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Mumbai gets its first aqua themed cafe, Cafe Hydro

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 15:34 Hrs  [IST]

Café Hydro is a two-floored aqua themed restaurant patronised by an urban clientele seeking happy food and soothing ambiance; coupled with futuristic interiors and a devouring experience the place serves a reassuringly reasonable and pocket-friendly Asian and Oriental cuisines with a hint of American, while on the other hand its mocktails list features carefully selected coolers, shakes and beverages.

Rupeshkumar Sakpal

The restaurant is a venture of Rupeshkumar R Sakpal and Manohar G Sakpal wherein the former had come across this unforeseen idea and envisaged it while doing his post graduate in fishery science. Utekar Fisheries Pvt. Ltd. is the parent company, a pioneer in the field of pet industry across India and has been known around town for their design of the plexi tank at the entrance of the Taraporewala Aquarium in Mumbai. The current project is a model project which is solely funded by the family and their idea was to create an innovative and one of its own kinds of restaurant.

The name of the restaurant ‘Café Hydro’ itself says that it is all about the aquatic life, but when one enters the space they can clearly see that they have come across a designing extravaganza which speaks in a rather poetic form. The interior showcases elements which haven’t been done in past especially in the realms of Mumbai and has a total of two floors with each been designed with a completely different theme and set of materials. The ground floor is a mere representation of Mumbai’s lifeline which is the railway trains, the first floor showcases the calm and serene environment of an ocean and the second floor represents the green and soothing surrounding of a garden.

The interiors of the ground floor have been constructed using recycled train tracks, train floors, sleeper woods, racks, ladders and have a blue coloured spiral staircase which is on the extreme right-hand side adjacent to an open kitchen. The roof is decked up with bottles, artworks in white, blue and mixed colours of red, yellow, green and purple and on the left side there are a total of three white coloured tables with blue coloured tall chairs which complements the theme. It also has a typical seating arrangement like a train, viz. upper and lower decks. They’ve also constructed a huge wall of different utensils stuck to the wall which is a structure to keenly gaze at. But, the best part of this area is that the food to the upper decks is being done via a pulley.

As one goes to the first floor through the staircase we are treated by an array of blue colours and a huge tunnel aquarium. They’ve kept the seating very elegant with black and white striped tables and grey coloured seating on either side with the tank having different marine water fishes filled in it. The floor is grey coloured with a lamp post placed right in the centre of the floor with a roof which is completely alive with the fishes moving all around it.

The next & the final level which portrays a garden area is lit up with its landscaping done on the wall and a huge wall aquarium with a beach vibe and a starry night ceiling; seating arrangement here is the most chilled with vibrant hammocks, ledges and low seating with cushioned pouffes. The colour theme is very soothing with orange, red coloured cushions, a white coloured wall and numerous masks and flowers placed appropriately around the roof.

The array of dishes that Cafe Hydro offers is being prepared by their special ingredient which is a paste prepared from fish called Surimi, and their signature dishes involves the following; Fried Surimi Fish Balls, Fishy Onion Rings, Pan seared steamed vegetable dumplings, Cantonese Seafood steamed Har Gow, The Mumbai Bao. Also, there are in-house specials rolls like Peri Peri Chicken & Paneer Paprika served with Sour cream Kachumber, mustard mayo & sweet desi mango dip. The Asian Combo meal includes an Indonesian Flaky Paratha which is served with spicy curry - Roti Kanai, Thai green/Red curry with Sticky Jasmine Rice and Japanese Buckwheat Udon Noodles stir fried with choice of vegetables, chicken or prawns. Last but not the least they have a refreshing Orange & kaffir lime Shikanji.

Rupeshkumar Sakpal of Cafe Hydro says, “I used to get impressed with the quality of food served and hospitality offered by the hoteliers and wanted to start a restaurant business with a very unique concept, food and offer the same. With my expertise in Aquarium Fisheries and knowledge in paste products the project of Cafe Hydro came into existence. This is a place wherein there is a 180-degree tunnel aquarium, mouth warming dishes with well-sized portions and believes in providing best hospitality to all.”

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