February 23, 2011

Gayathri Tiffin Room

Cuisine - South Indian (Breakfast)

Location - Chamundipuram main road

Gayathri Tiffin Room or simply GTR is one of those restaurants that define the taste of Mysore (for breakfasts!).  It is an iconic restaurant that is a must visit for anyone who comes into this city.

GTR represents the heritage of the city and the building is a testimony to the same. It is a couple of decades old and still maintains the old ‘look’. GTR is open only in the mornings till 11 AM. It is open on all days except Mondays.  

After a wait of about one & half years and after facing many barriers – not being able to wake up early, 9 AM classes, landing there on Mondays and so on, we finally made it to the famous GTR. We had no choice but to be extra thrilled.

It has a tiny entrance which looks like old retail stores. The restaurant or the ‘tiffin room’ as it is known, has a wide variety of South Indian breakfast items – It serves Idlis, all types of dosas, puris and a myriad rice items. 

We placed the order – Masala Dosas, kesari bath and idli vada by the counter at the entrance.   The service here is fantastic! We hadn’t even settled into our seats at the special "ladies and accompanied by ladies only" section (Yes - all you men need to be accompanied by women to enter this section), the waiter had already served the items.  We started with the Masala Dosa – I must say, we have tasted much better dosas in other restaurants but what was truly appealing about this one was the downright ‘homely’ taste. I suddenly remembered mom. I’d have probably thrown a tantrum or two if a dosa was burnt at home, but at GTR, I ate with gusto – because not many places can remind you of home when you are away.  

The most delightful items we tasted were the Idli and the vada. It has been a very long time since we tasted that kind of authenticity. Our breakfast came to an end with kesari bath and coffee. We had hoped for stronger coffee and something extra in the kesari bath but I guess it was the ‘ homeliness’ of it all. I can’t say we were disappointed by that but were just happy that we had finally been to the Iconic ‘GTR’ and had an authentic taste of Mysore.  

Oh by the way,  the prices – Modesty at its best! The entire breakfast went really light on our pockets. A breakfast for two would cost about Rs. 100. 

Ratings by the Mysore Foodies

Food – 3.75 buurps

Ambience -  3.5 buurps

Price – 3.8 buurps

Service – 4 buurps

So what do we have to say about GTR?? Good place for a decent breakfast, especially if you are on the run.  Idli – vada - a must try! For all those of you who haven’t been here before –  wake up early and head out to have a tasty start for your day.

February 13, 2011

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February 7, 2011

Jalpaan- dining saga!

Cuisine - Italian and Indian

Location- Landmark, JLB road, near Ramaswamy circle

As the name suggests, Jalpaan serves you everything from Jal to Paan i.e. from a good start of a meal to a grand end!  They serve North Indian and Italian food. 

It definitely makes a good vegetarian fine dining place with its classy and well designed decors. The service is commendable. At each stage there are people to guide you. I have always longed for such courtesies. Glad to finally see a place doing it right!

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We explored the food offerings in the lunch buffet with a wide spread- all @Rs.169/-  It started with Manchow soup that had crispy noodle strings dipped in it. We were particularly delighted to find the soup heated to the right temperature, just hot enough for it to taste good and not burn the tongue. The starters offered were Kababs, Hawaiian Salad, Fettuccine Pasta, Baked Alu, Papads, Kanda(Onion) pakodi chaat, Channa chaat and more! Ya.. we tasted everything and it tasted nearly perfect except for the Kababs which could have been little hotter. 

The main course included Palak Paneer, and "Milli Tilli".. a dish that tastes as interesting as it sounds. [:)] The vegetables were well cooked, neatly garnished and well presented.  In case you are the kind who likes  a little less masala in your Sabjis, Jalpaan offers perfect food! They had  tomato corn bhartha and  dal, both of which suit the tastes of people who like mild sweetness in their food. They actually asked us for our choice of Indian bread- Tandoori roti or Kulcha and Kulchas we opted for arrived hot. 

The rice offerings were Sabji Biriyani and Plain rice. Sabji Biriyani had a splendid blend of spices and vegetables. The spices were well balanced to go easy on the tummy. 

Here, one can opt to end the meal with curd rice or pamper that sweet tooth with an ice-cream and an Indian sweet. I opted for the Saboodana Kheer which tasted fine. I was so stuffed with the yum food that I had to let go the ice cream!

An  A' la carte meal for two would cost something close to Rs.500/-

So our final verdict- Jalpaan is a breath of fresh air with a great equation for food, ambiance and service!

Mysore Foodies Rating

Food - 4.25 Buurps

Price - 4.00 Buurps (Buffet)
         - 3.50 Buurps (A' la carte)

Ambiance- 4.00 Buurps

Service- 3.90 Buurps

PS: Don't forget to check out their elevator door when you visit the place. Creative!!