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South Indian Continental in the Sub Continent

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India is a sub-continent. So I guess, we can also have continental food that is Indian. Why not? At least the chef at Broken Bridge Cafe seems to think so. While a lot of others have thought so too, few have pulled it off. Fusion can go horribly wrong, especially if the chef who created it is not always around to oversee it. At Broken Bridge Cafe, the menu, which really has no cuisine to it, has been crafted intelligently and executed perfectly.

The interiors are refreshing. While the mini green and garden themes are in, in the restaurant design world, BBC has already incorporated it and it is indeed pleasing to the eye. The menu is on the lines of small plate-large plate style that works well for a restaurant like this with no real cuisine.

Thayir Sadam Fritters. WTF is that? While I could envision how a Spinach Taco with Chukka would be, my brain had no clue with the Thayir Sadam fritters. Crispy on the outside and actual thayir sadam (curd rice) inside. That's all there is to it. Actually curd rice with pickle inside the crisp casing. How? I wouldn't know. A brand new avatar for the humble thayir sadam + pickle.

The spinach taco with mutton chukka wasn't what I had imagined. It wasn't some fusion involving taco and Indian food, but our very own keera poori with mutton chukka. But perfectly done. The poori's weren't greasy, the lamb was the pull-apart type and the combination is a match made in heaven. If you believe idly was meant to be forever with chicken gravy and not the sambar, you will have the same feelings for the poori. It was never meant to be happily-everafter with the potato! Or should we say that the mutton chukka has broken up a happily married couple!

The two drinks that we got, the buttermilk rasam and the paan lassi were both excellent to wash down the food. They both did full justice to their names with flavours intact.

And then the crab cakes. Crumbed crab cakes, but these should be called jumbo crab cakes. 3 of these  per portion isn't  a small plate. Crispy crumbs with soft, flavourful crab meat packed inside with a beautiful sauce tying the dish together, these are nice (and huge) crab cakes. We had also gotten a Blue Cheese and Onion naan. The right amount of blue cheese and just the perfect sweetness from the fermentation, this is a well thought out fusion dish. All of this left no space for the Coconut Chicken Burger that we ordered. We took it away and it didn't make any impressions at home.

The chicken burger can think what it wants, but of course, there was space for dessert. A Nutella pudding with Maltova crumble.

Despite all the monkeying around with the menu, BBC stays true to the flavours and like its name, the broken bridge which has taken Chennai's charm to the world via movies, this cafe could take the city via its food. I hope it stays this way.

Broken Bridge Cafe is the new outlet at Somerset, MRC Nagar. All of this cost us about Rs. 2700 (AI) and because it is inside a hotel, I guess the 5% GST didn't kick in and we had to pay a full 18%.




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