Coffee shops are sprouting up all over town, and because the focus today is more about creating a welcoming atmosphere and less about getting a coffee-on-the-go, more and more cafes are trying to deliver on the design and food front. Nosh and Bytes is one such. The newly opened European café is all about yummy bites and coffee in a relaxed atmosphere.
Swathed in turquoise blue and white, Nosh and Bytes has a bright yet sophisticated look. In keeping with its European theme, there are wallpapers with sketches of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. And of course, there’s the perfect reproduction of the Victoria Station wall clock and antique lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The concept of an open kitchen adds to the novelty, as this is something hard to come by in the city. We loved the small round tables and folding chairs that added to the overall relaxed ambiance.
FOOD + DRINKS
The menu at Nosh and Bytes goes beyond the regular fare you would expect in a café. They offer English and Italian food, and keep it on the healthier side. We called for a Tender (Rs 205) – coconut-crusted skewered chicken topped with mango salsa, which was a melange of flavours nicely packed into an appetiser. We couldn’t resist trying out the refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad (Rs 175) – scoops of watermelon with crumbles of feta cheese, arugula and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Vegetarians are in for a treat and can call for Gardniera (Rs 170) – pizza with garden vegetables, bell peppers, zucchini, onion, mushroom and broccoli. For mains, we asked for – what else! – English Roast Chicken (Rs 295) – and to our great delight, it was perfectly seasoned and cooked.
The Ice-Blended Raspberry drink (Rs 90) offered the much needed respite from the scorching heat. It’s always good to end the meal on a sweet note and what better way to do it than the House Special Cheese Cake (Rs 105) – a light and mildly sweet dessert made with mascarpone, raspberry sauce and a crusty base.
IN A NUTSHELL
TC Verdict: A perfect break for those who want to enjoy a good European meal, and need a break from the regular cafes.
Meal for two: Rs 800
Review and other details: Nosh and Bytes on TimesCity
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**The writer was invited by the restaurant/bar to preview their menu.**