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You might like the Chinese bhel here!

THE SAGAR hotels which serve only vegetarian fare, are now a common phenomenon in our city. Most of them are bright and airy. They open early, are affordable, and are often so full that one has to wait for a table. But these restaurants have learnt to tackle that problem - they offer self-service, stand-eat areas, and have another open-air area for chaats/bhels.

If you prefer to wait for a table, then there is an air-conditioned section (you pay marginally more). Many provide a choice of service in your parked car. Theirs is a smorgasbord of services with VFM (value for money).

There is a new Sukh Sagar in Koramangala 5th Block. Though it is just two years old, it is quite popular. It has cream-coloured formica top tables that gleam in an art deco setting, an air-conditioned area with subdued elegance in brown and sepia tones, and walls adorned with paintings of 19th Century English country squires.

At the self-service section, one gets piping hot rice idlis (Rs. 9) and rava idlis (Rs. 13) as early as 7 a.m..

Its saucer-sized set dosas are fluffier than the usual dosas, and come three in a plate with coconut chatni and sagu.

The sagu is also served with puris. Sukh Sagar's thali offers North Indian deluxe thali (Rs. 40), super deluxe thali (for those who are ravenous, Rs. 67), and South Indian thalis (Rs. 23 and Rs. 40).

Fresh fruit juices are priced between Rs. 19 and Rs. 42, while the milk shakes are priced from Rs. 23 to Rs. 45.

One can also gulp down lassis, fresh fruit dishes (some with jelly/ice cream, priced between Rs. 22 and Rs. 27), falooda (Rs. 31 to Rs. 40), milk drinks with dry fruits (Rs. 45 to Rs. 64), and something called the Bombay kulfis (Rs.23 to Rs. 27). South Indian snacks are priced at Rs. 9 upwards. It offers the bonda soup (Rs. 12) - a bonda which is fluffy with a crisp outer shell layer, served swimming in a thin pale "soup" made from urad dal. The restaurant also serves Mexican Pizza, Burrito, Taco, and Enchiladas (Rs. 55 each), which are a must-try. The alu matar toasted sandwiches (Rs. 24) are heavenly, and the hot dogs with cheese (vegetarian, Rs. 29) goes well with french fries (Rs.28).

One finds here a tendency to add bits of tomatoes in bhel, cutlet, samosa, pani puri, ragda patties, which is generally a strict no-no, and it is best to tell the waiter your preference while ordering.

The pani puri comes, not with moong and red chana, but with kabuli chana, to suit local tastes.

The North Indian fare has 11 kinds of rotis/naans that go with paneer korma, koftas and so on. Most of these North Indian dishes are priced between Rs. 43 and Rs. 52.

There are pulavs/biryanis, kadai specials. It also offers alu matar, baingan bharta, vegetable kolhapuri, and kaju matar.

Its Chinese menu includes 14 varieties of soups. And there is an item called Chinese bhel (Rs. 33)! Equally curious is the Chinese pulav.

There are spring rolls beside noodles and 16 varieties of rice items. All the delicacies in this section are essentially Indian Chinese - wholesome, hybrid, and plentiful.

This Sukh Sagar can be contacted on 5538888/5533377.

ARUN BHATIA

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