By Prakriti Bhat
There are many places in CP and Janpath where you can grab a quick bite. But with most of the places offering junk food, the health conscious people are not left with many options. Cottage Café by Smoothie Factory is one of the myriad options to satiate your taste buds in Janpath but most of the items on their menu are low on fat, thereby giving you a healthy meal. After a fun filled and exhausting Rahgiri session at CP, one could easily make a pit stop at Smoothie Factory and indulge in their toothsome delicacies. The place is located adjacent to the Cottage Emporium. If travelling by metro, get down at gate no. 3 of the Janpath Metro Station.
The interiors are done up in vibrant colours which lend it a playful vibe. We began our tasting session with Very Berry Smoothie and Peanut Butter Powerhouse Smoothie. The Very Berry Smoothie had a fruity flavor with the unique combination of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and soy milk. The quantity was quite generous as well. It was light on the stomach and high on nutrients. On the other hand, the Peanut Butter Smoothie was loaded with PBJ. While I am a fan of cold beverages which have a thick consistency, this one was way too thick and drinking it with a straw became a big task.
The Citrus Walnut Salad was simply divine. Fresh lettuce tossed in a citrus dressing with a few walnuts and almonds thrown in made for a healthy snack. The Southwest Chicken Flatbread was another jewel in their menu. With a crunchy base topped with corn, jalapeno and chicken shreds along with a little cheese, it made for a scrumptious snack.
Being a waffle lover, I couldn’t leave without trying their Multigrain Waffles. The Caramel Waffles had a strong aroma of Caramel but not the flavor. The tiny scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and White Chocolate sauce lent it some flavor. Same was the case with the Banana Walnut Waffles which was saved by the caramel. Also, the waffles were raw from within which was a big disappointment. They did not give us any knives and plastic forks weren’t enough to cut through them.
Smoothie Factory has a huge name abroad and the franchise has begun to set the tone in India as well with the opening of two outlets in Delhi. But this outlet has rather big shoes to fill. The economical rates and colourful interiors work in its favour but a few dishes need to be worked upon. Their flatbreads and salads are highly recommended though.