What occurs when a veterinary physician, an auditor and taxation marketing consultant and a scientific psychologist meet at a culinary faculty to pursue their ardour for baking? The result is a gorgeous cafe, casual and a variety of fascinating issues to chunk on as one listens or attends to the occasions they conduct of their cafe. Sujit Seshadri, Chaitali Pednekar and Md Imad’s ‘The Willow Bake Shop’ on Banjara Hills Highway Quantity three is a restaurant the place you’ll lose monitor of time as you sit along with your ebook or a pal chatting over espresso and the home-baked goodies. It’s a quaint place with music not interrupting your dialog or the silence you need to get pleasure from.
Apparently, it was a cat-lover who advisable the place to me saying, “it is a pet-friendly cafe and they have cats.” I promptly reached the cafe with the hope of attending to cuddle a cat or two… or possibly extra. Proper on the entrance, I noticed some rescued kittens basking within the afternoon solar after they efficiently overturned their bowls following their meal.
I met Sujit on the counter with the warmest hey ever. I enquired concerning the kittens whereas constantly getting distracted with the dessert show. Sucker for tea truffles that I’m, I couldn’t take the dialog forward with out ordering a slice for myself. However then I additionally seen ‘potato and leek soup’ as right this moment’s particular. So, I requested the carrot cake to attend and as an alternative sat patiently for my soup to reach. Within the meantime, Sujit and I settled for a chat and he shared that he met his companions at culinary faculty. “We hit it off instantly. Surprisingly all three of us were looking to start a cafe and were on the same page as what sort of a cafe it should be,” he remembers.
The cafe’s completely happy vibe comes from a variety of components, one in every of them is the decor and the heat from the staff. To be able to hold their patrons engaged, they do theme lunches and dinner even when it means going all out on a Halloween or a GoT theme. “I don’t know about the rest, but I have a lot of fun doing these theme dinners. The planning, reading and the preparation is just amazing,” provides Chaitali.
Simply then my soup arrived and every spoon of the creamy soup thereafter made me just a little extra happier. Sujeet advisable I strive the kimchi sandwich. Every thing — together with the sourdough bread and kimchi — besides eggs, is made in-house. When ordering this sandwich let the yolk be runny. Together with the sandwich I ordered two totally different pizzas (earlier than my urge for food is judged, let me let you know, the pizzas on the cafe are small). Right here once more, other than the common sourdough pizza base, the totally different cheeses for use on the pizza are made in-house.
Aside from the meals, Imad additionally conducts common talks on psychological well being. “The topics of discussion range from depression to anxiety to even extending a patient ear to those who need to be heard to make them feel assured. I conduct talks for small groups and keep it very informal,” knowledgeable Imad.
For the reason that cafe conducts enjoyable occasions, are they planning something particular for Valentine’s Day? The trio laughed and mentioned “we are doing anti-Valentine’s dinner for those who don’t like the love-is-in-the-air vibe. It is a ten-course-meal. Then we also have ‘dinner for two’ option. There is something for each of us.”
On different days once you want just a little sweet-fix drop in for the coconut financier and the pecan tarts.