The all-new Naturals B Cafe offers desi grub, chipotle style
Did you know that the barotta and its variants are popular in over 50 countries with 20 different names? And the term roti canai is assumed to be derived from roti in Chennai? Step in to the all-new Naturals B Café done up in a theme of white and red and discover a host of other titbits of trivia about the Indian bread (parotta) written across its walls.
Open to public from this week, the cosy food joint serves Indian food, Chipotle style. On one side of the 30-seater, you will find a counter with over 15 readymade dishes, including variety rices, curries and starters like chicken wings, shrimps and lamb chops. “We do not hand a menu to customers here. For a standard price, they can opt for a suitable bowl and choose from the menu that is on display,” says Thilak Venkatasamy, the CEO of the café and restaurateur who is liaising with popular salon brand, Naturals.
Wraps, salads, rice bowls and barottas are the four main dishes on offer. These are put together from a choice of 18 vegetables, 12 sauces and 15 classic breads that are provided. One can come up with over a lakh of different combinations, we are told! “Traditional Indian food is very complex. A simple meal could have at least five dishes whereas Western meals are way simpler. It is because of this ease of consumption that all the MNC food chains are so popular everywhere. The main idea behind this space is to bring that simplicity to traditional meals,” shares Thilak.
Barottas say cheese
For starters, we are given a trio of barottas — one is packed with a cheesy filling of corn and spinach, then a spicy chicken kheema and the last with a gooey cheese and mushroom stuffing. To wash it down, we are curious to try the Country Coffee, spiced with jaggery, ginger and roasted jeera. And it turns out to be both delicious and comforting. A seafood salad bowl is up next — with prawns, squid rings and tuna aplenty, among fresh greens such as broccoli and lettuce and we aren’t disappointed. As for the mains, we are served millet rice topped with spicy prawn curry, white rice with minced lamb kheema curry and another tray of plain biryani rice paired with chicken coconut curry and succulent mutton chukka, all of them equally good.
Rotis & chocolate
A pretty plating of Krispy Choco Delight, chocolate wafers stuffed in a barotta served with chocolate syrup and choco chips on top — was hard to say no to. Also, don’t hesitate to get your hands dirty with the Rocket Roti, a giant wheat roti cone drizzled with strawberry, chocolate and vanilla syrups.
Meal for two `500. 11 am to
11 pm. Details: 98402-39669