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Simple yet sumptuous

The recently come up vegetarian eatery in Lifestyle building - Aahaar, serves simple, homely food at very affordable prices.

TETE A TETE: Aahaar is a hot favourite with the office crowd.

WELL-LIT INTERIORS, spacious seating, minimal upholstery, token décor, infectious hospitality, homely ambience and tasty food at steal prices, characterise Aahaar - the newly opened vegetarian restaurant in Lifestyle building.

For all reasons, the place teems with people during the rush hours, thanks to Airtel and Tata and the other offices.

"The idea of opening the restaurant in the second floor of the building is to cater to the staff in the various offices inside Lifestyle, who find an answer to a pantry in Aahaar. Of course, the general crowd also comes in, like tired shoppers or connoisseurs et al," says director B.N. Kiran Kumar, a postgraduate in Hotel Management from Switzerland.

Clean, homely, easily affordable and tasty fare is what we are looking at, if people have to have a meal regularly at Aahaar, he continues.

"We have a seating capacity of about 70 people at a time and we are planning to increase it to a hundred by the end of next month," Kumar adds.

TIME TO UNWIND: The unpretentious interiors are inviting. — Photos: P.V. Sivakumar

Not very loud in appearance, the eatery with a menu sans pompousness is very inviting.

The menu consists of common South Indian items like, dosa (in all its variations), idly, vada, upma, pongal, bise belle bath, etc.

There is a considerable presence of North Indian and Chinese food items as well, like pav bhaji, bhel puri, navratan korma, methi chaman, dal makhani, paneer tikka masala, kashmiri naan, veg. Szechuan fired rice, American chopsuey, baby corn Manchuria et al. Thalis are also available.

While the South Indian thali is priced at Rs 35, the North Indian thali is priced at Rs 45.

A wide-range of about 12 assorted items comes with the thali.

"The only good thing about the place is that it does not boast to be `very different' or `extraordinary' from others. Normal homely food is what Aahaar boasts about and it delivers to every morsel," says Airtel call associate Sai Kumar, a regular at the joint.

Seconding him, fellow colleague Pallavi says, "I come to the place because the use of oil is minimal and the food seems to be healthy and fresh."

"It reminds me of my college canteen. It's a good place to unwind and relax with friends, yap over a cup of chai and samosa,' concurs Sindhu, who works with the GVK group.

So, if you are looking for plain and simple good food, look no further. Next time, whether you shop or window shop at Lifestyle, don't forget to have a quick bite at Aahaar, should you feel the pangs.


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