Uncle Sam, desi way
Takatak: scrumptious food and fast service. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
EVEN THE business of serving food can't afford to go slow in a fast-track world. Entrepreneurs and marketing heads are fast discovering this and pacing up things on the food line. This explains the mushrooming of eateries serving burgers, rolls, and so on. But many of them are too western to suit the Indian palate.
Sensing this lacuna, Baljee Hotels has launched a new chain, Takatak. Somewhat similar to a MacDonald's outlet, the eatery in Indiranagar offers a variety more suited for the Indian taste buds succulent rolls are a special attraction here.
The entrance to this takeaway outlet greets you with cheeky slogans such as "Burgers Bhool Jao" and "Chinese Ki Chutti". The menu displayed on the wall look inviting enough, especially because of their reasonable prices.
Says Shekhar Bhargava, Vice President Development, Baljee Hotels: "The objective is to provide a fast, tasty meal for the price of a coffee." The competition, clearly, is not just against fast food joints, but also against the popular coffee houses in the neighbourhood.
This explains why you can help yourself to a combo meal of chicken makhani roll, chilli fries, and a Pepsi for Rs. 85 or a chicken biryani, chilli fries, and a Pepsi for Rs. 90 here. Instead of chicken makhani roll, you can opt for a mutton pepper roll or a chicken haryali roll. If you are a veggie, you could order a subzi chilli seekh roll or a paneer jalfrezi. You could also order the rolls separately, sans chips and aerated drinks.
Takatak offers a choice of mouthwatering kababs, including chicken anarkali, garden kadak, mutton kadak, or paneer takatak. Samosas have found a new shape here, as moneybags, and are aptly called loot takatak!
The speed apart, what does the food taste like here? Scrumptious. Unlike the usual rolls, which are served with dry kabab fillings, these rolls come with generous amounts of gravy inside them, just enough to add flavour, without making them soggy. A chicken makhani roll comes with a mouth-watering combination of chicken pieces cooked in gravy and rolled into a paratha. The chilli chicken roll, made in Chinese style, is a bit too spicy. As for the chilli fries, they literally melt in the mouth. Contrary to what the name suggests, they are far from spicy.
The biryani here is a league of its own. The ingredients are put in a matka, sealed with flour, and cooked in an oven. Dum biryani is served with the seal intact and the flavours locked in. The flavouring agent and spices are brought from Lucknow to ensure authenticity and best results.
To ensure that veggies don't have a problem eating here, separate stoves and pans are used for vegetarian and non-vegetarian cooking. Another aspect that will find favour with the finicky is that the kitchen is in full view of customers, who can see how exactly a meal is cooked. The only problem at this eatery is that finding a parking space proves difficult on an average day.
The joint is open everyday from noon to midnight. Another Takatak outlet will be soon be opened at B.T.M. Layout.
Takatak, opposite Fab Mall Supermarket, can be contacted on 56715566.
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