It’s red and black everywhere. Red carpets, red-and-black lights, red-and-black walls, red-and-black tables and chairs, and even the salt and pepper bottles.
“Red-and-black makes it unique, I even wanted to get red fish but none were available in the market,” says Sandeep, pointing to the fish-tank which has orange and black fish.
Sandeep E is the owner of Zinc and Rock, the latest hangout in Trivandrum at Vanross Junction.
Zinc and Rock has at times stuck to the conventional style like the chairs and tables and the lounge, but they have dared a lot of experimenting like low-floor seating and bar chairs at the two extreme ends.
You wonder why the name Zinc and Rock. “I wanted a theme for this restaurant and what could be more universal than music, and in a month or so we are trying to include a band or at least a guitarist playing some live music,” adds Sandeep, who sits facing a wall covered with some exclusive vintage CD covers that he bought in Delhi.
The jazz kit, the guitar, the violin and the trumpet—all this adds to the charm and ambience, but what makes the place unique would be the menu, the wide range of options you can choose from.
Something for everyone
Apart from the usual burgers, sandwiches, and sundaes, there is a whole set of new things that will leave you licking your fingers. Omeletes are one such speciality. Even in burgers, the Mexican burger comes with a grilled juicy pineapple piece, and the sandwiches are available in all three types: bread, subs, and croissants with an altered filling for each.
The highlights would be the salad bar and the chocolate fountain. The salad bar consists of 10 palates of vegetables, fruits and chicken varieties, and just for Rs60 you get a bowl where in you can pile up anything from these 10 according to your wish. A pineapple, apple or wafer, any of those can be wrapped and dipped in the chocolate fountain.
For the health conscious
Conscious about drinking mocktails and mockshakes, and adding up all that extra fat, then there’s a perfect section for you, exclusive health drinks like ‘purifier’, ‘cholesterol burner’, ‘vitamin juice’, and to enhance your skin’s radiance, there’s ‘Super skin’.
“We just started last week and the response has been nice. We soon hope to get some more crowd,” says Visakh, the manager of Zinc and Rock.
For the kiddies
Why should the little ones be forgotten? There’s something for them, that too an entire special section, which contains kiddie food items with cute names like, Humpty Dumpty Chicken Popcorn, Tarzan Solids, Snowy Ice Creams, etc.
“A party-cum-conference hall accommodating around 20 people is our next plan,” says Sandeep, who was in black-black matching the ambience of his first venture in the city.
“I believe this is one of the best hangout places in Trivandrum considering the ambience and the wide range of options, but the biggest plus would be the ample parking space, which is a major drawback in many of the hangout places in Trivandrum,” says Gautam Girish, a satisfied customer of Zinc and Rock.