39, 80 Feet Road, 12th Main Junction, HAL 3rd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore – 560038
November 19. 2013.
café thulp! Strange name that. Rhymes with gulp! Not sure if that was intentional.
Friends had raved about the burgers in their kammanahalli outlet but I wasn’t that enthused to trek (rather drive) all across town for them. Recently while crossing over to 80 feet road, the bright red logo of café thulp! caught my eye – replacing the Herbs & Spices restaurant. Am blessed in a way as I live in a part of town which has THE best in foodie heaven 🙂
So off we went today to check it out… blazing hot sun notwithstanding! Of course it helped that we knew the layout of the interiors beforehand (thanks to the earlier resto) so not much changes there. Open-wide spaces, super-large windows to let in lots of light and tables which are not that close so as to give a good amount of privacy.
The owner is definitely a big-time comic book lover for sure because the decor reflected this quirkiness. Right from the posters on the walls to the menu… felt like I was back in comic-con. Definitely cracked me up as I spent a good 10 minutes just poring over the design (cant help it, I have that creativity in my fingers). The menu is pretty exhaustive so I would suggest that the guys who take orders give some time for the foodies to read it all. Handing the super-duper menu and then appearing within 5 minutes to take the order is just not possible guys 🙂
Eventually we did take our time to decide and after much debates over burger vs. pasta, we settled for Zucchini and Mozzarella fritters (The Breaded Barzini), Bacon wrapped Chicken (Chick in a Blanket), Penne Pasta with Prawns (Popeye’s Paramour) along with fresh Watermelon juice. Oh those fancy names were a hoot to read, love their copywriter!
The Zucchini and Mozzarella fritters looked like sabudana vadas (fried sago-potato savoury famous in Maharashtra), they tasted quite quite bland to be honest although the cheese was yum. Thankfully the Marinara sauce accompanying this dish helped!
The Bacon wrapped Chicken arrived with a big blob of garlic mashed potatoes, grilled veggies and bread. There was some sort of a yoghurt sauce below the mashed veggies which was different but good. Hubby found everything tasty although he mentioned that the bacon looked quite skimpy on the chicken. Didn’t quite look like the blanket that they described it as!
Coming to my Pasta… the Penne was cooked well, the Prawns were absolutely fresh and delicious, the Spinach was super. My main grouse was that it was doused with an amount of chili flakes that overpowered the dish. To the point where I could only taste chili & spiciness. Using chili & salt is very tricky as some people do not like excess of it. Go easy on the chili next time guys or at-least mention that it is h-o-t!
The Watermelon juice was fresh, frothy and cold, with one huge slice embedded in the glass. Quite a relief to down the spiciness of that pasta!
The service was attentive, friendly but please allow the patron to read the creative menu for sometime. The meal costed close to 1000 (Rs.) with all the taxes thrown in.
café thulp! is a good place to wind down with friends and grab a bite (during our visit, there were the usual office-going crowd and couples in the place). I’d definitely head here again to try their famous burgers next time.
Value for money: ***
Rating Guide: ***** (Excellent) **** (Good) *** (Average) ** (Bad) * (Avoid)