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JD's Sandwich is named after a local food enthusiast who is a frequent face at the cafe and loves one particular sandwich

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– by Jaideep Sarin

Chandigarh, June 1, 2017: It is certainly not one of those upscale, air-conditioned, fine-dining places with a fancy address. But Dev’s American Cafe here believes in providing a new and different experience to foodies who are ready and willing to experiment.

Tucked inside the campus of The British School in Chandigarh’s Sector 44, the cafe is more of an open eating space with a makeshift roof for some cover to seat about 30-35 people. The sitting area is actually a shed with the school’s boundary wall being the only back-up on one side.

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The only fully covered area is the kitchen, which too appears more like a school canteen than a restaurant kitchen. And with good reason — it actually is the school canteen during the day.

It is only in the evening that Dev’s American Cafe comes to life with colourful but basic lighting, some music and a lot of variety of good food, though the menu is just a couple of white boards with the food choices written in black, green, blue and red markers.

On the menu board, one can find dishes with such unique names as Baloo the Burger, Phat Omelette (comes with toast), The Lindy Hop, Don’t Tell Me, Volcano Burger, The Tintin (inspired by Ranbeer Tintin Siddu of “I Quit” fame) and others.

JD’s Sandwich is named after a local food enthusiast who is a frequent face at the cafe and loves one particular sandwich.

Among other popular items are the Big Texas BBQ Burger, American Breakfast, California Date Shake and Cinamon French Toast.

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Owner and founder Dev — short for Devinder Singh Mahal — is an Indian-American who was a chef in the US for nearly 25 years before heading for India and is now “settled” here to be part of the food business.

“We love to experiment. So our menu items keep changing. Most of the dishes on the menu have been conceived by me depending on the taste demands of the people coming here,” Devinder told IANS.

Born to a Sikh father and a German-American mother in the US, Dev says that he tries to infuse international flavor to his dishes.

“Most of my clients here are youngsters and families. I keep getting feedback from them to bring in changes to the items that are made and sold here. We don’t advertise ourselves, not even on popular food social sites. Most of our customers come here based on word-of-mouth references,” Dev said.

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In the kitchen, it is Dev, his young associate Ashank, and a helper who manage the entire cooking.

“We make it a point to understand the food tastes of people and prepare things accordingly. We do give them suggestions, wherever necessary,” pointed out Ashank, a commerce graduate who learnt all his cooking skills at the cafe. (IANS)

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Place and Location: Dev’s American Cafe; The British School Campus, Sector 44, Chandigarh.

Meal for Two: Around Rs 600-1,000 (depending upon the order; some items are cheaper).

Time: 5 pm to 10 pm

(Jaideep Sarin can be contacted at jaideep.s@ians.in)

 

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Nepal Restaurant Replaces Its Waiters With Robots

Paaila Technology has spent around 15 million Nepali rupees ($134,568) on research and development in the last few years.

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A newly-launched restaurant in the capital of Nepal is using robots as waiters under the slogan, “where food meets technology”.

The Naulo Restaurant (“naulo” means new in Nepali) operates with the help of five robots, three named Ginger and two named Ferry, designed and manufactured by Paaila Technology, a Nepali company established by six young engineers, specializing in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

“Naulo is the first digitalized robotic restaurant not just in Nepal, but also in South Asia. We believe that our robot is one of the most advanced service robots in the world which is user friendly and very easy to operate,” Binay Raut, CEO of Paaila Technology and Naulo Restaurant, told Xinhua.

The restaurant has a menu implanted in digital screens on tables from where orders can be placed directly to the kitchen. After the dishes are ready, the robots collect them from the kitchen counter and serve the customers.

This is the first time in the Himalayan country that a restaurant has used “Made in Nepal” robots as servers.

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The restaurant has a menu implanted in digital screens on tables. Flickr

Raut, 27, who completed engineering studies in India and the UK, said: “We travelled to different countries including China and Japan to learn about the design, framework and operation of robots before launching it in Nepal. Now, our target is to introduce this Nepali innovation in the international market.”

Robot Ginger is powered with swarm intelligence, speech recognition, natural language processing, auto-dock ability, among others. The robot also cracks jokes and answers basic IQ questions in both English and Nepali.

Paaila Technology entered the hospitality sector after the operation of its first humanoid robot named Pari stationed in a branch of Nepal SBI Bank.

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Pari has been deployed in the digital branch of the bank known as inTouch branch, which functions as a source of information and guides customers. The robot started work by greeting customers with “Good afternoon. Welcome to Nepal SBI InTouch”.

Paaila Technology has spent around 15 million Nepali rupees ($134,568) on research and development in the last few years.