Thursday, July 21, 2005

Vasantha Bhavan

So on Sunday morning, after much efforts waking Thendi up, we set out for Venice enroute to Camarillo. Since it was almost lunchtime by the time we hit the road, we planned a lunch stop at Madras Tiffin Cafe in Cerritos (Artesia). Sundi had taken K there when he was a fresher, and K couldnt stop raving about it.

We reached the place to find Madras Tiffin Cafe transformed into Hotel Vasantha Bhavan, replete with Gulti maami as the 'woner'! We were a bit apprehensive about the food, but went ahead and hit the buffet anyway! In between all the jokes cracked at the expense of the pseud-maamis, we polished off 4 masala vadais, 3 thayir-vadais, two uthappams and three masala dosais! Gee, we sure had an appetite! We had found heaven (for South Indian food)- at last! It's unfortunate that I wont be around to relish another meal at Vasantha Bhavan soon!

Invariably at any Indian restaurant you'll find a few pseud-types. They will come in their Sunday best and eat their dosas/uthappams with forks and knives. They have this almost supercilious air about them watching us 'junglees' eating with our fingers. But when they run into trouble (which happens invariably), fork and knife goes for a toss and out come the fingers.

The maamis might have been in the US for less than five years, but irrespective of whether they are from Mylapore or Mahbubnagar district they MUST put on their best American accent. One maami got her money's worth when she asked one of the staff where she could pay in her best English (which even the Queen would have been proud of). The guy replied: "Naa tamizh dhaan....Tamizh-le pesi-na podhum! (I'm Tamilian, so please dont hesistate to talk in Tamil)"!!!! I bet the maami was suitable impressed to say the least!

Then there's the pesudo-humble maami who shuttles from table to table trying to make polite conversation with other patrons in the restaurant (much to the chagrin of her glowering hubby, who invariably has IITM written all over him). It's probably the last dregs of the dormant Bharata Natyam artiste, soon to be (or already) soccer mum. The kids ofcourse dont give two hoots about Indian food - it aint cool enough.

Who can miss the Gulti family from the deepest parts of Karimnagar district! The hubby looks like he walked straight out of some comic strip - a living example of Homer Simpson (D'oh!). The wifey ofcourse has been in the US for just two years and hasnt been suitably Americanized. The kid is completely desi, drooling and regurgitating stuff all over the tablecloth much to the mother's amusement, and screeching at the top of it's voice!

Oh in all this, forgot to mention the three morons watching and laughing their guts out!

So thats that...The only minus point for Vasantha Bhavan - their saunf is pathetic. God knows what rubbish they smoke and pass off as saunf !

14 comments:

Vinay said...

Vasantha Bhavan is one of the few good southie places to eat in Artesia...I also liked Udupi palace...(downside - one of the waiters there has a bad attitude...) and Annapurna (downside - sambhar vada is too salty!)

Nyscha said...

super post!louuve it!

Soultan of Swing said...

Vinay - Presume ur talking about the Shafi Inamdar lookalike in Udupi. He sure is a bulldog. U dont feel like asking for more sambar!

Havent been to Annapurna..where's it? On Pioneer?

Nyscha - u glutton, knew u'd like the post!

Vinay said...

Yeah...Annapurnaz on Pioneer...and looks like they've got a chain going...check out www.annapurnacuisine.com
oh..also...if u are missing those set of movies that Sony/Max tortures your brains again and again....make sure Annapurna is on ur checklist...coz they play SetMax all the time!

Nyscha said...

glutton?!?ha!!!the pot is calling the kettle black!!!

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

saravana's maadri varuma?

Anonymous said...

Great place great food. Friday night all you can eat for under $8.
What else you need.

Soultan of Swing said...

hey anonymous...
unfortunately discovered the place just before i shifted to the east coast! :(

Soultan of Swing said...

Shoe fiend - hi..this is kinda late...
yeah the food is about as good as madras saravana's...but then at an inflated price...which by US standards is fairly decent.

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Anonymous said...

he food is very tasty and their hospitality is good.Where is Maami and simpson???Waiting for them

Anonymous said...

food is fantastic.'romba nannayirukku'.Waiting for gulti maami and simson????

Mosan Moore said...

fantastic post!!

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