Rentomojo- A New Way Of Living, A New Way Of Saving.

“In a land of ideas, you are always renting”- Steven Soderberg

And, mankind has always been well known for his fluency in choice reversals. The confidence with which, you procure a product starts to wane down the moment, you see something better. Ergo, in a world of choices it is hard to remain loyal to materialistic products until or unless they hold a deep emotional value.

About Rentomojo :

RentoMojo, India’s leading consumer leasing company, announced an exciting proposition of Rent-to-Own, where customers will now be able to rent till whatever time they want, return or own the products.

Founded in 2014 by Geetansh Bamania an IIT alumnus; RentoMojo started as a rental business, which then evolved as a fintech model where the customers can lease furniture, appliances and two-wheelers by paying an extremely affordable RMI (Rental Monthly Installment).

About The Bloggers Meet :

We congregated at the “Ramada” hotel, for the bloggers meet, where we were given an insight into the true machinery of Rentomojo. Rentomojo, doesn’t just let you rent but also does, give you the freedom of even buying the product if you feel so. With the new offering of ‘Rent-To-Own’ the customers will have a new way of ownership, where after paying some RMIs if the customer feels like buying the products, it can be done.

While we all are aware of the EMI concept, Rentomojo works on the basis of RMI concept. How is RMI better, you ask? The benefits of flexibility and non-commitment to the products, of course. You just have to take the products till the time you want and return when you don’t. An initial security deposit of 2 months of RMI is collected, which is refunded at the end of your rental period.

Geetansh, spoke to us about how it is a better option, when you rent out products and when you do not buy them. He spoke about some cons of product purchase vs product renting; like product depreciation, investing the same lumpsum amount into things that can give your money a growth or investing it in a hobby related option. He gave us an insight into the fact that, Rentomojo offers the option of any time rental – 3/6//12/24 months and henceforth, and if you plan to stop renting, there is no cancellation fees as well.

The facilities that Rentomojo is offering to it’s customers is really amazing, whereby its really a win-win situation for both.The other important benefits, that were discussed include free delivery and maintenance, swap of the products and much cheaper payouts monthly as compared to EMI.

Verdict :

I, certainly thought that, if you are a newly married couple, student, professional or a migrant to a new state, Rentomojo could be an answer to all your questions. They provide you with a flexible module where you have a trial run before investing in a product or if you are a person who loves changing home decor, as per the trends then this is your saviour.

Here are the reasons why you should try RentoMojo:

It saves you money as compared to buying it & incase, you like the product you may also buy it.

If your uncertainties get the better of you, you may always swap for another product.

Gives you flexible rental term benefit and they don’t charge cancellation fees.

Maintainance is given, whenever it is necessary.

No cancellation charges, if you cancel the agreement early.

Please click the link below, to understand more in depth about Rentomojo browse through their website link below:

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Shizusan Shophouse|Travelling Bao Festival | Phoenix Market City |

” The more you eat, the less flavour; the less you eat, the more flavour”- Chinese proverb

While baskets filled with little miniature masterpieces, fill the dwam before my sleep ; I slip into a state of trance and let the bygone moments, decide the menu of the day.

About Shizusan shophouse:

Shizusan, is an award winning South East Asian eatery, where the emphasis is, on food & drink that’s customarily found in eating houses across South East Asia. The concept is a prototype of the foregone era of 2-3 storey shophouses.

Ambiance & Decor :

The decor, transcends you back to a time of cultural exuberance. The wall art depicting whooping cranes standing in harmony & the ceiling bound & brimming with faux plants makes this just perfect, while i try to ignore the modern snippets of technology here and there ; it’s quite easy to think that you are in an actual ShopHouse.

The ambiance is very relaxed & is extremely soothing.

Hospitality:

A set of well groomed & helpful staff always makes you feel at ease about dining in at any place & Shizusan was successful in doing so, as well.

The Grub Story :

I, was here for “The Travelling Bao Festival”, which is a curated special menu dedicated to different kinds of Bao’s. Both vegetarian & non vegetarian options are available and are extremely delicious.

