There are times you want to try many different foods on a restaurant menu. But you desist because you can’t finish all and it may be expensive.
You can try it all now – through customised platters. Join this foodie group, Namma Bengaluru Foodies, started by Vijay Prasad and his wife Ronita.
This is how they work. They announce a food trail – say, one in which you can try different biriyanis or dosas – and anyone interested can sign up for it. Then, they go to a suitable restaurant and after discussion with the management, arrange a platter of all the interesting biryanis or dosas on their menu. They then divide the cost between attendees. This way, everyone gets to have a little of everything.
This week, they are arranging an Assamese Meaty Madness trail. This one is particularly for the non-vegetarians. The menu includes egg fried rice, mutton curry with potato, fish patotiya, boiled pork, fried duck, green herb fry, kheer and a mocktail. The dinner will be today at 7 pm. It is priced at `1,500 per head. They have a tie-up with InstaMojo, a payment gateway. “We began this foodie outing in Delhi and we started in this city four or five months ago,” says Vijay Prasad. “We began with a closely knit group of friends and now it has become a community. People sign up through Facebook and strangers are friends now,” he says. In Bengaluru, it began with a group of cycling enthusiasts.
“This not a business,” he says. Vijay Prasad runs a travel company and his wife an entertainment company. “This is done out of a passion for food, and we are really not looking to make any profit.”
The NBF team has done varied trails from food served at durga pandals and military canteens to vegetarian food and biriyanis.
“We had done one with bizarre food,” says Vijay Prasad. “Karnataka is famous for it.” Bizarre food is essentially the ones that not many people order for a meal – head, brain, blood, etc. There are about 180 to 200 people on the group and on an average every outing has 10 to 30 people. The best trail they have done so far was on Mosque Road, says Vijay Prasad. “Anyday, it is the best trail for any one who is non-vegetarian.” — Express Features