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Pan | Oct 5, 2001 12:35 AM

It looks like I never posted about my latest trip to Banjara, within the last week and a half. I had a very good meal there. In fact, it was where I broke my Yom Kippur fast (all right, yeah, I know it's not kosher; let's not get into that :-).

I ordered the Goan chicken dish for my main. I asked the waiter whether it was spicy, and he said it was mildly spicy. So I asked whether it could be made - he broke in and said "mild?" "No," I said "Could it be made VERY spicy?" At that point, the waiter's eyes lit up and he assured me it could. Goa is known for its firey dishes, and I have absolutely no doubt that "very spicy" is authentic. I have no way of knowing whether my request for a high degree of spiciness was also why the mulligatawny soup I ordered was also solidly spicy, but it was certainly a tasty rendition, and the Goan chicken, with shredded coconut, was made to my liking, with several whole dried peppers in the sauce. It was rich and tasty. Even for a break-fast, that was too much food for me to eat (counting the papadams with sambhar and the aloo parathas that I ordered). Anyway, I was given a free ice cream, a curious flavor which seemed like powdered ginger plus some crystallized ginger on a vanilla base; I didn't eat much of it.

The upshot, though, is that in two trips, I have found Banjara's food very rich and perhaps risky on that basis (I was up all night, but that could well have been because I had eaten too much and fasted for 25 hours prior to that), but very tasty. The room is quite pleasant, as well. Chalk a thumbs up from me.

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