All you need is L̶o̶v̶e̶ Food. I live for food and this cafebar lives up to the expectations. After all, the menu is curated by Chef Ashwin kotian, who has been a head chef in St.Regis Mumbai & has served to the likes of Bill Clinton & many Bollywood celebrities.
At first, it’s location can be hard to find. So I’ll make that easy for you. It’s situated in orbit mall. Take the main entrance, walk straight to the elevator, go to the first floor and the cafe is on the left.
The first thing you’ll notice is the space. This place is huge. It’s divided in two parts – casual dining area and the lounge which are well separated. Cafebar also has a separate smoking room, and the lounge has big dance floor, probably the biggest in Indore! Comfortable sitting arrangement & vivid wall paintings just add to its charm.
We were served – MELODRAMA –
It’s melon ka drama. It’s a watermelon based drink with orange and Mint. This mocktail is insanely refreshing and it tastes as good as it looks.
FLAME KALMI KEBAB and LASOONI JHINGA –
Tandoori prawns & chicken to which they add vodka in front of you to create a burst of flames (this technique is called flambe). It’s awe-inspiring. The best part about these dishes are it’s dip. There are six varieties that were served to us that perfectly complimented the dishes – Green chutney, Dahi dip, green apple dip, pineapple & papaya murabba and chimichurri sauce. Sweet or salty, you’ll find everything here.
Note – they are served as two separate dishes in the menu. JAITUNI MUSHROOMS & KACCHI KAIRI KA PANEER –
Oh my God I’m gonna visit this place just to have them again. Stuffed with cheese, olives and parsley, Jaituni mushrooms are a perfect starter. I’m not big on cottage cheese but they are definitely worth a try. LAMB GALOUTI KEBABS –
Galouti’ or ‘Galawati’ means melt in the mouth & these kebabs does just the same. There’s an interesting story behind the invention of this dish. This dish was especially made for the ageing Wajid Ali Shah nawab of Kakori, Lucknow. The Nawab had lost all his teeth but not his love for meat. So, galouti was made to satisfy his palate.
If you are a non vegetarian & you haven’t eaten this dish, you’re definitely missing something. Kebabs are softer than butter & are served with pita bread, they are more on the spicy side.
KUCH MEETHA HO JAYE?
Chef special desserts that contains LEMONGRASS SORBET, ADA PRADHAMAN & CHOCOLATE PUDDING with rum soaked nuts. A perfect end to an amazing feast. Ada pradhaman is a traditional dish especially made during onam & has weetened rice cake with Jaggery coconut milk. Chocolate pudding had strong rum flavor that along with ice cream just added to its charm.
MY RATINGS –
Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
In short, this place should be next in your list to visit. It’s a perfect destination for an evening with family to grooving with friends.
I would like to thank Mr.Naveen Rajwal, & Chef Ashwin Kotian for being such amazing hosts. Also, a big thanks to Indore bloggers association for organising this meet.
Okay, I’m a girl but Am I the only one who struggles like this before ordering? At the end of the day, it’s always a choice between pizza/pasta/Maggie/nachos/pav bhaji kind of popular dishes.
Of course, they are delicious but how about giving them a traditional twist!? How about trying something new? Bloggers meet was organized here and it was a gourmet experience to remember.
This place recreates the magic of streets of Paris and offers a range of fusion food.
Spread over two floors, its interiors are as diverse as the food they serve. From creating an industrial atmosphere with mezzanine sitting to transporting you to some street cafe in Paris, this house turned cafe provides a warm, cozy, casual and lively Ambiance. From white Royal chairs to bright colored French bistro chairs and benches, this place has it all. There’s a green colored wall with a vertical garden, which is breathtakingly beautiful. There’s a giant clock that I couldn’t take my eyes off. Vibrant color combinations just add to its quirkiness.
Food is a universal language, and the Chef Shailendra Kekade, host of ‘Style Chef’ on channel food food, has recreated O2’s menu amalgamating traditional global cuisines, withstrong indori influence. Yes, there’s jeeravan in popcorn tempura and shikanji in tres desi leches.
