Set amidst the hustle bustle of the city, Mockingbird Café Bar at Churchgate, Mumbai completely impressed a bibliophile like me.
Surrounded by a little herb garden, this Café offers a red-wall Bar and well-spaced tables all over to big and small groups. Stairs will take you to the attic where books bulge out of walls. The best corner of the Café is the small hideout under the stairs where there are only books and bean bags. Do I need to say more!
Comfortable chairs, dimly lit interiors and assortment of quotes from books on walls is surely a treat in itself. Very soft music falls on your ears while you immerse yourself in books laid on shelves. Typewriter on display and white plates emblazed with variety of typewriters hanging on the wall drew my attention. I give 10 on 10 for the décor. The wall questions, ‘Six words, one story, what’s yours?’ So, I answered and submitted mine. Hopefully, my story finds place on their wall soon. Fingers crossed!
You must try their Baked Nachos, Seafood Stone Baked Pizza, Steam Baos (roast chicken), Berry Cheese Cake and Chocolate Swiss Roll. The smelly Dhansak marinated chicken was a bit of a dampener but was immediately replaced with something of my choice on request. Nibble on Open Cheese Baguettes for quick chats and, Mains and Pastas will keep you occupied for long conversations. It’s an ideal place for breakfast after a stroll at Marine Drive Boulevard along the coast.
While this Café’s passion for books is evident on its walls, it draws inspiration from Harper Lee’s master piece, To Kill a Mockingbird – one of the most interesting books that I have ever read. It’s a gripping narrative told from a young child’s view with an archaic style of writing. The pillar of Café displays one of the most profound quotes from this book – “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – A case of never really appreciating what you have until you face losing it.
All in all a great place to relax during the day, chill in the evening and have a good conversation along with good food and drinks.
Leaving you with another quote from this book, a guidance given by a father (Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer) to his young daughter (Scout) – “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change.”