Little Sips of Heaven: A Review of Little Venice
Written By Hafsa Sheikh
I’m Hafsa Sheikh, a fearless food critic extraordinaire! My insatiable hunger for exceptional cuisine has led me to explore some of Pakistan’s most renowned restaurants and hidden eateries.
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Ah, Malir Cantt – a place that holds cherished memories for me. It’s not a frequent destination on my map, perhaps once every blue moon, but whenever I find myself there, I simply can’t resist going to Little Venice, with its promise of little sips of heaven. It’s like meeting an old friend after a long time.
Ah, coffee! They say that as long as there’s coffee, things can’t be bad, and oh, how true that rings at Little Venice! With every visit, I fall deeper under its spell. There’s something truly magical about sipping a hot cup of coffee, especially in a place that feels so intimately familiar, even if it’s only once in a while.
Life’s too short to drink bad coffee, and you know what? I couldn’t agree more! So, trust me, Little Venice’s an experience you wouldn’t want to miss for the world.
So, what’s on the Menu?
- Cold Coffee
- Special Ones
- Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
- Summer Delights
Taste: A Banquet in a Beverage
Caffè Latte: Ah, the classic Caffè Latte, a velvety mix of espresso and steamed milk. Sipping this heavenly creation is like getting a warm hug from an old friend. The coffee’s boldness gracefully dances with the smoothness of the milk, leaving you with a rich, comforting flavor that brings a smile to your face with every sip.
Price: Regular – PKR 450, Large – PKR 520
Flat White: A little wonder that packs a punch of caffeine-infused joy. This beauty is the essence of coffee perfection, with a velvety microfoam crown that invites you to plunge into a world of pure indulgence. The espresso’s strength harmonizes with the creamy milk, creating a divine, well-balanced taste on your palate. It’s like a cozy afternoon cuddle in a cup!
Price: PKR 450
2. Cold Coffee
Black Cold: Little Venice’s signature espresso poured over ice – simple yet utterly divine! Imagine the bold, robust flavors of espresso mingling with the refreshing chill of ice cubes. The result? An invigorating taste that wakes up every inch of your being, leaving you feeling like you could conquer the world with one triumphant gulp. It’s the epitome of cool confidence!
Price: PKR 380
3. Special Ones
Spiced Latte: The blend of aromatic spices and velvety espresso creates an enchanting coffee that warms your soul and sparks joy in every cell of your body. It’s like a magical elixir, perfect for chasing away any hint of gloom and replacing it with a burst of spicy, playful bliss!
Price: Regular – PKR 570, Large – PKR 660
English Breakfast Tea: Now, I know it’s a coffee haven, but the English Breakfast Tea here is a celebration of British charm! It’s like sipping refined elegance, with each sip revealing the distinct flavors of black tea, a touch of sweetness, and a hint of comfort. It’s the kind of tea that invites you to revel in the simple pleasures of life!
Price: PKR 210
Imagine the velvety Caffè Latte generously embracing the lusciousness of chocolate – it’s a match made in heaven! Every sip is like a stroll through a chocolate wonderland, with the coffee and chocolate flavors playfully teasing your taste buds, leaving you in a state of delicious euphoria!
Regular – PKR 480, Large – PKR 500
Hot day? No worries! The Iced Latte is here to the rescue! The chilled embrace of this refreshing concoction takes the smooth Caffè Latte to new heights of coolness. It’s a refreshing plunge into a pool of coffee bliss, recharging your energy and putting a skip in your step. With each sip, you’ll feel revitalized, ready to take on any challenge the day throws your way!
5. Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
The Venetian Club: Oh, my taste buds still tingle with excitement at the mere thought! Imagine the rejuvenating taste of freshly squeezed orange juice, elegantly infused with a delicate hint of rose water and just a teasing splash of lime, all served over ice. Its zesty and citrusy flavors dance on your tongue, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the world!
Price: PKR 450
Fruit Punch: Now, hold on tight because the Fruit Punch takes you on a tropical escapade like no other. The succulent embrace of ripe mango and the tangy kick of oranges mingle together like a perfect dance partner. Then, out of nowhere, a shot of red sting swoops in to add a delightful twist, while a drizzle of apple syrup crowns the concoction with sweet elegance. It’s a burst of fruity paradise, a sip that transports you to sun-kissed beaches and swaying palm trees.
