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October 8, 2017

Gordhan Thal, Ahmedabad…. U.N.L.I.M.I.T.E.D. .T.H.A.L.I

Gujarati thali, a vegetarian assortment native to the western state of Gujarat, is a round tray covered with dishes. The dishes’ names thrillingly alien to me and half the time I’ve no idea what they are. Jainism in Gujarat means that the state is mostly vegetarian. If you are a meat lover don’t let the evil veg word scare you as the dishes are incredibly flavourful.

The flavours were compelling and unfamiliar. Some of them, on first bite, seemed a bit blah: and your taste buds need to acclimatize.

I got the very real sense that I am enjoying the hospitality of talented Gujarati home cooks, without needing to be invited into actual Gujarati homes. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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September 6, 2011

Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cafe Restaurant, Johor Baru…Craptacular!

Don’t even think of eating here. My stomach was very angry at me for filling it with what this place tried to convince us was food.

Based on my visit to the buffet in Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cafe Restaurant, if this is acceptable, then all the other buffets in Malaysia are somewhere between a dumpster and an 19th century chamber pot in a malaria hospital. It would be tolerable if the food were delicious, but it is not nice at all. I tasted chicken with the consistency of owl pellets and what I think might have been a pan full of caterpillars covered in orange marmalade. The sad buffet was stocked with hideous looking stuff that were seemingly emptied out of somebody’s pockets shortly before our arrival. These all have the same taste and consistency (bad) and might be part of a government program to choke foodies to death. Nothing was good.

Ignore this place like you do beggars or cries for help from alleyways. I would rather lick toilets in Geylang for sustenance. This is really the true truth because I say it as it is…

April 13, 2011

Oh Calcutta, New Delhi…interesting and good bengali delicacies

They serve a buffet lunch here but being the gluttons that we were, we opted to create our own personalised buffet by choosing from the ala carte menu.

We picked bengali delicacies like Koshan Mangsho – pot roasted mutton with traditional spices in traditional style of calcutta. It was nice. The meat was slightly spicy and the very thick red gravy went well with the naan we were having. The mochar chop (banana flower croquettes) was also up to the mark. Daab Chingri (prawns cooked in tender coconut cream) featured large, succulent shrimps so fresh they almost seem to be swimming in the tender green coconut in which they are served. Magnificent. The (deshelled) crabmeat cooked in mango flavoured mustard gravy with young ginger is a good and memorable choice. What about the classical railway mutton curry? Well, the meat was nice but the curry was not flavourful enough. Must try my personal favourite, fish fry (fried fish calcutta style).

On the whole the restaurant has a good ambience and the food is good not great, but those who want Bengali cuisines would find it interesting. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

October 20, 2010

Lido Atputas Centra, Riga…Mind-blowing buffet. Worth the money and experience.

One of the best places to eat in all of Riga. They have a mind-blowing well assorted buffet filled with all the best of what Latvian cuisine has to offer. The system: a point-and-order combination of traditional local staples like solyanka soup and rye bread mixed with spaghetti, potatoes, chips, salads and meat dishes, all charged for by weight. It’s filling and there’s something for everyone’s tastes and it’s the perfect accompaniment for the home-brewed beer which is, of course, the main reason to visit.

There’s even a bar downstairs and one big log cabin with a windmill at one end. This place has the feel of a roadside inn on steroids.

LIDO combines good traditional Latvian food, some international dishes, good home-made Latvian beer, good atmosphere and lots of fun! It’s a really good place to taste Latvian food.  It’s well worth the money and experience to go there. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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