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    Alila’s new Meal in A Bowl concept blends nutritious food and exotic recipes

    For a quick meal or a fantastic work break, we recommend you dash off to the Alila if you’re in or around the Whitefield area. The new menu, separate from the regular one , offers only Indian and pan-Asian main course with a drink to spare you the guesswork. So taking a cue, we tried the noodles and wonton broth in both the vegetarian and chicken options. The broth was tasty enough and quite soothing, what with the rain pelting down that day. The wontons were generously stuffed with veggies and chicken but we would have liked it better had the dish not been served lukewarm. Anyway, we chose to focus on the chef’s creative dishes instead.

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    Although full from the virtual meal in a bowl, we couldn’t resist the second course that represented China for vegetarians and Thailand for the meat eaters. Pan-fried noodles with stir-fried Oriental greens were simply delicious. The noodles perfectly crunchy, complementing the fresh broccoli and beans before we attacked the tangy Thai chicken curry. The red version of the curry served with aromatic sticky Jasmine rice, was top notch. Soya matar with steamed rice looked delicious but didn’t win any browine points with us, because it seemed more homemade. For meat lovers, specially mutton fans, the Nahari gosht is a soft, succulent winner. Tender pieces of meat are slow-cooked in spices like Kashmiri chillies, cumin, cardamom and garam masala and falling off the bone. While dessert is not part of the Meal in A Bowl concept, those with a sweet tooth could indulge in the seasonal saffron and mango baked yogurt, the rich chocolate fudge brownie (avoid this sinful one if you are expected to stay awake at the afternoon meeting!) and the light New York cheesecake.

    Rs. 400 for the mains and Rs. 250 upwards for dessert. At HAL-Varthur Main Road. Details: 71544444

    — Aakanksha Devi

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