Over the years,Khirkee Extension in south Delhi has transformed into a thriving playground for artistic expression. And the neighbouring Khoj studio acts as a catalyst for this movement. Nestled in the narrow dusty lanes of Khirkee flanked by a cluster of kirana stores and dilapidated structures,within the studio is a tiny cafe.
On the first level,a sign reads Three Windows. After the buildings renovation in January this year,an exhibition space was converted into this cosy eatery that gives the impression of being in a living room,with English chef Serenas ipod providing the ambient music. It is a 15-cover cafe. Chalk boards hanging from the wall announce the menu which is a fair blend of European salads,sandwiches,pancakes,shakes and fresh fruit juices. The cafe caters mostly to artists working on residency projects besides dancers who pop in occasionally from a nearby studio.
The cafe has got its basics right. The bread and bakery products are baked daily in their kitchen. We tucked into a BLT sandwich,which at Rs 240,comes with a small serving of coleslaw. The bacon is fresh and succulent. There are other treats such as the egg mayo sandwich and the lamb or falafel burger in pita.
However,it is the dessert dishes that made the visit worth it. Serena specialises in baking and the home-made Victoria Sponge Cake (Rs 150) is divine with a cherry jam layer. So the next time you are at Khoj to check out some exhibits,it is worth dropping by for the cakes,for sure.