Treats and talks

Treats and talks

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Treats and talks

We have all heard the old adage ‘time is money’. At ‘Dialogues Cafe’ in Koramangala, they take this phrase quite literally.

      So anyone who comes to this place has to pay for the time they spend there. A person has to pay Rs 190 for the first hour after which the rate is Rs 3 per minute. The snacks are complimentary, there is free Wi-Fi and the silver lining is the huge shelf of books which is for the benefit of the customers. Combining this with the cheerful decor and the warm ambience, you will never realise how time flies at the place. The cafe was started by Ankit Gupta, Saurabh Priya and Udai Kiran. Ankit Gupta and Saurabh Priya met in Paris while they were pursuing their MBA. When they decided to set up base in India, it was a unanimous choice to enter the hospitality industry but with a unique touch of their own. Hence, a fusion of library, cafe and co-working space was born.

Says Ankit, “We wanted to create a space for the dreamers which facilitates them to dream, jam and nurture their ideas. Thus we kept brainstorming and improvising on the idea of our dreamer's cafe and that's how we decided to charge for time because it simplifies the entire consumption pattern.”

      Food is an important part of any cafe’s success and ‘Dialogues’ is no different. Taking the concept of casual dining forward, the menu has also been kept simple. It comprises of light snacks, both veg and non-veg, and hot or cold beverages. The menu does appear to be limited but everything has a homely touch to it.

The cafe has a blackboard menu where they keep changing the food items. There are certain fixed items like coffee, tea, cookies, eggs, cereals, sandwiches. The others like momos, noodles, samosa pinwheel, pancakes, quesadillas, empanadas etc are rotated. Their piping hot ‘masala omlettes’ or ‘potato fry sandwich’ are perfect for the rainy afternoons. The delicious ‘mix sprout and chana salads’ have the perfect blend of flavours and textures which tease your palate just a little bit.

And another special feature of this cafe is that it allows people to bring in food from outside. In fact, some regular customers bring in home-cooked food occasionally. The owners are also delighted by the profiles of the customers visiting the cafe. Ankit says, “There has been a sizeable portion of people we call dreamers; entrepreneurs, artists, art lovers, books lovers etc. A good chunk includes stock traders who have bought monthly passes and do their day to day trading, sitting in the cafe. A lot of people who want to spend some quality time alone also visit us.”

A word needs to be mentioned about the cheerful decor of the place. From bright pop colours on the walls and comfortable cane furniture to cushy bean bags and earthen artefacts, a lot of care has been taken to see that the place looks inviting without being loud. Says Saurabh, “We believed that the first thing an entrepreneur wants is an end to his boring and uninspiring cubicle. And that's why decided to create an inspiring and aesthetic decor which is cosy and homely. Since we are all avid readers, we decided to keep a large reading room full of books. And our friends helped us with the wall art.”
‘Dialogues Cafe’ is located on 100 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala.

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