With its minimalistic décor, cozy seating, gentle music and unobtrusive service, a tea lounge at Buttons and Brews is each diner’s dream-come-true place to fulfill, eat and discuss. And that was precisely what entrepreneur Mohammed Faiz had in thoughts when he opened a restaurant within the metropolis.
“I have a large gang of friends and we always missed the ambience of the iconic Indian Coffee House (ICH) next to University College, where we used to meet for nourishment for body and soul. After ICH was demolished, we didn’t have another place like that to hang out and meet friends over a cuppa,” says Faiz.
Eager on opening such a spot that might cater to all age teams and serve healthful meals, the self-taught chef and gourmand conceptualised Buttons and Brews. Initially, it opened with a takeaway counter with an attention-grabbing mixture of ethnic eats and quick eats equivalent to pazham pori, vada, vettu cake, totally different sorts of cutlets, spring rolls and teas. Along with the ever-present milky tea, lime tea and kattan are a lot in demand. Quickly, stone benches scattered across the tiny backyard across the takeaway was full of college students from schools and training courses within the neighbourhood.
“Each snack here is made by us. We don’t outsource anything and no leftovers are refrigerated for the next day,” says Dubai-based Noorja Sayam, Faiz’s sister, who supervises the kitchen in his absence. She explains that the recipes for the whole lot served at their place was perfected by Faiz. “But the cakes, chocolate-layered cake and saffron milk cake, are all mine and I bake them myself,” she provides.
Buttons & Brews
- Location: Reverse AKG Centre, Palayam-Airport Street
- Hits: The teas, King fish grill, saffron cake
- Misses: Fish cutlets on the takeaway, cookies
- Meal for 2: Prices about ₹ 1,000 with tea, grills and dessert. The teas price between ₹100 and ₹350.
Displaying the open kitchen subsequent to the takeaway, she says all are welcome to step into the kitchen to take a look at what’s cooking. Whereas the takeaway turned a preferred hang-out, the interiors of the classic bungalow was renovated by Shiraz Bava N. In September, the aesthetically done-up tea lounge and boutique opened its doorways. Pristine white partitions have a splash of inexperienced with vegetation positioned on the partitions in picket planters whereas pen-and-ink drawings of acquainted buildings such because the Secretariat, Napier’s Museum and Public Library seize vignettes of town.
“A chance meeting with a Sri Lankan tea estate owner motivated me to open the tea lounge, perhaps the first in the city known for its ardent fans of tea in many avatars. But this one will serve a different cup of tea altogether with its range of prime flavoured teas and curated menu. Although most Malayalis enjoy tea with milk, most of the teas served here are green teas and the flavour would be killed if we were to add milk,” says Faiz.
A fruit tea served in a French press has a stunning aroma of fruits, flowers and, in fact, the welcoming perfume of tea! A tiny sand clock with colored sand is saved on the desk to point the time to filter the tea into your cup. A plate of cookies comes with the tea. Though the cookies by some means miss the mark with its floury style, the tea is a heart-warming brew to savour.
On the menu are jasmine tea, lemon-orange tea, hibiscus tea, natural teas, fruit-based teas, premium white and gold teas. A retail house for prime tea has a staggering vary of the flavoured teas. Nonetheless, that’s not purposeful but.
Whereas I’m sipping the fruity deal with, two plump chunks of king fish coated with sesame seeds arrive on the desk. “My recipe,” says Faiz. Cooked to perfection, the king fish comes with a white sauce, freshly-made salsa and a mound of mildly spiced aromatic rice. As I take time to relish each little bit of the fish, Faiz insists on giving us a style of the coconut infused cassava (a.ok.a kappa) served with onion chutney and the salsa. Buttery gentle and cooked in coconut milk, the cassava is a deal with that shouldn’t be missed for the extra unique gadgets on the menu.
Whereas the supply of fish will determine the seafood served on the lounge, the remainder of the dishes equivalent to hen grill, hen omelettes, salads, soups, and hen and fish cutlets shall be constants. Breakfast has appams and stews, vegetarian and non-vegetarian on the menu. Buttons and Brews additionally takes up catering and their biriyani, in line with Noorja, is way in demand.
I spherical off the meal with a beneficiant slice of saffron milk cake that’s suffused with the goodness of saffron. As I step out into the nightfall, the takeaway is full of legislators, activists and college students, their dialog fuelled by glasses of tea and pazham pori.
It’s open from eight am to 10 pm.