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The Hole in the Wall Cafe

"The perfect Hole" 17 Feb 2012
Since the time i shifted behind Maharaja Hotel in Kormangala 4th block, i was tired of hearing about this tiny Hole in the wall. And honestly it was quite a bit of a distraction... Hungey pangs :) Well too much talks make you eager and so finally after 9 months of testing my patience and luck, i finally landed up at 'The Hole in the Wall' with my flatmate. Best time to be in the hole :D is between 8:30 - 9:30 am cuz after that the place is flooded with people waiting outside to grab a seat. Standing true to the name, the cafe has 7-8 small tables all together. The food listed down the menu drives you crazy. Pancakes, baked omelet, sausages, waffles, cheese cake, french toast and much more to hog on. My recommendation is to go for the 'All English Breakfast'(just Rs. 160)as it will give you a taste of little bit of those many things on the menu. And within two minutes of my order, crispy fried egg, sauteed mushrooms, a baked tomato, two sausages, and amazingly crispy and yumm beckons were titillating my taste buds. To go along with the plate, i ordered a fresh watermelon juice. Watermelon juice here might just be the best one you've had till date. And i can bet on that!!! It is a very nice and a cosy place where you can just sit with your favorite book, or a bunch of friends and enjoy a nice sumptuous and very light on pocket breakfast. This tiny hole was started by Lynn D'Costa, wife of Bangalore based rock band Galeej Guru's lead singer Nathan Lee Harris. Happy Eating :) http://this-odyssey.blogspot.in/

Aromas of China

"Aromas of China still lingering in my Mind!!" 24 Oct 2012
So this one fine day me and two of my friends planned to catch up for dinner after work. Tired of Indian food, we looked for some other cuisine and finally decided on Chinese food at Aromas of China. One strange thing I find in Hyderabad is that people in this city do not like or find the time to write reviews about places they have visited. So I take this responsibility on my able shoulders to review places I have and shall visit in Hyderabad. So coming back to my story, we wanted to go to a place where we can enjoy good food and my friends can grab a drink and yes of course all this should be light on the pocket. Taking the chance, we landed at the 5th floor of the City Center Mall at Banjara Hills at Aromas of China. It was a nicely done entrance with dim lighting. As you enter and proceed to find a nice comfortable corner for yourself, you will notice that the interiors are very tastefully done. So after we chose our cozy corner, we immediately hogged on to the two interesting things already placed on the table to munch - Kimchi and salad. This keep you busy until you decide, place your order and get your order served. I specially liked Kimchi out of the two. The menu is exhaustive and have many interesting things to offer. We chose to start with a Huaiyang spicy crab meat soup and eight treasure vegetable thick soup. I would like to highlight here that if you want to enjoy a good main course spread then have soup one by two as the quantity of one soup is more than enough for two. For starters we ordered Singapore Chilli Prawns and Drums of Heaven Hong Kong style. Both starters turned out really well and we could not keep away from biting our fingers. This was a wonderful start and had set out moods just right. Dim lights, slow music and pleasing staff just adds up to your evening. By the time we had to place order for main course we were already too full so we decided to order one portion of chilli butter vegetable noodles. In case if you are not too hungry, one portion is more than enough for 3 people. Honestly the noodles were way too tasty and heavenly than its simplistic name. All in all we came out happy and full. My special thanks goes to the Manager who took our orders as all that we tried were his suggestions. He is a very nice and a patient guy and if you explain him (even in details) what you are looking for, I can bet you'll go back happy. And interestingly after ordering so much, our bill came to around Rs.1500 which includes 2 beers as well. Good deal haa I am going back to Aromas of China hungry for more :)

