بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Sometimes one wants to go to a quiet place for a simple bite to eat. A place where there will be no crowds and no noise.
Someone had told me about a cafe at Carlton Hotel that serves decent enough food round the clock, and is almost always quiet, so that one can have a cup of coffee or dessert there in peace.
So we decided to give it a try some months ago.
Actually, my restaurant reviews have been getting delayed by more than a few months this year.
Although I try to, I don't always get around to finishing off and publishing my pending drafts as quickly as I'd like.
So, truth be told, I actually visited this cafe in February this year!
The hotel lobby is spacious and sprawling.
And eerily silent. :)
The balconies outside the hotel rooms on the upper floors are clearly visible from the main foyer.
Well decorated with creepers and indoor greens.
Next to this huge, winding spiral staircase that is clearly visible from the main lobby, lies Venus Cafe.
I always like open interior plans.
The cafe has no concrete walls, and is located on the ground floor of the hotel just off the main reception area, next to the huge spiral staircase.
There are half-walls around it that offer partial privacy.
Wicker furniture adds an informal touch to the whole place.
An indoor tree planted in it's midst, and a short wrought iron fence - all in all, a different ambiance, eh?
There are some tables in the cafe that have couches, which are cordoned off by the short wrought iron 'fences' for a little more privacy, I guess. A small bar is located adjacent to it. (We asked, and were told that no alcoholic drinks are served at the bar)
Now to the menu....
The menu offers a variety of sweet snacks and savories that you'd find at any patisserie or cafe, such as croissants, brownies, and pizza, in addition to other munchies and main dishes.
There are starters, soups and sandwiches too. I hope you can read the prices - somewhat lower than standard hotel rates.
More for the sweet tooth..
Hot and cold beverages.
The coffee prices are a bit on the lower side, compared to other places.
Apparently they have a hi-tea buffet as well.
Call them before going though (+92-21-111-727-272), as this review is not based on a recent visit.
We ordered a club sandwich - Rs 295 plus tax.
Cheese Cigars (Sticks) - Rs 190 + tax
Check out the melted mozzarella oozing out of that crumbed stick!
It was good.
Accompanying condiments: a mustard-based sauce and mayo (or was it tartar sauce? I can't recall).
Cold Coffee and Fruit Trifle.
The cafe seemed quite short-staffed. There was just one waiter in attendance, since no other customer was there besides us. Heh!
This was actually quite yummy, as it was fresh. I remember that much. :)
Verdict: A small, quiet place that offers a chance to have a quick coffee or snack-like meal if one wants to avoid crowds and the hustle-bustle of busy and cramped cafes and restaurants. Not to mention, the washrooms near Venus Cafe are very clean. The food is above average but nothing out of the ordinary.
Keep in mind that Carlton Hotel lies way off in one corner of the city (further ahead on the same road as DA Creek Club and DA Marina Club), so you'll need extra fuel to reach there, unless you live in or near Defence phase 8.