The Bao’s were immaculate and was almost like gulping little chewy bits of cloud. The Bao’s have a nice firm bite to it & are yet soft. Here are the different kinds of fillings that I savoured :

  • Geisha (₹155/-) : A deep flavourful pot of kukicha infused with rose petals, sesame, bamboo shoot, ginger & schishandra superberries. I, really must say that this was one of the most flavourful teas that I have had in Bangalore. Must try. The subtle berry tones coupled with the deep freshness of bamboo is just so refreshing & the best way to start your meal.

  • Hirata & Tofu Buns (₹275/- for 2 pcs): A crunchy BBQ tossed Tofu enclosed in a Bao with pickled cucumber & miso mayo. The tender yet smoky Tofu, melted against the knife. Flavours are subtle yet very pronounced.

  • Banh Bao Chay (₹275/- for 2 pcs) : The Vietnamese Bao, filled with wild mushrooms & glass noodles. The filling is imbibed with deep flavours & the umami flavour comes across.

  • Five Spiced Tofu (₹275/- for 2 pcs): The Tofu in both the Bao’s was just so tender and literally fell apart with no resistance. The five spiced Tofu was had faint hints of the spices.

  • Nai Wong (₹275/- for 2 pcs) : These were the Cantonese Custard Buns, just the perfect way to end your meal, which replaces the dessert actually. The custard within was well cooked & was just so lightly sweet. Must try again.

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Verdict : The Travelling Bao Festival, is certainly a light on the pocket opportunity to experience the different kinds of Bao’s from the Far East. An immersive experience to understand the cultural differences & similarities.

I, would certainly recommend trying the special Bao menu out, till it’s on.

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The Chef Post Calendar Launch-2018| Hilton Embassy GolfLinks

“Intelligence without ambition, is a bird without wings”- Salvador Dali

While the skies turned into a deep grey, withering at the periphery and welcoming the night, the venue started to come alive and breathe in an air filled with ambition.

About The Chef Post :

It is a unique e-publication, which stresses on the concept of not just dining in a restaurant, but in familiarisation of oneself with the fibre of the plateful of food that’s placed in front you. Yes, “The Chef Post”, is all about understanding the Chef, their stories, their visions and their definitions.

The Chef Post Calendar Launch -2018

We saw, the venue “Hilton, Embassy GolfLinks” come to life with the crème de la crème of the culinary community and food connoisseurs. The event started with “Mr. Shekhar Vijayan”, a very eloquent & articulate emcee, who got all of us smiling with his snippets and interactive sessions.

We then had Ms. Sneha Chandrashekhar, the co-founder & CEO, give us her insights about what was the idea behind “The Chef Post”. Her hard work and perseverance, in letting the unsung heroes of the kitchen claim their title had got her into the 2nd year of the successful venture.

Sneha Chandrashekhar along with Kannada Actress, “Radhika Chetan” & Live Talk Show Host “Vinay Bharadwaj”, unveiled ” The Chef Post Calendar 2018″, which features 12 chefs from top hotels for the 12 months of the year. All photographed by the talented fashion photographer”Lucky Malhotra”

The evening ended with some delicious canapés & dimsums, and of course with a few clicks of the camera.

A picture, with the powerhouse of ambition herself.. Ms. Sneha Chandrashekar.

Dhaba-Estd.1986 | Restaurant Review| Marathahalli|

“When baking, go by directions. When cooking, go by your own taste”-Laiko Bahrs

So, it really wasn’t a surprise when i immersed and imbibed myself in the meal put ahead of me. While my feet tapped to “Ankhiyon se Goli Mare”, my belly started adding girth, just because i couldn’t stop myself from taking that extra bite.

About Dhaba-Estd.1986 :

Dhaba, is your “I-want-some-hearty-punjabi-food ” kinda place. The place is filled with vibrancy and concentrates on simple and fulfilling punjabi dishes.

The restaurant is set up in a very “Dhaba” aka roadhouse kind of a way. They propagate the raw finesse of North Indian cuisine.

Ambiance & Decor :

The decor, is reminiscent of a Dhaba with loud and vibrant colour scheme. The pops of yellow and red and blue are ever so welcoming.

