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    At the new Popeyee’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, Popeyee’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 games—like snakes and ladders, and ludo—placed strewn around, the cafe has nailed the kid-friendly ambience. “Children are the most difficult to please, so we decided to target them. Our  Nutella honey crepes, in shapes of animals, air planes and cartoon characters, are a huge hit” 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 won’t feel left out, he says, “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.” Healthy food is a criteria. The crepes and cakes are made with organic whole wheat flour and they don’t use baking powder.
    We decide to try the chef’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. “We are planning to introduce some healthy organic shakes and tender coconut ice cream to our menu soon,” 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
     Niranjana Hariharanandanan


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