Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The President, Jaya Nagar, Bangalore

The President, Jaya Nagar, Bangalore is a decent hotel, with a decent spread. It is closer to the shopping complex and Jewellery (I picked up 2 Golden Ear-rings from Bhima's - for wife and daughter, as a surprise). Beware parking is a headache. I parked in front of a house. God knows, what all he cursed me! You can indulge in clothe shopping. I have also seen a shoe showroom, selling Rs 400/- Bata slipper at a premium of Rs 165/-, saying Petrol, rent is high etc.

Today myself and my biz partner went there for the lunch. A place to sit, talk and eat. say many Honeywell badge tickets there. Decent crowd.

Rs 225 plus taxes. About Rs 600/- for 2 with a Soda....

I have been there many time, probably this would the sixth time. I used to take visitors from USA in the previous co. They definitely have Mutton, Sea Food and decent biryani, with a good spread of vegetarian. Salad was not good. Yucky!

Today's desert sucked. Only ice-cream was not spoilt. (Who would eat bread halva, smelly barpi's and rotten mousse?)

My rating 2 *'s out of 5.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Grand Taj, Shivaji Nagar

Grand Taj is a very good Non Veg restaurant. It is on Lady Curzon Road, Shivaji Nagar. Very close to access from M.G.Road, at a walkign distance. After eating you can go to shopping in Commercial Street (A La, the Ranganathan Street of Chennai)

I am used to this from 1980's, when my uncle had taken us there (Late Mr Krishnaraj R.I.P) when he was running Silk Saree biz in Bangalore. They used to live in Osalli Road, Padarayanpura.

Since I settled in Bangalore from 1999, it is a very regular joint.

Their Tandoori Chicken is very good, well done! Ghee Rice is the next best item.

They also serve good Naan and Parotta's. Their Chicken Tikka Masala, is very good. Also the next best item is Chicken Hyderabadi (sweet - typical Mughlai). I always end up hogging one Mutton Biriyani and half Tandoori Chicken easily and finish off with a Masala Chai.

AC room is 10% costly.

The cost has increased to double since 1999. 9% average inflation. (recently they have hiked 20% on all items)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Good Samosas in Jaya Nagar 3rd Block

Since Ramzan has started, you can find the best quality Ramzan Special Iftar Samosa, crispy with onions and vegetables at Jaya Nagar 3rd Block, in the road that connect Sagar Appollo to Jaya Nagar 4th Block Shopping Complex.

Last year they sold each piece at Rs 2.50 today afternoon it was Rs 3.50. 40% extra, inflation is really running high. My Muslim friends would break the fast with a cup of Tea and Samosa costing them Rs 5/-. But today it would be Rs 6.5/- 30% increase due to inflation.

Also ate lunch at Navami, Andhra restaurant (with family as Kids were off for Gowri Festival), it is a veg and non veg place, but we ate veg meals, Gobi Manchurian and Butter Naan for kids. Very tasty though! With the new 12.5% taxes for AC hotels, works out expensive. (I paid the cost of what we used to pay for whole family buffet at Residency on GN Chetty Road, Chennai).

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