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November 04, 2015

Cafe Spotting #2: Coco Jaunt 1728

Text by Devanshi Mody

In this series, we explore new openings and discover mindfully conceived cafes in the heart of Chennai

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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