The concept of molecular gastronomy is comparatively new in Indore and O2 being a pioneer, is living up to its name. There are ‘never heard before,’ dishes on the menu that are appealing to eyes and delight to my palate.
We were served a variety of dishes, here are my favorites – ROCK CORN TEMPURA-
Spicy, crispy and light. Tempura is basically a Japanese dish where vegetables/seafood are dipped in batter and deep fried. As chef’s style is incorporating global ingredients with a Desi twist, here he has added jeeravan which makes these balls, amazeballs! These munchies are perfect to go along with a mocktail/cocktail & it’s dip which is sweet and spicy, perfectly compliments the dish. It was served with makhani mayo and kachumar.
Chef has definitely outdone himself here. It’s thick & creamy. Corn Chowder is a popular American dish, and the twist by the chef is the usage of ‘bhutte ka kiss.’ He got this soup’s inspiration from our very own sarafa.
It’s served in an edible bread bowl and it tastes as delicious as it looks. Chunks of corn just add to its beauty. You can feel the richness of the soup with every sip.
O2 SPECIAL MARGHERITA PIZZA –
Don’t expect mundane food items when the chef associated is Shailendra Kekade. This simple Margherita pizza will blow you away. It’s not a circle, but a rectangle divided into nine pieces making it easier to eat. It’s thin crust, and it has watermelon in its base. Cheese and watermelon give away a hard to resist combination. It’s different and it’s worth it. However, if you don’t like sweet much, try the pizza mentioned below.
DHABA KADAI CHICKEN PIZZA –
Again a thin crust and oh so good. Margherita was a bit on the sweeter side, & this is more on the spicy side which is pretty evident from its name. It’s a perfect blend of cheese and chili. I have a thing for new york style thin crust pizza and this didn’t disappoint.
SPINACH JALAPEÑO HUMMUS –
I’m not big on healthy alternatives but this hummus made me go ummmmmmmmm. I irk at the name of spinach but this dish has changed my opinions, & I’m pretty sure will change yours too. It’s as good as it looks. Presentation gets full marks. It’s served with toasted garlic bread.
KULCHA BAR –
We were served three different kinds – bacon kulcha, Cheese Chilli Kulcha, & Matar Kulcha.
Bacon Kulcha – I’m amazed why nobody thought of this before. It was heavenly & oh so heavy haha. I’m still craving for it. It’s a must try here. No words can interpret the experience and flavors of this dish.
Cheese Chilli Kulcha & Matar Kulcha are vegetarians delight. Kulcha with cheese and jeez it was so delectable. I’m not so big on Matar, but these kulchas are worth a try. Traditional going global. I couldn’t try Sichuan chicken kulcha but my fellow blogger was raving about it. MAIN COURSE –
I’ve always wondered why can’t we have a casual diner. Why do we have to dress up & go to a fancy hotel’s overpriced restaurant? This cafe offers the main course that’s soul filling, in a very quirky environment. This cafe da ville is a perfect place to have dinner, not just coffee. This place offers so much more. MURGH MAKHANWALA –
Nothing out of the box, it’s a traditional preparation that will satiate your soul. It’s served with roti, rice, and salad. Tender and succulent chicken is to die for. It’s creamy, yummy & quantity is sufficient to fill your tummy.
HYDERABADI CHICKEN KEEMA BIRYANI –
This is again a favorite. It stands true to its origin – Hyderabad. Chicken Keema with aromatic basmati rice, garnished with caramelized onions makes this a pot of heaven. Nothing makes me happier than a good bowl of biryani, and this just elevated my mood. They say to save the best for the last? Oh well, it stands true and you’ll know I’m right when you’ll see these DESSERTS.
Blending scientific techniques with traditional recipes, with these desserts the chef has added another feather in his cap.
And with this, a new era of food begins in Indore.
The menu has items like Red velvet Kulfi Block, Tres Desi leches, dahi bhalle Ki Kulfi, espresso pannacotta, Maghai paan pannacotta, chocolate chappanbhog, & sour cherry cheesecake.
