Coffee with Hemingway

Have you heard that Hemingway and J.K. Rowling – before she became richer than the Queen – work a lot out of cafes? If you have ever heard such stories, believe them to be true, and possess some love for the world of words, then you want to ape them big authors. So last night, armed with a stack of printouts from various websites, I landed up at Resident Inn Chennai hoping to have a drink of that acrid drink they call coffee. Since I can’t write anything except blogs, I had, of course, decided to do the other thing that people with a love for words do: Read, as I sip my coffee.

It was past midnight and the air was chill. For the first time this season, dew had formed over my bike seat. As I drove into the all-night restaurant near the Gemini flyover, I was unceremoniously waved into a parking slot in a corner. There was no one at the restaurant. The waiter was fiddling with the remote of the flat screen TV. He finally settled for MTV. Since it’s CASed in Chennai, I haven’t seen MTV in ages. In a few minutes, I saw Ash dance. The movie was Taal.

Resident Inn serves sandwiches, Biriyani and a choice of desserts. It’s quite expensive. Sandwiches – they come fresh, toasted or grilled – cost as much as Rs 40 for vegetarian and Rs 60 for chicken. Biryani – fish, chicken and mutton – cost as much as Rs 150.

You can also order Kal Dosai with chicken curry or plain rice with fish curry. The main course doesn’t taste all that great, but the desserts do better.

Coffee at a pricey Rs 40 tastes the best. I had coffee and a chicken sandwich. I sat for two hours reading. The best part was the imagination. You don’t have to pay for imagining yourself to be the next Hemingway. You might be never be that, but the ordinarily good coffee tastes extraordinary when you imagination works overtime.

2 Comments so far

  1. Deepak (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    Inn Chennai has one of the worst restaurant I have been to. May be, one of their sea food restaurants is good, but not the rest of it.


  2. nandhu (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

    ya, i kinda missed that point totally. it is not a very good restaurant, but the coffee i think is quite edible.

    also, it’s one of the few all-night restaurants that isn’t as pricey as the five star ones.



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