This is a very new coffee shop started at north boag road. I am not a coffee-shop person, so did not have too many expectations as we were entering here. Was hoping not to get any of those bad coffee shop experiences I have had with some of the sub-standard Cafe Coffee day outlets.
At the end of our almost 2.5 hours[so much for the not a coffee-shop person] stay at coffee central I felt like screaming out that this is one of the best coffee shops I had been to in chennai ... the reasons ?
Reason 1: The ambiance. The furnishing and the interiors have a very classy finish.Especially the corner tables which have those small cozy cushions, add to it a pretty big TV screen. Couching on the seat,sipping a drink and watching the TV..yeah makes you REALLY feel at home. The air conditioning was good too,only when we stepped out we realized how hot chennai is. The volume of their music system was perfect..not too loud to hinder a conversation at the same time followable for those who are in a mood to listen.
The walls had some interesting portraits of chennai from the black n white era. They also have a book shelf with some genuinely interesting books. Then comes the best part,their board games..scrabble, Uno and a few more.If you are going with a lively gang of 3+ the games shud add to the fun.
Reason 2: The food/drink. To start off,one main aspect was coffee central had stuff for the diet conscious ones. Something which we don't find in established/branded coffee shops leave alone a new one. They had a low-cal cold coffee which had no cream, no sugar[sugar free] and the milk wasn't too thick either thanks to the granitas which skim the fat.They also had slimmer's veggie-sandwiches made of wheat bread and no-cheese.
For the not-so-diet conscious - Their most sought after munch is the chilly cheese sandwich. They also have a very yummy list of chicken sandwiches. Interestingly they don't serve deep fried items[like nuggets or french fries]so we need not sweat about the quality of oil or the accumulating fat.
The cold coffees were up to the mark and their milkshakes are on my pretty long to-try-during-next-visit list. They have a very exotic and sinful collection of pastries [chocolate mousse, dark chocolat]. The desserts were rightly priced,the day we dropped in it was litchi ice cream day..and it could easily serve two.
Reason 3 - Cost and Service. The price is nominal or rather very wallet friendly. Coffees start at 30 and cold coffees are from 50-65 range. The staff were friendly and warm with a quick turnaround time for delivery.
The only thing missing in this awesome place was a washroom.
If you have time to kill and a good gang with whom you want to hang out at a fun place which doesn't hurt your wallet OR even if you are alone and want to spend some time reading a book with a good cuppa....then your destination is Coffee Central.