This all-day milkshake and juice bar serves up tasty treats in those vintage-style glass bottles
While the city waits for the milkshake brand Keventers to set up shop in the city, Coimbatore-based entrepreneur Vishnu Prabhu Raja is bridging the gap with an all-day milkshake and juice parlour called Yugo; and yes, they use those vintage-style glass bottles that you can take home. The only joint open into the wee hours of the morning, this 10-day outlet located on Puliakulam Road reminds you of a miniature golf course, with the floors carpeted with turf grass. A compact space of 450 sq ft, fairy lights light up the minimally decorated space that can currently seat up to six people, with provisions being made for a bar counter to seat another four.
Settling next to what looks like a picnic park table, I take my place on a swing that doubles up as a chair, while my companion chooses the comfort of the bench. “Ice creams, picnics and swings are some of the best memories associated with a person’s childhood. That is the emotion we have tried to recreate with this space,” shares Vishnu. The menu is divided into four sections— juices, fruit shakes, ice cream/shakes and sandwiches. With close to 20 flavour options under the fruit category and another 20 under the ice cream and chocolate section, the list includes coconut, frozen blueberry and cranberry juices and milkshakes, while the Magnum ice cream and M&M chocolate shakes are the fastest moving among the ice cream shake category. Deciding to try a healthier option for a change, we pick the mango milkshake, grape juice and a strawberry and kiwi mix juice, each customised with our sugar preferences.
Not just pulp fiction
As we wait for our drinks, we try the Smoked Chicken Salami Sandwich which looks much like a waffle that arrives along with our nanari-coconut welcome drink. Made using wheat bread, the waffle sandwich is a simple yet tasty homestyle quick-eat that comes stuffed with cheese, lettuce, onion and capsicum. Soon the juices arrive at our table. Using ingredients sourced daily from local markets, the fruit juices are fresh, each sip leaving you with bits of fruit pulp to chew on. The mango milkshake made with fresh mango and ice cold milk hits the spot. The grape is a close second, with a slightly diluted strawberry juice coming in last.
Served in 300 ml glass bottles, Vishnu is looking to do his bit to reduce his carbon footprint by avoiding plastic. Planning on expanding his menu, the 25-year-old tells us to keep a lookout for new additions like fresh salads, pancakes and waffles.
Open from 10 am to 1 am. Approximately Rs 300 for two.