This cafe in Chennai serves you inside a shipping container!
Fancy a get-together with your friends over a meal, while also watching a live cricket match? Head over to Gulpp, the brand new café in Kilpauk, that serves café staples that also include healthy alternatives. What’s fascinating about this café though, is that it is built overlooking an indoor cricket-cum-football ground.
There’s more. The café, established in September this year was built entirely using an old shipping container and hence has a very industrial vibe about it. From the wallpaper and the furniture to the bamboo wiring, round windows and the small patch of green wallpaper to match the playground, everything about this 24-seater café invites you to chill, have a snack and enjoy the game.
Unlike most other cafés, the owners Sapna Sethiya, Deepa Challani and Muneeth Achha decided to open shop as early as 7 am so that players who come to use the ground don’t have to worry about getting breakfast. Speaking about breakfast, Sapna Sethiya says, “The café also ensures that there are healthy options for fitness enthusiasts. Some of the items on our list are super grains, fruit salads and vegetable salads.” For the desis at heart, there’s always poha and upma. Opt for the jaggery mint lemonade if you are trying to cut down your sugar intake.
A quick glance through the menu and I know what I want to start with — the Peri Peri fries. The plate looks much like a paint palette with swatches of colourful mayo dips in yellow, green and red. Another detail that catches our attention is one of the subheads on the menu, which reads: I am Legend (reminding us of the Will Smith movie). And here is why. Look out for not one but five different varieties of fries, four varieties of Maggi, sandwiches and of course, healthy alternatives like moong (dal) mix and a goober (peanut) mix — something for you to snack on while watching the match. We go for the Mexican maize, simple roasted sweet corn, which serves up some spice and crunch.
For the main course, I chose pink sauce pasta, a mix of red sauce (tomato) and white sauce (cream), and I’m glad I did. It is creamy and cooked to perfection. “The next item is a must try,” says Sapna as she hands me a plate of nachos with a salsa dip which turns out to be rather addictive.
Days of thunder
All this food, and it’s still easy on the stomach, and on your pocket. I end my meal with a Tropical Thunder — a blend of pineapple and lemon, tangy and sweet at the same time. But there are plenty of options for chocolate lovers too — Coco caramelo, Cadbury shake and Black chocolate to name a few.
Average cost per person Rs 300.Timings: 7 am to 10.30 pm.
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