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    A popular Bengaluru eatery comes to the city, sans the bar

    Nestled between the Amethyst Room and Mamagoto is Motherc-luckers Cafe. Having visited the Bengaluru outlet and patronising their quirky cocktails, I find myself a little confused when I see a bar area missing. My borderline-worried staring is finally met by Ramanan Rajamani, the general manager of Holy Cow Hospitality — the group behind this café, Plan B and other franchises. “With the Chennai franchise, we wanted to move away from what we’d done in Bengaluru and come up with something new. The café concept was interesting. Hence, no alcohol,” he says, a tad apologetically. I am not disappointed by what I see. Bright décor, motorcycles, fish and roosters all sitting pretty on their pastel walls, warm lighting, an open area and the smell of food from the kitchen of this 84-seater café, has me excited.

    Spice route
    As I sit down with their wood- framed menu, I am treated first to a some paprika chicken. Tender with hard-hitting spice, it makes for a great start to the meal. The butter garlic prawns that follow look mild, but are a bit of a let down because of its chewy texture. However, the beef cheese french fries that come next are the perfect consolation, with melt-in-the-mouth soft beef and rich flavour leave me wanting more. I look over their vegetarian options and I am spoilt for choice. Given an option between the tandoori paneer and the paneer satay, I pick the latter. While its softness and flavour is remarkable, my loyalties stay with the chicken.

    Flavour flow
    In a neighbourhood like Khader Nawaz Khan Road, carving a niche for yourself in the culinary scene can be exhausting. “We understand the crowd that comes here and want to give  our customers a light café eating experience. Our menu here has light eats and a range of shakes too,” adds Ramanan. After gorging through the starters, with a New York cheesecake shake to go with it, I try  their signature Clucker — the juicy patty keeps getting hotter as I make it to its centre, leaving me satiated. Dessert goes straight to the heart, they say. But my craving for their white chocolate cheesecake comes to a sad halt, with its flavour being too acidic for my liking. Nevertheless, head here for their delicious food and great service.

    Meal for two from  Rs 1,200 onwards. Details: 9677138149

    — Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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