SENSO Café + Espresso Bar inaugurated a couple of weeks ago, off of M.M. Alam Road, near Ghalib Market. Its Shawn’s brainchild, who is ex-owner of Jemm N’ Java. As compared to other cafés, its pretty spacious and ambience is great, if you are fond of quiet corners you would love to be there. It’s a two-story café, downstairs they have their Espresso Bar café sort of presentation. Upstairs, they got the dining hall, you can see it in the picture. Interior is sophisticated and soothing, no bright-color treatment to make you feel jazzy.


People, who like to read when they take coffee, would love this spot, again, as they have a tasteful collection of magazines. They have Pizzas specially baked in marbled ovens, so the crusts will not get soggy, Shawn stated proudly. Menu varies from oven-baked sandwiches to Italian cuisine. Desserts are quite unusual, overall selection of menu items is catchy.

Hay, can anyone guess what SENSO means?

25 Comments so far

  1. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 1:20 am

    Seems to be a cool place asking for an immediate visit!

    Lemme guess, Senso = Sensual??

  2. Opee (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 2:45 am

    Have you guys visit Red Lantern in Cavalry? I did before flying. It wasn’t bad at all!

  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    So finally Cuptaan picked a place for partyyyyyy.

  4. Zeeshan (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    Oh Shawn from Jamin Java which was owsome as long as he was running it now there coffee sucks and its yet another annoying cafe !

    i will definitely check out Senso over the weekend and i am sure its going be good!

    PS : Senso means : Feelings or Sense its an Italian word, what did i win ?

  5. Opee (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    My limited knowledge says: Senso means ‘Sense’ in Italian. Or Wisdom. ‘Do Senso’ could be ‘I give wisdom’. Or could be ‘I provide wisdom’ or spread or present wisdom.. :) Senso means the same in Portuguese as well.

  6. Opee (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    … and by the way, is it Do Senso? or just Senso. Cuz Do Senso may be a confusing sentence.. :) lol. Well if its Senso only then this means ‘Wisdom’ or ‘Sense’ for sure!

  7. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

    Thanx. Do is taken as a literal here. Verb…. means go and enjoy at SENSO. Just like Do Dew …if you drink Dew. Creative log hain, aisay qalabay milatai rahtai hain.

    I will ask Shawn some day why he used all caps in SENSO. Its just “SENSO”.

  8. Opee (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

    .. so it could be WISDOM, all caps!! :) Do let us know what he says.

  9. SayB (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    O goodie ! was this a coincidence or what ! I found Shan’s cafe here. Cool! – I loved Jammin Java in its early years as it had the BEST coffee – but sadly not now … I asked them guys over there “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED ?” and they replied that their “ITALIAN” machine was broken so they couldn’t brew better coffee …. broken for like more than a year now. But sadly again, JJ has lost its touch with coffee (since Shan left). OOO I’m so excited! im gonna pay a visit here today ! may be i’ll find the brew i am longing for so long. But i’d be honest, after JJ the best coffee I ever tasted was from COSTA at ZumZama Defence KHI – IT ROCKED ! but still no match for the blends JJ introduced when it was at Kalma Chowk. THANKS A MILLION FOR THIS madamme Pretty Simple

  10. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    Welcome. Yeah, i also heard a lot about Kalma Chawk JJ and its coffee. Looks like, machine is back now :)

  11. SayB (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 4:11 am

    aw man ! :( I couldn’t find it. May be I was in a hurry thats why, but I was trying to look for it on the road that connects Hussain Chowk with Firdos Market. The one where the new Mercedez showroom opened just besides BeeHive. Any specific instructions?
    P.S. Sometimes I can overlook the most colossal things :P

  12. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    Just on walking distance from Kaps.

  13. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

    @SAY: And its near Ghalib market. I hope you will make it to SENSO this weekend. Again, its on the road where Kaps is located, where Pizza Hutt is on the corner.

  14. Opee (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    Exactly, you might be going from hussain chowk towrds ‘Firdous Market’ while its near ghalib market instead!

  15. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    I figured out I mistakenly wrote Firdous, where i ment Ghalib :) . Ghalib ke kia he baat hai, reminds of mangoes and khootooss at this moment :D

  16. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    Jo lagaye na lagai or bujhaye na banay! :)

  17. Opee (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 5:34 am

    @Pretty Simple: Just came from watching shrek 3 … Just opened LMB to have latest update and found your comment on khotoos :) ~ *smiling*

  18. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    @opee: After watching shrek 1,2,3, every khotoo will make you smile …. for sure.

  19. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

    @all: Shawn said that SENSO has got far better coffee machine now…so you better rush to grab that cupa’ coffee.

  20. zakman99 (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

    Thanks for the tip folks. Visited SENSO over the weekend. I must say one of the best steaks I have had in a long long time. A fresh take on the Lahore restaurant scene. All the best Shawn (thats if you’re reading these blogs). Keep those espresso shots coming!

  21. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 9:30 pm


  22. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    Strangely, no one has mentioned affordability factor of the spot!

  23. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    Indeed very affordable, not too high, not too low.

    And special discount for Cuptaan :) …so LMB lesssss parrrrtttttttyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

  24. SayB (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

    Got there finally! – I had to call up the guy :P to ask him. And this was before you replied to my comment “PRETTY SIMPLE” :-) and WOW ! EXCELLENT coffee and EXCELLENT PIZZAS ! – cooool ! finally there is a good coffee place in Lahore now. I was a bit depressed to be honest when I had coffee from COSTA in KHI that we folks dont have no good coffee here in LHR but now BYE BYE depression and HELLOOO SENSO ! – o ! by the way, Shan was laughing when reading through this post on me cell …. SENSO means “sensibility” including all senses, if you ask me I’d say aesthetic sense above all when you experience the place.

  25. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    :) Best part is that you enjoyed it thoroughly!

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