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A big hit with the young crowd, Domino's Pizza offers a choice of 17 toppings (including local flavours like Peppy Paneer) on different bases (classic, hand-tossed, cheese-burst, ultimate deep-dish, deep-dish and thin-crust) in any of the three sizes (regular, large, extra-large). Flavourful hand-tossed pizzas arrive quickly with the "30-minutes-nai-toh-free" scheme. There are desi toppings (paneer and chicken tikka) as well. They offer Mexican Wraps, Italian pasta, garlic sticks and brownies, but please stick to the pizzas. Cap it off with the luscious Choco Lava Cake with molten chocolate filling. Some Domino's outlets have small seating areas, but otherwise most of them are tiny, meant for takeaways only. Dial their Happiness Hotline (1800-111-123), and you would be connected to the nearest branch. The pizzas are delivered within 30 minutes, as promised. You may also log on to www.dominos.co.in to place orders online. Don't expect gourmet stuff here; I don't need to tell this to fans of pizza.

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There should be a simple Tibetan restaurant on every street corner. The food, with its simple ingredients and clean flavours pleases most palates, the décor is always understated and the staff always gentle and by and large the offering is very reasonably priced. On rainy days, a bowl of hot steaming noodles or thukpa (noodle soup) really hits the spot. Ramailo has recently opened off the NIBM road in the Salunke Vihar area. It is a tiny space with a few outdoor tables with a covered awning, an indoor space on the ground floor and an air conditioned section upstairs. There are a few Tibetan masks on the wall and Michael Buble belting out jazz songs on the efficient sound system. Tables and stools are wooden with multi coloured cushions. It is spotlessly clean although the kitchen looked a little messy through the delivery hole. We ordered out as well as ate at the restaurant. The latter is recommended since momos and soups really don’t benefit from travelling even if it’s only 10 minutes away.

FOOD

So what is Tibetan cuisine? I have a maid from Darjeeling who has been with us for nearly 10 years and I am still clueless about cuisines of the north east. I do intend to read my friend Hoihnu Hauzel’s book ‘The Essential North East Cook Book’ by Penguin, soon to rectify this. Judging from Ramailo’s menu and from what little I know, momos, soup, noodles and rice form the base of Tibetan food. Let’s start with what we all know, the ‘momo’. This is a dumpling where the dough is made with maida and water and the filling could be chicken, pork, yak, lamb or beef depending on the region – Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Darjeeling or Sikkim. The meat is usually mixed with onion, ginger, garlic and fresh coriander and usually a little MSG too – nothing more, nothing less. The ‘oomph’ is given by the spicy sauces on the side; a red garlic chilli sauce, roasted tomato green chilli sauce or a sesame yellow one. Momos are rough and ready steamed dumplings, which come closer to the Japanese gyoza than highly refined, thin skinned Cantonese dumplings served as part of the dim sum feast. It can be eaten steamed but we also tried the chilli fried momos at Ramailo which were outstanding. With any momo, you really must eat them fresh when they are just out of the steamer or pan. They tend to go gluey or rubbery when they are cold. Vegetarian ones are available, made mainly out of carrot, opo squash (calabash) and cabbage. My feeling is that it is not traditional – just a variation to cater to vegetarian palates. The origin of the momo is unclear but is believed that the Newar traders from the Kathmandu valley brought them from Lhasa in Tibet and from there they spread throughout the north east. The menu at Ramailo is short and sweet. We tried almost everything over two lunches. There is plenty for vegetarians in the form of garlic mushrooms, crunchy opo squash, momos and veg versions of all the soups, noodles and rice dishes. The spicy chicken sekuaa fry is a Tibetan version of chilli chicken but tastier with less masala. The garlic chicken balls are tiny chicken koftas in a thick garlic sauce spiked with green chillies and vegetables. Faley is a deep fried vegetable or chicken pattice which is quite delicious along with the soup. From the soups (thukpa), you have gyathuk; made with thin noodles, thenthuk, made with flat noodles and kaudi made with a shell pasta. You can also order a chicken or veg meal – which consists of half a plate of momos, fried rice and a piece of faley for under Rs. 200. This is a no-nonsense, no fuss, no frills, very reasonably priced eating option in the Salunke Vihar area. They will omit MSG on request.

Must Try Dishes

Chilli fried momos, thenthuk thukpa, spicy chicken sekuaa fry

Plus and Minus

Cheap and cheerful but a limited menu. No desserts

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