Lets face it.. there are not many decent burger joints in Madras.
Five years back, "Eatalica", near Loyola college, used to top my list. After a series of fuck-ups (dry bread, burnt patty, etc.), I gave up on them and flirted around with "Baywatch" at Elliot's beach. "Baywatch" shutdown and vanished for reasons unknown. Thats when I discovered "Gallopin Gooseberry". I LOVED, and still love, that place. But lately, they have been disappointing me too much. I am seriously worried that I might have to give up on them soon :-S
I dont know whether it is "profit maximisation" or whether the customers have become too health conscious, the burgers have been consistently losing weight. Its been ages since I had a nice drippy, juicy, messy burger which did not make me feel like I was on a diet. Finally, "Pupil" at Elliot's beach made it happen. I've always downplayed that place. Today, I decided to give it a shot, and it was simply brilliant. With two solid slabs of beef, held together by the melting cheese and barbecue sauce dripping all around, it was such a beauty to behold. Sigh!
I like the way its laid back. I like that the waiters keep conversation to a minimum. I like that its in the open. I like that its not one of those "fine dining fast food" restaurants (knife and fork for pizza? Pizza Hut.. WTF?).