A desi delight for the gourmet
The Hindu
18 June 2002

ENTER Halli Mane and you would forget you are in the heart of the Silicon City.

Halli Mane (meaning a village house in Kannada) is the latest addition to the city's culinary map.

"We plan to take head on the MNC fast food outlets like Pizza Hut and McDonalds,'' says hotel consultant, Mr R. Prabhakar, who literally started the Darshini (the desi fast-food eatery) revolution in the city. Amidst an ethnic ambience, dishes like Ragi Mudde, Malnad Kadabu, Soppina Saru are served. Designed to seat 200 people at a time, the restaurant has about 30 employees.

Halli Mane serves authentic South Indian countryside vegetarian food. Thrice a week, a regional speciality is served. Once a week, the guests would get to taste typical festival food. At times, artificial rains, with thunderstorms,make the atmosphere more down-to-earth.

The regular meals are priced Rs 10 per plate and the festival meal at Rs 50 per plate. Apart from this, the Darshini regulars like idli, dosa and uppitu are served through out the day.

The promoters plan this as a first step toward familiarising the urban population with ethnic food. After the Bangalore experiment, they plan to take it to other cities in South India.