Nine-to-five days, an evening with friends, dinner by 10 and to bed. For most of the week, that’s my routine. Yeah, B-O-R-I-N-G, I know. But I like to think I’m as responsible to my work as to my health. Besides, what are the weekends for, if not for upsetting my weekday sked?
But late nights don’t mean I pop a frozen pizza into the microwave. My inner diva demands style, even if it is the middle of the night. My gang of friends and I are familiar with every 24×7 coffee shop in town, but when we want a post-party meal in effervescent surroundings, we now head for the all-you-can-eat Midnight Express buffet at Lido.
Not leftovers from the day’s main meals, or tired burgers, the Midnight Express actually has live counters, even at that time of the night. There are uttapams, appams, dosas and pasta served up fresh and piping hot. On my last visit, I also dug into Kozhi Varutha, a cumin-flavoured chicken curry, dum ka murgh, kadhai paneer, karai kudi urlai roast, zaman dal and jeera pulao.
For dessert, there was mud cake, semiya payasam, pineapple upside-down cake and chakri pongal.
A true midnight feast. Those girls in the Enid Blyton books had no idea what they were talking about.
The Midnight Express at Lido, Hotel Ista, 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore 560008. Tel: 25558888. Available on Fridays and Saturdays, from midnight till 2.30 am. Price: Rs 450 all inclusive per person.