Here I'm lazing around on a Saturday morning when my cousin & his fiancee decide to take me out. Surprise ! To paraphrase Saif Ali Khan from DCH, "Hum khane ke liye kahin bhi aa sakte hain'. So I eagerly rush to pick up my cousin (who didn't tell me where we're going except that it is in Indiranagar 12th Main) & we head out.
True to its "name", the place is literally like something forbidden / illegal- it's neatly tucked away & really easy to miss, especially if you're seaching for the place as well a parking space, simultaneously ! Landmarks - The Gold Gym road & right opposite what I think is Rahul Dravid's house !!! The place is a small one & pretty much full which isn't a surprise considering its popularity. Luckliy, the 3 of us get a table on top and we settle into our seats admiring the simple decor along the way. The menus arrive fairly quickly & we began perusing through it.
So my cousin & I eat non-veg while his fiancee doesn't. And I love Asian food, especially Momos :D ! But my cousin was barely enthused by it. Luckily for me his fiancee ordered a plate of Mekong Momos (though veg, I didn't mind it :D ) while we ordered Banh Cuon (soft rice flour cylindrical rolls with minced chicken, prawns, mushroom & a tangy dressing). The momos were soft, freshly made and within no time the 3 of us emptied the plate. The Banh Cuon was a delight & although made of rice, is nothing like momos. The mince filling is a nice blend of tastes and goes well with the dip.
For the main course, we realised that all curries come with a side plate of rice, salad and potato fritters. And the rice is of sufficient quantity. So my cousin ordered a Vietnamese Chicken Curry, his fiancee ordered a Viet Red curry (their version of a Thai Red curry) and I go for the simple Saigon Noodles (Veg) . And we absolutely, unequivocally loved what we had ordered. The Red Curry was gorgeously red, spicy and as they claimed, different from the Thai version. The Vietnamese Chicken Curry was a lovely mustard in colour, coconut based, spiced with Madras curry powder (we didn't know what that is) and bell peppers, which overall tasted fantastic. I thought it went quite well with the Saigon Noodles that I had ordered, which by the way is quite a decent option for the Vegetarians. The Potato fritters appears to be a standard, common accompaniment with all Main course dishes & taste best when hot.
We didn't order for desserts and the bill for the 3 of us came to about 1500+ which we thought was quite reasonable. As we left the place, we sported huge smiles, sufficiently full stomachs & the knowledge that "We'd be back" soon ! We definitely recommend this place to anyone, especially fans of Asian food. It is the perfect example of simplicity meeting good food. Enjoy maadi :) !