N'eco's Natural Store and Cafe Review by Sadaf Farooqui

Posted by Sadaf Farooqi on

N'ecos Natural Store and Cafe has recently opened its doors along one of the lanes between main Khayaban-e-Shujaat and 16th Street off Khayaban-e-Muhafiz. Its in the same lane as the men's clothing store Naushemian.
The cafe ambience is spacious yet cozy because of the abundance of woodwork, not to mention a tree in its center, besides that.Assorted things were hanging from the tree branches. Kudos to whoever designed the interior of this cafe-cum-deli-cum-store. A blackboard displays the day's special menu and new store products on offer. I absolutely loved the ample use of thick wood throughout the café, and justbehind the counter, an array of N'ecos original organic products on display. ButSince this store and cafe boasts organic and high-quality ingredients, the prices are on the high side.
They serve breakfast all day, which includes traditional desi as well as foreign fare. The "doorstep-thick" French toast, is a unique attraction offered only by Necos's that is as yet unparalleled by other eateries.
Eggs are free-range, and you can choose wholegrain or white bread, and pick cheese that is hormone-free. And their menu is more exotic than what you find in other cafes, e.g. they have a variety of flatbreads that are wholegrain. Insidethe deli have scrumptious looking items, such as tarts, cookies, croissants, buns and other snacks on display, along withMuffins, cupcakes, and a multitude of different breads can also be bought here.The store staff was very welcoming towards children, and provided them with colors and paper, which kept them occupied constructively.
The staff also offered my children two chocolate chip cookies, priced at Rs 15 each, on the house as soon as we entered the cafe.Unlike other cafes, you can rest assured that whatever you order is prepared in a clean kitchen under high standards of hygiene.
Mineral water is complimentary and is served in exquisite stemmed glasses (even to children!) as soon as you sit down to dine. So at last we ordered Moroccan Chicken with pasta in creamy sauce, priced at Rs 499, along withhomemade pasta with prawns in pesto, also priced at Rs 499. At N'ecos, they use their own pasta in their dishes! And since breakfast is served all day, traditional Pakistani omelette, with onions and tomatoes but sans chillies, andparatha were ordered for the children, priced at Rs 399. This came with one cup of tea as well.
Are you wincing at the price? Well, the quantity was more than enough for even one very hungry adult, plus they use their own whole wheat aata and free-range eggs. Also ordered Hummus with mini-toasts - Rs 180. The hummus was spicy, glossy and really delicious, along with Doorstep-thick French Toast with topping of maple syrup and seasonal fruit - Rs 329, and the best of them all was the Cottage Chicken - Rs 569, The menu describes this as: "Chicken breast stuffed with layers of basil pesto, cottage cheese and tomatoes, along with Bearnaise sauce served with sauteed vegetables".
This was delicious; the only quibble I had with it was the small portion size. At this price, why are they being so stingy with the size of the chicken breast, sautéed veggies and sauce? It would not suffice for a very hungry adult. And lastly the warm, syrup-drizzled waffles made a thoroughly enjoyable treat for the children! You can't get these at home, unless you have a waffle-maker. AlsoWhole wheat pancakes with seasonal fruit and maple syrup - Rs 250
you will feel less guilty about having these pancakes, because they are whole wheat i.e. healthier. Blueberry-sauce topped New York Style cheesecake, priced at Rs 260. It was crusty around the edges, which indicated that it was not fresh, but its taste was nevertheless great!
Verdict: yes it is a bit expensive, but what you are getting in return is something worth spending on. Highly recommended.
Please note: re-check the prices as it have changed.

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