January 22, 2007
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Malini Suryanarayanan, a budding entrepreneur and baker, has launched an online business – Naked Desserts – to cater to chocolate-lovers in Traffic City. All you have to do is log on to http://www.nakeddesserts.com and place an order. It will be delivered to your doorstep or you can pick it up.
Currently, they have only seven items on their menu list – chocolate brownies, flourless chocolate cookies, chocolate chip cookies, strawberry squares, chocolate sampler box (a combo box with some of the above items), banana nut bread and date nut bread. I expect this list will grow as their clientele expands.
I wanted to order the brownies, a box of the flourless chocolate cookies and a loaf of each of the breads, but unfortunately Malini was leaving on vacation the next day. She said she could get me the brownies and the chocolate chip cookies and deliver it to my house the next day. And she did. The cookies were crisp and fresh – but I found them a bit too sweet. Good but not fantastic. The brownies, on the other hand, were awesome – chewy, moist, chocolatey and perfect!!
I am going to try out their other products – and will let you know. On the price front, I think they are really expensive – the cookies are, in any case. A pack of 13 of the brownies or the cookies cost Rs.125 each. Delivery charges were Rs.50 which I thought were reasonable considering she had to trek all the way to South Bangalore. I hope that with time, Malini is able to come up with more choices and more competitive prices.
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.
November 6, 2006
hungrybangalore.com is a free online service that lets you browse menus, reserve tables, order takeout or delivery at various restaurants in Bangalore, all through the click of a mouse and the comfort of your chair. It is not a food delivery service, they just convey your order to the restaurant. I tried it out this weekend and I love it!
Currently, hungrybangalore.com has around 100 restaurants listed. I looked up the restaurants near my neighbourhood and found that not all had the takeout and delivery service option. I picked one which did, browsed the menu, added my choices to the shopping cart and gave the order, for which I had to enter my email id. Within seconds, I received an email which gave me an order number. An online form on the their webpage prompted me to give my name, address, phone number and the order number, and when I wanted the food delivered (I checked “as soon as possible”). The minute that was done, I received another email which listed my order, along with my name and address details.
As I was waiting for the food to show up, I received a phone call from hungrybangalore.com telling me that the restaurant I had picked, although close by, did not deliver to my street. The person on the other end was very courteous and pleasant and suggested other restaurants which do deliver to my home.
I went back online, picked one of the places she had suggested and ordered the food from there. I received a phone call from the restaurant telling me that they would be delivering the order in one hour, and was that ok. I said it was. Another phone call, this time from hungrybangalore.com to confirm that the restaurant had called. In exactly one hour, the food showed up, steaming hot. No screw ups on the order, professional service, and I did not have to go out in the rain! Makes for a happy dinner. hungrybangalore.com is definitely on the right track and I highly recommend this service. For more information, visit http://www.hungrybangalore.com