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    Cafe Medley in Koramangala scores high on both ambience and food.

    Koramangala’s got a new hangout address and it’s called Cafe Medley. The two-week-old bakery café is as colourful as it can get — with everything in bright yellow, candy orange, powder blue, and pop pink. The décor also includes vintage wall art and fixtures, a spiral staircase, hanging flower pots and a lot of woodwork. The sit-out area has a canopy of glass tiles and lets sunshine stream in during the day. While the café might look small, it can easily accommodate up to 75 people at a time. Its rooftop is even ideal for small birthday parties.
    Express photo by JITHENDRA M.From croissants, coffee, shakes, or cereals for breakfast, to pizzas, pastas, omelettes, burgers, sandwiches, sizzlers, and even aloo parathas, the menu has something for any hour of the day. Not to forget their desserts. And we must mention all breads and sauces are made in-house.
    Do try their sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls, which are layered with nuts and raisins, and the croisssants (plain, cheese, or chocolate).
    Sitting with a nutty mocha cappuccino, and a glass of banana-peanut butter shake, we couldn’t help but stare at all the colours around us. The shake was not too thick, or runny, and had that wonderful aftertaste of peanuts.
    We simply had to get a portion of the French toast, since we had spotted it on the menu. It came with a dollop of freshly whipped cream, and a small bowl of honey, and was spot-on. The lovely golden brown colour of the bread, thanks to the caramelised sugar and milk, will tempt almost anyone. Slightly crunchy on the edges, and spongy at the centre, this one deserves an encore.
    Moving on to something more ‘substantial’, the veg au gratin came next. Diced broccoli, peas, carrots, mushrooms, tossed in herbs, and layered in a creamy sauce, this one is topped with a lot of cheese. The vegetables could have been a little more tender, but I suppose the crunch was not so bad after all. The dish comes with garlic bread, which I could eat all by itself.

    Express photo by JITHENDRA M.
    You can customise your pasta here, which for someone like me is perfect. I picked the penne pasta with chicken, and a combination of both red and white sauce. The dish is loaded with red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, olives, and herbs, and garnished with grated Parmesan cheese. Despite the fact that I was a bit sceptical about the two sauces being mixed together, it was more than just palatable. I also like the slightly pronounced fragrance of oregano in the dish.
    Now no one expects us to eat a burger after pasta, but this is a café, and who’s to judge. The chicken barbeque burger, which was oozing with cheese and BBQ sauce, was quite close to being perfect. The burger buns were fresh and soft, complete with the sesame seeds on top, but I did find the patty (made with minced chicken, cream, and herbs) a little hard around the edges, and not moist enough. That would perhaps be the only thing that disappointed us.

    Express photo by JITHENDRA M.But all that was soon forgotten, when the grilled corn, spinach and cheese decker sandwich appeared before us. All the sandwich breads here are lightly herbed, and they are quite generous with cheese, which make the sandwiches super soft.We must also mention that portions are large. We could not leave the place without trying out the cakes. The banoffee tart was served with a dollop of velvety smooth coffee-flavoured cream, and the crust was delicious. And that’s how we like to end a good meal.
    Rs. 800 (for two). At 5th block, Koramangala. 10.30 am-10.30 pm. Details: 41160865

    — Barkha Kumari

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