Today I had a really stressful, well, rather a kind of mind exhausting and packed to the brim with tasks day. It is that time again when everyone has just started the New Year but as the semester is coming to end, exams and presentations are stressing us out. I spent most of my day in the library and forgot the time over books and notes of my lectures. When the clock was ticking towards 12.30pm and my stomach started to rumble slightly I thought a lunch break would just be the right thing for me.
Luckily a friend of mine had the same brilliant idea and she even had a suggestion where to go:
This cute little café, although I would describe the atmosphere more bistro like, is located in Grindelallee 34, so very close to the campus – since 1995. I did not quite know what to expect because my friend said they serve a lot of traditional Turkish food and apart from the good old Kebab or Falafel after a night out, I never really had the chance to have a taste. But as soon as you walk in you realize that that is not it. Café Dilo offers a great variety of different types of food which are all written down on chalkboards above the counter (I like it old school).
Although it is difficult I am sure you will find a dish or drink for breakfast, lunch, coffee break or even dinner. The friendly staff will help you decide between all those amazingly smelling sandwiches, Turkish and Italian pastries, salads and soups which they either prepare right in front of you or in the kitchen. Whether you are on the run or you want to sit down for a bit I am sure you will chose the right thing to satisfy your tummy.
All the different kind of Bagels, Böreks, Sucuks and Pides were absolutely pleasing to the eye. After I eventually chose a Pide with mince, vegetables and feta cheese I happily discovered that it was pleasing my taste buds as well. My friend chose a Pide with turkey breast, broccoli, tomato and cheese. We both paid 5,90€ which is a pretty good price for the size of the portion in my opinion. Generally the prices vary between 1,50€ and 3,00€ for coffee and other drinks and about 5,00€ and 10,00€ for all hot dishes and salads.
The café was bigger than I expected it to be since it also has a little lounge area in the back corner with comfy sofas but my friend and I found a nice seat right next to the front window. The interior design is kept quite simple with warm colors of red, brown and green but several lampions and cushions make the room look very cozy and welcoming.
When we first arrived the café was not too busy but for that reason we were able to choose our table and I really enjoyed sitting next to the window and observing people walking past while I had a lovely meal.
So if you are unsure where to go for your next break in between lectures and you do not feel like going to the Mensa again, why not try Café Dilo?
Enjoy good food and read you later,
Laura was listening to “Sooth Lady Wine” by Matt Corby while writing this article.