In a line: Grab a cup of coffee or dig into some really good food at Cafe Tesu.
Cuisine: Cafe, European
Price for two: Rs. 1200(approx)
Location: Essex Farms
Must haves: cascara coffee, whisky barrel coffee, prawn dim sum, spicy avocado sushi
Whether you’ve to catch up with a friend over an impromptu plan, or wish to dig into some warm pancakes and waffles or if you simply want to sip on to a cup of coffee while you enjoy reading your favourite book, an airy cafe with ample lighting and fuss-free interiors is all that one would long for.
This longing motivated me to pay a visit to the newly opened, Cafe Tesu. The attention seizing teal blue walls, mellowed with the use of white detailing is how one could recognise the place. The interiors, marked by warmth and vibrancy, are accentuated with huge window layouts offering ample natural lighting, beautiful wall murals showcasing creativity, hanging greenery bringing a bit of outside, inside and a little library wall to pick a book from while sipping on to a hot cup of coffee.
Coffee and tea, though prime, aren’t the sole riveting elements of the menu. Offering eclectic options for pancakes and waffles, sushi and dim sums, pizzas and pastas, sandwiches and burgers, the menu at Tesu ensures that no palate goes displeased.
I started my meal with Cascara coffee or coffee cherry tea. Made from the husk or fruit of the coffee bean and not from the coffee bean itself, cascara is considered to be a superfood. It is rich in antioxidants, has a beautiful earthy undertone and is perfect after a hectic day at work.
After spotting dim sums and sushi on the menu, I gave in to my cravings and ordered both. The empanada-like onion relish dim sum and the carrot-like spicy prawn dumplings were demolished in no time, with the chilli oil that came along. Amongst sushi, I wanted to play safe and hence, got the prawn tempura sushi, and wanted to experiment, as well, and hence, got a vegetarian avocado sushi. The crunchy tempura bits-topped prawn sushi was beautifully prepared, but the limelight was stolen by the spicy avocado sushi, that had cucumber, spring onion, spicy mayo and chilli sesame.
On recommendation, I tried the thin crust pizza, topped with figs, bacon, blue cheese and balsamic caramelised onions. Packed with an explosion of flavours, the toppings, instead of revolting, were balanced, making it a great choice. Spaghetti calefu’ was tossed in a light tomato-based sauce that had a mellow undertone of garlic, along with white wine, cherry tomatoes, mint and marinated prawns.
The dessert counter is filled with treats from the elite L’Opera. Hop for a macaroon or a pastry to end the meal on a sweet note. But this isn’t how I concluded my meal.
After satiating my sweet tooth, I settled things down with a cup of whisky barrel coffee. It isn’t a combination of whisky and coffee, but the coffee beans are stored in whisky barrels to get a full-bodied cup of heartwarming coffee that has a mellow aroma of whisky. My meal couldn’t have concluded on a better note!
Confession: Overall, Cafe Tesu turned out to be much better than what I had expected. A beautiful selection of coffees and teas along with a powerful food menu and a drool-worthy dessert counter make Tesu a must visit indeed. Though the liquor licence is awaited, I am already super content.
Value for money: 4/5