Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hole in the Wall Cafe, Bangalore

Food: 2.75
Service: 3
Ambiance: 3.5
Overall: 3
Verdict: Only if you live close by.

Family weddings and the GRE  forced me to lie low for the past few weeks but I'm back! I was in Bangalore last week and visited Hole in the Wall Cafe. The place is small and cute. I was a huge fan of the tissue paper testimonials that adorn one wall. They prove that the cafe is visited by some very artistically talented people and some clearly drunk ones (not that the two are mutually exclusive).

Tissue Testimonials

I reluctantly tore my eyes from the tissue art to the menu in front of me. They have a good breakfast menu but they also have a sandwich menu which is produced on request. The lime-ginger juice was refreshing and light but none of the other drinks were particularly good. The milkshakes were too thin, tasted milky and were all too forgettable.

Undaunted we waited for our massive food order to arrive. The Club sandwich was a winner: big, tasty and filling. This is the sort of food I like.

Club Sandwich

The 'Elvis' sandwich was interesting. Grilled peanut better and banana. If you want something spicy, don't go for this but if you have a sweet tooth and want to try something different, I would highly recommend this.

The grilled cheese and the mushroom sandwich were both let downs.  Average and blah, don't waste time or money on these ones.

Mushroom Sandwich

The Sunday Morning consisted of eggs layered with cheese, mushrooms and veggies. It was cheesy, filling and some great comfort food. But is it good dining? I am not entirely sure. Appealing as drowning eggs, meat and veggies in cheese is, anyone could do it.

Sunday Morning

The pancakes and waffles were good. Thick and warm (I think both could have been a little warmer, but, oh well).


 The much touted French Toast was so-so. The one at Egg Factory is infinitely better.

French Toast

In a final moment of gluttony, I ordered the Complete 'Veggie' Affair: omlette topped with cheese, jalapenos and mushrooms. While proudly displayed burrp! testimonials hailed this omlette, I thought that this fell short of the mark (much like most other things at this place). There was nothing wrong with it but nothing great either. Most people could have whipped up something similar.

Hole in the Wall is fun, cute and has character. The food on the other hand is largely average but in all fairness its also quite cheap. If you live in the neighbourhood, then you may consider paying this a visit. But is it worth going all the way there for? No. I would advise you sample the much better food at Cafe Terra (a 3 minute walk from Hole in the Wall). Cafe Terra offers the same small, cute establishment ambiance and will leave your taste buds more satiated. Their loo stinks, avoid it.

Pricing: Rs.100 per perosn
Phone: 080 40949490 
Location: # 61, 1st 'A' Main, S.T. Bed, Koramangala 4th Block, Bangalore (Behind Hotel Maharaja)
View their menu here.

As always, thanks to the pretty peeps for accompanying me.

L to R: Aats, Woogul, Rao and Vat

6 comments: said...

from the 'all-the-cart' order at 'A hole in the wall'...., the collective appetite of your finger licking coterie would let their delicate tummies burst at their seams.Not withstanding the creation of a wide belly hole, a very candid foodie review.short and to the point.

Sourabh K Rao said...

delicious photos :)

anatreek said...

Nice review..I've wanted to go to this place from a long tym..

Sonal Sher said...

I love this place man!! Miss it now...

Ceee... said...

oh i wanted to try this place.. it was so full i ended up going to cafe terra.. and i was soooo disappointed :(

domina said...

Exactly..You have focused on the main point..I think one who is running a restaurant business must go through this post..And I hope people do follow these steps..


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