Mcllo, Mc Leodganj , Dharamsala..Bond's Favourite Restaurant

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My friend once said...,"a true foodie finds his/her way to good food, or cooks it on his own!"


How true it is ! The popular saying"where theres a will theres a way" modified or foodiefied as " Where there's an appetite for good food, there's a place serving it , and a true foodie finds his way to it'!

And, we are a family of foodies! So it didnt take us much of efforts to find the right place , catering to our varied tastes , on our vacation at Dharamsala!

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Colourfull roof and a starry lamp! Perfect!

After wandering around in the endless street markets at Mc Leod Ganj , we began skimming through the various "Firangi" style restaurants around. And at the heart of the market, I caught Mr.James Bonk aka Pierce Brosnan staring at me ,through a huge poster on top of a colourful restaurant named "MCLLO" The restaurant boasted to be celebrities choice for authentic Indian and International food! And considering the varied palates fo each of us in my family, we decided to enjoy our lunch here!



What I loved about this place was,its simplicity , well blended with sophistication! A small bar with loads of celebrity pics, particularly cricket stars , and hollywood fames , invites you and in a way assures you that you are in for a treat! A multicoloured checkered roof with simple star lanterns ,lits up the place. And the menu..I must say , got me confused! Indian , Italian, Continental ....they ve got it all ! But the real test, was passed , when they delivered two varied menus , with equal authenticity!

Since my Mom in Law , loves spicy food, and was reluctant to try some Italian menu , we had ordered a Kheema Naan with Gravy .

And we ordered Cheese Macaroni and veggies , A Veggie Pizza and Lime soda!

We were surprised at the talent they ve got in their kitchen , that delivered the kheema naan, hot and crisp , mildly spiced with loads of flavour and a gravy that would compete with the ones served at speciality Indian dhabas!

And the italian menu was a delight...a simple Mac n Cheese , served piping hot , with loads of veggies and a Crisp crusted Pizza , made from fresh dough, straight from the oven!

We ordered for post lunch coffee ..an expresso...but unfortunately, it seemed quite average, but still provided the much needed refreshment , to put us through the cold winds outside!

The star of the lunch was the "Kheena naan" ..which was indeed yumm! I'm still trying to replicate it in my kitchen! But the unique taste is just unforgettable!

There is no wonder why Mcllo is indeed "Bond's favourite restaurant"!

 

Yummy pizza..thats what i could save to photograph!

 

That's the bar, couldnt click the celeb pic from this angle, cnat help, restaurant was full!

 

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Author Sonali sonali@namakshamak.com

Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.

Author Harshada harshada@namakshamak.com

I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.

I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.

Happy Cooking!

About Harshada:

Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.

Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.

Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.

She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.

 

 

 

 







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