Same meal, different price
If you don’t want to spend a bomb at your favourite restaurant chain, you can save on eating out just by going to a different branch. We list out the options you have.
Le Pain Quotidien
The popular bakery has quite a few branches across the city. And while we love the sit down ambiance the Colaba branch offers, the smaller Powai branch seems to please those who want to indulge in LPQ’s offerings without spending a bomb. While many of the dishes are sold at the same price, we’ve found a few that are cheaper at their Powai outlet – especially the desserts!
|Fresh fruit salad||Rs75-95||Rs90-125|
|Belgian waffle w/ fruit & nuts||Rs225||Rs250|
|Vegetable soup of the day||Rs195||Rs225|
|Tuscan sharing platter||Rs550||Rs595|
|Apple crumble cake||Rs195||Rs275|
|Belgian chocolate brownie||Rs195||Rs250|
|Soft-centred chocolate cake||Rs195||Rs275|
We love, love, love the food at Cafe Mangii. Sadly this doesn’t bode too well for our wallet. But, if you want to enjoy the food and not feel the pinch, head down to their Andheri branch. While there’s a nominal difference in their sides and salads, the cost of their mains is remarkably reduced. The folks here were even kind enough to give us a reason, saying, “The reason the price varies is because although the dish is essentially the same, the preparation methods and ingredients vary.”
|Exotic mushroom soup||Rs245||Rs255|
|Watermelon & feta salad||Rs335||Rs345|
|Spaghetti with salmon||Rs545||Rs525|
We’re salivating just thinking about the food at Imbiss and even though the prices are more expensive at their Colaba outlet, they’re still extremely value-for-money considering the quantity and quality of the food you’re served. The Colaba outlet is a fine-dining, sit-down restaurant (things such as the sausage platter have more variety here) while the Bandra outlet is smaller, with a much more limited menu (favourites such as the Slim Jims and Ox Tail are sorely missed). We prefer the Colaba outlet, but if you’re in Bandra looking for some extremely affordable and delicious meat meals – this ‘meating’ joint has great, reduced prices.
|Lamb and Mint Sausage||Rs120||Rs200|
|Spicy Dried Beef Jerky||Rs75||Rs100|
|Picked Quail Eggs||Rs50||Rs125|
|Signature Sausage Platter||Rs180||Rs250|
Out of the Blue
The Out of the Blue menus at Khar and Powai are quite different, but a number of the same dishes are priced differently – most of which are cheaper at Khar, barring some such as the prawns which are surprisingly, slightly cheaper at Powai. The Powai outlet seems more up-scale, although we’ve visited both and think they’re on par. If we had to guess, we’d have thought Khar would have been pricier! The pastas at Powai are priced differently because they have both small and large options but overall, Khar is a cheaper option.
|Crispy fried babycorn tempura||Rs175||Rs225|
|Barby sauteed prawns||Rs255||Rs215|
|Sundried tomato risotto||Rs355||Rs375|
|Chicken in lemon sauce||Rs395||Rs415|
|Virgin pina colada||Rs195||Rs225|