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Simply supper...

A visit to Govardhan restaurant on Aurobindo Marg can take you back to more leisurely times, finds out SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

NOW THAT fashionable eating joints are popping up almost every other day in Delhi with menu cards going global, the simple pleasure of eating in a small nondescript eatery is gradually being usurped. Well said someone that with so much more on one's platter now, our neighbourhood restaurant is being capsuled into a mere free home delivery outlet, remembered only when there's a `food emergency'.

Bitten by the bug of eating in style, you would think twice before stopping by this restaurant too. A not so familiar name... typical flashy signboard... hardly any parking space... though it is a scale above your colony eatery, there is nothing significant about the place at a glance. But once you enter Govardhan restaurant on Aurobindo Marg, a stone's throw from the IIT flyover at Adchini, you are immediately transported into a different milieu at once distanced from the hustle-bustle just a door away.

Amid Carnatic music and the typical Southern oil lamp `Nailla Velakkya' flickering, the restaurant manager, flashing a `sandan tilak', smiles at you as you walk towards a table. Before you can identify the restaurant's ceiling made to imitate that of a typical South Indian house, a waiter with a thick South India accent hands you a menu and asks in Hindi to place your order. You would say, yet another `Dosa-idli joint' but wait to try their `Medhu Vada', `Bisi Bela Bath', `Govardhan Special Dosa' and both the executive and special thalis. They also have Andhra Pesarattu, Kanchipuram Idli twice a week besides Malabar Adai and Iddiyappam with Aviyel. The restaurant serves different types of sambhars with dosas and rice dishes.

Interestingly, the sambhar and rasam here has a sweet taste. On enquiry, I. Subhramanyam, the restaurant's proprietor, says, the food is prepared by cooks from his hometown Mangalore, where it is typical to add a bit of sugar to every dish possible.

The rest of the menu comprises the same old South Indian vegetarian names but served with a taste authentic, look neat and inviting and service fast and courteous. A sumptuous meal for two would not exceed beyond Rs. 100 to 140 for special dishes and within Rs. 100 for other dishes. They also have the facility of free home delivery within 3 km.

Well, there is no dearth of Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta, Kadi Rice and Chana Masala, etc here too. Subhramanyam justifies the crease on your forehead: this is just to give variety to the customers though the main thrust is on Southern cuisine.

Opened only for lunch and dinner, the place, in service for nearly three years now, is gradually finding favour among customers, which can be analysed from the occupied tables, though a five minute wait would get you space. Remember, eating is serious business here and no hanging around after it.

The restaurant also boasts of a fruit salad, not so great if you compare with that of sophisticated eateries but definitely yummy for just Rs. 50. Try out if you are not hyper about gaining calories.

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