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    At the new Popeyeea��s restaurant in Auroville find crepes, shakes and a menu for children

    Auroville has yet another new restaurant. Tucked away on the road leading to the experimental township, Popeyeea��s Restaurant, a cafe and snack bar, is targeted at children. With a picture of Popeye (the sailor) at the entrance, along with some quirky wall art, soft toys and board gamesa��like snakes and ladders, and ludoa��placed strewn around, the cafe has nailed the kid-friendly ambience. a�?Children are the most difficult to please, so we decided to target them. OurA� Nutella honey crepes, in shapes of animals, air planes and cartoon characters, are a huge hita�? says Dhanasekara, the chef and co-owner who previously worked with the Park Sheraton before partnering with software engineer (and friend) Shaktivel Vijay to begin the cafe a fortnight ago.
    Insisting that grown ups wona��t feel left out, he says, a�?We have a separate menu of crispy chicken, steaks and sides. So far the clientele comprises tourists, and they love our desserts. We feature a lot of chocolate (keeping children in mind) and our home-made chocolate cakes are selling fast.a�? Healthy food is a criteria. The crepes and cakes are made with organic whole wheat flour and they dona��t use baking powder.
    We decide to try the chefa��s recommendations: Nutella honey crepes washed down with cold mocha coffee (they source organic coffee beans from Yercaud), followed by a ham sandwich that is heavy on the meat and cheese. a�?We are planning to introduce some healthy organic shakes and tender coconut ice cream to our menu soon,a�? says Dhanasekaran, who is also planning to open the restaurant to birthday parties. Easy on the pocket, this is a good stop for a quick bite.
    Meal for two Rs 300. Details: 9585338336
    A�Niranjana Hariharanandanan


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