Indian Curry @ Tansha Comfort Regency, Vadodara

 A family gathering of around 15 people and an obvious and annoying question, where to go for dinner so that everyone gets some or other thing of their liking?

Long discussion and Indian Curry @ Hotel Tansha Comfort Regency came out as a choice. It was Sunday evening and we called to book a table only to discover that they don’t take bookings. Reaching early helped secure one as the restaurant got fully occupied by 8 PM.

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Our order consisted Hot and Sour and Almond Broccoli soups, Bruschetta, Jalapeno Cheese Nuggets, French Fries, Roasted Papad and Palak Makai Lahori Seekh Kabab to start with. In the main course, we stuck to north Indian and tried Paneer Do Pyaza and Veg Deewani Handi.

Almost everything in food was up to the mark and didn’t disappoint us.

With average service, decent interiors and good food, this surely secures a backup option berth.


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Vishal Sandwich – The birth place of Samosa Sandwich in Vadodara

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Vishal Sandwich is a birth place of Samosa Sandwich in the city of Vadodara.

Until 10 months ago, it was operated as a road since stall beside Baroda High School. Now it has moved to a new place in Alkapuri.

The menu is limited with around 20 different options of sandwiches grouped in Samosa Sandwiches and Grilled Sandwiches.

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I usually give grilled sandwiches a miss for the sake of Samosa Sandwiches. They are simple yet super tasty. A piece of small Samosa sandwiched between 2 slices of bread with other condiments. There are cheese variants too for almost all the sandwich varieties.

Just one Samosa Sandwich will never be enough. An order of Samosa plate usually follows Samoas Sandwich to complement the dish.

Indeed, one of the iconic street food joint in Vadodara.


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Four Cheese For Cheese Lovers – Quattro Formaggi from Domino’s

A small family gathering on the evening of Uttarayan was a perfect occasion for a quick pizza party. Along with default order of Garlic Breadsticks and cheese dips, we tried Farmhouse and 5 peppers in thin crust and Quattro Formaggi burst. The order arrived quickly within expected time and pizzas were piping hot.

Farmhouse in Quattro Formaggi Burst
Farmhouse in Quattro Formaggi Burst
5 Peppers in Quattro Formaggi Burst
5 Peppers in Quattro Formaggi Burst

Quattro Formaggi literally means four cheese and sometimes also called 4 cheese pizza or 4 seasons pizza. The Donimo’s Quattro Formaggi Burst has flavorful layers of Gouda, Mozzarella and Cheddar topped with Ricotta making it a sinful indulgence for cheese lovers.

The only let down was the lack of thin crust option along with Quattro Formaggi. I would love to see it combined to make a perfect pizza.

The Barbeque Grill, Centre Square, Vadodara

Only a handful of restaurants in Vadodara has got live grills option with a great buffet spread. BBQ Grill does it right.

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 It was a family get-to-gather over lunch and pre-booking helped us get the right table to fit our entire family. In the evening, it would be nice to observe the hustle-bustle through the window while still being secluded from it.

The Grills
The Grills

In the grills, the options were Vegetable 65, Gold Coin, Paneer Achari, Live Pineapple, Ajwain Mushroom, Pudina Aloo, Arbi Chatpati, Chilly Mustard Corn, Cajun Spicy Potato.

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He was more than happy to entertain our repeated requests for grilled pineapple

Gold Coin, Live Pineapple, Ajwain Mushroom and Cajun Spicy Potato were an instant hit among us. Special mention to Live Pineapple. Our apprehension of how a grilled pineapple would taste took a surprised flip. The barbecue sauce marinated grilled pineapple was the most liked items in the entire family.

Live chat counters served Pani Poori and Papdi Chat.

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Main course had plenty of options but I remained restricted to Baked Pasta with Macroni, Pad Thai Noodles and Thai Red Curry. None of them disappointed me.

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In desserts, there was made to order stone ice-cream including other assorted desserts and all were up-to the mark.

All-in-all, a good place if you wand plenty of food options, good barbecue grills and up-to-the-mark food.

RSVP – The Lounge, Vadiwadi, Vadodara

RSVP – The Lounge tries to fill up the void of the lounge or sports bar like joints in the city, of course sans alcohol.

The interior is done to imitate a sports bar atmosphere and ambiance wears a strong red hue, visible in the photographs, to make the ambiance livelier. (I had to spend a lot of time re-touching my photographs to minimize the side effect of the lighting). I would have liked the ambiance more with little pumped-up cool white lights along with a little toned-down red-colored lights.

