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    Cheerful new eateries in the Cunningham-Infantry Road area, make for a refreshing wallet-friendly pitstop. And they are all within a kilometer of The General Post office, in the heart of the city.

    Secret Garden
    Tucked away on a bungalow terrace on Edward Road is a quaint cafe, complete with a blackboard menu, open kitchen with chirping birds and breezy ambience. Popular for their moussakas, pastas — spinach gnocchi, penne arrabbiata and lasagnes, the paella and Thai curries are also highly recommended. Desserts are sinful chocolate lava cake, apple crumble and sticky toffee pudding.
    Details: 49652917
    Express 2 Bhojan
    Part of the New Indian Express building, this is the perfect place for a quick, wholesome meal. Lunchtime offering include biriyanis (mutton, chicken and vegetarian) and thalis, in veggie and chicken options, which come with thick Rajasthani dal, pan fried potatoes, beans, curd rice, rassam, sambar besides rice, roti and papad. Post lunch snacks cover pakodas, dosas of various kinds, bhajji and idli. `250 for two.
    Details: 9008420436
    Ta’aam
    Afghan and Mughlai cuisine is their forte. Do try their laham mandi (lamb biryani), pepper mutton, tandoori chicken, delicious kebabs, and mutton shalimar in a cashew gravy. Accompaniments like naan, rotis and rice are also on offer. Classic Indo-Chinese dishes like chilli chicken, gobi manchurian or Szechwan noodles, make a surprising entry, and can hit the spot nicely. At Queen’s Road Cross, Munniswamy Road.
    Details: 9845538234
    Biso
    Recently opened, this restaurant at the Citrus Hotel is ideal for a quick buffet. Soups, a couple of starters come to the table while the buffet covers salads, cold cuts and seafood options. The vegetarian selection may seem a bit limited, though the biryani is delicious. Dessert – gulab jamon, halwa, jalebi, and chocolate ice cream, is substantial. You could also choose a la carte, which covers everything from pasta and kori gassi to rosemary tenderloin steaks and prawn enchiladas. `600++ for the buffet, `1,200 upwards for a la carte. On Cunningham Road.
    Details: 45390000

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    Pizza Stop
    Now relocated to a lane away from where it originally was, Pizza Stop adds new starters and more pizza toppings to the list. The old favourites such as garlic bread with cheese, cheesy nachos and French fries still hold their own while the pizzas, thin crust and homely, are your best bet in interesting desi options like Bombay (spicy paneer), Manali (corn and peppers), Nawabi (mushrooms and olives). They also serve various pastas with the Fritannica (cheese and spinach) being quite popular. `500 for two.
    Details: 8971101406

    — Aakanksha Devi

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