The ambiance just like the decor, is an amalgamation of peppy and buoyant.

Hospitality:

I’ve had my fair share of restaurant hopping everywhere and hospitality is something that makes or breaks the meal. I, found Dhaba to have an immaculate staff, that kept us accompanied with quick service and a helpful demeanour. Special mention to “Mr. Asit”, who was a great “serveur” indeed.

The Grub Story :

The beauty of this meal was the way it flowed from one course to another. They also, have the #SardiWedsPunjabiKhana winter menu on, which will run till the end of February.

Here’s what me and the mister had :

  • Gulabo Lassi : Certainly the kinda cooler you need to commence your appetite. Flavoured with delicious & gritty gulkhand, i adored this lassi.

  • Choti Glassiyan : A well thought assortment of their signature mocktails. Shikanji, Aam Panna, Ganne ka Ras, etc. This way, there is always something for someone.

  • Tandoori Bhune Aloo : The warmth of those tandoored baby potatoes, still lingers on my palate. What an excellent plate of spicy, sweet and starchy flavours. Highly recommended.

  • Mushroom Hara Pyaza : Mushrooms have always been my favourite and I love them more so, when they are tossed in masalas. This one was high on the hotness meter and had an explosive burst of mirchi. Not my kind, but certainly will please a spicy palate.

  • Dhaba Paneer Tikka : I kid you, not! This was one of the best Paneer Tikka’s I’ve had. Period. The succulent cubes of Paneer had the most amazing texture coupled with the spices that weren’t overpowering at all. Your fork, melted into the cube, no resistance from the Paneer. Bravo!

  • Tandoori Dhaba Raan: While the mister, dug into his plate of meat, the way his eyes lit up says a lot. According to him, the meat was just tender, falling off the bone. Marinated so beautifully that the spices penetrated and had been tenderised by an imam dasta. When asked, the maître d’ said the baby lamb leg was left to marinate overnight and given a double fry treatment. The non vegetarian soul, must try this.

  • Murgh Malai Tikka : Another, delicately spiced and well tandoored dish, which got a yes, from the mister.

  • Sarson ka Saag: There is never a time, that i do not crave some Sarson ka saag. I had to have it, as it was on the winter menu and trust me.. I was smiling ear to ear. The flavour profile was earthy with the pungency of garlic and the heartiness of the puréed leafy greens. Coupled with Makkai ki Roti, this was match made in the realms of the connoisseurs heaven.

  • Dilli ki Nihari : Light and unabashed. The Nihari was a hybrid of laal maas and Rarra gosht. Very surprisingly, it wasn’t a heavy goopy mess rather it was a light and went well with rotis. (as told by mister)

  • Matka Kulfi : Sprinkled generously with bits of pistachios and almonds, the kulfi was a perfect way to end the meal.

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Verdict : The food, really does do a good job and delivers to your expectations. The Dhaba Paneer Tikka was one of the best & I can vouch for it.

The menu is vast and has a carefully selected variation of dishes that personify a Dhaba. I, would definitely recommend.

Rating : 4/5

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The Terminus | Crowne Plaza | Bangalore |

If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax”- Christian Louboutin

“All that she wants is another baaaby!” crooned the lead singer of “Ace of Base”. I, was already digging the reggae vibes and the ambiance just sealed the deal.

About The Terminus :

The Terminus, is your lounge bar where you can unwind after a hectic day over some finger foods & conversations about “the next big thing”. They serve an array of fusion food and quick bites. The cuisine is continental and Indian.

Decor & Ambiance :

The Terminus, is very reminiscent of an old English Pub and in a very uncanny way reminiscent of an English house. The colour schemes are done in the deep tan and brightened up with splotches of colour, here and there. The ambiance is relaxed and very soothing.

They have incorporated the use of local artisanal toys from Channapatna as a part of their food presentation, thereby supporting these artisans.

Hospitality:

The staff are courteous, nimble and extremely efficient with their service. And that is what is, expected from them.

