On the last day of pujo, we went for a dinner takeaway to Bathinda Junction. The place has a dhaba like setup with charpais(woven rope beds) etc. It was completely packed when we reached and there was a queue even for takeaway.
The restaurant has too many tables and charpais crammed into a small area. There isn’t much to the decor apart from a few photos of Punjabi singers/actors, but they do have loud Punjabi music playing in the background.
I am going to start off this blog with a little info on a particular type of jaggery called ‘Nolen gur’. It is also known as ‘Notun (new/fresh) gur(jaggery)’ or ‘Khejur (date palm, not to be confused with palmyra tree) gur’ and is prepared only in winters. It is available in semisolid state when freshly prepared, and also sold in its solidified form as circular/oval disks called ‘Patali(vaguely translates to solid disk) gur’.
I am pretty sure most Bongs have a weakness for this taste. 🙂 As for me, mere mention of this name brings back sweet memories from winter holidays in my village. Though I haven’t had nolen gur for a while now, I still remember the grainy gooey texture and its unparalleled rich taste. And how Boro Ma (great-grandmother) used to give me spoonfuls of it on demand, without anyone noticing 🙂
Last weekend we were looking for some good Punjabi food nearby, when I remembered Kapoor’s Cafe had recently opened a branch in HSR. The eatery is spread across two floors, one with the usual table & chair seating and another one with dhaba style charpais/khatiyas (woven rope beds).
The restaurant doesn’t have valet parking, but that’s the good thing about HSR, it’s never difficult to find a parking place in front of restaurants 🙂
We wanted to get some takeaway and placed an order for pudina khasta paratha, khasta paratha, matar paneer and dal makhni(you cannot go to a Punjabi place and leave without having dal makhni 🙂 ). Their menu is pretty big and has lots of combos as well. I also noticed white butter, but I guess that won’t be suitable for takeaway/home delivery.
South Indian breakfast cravings sorted!
Saturday morning we were craving for a South Indian breakfast, but none of us wanted to venture out. The newly launched UberEats came to our rescue and we placed an order from Idli & Dosa Cafe for idlis, vada, poori sagu, plain dosa and kuzhi paniyaram (don’t judge, we were hungry 🙂 ).
Both of us were looking forward to a lunch at a new place in HSR this Saturday, but after witnessing a rather long jam right in front of our apartment, we came back home and decided to order in.
Mr. H suggested Kachori Cafe and we placed an order online for kadhi kachori, pav bhaji, chole kulche and papdi chat (yes, we were starving!).
I absolutely love cheery bright eateries, where I can see and admire what I am eating 🙂 And Cafe Pascucci is one such beautiful cafe in HSR.
This Friday night, breaking our usual tradition of not stepping out into the mad traffic, we went to HSR for a late dinner. I had crossed this cafe loads of times, but never got around to visiting it until this weekend. We reached around 10:30 p.m., and the place was completely packed. We had to rush for cover as it starting pouring out of nowhere!
It’s funny(and incredible too!) when you see your partner knows you a bit too well 🙂 And mine knows that I get cranky if we spend the whole weekend at home 😀 So after spending most part of Saturday catching up stuff on Netflix, he suggested we check out ‘Safe House’ in HSR.
We made a reservation through Dineout and reached the place. It is located on outer ring road opposite to Pindi.
The decor is typical, with dim lighting, high chairs and a pool table in the middle. We got seated and started scanning through their menus. The first thing that I noticed was their pricing. I don’t think you can get such low priced cocktails at many places in the city. They have a good variety of beers as well, everything from Kingfisher draft to Stella Artois.