Baji Rao Misal and Girmit
If you are a fan of Maharashtrian street food, this little eatery — tucked away in JP Nagar, 2nd phase, near the popular Ranga Shankara theatre facility — could be right up your alley. Clean, unpretentious — the interiors done up in white, red and orange, with wide tables and benches and brightly painted metal chairs — though with a limited menu, they stay true to their credo of serving pure vegetarian street food. They are planning to expand to include more items including sandwiches and chaats next month.
As of now, they offer five different types of pav and two types of girmit. The Masala Pav (Rs 40) comes with two fluffy, warm pavs stuffed with mixture and tangy chutney. The Misal Pav (Rs 60) — served with two pavs and the misal gravy — is fiery and spicy. The other pavs on the menu include Dahi Misal, Cheese Misal and Rasa Pav. The Girmit (Rs 35) and Tomato Girmit (Rs 40) are lightly flavoured, and evoke the taste of Maharashtra and Northern Karnataka. In beverage options, Kokum juice, Mint lemon Juice and Butter Milk (all Rs 30) are ideal to douse the spice and quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day.
Address: No. 62, Near RV Dental College, 7th Cross, 24th Main, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar, Bengaluru
Timings: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm,
For more information, call 080 49652673
Horn OK Please
A dhaba, a pub and a restaurant — all rolled into one — is the idea behind Horn Ok Please, Indiranagar. The dhaba-pub offers food and drinks inspired by the highways of India in a quirky, rustic ambience. Tiffin carriers and lantern lights, wooden tables, brightly painted tin chairs, Bollywood posters with a twist — a Dabangg Pierce Brosnan, anyone? — and non-stop Bollywood music set the tone for a jazzed-up dhaba experience.
The bar counter with its metallic roll-down shutter and bar stools in the shape of milk cans offer — apart from the usual suspects — quirkily named cocktails like Chit Chaat Caribbean (Rs 225) and the signature Doodh Malai (Rs 300) — a combination of vodka, orange liqueur, melon syrup, ice cream, condensed milk, star anise and nutmeg . Appetisers such as Chikkan Shixty Phive (Rs 200), Pathar Late Than Never (Rs 240) — melt in the mouth lamb kababs wrapped in roomali roti — and Popeye da Vada (Rs 130) — crunchy bengal gram vadas flavoured with spinach — are ideal bar eats. And let’s not forget the innovative crispy puris stuffed with butter chicken (Rs 100) and alu jeera. Still feeling hungry? Dive into the mains — served in aluminium trays — with dishes like Brahm-achari Pun-eer (Rs 140) — crispy paratha pieces topped with spicy cottage cheese chunks — MAMBO masala (Rs 200) — a tangy gravy of mushrooms, potatoes and peas served with brown rice or bread — or the sinfully delectable First Class Laal Maas (Rs 280) — lamb cooked in a spicy red gravy served with rice or soft naans dripping butter.
Address: No. 776, 1st Floor (above Kotak Mahindra Bank), 100ft Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Timings: Sunday – Thursday, 12pm – 11pm, Friday & Saturday – 12pm – 1am
For more information, call 080 49564449 / 9686442183
The Bombay Canteen’s first anniversary celebrations
When the hip Bombay Canteen turned one earlier this month, the staffers decided to mark the occasion by getting their moms to step into the kitchen. The resultant ‘Mother of all Menus’ — conceptualised and directed by, among others, Chefs Floyd Cardoz’s mother Beryl and Thomas Zacharias’ mom Cynthia — features Pressure Cooked Sardines on Toast, Crab Mappas, Macher Kochuri aur Aloo Dum and Konkani Kolambi Curry. The desserts — drawn from childhood memories of the founders and chefs at TBC — are characteristically inventive, such as the Ulta Pulta Pineapple Cake with caramelised pineapples and brown sugar, and kheer with fresh oranges. “Back in the late ’80s, I don’t think there were any cake shops in Pune,” says Renu Bhanage, TBC co-founder Yash’s mother. “So, we had to travel all the way to Bombay to get cakes for the kids’ birthdays. The Ulta Pulta Pineapple Cake, too, is from a time when ovens were rare in people’s homes.” The Mother of all Menus promo is on till the end of February.
Address: Unit-1, Process House, Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, SB Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Timings: 12pm – 1am
For more information, call 022 4966 6666
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