TRES DESI LECHES –
Tres leches literally means three Milk & this is an indori style dessert with Ghevar at the bottom, ras malai in between and shikanji ice cream on top. The best part was the fact that we witnessed it’s making. It was a like a kid watching a magic trick. As I said, molecular gastronomy is new to Indore. Use of liquid nitrogen gives away an exotic feel. Freeze dried ras malai was pretty hard to Crack though haha. Nevertheless, it’s an experience in itself & one of a kind in Indore.
MAGHAI PAAN PANNACOTTA –
The after dinner sweetener gets a makeover here with liquid nitrogen. Paan pannacotta is molecular gastronomy at its best. Paan is frozen with liquid nitrogen (temperature = -195 degree and while preparing it, the chef warned us not to touch it out of curiosity haha!) & then it’s crushed into pieces and served over pannacotta which is an Italian dessert made with cream. Italy to Indore, this dish is worth every penny.
CHOCOLATE CHAPPAN BHOG –
As I’ve made it pretty evident in my previous blogs, I’m not big on chocolates & yet again this dish had me craving for more. I didn’t get the chance to try it with my fellow bloggers, and after I heard people raving about it, I asked the chef If I can just have one little serving for tasting. In return, I was served half of what is actually served if you’ll order the dish and it was still huge. The twist is, I ate it all. All. Yes. Rum balls are to die for. Apart from the chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse and chocolate ice cream, it also had mini ras malai!! This dish is a must try.
With this, we come to an end of this review.
– It’s a late night cafe. Open till 2 am.
– Valet parking.
– Fusion dishes.
– BOOKS – cafe has a huge collection of books. Enjoy your reading quietly with a cup of coffee!
– Comfortable sitting arrangement.
– Location – situated in the heart of the city.
– Service is quick.
– Detox water is available.
– You can order via an iPad, you don’t need to call a writer.
– Beautiful interiors.
– Live music – let your hair loose with the live band playing every Sunday.
– Exhibitions – a perfect platform to showcase & promote local talent.
– Separate smoking zone.
– The best part is – THEY SERVE ALCOHOL ON SUNDAYS! So enjoy your drink with live music in this cozy cafe with sumptuous meals. What more can you ask for?
– No wi-fi.
– Fusion dishes may not suit your palate so ask the waiter/chef about the dish before ordering.
My ratings –
Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Food – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Here’s a special thanks to the Chef Shailendra Kekade & Mr. Vicki Soni, for being such amazing hosts. I was so ecstatic to meet the style chef, and a conversation with him & I left the venue with a smile on my face. I’ll always remember his words, ‘indore se hi leke indore ko hi de raha hu!’ – when he told me that the inspiration for these fusion dishes came from sarafa and chappan!
This place offers everything you can ask for. Chilling with your friends, to dining with your family, to reading your favorite book alone with a cup of coffee, to let your hair down on Sundays over sangria with live music, it’s a perfect venue with great menu. I’ll give this place four stars on five, recommending the dishes I’ve written above, especially the desserts. Thank me later!
It’s not a dhaba, it’s not a high end restaurant but if you love Punjabi food, this is where you need to go. Worth every penny!
A bloggers meet was held here in association with Indori Zayka & I’m still spellbound with their hospitality. It’s a small outlet but I guarantee that one visit and it will become your adda. Homely environment and the food is amazeballs.
Here’s what we were served –
It was our welcome drink. Most places serve lassi that’s too thick that you’ve to eat it with a spoon rather than drinking it, but this lassi had the perfect consistency and yes, you can drink it! It’s worth mentioning here that I had 3 glasses! We were served in small glasses for the bloggers meet, these aren’t the glasses they’ll serve you when you order. Also, it’s just 50 INR/ glass.
MAKHMALI KEBABS –
These kebabs are killer! A perfect combination of spicy and sweet. It had cottage cheese, chunks of cashews & mawa in the mix. For Rs 220/- per plate, it’s an ideal starter & is served with green chutney and onions. PANEER ACHARI TIKKA –
After a sweet spicy dish, this was the right thing to serve. Authentic achaari feels bruh! Right amount of spiciness & Uff the quantity is enough to satisfy your tummy and your soul. Paneer pieces are topped with slices of tomatoes, onions & capsicums & its served with curd based green chutney and onions.
