Not long ago, if you were living a little out of the city, going out could be quite is a task. You would have to figure out where to meet, what time to leave so Google Maps wasn’t showing red all over, get a cab to successfully find you and finally make a reservation. Then Chavadi opened its doors in Bannerghatta. Chavadi (for all you North Indian folks) refers to the veranda of the house, the space where you invite other people into your life. In Delhi, there is the Chawri Bazaar or the market built around a square. Chavadi Community Cafe & Bar is the perfect embodiment of this very concept.
There is a bright cheeriness to the place – tall yellow beams hold up a shingled roof with glass panels to let the sunlight stream in, mismatched shelves and painted bottles dot the skyline, and an entire wall is dedicated to tiny potted plants. A wide avenue with family tables, running up to a small terrace with cosier couple tables that connects to a gazebo with larger party seating make for a spacious multi-terraced place. We sit in our corner, all blissed out, nibbling on the yummy Jalapeno Corn and Cheese Poppers. The philosophy of a healthy, thriving community flows through every aspect of Chavadi.
There are potted herbs and microgreens to adopt or buy even as the waiters make it a point to tell how they use homegrown herbs, spices and only other natural ingredients in their dishes. What delights us most is the fact that instead of getting lost in their own conversations (or worse, their phones) people are grilling on open grills provided at each table, and chatting with their neighbours while beers are being passed around. For mains, the delectable Malabari Prawns are a knockout. We follow them up with the succulent and perfectly minced Keema Kebab, which comes in a shell of khastha paratha.
With our Paan Mojitos in hand (did I mention that Chavadi is famed for its delicious original cocktails?) we wander around, feeling completely at home.
The bar is beautifully lit with delicate lamps. A brick wall on the side showcases an eclectic collection of square paintings. Knowing my horrible brush skills, I decline the bartender’s offer to paint but noticing there is a writing section, decide to add my twopenny bit. During future visits I will likely end up painting, writing (again), playing their games and even taking a microgreen home because that’s exactly the kind of place Chavadi is. It’s a space where we can reclaim the idea of a community and feel like we are part of a larger whole. This vibrant space, throbbing with energy and alive with the buzz of people that throng it, makes you experience a warm and loving community space. We let the Apple Pie do the closing act, wishing it could last longer.
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How to Get There:
Where: 4, Arama Suites, Sarvabhouma Nagar, Off Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49653031
Timings: All Days 11 AM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people