The Village Studio is a cosy place in Parra that consists of a cafe, an art space and two rooms for travellers looking to peace out. While the activities are an additional incentive, we dig the place for lazy lunches with beer, pork and salted caramel pancakes. And, of course, the calm vibe.
Pancakes, Beer & North Eastern Food: This Quaint Cafe Is Perfect For Lazy Afternoons
What Makes It Awesome
We’ve been to The Village Studio earlier and had their brownies but the space has changed hands and we love their current focus on food.
Mohsina and Nabil, the couple that now runs the show here, don’t go into technicalities. They just believe in doing simple things – and doing them with all their heart. We figured this when they told us that the menu was nothing but a collection of dishes they loved making and eating. In fact, Mohsina went to the extent of saying that we were welcome anytime and they’d be happy to have us try whatever they were having for lunch. You know, it’s just good ol’ hospitality.
Food-wise, you’ll see bits influenced by both Assamese and Kerala food thanks to both the partners finding a way to celebrate their respective culinary cultures. We were super excited by the orange and herb salad with the green chillies, coriander and mustard oil, served on banana leaves. The beetroot tikkis (with the slight crunch from the peanuts), served with coconut and coriander chutney and warm pois, needs a standing ovation though. Pomegranate kombucha went well with the healthy-ish snacks.
Since the new northeastern menu loves meat eaters a bit more, there were lots of interesting options to pick from. Of everything we saw and tried, the pork in sesame paste (that smokey flavour was yum) and beef meatballs (mildly spiced with coriander and garlic) stood out. The accompanying fries and hummus with the meatballs were stars in their own right, if you ask us.
All that food and breeze sometimes (always?) tends to lull you into slumber. Don’t worry. They got two lovely rooms right above the cafe. Okay no, you aren’t the lethargic sugar monster they’re targeting. The rooms, with an artfully done common area, are actually for travellers who’d choose a sleepy village over a mad beach to stay. The views from this section are stunning (sigh… the sunset over paddy fields) and the tariff starts at INR 1,200 a night.
The cafe is open every day from 9am-6pm. And like we said, because it’s an arts space, they keep hosting workshops, pop-ups, music gigs, panel discussions and more fun activities pretty regularly. Follow them on social media to be on top of things.