The Herb

February 9, 2007

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Hungry at noon, and finding ourselves in Malleshwaram, we went to this restaurant located in the 4th floor of The Basil Hotel.  Very non-descript and drab green and brown décor greeted us – and coupled with the slow service, I began fearing the worst.  But – pleasantly enough- the food was very, very good.  The restaurant serves mainly North Indian and Chinese cuisine, and a South Indian thali.  My two companions ordered the thali which came with puris, sagu, bisibele bath (scrumptious), rice, sambar (five stars for it), rasam, curd rice and a most-delicious badam halva.   We ordered a cream of chicken soup (good), tandoori and missi roti (excellent), gol tarkari curry (mixed vegetables – superb) and dal tadka (yummy).  The food was wholesome, tasted like homemade, not too spicy or too bland.  The thalis cost Rs. 90 each and the cost for the rest of the meal was approximately Rs. 500.  I would recommend you go here when you feel like eating home food; stick to the basics and you will not go wrong.  Parking is available at the hotel.

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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.