The outlet I went to is in the ICC Tower complex. Very small as compared to most Costas in Delhi, but I couldn’t be complaining. Hadn’t eaten all day, and my plain old grilled tomato cucumber sandwich was waiting to be picked. And my luck? These guys were out of chocolate chip muffins. I told them I’d come all the way from Delhi. Didn’t work.
A few things to compare between this place and the ones back home…
# These guys here let you pay in the end and not pay as you order. But, the payment system is the same, so they did a cheap thing of bringing the bill to my table without the bill book or whatever that little diary thingi is called. I didn’t know how to hand over the money. So I walked to the counter with the bill and paid there. Was awkward.
# The music was bad just as it is in all their other stores. I was fine, I had Nickelback.
# I have a special liking for the still-to-figure common thing in all Costa staff. So I ignored the almost scary “good evening” they were throwing at every customer walking in. It was amusing. Why I didn’t mind? I hadn’t met or talked to anyone all day. So I really didn’t mind the cute guy giving me a smile. 😀
But yea, their training seemed incomplete.
# They helped me with the most awesome chocolate truffle after sooo long. It almost made up for the muffin they didn’t have.
I spent about two hours there. It was comforting, it felt like home. Priyam’s status message changes every day and it tells me home is less than a month away. Till then, I don’t know how many times I’ll manage to visit this place, but I know I will keep going back in spite of its shortcomings for there aren’t many things which feel comfortable right now.
Yes, I am not a coffee person. It’s tea. 🙂