For a place that's managed to get quite a lot of positive buzz in online and in the media, Gostana is very, very hard to find. After what seemed like an overtly long, tedious, and tiresome treasure hunt, i finally found myself at the door of this small, 15 seater cafe. While it's always great to have Eddie Vedder screaming and whooshing around, i was pretty underwhelmed by the lack of any customers. Then again, i'd decided to check this burger joint out at the un-godly hour of 5pm.
Anyhow, i called for a lamb burger, and sat down admiring the rockstar posters and games laid out for people to play. Wish i'd brought someone to play with. Interesting quotes, and an even interesting notice board (Avenger Toys! Love that place) are your friends if there's no one else to set eyes on. And i did that for the next 5 minutes, before being greeted with a flat alien carved down the middle (that's what the burger looks like, thanks to the toothpicks holding the buns together, and the beautiful earthy texture of the whole wheat bun)
If you've never stepped foot outside a McDonald's, the first thing you'll notice is the burger's size. And then you'll notice the two teeny cups of 'salad' and 'dressing'. Bite in to the damn thing, and you're greeted by a smoky flavour, which coupled with the dryness of the bun makes you want to order something to drink instantaneously. While i found it annoying, some would consider it clever marketing.
The staff was pretty helpful, but only to the couple that walked in almost as i was getting done. What, am i not Bandra-boy enough? Or was it bad BO?
While the lamb burger didn't quite hit the spot, i'm still in two minds as to whether i actually liked Gostana. Sure, any place that pays tribute to Led Zep, Pearl Jam, et all wins props, but i get the feeling that the experience would've been far more enjoyable with a few friends around. I should be back someday to try the chicken and spinach burgers, and will only decide then.
P.S. I wouldn't consider these burgers. Consider me stupid, or stuck up, but burgers are meant to be juicy, comforting, and heart-attack inducing monsters. Call them healthy sandwiches instead.