I vividly recollect my childhood days being spent outdoors. Cycling to school and tuition along with friends and stopping by to purchase Phantom Cigarettes. Yeah, Phantom Cigarettes played a big part while growing up as we sat by the river bed, our cycles on the side and acted out movies scenes with the sweet cigarettes in our mouth.
Then along came the luxury of Magic Pops. Magic Pops were a bit of a luxury because they were a few rupees costlier than the daily pocket money which was handed out. So these could be purchased only when I went shopping with my mom. The nostalgia of having them pop in the mouth soon as you put them in. Those were days which have now given way to the Cadbury’s and the Bournville’s of today.
Thankfully, the Kid’s themed Saturday Brunch at Amara brought back a tide of memories of those glorious times. The thought to having to spend your school money to buy samosas from the stall beside the school, Kathi Rolls and Pakodas. The Brunch featured a lot of dishes like Chaats, Masala Papads and the likes. It was like a pure reminiscence of the times spent while growing up.
The live Maggi and Pav Bhaji Station was a delight. The Maggi could be ordered in any style you wanted it, be it Nainital, spicy Andhra way or an absolutely new way of cooking Maggi just the way you like it. I also adored the Keema in the Main Course which was absolutely perfect with a buttered pav.
The Dessert section was the “Trump Card” of the brunch though. The desserts had been modelled in the theme of Cards we used to play. For people who’ve spent quite a large part of their adolescence playing with WWE or Cricket cards would understand the joy of trying to win over the other person’s cards by using the Trump Cards. Also neatly spread out were sachets of Magic Pops, Boxes of Phantom Cigarettes and Poppins. There were also Muffin Burgers. Jujubes, Waffles among the dessert section which would definitely get the kid out in you.