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Unforgettable meal at TAJ

September 19, 2017

This incident took place in 1996. I had been to Delhi to visit my friend Anshu and he came back with me to Bangalore. Out of his one week stay in Bangalore, one day was spent watching cricket match; another day was the New Years Eve. The remaining five days, we watched 5 movies in 5 different theatres across Bangalore. There were no multiplexes in Bangalore at that time.

It was beyond midnight when had come out of the theatre after watching a second show movie. Both of us were quite hungry but unfortunately there weren’t any restaurants open at that time. Finding food at home was not an option as I had told my mother not to expect us for dinner.

Anshu had the brilliant idea of going to TAJ as there is a coffee shop in that hotel which is open for 24 hours!!! I was confused to say the least as we had exhausted all our money and did not have money tmore than Rs. 100 between us and we have to spare atleast Rs. 30 for a litre of petrol to get home. We nevertheless zipped to TAJ on my Bajaj Chetak scooter. Anshu explained to me the idea as to what we do in the coffee shop.

Once we reached the coffee shop, I sat in one place and he sat in another place; in other words, we both sad on different tables. We both ordered a tomato soup each. I checked the menu; it was indeed the cheapest item on the menu priced in the range of Rs. 30 to 40. Once we got our soups, we got together and enjoyed our meal!!!

coffee shop
This is how the coffee shop in Taj would have looked. This is the pic of present day Cafe Mozaic in Taj which is open 24 hours.

Why do you think we ordered sitting at different places? You can guess before you scroll down for the answer.
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Those days, along with a big bowl of soup, one would get a bread basket which looked something like the pic below. I don’t think any hotel provides such a big basket even now.

BREAD-BASKET

Yum isn’t it. It also comes with one or two small packs of butter. My eyes widened as soon as I saw the basket. I used to be a big time bread lover those days. 

But why did we sit at two different places?? That’s because, if we both ordered from the same table, we would have got only one basket for both of us. Now that we both got our individual baskets, we came to a common table to relish our meal. This is simply one of my best meals in TAJ.

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