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The city buffet

The Kerala capital may be far behind the major metros in the number of eateries. But the burger fan need not be disappointed, for there are a few good joints available.

Gone are the days when having tea at the Indian Coffee House was considered the best thing one could possibly do. Dr. Rajan, an ENT Surgeon who studied in the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in the late 60s, remembers those days with nostalgia. There was this friend of his (let's call him Bob), who would always be at the Coffee House.

Everyday, Bob would ask the waiter, "Are mutton omelettes available?" (Mutton omelettes were the pizzas of those days). "Yes," would be the reply. "Then I'll have a cuppa tea," a contended Bob would say. Everybody seemed happy.

But today's youth is a totally new breed, fed on the latest fads and ads.

`Ambrosia' is considered one of the most fashionable eat-outs in the city.

Ruchi, a bank employee, says there are few other places to go out, eat and chat. She loves to come here with her friends, as "it is has a nice ambience". "There is no other place where you get such nice burgers," adds Vinitha, who is doing her second year MA.

When there are only two of them, they would be looking for something below 200 bucks.

But a larger group means a larger amount and everybody contributes.

Karthik and his friends, who are engineering students, come here to "chill out". As far as they are concerned this is "the" place to be seen.

So they end up spending an hour or so yapping and downing Pepsi and Coke.

Says Karthik, "Actually we don't have many hang-outs in the city. We are just making the most of what we have." But you are wrong if you think it's only the young ones who come here for a bite. Some bring their family along.

`Salwa Dine' is another major haunt of the young guns. By 6-30 p.m., the area becomes crowded.

Their clientele consists mostly young men.

The `Salwa' chain has specialised in take-aways. Chilli chicken, ginger chicken, rumali rotis and parottas are the specialities here.

Bakery Junction has succeeded in `monopolising' the fruit juice market.

`Team' and `Eden Park' remain the hot spots.

Here all you have to do is place your order and wait in your car.

They serve everything from `simple lemon juice' to the much more complicated `Sharjah Shake'.

The karangunnna kozhi at `Oasis' is mouth-watering. Their American Fried Chicken is also good. Well, what are you waiting for?

UMA DANIEL KOSHY

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