Prithvi cafe in Juhu, the western suburb of Mumbai, conjures up fond memories of college days when my friends and I would go there to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while sipping on a hot cup of tea and relishing some delectable snacks. The open air cafe, next to the popular Prithvi theatre, has a very unpretentious feel to it, that’s what I like about it. The dimly lit paper lanterns, stone benches, bamboo fencing and a reinvented menu that savors the culinary delicacies of Mumbai, all this makes it a pleasurable experience.
Owned by the most influential family in Bollywood, the Kapoors, Prithvi has not only revived theater culture in the city, but it has also provided a platform for budding stage actors, directors and playwrights to showcase their talents. Prithvi Cafe was started as a meeting place for theater artists, experienced actors, etc.
Now it has evolved into a favorite hangout for college students, couples and young professionals. Catering to their taste is a new menu, modeled on the concept of Mumbai dabbawallas, who pick up lunch from homes and deliver it to offices around the city.
The sandwiches and patties are bought from the American Bakery in Bandra, chaats are served from Sharma’s in Juhu, and if you want something more spicy, then kebabs are also available from the popular joint, Noor Mohammedi in the south of Mumbai. Desserts include shakes, and are from some of the best places in the city – Mocha, Brownie Point and Pot Pourri.
The food is great and pretty affordable too, starting from Rs 15 onwards. If you want to watch a play or just have a peaceful time, then hopping in at Prithvi is a good option, and don’t forget to try out the Irish coffee, which is the specialty here.