There is much joy in opening the mind and the mouth to the worlds that lie within books. What if we told you that apart from feeding your intellect, you could also silence the rumble in your tummy each time you read a detailed and evocative description of food in a narrative? If you’ve ever wanted to step into the shoes of your favourite fictional character by recreating their favourite dishes, the path is simple. Just allow these amazing eateries in your city to pull you down the rabbit hole and into a gastronomical wonderland:
A Mad Tea Party à la Alice in Wonderland at Tea Brew, Indiranagar: If your mind is riddled with puzzles that are more confusing than the Hatter’s, head here to have a tea bash (even madder than Alice’s legendary one) with your friends and watch time freeze at 6:00 while you chill out with their many brew varieties.
Take it further: Keep switching seats with your friends and come up with quirky answers to the famous conundrum.
Turkish Delight, please, your majesty, at KC Das: Ever wondered what magic lay in this sugary dessert to make C.S. Lewis’s Edmund betray his siblings so easily? You don’t have to make a trip to Istanbul or step into a wardrobe to solve the mystery. This Bengali sweet shop has got your back.
Take it further: Place the sweet in a round box with a green ribbon and eat it on an evil witch’s lap while telling her all of your brother’s secrets.
Memorable Madeleines at Amandé Pattiserie, Lavelle Road: Whence did it come? What did it mean? How could you seize and apprehend it? Let your taste buds evoke involuntary remembrances of things past by sampling the tea cake that Proust’s pen transformed into literature’s most memorable food metaphor at the equally unforgettable Amandé Pattiserie at Lavelle Road. Preferably with tea.
Take it further: Write a seven volume long review of the dish, filled with details about your Aunt’s chai.
On the (100 ft.) Road that leads to Apple Pie and Ice-Cream: When Kerouac, who was the literary driver of the book that inspired scores of cross country road trips, needed a pit stop or two to refuel and replenish, he turned to the most comforting of all comfort foods for nourishment: The humble apple pie paired with ice cream. The folks at Toit, Indiranagar, can’t promise you the pretty girls of Des Moines to go along with the dish, but they sure can guarantee the same culinary richness that the Beat generation fed off.
Take it Further: Drive to Toit via the longest, most scenic route. Roll your windows down, blast some Jazz and mourn about Dean Moriarty on a single scroll of paper.
Ahab a whalesome meal of Clam Chowder in the style of Moby Dick at Delicatessen: Slurp on this brothy dish, which is so delicious that Melville dedicated an entire chapter in his epic novel to describing its otherworldly comfort to the starving seafarers. If this Marathahalli eatery doesn’t satisfy all your seafood cravings, you can Call Me Ishmael.
Take it further: Eat it on a cold morning while plotting vengeance on the pigeon that pooped on you that one time.
How to get there:
Where: Tea Brew, 172, 2nd Cross Road, Indiranagar Double Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9538612243
Timings: Mon to Fri – 11 AM to 10:30 PM | Sat & Sun – 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Cost: ₹500 for two people
Where: KC Das, 2, 2nd Stage, CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore + 15 locations
Timings:– All day – 10 am to 10:30 PM
Cost: ₹100 for two people
Where: Amande Patisserie, 2nd Floor, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Lavelle Road, Bangalore | 115, 4th Main, 4th Stage, Thyagarajanagar, Near, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Contact: Lavelle Road: 080 40981668 ,+91 9036061734 | Basavanagudi: 080 26761080, +91 9036061734
Timings: Lavelle Road: All Days – 10 AM to 10 PM | Basavanagudi: Mon to Sat – 9 AM to 5:30 PM, Sun closed.
Cost: ₹300 for two people
Where: Toit, 298, Namma Metro Pillar 62, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9019713388 | +91 9019813388
Timings: Mon – Thu & Sun – 12 Noon to 11:30 PM | Fri – Sat – 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹2,000 for two people with alcohol (VAT & service charges extra)
Where: Delicatessen, Level One, Star Extra Mall, Kundanahalli Gate, Above Corner House Ice-cream Marathahalli, Marathahalli, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49653113
Timings: All Days 10 AM to 10:30 PM
Cost: ₹650 for two people – VAT & service charges extra