Clearly my 1st Starbucks experience in India was utterly sub-par… So why bother with a Part 2?
Well… as is often the case in life… there is more to the story!
1. Bandra Reclamation Starbucks – Part 2
Embroiled in local tussles regarding bribes… ahem licensing issues, apparently the power cut issue is only one symptom. One hopes that whatever lafra (a brilliant Hindi slang word that roughly translates as ‘trouble’) is going on is resolved soon.
However even with full power:
- The staffs were as unhappy to be there as their miserable patrons
- Only one guy sorta had a clue how the Wi-Fi password worked and it was completely beyond him to understand that the internet connection was instantly compromised!
- It is small, cramped and a poor cousin of the comfortable coffee shops conducive to writing, blogging faffery and more!
2. Starbucks at the landmark Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel
So, when before seeing Mumbai vs Mumbai (with Rathod the Roach Killer), a proposal was made to go to Starbucks in SoBo (South Bombay)… My first thought was – you have got to be kidding!? Especially when the proposal was to take my partner’s mother there too as a ‘treat’!
However, I kept my grumblings at bay and bravely said – ‘Sure, let’s go!’ (pasting on enthusiastic fake face). And off we went to the Starbucks behind the Taj Hotel….
I walked in and my jaw dropped! Bustling with energy, efficiency, perky happy staff, well-heeled patrons, savouring perfectly made soy lattes, cappuccino, americanos in cool comfort.
This could not be the same company at all?! Such a contrast, I felt like I had stumbled into a different dimension! Spacious, cool, the exact same coffee as I ordered in Bandra was waaaaay better… you would never think it was part of the same ‘chain’!
Check out a couple quick pics….
3. Starbucks at Fort
When the message from my partner asking for coffee came after we’d already finished our coffees, snacks, deserts… What did we do? We naturally decided to check out the Starbucks in Fort! What else?!
Once we navigated around the film shoot in progress… and opened the door… I was awestruck. It is MASSIVE! And I do mean HUUUUUGGGEE!! Prime SoBo real estate transformed into a temple to coffee!
My pics do not do justice – walk into a main room with one area to order a coffee, the move on to the centre coffee bar to pick up your brew. There is an upstairs space, then an even larger room behind the coffee bar to lounge, chat, enjoy, all abuzz with happy energy, fuelled by caffeine.
Can you believe the contrast? If either of these SoBo Starbucks were walking distance from home, they would become my new ‘office’.
Ratings: Taj and Fort Starbucks – surpassed what you would expect!
Ever find radically different experiences from the same ‘chain’?