Kaffeine: Review

There are days that are slower and more dreary than other weekdays, and then just around the time you are about to grab dinner, you think to yourself that you’ll change it - grab life by the horns and make a difference - Enter Kaffeine.

This quaint little Italian cafe is nestled on the first floor on the far end of Hauz Khas Village and is apparently known for its coffee (you wouldn’t have guessed that on your own, would you?) However, my experiences have been of the other liquid variety.

With a mere ten tables and barely enough place to walk around, this living room of sorts is packed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights on account of its live band. Personally, I am not a big fan of live bands, simply because it gets too loud, covers mess with the purity of the original track, and it is very difficult to have conversations with live drums in the background. However, this place offers a totally different experience. The “band” is a couple of people with their guitars who are seated right in the center of the crowd (the place is too small to have a stage) and is very welcoming. People just stand next to them and sing along, requests are accepted happily, and there is a very warm vibe to the whole experience which makes you feel involved and a part of the everyone’s experience - you become one with the crowd. Needless to say that by the time it’s midnight, the energy is maddening, tables are being banged and everyone is singing along (and I have yet to leave here without hearing “one more song” requests by the crowd after a couple of ‘last songs’.)

I have been privy to their loaded Chicken Tikka Pizza and the All American Platter and both the dishes were decent (7/10). Ironically, I haven’t heard good things about their coffee- but I have yet to try it out for myself. They have a decent range of alcoholic drinks on their menu and all the basic cocktails and wines are covered - their beer list is pretty long and they have Hoegaarden on tap. Compared to HKV standards, their alcohol is very well priced (Ultra for INR 225++), and the food isn’t expensive either.

Overall, an upbeat cafe with good live music and bar menu pricing which won’t make you cringe. If you are having a dull-ish day, and looking to change that- this is the place to be.

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