Saturday, November 21, 2009

Veggie Nook: Bansuri

A taste of tiranga dosa


Photo:Nagara Gopal

Sumptuous fare The thali and ambience at Bansuri

(Rukmini Riviera)
Plus: South Indian fare
Minus: Crowded
Food: 3/5
Ambience: 2.5/5
Location: Beside Dwarka, Lakdi-ka-pul
A mongst the cluster of non-vegetarian joints found in and around Lakdi-ka-pul, Bansuri housed in Rukmini Riviera, finds a niche by catering a pure vegetarian fare. The 70-seater air-conditioned restaurant offers no music and makes no pretense of offering a great ambience. All that it offers is good food in a hygienic environment to its steady stream of customers.
The restaurant has a buffet breakfast offering a mix of South Indian and Continental. Idli, wada, cornflakes, fruits and fruit juices are the fixed items. In addition, you also find variants of dosas and upmas on offer everyday. Available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., the breakfast buffet is priced at Rs. 60. North Indian and South Indian thaalis are available from 11 am to 4 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm. South Indian tiffins and the inevitable Punjabi and Chinese dishes are available throughout the day.
The thali is a specialty here. The South Indian one priced at Rs. 83 has a dal mixed with a leafy vegetable, a vegetable fry, two wet curries, rasam, sambar, curd and a sweet. Rice items vary between lemon rice, pulihara and tomato rice on different days. Chapathi is also served. North Indian thali priced at Rs. 104 has rice, naan, three wet curries (of which one is a paneer item, the second is a pulse, and the third a vegetable), a dal, one flavored rice which varies everyday, curd and a sweet. The South Indian snacks, range from idlis priced at Rs. 20 for two to MLA dosas at Rs 45. Amongst these, Bansuri prides itself on its offer of the tiranga dosa. This dosa abides by it nomenclature by offering three colors (and flavours) in the same dosa. One-third of the dosa is smeared with spinach paste, a third has grated paneer and the third part has the distinct flavour of ginger. Served hot with an equally tasty sambar, coconut chutney and ginger chutney, this is a must try amongst the South Indian tiffins. This experience is incomplete if you come away without having the filter coffee here. Priced at Rs. 10, the hot brew carrying the aroma of freshly-ground coffee beans is heavenly!

Among the other items, rotis are priced between Rs. 12 to 25; rice items vary between Rs. 45- 90; curries Rs. 50-85; soups Rs. 35-45; starters Rs.75-80 and juice and milk shakes at around Rs.40. Tiffins and thali for two comes below Rs. 200; an order for the North Indian for two would come to about Rs. 400.
Despite the steady stream of customers, effort is made to ensure a clean restaurant and washroom. Seeing that the restaurant is situated just beside the road, one is apprehensive of parking space. Yet, it does offer a valet parking where the vehicles are parked in the ample space in the cellar.

This article was published HERE

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Veggie Nook: Gayathripuram

Dining in a rural experience


Photos: Nagara Gopal

Food and more The ambience and food at Gayathripuram

The name leads to an erroneous belief that it is the name of some locality in Hyderabad. But Gayathripuram, a ‘vegetarian ethnic restaurant’, situated on the National Highway, has created a niche for itself with its village setting.
On the rangoli-decorated walls are displayed some of the rural games of yore. The tables are housed under tiled roofs with earthen lamps. Old Telugu film songs are played in the background. For that perfect village look, the restaurateur has transported the thick doors and small windows from his own house in his village. Gayathripuram draws a good crowd for its breakfast which is available between 7.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
The items range from Rs. 18 for a plate of idli (two idlis) to Rs. 35 for a 70mm dosa.
Lunch is served between 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Dinner time here starts at 7.00 p.m.and goes on upto 10.30 p.m. .
Everything served here is cooked in pure Telugu style.
The taste comes not from the spices but more from the onion, coconut, coriander and garlic. A good amount of chilli powder is used to spice up the dishes. Spice lovers will enjoy the food.
Though North Indian food is available here, what’s really in demand is the lunch buffet that offers South Indian food. Priced at Rs. 55, the buffet consists of dal, two curries, chutney, rice, sambar, rasam, curd, pickle, and a sweet.

The bitter gourd curry for example is cooked the way it is done at home. Boiled in tamarind and jaggery, it is lightly sautéed with fried onion, ginger and chilli powder. Lady’s finger fry has coconut and coriander powder. Sambar is prepared from homemade sambar powder which makes a world of difference.
The North Indian food has a good range of food on offer.
A must try is the Paneer Heaven — a starter, priced at Rs. 90. However, the biryani is quite bland. There really isn’t much choice in the dessert section.
The North Indian meal would come to Rs 250-300 for a meal for two. Visit this place for the variety of tiffin and the Andhra lunch.
Parking: Ample
Plus: Spicy authentic Andhra fare
Minus: Confined space within
Food: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Located in L.B. Nagar opposite Vijayalakshmi Theatre

This article was published HERE.