Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Egg Factory: Eggcellent :) :) :)

Ok ok, so the title is a little obvious but I couldn't help myself. A holiday on Thursday saw Aditi and me heading out to TEF for brunch. It's located on St. Marks Road behind Deewar Wine Stores. The decor is quite unique with pipes running all over and quirky quotes . The ambiance screams casual comfort and I loved that. The menu reads like an instruction manual and is interesting and extensive.

To begin with we ordered the 3 cheese omlette. Surprisingly it was light and fluffy and one could discern the three different cheeses. I ordered a Fruit Blast and Aditi ordered a Tropical Hawaii. The fruit blast was a banana strawberry smoothie and simply yumm (slurp! slurp!). Aditi's drink was an exotic concoction which was refreshing (Personally, I think the Fruit Blast was better).

Next we ordered the Basil Pesto (it's part of a new pasta menu there)which was my favourite. The sauce was different and I really really liked it. It broke the traditional tomato and cheese sauce barrier and was a pleasant surprise. After this we ordered the Curry Vindaloo which was the only dish that didn't quite hit the mark. It had too much ginger for my liking and it was slightly undercooked. The parathas were a bit dry too.

To round off the meal we ordere the chocolate sin and that was delicious. Whipped cream on top, a large layer of dark chocolate mousse and a wonderful crust. Soooo many calories but soooo totally worth it.
Apart from this, TEF also has an array of interesting dishes. I want to try the fritatas some time and the French toast is brilliant. Our meal cost around Rs. 500 (including tip). The quantities are decent and should be enough for one person. Everything about this place appealed to me and I strongly recommend this place for a light, lazy meal.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veena Stores and Halli Mane: Old Bangalore Series Part I

These holidays I took a break from blogging too, but fear not I'm Baaaaack! So I was going through my blog the other day and I realized I haven't reviewed any Old Bangalore institutions which is rather sad and therefore I've decided to dedicate a series to the cause.

Halli Mane: Roughly translated this means Village House. This establishment prides itself on serving authentic Karnataka cuisine. It's located on 3rd cross Malleswaram, off Sampige Road. You can choose to sit down and be served or avail the self service section outside.

Now, I'm sure this place has an array of exciting dishes but I have always had a single agenda when visiting the place: Akki Roti. It's warm, buttery and just right. The roti could do with a little less oil but thats a minor flaw. My only grouse is that they never serve dry chatnipodi. The chatni they serve is rather nice too. I know people who swear by the raagi dosa here. Why anyone would want ragi is beyond me but if you must have ragi dosa, have it here. Both akki roti and ragi dosa cost you Rs.20 and its more than worth it. The coffee is strong and pretty decent too. So, the next time you're in the vicinity, I strongly suggest that you drop in for a bit of authentic local cusine.

Veena Stores: This establishment is one of my all time favourites. Go to 15th cross, Margosa Road in Malleswaram and you'll find at least 50 people crowded around a hole in the wall, filling the sidewalk and you'll know you've found Veena Stores. In a survey last year, this was voted as Bangalore's best idli-chatni and with good reason. The idlis are warm, petal soft adn yummy. The chatni is truly awesome and I have known people to get 3 refills of the same per plate. The kesari bath here is my other favourite. It's hot, tasty and sweet without being oversweet. They also serve various other rice items, snacks and some interesting beverages. The coffee is strong and very good. The idli is Rs.14, the kesari Rs. 17 and the chatni is free and unlimited :). A meal here shouldn't cost you more than Rs. 30. If you're in Bangalore, you simply HAVE to go here. I would also suggest that you amble across to CTR and have the dosa there (more on CTR later).
Old Bangalore flavour, kick ass food and cheap prices: what else could one want :) :) :)