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    A designer boutique acquires
    a new charming cafe

    hen multi designer, lifestyle boutique Cinnamon moved into its new digs at a restored heritage bungalow last year, the only thing missing to complete the quaint atmosphere was a cafe. The inner courtyard scattered with beautiful antiques and salvaged benches, was the perfect setting for a laid back cafe to relax after a hectic shopping session at Cinnamon and a bunch of other designer, kids and kitchenware boutiques, the bungalow plays host to. The good news is that Cinnamon has just launched its in-house cafe, last week, called Cassia (named after the cassia bark) helmed by chef Abhijit Saha of award winning restaurants Caperberry and Fava.
    The seating, comprising simple wooden tables, chairs and vintage benches is worked around the layout of the courtyard. The two-page menu offers iced coffees and teas, fruit cocktails with no added sugar, appetisers, soups, salads, grilled artisanal sandwiches, pastas, stuffed omelettes and desserts ( with a-no-sugar-added tag again) such as panna cotta and ricotta with honey and walnut, with plenty of fresh fruits. And for those who can’t do without a sugar fix, there is an entire bay, the deli section, which offers cheesecakes, muffins, tarts and chocolates along with cheeses, Middle Eastern dips or mezze such as hummus, muhammara, sundried tomatoes and marinated olives along with freshly baked JIT1943artisanal breads.
    We started our mid-week lunch with an iced coffee, peppermint flavoured. The chilled beverage was good old fashioned cold coffee with the mint syrup adding a mild but refreshing punch. Our prawns a la plancha (a Spanish style of food grilled on a griddle) was a starter perfect for summer with plump juicy prawns grilled with a hint of lemon and generously drizzled with chilli oil flavoured with sun dried tomatoes and slivers of garlic. If only some crusty bread had accompanied this starter, we would have mopped up the delicious chilli oil. The multigrain grilled chicken sandwich with pesto and tomatoes that came next was a wholesome affair with the side of roasted baby potatoes and finger licking aioli making it a complete meal. While we were tucking into our meal, we could feel plenty of eyes staring at our plates; the ongoing stream of shoppers, perhaps a bit intrusive, could be the only drawback of having a meal in such close proximity to the shopping section. We took away two desserts: a baked orange cheesecake and a lemon meringue tart from the deli and did not regret our decision. The crumbly meringue layer of the tart gave way to a gooey lemon curd while the cheesecake was delicate and citrusy but a tad too sweet. We plan to explore the salad section on our next visit which offers plenty of fresh Mediterranean and South East Asian flavours.

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    —Amrita Bose

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