Thursday, November 27, 2014

Madison & Pike: Coffee Shop in Gurgaon

I've said this before - I'm a totally unapologetic sucker for coffee shops! There's something about them - maybe its the crazy good aromas, the cushy couches and easy chairs, the promise of comforting hot beverages over endless conversations with friends, or the prospect of some time alone with a book with no one but your coffee mug to claim your attention.

I thought I was in heaven the first time I went to Barista  back in the late 1990's. A cappuccino used to cost 45 bucks then, and it was considered insanely exorbitant and wasteful to go there. But go there I did. In fact, I suspect my then boyfriend (now husband) and I were responsible for much of their early growth in revenues. I was happy to pay whatever they wanted - they had people playing guitars and working on laptops for God's sake, I mean, how cool was that!? Unfortunately, Barista no longer causes me to sigh wistfully and give them my money. This is because I now know that not all coffee shops are equal. Some grow up and lose themselves in a web of expansion, franchises, template furniture, fixed menus, cold sandwiches, and microwaved logs of wood disguised as egg rolls.

But then there are coffee shops like Madison & Pike at Courtyard Nirvana in Gurgaon, that are the exact opposite of the big guns. Small, friendly, comfortable, and familiar, yet offering something new with every change in season or every festival or even just because they experimented in the kitchen.

Run by a friendly, young couple who are very hands on, Madison & Pike is a new place that seems to have quickly become a neighborhood favourite. I've been going there very often because I need a place to wait  when my kids are busy with their afterschool activities. I guess I could just go home and wait, but when I can cozy up with my book and my cup of Vanilla Almond tea made just the way I like it, why would I? Unfortunately, my discovery of Madison & Pike has coincided almost exactly with my diet and weight loss efforts. So, I haven't been able to sample much stuff off their super tempting menu (no microwaved egg logs here!) But you might have  a more disciplined life that consists of several hours each week in the gym or doing pilates or training for the next marathon and might therefore be able to guiltlessly ask for their pancakes and french toasts and sandwiches with such decadent names and descriptions. If you do, send me a little mental thank you for telling you about the place and of course, write and tell me what you thought too!

3 comments:

anu r said...

Good to see your post after a gap. Totally agree there can not be a better company than a book, a cup of coffee and a cozy place.
Recently discovered one such place "Chayyos" at good earth city center. Nice comfy place for hanging out for tea and coffee.

anu r said...

Good to see your post after a gap. Totally agree there can not be a better company than a book, a cup of coffee and a cozy place.
recently discovered one such place "Chayyos" at good earth city center. Nice comfy place for hanging out for tea and coffee.

Soul-food: Gourmet or Otherwise said...

Thank you so much Manika! So glad to have you as a regular visitor, you are a part of the M&P family now! It's folks like you that are helping us stay true to our vision to create a neighborhood cafe where people can feel at home and stay a while! :)