I was told it was the smallest restaurant in Bangalore, with the best tasting burgers, sandwiches, steaks and hot dogs. I’d been craving good, gluttonous food for a long time, and your average dry, hard burger bun with two drops of Mayo and one measly piece of chicken in the middle was starting to get on my nerves. I was dying to eat a big, fat, juicy burger and feel guilty after.
After more than 3 people spoke about Smally’s I decided to give it a try. I went with a friend in the middle of the afternoon, ravenous and hoping for a good meal. I wasn’t too hopeful but I was hungry enough to spend about 200 bucks even if it meant I was going to be disappointed.
Right from the minute we walked in, to the time we left, the staff was extremely hospitable. There was a bottle of water on every table (if you opened it you paid for it). The one thing that hits you as soon as you walk in, is the aroma; richly filled with cheese, beef, chicken and oil. It’s overwhelming at first but then you get used to it, and if you’re as hungry as I was, it tempts you no end.
The room (yes, it was a tiny room) was just as people described it: small. It lived up to its name, one of the first thoughts that came to mind when I walked in. The few people that stood out were the Iranians sitting opposite us who were talking loudly and drawing a lot of attention, the two girls sitting on my right who were talking in hushed voices and the girl sitting on the other end of the room who kept going outside to take a phone call. The walls had fancy, framed pictures that had funny and inspiring messages (you know, the usual at almost every restaurant) and some graffiti like “#smally’s, #selfie” that showed their desperate attempts to promote the place.
We sat down, excited about what we’d order. The menu didn’t have too many expensive items; some were cheap but we were told that they were small in size. My friend ordered the Goan Beef Burger while I decided on the American Beef Burger. They sounded really good, and had everything a beef burger should. One drawback was the time they took to bring the food. Sure there was a large crowd, but they should have been able to manage it. I was in two minds the entire time. I wanted the Kimi’s special Burger but I thought I’d save that for another day.
The food arrived. By then my stomach had started growling quite profusely. One bite was all I needed to change my mind about burgers in Bangalore. It had the right amount of butter, Mayo, lettuce, and most importantly, beef. There was no fat, no hard pieces you couldn’t chew, and no room to be messy either. It was perfectly compact and very well put together. As far as the taste goes, it was exquisite.
My friend and I stopped talking and we just ate in silence. I had a really good afternoon after a long time. For just Rs. 165, that burger really fills you up, and fills you up gooood.
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