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    Thalis are the way to go at this old Bengaluru institution

    Tiger Trail at Ramada Bangalore is not on the top of everyone’s agenda. With new restaurants boasting experimental and innovative menus mushrooming in every corner of the city, this restaurant located in a quiet corner of the Central Business District, is often overlooked. However, a complete overhaul of the ambience and new introductions to the menu, could mean a lot more diners.
    While a part of the menu remains the same, the newly introduced thalis are a definite crowd pleaser. Available for both lunch and dinner, throughout the week, we’re sure it will fill you up to the gills, and then some. With a varying menu each day, it’s essentially like an unopened surprise package, so do go prepared for anything. We were served the Premium Thali, showcasing some of the finest North Indian favourites. They start you off with a drink — ours was an earthen tumbler of spiced buttermilk. Tempered with mustard seeds, it was well rounded with fresh chilli and coriander adding heat and freshness.
    The main course included one non-vegetarian and four vegetarian dishes served in little bowls, set around the plate. We first sampled the Lal Maas, which is best paired with the accompanying bread basket bearing treats such as sheermal and ajwain, and kalonji naan. For those who can’t do without rice, the thali also includes a katori of basmati rice.
    Other dishes included are paneer khurchan (our personal favourite), sabz saag wala, baingan
    bata and dal makhani. Taking space at the centre of the plate was a larger bowl holding a generous helping of fragrant chicken dum biryani. As they are known for their biryanis , not surprisingly, this one proved to be a winner too.
    We drew things to a close with their dessert of the day — a bowl of warm and welcoming carrot halwa garnished with cashews and raisins.
    Rs 1,300++ for two. At Shivajinagar. Details: 22865566

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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