Steaks, burgers, bakes and Apple Pie. The Only Place really is as iconic as it gets when it comes to old-school American fare in Bangalore.
Started way back in the 60s by Haroon Sait at a stall near Rex Theatre, selling divine burgers (they’re still just as good, our senior generation tells us) and Apple Pie, nothing much, expect the venue, has changed. As tempting as the salads (especially their sinful Chicken Salad loaded with mayo) and homemade cream soups are, we must warn you that the mains here will fill you up more than needed. So skip it all in favour of juicy steaks and burgers.
Meat and greet
Over the years, top favourites have been established. The simple Salisbury Steak (finely ground beef with a pepper and mushroom sauce), the mighty Chateaubriand Supreme which they are best known for, and the Double Filet Mignon, are winners. Fish and chicken eaters should pick the OP’s Special in a secret herb marinade. London Fish and Chips is a delicious and solid meal. Looking to keep things simple? Pick a burger. Literally any one and you’ll still be raving. Our heart belongs to the massive Whoppers (lamb, beef or chicken) and the good old All American Beef burger – minced Sirloin patties topped with melted cheese.
Oh, hello vegetarians. While you’ll be turning pages till you find the all-green section, you’ll be pleased to know that they take this section very seriously. Babycorn Bake with corn, mushroom and celery in a creamy sauce is top-notch but for something different, pick the Country Quiche (mixing spinach, mushroom, farm veggies in a cream sauce). If not, Mac and Cheese, anyone?
Don’t leave without…
Eating dessert. From the warm Apple Pie with a dollop of ice cream and Caramel Custard to the rich Chocolate Fudge cake which may make you disregard every other cake you’ve eaten, all of them are spot on. And going back to the beginning, we suggest you load up on the Cheesy Fries and order a Cold Coffee for good measure.
The DL on ambience
Simple, straightforward and fuss-free like the food, you go here for the chilled out atmosphere, red and white chequered table cloths and a breezy, alfresco set up.
So, we’re thinking…
Possibly the only place (get it?) in town that doesn’t serve alcohol but still has a queue extending to the end of the street to get in, the food will keep us coming back over and over again. Like it has since the 1960s.
Where: 13, Museum Road
When: noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm
Contact: +91 9880405908
Price: INR 1,500 for two.
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