Friday 4 August 2017

New in Lucknow : Cafe TC (Turquoise Cottage)

Hey fellas, hope all's good? If you're in Lucknow, you know how the F&B market is escalating every day. Tons of new, small and big cafes and restaurants are launching on weekly basis; and of course we are enjoying it and recommending our friends to try them all as well! Continuing the legacy, I am here, writing for you about a brand new cafe that's opened up in the posh area of Gomti Nagar by the name TURQUOISE COTTAGE. One of the most exotic cafe franchisees in India, people living in the NCR know what I'm talking about, eh?

Café TC is a proven and tested concept since 1997, from a stunning new way dinning, scintillating, mix-cultured ambience to pulsating music, it needs no introduction for those who are for a delectable eatery and bar. The new fresh look gives a great feel to relax and unwind during the day and the evenings! Certainly, it’s one charming café by the day that turns into high energy bar in the evening.

The interiors are super alluring with raw brick walls, spunky wooden furniture more of an European taste, beautiful lanterns giving soft light and peaceful music are perfect ingredients to click pictures and feel great about being at TC. Just so you know, I was pretty much fascinated by this little corner with a bookshelf near a multi-color tinted glass window, that held some amazing authors. A cozy, little friends' zone amidst some paperbacks is something you'd never want to miss!

Front Restaurant (tables for 4, 6, 8)

Bar Area

Mini Restaurant at the side with a Road View (tables for 2, 4)

Backside Space for a family/friend's group.
Best corner to indulge into good food and reading at the same time!


Many Lucknowites like me long awaited the launch of Cafe TC because the story behind it was no secret but hep. A bunch of like-minded youngsters decided to open a casual dining Chinese restaurant in the 1995. Witnessing the growing crowd and huge popularity, in 1997 they took a step ahead to enlarge the space! Now Turquoise Cottage is considered to be the one of the coolest cafes, where classic rock songs are played while youngsters could order refreshing cocktails/mocktails and unwind themselves in an open space. I chose to order a Watermelon Mint Cooler for myself for the love of the red fruit. Quite freshening it tasted!

Food has been the major attraction and crowd puller and Turquoise Cottage has truly mastered the art of offering blended delicacies. From seasoned fruit salads to addition of cheese and Indian spices in them makes beautiful salad combos for us. I tried the most talked about Watermelon and Feta Salad with Honey Emulsion that had scooped watermelon balls with chunks of cheese, seasoned with mint and honey; and TC Style Som Tom Salad that included grated raw papaya, cherry tomatoes and peanuts seasoned with herbs; and Crispy Fried Wonton Salad with Asian greens tossed with teriyaki, mayonnaise, finished with crispy wontons. Great at texture, lovely in taste! 

Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad

TC Style Som Tom Salad

Crispy Fried Wonton Salad

It was a great afternoon that I spent amongst some really yum food which included a bunch full of appetizers that looked so good that I just felt like staring at them for hours. One such uber cool presentation was of the Velvety Corn Soup that came in a whole bun. Served with a base of mustard, this corn and cream puree tasted marvellous. The sides included two pieces of garlic bread topped with green and black olives, while nailing the English soup presentations!

While going through the menu, it was an amazing feeling to see most of vegetarian dishes in the list of starters. I chose to order the Baked Mushroom Caps which is a dish of oven baked, spicy jalapeno stuffed mushrooms topped with mayo sauce. This one bite snack is really soft and inviting! Though it tasted a bit less-spiced, so if you're not fond of wishy-washy mushrooms I won't recommend this to you.

Cafe Velvety Corn Soup

Baked Mushroom Caps

I wish I could call the further mentions as main course, but no! Cafe TC makes sure they fill tummies with just platters of starters and more because there's literally no main course by the category. Also, if you're new to my blog and wondering why haven't I mentioned any non-veg dish here, let me clarify that I only talk about vegetarian food. Hence it's a blast for vegetarians that I'm going to indulge into below. 

The platters as we talk of, are one of the must try attractions at Turquoise Cottage. Curated by expert chefs, the Indian Veg Platter (paneer tikka, malai broccoli, soya chap and veg. shikampuri kebab served with spiced onions and chutney) is one of my personal favorites out of others that are : Oriental Veg Sampler (veg. salt & pepper, spring rolls, & chilly cottage cheese served with kimchi and fries); and Mezza Platter (hummus, baba ghannouj, cacik, mukhalil, falafel, fatayer sabanik, cheese sambosik served with pita basket). 'Succulent', 'finger-licking' and 'delicious' would be understatements for each! While the presentation once again goes in for a 10/10.

Indian Veg Platter

Oriental Veg Sampler

Mezza Platter

I spent about 4 good hours at Cafe TC with my fellow bloggers and once everyone got done with their meal, we ordered the desserts. Thankfully not many of my friends were hungry so I hogged upon two whole, scrummy Apple Pies myself. The left over of one mini pie as you can see in the picture below, framed well with my lemon-mint cooler (a delightful mocktail).

Apple Pie with Lemon-Mint Cooler

Pictured with fellow food bloggers and team Turquoise Cottage

Located on the 1st floor, Cyber Heights in Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. Turquoise Cottage – TC Original 1997 should be definitely on your ‘must visit’ list for impeccable service, great delicacies and soothing ambience complemented with soft music! *Find Cafe TC Lucknow on Instagram & Facebook.


Overall rating :

Service : 10/10
(quick orders and delivery, friendly and smiling staff)

Food : 9/10
(significant quality, presentation and taste)

Pricing : 9/10 (Moderate)
(soups starting at 130/-, salads starting at 230/-, platters starting at 430/-)

Ambience : 10/10
(mix of Indian & Western, elegant & classy, well lit)

Cafe TC (Turquoise Cottage) Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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  1. It's quite huge.. I like the interior and vibes of this place from the first picture to the last everything grabbed my attention. Menu is so good and fresh. Would love to visit this place! Thanks for introducing this to us readers. 😃

  2. This is really nice ! For me the highlight is food , it is looking very tempting ! Will visit soon !

  3. बै यार। हुक्का तोह है नही। -Many Lucknavvi teenagers

  4. So delicious! And you look pretty as always 😘😘

  5. Love the ambience n delicious food

  6. Shrinkhala Porwal8 August 2017 at 08:56

    The food was soo tasty.

  7. Can't resist myself from experiencing the goodness of this cafe! Yummy lip smacking food and everything looks so good from the first picture to the last!

  8. This place looks amazing. Not just because of its Ambience but also because of its Variety of food and pricing.

  9. OMG!!! M Gonna Visit This Place For Sure...��������

  10. Ambience looks amazing,can't wait to try the food.♥♥

  11. This place look really amazing ....
    I'm gonna visit this place ������✌✌

  12. Finally it comes in Lucknow. Food looks suppa tasty, cafe looks suppa huge and eagerness to visit is suppa high. :D

  13. Omg it's infrastructure is sooo amazing 😍
    Food looks so delicious..though I'm not from Lucknow and thus never heard about it before.. I would still love to visit here whenever i go Lucknow. ♥

  14. Hey Shubhi. That was a nice feedback from you. Recently shifted to Lucknow for a new Project. Was looking for some really decent places to chill out alone. I must say, this places lives up to my expectations. And food is lip- smacking.

    Looking to explore more of those Hidden treasures in Lucknow, with help of your blog . :)

  15. You're always ready for free food. Improve your English please

  16. I like cafe tc interior nice design and article.

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