Have You Tried The Newest RDBD Outlet Yet?

“Raat nu Jalandhar, Sawere Dilli”

If you are punjabi, you would very well know what I am talking about. Punjabis are known for their whacky sense of humour, fun loving nature and of course food!?

At some point, we would all agree that we are in love with north indian food for some weird reason and our punjabi friends only bring  out the “desiness” in us! In ode to our love for punjabi khana, we landed at Rang De Basanti Dhaba – one of the prominent north indian joints in the city. They recently opened their newest outlet at Ballygunge and we couldn’t be happier. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jude Martin for having me over. I truly am gastronomically happy for once, because well I am a finicky person. I have previously visited their salt lake outlet and to be honest it is quite okay. However, this outlet at Ballygunge is so good – you have to try it to believe it.

Thus began one of the heaviest gastronomic journey that I have taken. We started with the beverages and starters. For beverages, we had :

                                         Nimbu Pudina Sharbat, Rang De Cola, Soda Sikanji

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My absolutely favourite was the Rang de Cola & Nimbu Pudina Sharbat. Very refreshing and it sets the tone for an epic meal.

The starters followed suit and may I warn you – this was way too much to down.

Dadima ka Paneer Tikka

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                                                                  Afghani Murg

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Dahi ke Kebab & Mutton Sikampuri Kebab

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Apart from these, we also tried Masala Murg & Achari Mushroom Tikka. The starters absolutely made me full and I barely had space for anything. My favourite here was surprisingly the paneer tikka which was so well cooked – lovely aroma, very well seasoned. Another one was the Masala Murg and Afghani Murg – Goodness, the chicken is so juicy and well cooked. The flavours are robust and it feels like a party inside the mouth. They have a very authentic smoky flavour which I absolutely love. But what stole my heart were the dahi ke kebabs. Never have I tasted such delicious dahi kebabs before. The hung curd almost acts like cheese as it melts in the mouth right from the first bite. It is pure poetry.
Finally, we started nibbling at the mains tried which were in abundance – From Jhal Vali Daal, Peeli Daal to Chicken Chatpata, Jamidari Aloo Dum, RDBD Special Chicken Bharta, Kolkata Chicken Biryani, Kolkata Mutton Biryani, Butter Naan, Tandoori Roti, Laccha Parantha,Masala Kulcha.

 

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The star of the afternoon was the masala kulcha paired with the chicken bharta. The bharta was so nice and creamy. Albeit it was heavy but who cares. Either I was dreaming, or I really downed an entire kulcha by myself with that bharta. The biryani were also pretty good honestly, if you are not up for eating bread, I would suggest stick to their biryani. It is good as well. However, another dish that was equally impressive was the chatpata chicken.The chicken dishes are so well made, the spices and seasoning – everything is on point. I was really very impressed by their food.

If you’re still for wondering, yes we had desserts as well – Shahi Tukra & Gajar ka Halwa to seal the deal.

Shahi Tukra

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                                                              Gajar Ka Halwa

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No points for guessing, Gajar ka halwa was hands down winner! To conclude, my recommendations are Masala Kulcha & Naan, Nimbu Pudina Sharbat, Dahi Ke Kebabs, Daal, Paneer Tikka, Chicken Bharta, Biryani, Chicken Chatpata and end it with the sublt Gajar ka halwa.

Price for two – INR 800/-

Thank you so much Team Rang De Basanti and Jude Martin for having me over.

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Try This Place That Will Melt Your Heart!

Melting Pot is one of the newest eateries in town located in the quaint neighbourhood of Ballygunge. The location is quite fancy and convenient if you ask me. This place is very close to Weaver’s Studio in Swinhoe Street. Stroll up casually during the eveings if you’re around Ballygunge and just drop by at this place. It’s warm and welcoming and definitely has a lot of options for you to try.

Run by Srabani Kumar, who was a journalism major is extremely welcoming to her guests. This cozy 36 seater restaurant is well lit, and maintains a very homely vibe. The interiors are done up nicely – nothing too extravagant though.