The place has a number of sitting arrangements including casual lounge type and usual table and chairs.

Service is good and the wait staff is friendly but they clearly appear to be untrained and new. (This is when I visited a couple of months ago). This didn’t bother us much as they were always ready to accommodate our requests.

In food, we tried 2 types of pre-fixed menu. The first one, a global variant, included a mock-tail, a soup, 2 starters, 2 main courses and a dessert. The second one ‘Thrilling Thursdays’, an Indian variant, had a soup, 2 starters, 2 vegetables, roti/naan, dal-rice, papad, salad, buttermilk and a dessert.

The mock-tail, Magic Blue, served in chemistry lab beaker, was a concoction of blue curacao syrup and soda water and lacked any punch.

Magic Blue
Magic Blue

The Chilly Bean soup was moderately spicy. Thai Sticks tasted like kebabs marinated in spicy Thai gravy. Mexican Rice was nice but a little dry. Pasta Arabiata and noodles (don’t remember the exact name) were also satisfactory in taste. All the continental items had Indian touch to please a typical Indian palate. (Well, authenticity shouldn’t be an expectation here.)

The Indian items ranged from ok to good in taste. Sunehri Aloo, boiled potatoes tossed in some gravy, were avoidable. Corn Seekh Kabab was ok in taste. We liked the Veg. Makhani and Paneer Do Pyaza though.

This place tries to be a pocket-friendly hipster place and may succeed too as far as the authenticity of the food not being much of a concern among the target audience.

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Great Authentic Mexican: Salsa Habanero Mexican Taqueria, Subhanpura, Vadodara

On my wife’s insistence based on excellent Tripadvisor.com reviews, we tried this place and have been there for more than a couple of times now.

Named after Habanero(a type of chili) sauce, this Mexica Taqueria offers pick-up/takeaway only and is run by an NRI couple, Rita and Prakash, out of their passion for food. The restaurant is open only on Saturday and Sunday from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Refer to their website: http://salsahabanero.com for location and menu.

It’s better to place an order preferably before noon to avoid disappointment. As per my conversation with Prakash, they prepare limited material and from scratch including sauces.

Their friendliness, hygiene standards, and service are noteworthy. They do final preparation once you reach for the pick-up. It usually takes 10-15 mins to prepare the final takeaway and during that time the couple will be more than happy to have a conversation with you.

The restaurant itself is a small kitchen and pickup area decorated with Mexican knick-knacks and posters describing Mexican food terminologies.

The menu is small but covers all types of Mexican dishes except hard Tacos which are much prevalent in India. We have tried almost all items from their menu and none disappointed us.

Burriot Beans Rice
Burrito Beans, Rice

Burritos are large in size and very filling. Cheese Enchilada comes as DIY kit and the final dish has to be prepared at home. It takes less than 2 mins to do that. A must try is Nacho Grande, crisp nachos topped with a great mix of cheese, beans and sauces.

Nacho Grande
Nacho Grande
Enchilada Kit
Enchilada Kit

The authentic Mexican has very balanced taste and flavors and may taste a little different from fusion and localized Mexican available in run-of-the-mill restaurants.

Masala 360, Vadodara

Being most near to our meeting point for friends get-together, Masala 360 came as an obvious choice. We were group of 9 and decided to go with the unlimited ‘Live Bar Be Que’ to spare ourselves from typical ‘what-to-eat?’ decision making.

The restaurant was occupied with only one table when we reached even during the festival evening. This was an indication of what is coming.

The ambiance is average, so is service. The staff is friendly but yet to reach to a level to be called professionals. The service was quick but mainly because of we gong with an unlimited menu of the day.

The oddly named ‘Live Bar Be Que’ unlimited option had, in fact, nothing to do with barbecue. It came with unlimited soup, starters of 2 types (Veg. Manchurian and Hara Bhara Kabab), Vegetables of 2 types (Paneer Toofani and Mix Veg. Handi), Dal Tadka and rice. Papad and ice-cream were limited, though. Soups and starters were good, but rest of the items were not up to the mark. These all came at dirt cheap rate of Rs. 175/- per person.

Hara Bhara Kabab
Hara Bhara Kabab
Veg. Machurian
Veg. Manchurian

This yet another budget family restaurant turned out to be just another restaurant.