Canteen Lunch at Bombay Brasserie

Bombay Brasserie is one of my favourite places when it comes to fine dining options. My previous experience here was too good. So when we were looking for late lunch options after a movie, we decided to try their canteen menu. Called them up to know whether we can drop in at that time (it was close to 3pm) and they said yes. We Checked in around 3pm and got seated immediately. The place was fairly occupied even at that odd time for lunch. We straight away asked for two canteen lunch and they handed over the menu of the day (It's a rotating menu with few changes in starters and curries). Along with that we placed our orders for mocktails.

Food was served really quickly. Started off with chicken soup served in chai glasses. Soup was thin and perfect, very soothing. We also tasted the tomato soup which was good too. An array of starters including vada pav, assorted pakode, chicken roomali roll, paneer roomali roll, rawa fry fish, rawa fry mushroom, aloo kheema and onion rings. Out of all the aloo kheema was well made and I loved the onion rings. It was crispy and the chat masala sprinkle on the rings took it another level. The chicken roomali roll was yummy. With juicy, well marinated chicken and thin and soft roomali roti it tasted very good. Rest of all the starters lacked salt and hence we couldn't relish it much.

I loved the kache aam ki sherbet. That's my favourite here. My friend's order was some jungle book. The description said it has black salt and the drink didn't have any trace of it. We later (well 4 days to be precise) realised we were served another drink and not what we ordered :P :P

For main course it was 3 veg curries, 1 mutton curry and a chicken curry. Both the non veg curries were lip smackingly good. Particularly the mutton was literally melt in the mouth type. First serving of butter naan was decent and the tandoori roti was very hard. I went for second helping of the naan, which was amazing. Soft as well as crispy at the edges with generous butter it was too good. We were also served prawn biriyani with raita. While the rice tasted good and spicy, I felt it was more like tawa pulao. Not biriyani. Not even the bombay type ones. Prawns in the biriyani were bad.

Desserts were pretty plain except the gulab jamun. It was the tiniest I've ever scene but it was absolutely delicious. Loved it to bits. The choco bar was so so. And the trifle pudding was very bad. Shamelessly asked them to give us the ice colas and relished them a lot.

Canteen lunch is 575 ++ and along with couple of drinks (175 each) the total bill was 1700. Service was top notch, very polite and attentive. In my opinion they need to tweak the menu a little bit. Quality is more important over the quantity or number of dishes. We gave our feedback and it was received well.

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A mini Foodathon in Puduchery

As a foodie, my encounters in Puducherry are very limited. It's always masala poori, kulfi at Lalu or ice cream at thancos or richy rich, zuka and bakers street. Once in a while I get an opportunity to indulge in Cafe Xtasi or Tantos. Obvious reasons being literally no company to try new places and the forceful vegetarian mode there :D :D

This recent visit Puducherry I came to know that my partner in crime was in town. Made some quick plans and tried few places which were in my wishlist. It was definitely a mini foodathon that lasted for about 3-4 hrs covering 6 places

Canteen 18 :

I've crossed this place many times and much later only I realised it's a cafe (kind of). It's a smaller version of hole in the wall kinda place. Open seating that can accommodate about 6-8 people. Menu is very limited with burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and few drinks. I've been eyeing this place for more than 2 years and couple of my previous attempts failed as the place was closed. This time, went there for lunch. I had this severe bacon craving and I badly wanted to stuff my face with meat. A quick look at the menu and I decided to have ham burger with bacon. Friend opted for their combo of the day which had croissant cheese sandwich, sauteed chicken sausage, salad, egg and a drink.

Burger was the best I had in recent times. Beef patty was so juicy and yummy with crispy bacon and cheese. A special mention to the sauce. BBQ sauce with excellent cumin and pepper taste along with mustard aioli was finger licking good. Bun was perfect and held its fort till the last bite. Croissant cheese sandwich combo was presented beautifully and the buttery sandwich was awesome with the same combination of sauces and cheese.

Paid 560 bucks in total along with a iced tea.  My belief of smaller places shelling out gr8 food was made strong once again. This place is in Needaraja Paiyar street, the lane next to cafe xtasi in  Mission street.

Cafe Des Arts :

This place was suggested by my friend. Located in Suffren street closer to the park, the ambience is very good. Alas, I'm not a person who can visit a cafe just for the ambience. We placed orders for couple of drinks and a sugar lemon crepe. It's really difficult to spot the staff and to get their attention. Lime mint cooler and ginger lemon were our orders and both were disaster. Warm lime mint with no trace of lemon and sugar was the worst drink I ever had. My friend's ginger lemon had only ginger and water no lemon in that too. Even the addition of ice cubes and sugar couldn't help the drinks to get better. And the crepe !!! Sigh. Crispy at the edges, with strong lemon syrup only in the centre of the crepe. And the few bites I could manage it tasted like crispy omelette rather than a crepe. Wasted 320 bucks here.

Gelateria Montecatini Terme aka GMT :

One of the best gelatos I've had so far. A small place located diagonally opposite to the Ashram guest house on the beach. They've got quite a lot of varieties with prices starting from 50 bucks going upto 80 bucks. During my first visit I had their chilli chocolate ice cream. Dark chocolate gelato with mild chilli flavour was amazing. But to my disappointment they've take it off their menu during my second visit. Mango, tiramisu are perfect. Their Irish cream had a strong whisky flavour. Not my type. Loved the chocolate orange one too. Dark chocolate with orange zest was brilliant.

Lallu Kulfi : 

Another small hole in the wall kinda place in Nehru Street, shelling out yummy kulfis, sweets and other stuffs. Kulfis here are not like the rich n creamy bombay kulfis. They are different with bits of malai here n there and more of an icy texture. They have about 5-6 flavours and the day we visited they had only pista and elaichi. Kulfis are priced at 25 bucks. 

Gelato factory : 

Yet another place checked off from my list. This place is few mtrs away from Zuka in mission street. Their sign board claims healthy Mediterranean food along with gelatos. Didn't see much of that in the menu. Menu was more of salads, sandwiches and pastas. We ordered a citrus junction (a mix of mosambi and orange) and a carrot apple and orange drink. Both of them were excellent with less sugar and loads of ice. The ravioli was pretty average. Big pieces of ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, few of them gave me a little undercooked feel while eating. While the white sauce creamy and yummy, the consistency was way too thick. Gelato was epic failure for us. We chose the wrong one and in all aspects it was not our cup of tea. Paid about 500 bucks here.

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