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Food by the sea

The sea, the surf and good food... that's what makes dining at Basera on the East Coast Road wonderful

THE EAST Coast Road holds many pleasures these days. Besides the joy of driving on the black tarmac, there is the joy of lolling around on the beach and eating some good food. What more can you ask for, for a weekend break?

Just as its name suggests, Basera offers food for the hungry with good taste and loaded purses. The greenery, ducks and waterfall are easy on the eye, but not the merciless marauders, mosquitoes. It was dinnertime and suffice it to say we worked up an appetite by frantically waving our limbs about in an effort to stave off the attackers. Once the food came, everything else was forgotten. From tandoori jinga raja to carrot halwa, it was like a balm on the burning bites. As advised by the maitre d'hotel, we stuck to the Indian section on the menu. Being a multi-cuisine restaurant, the inevitable Chinese and a few Continental items were listed on the menu. Gladly, the `buy Indian' policy paid off.

The dal makhani (Rs. 80) and gobi basera (Rs.95) were tasty. The prices do tend to be on the higher side, but the quality and the quantity are reasonable. The prawn dish was worth the Rs.150 you paid for it. All the breads, stuffed kulcha (Rs. 30), garlic naan (Rs. 30) and aloo paratha (Rs. 25) were yummy. So was the murg zaffrani (Rs. 120).

The dessert section can do with some change. The carrot halwa and gulab jamun (Rs. 40 each) were satisfactory. But aren't we tired of the same old stuff? Willn't a little more variety make a difference?

The place was packed. There were people dropping in even at 10 p.m. Catching a flick at Prarthana drive-in theatre and eating at Basera seem to go well together.

MARIEN MATHEW

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