A nostalgic bite

A nostalgic bite

Old charm

A nostalgic bite

It isn’t just the food that attracts people to the quaint little eatery in Safina Plaza — Mac Fast Food.

     This eatery, which has been around for 27 years has its own charm to it, being the first shop which greets anyone who enters the plaza. From the time Bengaluru didn’t have  many malls to its credit till now, this eatery has kept many coming back for its flavour-filled delights.

Their two outlets that have stood the test of the time are the Infantry Road one and the Old Airport Road one (which was started in 1994). Though Mac Fast Food’s first outlet opened in 1984 on Church Street, it later closed down and opened again as ‘Matteo’. The owner of the food haven, K John Mathew, started the joint as a space for one to indulge in some juicy burgers and crispy inviting pizzas.

“We were popular for our burgers, pizzas and softies (icecreams) back in those days. People from across the city would come to indulge in them,” says Joseph Clement, a senior executive with Mac Fast Food.

From the beginning, the eatery has seen more youngsters because of the kind of food it serves. “We have teenagers frequenting the eatery more. They come here and hang out with friend. Since the place is cosy, they love to hold their small ‘treat parties’ here.”

The menu hasn’t gone through any major changes. “We have kept the items the same. Our burgers and pizzas in vegetarian and non-vegetarian, especially chicken, are the top choices. Our French Fries is also a hot favourite. People also come asking for our milkshakes in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. We have additional flavours now,” he adds.

The only addition to the menu is that ‘Combo Meals’ where introduced a few years back. “Our combination meals are available in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and they include Fried Rice/Noodles, Spring Roll/Gobi Manchurian/Kebab and gravy,” says Joseph. The eatery also houses a variety of sandwiches like the ‘Club Sandwich’ and ‘Tuna Sandwich’ and items like ‘coleslaw’ and ‘potato salad’.

The joint has stayed in the same place since inception and was renovated in 2007. “The interiors are the same. We have always concentrated more on keeping the taste intact and the food fresh. The eatery has two floors, where the ground floor has the kitchen area and takeaway section, while the first floor has a seating space for 28 people,” says Joseph.

Apart from the walls having paintings on them, the decor is minimal and the place has a simple seating.

After all, it is the flavours which make one come back for more. “We have many reg
ular customers. There are many who enter Safina Plaza, and come excitedly to Mac Fast Food, asking if we are still open and have the same burgers we make. This is so endearing and we feel happy to know that we are a part of people’s memories,” says Joseph.

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