Cafe Coffee Day
Ispahani Centre 123/124,
Nungambakam high road
I am a big coffee fan. Especially if its brewed well, given in exotic flavors, experienced with some classy pieces of exotic beats and mellifluous rhythms and not the regular dhinckchak that is inflicted on anything with ear drums, and , with very comfortable couches. Oh, and but course, waiters who dont try to telepathically induce me into paying my bill, by using the -eyeball her until she gets the idea and stops warming our couches- technique, also helps. A lot.
Café Coffee Day Nungambakkam (CCD- N) gave me that.
I was meeting a friend after a year and chose CCD- N given its strategic location- not too far away from......err...anywhere! Its located right opposite St. Teresas Church, and Landmark Nungambakkam, and is in the first floor of Ispahani Centre. Very easy to spot from the road.
Now I am not sure how CCD in any other city works, but in Chennai, one thing is for so sure, that it is almost miraculous- whatever it is that you first fancy and ask for, will be met with a sheepish -That is not available- look. I mean, Every Single Time. So when I wanted to go healthy and asked for one of their strawberry flavored Iced Teas (Strawbrrrry), I got the scratch on the head. Their head, not mine, (and it was just 4 PM) Undaunted (as I was prepared for it anyway), I settled for the Mochachillo while my friend chose the regular Café Latte. Was delivered to us, in about twenty minutes.
I was not disappointed. Devoid of their suggestions of cream and ice cream, my Mochachillo was a lovely, light, coffe-ish, chocolate-ish icy drink. I enjoyed it! Going by my friends shrug of shoulders, I would assume that a regular Café Latte was just that, regular. By this time, we were introduced to their coffee scented candles and biscuit assortments, which if not for their exorbitant prices (150/- (for 10 tea lights) and 225/- for the biscuits) I would have probably thought of buying.
Now, when two girls meet after ages, one round of coffee does not suffice. Neither does sitting across each other in slightly smaller than average, straight backed chairs (making me feel like a female Hagrid) just cut it. So the moment a gang emptied their couch, my friend and I, literally jumped out of our seats and got comfy on the couches. I mean, comfy. Real comfy. So comfy that my friend almost snoozed. That comfy.
We were seated by the couches facing the road, so we had a visual treat, with the evening sun washing us up with its remnant sunshine, followed by a torrent of rain. Its the most beautiful thing ever. Raining outside, warm and cozy inside, a Mochachillo just half drunk (with the promise of more) and the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
After about an hour, and ages after we had finished our respective drinks, we ordered another round. My friend ordered a Black Forest Cake, while I, encouraged by Mr. Mochachillo, ordered a Cold Sparkle. But this time, we were disappointed. The cold sparkle was dilute (very little coconutty taste, or for that matter even coffee), while the cake was...... (being nice to it).....stale.
We did not enjoy our second round as much as our first, in fact, not at all. But we did get a lot of talking and giggling done.
In our several hours there, we never felt awkward, or intimidated for even a moment, we could just be our girly selves and enjoy the evening, sans any disturbances. The waiters were alert, and all it took me was a glimpse their way, for them to get their pens and papers ready to take my order down. They were professional and laid back, subconsciously encouraging us to be so. They had smiles on their faces (albeit it was to each other), but a happy bunch of waiters is a nice thing to see.
CCD- Chennai in general could do better to please have what they print they do. Had I been a new comer to Chennai or CCD, I would have given them the benefit of doubt for having caught them exactly on the day and time when they ran out of strawberry tonic and iced tea (hey, they are a coffee house, anyway). But Ive been visiting CCD- Roundtana, Nungambakkam and more recently Thirumangalam for almost seven years now, and some things like -having what you say you have on the menu card, and quicker service- would be the perfect things to add to their To Do list of perking the place up.
Oh, and thanks for letting us have a place to hang out without having to burn a hole through our pockets. The three drinks and the cake amounted to Rs.210.0. Add to the eats and drinks, a few hours of some cool hang out time, and we did really come out with a bargain.