Chhappan Bhog is one of those do-it-all Indian franchises similar to Puranmal and Bombay Chowpatty where you get everything from chaat to thali. It’s actually closer to the former because it also serves sweets. This branch in Discovery Gardens is accessible from inside the Discovery Pavilion where it is based and from the main mall parking area on Street 7. I was appalled at the general lack of hygiene and upkeep, from smudged glass doors and windows to the filthy, unswept floor, and tables which had dried out silicone sealant around the edges of the table surface – unbelievable! If I had not spent so much time driving my 85-year old father around the labyrinth caused by the new metro station next door, I would definitely have gone elsewhere for the masala dosa he was craving.
In addition to his dosa my dad also ordered some pani puri, which he still calls puchkas from his Calcutta days, and dahi vada. My cousins, who joined us a few minutes later, followed me in ordering the deluxe thali. The puchkas were okay but not in the same league as say, Chatori Gali. Our thali was served in an anticlimactic, partitioned melamine tray, killing the thali mood entirely. The thali itself…well, it was about as exciting as the tray it came in. If it’s a thali you want, then the Bhog you want to visit is Maharaja Bhog in Gardens 7 not far from there. My dad’s dosa, the reason we came there in the first place, turned out to be better than our thalis; so was his dahi vada. So, while my cousins and I left in something of an unsatisfied huff, my dad left happily stuffed.
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