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A cafe for collegians

This one's for students who love good food


COLLEGE CANTEENS are high-traffic zones in most campuses. Students drift in and out of their doors at regular intervals after savouring mostly passable food.

Since a trip to a hotel will definitely drill a hole in their pockets, the canteen is the only way out for most students. The ones who can afford, on the other hand, complain about the lack of choices.

The Café, the newly-opened coffee shop at the sprawling Jenney Club on Avinashi Road, seeks to remedy that. "Our target is college students and the highway crowd. We want to offer variety, but not at prohibitive prices," says Joseph Vincent, Executive Director or the LA Group, which runs the club.

The pricing of most eatables is in keeping with what regular hotels offer. Sometimes, even less. On offer are South Indian snacks, fast foods, chaats, ice-creams and varieties of coffee and tea. The coffee shop, situated in the basement, is primarily meant for non-members.

Non-vegetarian freaks will return a tad disappointed, as the fare is vegetarian. "We decided to stick to vegetarian as we already have a restaurant for members serving continental fare. Also, non-veg food takes more time to prepare. Since our targeted clientele are people on the move, quick service is important," Vincent adds.

Open from 7 am till 11 pm, the menu includes traditional breakfast items like idli (Rs. 10 per plate), vada, poori, pongal and the like. Burgers (Rs. 20) and sandwiches are also available.


The menu will first be tried out and revamped in a month's time, he states.

In the rice section, the restaurant offers Bisi bela bhath, lemon and curd rice, all priced at Rs. 15 each.

A dosa counter has also been set up to serve sizzling hot South Indian pancakes. The speciality of the house is appam with stew.

The interior of the 140-cover, air-conditioned restaurant is inviting. The bright paintings on the walls add to the overall effect. There are plans to add another 30 covers depending on the response. A pastry counter will also be opened shortly.

Vincent also plans to put in place a guitar corner, where wannabe musicians can strum at leisure, and television screens for children.

SUBHA J RAO

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