The Grub Story :

We had quite an array of dishes to relish and here is what, I sampled :

  • Nachos (₹350/-) : The crispy nachos were just perfect with tossed sweet corn, tomatoes, onion & cheddar melt. The cheddar was doused quite generously.
  • Chip ‘n’ Dip (₹350/-): I, still can’t get over this assortment. As simple as it sounds, I loved this so much. It had “Cajun Potato Wedges, Handcut Sweet Potato Chips & Tapioca Fritters with Chilli Aioli and Cream Cheese Dip”. Let me tell you, that this is a Must have! Highly recommended 👍🏻
  • Vada Bao (₹500/-) : A fusion of the Vada Pau, where the replaces the Pau with the steamed Bao. A good combination for sure, but as i have low tolerance for spicy foods, this wasn’t something I ate more than a few bites.

Hargow (₹450/-) : The translucent skin of the dumplings, revealed water chestnuts, asparagus and shiitake mushrooms. This was the highlight of the evening for me. Made so delicately with just the most subtle hints of garlic, I would totally recommend this to everyone. BBQ Cheese Steaks (₹550/-) : It’s another one of those, yes I wanna go on eating dishes. The cottage cheese was so soft and completely melt in the mouth, with sizzling on a hot plate drizzled with BBQ sauce. They had a beautiful stuffed pimento, that was filled with cheese. Another Recommended dish. Rose Petal Kulfi (₹425/-) : An apt way to end the rendezvous, was with a rose petal kulfi. The kulfi had very muted tones of rose and was a delight to gorge on, but i really think the pricing can be worked upon.Verdict : The place is a great for a quick rendezvous with friends or family. The food is as good as it can get. They try to offer you a fusion of cuisines without being over the top about it. I love the fact, that they are in the process of encouraging local artisans and their presentations are totally “Instagram worthy”. If you live or work in the vicinity, please do check the place out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Pabulum | Food Fest |IIHM | Bangalore |

“Talent can’t be taught, but it can be awakened”- Wallace Stegner

And, this is what the mentors, at I.I.H.M- Bangalore, believe in. They awaken the innate talents that, these students have stored within them. They sculpt and fashion them into perfect individuals, ready to take on the world. This morphing happens at all levels of their course. It was a pleasure to see, how well their mentors have done their job.

About Pabulum :

While “Pabulum”, literally means Food in the form of nourishment & intellect, we were treated to more than just food at this fest.

Pabulum, is a food festival hosted by “International Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore”, which encompasses the true essence of what these students are taught. This is a time when the students are allowed to take control over everything, under the keen eye & guidance of their mentors. They are assessed and asked to face the challenges that are involved whilst coordinating a fest. Ergo, their motto for the fest was, “Learning through Food Fests”.

Experience at Pabulum :

Pabulum, was a masquerade ball party which was held on the 15 December 2017. The fest was solely organised by the students themselves, from invitations to the props and decorations, every aspect of the fest was segregated to a team of students who were handling it, example the cultural team, the prop team, etc. The invites were personally delivered by the students as well. Therefore, making this a very personal fest.

The fest started with gigs done by the students. They had us singing to their tunes and tapping our feet to their dance moves as well. We were then escorted to the dinner buffet, the star of the evening.

The students had, with an exquisite segregated the cuisines into 6 stalls, namely “Greenland”, “Sicily”, “Madagascar”, “Thousand Islands”, “Lankan” & “Oceanic”. They had a dessert counter as well.

What caught my fancy was this beautiful edible sculpture kept near the “Greenland” stall made out of bread which depicted the few elements of Greenland, like the Whale’s tail.

My favourites were, “Pumpkin Soup, Pasta Salad, Eggplant Parmigiana, Vegetable Lasagna & Philadelphia Cheesecake”

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About I.I.H.M :

International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) came to existence in 1994 and is currently head by Dr.Suborno Bose.  The institute offers globally recognized International Degree in Hospitality Management.

IIHM is one of the largest Hotel School Chain in International Hospitality Management.  They currently have campuses at Kolkata, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and state of the art, IIHM at KBU Bangkok.

The college can boast itself of more than 3000+ Alumni network who are working in various leading hotels across the globe.Institute collaborates with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and University of West London UWL).

Organizer of World’s Biggest Culinary Heats “Young Chef Olympiad” with participation from over 50 Countries.

