Black Sugar – Eat, Drink & Chill
Near Nethravathi Bridge,
TGG – The Good Galette
Find yourself a better bit of batter at TGG
Mangalore city is all the rage these days, because of its culinary offerings, and an exciting and extensively elegant breakfast tradition is a huge part of those. With the opening of ‘the good galette’, this culture is now a lot more profound; as it’s safe to say that devouring pancakes or waffles for dinner isn’t as jarring as it may have once seemed.
Tgg, (as it’s called) lives in the same complex as the Nilgiris supermarket, in Attavar, and is almost missable if you don’t walk towards the side of the building. But once you step in, it’s quite gorgeous. With an array of potted plants nestling on one side of the wall, a capacious open-brushed kitchen and a delightful menu, the sheer chutzpah of it all meant, we took to tgg, even before having a bite.
Although, be warned, as finding a table here isn’t so easy, especially in the evening hours. Service is bright, warm and knowledgeable-dishes appear, and then guests are left alone. Some rhythmic foot-tapping tunes are playing in the background, all the while, as we sit and order a couple of dishes.
The Nutella Banana Waffle, topped with ice-cream, nuts, fruits, whipped cream and maple syrup is a feisty slap of sugary goodness. However, I was surprised to discover, that not everyone at our table seemed to agree. In fact, after a couple of digs, my friend pushed her plate towards me saying it was far too sweet for her liking. Of course, I was only too pleased.
At tgg, there’s something for everyone, and it’s crispy deep-fried chicken wings with a dose of sesame seeds, and a vibrant thwack of schezwan sauce is genuinely a delight and costs 240rs. The street momos, on the other hand, were perhaps less exciting. On another occasion – and I’m going back – I’m going for the Commando fries that are getting incredibly popular.
The menu is likely to change, but in my mind, the sliding Waffwich with Jalapeño, tomato and lettuce, is certainly worth seeking out.
Finally, if there’s one thing you should not miss out on, it’s their pannacotta. With a glorious tickle of mocha, topped with white chocolate and generous amounts of chocolate and caramel sauce, whipped cream and cherry. Understandably, the skills of Chef Boja Kotian, having worked in places all over the globe, like in the US and UK, surely knows his dessert-making craft. We left full, cheerful and determined to get others on board about this place.
Tgg, feels to me, like a restaurant, that’s at the start of a long and remarkable journey. Rahul and his exceptional team look like they’re having the time of their lives, testing the boundaries of Mangalore’s food scene. It may not be perfect, but it sure is exciting. We’ll have the latter any day.
Content by Megan D Souza
Waffee House – Cafe – Waffle + Coffee
Satiate those sweet-tooth cravings at Waffee House
‘Life is short, eat dessert first,’ is indeed a life mantra for the likes of those of us, who can always make room for dessert. So, when we first heard about this dessert heaven, we had to do a double take. Staring at the sign, it had us wondering if we had misread it or had they misspelt it? But what d’ya know, Waffee is Waffles and Coffee-which by the way, is the most electrifying combination if you ask us, more so on bustling weekdays. Sigh!
Now that we’ve got the name sorted out, let’s just scrap the rest and get straight to the point. Waffles can be typically overshadowed by the brunch bigwigs like pancakes and crepes, but Waffee house is here to especially show some love to this golden brown, buttery breakfast staple, while still glorifying its counterparts. In plain words, the menu boasts of Belgian waffles and dutch pancake varieties along with a host of mojitos, mocktails and thick shakes.
This humble, quaint Cafe at Bendorewell can get pretty busy and crowded, so you might have to wait for a table, but it’s worth it as they rustle up some seriously divine waffles. You’re sure to chow on something here that takes your fancy. For instance, chocolate lovers, go in for the Nasty Nutella-mini Dutch pancakes with generous squirts of Nutella and loaded with choco chips. Another option would be the Triple chocolate-a combination of white, milk and dark chocolate.
Alternatively, if you’re a non-chocoholic, then we highly recommend the strawberry cream cheese waffles, brimming with cream cheese that balances the tanginess of the strawberries perfectly. Pair up these beauties with a cup of cappuccino, and you’re in a for a fitting treat. If you’d rather not like it hot, then a cup of cold Irish coffee should do you a whole lot of good.
Also, make sure to ask for ice-cream on your waffles, because they taste delish. In the slight incident, that you aren’t a coffee person(gasp!) you can also choose to wash it down with some fantastic shakes, we loved the Oreo and the salted caramel thick shake.
All in all, the reason these waffles deserve all the attention it can get is that they’re scrumptious, hearty and well-priced served by a friendly team that wants you to dig into these enticing syrup traps. So, do head there soon and waffle it up.
Food Menu – Waffee House – Cafe
Content by Megan D' Souza
Near Avery Junction,
Brick House — Bringing you the best Italian culinary experience
Finding a restaurant in the heart of the city that serves scrumptious food and isn’t too crowded is nothing short of a miracle! Which is why, we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in such a situation. This quaint little restaurant Cafe at the far end of New Balmatta Road, Avery junction is serene and beautiful in its decor.The simple wooden interiors surrounded by greenery makes you feel like you’ve just set foot in a snug chalet in the midst of backwoods.
Having a widespread menu, the dishes are delectable, to say the least.
The bruschetta platter topped with mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and cheese makes for an incredibly refreshing antipasto. Another starter that we couldn’t get enough of, was the prawns satay, dipped in tangy sauce. They also serve delicious masala cheese fries.
Their main course ranges from a variety of pastas, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches to biryanis and pulaos. Lasagna is every pasta lover’s go-to dish and this one is definitely worth it! For those who love to experiment with standard rice dishes, the Spanish Paella would never disappoint.
Fish lovers can opt for their butter lemon grilled basa fish with generous servings of vegetables and mashed potatoes.
For the vegetarians, the best choice would be their grilled cottage cheese with Ratatouille served with rice which is an interesting mix of vegetables, olive oil, and garlic. It’s a cheese lover’s dream!
Brick House also takes bulk orders for events like birthday parties and we tried their mutton pulao on the chef’s recommendation. Needless to say, our guests couldn’t resist themselves from more helpings.
They offer some delightful desserts like the sizzling brownie with vanilla ice-cream, a signature favourite and Smoky Mountain, which is vanilla ice-cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with roasted nuts.
But for us, the one that took the cake was the Nutella pancakes. Probably the best we’ve had in town.
The courteous staff, foot-tapping rhythmic music and feel-good vibes all make for an amazing experience in Brick House.
Content by Megan D' Souza