Remember Bellissimo Cafe? Good food, and great coffee with a cosy ambience down Fife Road? Coffee Club is a new cafe that's replacing Bellissimo.
We dropped in for a First Look.
They've got a vast food menu - from salads, soups and nibbles to sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, while the drinks section has a bunch of coffee (hot/cold), juices, and iced tea etc. It's still a working menu, so make sure you check with the staff regarding what's on the plate of each dish that you wish to order.
Let me start with this tall glass of Cafe Mocha (Rs. 460 for Grande). With ripples of caramel seeping through, it was a good blend of coffee and chocolate. The balance between those two elements was on point, which paired very smoothly with the velvety milk. A little tip - don't take sugar with this, because these swirls of caramel give just the right sweet kick to it. Carrying a potent caffeine punch, the Cappuccino (Rs. 390 for Grande) was not bad, but the bitterness of the coffee was a bit overwhelming. From what we gathered, they use Starbucks Dark Roast blend in their coffee based drinks.
As for food, we went with the Zingy Lemon (Rs. 1100) and the Prawn Burger (Rs. 890).
The Zingy Lemon was interesting but also confusing. It was supposed to be beef, cooked to your preference, but, what we was placed infront of us was white fish. Nonetheless, it was delicious. Generously rubbed with a cocktail of paprika, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, olive oil, onion powder, and salt, the fish was beautifully grilled, producing a slightly tough exterior. The tanginess added by the Worcestershire sauce certainly helped to improve its flavours, while the puffy pastry strips and roast potatoes made it complete.
Offered with the sides of crispy French fries, coleslaw and tomato ketchup, the Prawn Burger seemed to have a lot going on. Let's have a closer look, shall we?
It didn't come with a patty made with prawns, but had around 8 sizeable, well-cooked prawns marinated in a flavourful sauce. Aside from that, piles and piles of tomato, zucchini, onions, lettuce and cheese could be spotted in this. There was a good slathering of lunu miris on the bun, making everything spicy as heck.
The only downer was the bun. It was kinda crumbly, so much so that it was falling off at our touch when we tried moving it aside to take this picture. Plus, it's not strong enough to hold all of its content.
We also got this plate of Kochchi Bites (Rs. 550). Kudos to this amazing salsa-like sauce on the side. Enhanced with more kochchi, it was spicy as hell! We were oohing and aahing the whole time we nibbled on this.
The ambience hasn't changed a lot, except for the name board on the front, and the door with a Club Ace card design on it. Seating setup includes wooden chairs, tables and a couple of bean bags. The first room of the restaurant suits for the quick grab and go, while the room inside has a very intimate background with dimmed lights. Quite appropriate for a casual coffee date.
The service had up and downs. On the bright side, they were really friendly and accommodating, and delivered our food and drinks within around 15 minutes. But, the staff always had to run back and forth to the kitchen to check the availability of the dishes. Plus, it was quite confusing for us to see fish instead of beef in the Zingy Lemon we ordered. We weren't informed about it before-hand.
Coffee Club is pretty new, and they seem to be trying really hard to get things right and run everything smoothly. You'll be able to read more about it on our exclusive review within a few weeks. Stay tuned!
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