Fast Feasting

At first glance, anyone travelling on the busy Pratidnya Mangal Karyalay Road, in Karvenagar, might just miss the coffee cum quick bite outlet Feasta. The inconspicuous looking, no-frills place is conveniently tucked in between a row of shops that include a hair salon and a used automobile showroom. While the napery and the non-pretentious atmosphere might classify the place as one of the scores of fast food outlets that have mushroomed across the city, the food doesn't.

The two-month old outlet aims to cater to audiences that range from children to adults with a mean menu that includes coffees, starters, burgers, meals, pizzas and even desserts.

The owners however are billing the place more as a takeaway eatery, rather than one where you could lounge for hours. We found that to be true, as the ambiance of the place was non-pretentious, with plastic tables and chairs making up the seating along with a basic red and white, two-toned, interior. However once inside the place does have a comfortable air about itself.

The in-house special cold coffee called the ginger cold coffee, was nominally priced at Rs 20. Having a strong hint of ginger not only was it refreshing but also left a pleasant after-taste. According to the owner, the inspiration behind it was some ginger tea that he had had at a dhaba on the Mumbai-Pune Highway.

The spicy chicken burger and the chicken hot dog, were also priced comfortably at Rs 55 and Rs 50 respectively. While the sauces on both of them looked similar they were vastly different in tastes. The spicy chicken burger had a mayonnaise and chilli-based sauce, the one in the hot dog was a much more mellow tasting tangy one. Made in-house, the sauces were definitely an interesting aspect of the two dishes. The hot dog however, could have been better. Another interesting dish was the Chicken Tandoori Nuggets, priced at Rs 45 for the small box. Unlike the regular fare at most fast food joints, it tasted fresh and the chicken was made with a tandoori masala as it had a very spicy hint to it. The flipside however was the quantity. While Rs 55 could fetch one a decent, filling chicken burger, this one had just four pieces of chicken.

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