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On The Way has graduated from a popular drive-in to a full-fledged restaurant


ON THE Way - the restaurant was like a delightful discovery. Long housed in one inconspicuous corner at Banjara Hills, quite unseen by many, including us - this restaurant - a part of the popular drive-in, clearly exemplifies the best of Continental cuisine.

As one wanders inside the tiny doorway that leads to the eatery, the first thing to be encountered is harmony. The place instantly transports one to a different plain altogether in a space of a few minutes, thanks to the brilliant colour combination of green, rust and canary yellow. Once moods are elevated, the engaging geometry of the setting draws one in.

A resort-like ambience with a tropical look characterises the place, - where the dιcor has been kept a bare minimum. Nifty interiors with nearly no frills have made On The Way's quaint design a subject of research by students from NIFT and NID.

What is best about the place is that it doesn't dictate your behaviour like many restaurants do, it just lets you be what you are. And with enjoyable decibels of the Worldspace tuned to Country, Blues and Jazz, the restaurant is a great place to hangout with friends, an ideal destination for an informal family get-together, or for a lunch-hour meet with colleagues.

A brainchild of pilot-turned-restaurateur, Jagan B. Mohan, On The Way has graduated from a drive-in take-way to a full-fledged restaurant, hugely popular for its healthy mix of Continental, Chinese and Indian fare. "Essentially our menu is Conti-Chinese-centric, the Indian section has been included recently in keeping with demand for the lunch-hour crowd," says Jagan. "By next week, we plan to introduce the lunch-hour value buffet that will have a generous spread of all the three fare, for Rs. 100."

The owner's interest in art and its promotion comes to the fore when he says that aspiring artists can use the restaurant walls for display of their work.

"I want the restaurant to be a place that encourages intellectual pursuits, and becomes a networking point for people," says Jagan. Romance can be limited to Wednesday and Thursday's when its time for a candle-lit dinner.

On the menu - Teriyaki Style Chicken Wings, Cheese Macaroni, Fish n Chips with Tartar Sauce, various sizzlers and steaks, Vegetable Au Gratin, Chicken Stroganoff and On The Way-mix it-yourself platter are Jagan's favourite recommendations, beside a delightful list of desserts - where Fried Ice Cream with Honey and Brownie Delight are must-haves.

So, next time you are hungry, you know where to head. Peel around the corner onto Plot No. 1133 at Road No. 36 (B. Hills), and pull up before On The Way (Tel: 23543532, 23545885). Place an order and collect the booty in a jiffy.

You can retreat to the car, drip the Chicken Grilled Satay or whatever, in some Tartar sauce and munch away, as you always have been doing. If you like it hot and quick and some sauce on your lap, this is your place, - otherwise check out the eatery inside. It will only be a delightful discovery.

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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