January 9, 2007


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A much needed recent entrant to the dining scene in Jayanagar, Gufha is a kitschy theme restaurant run by the Viceroy group (of Pai Viceroy fame). Guaranteed to be a hit with kids, Gufha as the name suggests, is done up like a cave, with stone-like walls and ceiling, dim lighting, flame torches at nooks and corners and cave paintings on the walls. There is even a waterfall that flows over a carved face, and stuffed bird toys hang from the ceiling. The waiters are dressed like jungle guides with khaki uniforms, safari hats and guns and the tableware is brass.

The restaurant serves Indian and Northwest Frontier province cuisine, a bit on the heavier side, but definitely tasty. Our meal started off with a plate of complimentary sago papads. We ordered some fresh fruit juices – and they were really good. The menu is quite extensive and there are good options for vegetarians as well. The murg lachhadar or the thick chicken soup was delicious. Our starters comprised of achari baby corn (grilled pickled baby corn) and pahadi kebab (chicken marinated in yogurt and spices). I found the corn a bit on the spicy side, but the kebab was yummy. Main course consisted of shahi gosht kesari, vegetable makhani and the roti tokri. The gosht, tender slices of lamb in a thick creamy gravy with a hint of saffron, was delicious, but very heavy. The vegetable makhani was good too, and had a tangy flavour to it. The winner was definitely the tokri – consisting of about 8-10 different rotis and naans, I thought it was a bit much for three people, but my companions dived into it like there was no tomorrow and pronounced it delicious! Obviously too stuffed to order dessert, we had to bypass the firnee, which is supposedly good.

Gufha is extremely popular, so make sure you make reservations well in advance, especially during the weekends. The restaurant is located at The President Hotel, #79/8, Diagonal Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore, ph:41808777. Valet parking is available. A meal for two with some non-alcoholic drinks is approximately Rs.700.


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