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Myilai Masala

Thursday, August 26, 2010Me! In words

Of all the south Indian cuisines, I personally rank Tamilian as comfort food. The sambhars, the scores of different rasams, the simple way they make their vegetables and the softness to their dosas and idlis are unbeatable. Myilai - a traditional reference to Mylapore is located in Bangalore Central - 2 in J P Nagar. It is a stand alone restaurant at the food court. 

We went there on a weekend and the place was packed to the brim. There was a sizable waiting line but it was a bit better than the line at Rajdhani so we decided to wait. It was organized enough and we were seated after around 20 minutes. On first glance, I found the cleanliness levels to be a little questionable. The floor beneath our table was filled with debris from other meals. And it took two rounds of cleaning to get our table good enough for us to sit.

As with most new places these days, service on a full house day can be really slack. At Myilai it was 8 on a scale of 10. Since we had already looked at the menu while we were waiting, we already knew what we wanted. But it took us a good 10 minutes to place our order since nobody seemed to be responding to our calls. Each person pointed vaguely to another.

I wanted to have the special Myilai meals, but had to settle for the Executive Lunch since that was all that was available at 2.30 pm. It had a chapathi, sweet, 2 kinds of vegetable gravies, white rice mixed with sambhar, puliogare (tamarind rice) and of course curd rice with a smattering of pomegranate seeds. I really liked my meal. It was perfect for one person. Each of the items tasted homely and I particularly enjoyed the rice and sambhar.

Executive Lunch

Sudhakar decided to have the Rava Masala Dosa which came with another version of sambhar and two chutneys - the coconut one and the tomato-chilli one. The dosa was hot, crisp and along with the chutneys really nice.

Rava Masala Dosa

Bhavya was with us and she decided to have a Paper Roast Dosa. This dosa spread halfway across to my place, was crisp and came with the two chutneys and sambhar on the side. The fact that there was complete silence when we were eating except for Anoushka's non-stop chatter meant that the food was good.

Paper Roast
Anoushka saw a table get served puri and so we had to order one round of Puri and Sagoo (vegetable gravy) for her. The puris were huge, hot and fluffy. Great one's to pop with your finger. To my surprise, Anoushka actually ate all the puris.

Puri Sagoo

Taste wise I can't really fault the place, but yes, service needs a major overhaul, especially on weekends. There were no spoons on the table, no paper napkins, water was served after 4 requests and refilled only after another 4 requests. The time taken to get food to the table was not too long, but things were literally dumped when they came. A lot of other tables were voicing similar complaints and those who had been served the Myilai special meals had to keep requesting for dishes that were meant to be served without being asked for. Our meal came to around Rs 250. The restaurant doesn't have an exclusive loo and you have to use the one attached to the food court.   

Address: Central Mall 2, Food Court, Top floor, JP Nagar, Opposite Big Bazaar 
Phone: 9742797585
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamilian
Wallet factor: Rs 200 for two
Cards Accepted: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

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