Breakfast in Bangalore: NMHFriday, June 28, 2013Me! In words
Anoushka loves kesari bath and calls it yellow sweet. This pineapple one was served warm, just right on the ghee - I say this because there are some places that believe having the kesari bath swim in ghee is the way to make it taste great. It does, but not without leaving you feeling too heavy for breakfast - there were little bits of pineapple, roasted vermicelli, cashew nuts, raisins and cloves. It all came together to make a really nice sweet start to breakfast.
The vada comes in a little steel plate with a bowl of chutney and a slightly bigger bowl of onion sambar. I love the onion sambar - the right consistency, not to watery, not too heavy on the dal... all steaming hot. The crispness of the vada is such that one bite into it and you may feel you are disturbing the neighboring table with the crunching sound you are making with your mouth.
We each had a masala dosa next - not one of those overly thick, miniscule amounts of aloo bhaji inside - but a decent sized, crispy, perfectly brown roasted dosa, filled with a bhaji that was not lumpy and in good quantity for the dosa. Have you ever noticed how most Shanti Sagars look at you strange if you ask them for more than the teaspoonful of bhaji that they give?! Its ridiculous.
Before we ordered our teas and coffees, we just had to have this sweet dish called chiroti. The semolina used to make this fried sweet is specifically referred to as chiroti rava. What you get are discs made of these semolina strands that are fried, coated with powdered sugar and then crushed into a plate that has warm badam milk in it. You want a slice of heaven for breakfast each morning then chiroti is just what you should order.
And then of course we finished with a tea and a coffee. Sudhakar declared that the NMH coffee was now his second favorite after ITC Gardenia. I liked my tea, not too strong and not too light.
Wallet factor: Rs 200 per person