A new cafe in Anna Nagar offers some good food with nostalgia for company.
With popular food franchises opening their doors in Anna Nagar, the place has seen a recent surge in standalone restaurants and cafes as well.
Adding to this list is The 90’s Cafe, that opened just a few weeks ago.
The wall art is charmingly retro with dialogue of popular sitcoms and movies of that era to paraphernalia including discmans and a photo of Shaktimaan. However, being an incorrigible bookworm, I was suitably taken up with the huge bookcase filled with old Tinkle comics and practically all of Enid Blyton’s work.
Opened by five friends from Kerala who wanted to start something in the food space, the cosy joint with bean bags for chairs has a relaxed ambience. “Each of us is a foodie and we toyed with different ideas like opening a food truck or a takeaway place but we ended up with the decision of opening a cafe,” K Nidhin Bharath, managing partner, tells us.
While the attention to detail in the decor of this 25-seater place is fascinating, the menu doesn’t reflect the same innovation.
Offering the typical cafe fare, we begin our meal with a plate of average chicken croquettes and garlic parmesan fries. We then move on to mains like Al Fungi pasta, a tuna melt and later, a ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’ burger.
While the pasta ticked all the right boxes and the beef burger was filled with a generous topping of bacon, the tuna melt was the winner when it came to taste.
This cafe works perfectly as a casual dining option with friends; do keep an eye out for the postcard with the sketch of a popular cartoon character accompanying your bill (we got Mojo Jojo).
Meal for two Rs 550 (approximately). Details: 30205640
— Simar Bhasin