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.

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.