2005-01-15

Gangotree - Church Street, Bangalore

Update: The restaurant has either closed down or moved to a different location

5 of us visited Gangotree on Church street today.

Tahir and I had been there earlier and tried out the Rasgulla chaat, which was quite good. We took some other guys there today to try more dishes.

Now Bangalore isn't known for good chaat, so when one finds a good chaat place, one must put it to the test.

Our aim was to try out the Jalebi chaat, that they serve only on Saturdays and Sundays, however they were out of it, as were they of Chinese golgappas. We decided to try out many other dishes.

Rasgolla chaat, papdi chaat, bread chaat, chola batura (why?), chinese bhel, aloo tiki chaat and finally, our own invention, laddu chaat.

The chinese bhel was absolutely amazing. The aloo tiki chaat (raghda pattice) totally sucked. The laddu chaat wasn't too bad, though since the laddu doesn't absorb liquid like the rasgolla does, it didn't work out quite right.

They have okay pani puri. I still prefer Karachi Sweets.

Blues rates it:
Food - Chaaty
Service - Not bad, the boy is easily confused though
Price - Ok, a tad high
Decor - Nothing
Overall - Good snack place

Recommendation - Go there for the chaat, on a weekend, you might also find some interesting social activity around the place.

Getting there:

Go down Brigade Road from the MG Road side, and take the first right onto Church Street. Keep on till you get to Barton Centre. It's right after that.

9 Comments:

Blogger solzaire said...

Hey, being the discerning eater you are, what, in your opinion, is the difference between chaat in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore?
(I assume you have eaten chaat in Delhi, though I haven't done so in Bangalore.)
The Delhi chaat is spicier and the potatoes (usually the main ingredient) are hot and fried; goes with the weather I suppose. Mumbai chaat tends to be more laid back. The difference is starker with Bhel. Bhel in Mumbai is similar across joints(very wet), but vastly different to say Delhi or Pune(very dry). Surprising since all chaat makers come from the same northern state :)

There is a similar experimental chaat joint in Pune on Fergusson road called Manmeet Chaat though I have been there only once.

This workshop on Mumbai food sounds interesting though I am not sure I will be able to make it. Might interest you though you probably aren't around.
http://www.ryze.com/ed.a?eid=17182

5:33 pm  
Blogger _eddd said...

solizaire: heard of man-meet, passed by it a million times. thought it was a normal chaat place.

will try asap.

10:00 am  
Blogger Blues said...

I've never had chaat in Delhi, or at least I don't remember, since if I had, it would have been 20 years ago.

Bangalore and Mumbai differ a lot. Mumbai's chaat is more tangy, while Bangalore's tastes more like channa masala. There is no real raghda pattice in Bangalore, they use chola instead.

11:00 am  
Blogger solzaire said...

Another thing - picking up an old conversation - what else would you like to see at http://www.sigfood.org ?

Your rating system will be picked up as it is :) Would you prefer blogger etc. or some CMS like the one currently running and evolving? This should make food/drink related collaboration really possible. Hosting is on a good internet line on a friend's machine running drupal. It has support for blogs/forums though it would be too much to ask people (you included) to move. Maybe someone can syndicate.

11:46 am  
Blogger Blues said...

Whatever it is, must support categories. We'll need to build directories for easy navigation.

12:05 pm  
Blogger Blues said...

Also, I won't move, but I can publish to both locations, like I do now with livejournal

12:06 pm  
Blogger solzaire said...

Makes sense - moving is impractical to even ask for.

And man, I am impressed with drupal's category support. The skeleton up right now too has hierarchies, multi-labelling, related categories - the works. The organization is going to be non-trivial. Take a look at the category browser link on the left - a rudimentary forest is up and working. All links are clickable on the main page.

4:00 pm  
Blogger Blues said...

Hey, give me an account there

8:42 pm  
Blogger raj said...

Gangotree has moved to KORAMANGALA and Has its presence in Hgh point bangalore Central shopping mall Gopalan mall on mysore road ... so Gangotree is EXPANDING and not closing...

5:57 pm  

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