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Hot and Cold looks more like a cafeteria than the café it is supposed to be. Located on the ground floor of The Light 1 Building in Arjan, Al Barsha South, this modest restaurant serves Indian and Filipino food, as well as sandwiches, toasties, savoury snacks, juices and of course, tea and coffee. In addition to the food made on-site, an assortment of Filipino favourites is also available in the fridge to be either heated and eaten-in or for takeaway. Speaking of which, a far-reaching delivery service is available.
I tried a Bhel Puri, and then a Wonton Snack Box, with a fresh watermelon juice (which was juiced in-front of my eyes, rather than fresh out of a bottle). The bhel puri could have done with a little more kick but I think this was mainly because the young Goan who made it for me, saw that I wasn’t an Indian, and took it easy on me. The wontons are made with chicken and really good, especially dunked into the chilli-soy sauce provided.
The best part of the Hot and Cold for me were the two boys running the show, one an Indian from Goa and the other a Filipino from Manila. These guys were amazing. They made an otherwise boring meal so much fun.
This is not really the type of restaurant I would normally go back to, but I probably will just to hang out with those two dudes. And also, to try their spicy noodles, which I hear are really good.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.