September 25, 2007

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So you think you live in the boondocks of JP Nagar 7th and 8th Phase and there are no decent restaurants around you?  Here comes Rasilaas to your rescue!  Seemingly the usual ubiquitous mutli-cuisine place, Rasilaas redeems itself by serving fresh, hearty and tasty fare and doing an excellent job with quick 20 minute door delivery.  I would not recommend going there for a sit down dinner or lunch, the décor and atmosphere is extremely average.  But I do definitely recommend that you order from them even upto 11 pm in the night.  On the whole, I think that their veggie options taste better but on the same note, some of my friends thought that their chicken dishes good too.  Some highly recommended choices – baby corn koliwada, chilli panner, palak malai kofta, tandoori rotis, jeera rice and dal bukhara.  Excellent choice when you don’t want to move from your couch to face the B’lore traffic J

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December 6, 2006

Frequented mainly by families or middle-aged men and their drinking buddies, Inchara is a very popular multi-cuisine restaurant in J.P. Nagar. The USP of this place is that it is a garden restaurant, and there are indeed multiple potted plants and shrubbery, a fountain and a large aquarium with tropical fish to validate that tag. Seating options include a candlelit hall or segregated areas with Mangalore-tiled roofs. Downsides to the ambiance are plastic chairs, poor lighting and bad music. The food, which encompasses Indian, Chinese and Continental, varies from good to average to bad, and can be very spicy. Reasonably safe options include the chilli chicken, paneer manchurian, butter naans, butter chicken and dal makhani. They serve alcohol and do stir up a good Planter’s Punch. Service is poor, and if you want to make reservations or order takeout, good luck to you, since they usually do not pick up the phone.

Inchara is located at 22, Puttenahalli Main Road, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore, ph: 22449961. The restaurant is open from 11 am to 11 pm and parking is available in the open lot adjacent to the restaurant. Cost for a meal for two is approximately Rs.500.

Nammura Hotel

November 28, 2006

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In a little alley off 24th Main near the Raghavendra Swamy temple in J.P. Nagar, is a full-scale food processing industry, complete with sparking, stainless steel, food-grade cooking equipment, chefs with plastic gloves and hair-nets and enormous walk in freezers, churning out thousands of kgs a day of rice, chapattis, idlis, sambar, chutney and more. Welcome to Nammura Hotel – where you can be assured of hygienic and wholesome vegetarian food at a very reasonable price.

Perfect for the weekend when you are too lazy to cook, or have guests for dinner, Nammura Hotel is exclusively a takeout restaurant, so don’t expect to go there for a sit-down dinner. First, go to the billing section and buy the coupons for the items you choose. Food here is sold by the kilo (you can buy ¼, ½ or ¾ kg too), and if you are unsure how much to buy, check with the helpful employee at the billing section. Make sure you take your own utensils (though, once, I did see an enterprising youth who set up a stall near the hotel, selling disposable containers), and your food will be packed and handed to you at the service counter. The entire assembly-line precision is amazing to watch!

There are separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the menu varies daily, and consists of about 15-20 items ranging from traditional Karnataka cuisine, South Indian delicacies and North Indian food. Best-sellers include bisibele bath, idli and chutney and pathrode. They also make awesome sweets, including obattu and a melt-in-the-mouth Horlicks-based burfi for Diwali!

Nammura Hotel also has a catering service called “Kitchen on Wheels” for special occasions where the food will be prepared and served at the location of your choice. During festival season, you can pre-order sweets and savouries. Nammura Hotel is located at 65, 21st A Main Road, J.P. Nagar II Phase, Bangalore, ph: 26490077, 26491188. They are open from 6:30 am to 10 am for breakfast, from 10 am to 3 pm for lunch and from 5 pm to 9:30 pm for dinner.


November 14, 2006

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If you crave a dosa in South Bangalore, and don’t want to go to a crowded Darshini, Woodys offers a suitable alternative. Surprisingly housed in a modern looking glass and steel building, this is a family-friendly, South Indian vegetarian restaurant. The atmosphere is some significant notches above the Darshinis, but decidedly middle-class. The ground floor, which is the self-service section, is spacious, while the upper floor, which is a sit-down and eat area, is a bit claustrophobic.

The food quality varies from very good to passable – you would do better to stick to the tiffins and snacks, rather than a full meal. They serve delicious dosas – try the pessarattu, which is a dosa made out of green gram dal, the rava dosa, and South Kanara favourites including kadubu (a cone shaped idli). They also have excellent coffee and a chaat stand musters up some passable chaat.

The best time to visit Woody’s is either for breakfast or for a pre-dinner snack. A word of caution – stick to the self-service area since the service at the upper floor can be slow and frustrating. The restaurant has plenty of parking space and is open from 8:30 am until 11 pm. Woody’s is located at No. 45/1, 17th Main, II Phase, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore, ph: 26490999.