Saturday, April 17, 2010

Veggie Nook: Methi

Methi at MG road, started two years ago is a relatively new restaurant and finds its clientele for its pure vegetarian fare from amongst the dominantly vegetarian residents around the Paradise area. The restaurant can seat around 90 diners and the ambience with its well-spaced tables and chairs lends a relaxing environment.
From 7 to 11 am Methi offers buffet breakfast consisting of 15 items priced at Rs 79. The restaurant then runs from 11 am to 11 pm offering lunch, evening snacks and dinner at the appropriate times.

Though a la carte is provided, the restaurant is known more for its Thaali with its unlimited offer of food; the Bhojanam priced at Rs 95 and the Rajabhojanam at Rs 125. The Rajabhojnam consist of 19 items in all. It serves dal, dry and gravy curries, rasam, sambar, curd, dahi wada, sweet and fruit custard. Most of the fare is made of commonly available vegetables and has a taste of home cooked food. Care is taken of the quality of food served. An example is the sweet served. It is not the usual ambiguous sweet served with thaalis but one which is prepared with care.A very strong South Indian flavor underlines all the dishes on offer in the thaali.

Apart from the thaali, Methi also serves the a la carte. The a la carte offerings aren’t as uniformly appealing as the ones in the thaali. The lemon coriander soup prepared in a corn flour base with thinly shredded cabbage and carrots with a dash of ginger has a unique taste lent to it due to the addition of lemon grass. All soups are priced at Rs 70.
Amongst the starters the generally tasty Paneer Majestic disappoints you with its very oily and soggy paneer sticks. Baby Corn Adraki, one of the specialties of the restaurant has a thick base but tastes more like mixed vegetable curry. Methi Paneer Malai on the other hand is rather scrumptious. It consists of the fenugreek and the spinach leaves paste and has one inch paneer squares. This has a slightly pungent taste to it with a hint of mustard— a very unique preparation.
The rotis are priced between Rs 20 to 35. The stuffed kulchas again are quite thick and not thin or soft as they should be. The mildly spiced vegetable biryani again is good in taste. Some summer special mocktails on offer have amongst them a Banana Smoothie with its vanilla extract, yogurt, honey and ice. This priced at Rs 70 is quite nice and thick.
Home delivery for a minimum order of Rs 250 and within a radius of 3 km with a discount of 10% is offered. The fare comes to Rs 500 for two people. A small cellar parking space is available.
Pluses: The Rajabhojanam
Minuses: Lot of oil used in food
Food: 3/5; Ambience: 3.5/5
Located beside KFC, MG Road