Naked Desserts

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.

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.

Dalfryday

November 26, 2006

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A welcome addition to the expanding dining options in South Bangalore, Dalfryday (or Dal FryDay?) is a new restaurant serving North Indian cuisine. The décor is basic and simple with uncluttered tables, a neat, partial view of the kitchen and cool Hindustani fusion music in the background. The food is a pleasant surprise – a menu that is a variation of the usual north Indian food, and extremely well prepared and tasty. Each of the items taste different and homemade; no one-size-fits-all ubiquitous masala. Try the Begum Bahaar for starters – a grilled roll with corn and paneer. For the main course, the dhaba murg – melting, marinated chicken in thick gravy, a throwback to college days and nostalgia, hits the right spot with the well-made rotis and kulchas.

Dalfryday is located at A-2, First Floor, Mantri@choice (above Fabmall), Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore-76, ph: 41104111, 26092363. Reservations during the weekends are suggested. They do home delivery and also provide catering services for parties and corporate events. Parking for two wheelers is available, for four wheelers, my suggestion is to park on the side road that is perpendicular to Bannerghatta Road. Dalfryday is open from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm, and is ideal for lunch with friends or a family dinner. A meal for two will cost approximately Rs.500. Interestingly, the owner blogs about his experiences on starting and running a restaurant.

Chung Wah

November 8, 2006

There was a time when eating Chinese food in Bangalore was synonymous with Chung Wah. The young crowd could not get enough of the chowmeins and the manchurians and would hang out at the Residency Road restaurant after catching a movie at Symphony or Rex (I do realize I am completely giving away my age with this post!) . Now of course, things have changed a great deal – there are lots of options if you like Chinese food, Chung Wah is a chain and college kids hang out in malls. In any case, I was in a nostalgic mood, and I decided to try out the newly opened Chung Wah on Bannerghatta Road. It used to be a restaurant called Wok and Grill but apparently Chung Wah has taken over the management of this place.

For starters, I tried the chicken drums of heaven, which consisted of around 6 pieces of fried chicken legs – it was as delicious as I remembered. I also sampled the pan-fried momos , a lower calorie option which is available with chicken or vegetarian filling, and it was good as well. Both the starters were not too spicy. For the main course, the Malaysian noodles, a flat noodle with a pea-nutty flavour, hit the right spot. I also tasted two Schezwan dishes, the Schezwan fried rice and the Schezwan chicken in sauce. I did not love either – they were too spicy and too oily.

The bill for all this food, which was enough to feed 3-4 people, was Rs.400. All Chung Wahs are done up in unbiqtious Chinese style – the ambiance is passable. Don’t go here looking for a gourmet, fine dining experience. But if you crave some soul food, or a quick takeout, it is a reasonable option. ChungWah is located at #3, Bannerghatta Road, Arekere Gate, I Floor, Bangalore, ph: 41215333.   They have branches in all many places and deliver to nearby areas.

Hungry Bangalore

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

Mast Kalandar

November 2, 2006

Everything from Mast Kalandar’s cheerful orange and yellow interiors to the squeaky clean ambiance to the yummy, fresh food emphasises their tag-line “Eat Happy”. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat and are tired of fried and unhealthy fast food like pizzas and vadas, make sure you visit this vegetarian restaurant. All their food is cooked fresh and made without any artificial flavours and colours.

Parathas are Mast Kalandar’s speciality – and you can get anything from the usual alu, gobi to more exotic healthy sprouts, fully-loaded mixed veggie, and a Chinese-inspired paratha. Each paratha combo plate comes with 2 parathas, a dal, a raitha, a salad and a pickle. The food can be slightly spicy but is absolutely yummy. The dal, raitha and picke vary depending on the type of paratha you order. For the rice-eaters, there is Biryani with a Twist, a knockout rice-kadhi combo and rajma-chawal. Don’t forget to order the delicious mango lassi to wash down your food with. I have tried the desserts here only once – the moong dal halwa was heavenly.

Mast Kalandar is a very affordable and healthy option for people who are looking to eat out everyday. A combo plate costs between Rs.60-70. In addition, if you want takeout, they do an excellent job of parceling the food – each takeout combo is a thick, plastic thali with separators for the various side dishes. They deliver to nearby areas. Mast Kalandar is located at located at A1, Opposite Ranka Apartments, Off Bannerghatta Main Road, Bangalore, ph:41507172. The service is a bit slow, but courteous. Plenty of parking is available on the side road where the restaurant is located. The place is kid-friendly and spacious and is open from 11 am to 3:30 pm for lunch and from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm for dinner. Branches in Koramangala and Indiranagar have been opened recently.