We caught up with the owner and found out that this restaurant was an ode to her love for oriental cuisine. She also told us that variety is their USP as they try to create a balance between oriental and continental. It stands very true to it’s name and gives its patrons a chance to sample from a wide array of options.  Although you might feel that the place is small, it is pretty nice and airy and is really good for dates or even a bunch of friends.

Getting to the food, here’s what we were served –

Appetizer :

                                                         Cream of Chicken Soup

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The soup was a tad bit watery for my liking. Cream of Chicken soup is suppose to be nice and creamy, and should give off a lovely fragrance. They even had a few croutons in there but the soup somehow missed the mark. Need a little more creaminess in there.

Entrees :

                                                        Korean Chicken Sticks 

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The entrees were pretty amazing honestly. The Korean Chicken skewers are a delight. They are well seasoned, has a delectable taste and the salad that is on the side makes for an amazing pair. Quite refreshing if you ask me! Pair this with the Orange Mint Mojito.

                                                     Chicken Steamed Momos

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The steamed momos here are an absolute delight. The skin was thin and gave away to a lovely filling of chicken. The momo was generously stuffed with a lot of love. The sauce gives a good spicy kick and that was amazing considering it is cold outside. This one is a must have here.

Coming down to the mains, we had :

                                                      Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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The spaghetti was good and light. Aglio e Olio is usually pretty light, fragrant and nice.  I am more of a creamy pasta person so this wasn’t up my alley. Ours had chicken bits as well. I liked it, although this could have been slightly better. The garlic bread alongside is really nice and crunchy.

              Burnt Garlic Mixed Fried Rice & Sliced Chicken in Chilli Oyster Sauce

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The burnt garlic mixed fried rice however was a little oily for my liking but I liked it nonetheless. The food here is cooked from the heart and it shows on the plate. Generous portions served hot on the table. The chicken in chill oyster sauce however is amazing. Very well seasoned, lovely broth and perfect cooked chicken. I totally recommend this one.

Beverages :

Orange Mint Mojito, Caramel Crunchy Coffee, Brownie Shake, Sweetheart

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All of their beverages are really good. My personal favourites were the Orange Mint Mojito which was so refreshing and Sweetheart which true to its name is a delight. Do not miss out this one. They serve the beverages in tall glasses so make yourself at home and sip on.

For Desserts, we had :

                                                                      Tutti Fruity

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                                                                  Toffee Walnut

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Classic desserts to gorge on. Huge quantities so you might have a hard time to finish if you are all by yourself. Nice and sweet – although if you are worried about he calories, I would suggest going a little lighter. You can end your meal with their amazing hazel cappuccino – it is absolutely amazing.

Coming to their hospitality, which is a very important factory for any restaurant – I really liked it here. The servers are always ready for your feedback, they would also ask you once in a while if you are enjoying your meal. Just a place where they give a lot of importance to it’s patrons. That shows how much they value their customers.

The place does not charge exorbitant prices and cooks up amazing food – Definitely recommend everyone to drop down to this place for a nice time!

My recommendations : Chicken steamed momos, Korean chicken sticks, hazelnut cappuccino, Sweetheart.

Price for two : INR 600/- plus taxes

To conclude, I would like to thank Atreya Paul, Susmita Kundu and First Idea PR for having me over.

Trailing the Humble Sandwich!

While you are reading this, you might find yourself munching on these staples we call bread. Without even realizing, these gentle folks have made way to our kitchen and into our daily lives. With the advent of globalization, our lifestyle has changed drastically which in return has given birth to fast foods on the go. Considering the hopscotch we all are playing time, these quick and easy food helps us with the protein that we need – plus saves our time.

Let’s check out a new places that are dishing up perfectly filling sandwiches to save time and tummy, both at the same time.

  1. Q 33 – A cafe housed at Quest Mall that dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner for it’s patrons – their wide range of items are a total saver. They also serve sandwiches along with fries and dip.
  • The Chicken Panini

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  • The Mumbai Express (Veg)

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Both these sandwiches are very filling. Delectable and well seasoned, these are piled up with potato wedges and dips to go along with it. Just order a shake, smoothie or just tea and there you have a meal to fill you up.

