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Cafe review: Good bang for your bucks

Serena Menon, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 16, 2012
First Published: 13:20 IST(16/11/2012) | Last Updated: 15:30 IST(16/11/2012)

What: Starbucks
Where: Horniman Circle, Fort
Call: 6655 1927
What’s on the menu: Croissants, rolls, muffins
Smoking: No

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More than the coffee, it’s the brand that’s intriguing the local crowd. “I bought coffee from here day before, remember?” a lady at the Fort outlet was overheard saying. “It doesn’t mix properly. How do I use it?” she asked. “That’s because it’s filter coffee ma’am,” explained a staffer. It’s instances like these that you can expect at Starbucks.

We ordered an Iced Caramel Macchiato (Rs 115), Green Tea Latte (Rs 90) and Java Chip Frappuccino (Rs 140). The Green Tea Latte, which we got out of curiosity, tasted like hot green leafy vegetable brew. The Frappuccino, served with a generous topping of whipped cream and choco-sauce, was worth every penny, as was the Caramel Macchiato. The Star Club Sandwich (Rs 160) — a burger with a layer of egg, chicken patty, greens, salami and cheese each — was unusually fresh at 9.30 pm. The Konkan Twist (Rs 90) — shredded chicken and cheese — was a steal for its price.

Even though it’s been over three weeks since the launch, folks are still queuing up to see what the big deal is. Honestly, there isn’t any: The coffee is good, the teas not so much, the food is fresh and they serve you coffee with soy milk without charging you extra, unlike most American outlets.

What we like: The food, prices
We don’t like: Green tea latte


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