Thursday, January 24, 2008


Why yes, yes they do serve everything from buckets at MTR!
While in Bangalore everyone simply must visit MTR, the Mavalli Tiffin Room. This place isn't fancy, but the food is awesome, and you will simply wait for hours on a busy Sunday to eat there, but let me tell you, it will be worth the wait. It'll cost you just rs 80 to dine on this 15 course feast, that's about $2.00, and I don't know about you, but I cannot finish 15 courses. I think I quit at number 8 or 9.
The Mavalli Tiffin Room ok wait, nobody calls it that...MTR was started in 1924 and have lived up to their reputation for good tasting, healthy and clean food. In fact, they are so proud of their reputation for cleanliness that the entrance to the restaurant used to be right through the kitchen! I suppose that local restaurant health regulations put an end to that, but my goodness, this is India...a restaurant with health regulations? I'm so eating there!
The food is simple, typical South Indian deliciousness such as yellow dahl, chapati, semolina, murg makani, veg pulao.....obviously I don't even know the names of all 15 courses! At the end, apples and pears in their own sauce with a tiny adorable scoop of the most yummy vanilla ice cream on top! This we were served as we tried to duck out the back stairs guessed it, the kitchen! Meeting us halfway up the stairs came the waiters with trays of that teeny ice cream and insisted we at least take course #15! But of course, who are we to refuse?
Then out through the kitchen we went, all senses happily fed.
If you want to know more about MTR, you can, because by golly, even Wikipedia knows about MTR!
And now so does Mr Ratburn!
Get out of the way, betas, somebody is in Bangalore, and boy is he hungry! So while Mr Ratburn is busy eating, I will just get to know my pals here that I have met in Lal Bagh Park! They are all 15 years old and in the 10th standard. Most of these lovely kids were taller than me and made sure that I knew it! Indian teenagers are so interested in people from other countries, so we had a lot of fun chatting with these awesome kids!

Happy HNT Everyone!


barman said...

15 courses? No way. I once went to Canada and had a Turkish feast. I think it was about 8 courses and let me tell you, I was more than a little uncomfortable with how full I was. How could one do 15 courses? You know, other than Mr Ratburn using utensils, that so reminds me of a dinner I had at an Ethiopian restaurant once.

Oh by the way the two restaurants are unusual for me. I normally am much more boring.

Oh and funny, the boys kind of look like they could be from the United States somewhere but the girls look so different in the way they dress.

Very nice pictures and great HNT.

T - Another Geek Girl said...

Now that is a feast indeed.
Are we going to have to roll you home?


LushlyMe said...

I am totally jealous. The PK always said he would take me to India when he was going for work...which never happened. sigh.


Mina Lamieux said...

and a very happy hnt to you

G-Man said...

You are sooo Beautiful Susie..What a smile!!

Zoely said...

you are so worldly. and cute as a darn button. Love ya, love ya, love ya!!! Also very envious! HHNT!

Mona said...

wow! MTR is my favorite too!

You look great Susie! It is nice watching you having so much fun!


Lapis Ruber said...

That looks to be a very happy time you are having. Happy HNT

SignGurl said...

Wow! That's a lot of food!!

You and Mr. R are too cute for words. I love how excited the kids were to talk to you.

Happy Half Nekkid Thursday!!

lime said...

mmmmm, sounds like many yummies there. and those girls are just lovely aren't they?

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Mark Leslie said...

15 delicious courses! Sounds delightful (not sure if I'd be able to get through even 8 or 9 of them though) - Glad to continue reading about the fun and adventures you're having. Happy HNT!

tkkerouac said...

Looks like a great feast, Happy HNT, Very colorful post!

BTExpress said...

That's a lot of food, but I guess it's low calorie and low fat, since everyone in the pictures is thin. I'd love to pig out like that and stay thin like that.

Happy HNT!

Polt said...

I dont know what any of the food is you mentioned, but it looks like the guy serving it is kinda cute, so if all the waiters are that, then I'm there! :)


Bunny said...

These are great pics! It looks like India was really a lot of fun.


San said...

Why is it when I visit your blog you're talking about delicious food and making me salivate?

Great pictures too.

G-Man said...

As always whenever you are near...I'm Up!!!! is my 55!