There is no dearth of eateries around college. But the non-pricey ones are the ones that matter to hostelites and non-hostelites alike. Here are three places which will surely have you coming back for more.
Location: Opposite Mega Mart, New BEL Road.
Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on all days.
The best thing about Citra is that you are immediately cheered up on entering it courtesy the yellow and green dacor and the funny cartoons on the walls; which actually make you take a tour of the place instead of a seat.
The Matka Biryani and Strawberry Milkshake were brilliant. The Corn and Spinach Roll, Vada Pav and Hara Bhara Kebab were decent enough. The mocktails have catchy names and most of them were above average. The Fruit Punch was an assault on the tastebuds, though Our Weird Editor thinks otherwise. We liked the Chilli Sprite, it was really something else. You should definitely try it.
Also, the Chola in the Chola Bhatura lacked salt. The Mumbai Club Sandwich was very ordinary and not worth the fifty bucks we shelled out for it.
Fried Ice Cream was added to the menu early last year. The deep fried frozen dessert is unhealthy for you (to top it all, there’s also a layer of chocolate), but boy, is it tasty!
The restaurant offers a Thali which ranges from ‘economy’ to ‘executive’. Nothing exceptional, though. There are rolls, pastas, burgers and chaats too, but we were most impressed by the Combo meals.
The Bose speakers were awesome, but the music blaring from them was NOT. Unless you’re into stuff like “I wanna chiggy-wiggy with you, boy!”
A meal for two should cost around 150 to 200 bucks.
Contact: 080 42107788 (They deliver for a minimum order of Rs.200/-).
It’s called Wok ‘n Spice, a kind of threadbare eatery behind the Sanjaynagar Bus Stand, opposite Radhakrishna Temple. But we like calling it the Cheap Chinese Place, or CCP for short.
There are five tables in CCP, two of them placed outside. The ambience is that of a roadside eatery, the kind you will feel nostalgic about years later. Paper fans decorate the walls. It may not sound like much, but trust us, a visit to CCP won’t disappoint you.
Our group consisted of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The herbivores ordered dragon spring rolls while the rest of us settled for chicken steamed dumplings or momos along with shredded schezwan chicken. The appetizers are worth the money you dish out for them. They taste fresh and the dipping sauces are specially made, not store bought, so they have a unique tang.
CCP is awesome because you can order a bowl-meal for yourself, which was a first for all of us. They come with strange sounding names like Khow-Tuh-tung or Won-tuh-something – we don’t remember them, but we do remember their descriptions. All the bowl-meals have vegetarian options along with non-vegetarian, except for the steamed rice with basil and chicken.
For those who don’t like things decided for them, and prefer mix-and-match, take the Manchurian gravy with whatever you like – be it any kind of veg or non-veg noodles. Another gravy dish usually recommended by the chef for vegetarians is the veg ball gravy. Sounds funny, but tastes really good. Especially if you combine it with the Lifu-staple – Lifu fried rice or noodles, veg or non-veg.
Oh, and the Dragon Chopsuey here is out of the world!
There are many delicious permutations you can discover for yourself at CCP. Owing to a full stomach, Our Weird Editor couldn’t order the Thai Money Bag, which sounds really interesting. Maybe you can go and find out.
Sagar Bakers & Snax
Location: If you don’t know where this is, you’re no MSRITian.
Timings: 8 am – 11 pm on all days.
Through the haze of dozens of good times, multiple boards and sheets of paper materialize; aggressively announcing the menu at Sagar Bakers & Snax, popularly known as Sagar. There’s a little window through which you can see the guy making your Maggi smoking. Address the folks there with a modest mallu accent and be sure to call them “Cheta”.
You should definitely try the CMS. For the clueless, CMS is nothing but Chocolate Milk Shake. Sagar’s CMS is one of the best you will ever have in your life.
Make sure you try the Bun Samosa, Egg puff, Egg Cheese Sandwich, Egg Burji with Samosa, Half-Chai and Lime juice. Stay away from the Pista Milk Shake and GSM Maggi. Other popular items are boiled eggs, veg puff, chicken puff, veg/egg sandwich, etc. Really, you can almost try anything on the menu here without regretting it later.
Sagar is close to almost every MSRITian’s heart, and not just because of the gastronomic delights it has to offer; but also because it’s a treasure trove of memories, quite a few of which have been documented, filmed and made available to the public!
Mallika Bedia | Abhishek Amar (Chemical | Mechanical)
Illustration by Advita Adyanthaya (Information Science and Engineering)