We happened to visit two restaurants recently, one after a long gap of several months and the other for having a go at the much advertised Onam Sadya. After running through the menu most diligently, we opted for a north Indian thali for our dinner. Yes, it arrived promptly, (I must admit service in the restaurant which bears a typically south Indian name has really improved) and at first glance the half filled contents in the tiniest stainless steel katoris I have ever seen appeared quite colourful. I tried to figure out the North Indian dishes and at the end of my sincere efforts, all that I could lay my finger on was a dish with small pieces of paneer floating in tomato gravy! What went in the name of potato paranta needed extra effort to munch which had to be abandoned as it posed a risk to my already bad teeth! Even as I was wondering what would be served next, I saw the waiter approaching our table with hot phulkas which looked very appetizing. But tell me, can one relish them without any vegetable to accompany? For that matter the menu comprised no vegetable side dishes at all!
Well , our experience at the second restaurant which is well known for serving healthy food has been relatively satisfying in that the menu included a number of vegetable side dishes that were tasty as well. However I missed the hot phulkas which were not part of the meal !
Can we have the cake and eat it too, I wonder.
n.meera raghavendra rao