Thanks to the name Pappu and its household popularity for this Pappu Chaiwala restaurant at St Marks Road in Bangalore attracts every passerby. Every eyes that stares down to this building would wish to go there for that Pappu ka chai.
Pappu Chaiwala is more than Chaiwala
Well Pappu Chaiwala is not only a Chai Ka Dukan but a full fledged restaurant serving select meals and is popular among the regulars for their lunch. The restaurant isn’t that big but can accommodate 30 or more guests.
We knew the Pappu Chaiwala in Bangalore’s St. Marks road was more than a Chai shop and it was evident from the sight of people having their lunch there (we saw during the lunch hours).
Pappu Chaiwala is a corner building
Last week we decided to get down the stairs and check out the menu there. The restaurant is a corner building open on two sides. There are two types of seating arrangements, one that of typical roadside Dhaba and other being a regular seats. We were not comfortable with the bamboo chairs or the cot as it made our formal dress go awry and so we opted for the regular table.
Not for Vegans
There is a clear board outside with the menu listing that clearly indicates non-vegetarian food is served here. I saw one customer entering the restaurant and leaving immediately as she was a vegan. Hope you are getting the message.
The staffs were friendly and eager to take orders and serve. We had planned for roti and some curry but they suggested hot Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani. We could not resist placed the order.
My poor joke
The chicken biryani come in 10 minutes and I took photographs of it hurriedly. My colleagues were wondering why I was doing that or if I was addicted to Facebook and Twitter sharing everything I was doing.
I had to tell them, “earlier days we used to pray and eat, now we take pictures and eat”. They did acknowledge my joke. Did they? Unlike Twitter and FB, blogging isn’t popular among us yet.
Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani
They Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani was prepared with Basmati rice or rather long grain in a typical Hyderabadi style. It came with generous amount of chicken in it and an egg cut into two halves. They served the biryani with raita and no gravy. However, our request for gravy was honoured without hesitation.
Kumar Naidu Score for Chicken Dum Biryani
The Kumar Naidu score for the Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani will be 5/10 and I am giving half of the full score because I know how tasty a biryani of this kind can be made and of course with the original basmati rice that gives out beautiful aroma. (The chicken biryani costs Rs. 180 here)