The Ciclo Cafe
The first of its kind in India, Ciclo Café has become the new hang out for all Chennaiites. It is not just a cycle-themed café but also promotes cycling as a lifestyle. Cycle has brought together bicycles and food, both under the same roof. The incorporation of cycles in décor and every nook and corner of the café inspires even the inexperienced to take the saddle, or those who’ve cycled at some point to re-live the healthy practice. The café aims to promote cycling as a lifestyle, and for the same, they hold frequent events and rides. For those who may want to hire out a bicycle, Ciclo provides that option too. Along with the riding experience, the café also serves scrumptious food.
The Bohri Kitchen
One fine day, Munaf Kapadia invited a bunch of friends home for a paid authentic Bohri meal. With delicacies such as Kaju Chicken on offer, the table for eight was sold out in a couple of hours. Ten months later, this community dining venture fondly called The Bohri Kitchen, serves up to 18 people and is sold out weeks in advance. An experimental dining concept where visitors enjoy sumptuous Bohri cuisine prepared by Munaf’s mother Nafisa, it is run out of the Kapadia residence in Colaba, Mumbai. Initially, Munaf wished to set up a restaurant but the space constraint and high costs in the island city prompted him to open the doors of his home to the customers. He has now left his corporate job to direct all his energy towards this quirky family project. Their signature dishes such as smoked keema samosas served with mint chutney and raan, which is goat’s leg marinated for two days, are a big hit among diners. Munaf wittingly describes TBK’s ‘No Serial Killer’ policy where interested diners are asked to send in a small write-up describing them. All profiles are then scanned by the team before their request is approved. The Bohri Kitchen opens every weekend with a new menu.
Designed by Nida Mahmood, Junglee Billee is India’s first boutique-studio-in-bar style designer eatery. It offers its guests a unique experience with an idiosyncratic India inspired menu while they enjoy curated, crafted bespoke décor. The boutique-studio is designed with original vintage décor elements such as camera, typewriters, binoculars, vintage fans, lamps, and vanity items like combs and hand-embroidered velvet pouches. The owner of Junglee Billee, Amit Aggarwal, followed a philosophy around creating a space befitting for the ladies, giving it a classy yet playful vintage look infused in the modern era. The studio bar is conceptually original and new and breathes quirk. ‘Junglee Billee is a treasure trove of charming little details that ooze energy and have the ability to take the diner to experience a piece of Bombay Velvet-meets-India quirk,’ says the designer. It features a full service bar, lounge and café area for dining service, with the bar list featuring a wide array of cocktails. Renowned chef Sabyasachi Gorai is the food consultant at Junglee Billee and brings in food offerings that include everything right from chaats to exotic Italian on the menu.
Edited by Arunima Kaushik Sharma and Sushant Kumar
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