Thursday, 25 October 2012

Green Theory - Convent Road, Bangalore


When you drive down the Convent road, look out for Green Theory on you right-hand side. The greenery will attract you. You'll be surprised to find a vegetarian continental restaurant around Residency road. What will knock you out of your boots is that the restaurant also serves Jain variation of the vegetarian food!

One fine evening, Ram and I decided to dine at Green Theory. We prefered outdoor seating, to enjoy the garden and the water features. Not all tables have patio umbrellas; watch out for the weather forecast before deciding to occupy table outdoors. The indoor seating oozes warmth especially due to the wooden flooring. Hey, a foosball table greets you as you walk inside the building. There is also a store that sells organic food products.

We ordered Lemon Soda Fizz, which was refreshing. We had Herb Soup with Grilled Vegetables soup,Vegetable Stroganoff with Rice and Thai (Red) Curry with Mixed Green Leaves and Beans for main course. Topped it all with Caramel Custard for dessert. Were we a happy couple! Of course, we were.


The food was served hot. The presentation was lovely. The flavors were memorable. The portions were delightful. The stewards were friendly. The service was professional. That caramel custard melted in our mouths; beautiful!

Green Theory also hosts a variety of events. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Our rating of Green Theory:

  • Ambience - Simple indoor and outdoor seating
  • Restroom - Didn't use
  • Service - 4 rating (5 = best, 1 = worse)
  • Food - 4 rating (5 = best, 1 = worse)
  • Cuisine - Continental, Italian (vegetarian only)
  • Smoking - Not allowed
  • Home Delivery - Within 1km
  • Alcohol - No
  • Value for Money - 4 (5 = best, 1 = worse)
  • Parking - No parking inside the premises. Unlimited parking on the road, if you are lucky.
  • Valet Parking - Nope

Try Green Theory, and let us know your experience.

Regards,
Asha

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Peg & Pig's Kitchen - Vegetable Wrap

Good morning, Sunday!

It has been raining this whole week, but Bangalore's festival season doesn't seem to be affected by the rains. People shopped in the rain. They went to musical concerts that are organized during Dasara festival. They visited temples. They also invited relatives, friends, and neighbors to their houses to see the arrangement of dolls. That's the spirit of the festival!

It's a lazy Sunday for us at our home. Because of the rain and cloudy weather, lost track of time; woke up late (not to mention the cough that has caught me). Well, does stomach ever forget the feeding time? Never. Stomachs got hungry, and I had to quickly prepare some delicious and healthy dish.

I made vegetable wraps.


I chopped french beans, carrots, and potatoes, and cooked them with a little salt (, ensuring they doesn't lose their shape). Then chopped onions and tomatoes (with seeds). Heated cooking oil (1 tbsp) in a pan, and added cumin seeds and mustard seeds. After the seeds crackled, added onion; fried them. To the pan, added tomatoes, and cooked till tomatoes became soft. Sprinkled a little sugar, salt to taste, a teaspoon or more Red chilli powder, and a teaspoon garam masala, and stirred well. After a boil, added the cooked vegetables, and mixed well. Removed from stove after 5-6 minutes.

While the vegetable filling cooked, made dough with whole wheat flour. Mix in a bowl about two cups of whole wheat flour, a pinch of salt, and two tablespoons of cooking oil. Then added sufficient water to the bowl and make a soft dough. Make small balls from the dough and roll the dough flat. Cook the chapathis on a heated pan, ensuring that the chapathis stay flat. Take a chapathi, put the stuffing at the center, and wrap. Serve the wrap as is or with chutneys or ketchup or curds.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Regards,
Asha

Monday, 15 October 2012

Laddoos - Jeevan Bhima Nagar, Bangalore

A downcast sky. Signs of rain. Chaotic traffic. Growling stomach. What do we do?

Well, we drove to a part of town that we hadn't explored for a while now. We were shocked to see those lovely LIC row houses knocked down, giving way to high-raised buildings; we were walking down the Jeevan Bhima Nagar's main road. This road sports a variety of restaurants that serve different cuisines -  Punjabi, Rajasthani, Chinese, Keral, and other cuisines. We also spotted bakeries, chaat joints, and wine shops. Beautiful was the alignment - eatery, wine shop, medical stores, eatery, insurance company, furniture shop, and others. All the stomach's needs seem to be lined up for a pick, on this street. :-)


We saw the Mast Kalandar board, and walked in; climbed the stairs that led to first floor of the building, only to see the sign - Opens at 7:00pm. Ouch. Our growling stomachs refused to wait, and our legs automatically walked down the stairs and entered Laddoos - a chaat joint. On scanning the menu, we saw dishes that caught our fancy, and we ordered one thali, one plate poori chole, and two glasses of sweet lassi. We waited a while for the dishes, but, hey, anything for hot food on a cold evening. The indoor seating looks neat; however, the seating will get cramped if the place gets crowded.


The phuklas and curries were warm and tasty; the rice was cold. The poori chole was gorgeous. Ram ordered for one plate dahi balla and a plate of jamoon. Dahi balla was heavenly, and so was the jamoon. Oh, remember, that this place also serves hot gulab jamoon. As we sat, gobbling our food, we saw a lot of people walk in and take parcels of food. The eatery sells Indian snacks and savories. Next time, we want to try the dhoklas.

