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Your kids will love it

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Spitfire Grill: also ideal for working professionals looking for a decently priced bite.

SPITFIRE GRILL is small and functional, with its minimalist dιcor made up for only by its brightly coloured walls: in orange and yellow. Its functionality has a definite purpose: to keep prices down. Billed as a family restaurant, Spitfire Grill has a little play area for kids, announced by kitschy stuffed toys and furry animals hanging over the banister. The other qualification to being recognised as a family restaurant is to have food for everyone and so although it calls itself a Continental restaurant and serves sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, shakes, and soups; even the mandatory Chinese is dished out "since the kids love it" says the owner.

The prices, and its location right next to the petrol pump on Residency Road, make it an ideal restaurant for working professionals looking for a quick and reasonably priced bite. Foreigners seem to have taken to the restaurant as well, probably drawn by the menu listing risotto and gnocchi, and of course the in-house favourites and Chef Richard's specialities: honey-glazed beef steak and lemon grass double breast chicken.

Carnivore's delight

It's the non-vegetarian food that Spitfire Grill really prides itself on, so although they do have pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches priced below Rs. 100, it's the non-vegetarian grills that are the most popular. But there was enough on the menu to keep even a diehard veggie like me overwhelmed with choice. We were recommended a Mediterranean vegetarian salad — fruits and vegetables tossed together in a light gravy, creating a slightly sweet-tasting salad.

My main course was Spitfire Grill; grilled cottage cheese stuffed with spinach and sesame seed, served with apple chutney. Sounds exciting, but the highpoint came and went, with the presentation. Spitfire obviously takes some time over first impressions; the grill was square-shaped and decorated with chutney on all four sides, the top of the dish bursting with promises of unknown delicacies within. But the inside was mostly cottage cheese with a scattering of veggies, making for a slightly monotonous dish, rendering their asset — large portions — somewhat pointless.

The Chilli Con Veg Rosti; vegetables amidst two rosti sheets served with cream cheese sauce was more exciting. It won't be the one dish you'll talk about for years to come, but the spices and the rosti create a lively combination. Chef Richard says none of the dishes have been Indianised to suit the local palate, but if customers request that a dish be made more spicy, he will oblige.

Also for veggies

Spitfire Grill is obviously better visited by the diehard carnivore, but a vegetarian with a low budget might not do too badly either; don't be adventurous and stay with the tried and tested, we recommend. And even if you are disappointed, you wouldn't have paid too much for the adventure.

Call 25580981 for reservations.

H.G.

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