A Sunday of good food, better drinks, and great vibes are guaranteed at 145’s latest Mill Brunch!
What’s a good weekend without a great brunch to talk about all week? All it takes is an ambience you can vibe with, seemingly endless delicious food, and some great drinks to round it off nicely.
At the cusp of summer, 145 Cafe and Bar delivers Mumbaikars all that and more. Your Sundays are about to get a whole lot more exciting with the most epic brunch ever. At the brand’s Lower Parel location, you walk into a vibrant crowd that’s clearly fun. Not to mention the live music to serenade and get the diners on the floor in equal parts!
What sets this brunch apart, you ask? For starters, you get all the familiarity and comfort of 145 juxtaposed with some exciting new food. The specially-curated menu features brunch options to whet your imagination and appetite. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a delightful little live crepe station, a chocolate fountain, as well as a cute trolley bar you can spot moving across the room.
The top-notch menu has been consolidated by a New Zealand-based chef in partnership with 145’s founder Ishaan Bahl. Using the freshest ingredients and some interesting pairings, what you have on offer is a truly international menu. While the dishes seem to be regular brunch classics at first glance, the differentiating factors come through on your plate.
In true brunch fashion, 145’s brunch menu kicks off with a section dedicated to eggs. From poached to scrambled, and a dizzying array of flavours to boot. We kicked off with the Truffle Scrambled Eggs on toasted sourdough, the simplicity and refinement of which was a great starter. The Eggs Benedict, however, fell exceedingly short of expectations given the excessively heavy hollandaise and what can only be described as dollops of butter on the plate. The eggs themselves were unfortunately broken, and the overall chalkiness left behind on the roof of your mouth wasn’t particularly pleasant.
From there on, however, the entire brunch takes on a positively scrumptious turn uphill. My personal favourite item on the menu has to be the Crispy Spinach Salad. Getting crackling spinach right, whilst still allowing toppings like yoghurt and walnuts is a deviously critical task. And I’m happy to report that the team at 145 definitely nailed it. If you’re the kind of person who likes to take their time with a plate, this salad stays super crispy till you want it.
The live crepes station is every bit as exciting as you might imagine. From savoury options like Spinach & Artichoke to sweet indulgence with Blackberry & Coconut, there’s so much to explore. The only dangers are you might load up on these crepes and miss out on the rest of the equally exciting brunch!
Great company at a brunch is a no-brainer, but a good drink makes all company seem great. 145’s brunch has definitely paid attention to that detail, and offers beer, sangria, and a specially curated Gordon’s gin menu. Of the cocktails, it was the Bellini that stole the show for me initially. This incredible drink was surprisingly outed by the fun purple coloured Lychee G&T. There’s a surprising amount of refreshing distinct flavour profiles in each drink. And a resultant unsurprising nudge to keep calling for more.
The savouries at 145’s epic brunch don’t disappoint either. A cursory glance at their menu immediately identifies it as a modern menu perfect for summers. It’s never too heavy, but it’s definitely packed with flavour. The Spicy Salmon Tartare was aesthetically pleasing, and delivered with each bite. Same goes for the Chipotle Chicken tacos, that had me coming back for more.
Batting for the equivalent of mains, the Pumpkin agnolotti & burrata and Tomato ragut & burrata gnocchi were, well, *insert chef’s kiss*. I can safely say that from all the pumpkin filled pasta I’ve had to sample across Mumbai, this one definitely stood out in terms of actually delivering the pure taste of promised ingredients. The slow roast tomato ragout reflects the labour of the process with each fresh and tart mouthful, working exceedingly well with the gnocchi.
To be honest, it’s hard to not be stuffed at the end of such extensive meals. It’s a true testament to the immaculate vibes at 145 Cafe and Bar’s Sunday brunch that two hours and several dishes and drinks later, I still wanted to test the dessert waters.
While I was surprised to see a Breakfast berry Crumble, the super light nature of the dessert made it the perfect way to end a heavy brunch. Using textures of red berries, cinnamon oat crumble, and the creamiest yoghurt sorbet, this is a refreshing yet indulgent plate.
Although 145’s menu definitely has a lot more to offer, this epic Sunday brunch has definitely established itself as a gourmand haven. It’s the perfect spot for a much-needed weekend break with loved ones, rife with everything a good day calls for.
Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Max: 5 stars)
One dish we loved: Crispy Spinach Salad
One dish that didn’t work for us: Eggs Benedict, the hollandaise tasted like straight butter!