California Pizza Kitchen/ Mexifornia Menu

CPK arrived silently in India and took over the fatigue brought in by many pizzerias on the foodie palates. If you have given up on pizzas as cheese stuffed loaves of all purpose flour , I would strongly recommend you to give CPK one last shot

Being an authentic Italian pizza fanatic, I had my reservations last year when I first tried their regular menu pizza. I am not a great fan of american pan pizza so when my friend recommended the regular crust I wanted to opt for thin crust assuming that I can always digest the veggies no matter what but would hate to throw away the crust. I was in for a shock, the crust is super delicious and has a feel of home made, hand made pizzas.

Last week, I visited CPK and found that they have introduced a new menu , albeit temporarily- the mexican menu. I would have rather stuck to the regular menu but for the euphoria around the mexican menu, The staff was dressed up in mexican hats to promote the menu, so I decided to go for one dish.

One thing led to another and I ended up feasting on the entire menu. I was on the whole mighty pleased with the food. Having eaten a lot of garbage/ junk off late it would have taken a while for me to appreciate otherwise the taste of restaurant food. However, the mexican style pizzas with lots of fresh vegetables and refreshing salsa toppings left a happy trail....

CPK has many outlets in mumbai, but I end up frequenting the Bandra Kurla Complex as it is in vicinity of my of work place.

The place is nicely done up and has an ambiance suitable for large city big fine dine restaurants. The large wooden table and seats give a comfortable feel. The place has an open kitchen which lets you see your pizza being made fresh in hot fire oven. But the kitchen is at backside so this is pretty much shielded if you dont want to be there.

We ordered Apple Strawberry Mocktail and Coke to kick off our menu that day. On insistence of the attendant we opted for Nachos with sour cream, salsa and cheese dip as our starter. 

The mocktail was fine- nothing great but no complaints. The starter was fresh and delicious. the quantity is sufficient for 3-4 hungry folks and is priced well at 185 Rs.

Next we ordered 2 pizzas - Chicken asada and Veggie with Habanero sauce.. The 9 inch pizzas are mouthful goodness. The chicken asada is served with fresh tomato salsa which is refreshing. The chicken although appear bland are pre marinated in spicy buttermilk which makes it soft and delicious. There is a hint of spice bomb explosion at the end which is simply too good.

The Veggie habaenero pizza has cottage cheese which is paneer that is super soft. The spices will blow you off in case you expect to dig into the regular basil, oregano flavored combination as it has nothing of it. The mexican sauce is prepared with roasted cumin, oregano and habanero chillies which is closer to our mustard based spicy achari taste. There was mixed opinion on our table on the flavors, but if you are the experimental types, you will love this pizza for sure

We ordered desserts until we spotted the Chimichanga competition. We were tempted to taste the same. Chimichanga was served with guacamole and sour cream. The outer dough is very crispy and nice. The inner filling was spanish rice , mixed with chicken or paneer and salsas. That was just about okay, in terms of taste

We ordered banana flan. The banana flan is served on vanilla sponge soaked in sugar syrup and topped with banana cream and caramel sauce. On the first bite we felt like it was way too sweet but then it starts growing on you. It was the amazing built up of flavors. The creamy banana and toffee like caramel sauce are surely the best way to round up your meal.

We also tried the trio of chocolate mousse which is served in chocolate cup. Unfortunately the full tummies did no justice to the delicious creamy mousse. 

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Star Rating

Ambiance - ***
Taste - ****
Service - *****
Value For Money - ****

PS - I am not a food critic but a restaurant guide for my great city


Shobha said…
Everything looks so inviting.

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