The Lit­tle CAFE On The Cor­ner

Good food, great cof­fee, re­fresh­ing tea and a sublime am­bi­ence. Would you need any­thing more than what this cafe in Delhi of­fers for a time­out?

Society - - MELANGE - | By MEETA MISHRA|

One of the rea­sons why I stopped by Cafe Tesu was that it had a strik­ing blue fa­cade, not com­mon among the de­signs of cof­fee shops that are mush­room­ing in the cap­i­tal. It gave a very Greco-Euro­pean feel to the ex­te­rior. Lo­cated at Es­sex Farms, the cafe of­fers a space that mar­ries the won­der­ful worlds of food, cof­fee, art and imag­i­na­tion in a beau­ti­ful union. Along with the warm waft of freshly brewed cof­fee, the in­te­ri­ors also add to the al­lure of this quaint place. Warm pas­tel tones, in­tri­cately pat­terned mo­saic floor­ing and flo­ral hints in the fur­nish­ing and decor bounce off the day­light that flood the place through its large win­dows. I found this a wel­come change from the dimly lit cof­fee shops of var­i­ous chains. Tak­ing us through the ge­n­e­sis of Cafe Tesu, its owner, Dhruv Goyle said, “What be­gan as a sim­ple idea of a re­laxed, ca­sual, earthy cafe, quickly trans­formed into a more col­lab­o­ra­tive off­spring, a space for co-ex­is­tence, where we work in har­mony with those best at what they do. At Cafe Tesu, we be­lieve that peo­ple walk in not only for the food, but also for the ex­pe­ri­ence. And within the warm and artsy in­te­ri­ors of our abode where one can linger for hours at a stretch, lies a beau­ti­ful back­drop for an in­ti­mate and in­spir­ing culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence.” I made my­self com­fort­able on a ta­ble next to a win­dow from where I could have a vantage view of the restau­rant. I was pre­sented a neat menu that had a lovely mix of or­ganic and healthy op­tions to choose from. Of late, be­cause of the rise of health con­scious peo­ple, restau­rants are do­ing their best to cater to the healthy food de­mands and Cafe Tesu is no dif­fer­ent. There is an ar­ray of sal­ads – Slow Poached Pear with Greek Feta, Quinoa Spring or Prawn Av­o­cado Mango – to choose from. Sal­ads are per­fectly bal­anced. Apart from their break­fast dishes, their all-day menu is a mix of recipes that are clas­sic and in­no­va­tive which has pasta, dim sums, burg­ers, dumplings, sushi, pizza and desserts. A few of them seemed in­ter­est­ing such as Baby Back Pork Ribs, Parma Ham Wrapped Chicken and the Crab Meat Sushi Roll from the Sushi Bar. The Penne Pri­mav­era from the pasta sec­tion is good to try, with its taste of fresh veg­eta­bles, olive oil, penne and parme­san. Or you could choose to go all out with their in­dul­gent and hearty Coq Au Vin Burger. The en­tire menu is brim­ming with whole­some and share­able of­fer­ings made with both home­grown and hand­picked in­gre­di­ents. If you find Chef Sahil Me­hta at the cafe, make him come up with some­thing off the

menu and be pre­pared to be pleas­antly sur­prised just as I was, when he rus­tled up a pizza for me. It was a thin crust pizza topped with blue cheese, zuc­chini, caramelised onions and baby toma­toes with a dash of truf­fle oil. As I was wait­ing for my or­der to ar­rive, I again found my­self ad­mir­ing the beau­ti­ful walls. The ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign tells a more or­nate story with three arched walls hued in pas­tel pinks and blues fea­tur­ing home­grown art­work. It en­velopes the space in an ex­pres­sion­ist vibe full of en­ergy and pas­sion. The decor is per­haps best ex­em­pli­fied by the scene-steal­ing chan­de­lier of trum­pets adorn­ing the ceil­ing and over­look­ing the space be­low. The Art Nou­veau back­drop within, other-worldly lu­mi­nos­ity and the ur­ban and com­fort­able set­ting to­gether ren­der a sim­plic­ity that is si­mul­ta­ne­ously so­phis­ti­cated and op­u­lent. The pizza that ar­rived was one of the tasti­est cre­ations of round flat bread baked with top­pings that I have had. They have many in­ter­est­ing per­mu­ta­tions and com­bi­na­tions as pizza top­pings and it is a must try. Chef Sahil Me­hta has come up with a lovely dessert menu as well that in­cludes pas­tries, cakes and sig­na­ture dishes as such as tiramisu, crois­sants, mac­arons etc. Cafe Tesu takes its cof­fee and tea se­ri­ously and this is ev­i­dent from their four-page menu ded­i­cated to the bev­er­ages. If you are a cof­fee ad­dict, you have just found your new favourite place. They have got a range of hot and cold brews. These are sourced from a brand called ‘Devi’ from Goa, in­clud­ing cof­fees in­fused with vanilla, dark choco­late, whisky and rum. They don’t use bot­tled syrups. You can choose your cof­fee in a French press or a pour over. I chose the for­mer and in­dulged in the Whiskey Bar­rel Cof­fee. The whisky flavour was strong but not over­pow­er­ing. But if you pre­fer tea, then get your hands on their sig­na­ture Sun­shine Waltz, which is a blend of Tesu flow­ers, rose petals and aniseed. The teas have all been done by Anan­dini Hi­malaya Tea. This quaint lit­tle cafe on the busy road of Delhi has all the in­gre­di­ents to make it a place where peo­ple would love to hang out and have con­ver­sa­tions, which is great to take a break from big and small gad­gets.

Goat Cheese and Slow Poached Pear salad

Chef’s spe­cial crois­sants

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