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THE STEAMING MUG | 5 Nov, 2018

THE STEAMING MUG | 5 Nov, 2018

Sentinel Digital Desk

Well, this place hardly needs an introduction. Given the rise of the café and bistro culture in Guwahati, The Steaming Mug has managed to carve an enviable spot of its own within a very short period of time. Launched a couple of years back, the bistro is newly set up but has soon managed to carve a special place among café-goers of the city.

The place is strategically located at Mandovi Apartments, Opposite Rabindra Bhavan - an area which is flocked by youngster for their daily dose of momos and fast food. And The Steaming Mug capitalises on this very demand of the young crowd - provide a place for youngsters to hang out over a cup of coffee, a light meal and do their project works. Not surprisingly, this place has become a highly sought after destination for youngsters and café goers.

The Steaming Mug is the brainchild of Bidyut Krishna Baruah and Tanya Das Purkayastha. A former IT professional who spent a considerable period of time studying and working in Delhi and Pune, Bidyut Krishna Baruah had long harboured dreams of opening a café in the city. As Bidyut says, "Having stayed outside for a long period of time, I saw many cafes in Pune where students and youth can hangout or do their project works over a cup of coffee or a meal of their choice. I wanted to start a similar trend here in Guwahati. That is the vision behind 'The Steaming Mug'."

The first thing that strikes one as he or she enters the place is the interiors. The ambience is nice and the interiors are pretty with very interesting wall decor. As soon as one enters the place, one gets the feel of entering an upscale café found in other metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The waiting staff are courteous and makes you feel at home. As Bidyut says, "Our waiters may not have any formal education but they are experienced in the hospitality sector. Most of the chefs and waiters have been trained outside."

The place has two areas for seating. While one is the conventional chair and table seating area, there is another raided wooden platform where customers can sit on the ground. "The entire design and décor has been conceptualised by me and my partner. The sitting area is conducive for students who want to sit together to do their project works or for those who just want to read a book while they sip their beverage of their choice," says Bidyut.

At present, the bistro has a seating capacity of 30-35 people. The restaurant also has a separate sitting area for smokers. So all those of you who like to have a puff while enjoying your favourite cup of beverage, this bistro might just be what you are looking for. Herein, Baruah states, "Although I personally do not support smoking, we have made a small area for those who like to smoke while having their beverages."

The music playlist of the cage is quite eclectic. While it does not remain confined to any particular genre, it encompasses different genres of music like rock and roll, ghazals, pop, hindi songs, etc – all depending on the mood of the customers. There is also a small library in a corner of the bistro to cater to all those who love flipping through pages of books while enjoying their cup of coffee.

Coming to the food, the menu is quite diverse – ranging from sandwiches to pita bread and chicken satay. As Baruah says, "I have found the most cafes of the city serve both Indian and Chinese food. I wanted to do something different. So our menu mostly comprises of Continental food besides a variety of sizzlers, salads and beverages. We have a wide range of ethnic and continental food which are not generally found in other cafes of the city".

A first-time visitor to the restaurant can try their Bob's Steak which is a full-course meal. The pizzas served here are freshly baked at home. "Earlier we used to buy the pizza bread from outside but nowadays, we have started preparing our own pizzas. So customers can really look forward to enjoying a wide range of pizzas and pastas when they come to dine with us," says Baruah.

A customer PrasannaBarua said, "This is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of hot coffee along with some food to enjoy the present weather. For me, this is perhaps one of the most romantic places to go to in the city and is a new found favourite for me."

While it is no secret that cafes are the in-thing in Guwahati at the moment, The Steaming Mug scores over its competitors in three main points - space and family ambience, hygiene and affordability. The pricing of the food is pretty average and a meal for two will roughly cost you around Rs 500 - not too bad a deal when you are getting the opportunity to try some exotic continental food. This is a must try café on our list!

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