De Cafe offers a cosy space among the crowded streets of Thrippunithura
The streets of Thripunithura are perpetually choked and after riding through the winding roads I find the board announcing De Cafe right next to the crowded bus stand.
Walk up to the 35-cover space—located slightly off the main street—and it’s like the world turns over. A softly-lit private alley with graffiti leads up to the doors of the spacious hall, with an open kitchen set up in a corner.
Chef and co-promoter G R Dharmender is quick to respond to my requests to serve me their best. “Thripunithura doesn’t have many venues that serve our delicacies like pizzas and burritos. So when two college students Jibin Jose and Kiran Das K S saw my work with Bengaluru-based outlet Midnight Pizza Slurpp, they invited me to start something here,” says Thailand-trained Dharmender, who along with the duo did six months of research into the city’s tastes.
I’m first served a multi-layered drink electric shock—blending fruits like orange and pineapple—alongside a regular sandwich with a mix of veggies like bell peppers, onion and iceberg lettuce.
The crunchy home-made patty and veggies make quite a huge filling for their simply chicken burger that I end up having a stuffy mouth even from a small bite.
“We source our chicken from Suguna chicken centre so that it’s the right maturity for the bird,” informs the chef, bringing me a bunless burger.
Quite a competition to the multi-national brand which popularised it, the cafe’s version is crunchy and juicy with cheddar and home-made mayonnaise.
I’d definitely prefer more cheese on my pizza than what they have on their fried lobster version. But, their plan to serve pizza in slices and expand to Vytilla in another six months might work in their favour.