What happens when a veterinarian, accountant, accountant, and clinical psychologist meet at a cooking school to pursue their passion for baking? The result is a beautiful cafe, informal and lots of interesting things to bite on when listening to or attending the events they do in their cafe. Sujit Seshadri, Chaitali Pednekar and Md Imad's "The Willow Bake Shop" at Banjara Hills Road number 3 is a café where you lose track of time when you read a book and a friend over coffee and homemade treats sit. It is a picturesque place with music that does not interrupt your entertainment or the silence you want to enjoy.
Interestingly, it was a cat lover who recommended the place to me and said, "It's a pet-friendly cafe and they have cats." I immediately reached the cafe hoping to cuddle a cat or two … or maybe more. At the entrance I saw some rescued kittens basking in the afternoon sun after successfully turning their bowls after eating.
I met Sujit at the counter with the warmest hello ever. I inquired about the kittens while constantly being distracted by the dessert display. I am a fan of tea cakes and cannot continue the conversation without ordering a piece for myself. But then I also noticed the potato and leek soup as today's special. So I asked the carrot cake to wait and instead patiently sat on my soup. In the meantime, Sujit and I decided to talk and he said that he had met his partners in the cooking school. "We understood each other immediately. Surprisingly, we all three wanted to open a café and were on the same side as a café, ”he recalls.
The cheerful atmosphere of the café comes from many factors, one of which is the decor and warmth of the team. To keep their customers busy, they make themed lunches and dinners, even if it means going out on a Halloween or Halloween Got Theme. "I don't know anything about the rest, but I enjoy these theme nights. Planning, reading and preparing is just incredible," Chaitali adds.
At that moment my soup came and every spoon of the creamy soup made me a little happier. Sujeet recommended that I try the kimchi sandwich. Everything – including sourdough bread and kimchi – except eggs is made in-house. When you order this sandwich, you let the egg yolk become liquid. Together with the sandwich, I ordered two different pizzas (before I measure my appetite, I would like to tell you the pizzas in the café are small). Here too, apart from the universal sourdough pizza base, the various types of cheese that are to be used for the pizza are produced in-house.
In addition to eating, Imad also has regular mental health discussions. “The topics of discussion range from depression and anxiety to expanding the patient's ear to those who need to be heard to feel safe. I have conversations for small groups and keep them very informal, ”said Imad.
Are you planning something special for Valentine's Day because the café is hosting fun events? The trio laughed and said, "We're making an anti-Valentine's Day dinner for those who don't like the mood of love in the air. It's a ten-course meal. Then we also have the" Dinner for Two "option. There is something for each of us. "
On other days when you need a little bit of candy for the coconut financier and pecan tartlets.