2. Cafe Ccino – A small joint at Quest Mall (near Spencers) which offers quick bites, coffee and refreshments. They also have a good range of sandwiches that are filling and delectable, to be honest. I personally loved these sandwiches and would totally recommend them. Plus they’re quite economical.

  • Chicken Tikka Sandwich

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  • Corn, Pepper & Cheese Sandwich

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3. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Quite popular as a coffee joint, CBTL has their section of nibbles and bites and they offer sandwiches as well. We sampled two of their sandwiches and they were quite good. My personal favourite was the Veg Gratin Croissant.

  • Ham, Cheese & Egg Sandwich

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  • Veg Gratin Croissant

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The range of sandwich are wide and you can choose from a variety, thus keeping your taste varied all the time. Sandwiches are pretty much a staple right now and looks like Quest got you covered if you are tired post shopping or just want to grab a quick bite.

I would like to thank Atreya Paul Riti Saha and First Idea PR for having me over!

Burn The Garlic, Feed The Tummy!

Quirky interiors, sumptuous menu and moderate pricing, paired with live music and bomb decor – Dream isn’t it?

Not quite – You can get all of this for real at this hip restaurant which goes by the name of Burnt Garlic. Situated conveniently at Deshapriya Park right below Priya Cinema,this place is a vision.

Conceptualized and founded by Esha Dutta, Burnt Garlic is the place for family and friends, parties, gigs and more. This place celebrates music, life and good food.

Check them out here : https://www.zomato.com/kolkata/burnt-garlic-desapriya-park

I was fortunate enough a few of their latest additions to the menu and boy what fun that was! The flavours were robust, the items were diverse and it had a little for everyone in the group.

Note : My apologies for the bad quality of images.

Here’s what we were served :

  • Stir Fried Chicken With Bokchoy
  • Straight Up Pork With Longbeans
  • Pan Seared Jalapenos & Cottage Cheese Cakes
  • Saute Mushroom With Lemon Chilli
  • Lamb Kibbeh With Cashew Sauce
  • Chilli Crusted Beckti With Orange Veloute Sauce

The drinks flowed in soon and we were enraptured by the varieties again. The taste, combination and boozyness gave away to myriad thoughts and room full of mirth and laughter!

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We were offered :

  • Chatpata Guava – Nice and tangy. Good one.
  • Currypata Coconut Vodkatini – Another great drink up their alley. The curry pata spin off is really different and sure as hell, this was a surprise.
  • Captain Expresso Martini – Never tasted something so different. Give this a go if you’re feeling coffee.
  • Planters Punch – Refreshing, has a nice kick and is a more refined version of mojito. Must try.

Among all of these, my favourites were –

Straight Up Pork With Long Beans

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Trust me when I say this, I am NOT a pork person and I absolutely avoid pork. However everyone was drooling over this humble dish so I decided to give this a shot and I am so glad I did. Beautifully cooked pork, well season and nice texture – give this a try and you will not be disappointed.

Stir Fried Chicken With Bokchoy

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So delicious. The chicken was cooked so well, the flavours the texture and the seasoning – all were on fleek. The addition of bokchoy really changed the definition of this dish. I recommend.

Chilli Crusted Beckti With Orange Veloute Sauce

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Do not miss this dish – miss everything else instead. The chilli crusted beckti is simply divine. Barely have words to tell how good this was. The mash on which the fish rested was smooth. The veloute sauce was such a lovely addition and of course the sauteed veggies. Definitely the winner of the evening.

Dear veggie lovers, do not worry for Burnt Garlic got you covered –

Pan Seared Jalapenos & Cottage Cheese Cakes

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Beautiful cottage cheese cakes that are served with an amazing dip. Well seasoned and soft melt in the mouth.

Saute Mushroom With Lemon Chilli

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This acts as small bites or nibbles if you aren’t as hungry to carry on with mains. Well done mushrooms with lemon chilli and garlic seasoning, this makes for a nice sharing dish.

