Service with a personal touch

Service with a personal touch

Started in 2007 by Mohammad Farook, ‘Lychees Cafetaria’ is one of the most popular eateries in Jayamahal Extension. The owner, a foodie himself, decided to start the restaurant on the ground floor of his office building which wasn’t being used. What he didn’t expect was for it to become such a popular haunt for college students, families and professionals alike. 

At the restaurant, there’s something to suit every palate – sandwiches, burgers, shawarmas, pizzas, biryani, fruit salads and a wide variety of quick bites. The place is also famous for its fresh juices, milkshakes, creamy ice creams with falooda and even sundaes like ‘Death By Chocolate’.

“Our most popular items are the roasted chicken and sandwiches, which were the only items we offered when we started. We also have some Arabic dishes like shawarma and Mandi rice, which does really well with the Arabs in the City. Another special item is our chicken burger and the biryani, in which we use special masalas made by us. We have plenty of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians though a majority of our customers are non-vegetarian,” says Farook. He adds, “The busiest time for us is evening onwards since the restaurant is packed and we have to make a lot of home deliveries. And weekends tend to get crazy because we get a full crowd throughout the day.”

Talking about the changes since 2007, Farook says that the menu has been expanded proportionally to the customer base. He adds, “Over the years, we’ve had a lot of customers become regulars because free-home delivery really helps in this area. In fact, it’s such a strong rapport now that many of the regulars place their order through Whatsapp and e-mails! We’ve even had people calling us from Dubai and placing a bulk order to keep ready by the time they land here.” 

For the authentic flavours that one gets, the prices are very reasonable. “Our USP is the affordability of the dishes. Even the quality of food is something that we don’t compromise on. That’s the reason why we use refined sunflower oil for cooking and regularly change the oil to retain the freshness and avoid the food from turning black,” explains the owner. 

‘Lychees Cafetaria’ is located on No. 1/6, 12th Cross, 5th Main Road, Jayamahal Extension. The eatery is open from 10.30 am to 11.30 pm. For home delivery, call 41289669.

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