There is a little bit of Greece, just off the coast of Mumbai. As you sail into Madwa port, you can see the white sun
umbrellas swaying in the breeze. Cross the jetty, and Boardwalk by Flamboyante, the new restaurant on the jetty is just what Mumbai needed. A get-away for the day, though close by, it is capable of transporting you miles away.
Boardwalk is the dream of Ashim Mongia, MD of Mumbai based West Coast Marine. A visit to Boardwalk in Dubai years ago, made him determined to build something similar in Mumbai. It’s a 20 year old dream, which came to fruition on his 20th wedding anniversary.
The idea is to make this a place that even people from Mumbai could go to. In 2014, Madwa Port LLp, a consortium of companies comprising West Coast Marine and a couple of others, won the tender put out by the Maharashtra Maritime Board to develop the facilities at Mandwa jetty. As part of this development programme, Kiki’s Cafe
Partners all three (L to R) Amrish Arora, Devika Sehgal, Ashim Mongia
and the MTDC were given space.
Teaming up with school friend Amrish Arora, MD of Flamboyante, a Mumbai based restaurant, for Boardwalk was a no-brainer. The Mumbai people in Alibaug know Arora because of his restaurant and catering services he provided for the weekenders.”Besides the Elephanta Caves,Bombay doesn’t have any tourism. We need a showpiece. We are capitalising on the lovely coastline,” says Ashim Mongia.
Boardwalk is a full day restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and sun-downers. The idea is to get the jetty buzzing and it should work, as the rest of the jetty gets developed.