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Friday, July 13, 2018

A new eatery at Pali Hill brings together the best street food across the world in a format that is both convenient and fun, says Tanmaya Vyas

If you dream of sitting at a tony café on laidback Hungarian streets, The Chimney Factory could be your find—although, the size is tinier than tiny and the location is certainly not laidback. The Chimney Factory is the latest addition to take-away joints, situated on the bustling Pali Hill road. It stands out among the cluster of eateries in that area owing to its one-of-a-kind menu served in the style of Hungarian street food, offering every edible item on the menu in a cone.

What does it offer?

Standing true to its almost Quick Service Restaurant identity, the savoury menu is limited but offers well-researched and crafted options. The eatery is founded by brothers Amit and Dhaval Shah and their friend Neel Shah; they stayed in Prague and several other European cities for a couple of months, just to get the right taste.  The highlight of their menu is freshly baked bread, an ingredient that is the base for every dish. When they say fresh, it indeed is fresh and made in front of your eyes.

The winner here is the Hummus Cone, filled with creamy hummus in freshly baked bread that melts in the mouth, giving you a gastronomical tour of the Middle East. Other savoury items include the very Indian Paneer Bhurji, the Italian Mama Roso and Mexican Cone. The menu brings together the best of the street food across the world in a cone.

Their coolers are truly signature concoctions, with some unheard of and heady combinations going beyond routine iced teas and mojitos. A must-try is the Pineapple Popcorn cooler, which not only acts as a coolant but also makes you think of an after-taste of pineapple and popcorn!

The USP of this place is their dessert menu, with an exhaustive list of 22 desserts. Predominantly chocolate-ruled, the menu also offers bubble-gum based desserts for the minority of non-chocolate lovers. The range varies from Tasmanian devil to Vietnamese coffee to vanilla soft serve and candy floss to red velvet, cheesecake to Garfield-like chocolate soft serve and topped with an orange praline sauce, caramelised orange and chocolate sprinkles. The Chimney Factory can boast of being the only place in India to offer the world-famous Glow in the Dark ice-cream. This will certainly be a hit among children. Apart from desserts and coolers, the place also offers varieties of milkshakes like oreo, banana and peanut butter, tiramisu cheesecake and kulfi elaichi.

Ambience

The interiors are aesthetically done and maintain hygiene rules. However, this is not meant for sit-down dinners; it’s a place to walk in, grab your bite and leave, the Chimney Factory is smaller than balconies of Mumbai residences.  Standing true to its unique offering of Glow in the Dark ice-cream, the place has half a wall with glowing wall paper; ideally it can be used for social media amplification.

Cost

The Chimney Factory is pocket-friendly. The costliest item on the menu is below `300. More importantly, the food is value for money.

Pluses

It’s heaven for the sweet-obsessed

Pocket-friendly

Minuses

Only vegetarian, not for carnivores

It’s a cramped space in a crowded area.

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