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Make your own menu here



Office-goers can ask for a quick meal at Café Y.

THE INCONSPICUOUS white building is easy to miss, but not its eye-catching signboard: Café Y. If the name isn't enough to pique your curiosity, a look at the all-Continental menu surely will.

Equally attractive is Café Y's young and vibrant décor. Yellow and orange being the dominant colours, the interiors look very cheerful. Behram Irani, one of the proprietors, says: "The bright lights not only lend the café a pleasant and homely feel, but also make it easier for customers to see what they're actually eating! Also, our target clientele being families and youngsters, we wanted to avoid dim lighting, alcohol, and a pub-like atmosphere." Café Y is a completely family undertaking. Besides Mr. Irani, it involves his wife, his son Yohan, and daughter-in-law.

One of the exceptional things about the menu at Café Y is the Create Your Own Section, where one can create an entire main course to suit individual preferences.

One can combine garlic, mushroom, red wine, barbeque, or pepper sauce with the steak. The starches to select from include rice, pasta, and potatoes, while the vegetables include broccoli, carrots, beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, or brussel sprouts. Customers can create their own pasta dish as well. Farfelle, spaghetti, penne, fucilli, or conchiglie are the different kinds of pastas that could be combined with a number of Italian sauces such as primavera, carbonara, aurore, puttanesca, or nepolitaine.

For quick meals for office goers, there are the lunch specials that consist of a soup, a main course, a dessert, and a cold drink. This is available on all days, except Sundays, in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants.

Chef Karthik, who has been trained extensively in Continental cuisine, insists that the ingredients used in Café Y's kitchen are different from any other in that rosemary, basil, thyme oregano, and thyme are usually avoided in other places. Besides, the different kinds of cheeses used in Continental dishes are specific to the type of dish being prepared. Parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar, guyera, and Swiss cheeses are used extensively in the cuisine served here.

"For one thing, you won't find chilli powder being used in the food being served, since that is a spice which is at home only in an Indian kitchen. That's one reason we didn't venture into a multi-cuisine eatery. Our focus remains on authenticity and quality food that is made to order," Mr. Irani says.

In order to encourage family dining, Café Y has also incorporated a selection of main courses entirely for children. Hotdogs, fish fingers, pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers are served along with coleslaw, fresh fruit juice, and an ice cream to make eating out enjoyable for the entire family.

The fish in lemon butter sauce and chateaubriand steak are highly recommended here.

Equally impressive are roast lamb, lasange, pork chops, and sirloin steak.

The seafood chowder soup is filling and goes well with Caesar salad.

Vegetarians can opt for cottage cheese steak, vegetable shaslik, or the mixed vegetable steaky. The desserts include pastries, cheesecake, apple pie, fruit salad, walnut pie, and chocolate mousse. There are also flavoured ice teas in apricot, strawberry, and orange.

Café Y is open for lunch and dinner and may be contacted on 51144561 or 51144564.

SOMIKA BASU

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