Cafe Spotting #2: Coco Jaunt 1728
Was christened at 17H28 (precisely) by three well-voyaged youngsters — the captivatingly-attired Rohini served on Emirates Business Class, Vignesh operates fleets and Sentil, well, he gets around! The celeb-graced cafe with tyres for bookshelves and walls tessellated with immigration stamps had VIP ‘boarding passes’ as launch invitations. But naturally, when intrepid menus whip you on a gourmet globe-trot. They’ve bunny chow — no, this isn’t Playboy fantasy food but South African immigrant grub comprising enormous gouged buns filled with railway mutton curry made to a recipe Rohini sourced from a Durbanite. Sentil gets adventurous with wraps containing southern fried soya and smooth peanut chutney while hummus-falafel wraps incarnate in Deccan avatar and veechu paratha twirl around chutney-tingled masala vadai. With spruced smoked rice and curry-leaved meatballs and varietal podi idlis, Sentil has savvily va-va-voomed local favourites usually consigned to the typical ‘Madras cafe’. At CJ, filter coffee and murukku strut proudly beside Italian coffee courting prissy French-style petit fours including cannoli oozing lemon-crumbed cream cheese. Saucier are the travel tales served up over coffee!
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