To conclude this, I would like to thank Atreya Paul, Riti Saha and First Idea PR for letting me have this amazing opportunity to dine at one of the best eateries in the city and have a gala time!

Satiate Your Ice Cream Craving Here!

I truly believe that ice cream is one dish that has had our lives tied together. Right from the time that we are kids, we have discovered this fine dish that created a few of the best years in our lives. Ice cream is eaten by mist and loved by all. So when it comes to a gorgeous ice cream, nothing but the best should be considered. The smooth, rich and creamy texture is what makes an ice cream best because creamier the ice cream, the grander the quality.

To test these parameters, I decided to check out the BEST ice cream parlour in town going by their uptown standards – yes presenting Haagen Dazs in the city of joy.

To talk a little about the brand, Häagen-Dazs is an American ice cream brand, established by Reuben and Rose Mattus in the Bronx, New York, in 1961. The parent company being Nestle, Haagen Dazs by far produces the creamiest and richest ice creams ever.

Häagen-Dazs ice cream comes in several traditional flavors as well as several esoteric flavors that are specific to the brand, such as Vanilla Swiss Almond and Bananas Foster. It is marketed as a “super-premium” brand: it is quite dense (very little air is mixed in during manufacture), uses no emulsifiers or stabilizers other than egg yolks, and has a high butterfat content. It is sold both in grocery stores and in dedicated retail outlets serving ice cream cones, sundaes, and so on.

Let’s check out what we tried at this fabulous outlet that is housed at Quest Mall –

  • Chocolate Brownie Exploration

 

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Delicate yet chunky brownies, generously scooped ice cream and tonnes of flavour goes into this simple yet delectable dish. The ice cream is top notch and the brownie’s nutty and chocolaty texture commemorates a beautiful marriage between the two. Hands down winner! The dash of chocolate sauce is an added cherry on top.

  • Classic Pancakes with Maple Syrup

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Nothing beats a classic. Pancakes are probably the best way to start your day and Haagen Dazs got that right. Light and fluffy pancakes with a dollop of butter and a side of maple syrup to begin the day!

  • Belgian Waffle Dream

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This is a beautiful dish as well. I personally am a sucker for waffles and this hence proved to be another favourite. Beautifully done up waffles, paired with two scoops of ice cream and drizzled with a lot of caramel sauce – just the perfect pairing. I love how their also give a side of whipped cream and cherries to go with it. They do complete justice to the items they sell.

Lastly, I would like to thank Atreya Paul, Sayanti Saha and First Idea PR for having me over! This was indeed amazing.

Bangalir Bhuribhoj!

The Bhoj Company is one of the oldest restaurants in Kolkata offering bengali/dhakai cuisine. This branch is near Freeschool Street, New Market (close to the fire brigade headquarters)

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Very simple and elegant interiors

 

They truly focus on their food, while the interiors are basic and has muted lighting which I feel is just perfect and goes with the ambiance. You will not find people huddling over to take pictures of bright and loud interiors – but what you will find here is comfort food at amazing price. Food that reminds you of home and brings comfort to your heart.

They are all about their food and it literally shows on the plate. As they say “machhey bhaatey bangali” I am truly that and this review is pretty much about all the “machh” that we tasted here.

Come down to TBC for just the food alone and you will return back with a huge grin on your face and a small potbelly. Yes technically bengali does not excite me as much because I have been eating this cuisine at my house since years but TBC can really surprise you, I kid you not.

Mentioned below are my favourites from the huge array of food that I totally recommend –

 

Bhetki Paturi

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Hot favourite. Name one bengali who does not like enjoy a mustardy bhetki machher paturi.

Dhakai Morog Pulao

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This was a dish that truly savoured. Every spoon if it was deliciousness. Loved the balance of flavours. Highly recommended.

Chital Machher Muittha

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Have been hearing this from mother and relatives since ages. When I finally got to taste this, this really surprised me. It is a beautiful delicacy that can be savoured with almost anything.

Chingri Malai Curry

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Once a classic, always a classic. This dish can never leave the list of bestsellers for we bongs.

