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Tempting the tongue



The dosas are made in true Tamil Nadu style. -- Photo: Murali Kumar K.

ISN'T TEMPTATIONS just the right name for a restaurant that serves dosas, pongal, idiappam, onion uthappam and raj kachoris, along with sinful chocolate gateaux, and leaves you desperate about what to choose?

This restaurant in Koramangala serves some of the most authentic Tamil Nadu fare in town along with chaats, yummy pastries, and grilled sandwiches.

Before talking further about the restaurant, tribute must be paid to the dosas served by the undisputed dosa master, Raja. The dosas here are made in true Tamil Nadu style — white and crisp at just the right places — and served with three chutneys (coconut, coriander and onion) and sambar. The plain dosa is a foot long, while the masala dosa is served as a cone with the side dishes inside.

Close to college

Located on the same road as Jyothi Nivas College, the interiors of the restaurant are designed with college-goers in mind. It is simple and the seating very comfortable. Ventilation is adequate.

Breakfast and lunch here are very special. While it is hot khara pongal with chutney in the morning, it is Karaikudi meals at lunchtime. The lunch is sumptuous with chapatti, kurma, rice, rasam, sambar, koottu, porial, mor kolambu, sweet, and curds. Priced at Rs. 40, it is the best bet for anyone wanting to have their fill on the go. The constituents of the meal vary every day, sometimes even including delicacies such as puli kolambu and vathal kolambu.

If the elaborate lunch is too heavy for you, then there are a variety of rice dishes and short eats to choose from. There is lemon rice, sevai (coconut and lemon), idiappam with coconut milk, and even Madurai parota with kurma and pachchdi. But the lunch must be tried because stuff such as sundakkai vathal kolambu and puli kolambu are rarely made in urban kitchens today.

After the main course, you can choose from milkshakes, ice creams, and pastries for dessert or have all of them. The pastries served here are French gateaux and are baked in-house. The variety is simply too much to describe. Birthday cakes can also be ordered here.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Coneshwari Narayanaswamy, simply known as Cona. She might be known to people who frequented the Dosa Bar at Rajajinagar. She has done a course in cake making from the Wilton School of Baking, Colombo, and has learnt Karaikudi cuisine from her family, which runs a chain of restaurants in Tamil Nadu.

"I have seen the restaurant industry in Bangalore for the last five years. I decided to start this restaurant because my cuisine is a niche thing and is not served by anyone else in the city," she says.

The restaurant is at No. 58, 5th Block, Jyothi Nivas College Road, Industrial Layout, Koramangala. It offers door delivery within a radius of two kilometres. Call 55318714.

Ambience: Young and

modern

Service: Good

Specialty: Karaikudi

cuisine and desserts

Wallet factor:

Affordable

ANAND SANKAR

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