The cover story of the latest Outlook was on the rise in availability of regional food across India. It's a pretty decent read and hints of a slow demise in the “Tandoori, Mughalai, Chinese” variety of restaurants that coincides with a rise of niche eateries specializing in Bengali, Chettinad, Kerala etc. cuisines. On the whole, I'd agree with the trend they identify and welcome it. Too long have we put up with inauthentic garbage served simply for lack of choice.
My only grouse with the article was the list of eateries they have chosen for Bangalore. Apparently these symbolize this new culinary movement sweeping across the nation. For better or worse, here is the Bangalore list and my comments.
Unicorn on Infantry Road for Konkani food. This is, after all, an upmarket branch of Fishland in Gandhinagar. The food at Fishland is fresher, tastier, cheaper and has more attitude and charm than the sterile and aseptic interiors that Unicorn offers. Once again, were cushioned seats a prerequisite?
Halli Mane in Malleswaram. Never been there but heard good things about it from Dilettante.
Any opinions on the restaurants listed for other cities?