Hauz Khas Village is the Place to be, if you are a Fashionista, Cafe Lover, or some one who just wants a bit of inspiration for the next novel you are writing, or the first one you are stuck with, come alone, or come with a group, there are enough locations here, that will inspire you, sit by the lake side, look at the old monuments, the people around, the art, try your hands at various foods, this my friends is my definition of the village. If I could, I would have loved to have an office here, I remember visiting a customer early in 1997 who had an office on the 2nd floor, right opposite the lake, and I was jealous, the Village had not become commercial till then, and now there are fashion stores all around, some times you may spot a cow or a few cows even, no not the two legged variety, but Cow, as in the animal, to socialites looking for a bargain (???).
Maninder and I decided to start our Cafe’ Trails and thought why not start with this new place called Ziro, we wanted to also get together and formalise on how we would rate the cafe’s, this visit though was cut short due to some work requirements, but the time spent together, as is always with Maninder was great fun.
To get to Ziro, you approach the village form the Deer Park side, and take the first turn right, turn with the road as it turns, and you will then come to a multilevel building, with green painted boards, this is the first building on your right, and has a smallish board that reads zero.
Just in case you miss it, asking around does not really help, I asked a friend who lives in the Village why, and she said, there are nearly 20 cafe’s that are coming up each month, people here just dont’ get to know which ones are opening up. Anyway, into the building you enter a store that sells nick-knacks for your house, ask the sweet lady at the reception and she will guide you to the spiral staircase that leads you upto the first floor.
The moment you get in there, you are suddenly at peace, there is something about the village that can do this.. though the furniture is bare basic, the interiors artsy if I may, and some posters here and there.
We are told that there is another floor up on the second, but there is some kind of a shooting going on there, so we can’t go upstairs. a Few more people are around in the cafe, and we notice that the menu is written on the White board lying next to the wall, interesting offerings, and it even says Free WIF (I assume it’s Free Wi-Fi and not a Free Wife)…
No Drinks are up on the Menu and we check on our Phones, there is no Wi-Fi Signal, we ask the server, and are told the Wi-Fi is not working for the day. We also get a Printed Menu on the Table and a Hand Written Drinks Menu.
Getting on, Maninder order’s a Beer, and I order a Juice, that is a conction of Ginger, Apple, Pineapple. We also order a Smoked Chicken Maggi (yes, Maggi)… a Few minutes later, Maninder’s Chilled Beer and my Room temperature Juice is here, and we start on our conversations.. while we wait for the Maggi.
Though I would have loved to have some ICE in my juice, but due to the shooting on the second floor, it could not happen. Finally our Maggi Arrived.. looked nice, I could spot some Broccli, Red Bell Peper and yes, Smoked Chicken Sausage cut and mixed into it, though it looked creamy like a pasta, but it had no cream in it. There was also a Brown Bread toast with the Maggi, 1??
Our Forks in, we both liked the taste. Finishing the Maggi in about 10 minutes, we wanted to eat more, and we had seen something on the Menu, called Mithun Buff Fry, when asked if it was available, we were told yes, but we can’t get it because of the shooting, so it seemed the next step was to move on to another cafe, but then work called.
We paid a total of Rs. 500 including a small tip, there was a Beer, a Juice, and the Maggi. There are no taxes charged, as the cafe does not seem to pay any. The place was nice, cool (even though there was no Air Conditioner in there), the staff nice, had a bit of difficulty in understanding English, but still courteous, and the whole experience nice, other than the Saar, Shooting Upstairs bit, that made us leave.
The Free Wi-Fi was not working, so can’t comment if it had decent speed or not.
Will I visit again: Definitely Yes. If you are in the Village, must check out Ziro
All Photo’s Taken using the iPhone 4S. The Cafe was not aware of the Review.