Cafe Thulp

"Daddy of all the burgers " 26 Feb 2013
So these were the days in Bangalore when I was a couch potato and was competing a marathon with no idea who to finish watching seasons of 'How I Met Your Mother'. This one episode totally dedicated to a Hamburger ruined my peace and left me craving for one. Bangalore is no doubt a food heaven and I had visited most of the popular food joints of all kinds and sorts but had not come across a good burger point up until then. Fortunately my flatmate happened to know this small cozy cafe in Kormangala 1st Block called 'Thulp' which apparently served huge and yummy burgers. Leaving no time for second thoughts, I rushed to my craving's rescue and landed at the cafe with my flat mates. The cafe was a simple yet spacious layout with good number of tables and a heavenly book of menu :) For all the non - vegetarians/ carnivores and burger lovers, this menu and food is indeed heavenly I bet!! My cravings went bad to worst going through the menu as it gives you an exhaustive list of Starters, Hamburgers (daddy of all the burgers with size of a quarter plate), Burgers, Pastas, Sandwiches, Desserts and Drinks. Finally the deal was closed with Spicy Garlic Prawn Cocktail (interestingly served in a huge wine glass with a dip), Chicken and Bacon Skewers with Teriyaki sauce (best I have ever had.. these are to die for), 2 grilled tender Chicken Burgers with Cheese and Bacon and a Beef Burger with Goan Sausage fry and grilled onions. All the burgers are accompanied with french fries, potato wedges and salads. The food was no doubt too heavy and filling but I ate to my heart's content. The chef deserves an applaud for the great food 'Thulp' is serving and it earns away extra brownie points for low prices. Thulp is for sure the best burger destination for me so far!! Happy Eating :)

Bhojohori Manna

"Best Bengali food in Bangalore " 26 Feb 2013
I am an out an out Bengali cuisine fan. And since it is time for me to review my favorite Bengali restaurant in Bangalore, it has to be special. During the 5 years of my stay in Bangalore, Bhojohori came very close to my heart as I had some great memories and moments with my friends and loved ones enjoying and yum yumming the food served here. I would specially like to mention my best friend Malvika Sinha here as it was 'her' company that made the memories special and food even more yummlicious for me. We were frequent weekenders at Bhojohori :D and sometimes even visited during the weekdays. It is a simply done restaurant but I love the 'bong' touch in every bit of thing they do. Right from the furniture, to the wall paintings to the music ..aaahhhh sheer nostalgia!! Coming to food, I must admit here that my menu for all my visits remained the same and I can repeat it even further going 100 years forward. So my all time menu was something like this: Starters: Fish Fry, Fish Chop, Pomphret Fry Main Course: Mutton Dakbangala, Ilish Shorshe, Katla Kalia, Luchi, Rice Dessert: Ice - Cream The starters are simple yet tasty. The fish fry is kind of interesting with the way they fry it in spiced rice flour. The starters and the main course is usually accompanied with a shorshe (mustard seeds) chutney - mustard seeds ground into paste and cooked in mustard oil. Moving on to the main course, Mutton Dakbangala is an interesting name like the dish itself. Most commonly it is called Kosha Mangsho which has a very rich and thick gravy with many many spices and flavors. This is probably the best mutton dish I have had so far. In fish, we always ordered Ilish Shorshe. Ilish enjoys the position of being the most tasty and costly fish in a Bengali kitchen. This fish preparation is by far the best too. Next dish is Katla Kalia, another mouth watering dark brown gravy with Katla fish. Mutton Dakbangala is best accompanied with Luchi (puri made in maida) and both the fish preparations go best with rice. Our yumyumming marathon always came to an end with the most delicious ice - cream in the world. This is a very special ice - cream that they get from Kolkata. It is a kind of think rabri frozen in tiny clay pots and quoted with melted cold jaggery syrup. The taste of this ice - cream is way beyond any description. Due to jaggery, it has just the rigth amount of sweetness and the rabri has a very smooth texture which looks frozen but it melts down your mouth and senses. My advise, pre-book your ice - creams at the time of placing an order because they usually run out of it. The menu has good number of options and all the dishes are reasonably priced. For this entire menu for 2-3 people, we paid something around Rs. 800 - Rs. 1000 max. Rest all is a memory and only one thing remains - 'Aami Tomake Bhalobashi Bhojohori Manna'!! Happy Eating :)