The new Ciclo Café is all set to woo cyclists and foodies with a range of bikes and fusion bar snacks
Ciclo Café, on Road No 36, Jubilee Hills, might be only a few days old given that it was launched during Christmas weekend last month, but it is on the right track already. “We are possibly one of the biggest cycling cafes in Asia,” states Arrzaan Jila, Manager Operations, from Chennai who was in Hyderabad to set up the
This pan-India chain which started its first outlet in Chennai in 2015 is all set to organise campaigns for cycling enthusiasts apart from rustling up unique café combinations, like Kuzhi Paniyaram with bacon strips. A joint venture of Tube Investment (TI) Cycles of India and Absolute Speciality, there is more to its name (pronounced ‘chee-kloh’). “The etymology of Ciclo comes from both Spanish and Italian countries that are associated with cycling in a big way,” informs Ashish R Thadani, chief executive officer, TI Absolute Concepts.
The two-storied building in yellow is reminiscent of a laid-back European holiday villa. The 12,000 square feet space is decorated with chandeliers and clocks, designed from the recycled parts of a cycle, be it forks, rims and saddles. The first floor is dedicated to bicycles that patrons can rent or buy. “We stock five kinds of bikes: road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, foldies and BMX,” says Jila. The first floor is dedicated to the bicycles that start from around `5,000 and go up to `8 lakh. The highlight of their collection, however, is the one which was used in Tour de France by Kenny Dehaes of the Lotto Soudal team and is for `8 lakh. The second floor has a shelf stocked with books about cycling trivia. With laidback cozy sofas and an area with open French windows, the setting could be ideal for a winter morning breakfast outing.
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The team of chefs have come up with a menu to cater to all tastes. Besides breakfast staples like waffles, pancakes and Eggs Benedict, the menu also boasts of Middle-Eastern dishes like Shakshouka (a dish of eggs cooked with tomatoes with a hint of cumin) and Mexican speciality Huevos Rancheros (a breakfast dish consisting of eggs). Chef MrinmoyAcharrya, says, “No matter what dish we serve, we make it a point to source the ingredients from their places of origin. For instance, if it’s a dish comprising Goan sausages, we source it from there.” The outlet aims to provide a pan-India reach, hence the variety in cuisine. Dishes like Ciclo Hot Mini Idli platter, Karari Roomali Roti (a crisp and buttered variation of roomali roti) are a few of the culinary surprises in store. We tasted the Mini Bombay Vada Pav with Teekha chutney; the pav was crisp and delicately buttered. Next came the Black Pepper and Chilli Rubbed Chicken accompanied with potato wedges, carrots beans and cilantro cream that could very well be an entire meal in itself. Ciclo also has an elaborate cocktail menu and all their drinks are made of fresh juices sans any reserves. The Cranberry and Rosemary smash and Peach and Ginger Collins are absolute must-trys.
Cost for two (including alcohol & taxes):` 2500 ++,
— Paulami Sen