Friday, July 23, 2010

New Krishna Bhavan: Bangalore's Best South Indian Breakfast

The awesome thing about these vacations is that I have visited old, forgotten favourites - places that have fallen by the wayside during the law school years. One such place is the New Krishna Bhavan (or Gopika). It's in the lane opposite this fancy new Mantri Mall.

While the normal, safe options of Idli, Vada and Dosa are also present, I recommend that you give these the miss. You could try the Raagi Roti (Rs. 30). While I'm generally not a fan of anything Raagi based, these brown, crisp, dosa-esque rotis taste wonderful (and are incredibly healthy too). The onion-tomato chatni they serve with this is amongst my favourites.

One must also try the Gokak Jowar Roti (Rs. 30) . While I can't figure out what the difference between this and an Akki Roti, the taste silences all such questions. It's a traditional North Karnataka preparation and the staple meal there. Little pieces of onion and coriander in the roti add to it's flavour. The light, mouthwatering and incredibly healthy neer dosa (it reminds me of a South Indian crepe) is another specialty dish. They serve this with the aforementioned chatni and a sweet coconut dish which tastes like the filling in modaks or kozhakattai. I generally avoid this and have it with the chatni.

The one must try at this place is the Green Masala Idly. This dish consists of fried idli served in a palak sauce and despite the unconventional colour and description it tastes pretty good. The idlis have a lovely crisp texture to them and the spicy palak sauce complements the bland idli perfectly. It's a dish that you are unlikely to see anywhere else. The Rasam-Vadai here is good too. They serve the Tam-molaghu (pepper) rasam here. The rasam is light, clear and does wonders if you have a cold.

Service is quick and efficient like most other Darshini type establishments. If you find yourself in this part of town, I most definitely recommend New Krishna Bhavan. This place is less celebrated than MTR (and consequently, less expensive) but the quality and variety of food that it offers is way better.

Location: Opposite Sampige Theatre (and Mantri Mall), Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Pricing: Rs. 50-60 per person.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ice n Spice

Due to post law school lethargy I haven't gotten around to posting any reviews. Fear not, I'm back!! and have loads of places to write about.
St Marks Road is littered with restaurants every two feet (consequently, one of my favourite roads in Bangalore). Ice'n' Spice got there way before the rest and remains a Bangalore favourite till date. I hit this place whenever I'm broke and have a huge 'eating out' craving. The decor is relaxed and quirky with a huge framed poster of funny American magazine covers. The seating is limited (around 15), but you will see a number of cars parked on the street and waiters running to and fro.

Ice 'n' Spice has a varied menu ranging from burgers and sandwiches to steaks and pastas. Almost everything here is good. But their specialty is their burgers. Try the burgers here and you will know why McDonalds and gang fall by the wayside.
Their Lamb Burger is one of the best. Succulent, juicy meat and a mind blowing sauce. The Veggies Cheese burger is another favourite. The patty is made of potatoes and crumbly fried cheese. They top this with a wonderful mayonnaise sauce that is out of this world. If you are very hungry, try the 'Tons of Fun' burger. This one is HUGE with lamb, egg, salami and loads of other toppings. This is sure to leave you full and contended.
The pastas here are pretty good too. It's not the best you will taste in Bangalore but they are tasty and are well worth the price (Rs.100). The pasta menu is pretty limited: Arabiatta, Carbonara and Aglio Olio but what they make, they make well. If you are in the mood, you could also try the pancakes which are made just right. Their drinks menu is extensive and their cold coffees beat the regular fare at CCD hands down.

As good as the food here is, don't leave the place without trying out at least one of their desserts.
They are fresh and displayed on the counter for you to choose from. The Ferrerro Rocher cake is an old favourite: a massive chocolate cake with nuts and Fererro Rocher. The cake is gooey, juicy and chocolatey. Loads of dark chocolate in here to satisfy any chocolate lover's palette. Chocolate lovers could also try the Mississippi Mud Pie here which is one of the best in Bangalore. The crumbly crust is wonderful. If you're not really a chocolate person, don't be disappointed. There is lots for you too. We recommend the mango cheesecake. It's not sweet but has that intangible something. They also have other cheesecakes and pastries. They now have a branch in Koramangala but I recommend the St. Marks road one.
Pricing: Rs. 150-180 per personLocation: 22, Opposite SBI, St. Marks Road, BangalorePhone: 22211094, 41121160, 32507859

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