Café Shunya was born to rejoice local Indian ingredients and food. Their core philosophy lies in acknowledging the importance of living with less. This warm café thrives to bring back values of continuity and impermanence. Even their brand identity portrays a yogi designed with a circle – depicting infinity and the circle of life, which is the graphical manifestation of the concept of Shunya. The food choices are curated to appeal foodies of all age groups. They create local flavors with contemporary twists; they aspire to imbibe the richness of the ‘Indian Exotic’ in the world cuisine map.
What about the décor?
The eye-soothing combination of black and white interiors of Café Shunya is inspired from the Scandinavian territory – the part of the world that celebrates ‘minimalism’. The perforated wall paneling and solid wood tables combine with monochromatic benches to give this glass-fronted café an airy vibe. The walls are finished with a pure white square grid of polka dots that behaves like a pegboard allowing the space to be used in an ever-changing manner. It also has a special corner that features a small sit-down cove bringing back the original sit and eat style of Indian eating with a chowk-di and a choki next to the potted window.
A special shelf has been curated at the entrance of the café where you can find trays of Indian herbs brought in periodically from the farm, which is not available in the market to be used in the kitchen and food lab like Tulsi, Ajwain leaves, Wheatgrass, Aloe vera. To feel the essence of earthiness, the seating area has been made up of Sangwan wood in a natural finish with table mats made of woven bamboos. The cushions and sofas have been upholstered in a mix of black and white handwoven pure cotton ikkat weaves along with the cutlery, which is designed using woods of Sheesham and mango showcasing true Indian art complicating the dishes and the café itself.
What should you order?
Their all-day breakfast option is fabulous. Try the French toast with creamy gulaab murabba, eggless waffles with chironji seeds and rum sauce, and perhaps, some homemade muesli mix, consisting of makhane, magaj, chia seeds, flax seeds, dried ber, munakka, and dried rose petals with vegan milk. The Buckwheat egg wraps are delicious too!
Their selection of salads is quite impressive. You can try the superfood salad, or the starfruit salad with chickpea and spinach. The baby potato tossed in mustard sauce (kasundi) is to die for. The café advocates ‘Made in India’ mantra without diluting global textures and presentation of popular dishes.
They also offer thin-crust whole-wheat pizzas and sandwiches in multigrain bread. The ingredients they use for their sandwiches are super desi but delectable – ginger, garlic, bean sprout, and lots of tomatoes. The Shunya Classic sandwich is a great pick for light lunches; it has a lot of lettuce, cucumber, tomato and mozzarella with hints of tulsi pesto. Also, pizzas like shiitake, broccoli and farm eggs are a totally winner.
For desserts, try the date and coconut ladoos, and ginger-turmeric breads. Also, do not miss their seasonal edible flower cakes!
What’s on the beverage menu?
Their beverage menu has a lot of fresh and colorful drinks. The cold brew iced-teas, tea infusions featuring Indian flowers like hibiscus, marigold, and rose petals coupled with countless spices – are a must-try! They also have a great assortment of cold press juices and superfood smoothies for fitness-buffs.
How expensive is it?
A meal for two would cost approximately Rs. 1000.
Address – 115, First Floor, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Timings – 9 AM to 10 PM
For Reservations – 011 30806546
Totally a must-visit. Put this on your weekend planner today!