I'd always wondered - outside those elegant albeit expensive restaurants which often sweep the awards given out by local dining out guides such as The Times of India's Food Guide, and also the trendy, chic or higher-priced eateries popular with expats and foreign visitors to Bangalore, where do local middle-class Bangaloreans (e.g. families, working folks) dine at, if they wanted some place slightly more elaborate than a streetside eatery. In short, if I'm a Bangalorean and just wanted to go out for a few drinks and to catch a bite with me work-mates, where would I go? To answer my question, my local Bangalorean colleague brought me this place: Ohri's Silver Metro, located on the top floor of a busy little mall in bustling Madivala.
Ohri's operated a chain of restaurants in Bangalore & Hyderabad, offering "multi-cuisine" (i.e. different regional Indian) dishes - ranging from vegetarian curries, tandoori chicken, chaats, to Desi-Indian staples like Manchurian chicken.
At the top floor of Total Mall, Ohri's ran 2 diferent theme-designed eating outlets: Serengeti - which was like a cheap incarnation of Rainforest Cafe (though the animals here were *not* animatronically-enabled, but looked rather like badly-shaped sculptures) offering an a la carte menu; and the vastly more popular Silver Metro, where the decor replicated subway metro stations and trains, and where its buffet tables gave new meaning to the term "gravy train".
We opted for the more lively Silver Metro naturally (Serengeti was absolutely empty at 8.00pm, not a good sign). I must admit that the drinks (my cocktail was "Sex on Cubbon Stop", don't ask) and ambience was not too bad, but the buffet, which consisted of the usual suspects (various curried vegetables & lentils like dhal makhani, tandoori chicken, Nepalese momo-like steamed chicken and vegetable dumplings, briyanis, etc.) was pretty predictable.
I liked the two types of chaats on offer: "Dahi Poori" (little hollow poori puffs flled with chopped onions, beans, sev noodles, slathered with tamarind & yoghurt) and "Bhel Poori" (same ingredients, but the crisps were all crushed and mixed together with other ingredients into a crunchy, sweet-sour "salad" of sorts.
For me, it's an interesting introduction to a typical popular-with-local-Bangaloreans eating spot.
Ohri's Silver Metro
Total Mall, Level 3
Tel: +91-40003333, +91-9731558303, or +91-9731551800