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No Fear No Favour

This Chennai café is giving all the reasons to rejoice as it’s serving Minion love to their customers

They are cute, they are naughty, they are adorable, they are funny and above all, they entertain us. They are none other than minions. Let’s just settle down with the fact that we are in love with the Minions. They stole away our heart when they first wormed our hearts in the Despicable Me franchise back in 2010.

But what if we tell you that there’s a café dedicated to these sort, living, adorable, eccentric yellow creatures? What would be reaction then?

To fancy those little, mischievous creatures you have to, (un)fortunately, leave Delhi and pack your bag to Chennai’s GN Chetty Road. The moment you enter the café the first thing you’ll notice is that the world has turned yellow, as Minions cover every available wall. The unique name for the café comes from the dedication to Despicable Me, and the cuisine on offer – sandwiches of every kind.

Brothers Monish and Mahish Raj started the café because they wanted to do something ‘interesting’. “We are both crazy about Minions, and after I passed out from engineering college I wanted to do something different. So, we decided to start this restaurant,” says 22-year-old Monish.

The Minions dedication doesn’t only adorn all the walls, it also finds its way into the menu. “The sandwiches in our menu are named after Bob, Kevin and Stuart. Bob refers to paneer sandwiches, Kevin to corn sandwiches and mushroom ones are called Stuart,” explains Monish.

One of their big sellers, for instance, is the Kevin and Bob Yummy Special, a corn and paneer sandwich overflowing with cheese. “It tastes like cheese burst pizza,” says Monish.

Other highlights you can find on their menu include the Devil Kevin, the Crackling Bob Special, the Southwest Bob and Kevin, the Barbeque Kevin and the Nutella Browniewich.

Monish says, “Despiwich sees a regular stream of Minions fans coming in every day, the café also gets a good response from the party crowd since they stay open till 2 am.”

Open from 12 noon to 2 am, the cafe offers a range of over 60 sandwiches priced between Rs 60 and Rs 130. Besides the sandwiches, the café also offers a range of burgers, milkshakes and juices.

Monish says that he and 25-year-old Mahish started off the cafe as a passion project. “We used to prepare the sandwiches ourselves, but now we have hired chefs. But we tell them how to prepare each sandwich. We don’t have a manager, and I’m here from noon to night every day. I make sure to interact with the customers, and it is a very friendly atmosphere,” he says.

Despite there being tough competition from veteran sandwich stores like Royal Sandwich and Sandwich Square, says Monish, “I believe we have a unique taste and we are getting a good response.” Indeed, he says, though Despiwich has a less visible location inside Ankur Plaza, customers have found out about the café online, on Zomato and Facebook, and have returned and turned into regulars thanks to their unique sandwiches.

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