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Complete comfort food Sandwiches, pasta, fries, ice cream, coffee!
Complete comfort food Sandwiches, pasta, fries, ice cream, coffee!

Urban Solace is the ticket to some delicious me-time

Tired of going to the same old café, with its indistinguishable décor and hordes of chattering people? Well then, Urban Solace may just be the place you are looking for.

The brainchild of Perry Menzies, the small and cosy café was started as a place where “you can connect with yourself”. Perry, who runs an advertising agency, decided to convert the parking space of his office building into a café after noting that “in other cafes there are too many distractions and intrusions”.

The décor of the café is simple, with emphasis on functionality rather than unnecessary frills. A large digital graphic print of the Earth with swirls of orange and white around it immediately catches the eye as you enter the cafe. Incidentally, the white walls of the café serve as a space for upcoming artists to showcase their work.

Perry says he is a spiritual person and it shows in the design of the café. One of the walls displays the “13 energy fields through which one can connect with the inner and outer self” and the bookshelf is lined with books by writers such as Deepak Chopra and Paulo Coelho. The ambience is informal and welcoming with jazz music playing in the background. The café serves a variety of salads, sandwiches, pastas and beverages and will soon start serving Indian dishes as well.

We start our lunch with a slightly bigger version of French fries and bacon-wrapped cheese. The French fries are yummy. Crisp on the outside and a very nice peppery taste on the inside. However, the bacon wrapped cheese is too salty.

For the main course we have chicken stroganoff which is very tasty. The rice with the creamy chicken gravy can make a wholesome meal on its own.

We also have some pasta al fredo, which is a preparation of penne in a white sauce. However, the pasta seemed a little dry. The chicken salami sandwich, on the other hand, is very tasty. The chicken is succulent, the red and green peppers are crunchy and the seasoning is just right. For dessert we have chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Complete comfort food.

We end our meal with some good coffee, though we did wish there were a few more options to choose from. Before we leave, Perry, who believes in affirmation therapy, asks us to pick affirmation cards. The cards contain inspirational messages and quotes.

The café has started “Friday Nights Live”, which serves as a space for both established and upcoming musicians to perform. There are also plans to hold poetry readings, tarot card readings and meditation sessions.

The café is located on Annaswamy Mudaliar Road and can be contacted on 25579966.

You can call and request for a gazebo to be set up on the terrace for an intimate evening for two.

APARNA NARRAIN

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