Bhuna Khichudi

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Bhuna Khichudi is quite nice and slightly spicy. You can try this if you are craving something bengali but slightly different at the same time.

Padba Machher Jhol

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How can you not? We bengalis have grown up eating pabda machh our whole life.
The other dishes were :
Shorshe Ilish
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Chhitol Machher Kalia
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Kachki Machher Chorchori
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Kochu Pata Chingri Bhapa
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Mocha Chingri
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Aar Machh Alu Bori Diye Jhol
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Yes, you must be wondering if we had all of this all by ourselves. Kinda yes, we did eat quite a bit and this proved to be quite the bhuribhoj that even durga pujo cannot bring on our plates! ‘Pet purey khawa dawa’ and ‘bhaat ghoom’ is pretty much what we bongs are all about. We finally ended the gastronomic meal in the most bengali fashion – with our very own Mishti Doi. Soon after, food coma was unavoidable.

 

I would really like to take this opportunity to thank Jude Martin and Team Bhoj Company for their amazing hospitality and impeccable food. *burp*

Every Fan-fic Needs To Dine Here!

Kolkata is bustling with eateries and why not? In the last 5 years, the city has seen a downpour of many places, while some have also shut down. In this race, it is extremely difficult to come up with something that no one else has tried before. Kudos to Cafe HQ because they have come up with a standalone super hero themed cafe in the city!

I absolutely love the location because it is inside a nice quaint lane close to Mudiali and is very spacious. Walk in all by yourself or with your gang and dine with your favourite heroes.

I was extremely fortunate to have been invited by Jude Martin (The Food Seeker) because this place is so different from all other places that I have been to. They have an extensive menu and a fabulous superhero theme to go with it. How cool is that?

Let’s dig in – Here what we were served –

Starters :

Thai Spring Rolls

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Although the spring rolls were nice and crispy on the outside, I feel that this could’ve been better.

 

Singapore Wantons

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Perfectly nice and crunchy. Loved this one. The dip is also pretty nice.

 

Wasabi Cottage Cheese

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My favourite starter so far. Definitely recommend this one.

Mains :

Chicken Roulade

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This was a lovely dish. Good seasoning and well cooked, you must try this out here.

 

Thanos Steak (Chicken)

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This was a nice and juicy chicken steak. Quite filling for one person.

 

Spidey’s Spaghetti (Prawn)

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They need to work on the presentation, other than that it was fine. Could’ve been better.

 

Superman Burger (Lamb) 

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The burger was good as well. Quite filling for one person.

 

Black Manta Prawn Sizzler

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This somehow put me off because the prawn was a little underdone and chewy. Would give this a pass.

 

Grilled Chicken Pizza

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Oh my god, they serve amazing pizzas. perfect and thin crust, this was a win-win!

Chinese Mains :

Now it is better to let you know that they have recently introduced Chinese and I loved all the dishes.

Chicken Thai Red Curry

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This was a tad bit salty but goes well with the rice. Good amount of veggies and chicken. It is also served with a side of steamed rice.

 

Chicken Ginger Capsicum Fried Rice

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I am a sucker for rice and loved this one. Definitely get this with your mains.

 

Mixed Singapore Noodles

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I am not a fan of noodles but noodles lovers should give this a try. Goes quite well with the Chinese sides.

Desserts :

Red Velvet Cake

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Tiramisu 

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Caramel Custard

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Brownie

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All of their desserts are really amazing but my recommendation is definitely the tiramisu and brownie. It is to die for.

Drinks :

* Apologies because I do not have all the pictures for the beverages.

 

Green Apple Mojito – My absolutely favourite

Creamy Hot Chocolate – This was nice. Perfect for a lovely chilly evening.

Chili Hot Chocolate – an acquired taste really.

Hazelnut Cappuccino – this was good

Catwoman’s KitKat Shake – definitely try this one

After over stuffing ourselves, we finally left this place happy at heart. The owners are lovely people who constantly look after their patrons and they take feedback very seriously. Drop by to this cafe to satiate your hunger pangs and get into the world of DC and Marvel!