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Winsome threesome

The pub, coffee shop and restaurant set up by Trinity Hotels offers value for money

Photo: K. Gajendran

Chow time Customers indulge themselves at the garden restaurant, Lime `n' Onions

The buzz is there are three more eat-outs on the block. A number that doesn't really merit a second glance since this particular block is located bang in the hustle and bustle of Somajiguda. Foodies know that for a mile around, there are dozens of hotels serving exclusive regional fare, multi-cuisine restaurants, Udipi joints and a couple of star hotels to suit every pocket and taste. And the favourites have already been chosen.

Why then would anyone want to drop in at the Trinity Group of Hotels? To be more precise - Lime `n' Onions, Coffee Plus and High. While the first is a garden restaurant with chic minimalist décor, the second is a coffee shop that serves crunchies and meals over steaming cuppas. High, the pub, offers premium liquor and good music.

The answer to the question could well be `value for money'. Located behind the famous Blue Moon Hotel, in the same compound, the coffee shop is flanked by the pub and the restaurant in a no-frills setting. The dining area in the garden restaurant consists of open cottages with copper-brown tiles and green lawns, an ideal place for eating out on sunny days and cool evenings.

Dishes in the menu span the whole range of Mughlai, South Indian, Chinese and Tandoori along with regular Lime `n' Onion `specials'. Kadai Murg stands out in the Mughlai non-veg section for its succulent bits of chicken, smothered with spices and cooked well. The biryanis are, of course, very much on the list and seemed to have that `dum ka' flavour preferred by the gourmets. Veggies can ask for the mild Malai Kofta or go for the more rugged flavour of Capsicum Masala. The Mughlai menu combines well with an assortment of fluffy parathas, rotis and naans available in the tandoor section.

Value for money

The South Indian spread is well represented by the classic Gongura Mamasam, Royyalla Pulusu (sizzling prawn curry), Kakarakaya Pulusu (a bitter gourd preparation that uses a good dose of spice) and the more humble, but nevertheless lip-smacking, lentil-spinach dish of Palakura Pappu. The prices are reasonable with a meal for two coming to around Rs. 250 - Rs. 300 with the taxes. Add to this live ghazals on weekends and chowki dinners on request, and the meal becomes well worth the money spent.

The coffee shop offers a more formal dining experience, serving pretty much the same food as in the restaurant. There are plans to serve breakfasts in a couple of weeks. The décor at the spacious Coffee Plus is a pleasant blend of ornamental glass windows and muted colours.

While High, the pub located near the entrance, might be found lacking in `personality', it more than makes up for the missing X-factor with comfortable seating and good music. Then again, three more on the block could make all the difference. Check it out.

K. SACHIDANAND MENON

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