8 pieces/plate for just 140 INR! MUSHROOM TIKKA –
If you like mushrooms, you gotta try their Mushroom Tikka! A bit more on the spicy scale and grilled to perfection. Also, this beauty is available for just Rs. 120 and you’ll be served 8 pcs with green chutney and onions.
RAJMA RICE –
Most awaited item on the list and it didn’t disappoint. Its like maa ke hath ke rajma chawal. Low on spices and high on taste. Rajmaaaaaaaaaaah! ❤️
It’s made by owners wife and when I complimented her on the dish she told me how she makes it while taking God’s name and that’s what adds to it’s charm. Oh well, I couldn’t agree more!!!!! ALOO & PANEER KULCHA WITH CHOLE –
MY FAVORITE HERE! It was as good as it looks. It’s served with pyaaz chutney (with tamarind and ginger taking it to whole another level!) on the side and it perfectly compliments the spicy chole 😍
Kulchas are crispy and filled with aloo mixes with spices. Uff! Ye toh jaan hi le gaye meri!!!
PANEER KULCHAS as the name suggests, had overdose of Paneer and it’s a MUST ORDER.
Chole what i noticed, didn’t contain onions and were purely made by spices! Your visit to this place is incomplete without this dish! *drools* DAL MAKHANI & LACCHA PARATHA –
Looking at those lacchas, I fell in love. Such beautiful layers, I’ve honestly never seen such a perfect laccha paratha before. Dal makhani was medium spicy and again, a favorite here. Although I was bit apprehensive about having dal with laccha paratha as I’m used to have it with rice, one bite and it all went away. Heavenly!!
My ratings –
Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
In the end, all I can say is – IT’S A MUST VISIT! Also, trust me when I say this – you will end up raving about it to others in conversations about food!
Take me back to the good old days. Here I’m not talking about the beautiful memories of my past, but this incredible restaurant in effotel, situated right next to Radisson.
Tired of spending weekends in same kind of bars? Here’s a quirky alternative. Good Old Days’s theme speaks volumes. It’s a small retro themed bar lounge. Comfortable, Cosy, Elegant and Dramatic. Dim lights, checkered walls section, old Hollywood movies posters, red sofas, illuminated floor (tiles which light up with different colors!), mirror ceilings, and of course, posters of the likes of Merlin Monroe, Elvis Presley, Che Guevara & Bob Marley bringing the good old days back.
I would like to thank Chef Thapa who hails from Nepal and is associated with Sayaji since 4 years and Indore Bloggers Association for making this meet happen.
We were served – FILO WRAPS –
Filo or Phyllo is very thin covering usually used in pastries and it dates back to Ottoman empire. We were served a vegetarian deep fried filo wrap which was actually wanton wraps, filled with cheese and three kinds of bell papers. It’s a vegetarian delight.
Another highlight of this dish was it’s dipping – saffron mayo sauce. It’s distinguished garlic flavor gave the dish a beautiful twist.
CHARMOULA CRUSTED COTTAGE CHEESE –
Another dish to please vegetarians palate. Chef has definitely succeeded. It’s cottage cheese served with herbed rice and sautéed vegetables like broccoli and zucchini.
Dish is medium spicy and it’s sauce take away the cake. It’s served with barbecue mango sauce which is definitely a must try here.
Also, presentation gets 5/5.
MEXICAN RED KIDNEY BEANS AND CORN QUESADILLA –
Quesadillas is one of my favorites and this place doesn’t disappoint. Flat circle grilled tortilla with a stuffing of red kidney beans and corn. It was served with salsa sauce made with minced tomatoes and perfectly complimented the dish. Here, I would also like to mention that they are smaller than regular size.
CRUMBLED FISH –
Fish is marinated with lemon, garlic and parsley, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried. Its boneless fillets of basa fish and is a must try here. RUBIYAN MESHAWAI –
I’ve a new favorite!! Them prawns ❤️
Medium prawns with tail, perfectly grilled in Arabic spices will leave you wanting for more and more. It’s beauty lies in its simple preparation. Prawns are marinated in garlic & black pepper. It’s served with risotto rice in tomato sauce and saffron dip which is rich in garlic and butter. It’s a must try here.
