I wrote about the unexpectedly extraordinary keema pav at Toto's Garage a while ago. Discovered as part of my annual trip to India when I spend quality time sampling great food around the country. In Mumbai, I discovered brilliant vegetarian street food at Elco Pani Puri Centre.
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What better way to celebrate my Gran's 80th birthday than to get away for an extended weekend break to a boutique resort in the Himalayas? Shaheen Bagh on Mussoorie Road proved a delight for the soul, and for the taste buds.
The Bayleaf Chennai in Gopalapuram is a Mughlai and Bengali restaurant. I was a little surprised and intrigued by this combination of cuisines. I wonder if it started off as a Bengali speciality restaurant and didn't find a large enough clientele and therefore expanded to incorporate Mughlai too? Or if it actually began as a kathi roll stop and then expanded to include other food from Kolkata? I'm tempted to believe the latter, if the exciting roll menu and very positive reviews of it are anything to go by.
We decided to dine in, this time around, and save those famous paratha rolls filled with spicy stuffings for another day.
When I think of Kerala food, I think of appams and stew. Seasonal vegetables simmered in a spiced coconut milk based sauce, eaten with thin lacy pancakes made of fermented rice flour. Now imagine eating traditional Keralan food in a quiet restaurant decorated in the traditional way, served by staff in traditional attire. If you can’t be in Kerala, be in Vembanad, Bangalore.