Doodle Cafe serves a mix of innovative Indian dishes
The lane opposite Mount Carmel College, infamous as “Loafers’ Street” has transformed into a food-street with an umpteen number of restaurants and cafes cropping up. The newest kid on the block is Doodle, a café that’s started by two young girls who have a passion for baking and cooking.
It may appear like a tiny bakery with limited seating. But the place has been designed well. Tiny tables and stools made of recycled tyres are the most prominent features. A wall with doodles and ceiling lights made with cycle rims are the other interesting elements. The menu includes starters, some Indian dishes as part of the main course, pizzas, mocktails, shakes and desserts.
From the starters section, we tried the Sasanpuri Special Kebab and Golden Chicken Kebab. The Sasanpuri Special Kebab is one of their signature dishes named after the co-owner of the place. It is a recipe of hung curd stuffed with cheese in bread (which is baked in house) and deep fried. The Golden Chicken Kebab is essentially chicken nuggets coated with ajwain batter and deep-fried.
The starters were accompanied with Caramel Banana Smoothie and Juveria Nu Special Coffee. The smoothie was light and the finishing notes of the caramel made this a hit. The coffee, named after the other co-owner, was light and not too sweet — just how we like it.
India on my plate
Chicken Kheema Pizza and Pind De Chole Bhature were served next from the main course. The pizza, topped with peppered minced chicken kheema, was something unusual. We enjoyed it, but not everyone who prefers an authentic pizza might want to try this one.
The chole bhature really impressed us. Soft, fluffy bhature with chole cooked in authentic spices — the chefs seemed to have got this one just right. Do try the Puchka Imli (paani puri served with a tamarind sauce). It’s the tamarind mix that makes this puchka different from the regular version.
For desserts we tried the Pista-Rabdi Kulfi and Berry Lava Cake. Light on sweetness, the kulfi is a good option for those who are not big on desserts. Diametrically opposite is the Berry Lava Cake. A rich lava cake served with berry compote and vanilla ice cream on the side, this one is for those who don’t count calories. Overall, this pocket friendly café is for anyone who is looking for a quick bite.
Rs 500 for two. At Vasanthnagar