My quest for coffee took me to i’lario another cafe, open in the morning. They call themselves an Italian bakery too. Not really – Everything is quite good – but nothing I could call Italian.
I ain’t a coffee connoisseur, so I found the coffee to be just as good as Barista and about 35% cheaper – which matters if you’re going to do it everyday, like I am. The chap at the counter was nice to talk to an a very refreshing change from the people you otherwise find behind the counter – better than the chap at Barista anyway. When asked a direct question, he was honest enough to admit that the stuff on the shelf was of the previous evening. It all looked fine though and perhaps worth a try, since they’re stored chilled. I’m going to try the potato patties tomorrow. Did I mention it’s right next to Barista, Sector 18, NOIDA.
If you see a tall, fat, moustachioed character between 9:00am and 9:30am there – thats me. :-)
Update: 18 Jan 08: Second visit, only coffee, previous order was remembered and served. Also, I sent feedback to the website and actually received a reply [see comments] – which is not something that happens every day – I recall writing to the Barista people about a quality issue and received no replies to more than one mail. I’m beginning to like this place! Next stop – the bakery section.
Update: 24 Jan 08: Seeing that this post has been added to the ‘Reviews’ section of the i’lario website, and if you’ve come from there, perhaps you’d like to visit this post, where we spent nearly a whole day at the cafe and had a good time all through.