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Carnatic Café, Sector 15, Gurgaon

Let us please move over the likes of Sagar Ratnas, the Uddupis and the Bhawans when it comes to pure vegetarian South Indian cuisine. We, the Delhiites, the north Indians are least bit aware about the home made delicacies prepared in the Karnataka region. And that is where the sorcery of Carnatic café comes in.

Quick fact – water is served in bronze glasses here, thus reminding you of the older and simpler days. The interiors are classy and give a nostalgic feeling of the South Indian cafes of the 90’s. The servers and the manager are humble and know their cuisine well and are swift to suggest the specials.

Buttermilk: Freshly prepared and frothing gloriously to the brim, the classic and the masala buttermilk are the best way to begin an authentic South Indian meal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Rice Idli: Fluffy and soft idlis with a prominent sour flavour served with piping hot sambhar; onion, coconut and coriander chutney. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Rawa coconut dosa: Loaded with desi ghee, crispy with embedded cumin and enclosing grated coconut – just how better it can get? The flavours are simple and not overpowering and when the dosa is served separately with mashed potatoes tempered in mustard seeds, onion and garlic, the taste is enhanced. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Malleshwaram 18th cross dosa: The air becomes redolent with the aroma of pure desi ghee when this dosa is brought to you. It is not a paper thin variety but a thick, crispy and fluffy one with the insides coated with white butter and podi or gunpowder mixture. HIGHYLY RECOMMENDED.

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Bombat dosa: This one is a bomb! Thick yet crispy variety with the insides layered with white butter, cinnamon and finely powdered onion garlic mixture. You can taste the prominent hotness of the cinnamon in this one – enough to ignite a small volcano inside your mouth. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Bisi-bele-bath: A hot maelstrom of short rice, lentils, vegetables and spices served with a crispy pappad/poppadam and crunchy boondi, this one is a complete meal in itself. RECOMMENDED.

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Onion and Tomato Uttapam: A lovely soft pancake where the tomatoes are squished, thus imparting their tangy juicy flavour to the ensemble. The only drawback is its oiliness. RECOMMENDED.

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Obatto: You will have second thoughts of tasting this after having a hearty meal. But trust me, you won’t regret a bite. The crepe is oily yet crispy and encloses finely pulverised jaggery which is moderately sweet with aromatic green cardamom. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Home made ice-cream: I usually avoid ice creams because of my childhood over indulgence. But, each and every flavour here is prepared in house and extracted from its natural source. I happened to binge on the Ratnagiri mango one and the strawberry & rose one and both were light, subtle and out of this world. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Drinksbreak, Model Town 2, New Delhi

If ever there was an outlet which hustled and bustled with customers even in the middle of the day on a scorching day in Delhi, it is Drinksbreak. Students and adults alike were thronging this place while I was busy deciding what to binge on and what to leave. At the end of a 15 minutes deep thinking activity, I zeroed in on the following:

Blueberry Waffles: A crunchy waffle topped with a smooth cream and fresh blueberry syrup – can we ask for more? The waffle was moderately sweet, not too chewy, the cream had fine consistency and texture and the presence of real blueberries in the syrup made our day. It could have been slightly lighter though. RECOMMENDED.

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Strawberry Waffles: Very similar to the blueberry waffles with real strawberries in the syrup – strawberry lovers, you finally have some nice waffles to look forward to. RECOMMENDED.

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Watermelon mojito: The freshness of lemon and mint leaves combined with the slight sweetness of watermelon and the extra punch of soda – we definitely have a winner here. I was able to wash down those decadent waffles with this one. RECOMMENDED.

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Pizza fries: When the goodness of the pizza topping is coupled with the crispiness of the French fries – our next snack item is ready. The presence of warm runny cheese with black olives, chopped green capsicum and sweet corn kernels will make you feel nostalgic about your humble vegetarian pizza. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Loaded Nachos: If only ever other outlet prepared nachos in such a way, because these nachos are actually loaded with cheese, bell peppers, olives and sweet corn kernels in addition to a spicy mixture of onion and garlic. The next sought after snack item? Why not? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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The outlet is a takeaway joint and you have to stand in a constricted space if you want to eat there, but no complaints because of the wonderful dishes served here. The staff is hard working, considering how crowded it gets in the evening.

Recommendation: Steel cutlery because it is difficult to cut a heavy waffle with a plastic fork and knife.

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