Fine fare for veggies
IN ITS first month at Indiranagar, Gokul Kuteera has shown that there is wonderful variety in vegetarian food. Customers have been flocking to the restaurant noon and night. Having catered to the tastes of Basavangudi residents for over nine years, Gokul Kuteera has now diversified from the usual North Indian, South Indian, and Chinese cuisine to include Mexican and Thai as well in its new venture on C.M.H. Road.
The new location and menu come with a new ethno-modern ambience, where waiters in pleasing livery flit in and out of the kitchen with steaming hot delicacies. The first floor seats 75 diners in non-AC ambience, while the second floor gets cooler with AC, where 125 ravenous souls can feast. The third floor is a party hall where 400 revellers can get a high on the sumptuous fare. The restaurant also undertakes outdoor catering.
Though the mainstay is North Indian where five cooks from Solapur and Mumbai dish out authentic North Indian food, there are other tempting options like the Madras special meal, fast foods, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, Chinese, Thai and Mexican delicacies (in the pipeline).
Gokul has managed to achieve a clear distinction in taste in all its North Indian gravies.
According to Prabhu, who runs the restaurant, pricing is as important as the fare and taste. The North Indian meal, at Rs. 50, though delectable, is not too heavy. It consists of tomato soup with bread crumbs and cream to start with, followed by the thali comprising roti or naan, paneer, vegetable curry, dal, pulao, curd rice, and curds. On weekdays, one can feast on the Punjabi special thali.
Besides the regular meal one can choose from an tempting range of curries like the paneer peshawari, Gokul special, kaju masala, vegetable hyderabadi (a delicious dynamite packed with pepper and chilli), paneer hyderabadi, and malai mattar. The sabji punjabi includes dal fry, butter dal dry, gobi Peshawari and channa paneer. The weekend rush heralds specials like the vegetable green masala, vegetable saguthi, and paneer saguthi.
The mocktails at Gokul are decently priced, with pussy foot at Rs. 47, the fast-moving pinacolada at Rs. 49, virgin kiss at Rs. 49, and virgin mary at Rs. 43 all made from fruit juices and particularly popular with the younger crowd. Jain sabjiyan and malai vegetable are particularly popular with diehard vegetarians.
There's also place on the menu for a range of Mumbai chaats, which again are a hit with youngsters. Pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches are tempting and reasonably priced. The same goes for vegetable kababs.
Chinese food is available from 11.00 a.m. to 10.45 p.m.. The fare includes vegetable ball manchurian, baby corn manchurian, golden kababs at Rs. 34, paneer schezwan at Rs. 50 as well as mushroom schezwan. Singapore fried rice, schezwan fried rice, onion chilli fried rice, and a similar range in noodles make for a wide choice.
Spicy tom yum soup, hot and sour soup with mushrooms, and baby corn flavoured with lemon grass are truly lip-smacking starters.
Thai food, hitherto confined to food festivals and pricey hotels with predominantly non-veg fare, is available here at attractive prices and with vegetarian variants. It includes the gang tao hu prik (a spicy tofu green curry) and the pud ped takrai (aromatic fried vegetables flavoured with lemon grass and without gravy), cooked by chef from Mumbai. The spice to go with the green curry has soya milk base and goes well with fried rice or noodles.
South Indian fare has its own special place here and includes typical favourites like pooris, rice, palya, sambar, kootu, rasam, dal, papad, curds, and payasam at Rs. 24 a meal in the non-AC section. Desserts include popular ice creams, homemade with no chemicals or emulsifiers.
Gokul Kuteera is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.. It can be contacted on 51161178/79.
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