The dining scene in south Mumbai has received a shot in the arm over the last one year with several new entrants,such as The Pantry and Nicos in Kala Ghoda,The Pier in Colaba and Ellipsis in Nariman Point,among others. Impresario Entertainment and Hospitalitys Riyaz Amlani,unwilling to be left out,has decided to replace his coffee shop Mocha at Churchgate with a new branch of his popular Bandra eatery Salt Water Cafe. The all-day eatery is scheduled to open mid-October with a menu that will feature more vegetarian dishes. We have kept it in mind that south Mumbai sees more vegetarian diners, says Amlani whose Smoke House Deli and The Tasting Room in Lower Parel are also popular eateries. Salt Water Cafe,known for its casual dining atmosphere and Chef Gresham Fernandes modern take on food,will not include any pork items on the menu.
Mocha,which was frequented by students from the many colleges in the neighbourhood,is currently shuttered but Amlani intends to reopen it at another location in Churchgate. Currently,we are really focusing on scaling up the cafe format with Smoke House Deli and Salt Water Cafe as it is working well for us, says Amlani.