Imperial Panini’s and Coffee // Imperial Durbar Cafe

First popped into the Imperial Durbar for a little lunch back in January when the boyfriend and I were planning our trip to Paris. Having never been, we weren’t sure what to expect, and hadn’t really clicked onto the Indian theme throughout until we received our panini’s in naan bread. Ham and melted cheese with a side of mango chutney, just what the morning ordered.
We sat right in the front, Lee pouring fresh green tea leaves into his tea pot, and I was enjoying a nice latte. It wasn’t until my second visit when I learnt (having popped to the loos at the back) that the place extended much further back that I thought. There’s free wifi and loads of tables, chairs, armchairs and benches; every kind of chair a coffee shop needs.
I visited whilst writing an assessment for a marketing qualification possibly the second time,  and indulged in a chocolatey rocky road. Really delicious and lasted me quite some time as the portion was pretty large.
The service is great, I saw some ladies having an issue with something they ordered one time, and the staff apologised profusely and gave them a chocolate brownie to make up for it. Another time I came in hungover, desperate to kick off my shoes and relax, and the waitress suggested exactly what I was thinking. As I had ordered so many drinks during my visit, she even stamped my loyalty card to represent them all!
A great little spot at the Tooting Bec crossroads, perfect for coffee and/or lunch. I’m yet to have any of the cocktails they offer in the evening, but another reason to return. I’ll keep you updated!
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