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Snack healthy or make a meal of it
Sagareeka Sham | TNN
There is a steady café culture growing in Bangalore with a mixed population that's trickled in from other states and even other countries. Among them are working youngsters whose busy lives lead them to snack bars after a hard day's work.
Catering to this crowd whose staple food is pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, sandwiches, coffee and the like is a café that hardly catches one's eye. Café Mamma Mia offers tasty treats for the casual teen, on-the-go office-goer, a family looking to experiment and to those who just stroll in, and calls itself a vegetarian cafe.
Don't be deceived that the food here is just enough for an evening snack. The choice of breads available for sandwiches, like regular, multi-grain, whole wheat flour, and especially wheat varieties, leave one full. Along with a smoothie, it’s a wholesome choice for an evening meal or even a noon filler. At Rs 80, you can tickle your taste buds with Good Old Grandma's Sandwich, Jack & The Beanstalk, Mushroom Mania, Body Booster and Aphrodisiac, to name a few. There's also a mega bite for those who are really hungry.
Smoothies are as healthy as they come, served with real fruit, sans sugar, water or ice, in a price range of Rs 50-75. Very Berry and Strawberry smoothies are good choices for those who want something a little tangy. Groovy Green (with spinach, apple and banana) won't put you off as it has spinach, but is tasty enough and leaves a good feeling of snacking healthy.
There are more sweet treats in the form of ice-creams, ice-cream floats, pastries and slushies, which come as single-flavoured or multi-flavoured. "On a regular basis, we keep rotating things on the menu, especially the pastries,'' says Jyothi Bhat, who runs the place with her father BS Bhat. She adds, "We do this to keep the menu interesting and have many choices for our customers.''
The pizzas and pastas, priced at Rs 100-150, come with a mix of tastes and toppings for Indian taste buds or those who want some European vegetables on their plate. One can enrich the order with fries and rolls. A surprise on the menu is vada pav, the 'Indian burger', among everything else Western. Also, there are thirst quenchers like fruit juices, iced tea, regular and flavoured teas and coffees. A café mocha costs Rs 50, while juices and teas can be got at Rs 30-55.
There's a homely feel to the place with a few tables and an open kitchen that's visible if you just crane your neck. “It's almost like eating at home, there isn't too much noise and I can see how my food is being prepared. The big plus is that I can eat what I love and it's easy on my wallet,” says Liyaa Suri, a regular here. Very aptly, the place calls itself Mamma Mia! (My Mother in Italian).
Café Mamma Mia
73, between Shankar Mutt & Chord Road Hospital, Basaveshwaranagar Ph: 080-23227617 Meal for two: Rs 250-350
6 Home cafes in Bangalore
It gives the customer a 100% satisfaction along with the choice of shopping for fresh products like cakes and breads in several options. Don’t let the simplicity of the home café fool you, the food they offer is exotic, fresh and scrumptious.
Where: No. 73, Sidhdhaiah Puranik Road, Basaveshwaranagar Bangalore
What to try: Spinach Lasagna, Pav Bhaji Pizza and the garlic bread platter are a must try
Meal for two: Rs. 450 approximately