Noteworthy first opened up as a small stationery shop on Maitland Crescent, but recently they opened doors to their own coffee lounge in the building right next door. It's wedged in between Cafe Seventy Seven and Coffee Bean, and quite frankly, a silent contender to both, simply because they serve some great coffee.
Their drinks menu is the most impressive one there. They've got the usual coffee list and in addition, they have tea, iced tea, herbal tea, frappe, smoothies, milkshakes and fresh juices.
There's also the option for your choice of milk (soy, non-fat, almond) and toppings like; nutmeg, cinnamon powder, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel drizzle. The choice is yours really.
They use Lavazza beans and a La Cimbali coffee machine, and it was one delicious cup of coffee! The cappuccino was frothy with a thick consistency due to the Irish cream, and was balanced out by the smoothness of the almond milk, accompanied by a mild essence of hazelnut.
There was a strong coffee taste seeping through, despite the two flavours which is what made it an excellent cuppa.
We also tried a good old Americano (Rs. 400) which was again, excellent. They initially serve it as an espresso unless you request for hot water. However, the dilution was perfect and left a strong coffee taste for us to sip on. You know the coffee is great when you taste that rich, freshly brewed coffee from an Americano.
The Mango Smoothie (Rs. 700) was wonderful! It had a thick consistency, which comes from the thoroughly blended mango chunks combined with fresh milk, that also made it very creamy, delicious and very filling.
The natural sweetness and the slight sourness of a half-ripe mango were all that we could taste, and we loved it. Notice how thick it is?
They have, what might seem like an extensive and interesting food menu at a first glance, but what they serve is pretty mediocre. They serve up all day breakfast, toast, waffles, sandwiches, salads, pasta, pastries and a few local favourites like fried rice and kottu.
We tried the Fish Ambulthiyal Wrap (Rs. 600) which was amazing! The wrap was grilled, perfectly cooked and had a buttery, yet light texture. The filling, as you can probably see was a mouthful. The fish was well marinated with that significant strong salty and sour flavours of ambulthiyal.
Combined with pol sambol and a little rice, the wrap was well worth the price and a great meal overall. We highly recommend this. The Green Goddess Sandwich (Rs. 500) was a pleasant surprise. I didn't really think much about it when I saw it on display, but this was a hefty sandwich with lots of veggies like lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and avocado.
The avocado brings out that deliciously sweet flavour among the veggies and just like Monica's Thanksgiving sandwich, there's a gravy-soaked brown bread in the middle. Everything amounts to a filling, healthy sandwich which you can grab on your way to work.
It might look a little crumbly, but it was farthest from it. The smooth texture, kinda like a cheesecake and the honey-chocolate combo worked really well. It wasn't overwhelmingly sweet as I had feared, but there was a strong aftertaste of honey.
Their service is outstanding. The wait staff always makes you feel welcome (I have been there on a few occasions) and comfortable. They are friendly, well-versed and efficient.
Throughout the cafe, there's a Van Gogh theme going on with framed paintings of some of his best works, while the velvet carpets and comfy chairs are on par with the paintings. It has enough space to hold about 10-15 people at a time.
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