Hot Millions Salad Bar is one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Started by Col AB Singh, it offers excellent food right in the heart of the city. Its buffet was a trend setter, with the assortment of food rather well planned. It has been the favourite of the city for years.
The trouble is that the restaurant has not changed over the years. Col AB Singh's family seems to have lost interest in the restaurant after his death. The interiors, as well as the food - nothing has changed for many years. The interiors represent a staid, dingy, appearance, which was all very good at one time, but now with all sorts of restaurants in town, it looks quite unfashionable. There have been feeble attempts to upgrade the menu, such as adding a dessert or two, but the food remains the same. The prices, which at one time seemed OK, now seem to be on the higher side, compared to Buffet Lounge which lets you eat all that you want for Rs 299. The Salad Bar price of Rd 400 or so seems expensive, considering no snacks are served.
The management of Salad Bar also seems to be living in the past. We had a coupon from snapdeal but the restaurant refused to accept it, they said they needed a printout. Which was strange, now that railways and buses accepting SMS bookings. Anyhow, one of us had to find a place where the thing could be printed: there was a video game parlour who was very kind to let us print out the voucher. But this was very inconvenient.
It is a pity that Salad Bar has been allowed to stagnate. It was an excellent restaurant and there used to be a waiting list on many days. Now only a few tables were occupied. But since the restaurant represents the history of Chandigarh, it would be great if someone could make the place brighter and bring in some variety of food. And if they are giving out coupons, they should not insist on printed them out. The management really needs to live in the present.
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