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The Buddha smiles

It’s easy to miss this tiny eatery,located bang opposite German Bakery in Koregaon Park,if you are the type who’s got several things to do and very little time for the same.

Written by Shalini Rai | Published: March 28, 2009 10:40:38 pm

Bamboodha-a chic new joint in town specialising in organic food is sure to find many takers among health-conscious Puneites

It’s easy to miss this tiny eatery,located bang opposite German Bakery in Koregaon Park,if you are the type who’s got several things to do and very little time for the same. However,a visit to the quaintly-named Bamboodha is worth it for both die-hard foodies and diet-conscious Puneites.

“The USP of Bamboodha is that we offer healthy,organic food and serve it in an aesthetically-pleasing manner. Just looking at some of our creations will whet your appetite,” assures David Callado,the Mexican co-owner of the eatery. When he came down to India about two years ago,Callado had no idea he’ll soon be working at setting up Bamboodha and will stay on in the city for the better part of a year. “I have some experience in catering but the birth of this place was a joint effort between me and my partner Camila Phillippi,who belongs to Chile. We’ve been open for around two months now and the response has been very encouraging,” he adds.

As you enter Bamboodha,the first thing that catches the eye is the use dark colours and clean lines in the décor. Although a small place,it works because of the absence of clutter and a welcoming,gay feel to the interiors. A huge oil painting of a reclining Buddha in a bamboo grove takes up an entire wall. “This painting,the Buddha in a bamboo grove,is the reason this joint is called Bamboodha. It’s been made by a maverick Australian artist named Sunyata and is really the centrepiece here,” informs Callado.

As beautiful as the décor is,the menu more than matches up to it,with some delightful,innovative names making you curious to sample the fare. For the early risers,there’s National Muesli,Against Orange Skin (Pineapple and Cucumber juice) and Hyper Tension (Pear and Orange juice) for breakfast. Then,there’s a choice of Fruit Tabla and Tantric Tabla (fruit salad),Roquefort (Lettuce with cheese and Roquefort dressing),Aphrodite (A combination of strawberry,spinach and sweet dressing) and Eric the Viking (Sesame,tomato,capsicum,lettuce,onion,avocado and alfalfa in Scandinavian dressing).

“Those who love to experiment can try our range of The Big Things in Life,where you have a choice of the Taj Mahal,The Great Wall,Coliseum and Mexican Pyramid,which are really all types of ‘make-your-own-sandwich’. Plus,of course,there’s a choice of desserts and beverages at the Bamboodha which will surely appeal to the Indian palette,and especially to the health-conscious,” adds Callado.

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