THE UNIVERSITY BISTRO
By Prakriti Bhat
Hudson Lane is brimming with cafés. Theme based, cuisine based, you name it and Hudson has it. Amongst several cafes in GTB Nagar, stands The University Bistro, also known as TUB. Comfort food at a comfortable price seems to be the motto of this place. My friend and I settled on this place for lunch. Though the place is not very spacious, the décor compensates for it with intriguing thematic adornment of walls. A full wall is dedicated to travel and tourism with postcards, pictures of landscapes and a backpack hung on the wall. Another wall is totally sports based with sports shoes, basketball apparatus, tennis ball and printed wallpapers which bring together different sports stars.
They also have a live Pizzeria where you can watch your pizza being prepared. Another section has a bright yellow scooter frame stuck on the wall. The interiors border on being funky. The menu expands from Italian to Mexican and Continental. We started with two Mocktails. Green Apple and cucumber cola had a dominant flavor of cucumbers. It had a pulpy consistency and was quite refreshing. Italian Smooch was basically your regular Mojito with a Cranberry flavor.
Chicken Ham and Cheese Sandwich was a smooth ride. Thin slices of chicken along with creamy mayo made a heavenly combo. The bread had scorch marks on top but wasn’t very crunchy. The whole experience was very easy on the palate. The sandwiches came with a side of French fries and a dip. However the quantity was not enough for two people. Therefore, we went for a Peri Peri Chicken Pizza for want of spice and meat. A Peri Peri product, as the name suggests, is expected to be spicy. But the chicken shreds on the Pizza were not spicy. They were simply grilled. However, the pizza was quite big. The thin crust gave the requisite crunch and was prepared well. Not too hard, not too soggy. Also, it is not very cheesy so this would be a good option for those who are health conscious. The quantity was sufficient for two people.
The service is not very prompt. The staff forgot one of our drinks and it came after half an hour; only when we reminded them. But The University Bistro manages to hold its ground amidst cut throat competition from its neighbours like Big Yellow Door and Shagun Restaurant. With a cheery ambience and pocket friendly menu, it could very well be your next college adda.
Cost for two- Rs. 550
Address- F-15, Opposite NDPL Office, Vijay Nagar
Contact No. – 011330105215