We were given a chance to have a one on one with Chef Kak and Ms. Shalini Charles, who gave us a briefing about the upcoming “Young Chef Olympiad 2018”.

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Verdict : The fest was a total success with about a grand footfall of 700 + people, to experience it.

My deepest gratitude to Ms. Shalini Charles & Ms. Elizabeth Moyon, for having me over at the fest. A big thank you to their family of students, for looking after all the guests so well. Special thank you to, Ms. Chinar Chaubal & Mr.Jay for being the perfect hosts for the evening.

Philips India|Healthy Cooking with Ranveer Brar| Bangalore |

Life is real, not ideal “- Heather Muzik

While, we live in a fast paced life filled with too many frivolous things to keep a tab on, we seldom forget what we really must be concentrating on. Food, isn’t just an element to calm your hunger. It’s an element to nourish your body. Quite a lot of us, very easily lend a deaf ear when it’s about healthy eating. Me included.

“Healthy food, is just way too much of work or it isn’t delicious enough”.. are the few excuses that you get to hear, when being reprimanded about not following a healthy food diet. Put those excuses aside, as “Philips India”, brings to you options & reasons to eat healthy. Their kitchen appliances, along with being aesthetically pleasing to look at, also play an important role on your path to healthy eating. Read on to know more.

About Healthy Cooking With Ranveer Brar :

Philips India, had their brand ambassador “Chef Ranveer Brar”‘along with cult.fit, Zumba Expert “Shwetambari Shetty” grace the occasion and impart some anecdotes & experiences from their lives about how being fit and healthy starts from your choice of food & the way it’s cooked.

Chef Ranveer Brar, emphasised the necessity of having smart home appliances & coupling it up with the right kind of food. He also spoke about the science behind the workings of a few of the Philips Kitchen Appliances, giving us an idea about how and why it’s better than our normal usual appliances.

Meanwhile, Shwetambari Shetty talked about how it’s important to eat healthy & be fit.

Chef Ranveer Brar, whipped up a few dishes such as, fried idli, white chocolate brownie, Chettinad Fish Fingers & Green Belt Juice using the Philips kitchen appliances on display. Like the Airfryer, Masticating Juicer, Hand Blender, Soup Maker, etc.

The event ended on a note, to make sure that all of us vow to do ourselves a favour and opt for the healthier side of things. We had the pleasure, to get our pictures taken with the celebs and have a one on one with them as well.

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Info about the Philips Kitchen Appliances :

New Airfryer (₹14995/-):

Power packed with Turbostar technology (HD9621): It is a versatile, revolutionary product, pioneered by Philips, powered with Rapid Air technology which makes great tasting fried, baked and grilled food with up to 80% less oil.

New Viva Collection Masticating Juicer (₹9990/-):

Steady, slow Juicing with maximum nutrition with this slow juicer, guarantees the release of the nutritional goodness from fruits, vegetables with up to 80% extraction, thus being a great slow juicer for leafy veggies.

Skola Toys| Bloggers Meet | Vivanta by Taj | Bangalore |

“Play is the highest form of research”- Albert Einstein

Standing by that very protocol, “Skola Toys” has integrated learning through playing in their toys. I was, privileged to be a part of the bloggers meet, that was held in “Vivanta by Taj” for all of us to understand the depth of thinking that was incorporated in the toys.

About Skola Toys :

Skola Toys is India’s first range of toys designed with learning at its core. Made for children between 2 years & 7 years, Skola Toys’ design principles have been scientifically backed by child psychologists, child experts & educationists including Montessori teachers. Founded by Mridula Shridhar, VK Manikandan & Nitish Agrawal, Skola Toys was set up to fill the void that existed in the Early Learning & Learning Toy category for intelligently designed toys. Skola Toys help children pick up crucial skills in areas like Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Social Science, Science, Cognition & Creativity.

What Material are the Skola Toys Made Up Of?

Skola Toys, are pure wooden toys which encourage children to play more. Children very easily differentiate between low quality & high quality material. They are also very attuned to accepting natural materials, like Jute, Wood, Stone, Clay,etc. Therefore, Skola Toys are natural and much appreciated by kids.

