Taj Bengal’s original coffee shop, The Esplanade was reinvented and christened – The Hub. This was in 2001. The new, walk-in (no doors, it is an extension of the lobby), round-the-clock coffee shop with its stunning interiors, white French windows overlooking the pool, and interactive kitchen became an instant hit. The Hub has been quite popular since. The menu here is multicuisine (including a fantastic selection of sandwiches) but the Italian food is worthy of a specialty outfit. This comes as no surprise, considering the fact that since its inception The Hub has had 7 Italian master chefs including Alex Binotti, who introduced the signature Wild Mushroom (porcini) Cappuccino, still on the menu.