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The zing hub

Flavours is a cool hang out destination with Generationext



Youngsters having a good time at Flavours Photo: Mohammed Yousuf.

WHILE FINE dining restaurants and resto-bars are mushrooming in the heart of the city, for the mostly well-heeled connoisseurs , this one comes as a pleasant eatery a.k.a hang out destination for the collegians. A visit during late afternoons and early evenings on any given day finds the place chock-a-block with young 18 somethings in boot cuts and jackets, sporting metal crosses, shoulder bags and other hip Christina or Enrique inspired paraphernalia. Huddled in groups around angular tables or perched on tall chairs, they catch up on campus khabar over a pizza, pudding, popcorn and tea with a remixed number or a track from a current Hindi flick playing in the background. Outside, a florist sits with bunches of roses and carnations in yellow, pink and red matching the colourful hue that marks the interiors of the eatery, aptly called Flavours, with a post script `enjoy the flavour of life!'

"Any bakery frequented by students is not this cool," says Deepak, partner Flavours, a fast food chain from a group of young promoters from the twin cities, with currently two branches, at Madhapur, (Tel: 55765925, opposite Hitec City) and Narayanguda, (Tel: 55368686, near YMCA) and a third coming up in Greenlands. "The branch at Hitec City is an upmarket diner frequented by IT professionals and NIFT students alike. We offer quick lunch combo packages for them, such as fried rice, noodles and Manchurian and also provide catering to IT offices in the vicinity. The recent outlet at Narayanguda is designed keeping the college students in mind," he says. "We have rave reviews for the ambience. The concept was inspired by similar places we found in other metros especially Daily Bread, a noted Bangalore-based chain. In fact one of the chefs from there had flown down to train our pastry-cooks," adds partner Venkat.

Cakes Chocolate excess laden with chocolate and White forest bathed in white chocolate chips, doughnuts, Pineapple pudding and other inviting desserts, spring rolls, pizzas, popular being Onion capsicum, kathi rolls and rest of the stuffed bread offerings, are some of the popular options here. Along with the Continental and Chinese offerings, the display window also holds Indian fast food, read cutlets and Tangdi kebab. Not forgetting the Ramsingh Biharilal Chowdhary Chaat live counter here that whips up dahi papdi, dahi wada, samosa and rest of the delectable north Indian chaats. Ices, tea and fresh fruit juices wrap up the fare that exhibits a student-friendly pricing. For instance a filling Chicken Spanish roll comes for Rs. 18, a pizza, French fries and coke combo at Rs. 50, and a generous slice of Black forest for Rs. 16. The cakes are priced between Rs. 150 and Rs. 300 per kilo.

But what makes the place sought after for the Rose day, birthday treats and other jamborees, is the enthusiasm generated by the founders, be it throwing a Fresher's party for students at the beginning of the academic session, or making the place a healthful `no smoking' zone. On the anvil are low calorie foods along with extra cheese burgers, and a new exclusive spread for the chain, plus more branches in the twin cities.

As part of the Friendship Week celebrations (till August 6), Flavours has lined up free gifts, ranging from cakes to college bags, that you could win on spinning the roulette. Drop in here to have a good time. Happy Friendship Day.

SYEDA FARIDA

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