“Shaken, not stirred!” – James Bond’s iconic drink, this Martini is a must try. Instead of gin, they have used vodka but I really can’t complain. Garnished with olives and a small umbrella, staying true to its classic colors. STRAWBERRY MOJITO –
It’s a proper ladies drink. Not too subtle, not too strong. Mint and strawberry complimented each other & it’s a treat to the eyes.
The moment I heard about BAILEYS cocktail, I was waiting for its serving. It looks like chocolate coffee especially due to chocolate syrup lining the glass. Sadly, bailey’s flavor is diminished by coconut and chocolate flavors. Avoid.
I unfortunately didn’t try this gin based cocktail. There were two glasses amongst ten bloggers, what do you expect?
One of the best cosmopolitan I’ve tried in this city. I order cocktails because hard core strong drinks are not my thing. The bartender has beautifully managed to keep it not too sweet and not too strong and I really don’t think you can go wrong with cranberry and vodka. Mama Mia. We have a winner here.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE –
Too sweet. Strawberry syrup with ginger and lime and of course the lemonade. VIRGIN COLADA –
This was definitely my favorite mocktail. Creamy coconut drink with pineapple, with a tint of vanilla and pineapple. A must try here.
In the end, I just wanna say that this is a place to spend some quality time with your friends or lover over drinks. They usually play 90’s pop music in the background, adding to its theme. Seating arrangement is comfortable. I’m definitely gonna visit again & so should you.
Mexican food is believed to be originated from Mayan Indians & when Spain invaded Mexico in 1521, they also left their prints on Mexican cuisine, introducing dairy products, garlic & many other herbs & spices. With time, assimilation of other cuisines like Caribbean, South American, & Portuguese was also seen which led to such diversity in Mexican cuisine.
Mc’s Fusion is one of those restaurants that had my attention even before they opened. They serve various cuisines like Mexican, Italian, & American. It’s situated on the main road at 12/2, Bairathi Colony, Near Sapna Sangeeta & hence not hard to find.
You can clearly see the effect of Mexican theme in the pictures hanged on the walls, colorful and of course the Cowboys, reflecting the spirit of the Mexico.
I along with my fellow bloggers at INDORE Bloggers Association had this amazing opportunity to review their menu.
Mc’s Fusion has three floors –
Ground floor – food court/cafeteria.
Second floor – to host parties/get together.
Third floor – Gaming section – including pool table & darts & comes with ON THE HOUSE DRINKS.
They also have a lift for easy movement, which is not in much use since they’ve recently opened but will be active soon.
It’s a quick service restaurant and apart from their illuminated menu at the counter, you can also see the menu pamphlets on every table.
Let’s talk about FOOD guys! Here’s what I ate –
BURRITO BOWL & BURRITO WRAP –
The whole world is singing ‘pacito pacito’ in Despacito but I’m singing BURRITO BURRITO! Talk about priorities you guys, Haha!
Burrito bowl was the first thing that was served to us and I couldn’t stop hogging. Presentation gets full marks. The first thing my friend & Chef Amit Pamnani noticed was the use of black beans as it’s not available anywhere else currently in Indore. The owner wants to give it this dish a very authentic feel & he has succeeded. Burrito bowl had chicken that was well marinated and perfectly cooked & was kept on the side. It also had lettuce, basmati rice, tomatoes, onions, capsicum, & SOUR CREAM on top. I wrote sour cream in caps lock as it takes away all the attention. It was homemade and probably the best sour cream I’ve ever had.
A vegetarian variant of this dish is served with grilled Paneer instead of chicken.
Burrito Wrap –
I loved the bowl but Burrito Wrap was even better. It had the same ingredients in the bowl with the addition of cheese sauce and minus black beans. It was served with sour cream and salad on the side. Uff that sour cream! ❤️
CLASSIC QUESADILLAS –
This is probably the best thing I’ve tried here. It’s stuffed tortillas and was flatter when compared to the wrap. The mustard sauce has a very distinguished flavor. Top it up with Cheddar cheese & you’ve a winner. It’s not crispy, but rather soft and you can feel the love in every bite.
