(Cross-posted here: http://www.zoma.to/mynLq
With a joy I can scarcely express in words, I am now free of my vomit-inducing, vampiric shithole of a workplace. Since the final conversation with my divisional head yesterday, I couldn’t stop humming. Several times I actually broke into song. My life was a dull monochromes full of mentally-unstable monsters, and in a few minutes, it was transformed into a vibrant landscape of happiness. The joy, the joy, the joy! Swimming, painting, sewing, travelling, friends, family, writing, baking – here I come!
The only thing I will miss about the job (apart from a few people) is being able to order regularly from Home Deli. Since I’ve been ordering from the place days before I actually saw it, I assumed it was a semi-swank corporate-neighbourhood joint, dispensing as they did delicious chicken-salad and ham-pineapple sandwiches, plus pizzas practically baked in cheese. Turns out it’s a spanking-clean hole-in-the-wall, with friendly – and occasionally a little saucy – staff.
It’s one of the joys of Bombay, I suppose, that even inexpensive holes-in-the-wall serve something as local as a bangda-thali right along with ham-and-cheese toasties and celery-onion sandwiches with house-made mayonnaise. Indeed, for the vegetarians around Prabhadevi, Home Deli provides a certain amount of pure-veg coolth. No longer do you have to settle for masala toast (although it does cost you forty bucks less). You can have grilled paneer in your sandwich, wok-tossed vegetables, corn and leafy greens… and lots and lots of cheese. If you eat everything, order the ‘non-veg sandwiches’ (as the menu puts it). They vary between excellent and very good, and come with finger-chips and coleslaw. The coleslaw is rich enough to put between two pieces of bread and made into a whole new sandwich, so it’s a win-win for you whichever way you look at it.
For people who prefer more substantial lunches, I personally recommend the Chinese set-meal. It comes with the day’s starter, a large portion of vegetarian or chicken fried rice, a gravy-dish with either vegetables or chicken, and a little dollop of sauce and salad. Sometimes, the starter is disappointing – such as three tiny onion rings – but on other days it is a meal in itself, like a heap of batter-friend cauliflower (yum!). So ask for the day’s special before you order. Of course, if you wish to spend more, you can order individual dishes – there will be enough to share between two people. The dishes mentioned above come between Rs. 65 to Rs. 150.
The two things I’ve never tried at Home Deli are their biryani and their thaali. I am picky about my biryani, and I didn’t fancy unpacking a huge meal of dal, chawal, subzi, fish, chutney and curd on our tiny cafeteria tables. Now that I’ve left the job though (yaay!), perhaps some day I shall just amble over with my Kindle, and have a nice, long, sit-in desi lunch there.