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Unwind with a sandwich



Caf‚ Unwind, a sandwich parlour that offers a refreshing change in idli-sambar land. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

IF YOU'RE hungry, grab a sandwich. This seems to be the motto of Café Unwind, a sandwich parlour that offers a refreshing change in the idli-sambhar land. The place offers not only some mouth-watering sandwiches, but also burgers, cheesecakes, shortbreads, biscuits, puffs, samosas, and pastries. The small joint has been designed keeping the hungry office-goer in a hurry in mind. Considering that it is situated on the busy Cunningham Road, there is never a dearth of customers here.

Personal touch

Says Brenda Louise, one of the partners: "We started three years ago as an outlet catering to Hot Breads. This didn't work out for various reasons and then we came up with the idea of making our own sandwiches, burgers, and some deserts to go with them. And we couldn't think of a better place than my kitchen make them all. That way we could be sure of quality and a personal touch. All the ingredients that go into the sandwich too are made in my kitchen." Even mayonnaise is made in her kitchen. "I tried the bottled mayonnaise, but the taste was just not right," she adds. Some of the customers are now so addicted to the mayonnaise that they buy a jar for home!

Biscuit stories

A set of shortbreads and biscuits, rather unusually named Brenda's shortbread and Pandu's biscuits, catch the eye. "There is a little story behind that," smiles Seema Wasani, another partner who manages the store. "When we were children, we would refuse to eat the almonds and pistas that my mother insisted on giving us. So our cook came up with this ingenious biscuit recipe with these ingredients. These biscuits would disappear no sooner than they were made. So, I decided to call them Pandu's biscuits".

The place has accommodate 16 on the mezzanine floor for those who choose to eat there rather than order a takeaway. The outlet also sells Nilgiris products. The puffs and samosas, besides chips and light snacks, are sourced from Nilgiris. Parties and larger catering is also done on order. The sandwiches and burgers are priced between Rs 25 and 45.

Place to relax

But the name Unwind? Explains Brenda: "That is because our customers don't just come here to pick up a sandwich or a pastry, but they literally unwind. They start talking to us about their office and friends, and when they leave, they actually look refreshed. Even if they don't pick up a conversation with us, they go upstairs with their friends and start chatting, sometimes for hours after ordering a coffee or a sandwich. It came to a point where we decided to charge them a fee if they hung out here too long after they finished eating!"

The place is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Call them on 22383995.

NANDHINI SUNDAR

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