CLASSIC NACHOS GRANDE –
Whenever someone interferes in my life, I’ve a habit of saying – Nacho problem. Ugh, hope you get the pun.
Anyway, talking about the dish, the nachos were made in their kitchen but somehow I didn’t find it extraordinary.
SALAD MEXICANA –
I’ve tried the non-vegetarian version of this dish it was lip smacking good. It’s perfect for health fanatics like I’m trying to be Haha. It had a generous amount of lettuce, zucchini, cherry tomatoes & topped with imported feta cheese. It also had some fajita seasoning, & lemon juice making it apt for chatoras like me.
MC’S MEXICAN STYLE NOODLES –
Although the name says Mexican style noodles, I found them to be like regular Hakka noodles with specially imported Mexican seasoning on top. It had chunks of chicken & I’ll just say that there are better options to try here than this one.
CLASSIC HOTDOG –
Served with French fries on the side, this was a delight. Chicken sausage, cheese sauce, mustard on top, with capsicum, with every bite I was asking for more! French fries were pressure fried and not deep fried and hence, comparatively a healthy option.
CHICKEN STRIPS AND CHICKEN WINGS –
Chicken wings and STRIPS are batter fried and served with a sauce that’s a perfect amalgamation of sweet and chili. The chicken was crisp from outside and tender on the inside. It’s served with tartar sauce on the side. Both were coated with the same batter, the only difference being wings had bones.
PASTA ITALIANO –
It amazes me to see how easily people go wrong with a basic recipe like white sauce pasta. AVOID. It had vegetables takes broccoli, carrots, and American corn. I like my pasta to be creamy and cheesy, hence this was a letdown. SANDWICHES –
Classic Salsa Sandwich –
It was okay. Nothing special about it. It’s the basic recipe with the tomatoes, bell peppers, onion & finely chopped green coriander. Grilled Chicken Ham Sandwich –
I think it’s safe to say it was my favorite amongst the non-mexican items. The combination of smoked chicken ham with lettuce and fried eggs made a delicious snack. Ham wham baby! Peri Peri Chicken Sandwich –
Peri Peri sauce is a part of Portuguese cuisine. Although I’m not a big fan, I can’t help but appreciate it’s hot & fiery flavors. With shredded chicken & peppers, this sandwich is worth a try.
LAMB BURGER –
One of the most awaited item & the biggest let down. It lacks taste and flavors. Patty was oily. Please avoid ordering this.
Mc’s FUSION is a brainchild of Mr. Preetpal Singh who has resided in the USA for more than two decades and wanted to introduce authentic Mexican cuisine in Indore. In a short conversation with him, I could see the zest for food in him.
Timings – 11am to 11pm.
Open everyday. Recommendation – stick to Mexican cuisine & you’re good. Burrito, ham burger, quesadilla and salad are a must try here.
1. Location is easy to find.
2. Authentic Mexican cuisine.
3. Gaming zone provides free drinks.
4. Value for money.
5. A big range of delicacies available.
6. Lift as it has three floors.
7. Imported Mexican seasoning and black beans.
8. Every floor has a water counter.
1. Although Mexican food was a treat, pasta and noodles fails to impress.
2. Interiors are although interesting, there’s nothing extraordinary about it.
What makke di roti, Sarson ka saag is to Punjab, is what Daal Bafla is to Malwa, M.P. It’s a variant of Dal Bati that is the staple food ofRajasthan. Bati is flaky round bread of wheat, traditionally baked in tandoor or Kandas (cow dung, especially in villages) or over an electric oven & dipped in ghee. Bafla is like Bati that is cooked in boiling water (like a dumpling) and then baked.
Given its taste, it’s not surprising that it’s fame has spread well beyond these states. It’s USP is in its earthy flavors.
Its history is quite fascinating. Did you know ‘Dal Bati,’ was a ‘war food?’ Its first mention was during the time of Bappa Rawal ‘ the founder of the kingdom of Mewar in Rajasthan. Soldiers used to break the wheat dough into chunks & bury it under thin layers of sand so that it can bake under the sun & when they returned, they would find perfectly baked wheat globes that were then dipped in ghee and served.