About Skola Toys Bloggers Meet :

We were seated in our respective places, with anticipation of what innovative strategies would be unfolding for us as parents to experience. The Meet had Parent Bloggers, Toy shop owners & School teachers congregate for the interactive session.

The topic of discussion was ” Touch vs. Touch & Feel” As we all know, technology has us in the deep throes of its clutches. We are in one way or the other reliant on it, for our lives to function. In this reliance, we also expose our young ones to it, thereby creating a generation of “techno geeks” and take for granted the cognitive functions of seeing, feeling & deciding for granted.

So, we were given little tasks, which had us engaged for sometime. Something as simple as “feeling the alphabets blindfolded and deciding which one it was”, “putting up a puzzle”, etc and boy! was it fun. The exercises that we did were a way, for us to realise how much more fun a physical activity is as compared to a “tap tap tap” activity.

Verdict : All in all, a very informative meet, by which it’s clear to me that, children don’t only need technology to help them grow and bloom their innate skills, but also the need of smart toys which help their skill set.

Baba Da Dhaba |Restaurant Review | Koramangala | Bangalore|

I have a great love for cuisine, so I’m always interested in local food, and there are so many interesting dishes, spices and ingredients in India. Romain Grosjean

Baba Da Dhaba, is all about mastering those spices & churning out an ambrosial dish, worth licking your fingers in joy. The concept of Dhaba or a local roadside noshery, has been incorporated into the restaurant’s aesthetics and that forms it’s USP as well. Dishes are kept simple, but are power packed with the yum quotient.

About Baba Da Dhaba :

BDD, as stated above is the amalgamation of a Dhaba and a restaurant in the middle of the hub of activity, in Koramangala. This is their newest and the 4th branch in Bangalore. Needless to say, that says a lot about their food being loved by the people. They believe in giving you an authentic experience which would make you relive your Dhaba experience. The cuisine is in true Punjabi nature, so expect a heavy hand of desi ghee & cream in your bowls of goodness.

Ambiance :

The place is cozy & also has an outdoor area for seating. The whole ambiance is fast food diner like, with bright colours & a chatty atmosphere. The outdoor area, is more of a “let’s talk some more” kinds.

Hospitality:

Very likeable and courteous staff, who are nimble on their feet. They don’t make you wait a lot and usually the wait time is the normal 15 minutes.

The Grub Story :

  • Masala Chaas (₹40/-) : A smooth coolant to prep your appetite or be the perfect accompaniment with your meal. Spiced just right.

  • Assorted Veg tikkis (₹195/-) : A starter well worth the wait, made with the choicest ingredients. It had beet root tikki , corn tikki and green pea tikki. The colours were as titillating as the flavour. My favourite was the beetroot tikki & the corn tikki with a dollop of beetroot chutney on the side.

  • Paneer Tikka (₹210/-) : The five pieces of creamily coated squares of cottage cheese and grilled to perfection, were just what I needed on a Sunday evening. Another one of my favourites from the menu.

  • Dal Makhani (₹160/-) : This is something you shouldn’t miss when you’re at BDD. The Dal Makhani is a beautiful consistency which coats the spoon, it’s smooth, buttery and lightly spiced. The Dal Makhani is made to simmer overnight for that perfect flavour. I’m reminiscing already.

  • Paneer Lababdar(₹240/-) : You need to be ambidextrous to enjoy this, just like how I was. The gravy is a thick & silky one garnished with cream. The paneer chunks are generous and the portion is very filling as well.
  • Punjabi Aloo Paratha (₹60/-) : A delectable filling of spicy Aloo Masala in the Paratha makes this just the perfect thing to eat, during the early evenings.

  • Phirni (₹90/-) : An Indian dessert, that every Indian loves indulging in. Made with ground rice & flavoured with saffron & nuts, the Phirni here was just delicious.

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Verdict : The place is very high on the VFM meter and the dishes have a lot of authenticity in them. The usage of desi ghee is prevalent to impart a very rustic yet fulfilling feel to your meal. They have a lot of vegetarian options as well.

A well deserved 4 star for them.

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