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Bolizza: Old Taste, New Plate

When we heard that Sri Krishna Sweets’ hip younger sister was in town, we knew exactly where to find her.

Sharing a wall and the scent of ghee-laden Mysore paks with the branch in T.Nagar, Bolizza is nearly one-month-old. “This is a restaurant by Sri Krishna Sweets only,” a staff humbly puts it, probably reassuring us about the brand, as we enter.

We make ourselves comfortable on one of the long-varnished wooden seaters, facing a large patch of colourful Chettinad Athangudi tiles on the wall. In contrast, the wall behind us is a uniform black with sketches of items from the menu.

We are looking at boli and kapi entries, when a waiter hands us a longer version of it, complete with more kali, pidi kozhukattai, bajji, suiyam and more.

“The Boston cheese sandwich is doing very well,” he says, flipping the card to show us a range of sandwich options, including hariyali panneer tikka sandwich and moong dumpling sandwich.

He flips it back to point at the boli varieties — masala, dhaal, pudina and coconut. “Masala is best,” he says with gusto.

We go with his suggestions, and also order a strawberry lemonade and watermelon lemonade to sip as we wait. Holding the wobbly plastic cup, we watch the kitchen area getting busy through the transparent glass window separation.

Three sips down, the Boston cheese is on our table. A pasty mix of mushroom, spinach, corn and fresh cream oozing from the sides, the four triangular pieces are served along with a heap of potato chips.

Instead of the customary ketchup, the red bottles on the table squeeze out mint, red paprika and garlic mayonnaise — all made from scratch at the restaurant, and offered unlimitedly!

‘Why is it called Boston cheese?’ we wonder, and Sneha Murali, daughter of M. Murali, managing director, Sri Krishna Sweets, tells us it is because it’s the most common vegetarian option in Boston. Her idea to place a variety from the West along with traditional items like kuzhi paniyaram and ghee appam on the same page was to get youngsters interested in the food of our grandma’s times. “There are many traditional items that are getting lost with time.

Even my mother doesn’t know how to make a few dishes that my grandma used to make,” she says, before continuing after a small pause, “I felt that if they are presented in a modern style that appeals to today’s youngsters, they will embrace it.”

We believe her. Masala boli, with a thin layer of garam masala and powdered fried potato on top, cut in four uniform sectors, looks like a shrunk version of Margharita, sans cheese.

What’s cooler? Sneha tells us that a boli wrap has been specially made for takeaways.

Bolizza is located at 20, Venkatanarayana Road, T. Nagar. Around four Bolizza outlets are set to come up in malls by the end of this year.

Meal for two is approximately Rs.450. For details, call 30205517

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