It was the official ‘wartime meal,’ as it can be made with few ingredients and very little water which wasn’t available readily in barren lands of Rajasthan. This culinary invention evolved into a delight with two other items ‘ Dal and Churma ‘ over the years.
You can not visit indore and not eat Dal Bafle. It’s our specialty.
It’s in our traditions and it’s lip-smacking good.
I along with fellow bloggers at Indore bloggers association & Indori Zayka was invited for a food tasting at a vegetarian restaurant called ‘Vrindavan,’ situated in Vijay Nagar, near prestige college.
The interiors of Vrindavan justifies its name. There are big Shri Krishna’s paintings that adorn its walls, and the carpet is green, giving an appearance of grass, together creating a peaceful and soothing environment.
To beat the heat, the place boasts huge misting fans that blows a fine mist of water into the air, which absorbs heat & thus working as an air cooler.
It has traditional sitting on the floor over mats, cross-legged dining, bringing today’s generation closer to it’s roots. The food was served in huge copper thals that were quite heavy giving a royal feel.
FOOD – We were served Baflas with tadke wali tuar dal, dahi kadhi, gatte ki sabzi, lassan & coriander mint chutneys, salad, and keri panna.
Bafle had the perfect golden crispy crust and friable inside with a buttery flavor. What I loved the most was the fact that they used just enough ghee to give it an authentic flavor & feel, making it ideal for health conscious people. They served extra ghee to please the foodies like me. Hence, a win-win for both.
The naughty recurrence of ghee is best explained by an Indian author, Chitrita Banerji, who wrote: ‘It is only natural that cooks from Rajasthan, a land where survival is a struggle and nature far from bountiful, will make the most of the non-perishable elements such as sugar and ghee ‘ to give tone, depth, and nuance to their food.’
Tadke wali daal didn’t work for me. It was neither bland, nor spicy. Good news is, it’s made with minimum amount of oil & there are so many options that you won’t even realise it’s taste after mixing it with kadhi, gatte ki sabzi and chutneys. Dahi ki kadhi – Ah! This has to be my favorite. It was a perfect combination of sour, sweet & spicy & the goodness can be experienced with every spoon. It complements Dal bafle really well. Also, dahi kadhi is a refreshing accompaniment in summers.
Gatte ki sabzi – It’s a traditional Rajasthani dish. Cylindrical chickpeas dumplings are cooked in the spicy curry made with curd giving it an oomph factor. They were perfectly cooked, soft and spicy.
Fair warning – It’s more on the spicy side.
Lassan chutney – It’s really spicy and so good that you can’t help adding a big spoon to the mix and immediately regretting it because when it comes to lassan chutney, less is more.
Mint and coriander chutney – It’s summers, anything with mint is bound to blow your mind away.
Salad – I can’t eat food without salad, hence this was a must. Although, they added a bit of spicy chaat masala and I didn’t like it. Laddoo – I don’t have a sweet tooth but these Laddoos were to die for. It took the platter to altogether a new level. These Choorma Laddoos were made with the same flour as bafle with sugar and nuts in the mix. Not too sweet, and so delectable.
Kerri Panna – came as a relief as it was, ‘thanda thanda cool cool,’ but it tasted more like Jaljeera than panna.
– Vrindavan is the only restaurant in the city to provide this village style authentic Rajasthani sitting arrangement.
– Free home delivery.
– Food is value for money.
– Less oily.
– They serve ghee separately, in case you’re health conscious.
– Sitting arrangement aids in digestion.
– Misting fans to beat the heat.
– Ideal for family outing or picnic.
– Beautiful decor. CONS –
– Available only on Saturday & Sunday.
– Panna could be better.
– Chaach can be added to the mix. It’s a better alternative to Kerri Panna.
– I love how they serve ‘khichda,’ with ghee and Jaggery in Rajasthani style thaals, hence I’m making a suggestion that they can add khichda to their menu too.
– Water that was served to us, was at room temperature. Since it’s summers, I think they should serve chilled water.
Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Taste – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Presentation – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.7
My verdict – this sit-down style restaurant is a ‘must have experience,’ in the city. But do remember, this is a ghee-laden meal so go with an empty stomach, and keep the calorie conscience temporarily shut for the day.