I am wondering what is up with the recent bad reviews of Gecko. I think I have procrastinated reviewing the place long enough.
I found Gecko tucked away in a lane on my third trip to Mamallapuram. We were looking for a nice place to eat, drink and relax a bit after a tiring day. Gecko's lizard caught my eye and we walked in. It is a nice quiet place overlooking a not so beautiful pond. The ambiance is one of unhurried nature. Though not on the menu, you can get a cold bottle of beer if they have it in stock. Grilled chicken and spaghetti in red sauce was what we ordered. No complains there. Nothing too wowing either. A few foreign tourists occupied the other tables. The music was soft and relaxing.
What makes Gecko stand out was its friendly staff. You can ask them for anything and they respond with a smile. If you need help choosing your seafood or want another beer. Mani and another guy from the cafe actually sat with us after the customers had been served. General chatter about our travels, the day's activities, Mamallapuram, etc. Mani shared his idea behind the cafe, why and how it had come up, how he had picked up French from the tourists, how he planned to travel. It was a delightful experience. We left the cafe refreshed and entertained, more than we had come in for.