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Inexpensive fare

If you are looking for a wholesome meal at an unbelievable price head for the eatery at Paradise Circle.



MEAL BY ITSELF: The all-time favourite biryani.

A PRE-PLATED biryani served with dahi and curry along with masala vada or puri for Rs. 6.50 for lunch, keeping utmost hygiene in mind! Sounds unbelievable especially when the sum would equate to less than the ticket price for a four-wheeler in the parking lot of any upmarket restaurant in the twin cities.

No screaming name board, neons or hoardings for this eatery, just the word-of-mouth publicity helped for its popularity. Located in the basement of a commercial complex near Paradise Circle, this eatery is a case of affordable wholesome food for the work force in the heart of the city. "Pricing is the attraction along with a reasonably good meal that perhaps makes the place popular," says Tarun Gupta, a regular. Where else would you get five idlis for Rs. 5, good enough for a breakfast?

The eatery opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast with vada, puri, idli and Mysore bhajji and closes at 9 p.m. Lunch time is a packed house when biryani is served with vada, puri and other options to choose from. The biryani and vada combo here is in demand.

"Garib aadmi ke liye ek time ka guzara ho jata hai (for a poor man, at least one meal a day is taken care of)," says Mallesh the owner. All through the day people drop by to have a bite that is freshly prepared.

If the dabba wallah (tiffin system) of Mumbai is talked about for the uninterrupted chain of work, this eatery is no less. Preparations for the breakfast begin at 4 a.m. and by 7 a.m. food is ready to be served.Heaps of vegetables and ginger are constantly chopped for food that is freshly prepared, plated and served — sans any clamour. This speaks of the efficiency of the entire workflow.

"My brother Narsing Rao and I have been operating this for the past 25 years. My father and mother used to work here earlier. We get orders from workers during election campaign, we supply to missionaries to feed the poor and we also undertook catering for the telecommunication company before it shifted from here.

The food is popular with the executives working in the offices nearby. The regulars who come for lunch bring with them some more people on their next visit or those who have heard about the place from their friends come on their own," says Mallesh.

The next time you are in this part of the town, have a bite, a filling meal that will not be heavy on your purse too.

S.F.

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