This little quaint bistro is tucked away at one desolate corner of a more depressingly empty Chambers Mall, diagonally opposite to the much vibrant Acropolis mall at Kasba. The old-world English themed lovely dine-in joint is not too big, but it is not that cramped since it has got very limited seats inside. The first outlet of Mrs. Magpie created much stir in the city and people started bookmarking the place for their signature cupcakes, birthday cakes, hot chocolate, etc. So when this second outlet opened up in a bistro avatar it attracted even more eyeballs. Lately the place is doing very good, despite the low footfall at the mall which houses this café.
LOCATION – – – – – This place is more of a destination restaurant for many, including me and I am ready to drive for an hour or two just to come and eat at this place. The place is close to the Seimens campus at Kasba, just opposite the Gitanjali stadium and diagonally opposite to the Acropolis mall. You can park your car inside the Chambers Mall, no issues with that.
AMBIANCE – – – – – As already said, the place is a dreamy picturesque café somewhat cut off from the din and bustle of the city. It looked even more beautiful with the Christmas decors on. The vintage looking colored glass doors, the ornate outdoor seating arrangement, the wooden flooring, the solid wooden furniture, one typical old-world iron table in the middle (where we were seated), the antique finished sea-green colored wooden chest, everything looks so perfect here, more like a café in late 1800s or early 1900s maybe somewhere in Europe! I loved every bit of it, though there is more scope to turn this place into one authentic looking English café which I’m sure can be done, with time. The place is not so big, though the ambiance is relaxed, need to plan and book the place if you are planning to visit in a bigger group.
FOOD – – – – – We ordered for:
Hot Chocolate – One of the must-haves at Mrs. Magpie. The hot chocolate is dense, warm and not overtly sweet, the density is just right. The perfect cup of rich chocolaty drink that one ardent chocolate lover would be looking for.
Minty Mojito – I did not like this and had more expectation from this drink. It was very fizzy drenched with rather dry mint leaves which had no minty kick in them, tasted close to a sweetened aerated drink with loads of dried mint leaves inside.
Dauphinoise Potato – This was one heavenly dish prepared only with potatoes, I had never had something close to this and at such reasonable price! I’ll surely try this every time I am here, it was so well prepared. Thin sliced potatoes slowly cooked in the oven butter, cream and garlic. One of the best potato-based sides I had ever had.
Honey Mustard Chicken – One wholesome dish with bell peppers, diced carrots and chicken in it. Drenched in honey, Dijon mustard and olive oil the chicken and the veggies exudes warmth and happiness when you have them.
Mutton Goulash – One real good find according to me. From now on, whenever I want Goulash I will come to this place. Goulash is basically a stew of meat and vegetables and it originated in Hungary. Goulash has several variants and the one at this eatery lacked any soup in it. It was a wholesome amount of shredded and roughly cut pieces of mutton (mixed with garlic, fennel seeds, caraway seed, carrot, parsley root and peppers) sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes and sprinkled with pomegranate bits. This is one absolute must try for meat lovers!
After 8ish Cupcake – One of the best cup cake flavors available here. It has a chocolate muffin base with chocolaty topping having a little kick of alcohol in it and a refreshing dash of mint, yum!
PRICE & SERVICE – – – – – The price is quite reasonable considering the quality of food, presentation and ambiance, the place is perfect for your date! The prices include the VAT, only 5.8% service tax is charged extra. It will cost you nearly INR 900 inclusive all taxes, for two. The service is absolutely spot on, very amiable servers who were very well informed and helpful.
SUMMARY – – – – – Here are my granular ratings:
Food quantity: 3.8/5
Food quality: 5/5
Food presentation: 4.5/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall a 4.3 out of 5 rating from my side, which is pretty awesome to be honest 🙂 Do try this place out with your loved ones, this place is definitely not for your business discussions, so please avoid if you are not in a relaxing mood. This is one of the very few newly added hidden treasures in the city. Do try them out if you already haven’t.
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