Downtown Cafe

This place was in my to-do list for almost 10 months. After couple of failures, made it to this place on a week day lunch. They were celebrating 1st anniversary and more importantly, fellow foodie's post on Milo at this place left me craving for my cup of Milo. Being in the prime location is a huge advantage for them. Neat interiors and I liked the way they've kept a menu in every table.

Placed our orders for a portion of fish fingers and chicken sausage platter along with a cold Milo. Five pieces of fish fingers (wondering who decides the portion size/number) which were way too soft and bland. I know nothing can be done to the fish (basa) as such. The batter could've been spiked with little more salt and spiciness. That crunchiness was missing in the dish and the dip completely failed in jelling with the dish. A spicy dip would've been better with this dish. The sausage platter read as sausage cooked in some signature sauce. But what we had nothing to call signature about it. While the sausage was juicy with a nice grilled skin, the sauce tasted exactly like a thousand island dressing out of a bottle. Again the same dip for this too. Fries and garlic bread were decent. The Milo I ordered didn't come yet even after reminding 2-3 times.

For main course I was in mood for a creamy pasta and settled for penne ducale with chicken. It was a basically a white sauce pasta. It was good but nothing extraordinary to be priced at 300 bucks :O Friend ordered a mutton kebab hot dog and what came was a disaster. Dry kebab with too much of shredded lettuce, minimal to zero sauce and the wrong bread made the dish look/taste like a poorly made sub rather than a hot dog.

When I was about to finish my pasta, that tall beauty was bought to the table. Jeez. Thick and cold milo just the way I like. I was so happy that the flavour of Milo was dominating the drink, which gave me a brain freeze. And the addition of generous amount of milo on top, need I say that I fell in love with that drink :) Friend had hot chocolate and gave a thumbs up. Ordered a chocolate mud pie (smaller portion) and loved it to bits. Buttery crumbly tart with hot gooey chocolate-y centre was just brilliant. A small scoop of ice cream would do magic to this dessert.

Service was very polite but little bit flustered. Had to remind them more than 4-5 times for the drink. Otherwise no complaints. Paid close to 1300 bucks after some discount on the pasta. It was just an average experience for me. I won't mind going back just for the Milo alone :)

Place      : Downtown Cafe
Location  : Besant Nagar
Cuisine    : Cafe & continental
Cost        : A meal for two would cost 1400 bucks approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. Downtown Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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