Our rating of Laddoos:
  • Ambience - Simple indoor seating
  • Restroom - Didn't use
  • Service - Self-service
  • Food - 4 rating (5 = best, 1 = worse)
  • Cuisine - North Indian (veg)
  • Smoking - Not allowed
  • Home Delivery - No
  • Alcohol - No
  • Value for Money - 4 (5 = best, 1 = worse)
  • Parking - No parking inside the premises. Unlimited parking on the road, if allowed and if you are lucky.
  • Valet Parking - Nope
Have you observed that lovely smile that lights the face of fully-fed people? :-)

Regards,
Asha

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Queen's Restaurant – Church Street, Bangalore


The Church Street at Bangalore hosts restaurants, eateries, and pubs that serve different cuisines. The Queen's restaurant is a well-known landmark on this street, and serves tasty North Indian cuisine (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian). Wait... It's easy to miss this place, if you are new to the area.

We have visited the restaurant a couple of times, separately with friends. Was a lovely place to dine with friends especially after loafing around the area (and on Brigade road)! The restaurant is small and rustic; been that way for more than a decade. The indoor seating is limited, and the lights are truly dim. Don't worry… Your eyes will adapt to the lighting. 

Remembering the good old days, recently, we decided to dine at the Queen's. At evening, the restaurant gets ready for service by 7:00pm. When we peeped inside the restaurant, nothing seemed to have changed, and restaurant was empty. The stewards were engrossed in watching the cricket match. We, Indians, love cricket; don't we? We hoped that the quality of food was intact or was better than previous visits.

We ordered phulkas, kadai paneer, boondi raita, and vegetable pulao, and a bottle of mineral water. The steward placed two steel plates, two copper mugs for water, a bowl of onions (in vinegar), and pickles in wooden container, on the table. Nostalgic! While we waited for our order to be served, the onions looked so tempting that we could have eaten them all (as a sacrifice to hungry and growling stomach).

After a long half an hour wait, the food was served. The kadai paneer was tasty. The boondi raita was refreshing. However, the phulkas were cold and hard. That's not the only disappointing factor. The vegetable pulao resembled fried rice, and wasn't seasoned at all; absolutely no salt, no spice. Definitely, the quality of food had deteriorated or, perhaps, the chefs were extremely exhausted after the lunch service that they decided to take the dinner service easy or the cricket match was a big distraction for them. I let the steward know about the lack of seasoning so that the next dish coming out of the kitchen may be better.

Our rating of Queen's:

  • Ambience - Limited indoor seating; rustic and simple
  • Restroom - Doesn't have one. Use the restroom common to the entire building, on second floor.
  • Service - Courteous
  • Food - 2.5 rating (5 = best, 1 = worse)
  • Cuisine - North Indian (veg and non-veg)
  • Smoking - Not allowed
  • Home Delivery - No
  • Alcohol - No
  • Value for Money - 2 (5 = best, 1 = worse)
  • Parking - No parking inside the premises. Unlimited parking on the road, if allowed and if you are lucky.
  • Valet Parking - No way

Let us know your experience.

Regards,
Asha

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Bombay Dreams - Brigade Road, Bangalore

We decided to end the weekend with a walk. Our initial destination was a bookshop. After satisfying our hunger for knowledge, we were hungry for food. We walked down Church Street and Brigade road. These roads have a lot of eateries. One that caught eye today was Bombay Dreams at the St. Patricks Complex, Brigade Road, Bangalore.

We saw people sitting and relishing the food. At the first glance, we assumed that the restaurant served only north indian cuisine. But the menu listed a lot of south indian dishes as well, along with a variety of ice creams, faloodas, and milkshakes. Ah ha... We were tempted to try some of the dishes. Ordered Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav. Both tasted yummy; would have been nice if the Pav was hot. The bhaji had a good balance of spices. The vada was nice and crisp. The red and green chutneys used in the vadapav were spicy. A cup of hot masala chai (tea with milk and spices) was a perfect way to end the evening.



Note: That's the Gola making machine.


It was fun to watch so many people order and eat one dish after another. Probably, next time around, I will order the world famous Gola. Well, yes, we Indians love our food especially the street food!

Our rating of Bombay Dreams:
  • Ambience - Outdoor seating (; limited indoor seating)
  • Restroom - Doesn't have one
  • Service - Courteous and Quick
  • Food - 3 rating (for the dishes we ordered)
  • Cuisine - Vegetarian Indian snacks, chaats, and thirst-quenchers
  • Smoking - Not allowed inside the restaurant; no restriction at the outdoor seating area
  • Home Delivery - No
  • Alcohol - No
  • Value for Money - Definitely!
  • Parking - Unlimited parking outside the premises (if you lucky to find one!)
  • Valet Parking - No way
If you are around the Brigade road area, try this eatery, and let us know which dish you liked.

Regards,
Asha

Friday, 5 October 2012

Peg & Pig's Kitchen - Rice Noodles with Babycorn, Capsicum, and Carrot

My (Pig's) mother has been with us for a few days, and has been preparing delicious food for us. Today, as a token of thanks to her, I prepared a healthy and non-spicy breakfast. I made rice noodles with babycorn, capsicum, and carrot. It's a simple dish; tastes yum.



Chopped the vegetables into rectangle pieces (all of same size). For seasoning, heated 2-3 tbls of cooking oil, added mustard seeds and cumin seeds, and urad dal and chana dal, and fried for a while. Then added finely chopped fresh ginger, a small onion, and 4-5 Green chillies. After the onions turned pink, added vegetables and a pinch of salt, and fried it until they were cooked. Add juice of half lemon or one whole lemon, as per your taste.

In a pan full of boiling water, added rice noodles, and let them cook for a while. Drained off the water and washed the noodles with cold running water, and then put the noodles into the pan of vegetables and mixed well. Sprinkled a little water, and closed the lid for the ingredients to cook. Garnished with chopped coriander leaves.This time around, served it with fresh cucumber and strawberry black tea. Can serve the dish with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

Happy and a healthy weekend to you!

Regards,
Asha