Head up for the tail
Dog owners have a secret grief. No matter how hard they try, they can’t love like a dog – and no one encourages this guilt more relentlessly than a dog. Famous for their devotion and loyalty, dogs have a less-publicized aspect that involves staring, stalking and emotional blackmail. Now, they have a new appeal for “parents” – a cafe called Puppychino where dogs and humans can socialize together. Everyone is barking at it. It even has cupcakes for pets (and not for “humans”).
Popchino, the first dog cafe in Delhi (India), is located in Shahpur Jat, in a deviant alley where style seekers try to discover interesting designs in strange boutiques. An offbeat restaurant for dog lovers fits nicely into concept showrooms on high-rise buildings. Inside the cafe, the walls are cool and pale, the furniture is minimal and there are combinations in design that meet two sets of clients – which come in four feet and two legs.
A huge dog chases a yellow frisbee with a play pen, a prime beagle pushes a colored ball through its mouth, a little girl wraps herself around a handsome Siberian husky while her mother throws a plastic bone at a Labrador. The enclosure, where about 10 dogs can roam at once, is turbulent but for two benches. An in-house instructor keeps an eye on the soldiers in the play zone and thanks to the dispenser, the air is fresh. Humans and animals are associated with games that involve significant amounts of running, rolling, and hitting by the tail. Dogs are social animals, and those who go to Popchino treat them best.
The 20-year-old sisters started Popchino because they were guilty of leaving their own dog behind when they went out. (Source: Express Photo Tashi Tobgial)
There is a board at the door separating the playground from the dining room that instructs, “Don’t let the dogs go out, no matter what they tell you.” It is easily ignored. The 25-seat dining space, one evening a week, has created groups of young people with or without pets. A toy Pomeranian named Lewis is digging up a fuzzy cupcake (made with cornmill, coconut milk and yogurt but without sugar or spices) on a table covered with pizza and long drinks for people. Its owner is a student of the College of Art, Delhi, who joined his gang by playing the guitar in the conversation.
The 20-year-old sisters started Popchino because they were guilty of leaving their own dog behind when they went out. “Every time we left them, they would tear the mattress and tear the furniture. It was a way to show their anger, ”said Nayani Tandon, the proud mother of two dogs who tattooed one hand and tattooed her dog’s silhouette (which became Popchino’s logo) and ear studs. And paws her sister, Mallika Tandon, a communication design student who has worked on decor and menus.
Their commitment to dogs extends to the cafe’s functionality, including dogs and “Humans” menus. The former is based on human food inventions and includes strawberry risotto with mint yogurt, snoopy spaghetti, whole wheat spaghetti, fresh vegetables and Parmesan cheese and toothpaste pancakes, with gluten-free wheat cornmeal, coconut water and Is mixed. Almond butter. Most of the menus on the menu include shakes, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and burgers that the girls have made with a emphasis on comfortable meals. Owners serve at the table and then clean up, because waiting is not impossible for staff, but rather their dog and dog lovers naturally make personal choices without professional interaction. Let’s move on.
Address: 3rd Floor, 119, Shishu Bhaban, Shahpur Ghat; 12-10 pm.
Call 33105862 for reservations.