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Bhopal: Now city offers cafés for F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans and Potterheads

Staff Reporter | Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 02:59 AM IST

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Bhopal: The capital city is lined up with themed cafés and restaurants offering a memorable dining experience with their uniquely designed ambience, and adding to the flavours are two new cafés. Central Kafe and Bistro 9 ¾ are no less than a feast for the F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans and Potterheads of the city.

Central Kafe, Chunabhatti Square

Based on the theme of much popular American TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S, the cafe is definitely not an exact replica the Central Perk was. There are, however, a few key recognizable features here and there, most notably the quintessential comfy couch lookalike which the café has named the ‘iconic couch’.

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Soma Ranjan, owner of café told Free Press that she hasn’t spent a single penny on advertisement of the café as this is the first F.R.I.E.N.D.S them based café of the city and the fans of the show have done enough word-of-mouth-advertising of the café. The menu of the café offers its customers six special dishes which resembles with all six characters of the show, of which Chandler’s Mac n Cheese and Ross’s classic hot coffee are everyone’s favorite.

The café also sells F.R.I.E.N.D.S merchandise like T-shirts, sippers, mugs, key-chains and tea coasters. Roma also told that she wasn’t expecting that response to be this good by the Bhopalites. Even a pre-wed shoot was done as bridegroom was a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan.

Bistro 9 ¾, Platinum Plaza

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Good news for Potterheads who have always dreamed about apparating to Diagon Alley’s, Bistro 9 ¾ a café is definitely the place for them. Owned by two MBA students- Yash and Anthony, Bistro 9 ¾ is a small, beautiful and very cozy place! It also has loads of exciting Harry Potter stuff to look at, which you can also buy.

Yash told Free Press that literal meaning of Bistro is a small and inexpensive restaurant. He said though the café is not spacious enough, we went ahead to open it here at Platinum Plaza, which is a very prime location here. The menu of the café offers you appetizing waffles and pancakes.

The café also serves Butterbeer as it was sold at the ‘Three Broomsticks Inn’ and ‘Hog’s Head’ in the movie. Upasana a regular at café said, “I found a Harry Potter theme cafe in Bhopal and it was lit. This is the first time in my life that I found Butterbeer that tasted like what I had imagined it would.

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Finally found my happy place for the next five years. Also, it deserves special mention because of the most creative thing I’ve seen in any Harry Potter themed cafe- the iconic Ford Anglia lodged into the Whomping Willow recreated inside an aquarium!”

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Published on: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 08:08 AM IST