I needed to get a haircut and since Alephs office is on the way I picked him up for a quick lunch at Cha Bar. This place always impresses me. They have, to the best of my knowledge, never had an off day and the consistency in quality of their food & drink is remarkable. (which is sourced from the Park.Hotel)
We both had a ham and cheese sandwich, grilled and on brown bread, (it was very, very good. Good quality ham which was paired with a very good cheese. Only drawbacks, when they say a ham & cheese sandwich, it’s just that. No mustard or any other condiments cohabit the innards. That and it was white bread. All the same, it is excellent.) a portion of fries, (best fries in town. Better than McD’s, KFC or anything else Bangalore has to offer.) while I had an iced-tea (not bad but Koshys the place to beat. They have the best iced-tea in the world, bar none. You agree? No?) and Aleph had a Chinese green tea that he said was good. (though unlike Infinitea they refuse to sell you any. Which might be a good thing, the last bag of tea at Infinitea cost me Rs. 600 per 100gms. Think about it, Rs. 6000 per kg of white tea which is actually hot water not tea!) We pretended to share a blueberry muffin for dessert but in reality, I ate it all. (the muffin used to be outstanding. It has now regressed to masquerading as a cup-cake with blueberry jam/preserve. Still, it does have them berries that I so love!)
Other good picks, their quiche, Kashmiri kawha and soy grilled chicken salad.
An excellent place for a working lunch or a quick bite or a cup of tea or to catch up with friends. Pity about the bookshop though, it’s an abomination.