Price: PKR 450
Strawberry (with Cream): Ah, a delight that’s simply enchanting! The lusciousness of fresh strawberries meets the smooth, velvety texture of the cream, creating a dreamy sweetness. With each sip, it’s as if you’re floating on a cloud of bliss, wrapped in a loving embrace of fruity goodness and creamy perfection.
Price: PKR 530
Guava and Banana Smoothie: A true masterpiece of tropical fusion. The bold essence of guava entwines with the subtle creaminess of banana, and together they weave a harmonious melody of flavors. It’s a taste that makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a secret garden of delectable delights – fruity and utterly satisfying!
Price: PKR 500
8. Summer Delights
Caramel Coffee Brownie Frappé: And then there’s this – oh boy, an explosion of heavenly goodness! The rich, bold flavor of coffee meets the velvety smoothness of caramel while delicate hints of brownie crumble dance in the background. Each sip is a celebration of indulgence, like savoring the finest dessert in a cup. It’s a treat that wraps you in a warm, cozy hug, leaving you with a permanent smile.
Price: PKR 630
Lemon Iced Tea: The epitome of a refreshing summer romance with the zesty zing of lemon caressing the soothing coolness of iced tea, a duo that’s simply meant to be. It’s the perfect companion for a lazy afternoon or a pick-me-up when you need that extra kick of zest. Trust me; this drink will leave you feeling utterly rejuvenated and craving sunny days all year round.
Price: PKR 430
Price: Slightly High
Disclaimer: The prices quoted above are at the time of publishing. They are subject to change.
I couldn’t help but notice that the prices were slightly higher than your average coffee joint. But given that they’ve opened up in a place like Malir Cantt, mostly everyone here can afford to visit at least once, just to give it a try themselves.
So sure, it might not be the most economical spot in town, but sometimes, life calls for a little splurge, right? After all, what is life, if not a series of delightful experiences and cherished memories? And Little Venice was worth every rupee spent.
Service: It Has Its Moments
Fast and smooth, the staff seemed to dance around, taking orders with impressive efficiency. Though the limited seating due to the compactness of the place made it a bit challenging to find a spot, it didn’t dampen my spirits. After all, a bit of crowding was a testament to the popularity of Little Venice. I took a seat on one of the hard chairs, which, I admit, could have been more comfortable. Nevertheless, I was ready to overlook that minor inconvenience for what awaited.
As I eagerly awaited my drinks, I couldn’t help but notice that they served them in disposable cups, even though I had chosen to dine in. It was a slight disappointment, as I had envisioned sipping from a stoneware coffee cup with a cream design top, much like the ones showcased in their pictures. Little Venice may have its areas of improvement, but it’s clear that the potential for greatness is there. With a little bit of fine-tuning, this place could truly become brilliant.
Hygiene: A Ray of Sunshine
Little Venice took pride in serving only certified organic coffee, ensuring that each cup was free from preservatives, pesticides, and any harmful GMOs. It was a comforting thought, knowing that I could savor my coffee without worrying about hidden chemicals.
What truly touched my heart was Little Venice’s dedication to fair trade. They made sure that the farmers who grew the coffee beans were treated fairly, receiving better income and improved well-being. And there was an evident commitment to quality as every batch of coffee was roasted in-house.
But it wasn’t just the coffee that was aligned with the principles of sustainability. Little Venice went the extra mile to ensure their cups and bags were biodegradable and made from 40% recycled material. It was heartening to see a place that also cared about the environment.
Little Venice’s commitment to hygiene is a shining example of how businesses could make a positive impact on the world. With every visit, I felt like I was supporting a greater cause – one that cherished not only the joys of coffee but also the greater good it could bring.
Accessibility: Chasing Coffee
With only one branch in Malir Cantt, Little Venice isn’t as easily accessible as other restaurants in Karachi. This does make it a bit of a challenge for some, especially those who live farther away. Yet, it was precisely this exclusivity that added a touch of charm to Little Venice.
However, to counter the hurdle of limited branches, Little Venice cleverly embraced modern technology. With the convenience of FoodPanda delivery, I found a way to enjoy their delightful offerings even on days when I couldn’t make it to the physical location.
Little Venice is no ordinary cafe, it’s an experience – one that evokes an appreciation for coffee. It’s the kind of place that adds joy to life. And just like a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day, it brings a smile to your face with every sip!
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