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. 

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April 20, 2007

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A vegetarian heaven, this little, hole in the wall restaurant is the place to go for some delicious ghar-ka-khana.  It also serves non-veg but the vegetarian food is what you should indulge in for complete bliss.  Packed at lunch time with the office and college crowd from MG Road and Church Street, Queens is dark and dingy with cave paintings on the rough looking walls.  Chairs and tables are arranged really close to get the maximum usage out of the available space.  Don’t let all this scare you off from tasting the food.  Try their tandoori rotis, stuffed capsicum (a dollop of heaven) or aloo curries and dals.  Terrific – not too spicy, not too oily.  The lemon juice is a winner as well.  The food never fails to impress, it is always fresh and delicious.  Go there when you are tired of the malai koftas and butter chickens. 

Parking is not available – you have to take the risk and look for parking either on Brigade’s, Church Street or MG Road.  Or maybe park at Garuda Mall.  Prices are reasonable and a meal for two is approximately Rs.300.

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January 4, 2007

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A cool Italian wave seems to be sweeping over Bangalore with several gelato parlours (click here for “What is gelato?”) opening up- Mamma Mia, Gelato Pazzo and Deluca’s. Deluca’s on Church Street is located in the Daily Bread outlet, apparently they plan on having a counter in the Daily Bread main branch in Koramangala also.

Deluca’s serves regular gelatos, sugar free gelatos, sorbettos and yogurts. They claim that they make them fresh everyday and that their gelatos have “less than ½ the calories and ¼ the fat and sugar content of regular ice creams” and that the gelatos and yogurts are 96% fat free and the sorbettos are 100% fat free. All I can say is that regardless of whether they are fresh or sugar free or low fat, they absolutely rock!

Ask the helpful guy at the counter for samples to taste – and you won’t go wrong. Being a chocolate and coffee addict, I had the tiramisu – and it was a complete winner! Nut lovers will not be able to resist to the Pistacchio Natura and the Croccantino which is made with mixed nuts. And for packaged chocolate and cookie worshippers – there’s Ferrero Rocher and Oreo. In addition, they also have sinful sundaes, frappes and milkshakes.

Deluca’s is located at Daily Bread, #36/1, Church Street, Bangalore, ph: 32919774. The gelatos, sorbettos and yogurts cost between Rs.45 and Rs.60, and the sudaes are priced between Rs.130 to Rs.200. One portion of gelato is two scoops and is not very large.

So go on – pick up a sandwich or salad from Daily Bread, choose your gelato, find a nice table – and enjoy. Ciao!

Kaati Zone

January 3, 2007

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For a quick bite in between some shopping, Kaati Zone offers some wallet-friendly kaati roll options. The rolls are certainly not a gourmet, melt-in-the mouth experience, but will do for that light, express lunch.

The rolls come in a unique packaging that allow for easy, non-messy eating and are customizable. Paratha options include the kaati original, the kaati lite or the kaati diet. The vegetarian filling options are aloo matter, methi paneer tikka (good), paneer jalfrazie and the mixed vegetable. The non-vegetarian filling options include the chicken tikka (good), tava chicken (reasonable non-spicy option), the egg and cheese, chicken hariyali and the mutton seekh. Extras that can be added are cheese, egg or egg white. Vada pav, chana chaat and corn cucumber chaat (good – cool and quite yummy) are also available.

Kaati Zone’s tagline is “Rolls that Rock” – and the Church Street outlet has guitars and a Connie Francis poster on the wall. The rest of the décor is very much chain-like – orange and blue sofas and chairs, red bar stools and lots of stainless steel, and the restaurant seems very popular with the college crowd. A very big plus is that it is super-clean – employees wear gloves, the mint chutney comes in covered easy-dispensing containers and the loos are sparkling.

The rolls range in price from Rs.25 to Rs.50. A meal for two is approximately Rs.200. Kaati Zone, which is a self-service restaurant, has outlets in Church Street, Koramangala and Malleswaram and delivers within a 3 km radius. It is open from 11 am to 10:30 pm.

Church Street: 13.A, Church Street, S & B Towers, Bangalore

Koramangala: No 124, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore

Malleswaram: above In & Out Store, BPCL Petrol Bunk, Malleswaram

For more information, call 41122100.

Daily Bread

December 8, 2006

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This gourmet bakery whips up everything from muffins, salads, cookies, pastries, sandwiches and quiches, but what is really spectacular are their breads and sandwiches. Their breads, which are sold at supermarkets including Namdharis and Fabmall, are varied in range, fresh and delicious. The whole wheat loaf is an absolute hit, but for something with a twist, try the Dakshin Housewife’s Loaf – spiced with cumin and curry leaves, the chocolate brioche, or the Welsh Fruit loaf which is perfect for tea-time.

The sandwiches are available only in the Daily Bread outlets and are pre-made and packaged, but tasty. For lunch, try the Madras curry chicken panini or my favourite, lamb kheema sandwich with mint mayo. Vegetarian options are plenty too and just as delicious – barbecue paneer and corn on foccacia bread and the roast spring veggie wrap. You can ask them to warm it up for you. The hearty club sandwiches are a good option as well. Most sandwiches range in price from Rs.55 to Rs.85.

The salads (the Greek salad and the Mediterranean pasta salad are good options) and other usual baked goodies including tea cakes, chocolate chunk muffins, apple and cinnamon danish, the chicken sausage danish are reasonably good if they are fresh. I don’t recommend the cookies or the biscotti, as they have neither been particularly memorable or fresh. They have a wide range of cakes, pastries and desserts – the mango fresh cream pastry and the pistachio praline and apricot are yummy.

Daily Bread seems to have an interesting and extensive catering menu as well, although I have never tried it. Choices include finger sandwiches platter, mini pizzas and luxury cakes. They deliver for orders over Rs.1000.

Daily Bread is headquartered in Koramangala and has branches across the city. The Koramangala outlet has outside seating available but the road is dusty and the chairs are too close to the road, so the better option might be to ask for takeout. The Church Street branch is more chic and has indoor air-conditioned seating.

Address: Daily Bread, 43, 4th B Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala Industrial Area, Koramangala, Bangalore-95, ph: 2563-1302/1304.

Timings: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm

Branches: Church Street, Indiranagar, Bangalore Central, Forum Mall (inside Fabmall), Koramangala (inside Big Bazaar), Banshankari (inside Big Bazaar) and Ulsoor.