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Chill-out zone

Aalankritha resort now has an ethnic coffee shop, bits `n' bytes, with an international feel

LOOKING OUT for a place to hang out a little away from the city? Want to be far away from the madding crowd yet chill out with friends? Or driving a long distance and want to pick up some food on the way? Well bits `n' bytes at Aalankrita Resort just about 18 kilometres from Secunderabad could be the safest bet. Call it a coffee shop or a takeaway; it is something different - an ethnic place with an international feel.

Situated on the Karimnagar highway just after Thumkunta Village, bits `n' bytes is in tune with the concept of Aalankrita. It's just at the entrance to the resort. A small green patch (the lawn is still growing) with some tree trunks as benches provide the rustic setting. But if you want slightly posh seating there are cane sofas in an open verandah with a `tiled' roof. This cosy setting interspersed with pots of palms with photographs of goodies like burger and pasta (framed differently) is ideal for reclining for a few minutes with something to munch and a hot cuppa.

Move inside the actual eating arena and one will notice a huge counter with food neatly wrapped and arranged in an eye-catching fashion. A bright menu board lists all the food varieties. Or one can ask for a printed version too. Two wrought iron tables with marble tops can seat about 10 people inside which is definitely cooler by a few more degrees thanks to the AC.

From burgers, sandwiches (including subway), to pizzas, pastas (Spaghetti Napolitana and Spaghetti Bolognaise), puffs and kebabs - the variety is enough to cater for a light or heavy meal. The non-veggies have a slight edge over the veggies in terms of options. Besides, there are pastries and cakes (which can be ordered in advance) and mocktails and beverages. For takeaway the food is packed neatly. The prices may be slightly upmarket, but students can avail of about 20 per cent discount by flashing their identity cards.

"After a general survey we realised there were no good eating places on the highway. Now with the Knowledge and Biotech parks and Nalsar coming up we felt that such a concept would work well where people could pick up food on the way. Also the number of cars driving past and passers by is increasing by the day. People wanted to grab a quick bite and move on. So we decided to open bits `n' bytes," says Aditya Deendayal, the director. Plans are in the pipeline for something similar in the city too.

bits `n' bytes (Aalankrita, Thumkunta village, Karimnagar main road, Shameerpet mandal, R.R. District. Tel: 928247161, 162, 199, 464 Extension 200) is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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