That’s the thing about ordinary; it compels you to defy the humdrum and witness what lies beyond. It usually is a tedious task but somebody has got to do it, isn’t it? For instance, running a café in Udaipur can be a precarious business as with time, this city has seen multiple concept cafes mushrooming in every corner. How to keep up? By innovating and evolving and in this case, Mic & Munch raised the bar high and there’s no complaint about it.
Amid a long stretch of commercialized shops and private offices is located Mic & Munch Café which attracts passersby with its perky orange and blue themed outdoors. Situated on the first floor of a commercial building, the café welcomes you to its quirky space. Pop art on the wall, brick wall against the open mic set, lighting made of bulbs dangling from the ceiling, individual and group settings, doodled walls and a large window diffuses the sunlight of a summer day inside the café.
Set up by 3 friends Aviral, Lavish and Priyank, Mic & Munch opened its gates to the public in October 2016 and within few months became one of the most visited cafes in town. Initially titled as ‘Open Mic’ revolving around the concept of live music, the three founders visited a number of cafes across Delhi and Mumbai before bringing this idea to a tourist city where anything new is seen at first with tad skepticism.
A risky dream for the owners, Mic & Munch won over the hearts of many by including music, sumptuous Mexican cuisine, board games, cards, and refreshing vibe that many cafes fail to deliver in Udaipur. Interestingly, this café is different than the usual average cafes. For one, the open mic set is available for performances by singers, musicians, poets, comedians and singers in making. Second, the ambiance takes you back to the good old days of the school with chalkboard table, UNO, Jenga, and other board games that are best enjoyed with friends and family. Third, this café serves as a working space for the office goers and artists who prefer working out of the cubicle.
After taking a good look of the entire café, I, with a couple of friends settled down on the couch and placed the order. Post 10 minutes wait; we were served the fruit punch made of fresh fruits that came in a bulb shaped glass utensil and special M&M shake loaded with strong coffee, topped with cream and chocolate shavings. Quite impressive, the owners spent about 45 minutes total in our company, talking about the café and how it came into existence. It was entertaining to know how these friends, CA aspirants, and dropouts started this café with the help of their parents and friends and turned their dream into a full-fledged reality.
Already a huge fan of cafe’s quesadilla, this time I ordered M&M Nachos that came loaded with beans, bell peppers, olives and creamy cheese sauce, corn cheese croquettes made of mashed potato with a filling of cheese and corn and chilly cheese toast to fill our Buddha belly. We couldn’t decide which the best was as the nachos were crispy with the perfect blend of crunchy vegetables, beans, and salsa sauce; the croquettes were mouth watering with dense rich crumb and the cheese chilly toast though a wee bit greasy on the surface, tasted well.
It’s good that the café considers presentation and quality and take that extra step to serve their food. I don’t expect much while sitting in a café but I was surprised to find another dish coming our way. As quirky it may sound if I describe it, but it tasted fresh, palatable and unique. Chocolate Puri Paan Shots! Puri made of wheat, dipped in chocolate sauce came with bowls of mint and paan condiment/water and colored sweet cherries. This is one of the reasons why you should visit Mic & Munch and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
However, one of the most enjoyable things to do here fulfills the fantasy of being a Grammy-Award singer in a room full of audience members. When you walk up to the open mic, the consistent good sound quality gives every new performer on stage, a setup for a mini concert. M&M hosts a number of several open mic sessions all over the week for those who are interested in not only music but stand-up comedy, storytelling, poetry, and speeches as well. Also, the support that a number of musicians have received during the open mic sessions is remarkable.
Although, one thing that is usually missing from the many open mic sessions that I have attended is a decent crowd of people who come just to watch and actually listen! This concept of bashing the inner fear and coming onto the stage might be something that we all have yet to face, but with the warm ambiance and appreciative crowd, a stunning performance is not to be missed. In my opinion, this is one of the best cafes that I have been to and I hope it remains that way for years to come.
Cost: Rs. 650 for two people
Address: Café Mic & Munch, near DP Jewellers, opposite Hanuman Temple, Bhupalpura
Contact: +91-8452000455, +91-9461061505