The new Kick Start cafe at IIT offers value for money coffees and sandwiches
Enter the month-old Kick Start and you find yourself in a laidback, raw and macho space (thanks to a rack of leather jackets for men). The cafe inside the IIT Campus, is owned by avid travellers, entrepreneurs and biker brothers, Prateek Darolia and Sarthak Darolia. Prateek also owns Grill Ministri in Mogappair. “This is a cafe for my biker brothers. I have travelled a lot and realised that we need a space to encourage the biker cafe culture. I pitched the idea to the management at IIT and that’s how Kick Start began,” explains Prateek Darolia, adding, “Motorcycles are not allowed inside IIT. But I’m sure every guy will pass out and invest in one.”
On the menu, we find vegetarian and non vegetarian pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, wraps, pastries, cupcakes, sandwiches and pastas. “We have adopted a value for money approach over the gourmet angle. We have limited variety and priced it ideally for those who are looking to spend not more than Rs 200 for a meal,” explains Prateek Darolia. We start with a crunchy vegetarian sandwich with onions, capsicum and tomato. While the chicken wrap turns out to be piquant, the pasta in white sauce is disappointing. Despite the overdose of cheese, the pasta is bland, with only traces of vegetables. As for dessert, their plain chocolate cake is moist and tempting. On the other hand, their chocolate cupcake that comes in three different frosting varieties— mango, strawberry, fresh cream and vanilla—is a dry let down. Caffeine lovers must try their steaming freshly brewed coffee that is refreshing and perfect for catch up with friends.
Besides IIT, the Darolia brothers plan to open the cafe in Besant Nagar, Bangalore and Pondicherry. “We will have a stage for gigs, stand up comedy shows and other short events. We will also showcase bikes that have been made by bikers from Pudupet. The cafe is to promote the right culture and show what we believe in,” says Darolia.
A meal for two costs Rs 400.