The Halka Phulka Thali is by far my least favorite thali at Mast Kalandar. This is HP 1 (Rs 95) and HP 2 and HP 3 are distinguished by the addition of more phulkas, a paneer curry (floury paneer) and a sweet. It’s not that the food is very bad- the dal is the generic dal, the phulkas have a smidgen of butter- but the meal is so insipid. Even a 25-rupee McAloo Tikki seems more substantial and fun than this thali.
Near Vydehi Hospital
This week is Mast Kalandar Week on Paths of a Foodie. No, they are not paying me for coverage. I looked through my photos and realized I had eaten twice at Mast Kalandar in the last month, for team lunches. Considering this week is Sankranthi, it’s only fair that I spotlight one of the biggest vegetarian chains in India.
Mast Kalandar’s food has undergone very little change over the years. The Masala Aloo Combo (Rs 109) my teammate had tastes just the same as the one I had over two years ago. Only the dal seems to have changed: it’s darker now. I wish they would give masala sprouts instead of plain boiled ones as a side; it would add some spice to the meal.
First things first. The constellation theme is overwhelming. I don’t mind the decor of the place, with paintings themed around time hung in the restaurant, but the tagline? 24-hour astral coffee shop? Seriously? Too much dude.
Thankfully, the Zodiac Club Sandwich (Rs 250) doesn’t suffer the same problem. Granted that when it arrives on your plate, it looks a bit confusing, but you can hardly go wrong with meat, egg and lettuce between slices of bread, can you? It’s filling (the fries go a long way in helping), and if you are grabbing a quick bite to eat while shopping, this place is a decent choice.
Fortune JP Cosmos Hotel
Adding to the list of cupcakeries with punning names is Bite Me Cupcakes, a hole-in-the-wall outlet on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Their cupcakes are the mini kind, with 3 cupcakes for 100 rupees. The Spanish Caramel on the left was a bit tart, the Red Velvet passable and the Gooey Chocolate not so gooey after all. The positives- light and moist; the negatives- small, with only a smudge of cream. If you’re looking for a light dessert after a heavy meal, a bite out of Bite Me’s cupcakes would satisfy your dessert urges.
I have a problem. Whenever I see a Swensens, I must go inside. Even if I have a cold, like I did when I ordered the Carnival Tower (Rs 119). I’m not a big fan of bananas (I’ve never had a banana split, though some of my friends have raved about it to me), so I finished those off first, and then dug in to enjoy the three layers- vanilla and chocolate icecream, along with strawberry jelly. It was tough to get a spoonful that had all three flavors, but I did get a few, and boy, was it yum! I suffered for my indiscretion that night, in the form of a sore throat and runny nose, but it was so worth it.