The cafe culture is slowly picking up in Guwahati and a number of cafes have sprung up all over the city within a very short span of time. A number of theme-based cafes are being launched on different themes so as to cater to the demands of the new generation. The café culture can be said to be presently trending amongst the youth of the city. One of the most popular cafes in the city, which has developed a steady clientele of its own over the last couple of years, is Cafe Craft.
Located in the Pension Para Lane of Silpukhuri in the city, Cafe Craft is a unique combination of a cafe and craft gallery. A melting point for youngsters and art lovers, Cafe Craft is a beautiful amalgamation of an unique design studio and a cafe which serves unique food, which are freshly made and baked everyday!
Cafe Craft is the second outlet of a design studio by the same name in Iora Resorts, Kaziranga. The studio is the brainchild of Bornali Sharma, an ardent lover of handloom, handicraft and ethnic designs. She is already running an exquisite design and retail outlet called Iora Webs in Iora Resort of Kaziranga.
Elaborating on the concept behind the cafe, Nabajyoti Hazarika, Food and Beverage Manager of Cafe Craft, said, "Cafe Craft is an extension of our Kaziranga studio in the city. Due to the crowd response and increasing demands of the people, we decided to start a cafe". Cafe Craft serves an exciting array of Arabian and Lebanese dishes, which are not to be found in other cafes of the city.
Cafe Craft has a seating capacity of 40 people. The place is located in the interiors of a house, which is divided into two segments - an outdoor area and a comfortable seating area in the interiors.
From the outside, one does not expect the interiors of the cafe to be so cosy and comfortable. So while the cosy interiors lift one's mood right from the moment he or she enters, the courteous behaviour of the staff and the wonderful quality of the food makes dining here a pleasant experience.
Coming to the food, the management has introduced some of the latest Arabian and Lebanese dishes in its menu. Talking about the dishes, Hazarika says, "While our target audience is definitely the young crowd, we serve the usual dimsums, pizzas and other sought after food items amongst the younger generation. Besides, we also have quite a few innovative cuisines being served in the cafe, like the Arabian Meze Platter, which is a Lebanese dish. We also offer a unique range of pastas and beverages."
With a staff strength of 15 workers, the head chef is Farooq Ahmed, who is an executive chef with Iora Resorts. "The bakery section provides another exciting range of beautifully baked items, like cheese cakes, pineapple and butter cakes, which are much sought after by the regular clientele," says Hazarika.
Coming to the prices, the food items are conveniently priced and offer a break from the typical fares available in cafes of the city. In other words, it is a perfect place to sit down, relax and unwind over some tasty, delicious food in a somewhat homely environment. The place is currently renovating itself to attract more food lovers. Renovation plans include a roof-top lounge which will be opened shortly.
So even though the puja season has comes to an end, do make it a point to visit Cafe Craft for some memorable dining experiences. This is arguably the best cafe in town with a homely experience. Do check it out.