – 6/10

Service: M – 8/10 | JG – 8/10

Price: M – 6/10 | JG – 8/10

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Theobroma, Bandra

March 20, 2010 3 comments

‘Food of the Gods’, the literal translation of Theobroma, a Greek word, doesn’t necessarily mean the food has to be godly! Sadly it wasn’t. We had a couple of chicken croissants and a coffee cappuccino to go with it. The croissant wasn’t as good but then again, I never expected it to. For me, the Chicken Malai Croissant at Cheron is the best one can get for just Rs.30! It has spoiled me so much that I judge other croissants for the coveted second place while the first has been safely reserved for Cheron. However, the croissant at Theobroma was a bit spicy and had less chicken to go with it. I like my croissant to be full of stuffing and the one at Theobroma wasn’t, sadly.

The coffee isn’t anything special either. Rather go to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or for something cheap to Java Green and Java Expresso.

Though, I bought wheat bread from here and thought it was a really nice. Wheat Bread from Venus is my all time favourite though Theobroma does manage to satisfy this demi-god :D.

Overall though, Theobroma may serve the food of the gods but it couldn’t satisfy a mere mortal!

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La Sani, Kebab Kitchen – Wished they were better!

La Sani Kebab Kitchen is in the same courtyard as Java Green and other eateries, both Veg and Non Veg. La Sani offers both but the quality isn’t much to talk about. We ordered for a Chicken Tikka Masala and Roti. The Tikka Masala was for Rs.99 but frankly, wasn’t worth more than Rs.50. They served us quickly and offered to let us use the table fan to keep the summer heat at bay. But the food did not live up to the mark. Though if it was cheaper, La Suni would be my first choice for Punjabi food since it wasn’t so bad but could have been better and cheaper!

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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

March 5, 2010 1 comment

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) was recommended by Daniel soon after he discovered my love for coffee!  So a bunch of us went here and got ourselves a nice cosy seating at the end of the cafe. For the uninitiated, CBTL is located in the same building as the erstwhile Cream Centre, which has now been shifted to Oberoi Mall in Goregaon East.

Yes they are actual employees, just not in the Indian outlet, not yet atleast!

We ordered for our respective coffees including a Cappuchino, Mocha Latte, White Chocolate Latte, Vanilla Latte, Cafe Latte, Americano and a Pure Caramel shake. Damn that is a lot of coffee! To think, we drank coffee, at around 10 in the night (and oh, bless the poor soul who drank Americano!), is insane! Yet we did exactly that!

They have small regular and large and most of the coffees were large and hence prices accordingly with the Cafe Latte and Americano being priced INR 100 each. Looking at the size, one can safely assume that coffee here is value for money.

The coffee here is very good. A little cheaper than Barista and a whole lot better than coffee at Java Expresso and Java Green. Freshly grounded coffee beans, milk and some sugar is all one needs to complement a conversation that can go on for hours.

Besides coffee, we also ordered for sandwiches including a Chicken Club sandwich, Chicken Cumberland Sandwich and a Jerk Chicken Sandwich along with Veg Lasagne.

The club s/w like everywhere else was pretty big and stuffed with salads and chicken pattice. Though it makes for a healthy meal, there is the the minimal Jerk Chicken stuffed with salami.

The white chocolate Latte was a bit like milky bar and coffee put together. But the best of the lot was the Caramel Drink with whipped cream. It was a lot of caramel and had to be shared amongst people.

Overall, CBTL is an excellent place for its coffee and the ambiance. Relax, hold a meeting or go on a date CBTL serves every one. The ambiance is very chilled out here and one can relax for hours.  Though service here is a bit slow but that is no complain especially if you get to have some good coffee over conversations!

Java Green, Bandra Reclamation

February 26, 2010 6 comments

Java Green is a cute little coffee place at Bandra Reclamation located in the same lane as Candies. The coffee place has a very formal ambiance but makes up for it with its location. One of the best places to hang out in the evenings, Java Green also excels in another department – pricing.

Once of the cheapest coffee shops in Bandra, Java Green can give the Barista’s, Cafe Coffee Days and even Candies a run for their money. Being cheap doesn’t mean the coffee is bad. Infact is as good as what you would expect from Barista which is a good 30-40 percent more expensive.

Java Green also has a range of snacks from pastries to puffs to rolls and burgers, all of which are light on the wallet. It is one of those places where one can stuff up on good coffee and great snacks for INR 100.