That’s all the bill amount is??
by Revathi Kolagani
For those of you who are always thinking, why do we have to pay so much just to sit and eat at a restaurant?? Do not fret, you are not alone! It seems that in Bangalore, street food is always delicious (not necessarily healthy) and pocket friendly. But, you go to a restaurant; the prices seem as if you are paying to take home the chair you are sitting on! Well here are a few value for money restaurants where the bill amount is well within Rs.250 for TWO :D
The first being Sweet Chariot, Residency Road, an old school favourite, quite literally for many of us who have studied in schools close by and grown up eating here. Though this franchise has several outlets all over the city, I find that this one has the best food. The minute you walk in, the aroma of freshly baked bread and frosting greets you. That is simply enough to get your saliva glands going! Every waiter here is kind and always smiling! If you are in a dilemma to choose from all their delectable items, do ask for a recommendation, they will never disappoint. The Margherita pizza is simple yet appetizing and the thin crust makes it a cheese lovers delight as you pull a slice up, enjoy the elasticity of the cheese strands as the colour is a gorgeous yellow with a sheen. The Chicken Pepper Steak is succulent and well marinated with a generous serving of the pepper sauce which makes you want to buy a whole vat and dive in! I could write an entire book just describing all the wonderful dishes on the menu, but do try the Lasagne, Mushroom Quiche, Sweet Corn soup, cheese garlic bread, chocolate mousse cake and lemon tart.
Tselha Anze, Shantinagar is the best non-oily comfort food, where steamed or boiled food is anything but bland. With several restaurants offering Tibetan cuisine, this I find has the best portions and seating area. This eatery is frequented by college students and their teachers alike. One thing that is very unique about the place is that you are given a menu along with a notepad so you can write down your order, food is brought to your table and once you are done, you go up to the counter and pay. The interaction is kept to a bare minimum. The chicken manchow soup is mind-blowing with the right amount of spice and a crunch from the fried noodles sprinkled on top and provides an amazing textural food experience. Thenthuk is another kind of soup with square pieces of cooked dough and hearty portions of your preferred meat or vegetables in it which is very filling and a meal on its own. Do not give the momo’s a miss, the steamed variety is the best! No matter what kind of filling it has, the minute you dip it in some chilli sauce and bite in, all the savoury juices come oozing out and tingle your taste buds. All in all a good,satisfying, healthy meal!
Bobby da Dhaba, Ulsoor is a little hard to find since it has shifted from its old location near the gurudwara, to a by lane near the Fotoflash. Try and avoid this place on weekends if you are ravenous, because you will wait for your table for at least 20 minutes. This place is all about VEGETARIAN “desi khana”, they have limited seating, so if it’s just two of you, do not be surprised if you end up sharing your table with others.All the food is served piping hot and with a big dollop of butter. Order the buttermilk which is served in large steel tumblers to wash down your food. The parathas arrive stacked on a plate and you feel like you are playing hot hands when you grab one.The Baigan da Bartha(love how Punjabi that sounds) is perfectly seasoned and is a hot favourite here as is the Dal Makhni.You cannot go wrong with anything you order here! Dig in to the steaming hot food with a large slice of onion by your side and be prepared to skip the next meal.Thing to note at the restaurant is that there are no prices on the menu,so once you are done and stagger to the counter whilst rubbing your belly, tell the host what you had(preferably in Hindi) and let him tell you the amount you have to pay. Don’t worry! It will not be outrageously expensive.
These are just a few of my favourites,do comment and let me know if you disagree or want to a few words