The Chocolate Room in Banjara Hills is a place that I sometimes like, and sometimes don’t. It seems to be cheerful enough during the day, but somehow appears very depressing to me in the later hours. The beverages also are okay-ish…I prefer the colder ones over the warm coffees available. They do have some fun stuff like a “Cuddle Cup”, but it was the cup that I liked more than the brew inside 😛
It’s a good place to meet up location-wise. I ordered a Cafe Mocha which was decent enough.
I went to Udipi in Indiranagar, Gachibwoli (approx location) tonight. It’s a south indian restaurant with great food, and really nice filter coffee. It’s an awesome experience to stand on the road and have some nice coffee in winters 🙂
Udipi is pretty much a roadside restaurant with hardly any sitting space and tons of customers because of the nice, cheap food. It was therefore a little strange for me at first to take out my camera and take any pictures. In fact, I ended up having way more coffee than I originally intended to :D, while gathering the courage to take out my camera. Finally, I did take it out, and received a fairly nice response (most people either continued eating or looked curious), while the coffee guy was happy to get photographed 🙂
I couldn’t get any decent shots though, mainly because it was dark and I didn’t want to stand there with my camera for long. This is the best one I got, but it conveys the spirit!
Today I went to meet an old friend at Gloria Jean’s Coffees at InOrbit Mall. Started in Chicago, US, this is now a 100% Australian owned coffee shop (courtesy Wikipedia). Nice coffee shop for sure, given what you typically find in Hyderabad. The interiors are wooden – standard but nice, and this outlet overlooks a park which makes it a nice and sunny hang out during the day too.
We ordered a Mocha shake, a Signature coffee shake, and a Blueberry muffin. I liked all of them but I confess that I have a sweet tooth so some might find them a bit too sweet 😀
Overall, I liked the place. Little expensive (119/- bucks for a shake), but nice place to sit around for a while nevertheless.
Hyderabad is depressing at 10:45pm. At least if you’re scouting for some open place that would serve coffee 😦 Given that I was in Gachibowli at the time, I had to finally settle for the Barista outlet in Jayabheri. Although I’d initially wished to go to some new place, the good thing about this place is that it stays a open for a while after 11pm. I think you can give it a shot up till 11:30pm. Ditto for the Subway next to it.
I ordered a Cafe Mocha which was nice after the first sip. I like Barista given it was one of the first few to start the “coffee shop” trend in India, although I feel the chain can be maintained much better. Plus, it would be nice to have some variant of the filter coffee served at Barista 🙂 At least in South India!
The combined effect of being an ardent coffee fan and having some random ideas while driving to the dentist today (:D), I decided to do a “Coffee Project”, where I would go to a different coffee place in Hyderabad each day and try out their coffee. Don’t ask me “why, what”, just seemed like a fun thing to do 😀
Good thing about Hyderabad is that there are a few places which serve some nice filter coffee, and sometimes the best coffee is found at run down, roadside shops 🙂
For starters, I went to Minerva coffee shop today (right before Jubilee Hills check post, on the left side). It was on the way to the dentist and convenient for a short stop on the way back. The place is okay-ish, attracts mainly an older crowd, ambience is slightly on the dull side.
I ordered a cup of filter coffee, which was pretty nice actually (to my layman tastes :D), although a bit on the sweeter side. I took some photos with my beloved HTC Mozart running Win7 OS, and went a little crazy with the pre-loaded photo enhancer it comes with 😀