Cafe Kaara boasts a modern vibe and dishes up classics such as Au Gratin
‘Hello,’ says a large white cutout above the small counter of Cafe Kaara and we can’t help but feel welcome. The gleaming coffee machine just behind does not hurt either. Located on Ulsoor Road, this is a chic new cafe that joins other establishments like Hatti Kaapi, Marzipan Cafe and My Way Little Dinette — all within two minutes of each other. But for some reason, we found ourselves making a mental note to make this our hangout spot, whenever we might be in the area, picturing lazy evening catch-ups that inevitably turn into dinner. Could it be the bright yellow daisies and baby’s breath centrepieces? Or the decidedly contemporary vibe from the sleek grey interiors? Perhaps both we thought, as we pored over the menu.
From the coffee section, the Pumpkin Spice Latte caught our eye and we simply couldn’t ignore it. Smack with holiday flavours, this delicious drink packs in nutmeg, cinnamon and clove for a soothing cuppa. The menu also offers a range of milkshakes, teas and sodas, such as black cherry, if coffee is not your thing.
The Chargrilled Vegetable pizza was our next option and we couldn’t have been more happy with the choice. The crispy thin crust was just right and topped with broccoli, bell peppers and sundried tomatoes, with nice smoky notes, and cheese, baked to a sinful golden brown. It was everything we expected.
For mains, we skipped the Thai curries, parathas, burgers and sandwiches and asked for the Chicken Au Gratin. Served in a cocotte, the dish pairs chicken and mushroom in an explosion of cheese sauce, which makes it stringy and quite adventurous to eat. We enjoyed every last bite. We also suggest you try the Veg Basil Pesto Aglio E Olio. The basil pesto sauce was fragrant, fresh and an enticing shade of natural green, that we couldn’t get enough.
Desserts are one of their specialties (they also take orders for cakes) and the menu includes classics like Tiramisu, Blueberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Pecan Flourless Cake. Preferring to keep things light, we opted for the Key Lime Pie. Tangy and refreshing, this dish too was impressive.
Cafe Kaara’s no-nonsense approach to food (classics that are executed to perfection), in a sea of restaurants that are falling over themselves to offer experimental menus and quirky-sounding fusion dishes, is a refreshing change.
Rs.1,200 for two. At Ulsoor Road