I decide to catch up with my cousin, on a somber Sunday evening, at Zoey’s in Sarjapur Road. My cab driver happens to drop me on the anterior side of the Kaikondrahalli lake which is less than 100 metres ahead of this exuberant cafe. While walking back, I observe that Zoey’s is cosily perched alongside a gym. It gives me a sense of solace, contemplating that this restaurant has to serve healthy food because of its location next to a fitness centre.
Over the course of a quick exchange of words with our delightful host, Farheen, she gives us quite the scoop on Zoey’s. One of these being, the reassuringly comforting fact that the adjoining gym members, drop by for their post-gym meal especially after a hectic workout.
Yay, coming right up, healthier food not laden with oil and sugar!
The Surrogate Sobriquet
“What made you name the restaurant Zoey’s and why here in the city outskirts of Sarjapur Road?” I ask Farheen.
She beams a proud smile as she looks around and adoringly tells me this bustling place is her other child. Zoey’s was the alternate name Farheen wanted to give their daughter and they decided against it. This cafe became the name that would have been their child’s.
As I warm up to my environment, I feel the love she has invested into this space that’s one of a kind, especially in a 5 kilometer radius.
For anyone who lives in Sarjapur, this is indeed one of those sparse saviors that don’t burn a hole through your pocket.
Frequenters Of Food
My observant self notices that Farheen is attending to everyone personally, ensuring that they are well-fed and content with the food and service. It appears there are the recurring regulars who show up a couple of times a week or more often. The customer base at Zoey’s ranges from families to solo food trotters, relishing a solitary meal. It’s also the ideal spot for a date.
In my 2 hours at Zoey’s I see people drop by for their daily dose of coffee and quick bites to go with it. While there are those who visit for breakfast in the morning, the evening crowd comes over for burgers or pastas.
Even before we order, a waiter gets us a couple of coffees. I politely tell the waiter that we didn’t order these, only to have Farheen come and tell us that their coffee is a house favourite. Me, being the fussy connoisseur that I am, find myself to be equally finicky about my java fix. Skeptically, I oblige to her recommendation and see her point. The coffee is excellent. I’m left pleasantly surprised with the other beverages we order as well – Passion Fruit Iced Tea and Chocolate Mint Milkshake (they use fresh mint which is invigorating!)
For the munchies, we get a plate of the Keema Fries, a Spicy Chicken Burger and the Pesto Pasta. Stocked daily, the ingredients are fresh and top-quality.
And that something sweet – Whip Me Up waffles with ice cream to wrap up a fantastic meal. All the dishes are made to suit every taste bud, moderate on the spice yet bursting with flavours.
Satisfied with our experience, as we get up to leave, bidding farewell to our wonderful host, she exchanges warm hugs with us that make us feel welcome. In that epiphanic moment, it all makes sense. Who wouldn’t want to customarily patronize a charming cafe that serves up good food, extraordinary coffee and has love reverberating through its walls?
How to Get There:
Zoey’s – Sarjapur Road
Where: Ground Floor, Sri Renuka Complex, Opposite Fire Station, Kaikondrahalli, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore
Contact: +91 8029781122 / +91 8123846287
Timings: All Days 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cost: ₹600 for two people (25% Off with Quirk Card)