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Hot and fresh

Cleanliness is another aspect of this place, says M.R. ARAVINDAN


PIZZA, PAV BHAJI, pastries... what a wonderful combination these would make as any evening snack. And, what to say if the bonus is in the form of enchanting environs?

Just in case your mouth is already watering and you feel like relishing these items and much more, just go for a ten-minute drive from Periyar Junction. And you will find Jayaram Bakery at Kalavasal doing brisk business with its newly opened drive-in bakery. The outlet, which has a drive-in confectionery unit and a restaurant, is aesthetically dotted with greenery.

Cleanliness is another aspect of this place, which puts the mood on a high.

The restaurant runs from noon to 10-30 p.m. and caters to 1,000 persons on an average daily.

Of course, peak timings are from 3p.m. to 4 p.m. when students come in lots. Then again from 5 p.m. to 7-30 p.m., office workers fill up the place. And later till the shutters are down, families keep trooping in.

Youth's choice

On expected lines, fast food items are a hit with the youths while office-goers mostly settle for the bakery items along with a hot or a cool drink. For families, the choices are mixed. The children accompanying adults are managed joyfully with the various play equipment put up within the premises.

If `chitrannam' (variety rice) consisting of three types of homemade rice accompanied with delicious sidedish is the item most in demand in the restaurant, outside in the world of bakery, practically every item ranging from bread, sweets, cookies other savouries sells like hot cakes.

If you desire to know more about the array of eatables at the bakery, ask M. Karthikeyan, one of the partners of Jayaram Bakery. "Over 50 different types of sweets, 20 varieties of savouries are always available to treat the palates of foodbuffs and the bakery items are countless," he rattles off.

"Our hallmark is the quality of our products," he says.

Coping with the heavy Deepavali rush, he reveals that all sweet items, particularly during this festival season, are made five days in advance while the savouries roughly 20 days before.

"Our breads in all our city outlets are replaced once in two days. We don't add any preservatives to extend the shelf-life. So it fresh, tasty and, of course, the favourite of the customers."

Barely, a month old and the bakery is already soaring to popular heights.

Vehicles can be seen continuously vying for space in the parking lot, if that is an indicator.

"What is available now is only a sample. We have some grand future plans which will surely multiple the joy of our customers," says Karthikeyan with a glint in his eyes but unwilling to divulge any further.

So for more surprises, be sure to keep a watch on this ideal spot for eveningers.

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