Ever thought of having a little nice meal at a cafe with classy interior, peaceful music, welcoming staff but at the same time every one of these things with a pinch of innovation? Well, we are pleased to inform you that we are here to present you with a list of 9 (a top 10 list is too mainstream, you see) most innovative cafes from all-over India which are known (or probably are new to the business) not only for the food they serve but the experience you gain after being there once!
- Rose Cafe
Location: Saket, New Delhi
Situated in the heart of South Delhi, the atmosphere of this featured name is completely contrasting to its location. As the name suggests, there’s a romantic colour coordination of pink, white and green amalgamated together throughout the decor and furniture. By the way, the “girly” ecosystem doesn’t mean you can’t visit here without bae, it’s a great destination for all the foodies as the chef offers more than just regular fast foods and boasts a wide array of Italian, Lebanese, Continental and Mediterranean dishes with their own twist. Considered expensive, it costs ‘round Rs 1,200 for two, but to be humble, the extravagant experience it offers to your taste buds, eyes and ears (a nice collection of 90s music does the trick), the amount seems to be a great bargain!
- Farzi Cafe
Location: Cyber City, Gurgaon, Haryana
Farzi Cafe is notorious for creating out-of-the-world illusions with its traditional global cuisine inspired by Indian flavours and pictured by contemporary presentations using elements of molecular gastronomy. What’s special about the food here is, like, you order a portion of honey chilli potato and end up with a samosa on your plate, which surprisingly tastes exactly like what you ordered in the first place (science bitches)! Situated at the ground floor of Cyber City, the ambience of the bistro is very calm, the seating is very comfy and there’s a separate bar section for all the “what happened last night?” Monday mornings! Oh yeah, they also have a small stage for live band performances.
Location: Calangute, Bardez, Goa
When you speak of Goa, you generally relate to beaches, beer, bikini and another ‘b’…. (5 letters, ends with ‘s’)….. Yup bro, you guessed it right, Books (courtesy: the above mentioned name)! A bookstore at heart, it runs an exclusive Italian café catering to visitors during the peak season of October to March. Not only the 100-year-old Portuguese-styled bungalow serves delicious coffee, the owners invite you to come over for break from the mainstream goa-n lifestyle nibbling over a few sandwiches and pizzas sitting in the beautiful & serene garden with friends n’ family. Also, it is responsible for regular screening events updated on its event tab and offers antiquarian books for sale.
- Cafe Hendrix
Location: GS Road, Guwahati, Assam
Cafe Hendrix is as unique as the legend it shares its name with! Founded by bunch of individuals with a passion for music and love for their homeland, this Live Blues Cafe is dedicated to aspiring musicians from anywhere, providing them a launching pad to get a wider reach using the power of the Internet. Music ain’t the only reason, it attracts a huge footfall, the exquisite range of food, world-class wine and refreshing cocktails keeps the general audience “high” and the food critics happy, a win-win for all!
- Seva Cafe
Location: Chimanlal Girdharlal Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
“Waiter, may we have the check, please?”
reads the amount
Don’t be surprised if you’re encountered with this situation during your Ahmedabad visit because the Seva Cafe here operates on the following principle:
“Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you.”
The management here truly believes in the spirit of “Atithi Devo Bhava” and is wholly run by volunteers! The best part being, all the accounts are made transparent and any profits if made are used to support social service projects!
- Dialogue in the Dark
Location: Hitech City, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
A brainchild of ACE Experiences, ‘Dialogue in the Dark’ is more than just an insane dining experience as it aims to stimulate Indians’ towards sensitive particulars through casual entertainment. Customers here are stripped off their gift of sight before entering and are consequently led to experience food and not just eat it! I mean, there’s not even a single ray of light in the entire place, serving a twofold implication as it allows the visitors encounter with one-of-a-kind meal and empathise more about the lives of the visually impaired!
- Indian Coffee House
Location: Connaught place, New Delhi
This mention is exceptional in the true sense, thanks to its amorous atmosphere and a tribute to good ol’ times when outings were meant to bring pals’ closer, not for the sake of ‘check-ins.’ The second floor establishment sells pure coffee along with sides, striking an equilibrium about flavour, quality and value for money. The 9 AM to 9 PM joint proudly upholds the traditions like serving tea in the kettle, the waiters being dressed “back in time” and accompanying toast with a knife and fork! Visit here to sincerely experience “a lot can happen over coffee.” And hey, all the nostalgia won’t burn a hole in your pocket as a visit would cost you around 300 bucks!
- Mrs Magpie
Location: Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal
There’s only one word to describe this place, utopian! Founded by Sohini Basu, a Le Cordon Bleu London alumnus, the cafe is the closest possible thing to a human size dollhouse.
The 21-seater cafe houses pigs, angry birds, penguins, elephants, roses and anything&everything cute! Scripted “curious and quirky” by the inceptor herself, every bit of the interiors is second to none, like, there’s a table with little cupcakes enclosed in the glass top, the walls are coated in eye-popping candy paints, and there is a dokra door chime! USP of the place is its cupcakes which apparently are Sohini’s forte!
- Social Offline
Location: Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Social Offline is a space, best defined as something between an office and a café, or let’s says, a place where you can work hard and party harder! To be precise it is an urban hangout spot designed by Riyaaz Amlani, the man behind Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Café and Mocha where the food items align themselves with the progressive decor and come with an out of the box appearance. The bar menu is a clear winner with its rare combinations of common elements blended together into un-common names. And yeah, The Longest Long Island Ice Tea is a definite must try! Did we mention they have free WI-FI?
We already are on our way to post a ‘Part II’ since it wasn’t possible for us to mention all the specials here. So, as a favour from you, we would like you to ‘comment’ your favourite restaurants which are “hatke” from the clichéd chain of fast food joints and get it featured on our next listicle!