If you studied in a school in Bangalore your most likely hangout would be the canteen or what we convent-educated kids liked to call it, “The Tuck Shop”. This was one place that you would rush to, as soon as the Tea break or lunch break was announced with a loud bell. The place where you would buy fryums and samosas and wolfed down cutlets and burgers (if you were lucky and feeling rich) even wash it down with a milkshake. So of course this little eatery will pull at your heartstrings with nostalgia!
Started by two young (really young) entrepreneurs and hotel management graduates Mayank Agarwal and Ahmad Sharif, The Tuck Shop tries to help you re-live your fondest school memories. The ambience is one of a spruced up garage made pretty with creeping vines, casual seating and fun paintings of crazy kids in a school bus. Though the target audience is college goers, surprisingly the place has an equal number of office goers and families that throng the all day diner. Being in Kormangala also helps to tap into the myriad educational institutions and offices that dot the surroundings!
The all-day breakfast is the hero here and has a small but interesting supporting cast. My eyes were instantly drawn to the Classy English Dictator (double egg omlette, bacon/salami, sausages, mashed potato, caramelized onions, baked beans, buttered toast served with your choice of beverage). At Rs.250/- this was a steal but, I settled for the Puny God. (Let’s say I didn’t have it in me to deal with a dictator that day!). Now the Puny God was not that puny in my opinion and made for a lovely start to the day – A double omlette with your choice of stuffing. I picked bacon, onion and cheese. My only grouse was the fact that the onion could have been sautéed before its addition to the omlette. (Not a fan of raw onions!). I quickly glanced through the menu and found quite a few vegetarian offerings – Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich anyone?
The Tuck Shop has started off with things that they know will appeal to the masses. They slowly intend to experiment with and expand their menu to include more main courses. With a diner format and a value for money experience, there’s really not much you can fault with the place. And considering its run by two people who just graduated college, they have the needs of their target audience down pat – comfort, value and good food!
THE TUCK SHOP
98/A, 17th B Main (Road Opposite China Pearl)
5th Block, Koramangala
Bangalore – 560095.
Ph: +91 886133 5567
Cost: Breakfast offerings start from Rs.70/- onwards and Burgers from Rs.200/- onwards
Parking: The bylanes