Amid the chaos of the crowded streets that line the famous Ghats of Varanasi, there exists a small shop & restaurant that is totally unlike the typical local eating joints. The shop and the restaurant are not separate but co-exist in perfect harmony inside a residential apartment that is actually furnished like a residence. Walking in this little home from one room to another, one comes across delightfully displayed garments, home furnishings, & souvenirs, and an occasional round table with a few chairs around it. Choose the room and the table that you like, open a book or a laptop and be lost in your own world. Wi-fi is free and you can be there as long as you want provided you order something to eat or drink at least once every hour. Not a bad deal because the quality of food and drinks is superb and the prices are not very high. Welcome to Open Hand Shop & Cafe, located at B1/128-3, Dumraun Bagh Colony, Near Assi Ghat, Varanasi - 221005 Uttar Pradesh (Phone: +91-542-2369751 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are anywhere near Assi Ghat, ask any local person about Open Hand and you will not have to walk much to find this gem. The Cafe is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm every Monday to Saturday. Keep reading for the menu and pictures...
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|Open Hand Shop & Cafe Assi Ghat Varanasi|
One of the rooms in Open Hand has a bakery counter with some seats in front of it. The Cafe's menu is printed like a tabloid which is displayed on a wall next to this counter. Copies of this tabloid are also kept on the tables. The menu has four sections for food - Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, and Desserts. There are hot and cold drinks too. Tea is served in iced or hot variants starting at INR 60. A cappuccino can be ordered in small or large mugs at INR 65 or 85. Espresso starts at INR 45 and an iced Frappe costs INR 85. A freshly squeezed fruit juice of the day can be ordered at INR 105 and canned juices at INR 75. There are milk shakes and smoothies too.
|Bakery Counter at Open Hand Shop & Cafe Assi Ghat Varanasi|
|Furnishings for Sale at Open Hand Shop & Cafe Assi Ghat Varanasi|
Options for breakfast are superb. A Tourist Breakfast (corn flakes with curd and honey, seasonal fruit, 2 eggs, chicken sausage, and toast) is a great deal at INR 210. Or may be an even better option will be a Mediterrainean Breakfast (fresh veggies, black & green olives and gherkins, curd and toast) at INR 195. A French Toast Breakfast has 4 slices of French Toast, 2 cheese slices, and fresh fruit or honey or maple syrup, all at INR 185. They also have Museli and Omelettes starting at INR 105. One can even have a sandwich like Cheese & Tomato (INR 120) or Tuna (INR 180).
|Cheese Tomato Sandwich at Open Hand Shop & Cafe Varanasi|
Lunch options include Pasta, Rice and Meat dishes starting at INR 175. For snacks, they have pancakes (INR 120), Indian Risotto (INR 105), salads starting at INR 120, and French Fries & Salad at INR 140. For desserts, they have cakes & brownies (INR 80 onwards), ice creams & other frozen desserts (INR 60 onwards) and muffins & sweet pancakes starting at INR 65. The best part is that the food is fresh and cooked & presented very well which coupled with the special surroundings makes everything in Open Hand an experience to remember.
|Open Hand Shop & Cafe Varanasi Menu|
Open Hand also have outlets in New Delhi, Leh, Ladakh, Manali, and Kochi.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|