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Popular for pizzas

There is a heavy demand for the sumptuous Chicken wings too at the UFO.


AN "UFO" in the middle of the upmarket Anna Nagar? Don't be flummoxed. It didn't fall from the skies. But is the jazzy name for a new entrant in the gourmet business. It is a fairly young café-cum-restaurant in the Sattar complex, which has become a rage with the students and youth going by their numbers and smiles. Like the name, its get-up is also different. To begin with, the exteriors itself beckon you inside. Though a small entry on the corner of the pavement, walk in when dusk falls and see the stairs light up in succession with every step you take up. The look is changed at times with potted plants dotting the stairway or funky posters adorning the walls. The interior is equally bewitching. As you enter the café on the first floor, popular numbers of the day welcome you. A cool air wafts through invitingly. While energy saving lamps atop every table brightens up the café, the decoration with colourful lights on the walls makes it more dazzling. Beautifully knitted screens conceal the air-conditioners and add to the aesthetic look. If you have an eye for ambience, you will find the place simply gorgeous. Finally when you settle down to appetise your stomach, come the range of UFO exclusive sizzlers to choose from. And believe it, it makes for a difficult choice. The top draw at this café, it seems, is the pizza -- both in Indian flavour and Western topping. There is a heavy demand for the sumptuous Chicken wings too. Several special items are offered in every section. But, Ranjit, one of the partners of UFO, has no qualms in admitting that "pizzas are doing a good business" for him. "For those who want it spicy, we offer the Indian Pizza. For our foreign customers, we have the western variety, which is bland", he updates. Mr.Ranjit takes pride in offering big-sized pizzas to his customers -- 7 inches in size, precisely. Similarly, the sandwiches are triple layered with non-veg stuffing and tasty sauce. Big sizes for big fun perhaps! Students form the major chunk of customers at UFO and blindly go for a feast with the pizzas. The café offers a host of refreshment drinks like the UFO Mache Cafe, a blend of coffee, chocolate and a bit of tea. Another variation is the UFO Coffee, which comes with cinnamon flavour instead of tea. When you are safely ensconced inside the first floor café, UFO's rooftop restaurant is a surprise discovery. Eveningers mostly drop in here to savour a wide range of South Indian, Chinese and Tandoori cusine. The rooftop starts buzzing with activity from 6 p.m. and carries on till midnight to the delight of food buffs. "A sizeable number of corporate staff are our regular customers at lunch relishing the variety of biryanis we serve," reveals Ranjith. Now the surprise. Walk in with your Lady on a Wednesday and get a 15 per cent cut on the bill. At UFO, Wednesdays are special. But anyone can go anyday to enjoy the fare.

M.R. ARAVINDAN

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