I am not much of a shake, smoothie or detox drink kinda person, I am more of a foodie. But recently, this popular chain by the name Drunken Monkey opened in Ahmedabad got me gaga over their yummilicous drinks. I was invited for a tasting session with a couple of other Bloggers from the town. The chain, Drunken Monkey was founded in December 2015 and its operations began around Feb 2016. What emerged as a startup in Hyderabad by Samrat Reddy, expanded its branches in other popular cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune to name a few, and now finally in Ahmedabad.
Location in Ahmedabad
It is convenient to locate the place at the ground floor of Amrapali Lakeview Tower, near Ahmedabad One Mall in Vastrapur.
With pretty lightings and wall decor, the ambience is lit and seats are arranged aptly to accommodate a decent number of people with good spacing, therefore not making it congested at all. They as of now are selling just beverages, it is even convenient to just order and take away your drink. While for those interested in hanging in at the cafe itself, there are a few board games such as scrabble, ludo to even cards to pass your time with friends and enjoy the experience. The beautifully shaped mirrors, guitar and the monkey statue just add up to the vibe of the place.
Menu and Beverages
Their staff graciously briefs you about their menu and the variants available in the different category of shakes, smoothies and healthy drinks which further are sub-categorised into fruits, dry fruits and detox categories. They have quite a few varieties of cold coffees and meals in drinks. This way, one can literally get to choose from almost 170 categories and types of beverages here. So all in all, one gets to customise their drink as per their choice, preferences and diet.
An impressive quality about their shakes and smoothies is that they are prepared 100% from natural fruits which means no added sugar, syrups or preservatives whatsoever. One can literally feel that in the taste, consistency and thickness of it. That gets me to another impressive point which of course is the quality and quantity of the drinks here. The drinks come in their brand’s labelled glass bottles in 350 ml quantity and are literally so adequate and pleasant that it can work as a great alternative to your snack.
In fact, their meal smoothies which consist of vegetables, fruits, dry fruits and muesli/cornflakes respectively are just the right pick for breakfast. Healthy, heavy and delicious at the same time. Presence of such oat grains enhances the taste making the drink nutty, crispy and tasty. We all know the benefits of including fruits and vegetables in our diet. Smoothies are nothing but the fruits/ vegetables in liquid and natural form.
Coming to my favourite picks, I honestly can’t suggest right away that one drink since all of them are unique, yummy and true to the respective names. Out of the drinks that I have personally tried, my favourites were- Avocado smoothie, the monkey king, coffee meal and muesli smoothie.
Confidential Part-1 (There’s this thing about this smoothie- they really don’t reveal its ingredients. You get to decide it yourself on tasting. I felt it consisted of bananas and berries for sure and the crushed cornflakes or oats in every sip just added the nutty flavour making it even yummier.)
VFM- Value for Money
Given the quantity and quality of the drinks, ambience, staff behaviour and etiquettes, I’d say it is worth the cost. Especially for those, who indulge in healthy living and frequent dieting, this place and their drinks can be a great pick to satisfy your hunger pangs, keep you hydrated and give you the delicious meal experience all at the same time.
Second Visit Experience
Usually, it is experienced by me, that the second visit after a blogger’s meet isn’t as impressive. But well the fact, that the experience of this place made it to the blog itself states that not just my first visit, but the second went quite impressive as well.
On my second visit, I tried watermelon shake and brownie shake and I was yet again wowed by the taste and its texture. The minced brownie within the shake just added to the flavour with every sip.
With a place as this one finally opened in Ahmedabad, it is going to be very convenient for me to indulge in some healthy drinks and skipping a heavy meal once a while. The place has great scope given their consistency of shakes and other drinks. The concept is new to Ahmedabad so the place is here to rule and give strong competition to the already existing beverage places. For me, it was a 5 on 5 experience.
Until next time,