Wednesday, April 04, 2007
favours and flavours from four southern states
it looks as if one new restaurant crops up every day in bengalooru.it would be worthwhile to dig into the stats and see whether it is true.
'south indies' is the latest addition to that long list.it is a south indian vegetarian eatery. you get tamilian,keralite,kannada and andhra food. and the different varieties in each ethnic group.the fare adds up to a huge choice.there are around 3000 authentic recipes on their platter.there is more to south indian cuisine than upma,masala dosa,onion uttappam and conjeevaram idli.
i had guests from toronto and l's inlaws who have moved to bengalooru from muscat and l's aunt too. when i suggested 'south indies' , none of the bengaluruians had heard of this new restaurant and they wondered how come i who live in mumbai knew about it. the fame of good food combined with a beautiful ambience spreads fast and far and wide, i said.
nothing could be closer to the truth.from the time we entered this upscale veg eatery,we were pampered like some royal patrons.this fine-dine restaurant is excellently furnished and it has got a five- star feel about it without its trappings. a long felt need fulfilled. you get a home-like atmosphere.you can sit out and enjoy the greenery while eating or like us, eat in a private dining room.it even has a mini library,wifi,tv and an international wine list.you can even sit on high stools and watch the chef preparing your meal,teppannayakki style, often supervised by venkatesh bhatt(second picture from the top). one can even conduct a business lunch in privacy.
master chef and ceo venkatesh bhatt met us and suggested that we have the vegetarian thali.what we got we did not bargain for.the kerala favourite aappam and stew,tamil and authentic kal dosai,paranthas(some hyderabadi influence),tomato pappu from andhra pradesh,paneer gassi from karnataka, hot andhra sambhar and rasam,karnataka vegetable curry and dry vegetable,curd and pickles.and of course followed by steaming white rice.and a fruit dessert.the food was delicious.the selection of this hotel was the right choice. my guests were overwhelmed. and i got value for money. the cost of a plate came to rs 175 plus taxes. food unlimited.
while leaving,i picked up a book titled "the four flavours".it has a collection of images from all the four states.published by "south indies".and who said software and gastronomy don't go together.at least the entrepreneur behind this authentic south indian food joint has shown that your mind has to work like a geek to achieve such a unique blend of south indian food.
next time you are in bengalooru head straight from the airport to indiranagar,hundred feet road.close to the post office is located this lovely place. the epicurean's delight. have a good meal and it will see you through the day or night. you will have no regrets.