An interesting brunch!

May 28, 2007

The bloggers on burrp! blah got together for brunch on Sunday, May 27th at Brewhaha.  Coffee, muffins, sandwiches and fruit made for a very interesting conversation.  See the photos and read more about it here.

Rajvardhan Foods

May 25, 2007

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Heaven for home-sick Maharashtrians, Rajvardhan’s is a tiny little standing room only darshini-type restaurant located in Jayanagar.  Dishing out Marathi dishes such as vada pav, sabudana vada, sabudana kichdi, thalipeet and shrikhand puris, this unassuming place certainly proves that authenticity rocks. 

Of course, we tried the famous vada pav – the spicy, potato vada stuffed between two pieces of tava-toasted pav.  We plunked it into the pungent date (?), tamarind and chilli sauce and bit into it.  The multiple flavours of fiery sauce, the crispy pav and the delicious aloo combined together to give The Best Vada Pav in Bangalore.  Next item – a Gujarathi snack called dabeli.  Similar in structure to a vada pav – a desi sandwich so to speak – only the filling is very different.  This light snack is an exotic mixture of pomegranate, crunchy groundnuts and vegetables between the pav bread and was delicious.  Now completely eager to try more, our next choice was the kanda poha.  Made from poha (avalakki) spiced with green chillies, groundnuts and seasoned with mustard and curry leaves, with a dash of lemon and coriander leaves, it was quite perfect.  And, we washed down this meal with yummy lassi.  

The cost of this entire meal was about Rs.60.  Rajvardhan also sells spice powders such as onion garlic powder and peanut garlic powder and pickles and sweet and salty snacks.  They also serve parathas which are supposedly very good.  Highly recommend you go there for authentic Maharashtrian food. 

For address and phone number, click here.

Southindies

May 15, 2007

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If gongura chutney, rasam and idli-vada are what you crave, head over to South Indies. This new vegetarian restaurant specializes in cuisine from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Andhra and has a sit down restaurant area, a live kitchen, a bar, a business lounge and a party terrace. Interesting, the people behind the restaurant include a 19-year old entrepreneur, a well known chef and cricket commentator and one of the co-founders of Deccanet.

It is located in Indiranagar in a beautiful house converted into a restaurant. Décor is a mixture of contemporary and classic with comfortable tables and chairs with some traditional pieces such as an antique Chettinad mirror and coloured stainless steel tiffin boxes and tumblers. I found the seating slightly crowded.

We visited this restaurant for the buffet lunch on Mother’s Day since I had this craving to touch base with my Tamilian roots. The buffet had live counters dishing out appams and parotas. The appams were excellent with the vegetable stew while the parotas went well with the vendaikai chettinad, ladysfinger in a spicy tamarind and pepper gravy. The tomato rasam was fantastic and so was the drumstick sambar and steamed rice and the beans cooked Andhra style. Other items including the Andhra vegetable biryani and the bottle gourd kootu (a gravy made with dal and vegetables) were good. Sides included papads, mango chutney, chutney pudi and pickles. Dessert included yummy semiya payasam and vanilla ice cream. I finished the meal with perfect filter kapi (it does not come with the buffet) served steaming hot in gleaming stainless steel cup and tumbler. An a la carte menu is also available and included tiffin/snack items like dosas, pongal, uppittu as well as main course dishes.

Valet parking is available. The buffet is priced at Rs.175 per head plus taxes. Crowd consists mainly of families. I recommend you go to this restaurant if you like authentic South Indian cuisine and do not normally eat this kind of food at home.

For address and telephone number, click here.

BrewHaHa

May 8, 2007

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They say they take your fun seriously. And they do! For those times when you are at loss on what to do – go out for dinner (again???), catch a movie (tickets available only for the biggest flop of the season), hangout at Forum (bah!), BrewHaHa is like a breath of fresh air. This hangout has the air of a loungable coffee shop but is a lot more than that – they have more than 60 fun board games which you can rent at Rs.20 per hour. I was sceptical at first, but hey, after a game of Blokus, I was hooked. And then went on to play (and lose) Quarto and Quoridor for the next two hours!!

BrewHaHa is a bright, cheery place done up in purple and blue with flashes of orange. You can chill on the bean bags or grab a corner with the dhurries and brightly coloured cushions. The menu has very nice beverages – I recommend the Starbucksy-tasting Willy Wonka Special – strong coffee spiked with mocha, and the absolutely, heavenly Calvin Brew (hot chocolate and peanut butter – yummy!). Unfortunately, I was too full to try any of the food – but they seem to have an interesting mix of finger foods – everything from tortillas, croissants and pita to more filling meals including a very healthy sounding cold chicken and green apple sandwich, lasagne and quiches, and neat desserts like cheesecake. The owners and staff are very helpful and will be more than happy to show you how to play any of the games.

So the next time you are bored, and wondering what to do, whether you are with a big group of friends or colleagues or just two of you, head towards BrewHaHa. I guarantee you will have fun!

For the latest happenings, including quizzes, DC and pictionary events, check out their website.

For address and phone number, click here.

Emgees

May 7, 2007

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The new popular place for office-goers in the MG Road area to grab a quick, healthy veggie lunch, Emgees is located in The Shelton Grand, which also has a lounge bar – The Bar Code, Ming Ling, an oriental restaurant and BTDT, a 24-hour coffee shop.  The name of the restaurant is, of course, based on how local Bangaloreans refer to MG Road lovingly.  You can enter this place from Church Street as well. 

The décor is straightforward and the place has a strong air of “business-hotel” and seems to cater to the corporate crowd. Food is multi-cuisine, but my suggestion would be to stick with the Indian items. In keeping with the “veggie, veggie, healthy” tagline, they have a little counter which has fresh fruits and serves as the juice bar.  We ordered the watermelon juice and the fresh lime water and as promised it was fresh and yummy.  Main course consisted of methi rotis, aloo simla and corn palak.  The methi rotis were fresh and warm, the aloo simla –potatoes in an onion gravy, was perfect and the corn palak hit the healthy button.  All the items had just the right amount of spice in them, were delicious and were not oily.

Emgees is an ideal place for a business lunch or a quick bite.  The service is fast.  A meal for two is approximately Rs.250. 

For address and phone number, click here.