In a stretch of road, either brimming with fine dining establishments or hole-in-the-wall eateries, a chic mid-range cafe, such as Cafe D’Hide, offering some light bites and a decent selection of beverages, is perhaps a necessity. A long, narrow, cramped yet charming space next to Thai restaurant Tim Tai (owned by the same group) in Koramangala, it’s a perfect spot for a late afternoon catch up with friends. Lending the place a calm, laid back vibe, the colour scheme is largely a teal blue with salmon pink accents, rounded off with some warm wooden interiors. A wall of faux potted plants right near the entrance gives the cafe a quiet splash of colours, with sunlight filtering in through the high windows, making it bright and airy despite its small size.
We got off to a great start with a chocolate smoothie and out of necessity, a warm cup of Assam tea (as it was a slightly chilly day), while we waited for the appetisers to arrive. Of the two, the smoothie had us impressed with the flavour of the chocolate coming through quite strongly.
The food menu is an eclectic mix of Italian, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese and Moroccan food, with a special focus on small plates. We decided to sample the fishermen’s basket, crispy fried chicken wings and cheese, garlic and herb-stuffed mushrooms. The fishermen’s basket came with batter fried prawns and basa fish along with a mayonnaise-based remoulade sauce. We thoroughly enjoyed the crispy coated fried treats, which were cooked to perfection, with the dipping sauce adding some depth to an otherwise flat dish. Chicken wings, tossed in their in-house barbecue sauce, too did not disappoint, with every bite delivering on crispiness, tanginess, and flavour. A must-try for vegetarians is the stuffed mushrooms – a classic combination of garlic, herbs and cheese, it is made extra irresistible with the accompanying sauce of harissa mayo, which affords the dish a spicy zing. We would recommend you try D’ Hide at least once for its relaxed cafe vibe.
`600 for two. At 5th block, Koramangala. Details: 65696666