Monthly Archives: August 2011

Review-Saravana Bhavan Restaurant, Connaught Place, Delhi

Dated – 21st August 2011

Value for Money

Tired from supporting Anna ji at Ramlila Maidan, we decided to treat our tummies. After much discussion the 5 of us decided to give Saravana Bhavan restaurant a try (a first time visit for all of us).

After a marathon walk we reached Saravana Bhavan in Connaught Place. 15 mins more of waiting, and we were finally ushered inside the restaurant. Saravana Bhavan is not a place where you go for ambiance or to get a royal service. Infact the service almost tiptoes into rude category. The reason – the 5 of us were alloted a table for 4. When we brought this to the incharge’s notice, he told us we had the option of either standing in the queue again or we could adjust. We told him that if a table with larger capacity got vacated before our order was served he could shift us, but the incharge was adamant on making us wait again. Not left with much of a choice we decided to adjust.

We ordered a couple of fixed thalis, a couple of dosas, and soft drinks. The highlights here too (like in Kaustubh restaurant) were the chutneys – more than 6 in number. Their sambar and coconut chutney were one of the best i have tasted. Fixed thalis consisted of 2 vegetables, dal, rasam, sambar, papad, pickle, pooris, rice and much more. Each of the gravies were yummy and blended perfectly with the pooris (i earlier used to associate poories with choley or aloo ki sabzi only). The rice however seemed to be of poor quality. The dosas were as usual good.

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The food for sure made up for the lack of service. The bill for five of us came around Rs 1000 – perfectly value for money.

So next time if your are in or around CP and looking for a place that gives you value for money then look no further – Saravana Bhavan should be your destination.


Review-South Indian cuisine-Kaustubh, GIP Noida

A visit to Kaustubh was long due. Mom and Sis were in mood for South Indian food and since we were in GIP, Kaustubh was my default suggestion.

My family is pretty much tired of my penchant to try new places and experiment different cuisines, especially when they have to accompany me :P. Some of the experiences have been a total disaster, while some have been an experience to cherish entire  life -So I was keeping my fingers crossed that Kaustubh wouldn’t disappoint them.

Kaustubh, though being a South Indian restaurant is not a typical Idli-Vada-Dosa place. Their USP is that they offer the best of cuisines from Andhra, Chettinad, Karanataka and more.

As usual I was in a mood to experiment so I decided to go for Palkatti Masala along with Parota and Appam. Sis opted for Chettinad Masala Dosa while mom went with Pondu (Garlic) dosa.

Palkatti Masala is a spicy Paneer gravy dish and amazing in taste – much better than any of the paneer dishes I have tried so far.The quantity was sufficient for two and had an abundance of Paneer in it. Parota was disappointingly small is size (and more so when it costed Rs 40 apiece). While Pondu dosa was good, Chettinad Masala Dosa was the best dish among the three. The masala stuffing was just superb – coupled with 3 varieties of chutneys the taste was unbeatable.


Chettinad Masala Dosa

After all this our tummies were still craving for more so we decided to try out Fried Cocktail Idli (yet another experiment). The fried idlis were coated in thick gunpowder flavor and were served with Coconut chutney. The idlis were yummy in taste but it was hard to eat more than two pieces. By this time our tummies were also full.

The bill came around Rs 800 including taxes and was totally worth the money. Thanks to Kaustubh I can persuade my family to experiment yet again J