La Pôz Place — Imagined by Minnie Bhatt, this Mumbai restaurant in the buzzing Kala Ghoda embraces a European interior story

FEB 15, 2022 | By Pratishtha Rana
Awash with art, heritage and colours, La Poz is sure to pull locals and foreign tourists; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari
Wooden accents in furniture ad decor enhance the vibe of the restaurant; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari
The main area harbours an array of distinctly coloured seats; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari
With warm and earthy tones, the space is tied together by ambient lighting; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari

Kala Ghoda, the district in the nexus of South Mumbai that sees a heavy bunch of locals and foreign tourists alike is awash with art, heritage and colours, no doubt. But, this upscale locale has also earned a spot for people to discover the emerging food scene here, coupled with a charming interior and architecture story. Case in pointLa Pôz Place.

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An intimate nook, warmed with hanging pendent lights, La Poz offers a charming setting; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari

A glance at the interiors by Minnie Bhatt

The look and feel of the restaurant helmed by Minnie Bhatt of her eponymous interior design practice Minnie Bhatt Design, La Pôz Place establishes itself as a warm and elegant eatery that one must experience on a relaxed day (or night) out with friends, and even solo!

With just one goal to invite the passersby inside its world of delicious food and even more delicious interiors, La Pôz launched by Kasa Hospitality nestles inside a colonial building, visibly stamped with svelte, arched entrance that one can’t help but take a double look at. The arches seamlessly reiterate the heritage mood that Kala Ghoda often evokes in the minds of the visitors underpinned with a European design theme. 

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A quaint swing in a cosy scene, every corner poses as an Instagram-perfect spot; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari

Bhatt’s rendition of designs and interiors at the restaurant reminds one of the quaint allure of a European eatery where every corner poses as an Instagram-perfect spot. 

Inside, a verandah flooring in pink and white marble weaves an aesthetic narrative with the uneven textured white plaster walls and plants. And if you happen to wait for your table at La Pôz, rest assured, a beautiful swing in the waiting area will give company while you cool your heels for to step inside.

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Orb-shaped colonial style hanging lights customised in wrought iron and textured glass adorn the main seating area; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari

While a striking wrought iron and black wires chandelier drops delicately from the ceiling in the waiting zone, a similar light story continues as you amble into the main seating zone. A gorgeous group of orb-shaped colonial style hanging lights elegantly dangle from the roof, customised in wrought iron and textured glass with the old teak wood doors overlooking the entire space keenly. A hovering gaze above reveals the classic wood beams taper the ceiling that is actually retained from its original space, which was earlier a dilapidated office. 

In a conversation, Bhatt informed that before La Poz was born, it was in fact a dilapidated office that she and her team whispered life in, manifesting it into a restaurant that now holds a magnetic charm amongst foodies as well as design savants.

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Old teak wood doors with textured walls craft a rustic environment; Photographs by Aniruddh Kothari

Focus on food…

Chef Gracian D’souza and chef Arnez both teamed up to concoct an all-vegetarian and vegan menu without compromising on the taste and hints of a European fare.  

An extensive recipe inventory of delish mocktails, small plate salads, fresh fruit-led jams and baguettes, plant-based meat croquettes, hand-rolled gnocchi and large plate risotto, lasagna, stews, tagliatelle, tortellini and heart-winning pizzas line up the menu.

Resplendent, evocative and easy going, La Pôz finds a fitting harmony between what it offers to the sight as well as to the taste buds while being truly ingredients-led in its culinary practice.

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