Costa Cof­fee, Ban­dra West, Mum­bai

Consumer Voice - - Coffee Shops -

Some places de­serve a sec­ond re­view and we will give Costa that priv­i­lege. The Ban­dra out­let is just off Link­ing Road, so they have got the lo­ca­tion spot-on. The crowd in­cludes a nice mix of col­lege stu­dents, people who look like hard-work­ing en­trepreneur­s fu­ri­ously typ­ing away at their MacBooks, and oc­ca­sional movie ac­tors [well, not the A-rated ones, they have cof­fee out­lets in­side their own man­sions].

I or­dered a hazel nut cooler, which was breezy and cool like it is sup­posed to be. The spicy chicken bear claw (!) was fill­ing but tasted like a reg­u­lar chicken tikka, so not sure why they had to make it look like a weird claw. Per­haps people like the idea of eat­ing a claw-shaped sand­wich rather than a rec­tan­gu­lar one. The to­tal bill came up to a lit­tle over 400 bucks, which was sort of ex­pected. The staff mem­bers seemed well-trained and were friendly, wish­ing you a ‘hi’ and ‘good af­ter­noon’, which is as good as it gets. They have a huge seat­ing area out­side where people can smoke and it’s a tes­ta­ment to the num­ber of smok­ers in the city that even though the weather was not ex­actly pleas­ant, more people chose to sit out­side than suf­fer in the air-con­di­tioned area in­side. They sell cig­a­rettes here, which ad­mit­tedly is a smart move. They also sell soya milk and mocha Italia, if any­one’s in­ter­ested.

So people, re­mem­ber, what’s true for al­co­hol (or any­thing that in­duces a feel­ing of be­ing high and happy) is also marginally ap­pli­ca­ble for cof­fee – cof­fee is not the an­swer but it does make you for­get the ques­tion, some­times.

Sanjana Pegu, pro­fes­sional day dreamer and oc­ca­sional writer, is cur­rently work­ing in Mum­bai [with Bank Bazaar]. Her CV in­cludes de­grees from St Stephen's Col­lege, Delhi, and In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (IIM), Ban­ga­lore; and a four-year stint at Amer­i­can Ex­press, Delhi. [She says a spe­cial thanks to Pratik Shinde, a friend from the IIM days, for all the con­ver­sa­tions dur­ing the cof­fee shop jaunts.]

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