Monday, May 11, 2009

Laajawaab

Mr VP and I read about this place in Friday's edition of Bangalore Times (written by Priya Bala), and since I was to head to work on Saturday to wrap up a few things, and Mr VP was headed in the direction of my office, we deicded to hop in for lunch, especially since Priya Bala gave this place a 3.75 out of 5 for food.

The insides are nice, as you'd expect with most places that are opening up these days. The menu is shaped...uniquely, to say the least. However, the food items aren't too different from any other north Indian/Mughlai restaurant. In fact, according to Mr VP (and I agree), a Copper Chimney can be rated above this place. Which isn't suggesting that this place is bad, just that if this place gets a 3.75 from Priya, then you've got to wonder where a lot of other places go wrong. I mean I know this whole rating thing is subjective, but you'd imagine that there would be several areas where two different opinions intersect.

Anyway, since it was just the two of us, we settled for a kabab platter, which had two types of chicken kababs, a fish kabab, and seekh (mutton) rolls. Apart from the seekh rolls, the rest of the kababs were pretty decent, although Mr VP made his comparisson to Copper Chimney when it came to the chutney that was served along with the kababs - the mint chuntnet and another one, garlic I think. He said he preferred the chutnies at Copper Chimney to this place.

For our main course, we ordered the chicken biryani, and we weren't disappointed. Fragrant, colourful, soft, slightly oily, tender meat...just the way a good biryani needs to be.

We finished off with dessert, I settled for a paan ice cream, and Mr VP had the rasmalai. Although it may sound weird, the paan ice cream was actually quite refreshing, and Mr VP had one as well once he was done with this rasmalai. One thing I can say for sure, you don't have to go out of your way to come and visit this place; I'm sure if a Copper Chimney or a Bombay Post, or any other decent north Indian place is closer, you could head in that direction instead.

Food: Decent
$$$: Moderately expensive, as mentioned in the comments section
Service: Decent
Verdict: Don't feel bad if you've not been here and someone you know has - you're not missing much.

Lajawaab, Krishvi Aspire, 1st Floor, CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore. Phone: 42173232, 42183232

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about mentioning prices as well?

Karthik Shetty said...

Unless there's something unique about the prices, I usually don't mention them. This place is about the same as any decent north Indian place, like Copper Chimney. We raked a bill of around 1000, the kabab platter was around 300+, the biryani around 250 to 275, while the ice cream and rasmalai were around 100 odd

Anonymous said...

I'm talking about mentioning wallet effect in all the reviews. It gives people an idea of how much they can expect to pay, and whether it's their cup of tea. For instance, Chilli's is ridiculously expensive for mostly TGIF-style crap.

Just some feedback. But it you're blog.

Karthik Shetty said...

Absolutely sir, will do; will make sure I add the effect-on-wallet from now on.

Anonymous said...

Yes Yes Average meal for one or meal for two along with specimen price of a soup or a starter

Anonymous said...

I agree..... We visited this place a couple of months ago and didnt find it anything special. also, there were some people at the next table who were irritated that a north indian joint didnot have tandoori chicken!! the chef arrived and said that ' this is not the usual north indian place blah blah blah...'