Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Best Friend's Wedding!

It was 20th April, 2009 and I was hurrying up towards the railway station at 5:30AM to make sure I don’t miss the same and I’m on time for Rajesh’s D-Day!!
Reached Majestic Bus Stand and figuring out how to reach the railway station. I was too sleepy and was traveling for the first time by train to Mysore all by myself. Spoke to a stranger and he said, he’s going by the same train and I could follow him. I could not match his walking speed though I was running :P
Thanks to the beautiful saree I was wearing that Rajesh had lovingly gifted me for his wedding :)

Stood in the not so long queue to get my tickets. Fought with some unknown who tried to occupy the little space which was left between me and the person in front of me. He, unwillingly moved out and I felt I have won the war early in the morning! I was kinda uncomfortable in the saree, had ran and my ankle was aching, the footwear was slippery. Too many wrong things at the same time and making this man move out of the queue brought some happiness :)

It was my turn to buy the ticket and I was surprised to know the price!! Its 42 bucks to mysore which is dirt cheap! The lady in the ticket counter asked, “for the 6:25 train?” I check my watch. It was 6:23AM. Asked for the 7AM one for which she said, “this ticket could be used for both.” I collected my change n the ticket, started walking towards the platform. I dint know which platform I need to get into to catch my train. Another question popped up in my mind. Which platform should I get into?? Quickly found a TC who was busy explaining things to some passengers. I just stood in front of him to grab some attention so that I could ask him my queries. It worked and he said, “yes?”. I smiled and asked him for my platform number and he was courteous enough to tell me, “Platform number 6.” Thanked him and started running towards the basement which will lead us to the required platform. Reached platform 6. Found some train there and read – “Mysore – Bangalore” Some happiness again. Somebody looked at me and said, “Ladies aadre last coach” (For ladies, it’s the last coach). Neither did I know there’s a separate coach for ladies!!

I made myself comfortable in the less crowded compartment. There’s was a medical student next to me sincerely trying to study her subjects. Two good looking men came in checked if it was ladies coach. The girl next to me nodded her head and they moved to the next coach. I felt I should have moved with them too to the next coach. But I was too lazy and decided, I’d settle in the current one. I was too lazy to move my arse to the next one. Two more ladies came in and it was just the 4 of us in the compartment. I called mom to inform her, train started and would call her back once I reach my aunt’s house in mysore. Called a few more friends and bugged them (Actually woke them up).

Started listening to the radio and after we reached the outskirts, the signal was week and I switched to the songs in my phone. And while I was listening to songs, I started to think on our (Mine and Rajesh’s) journey of friendship. It was in the year 2003 when we had enrolled ourselves for the MBA course @ PESIT. It close to a month or two and we had spoken once coz we were gonna be in the same team for the assignment.

The statistics class was goin’ on and I had no clue what my great friend was doin’ in the last few benches. The lecturer asked him to move to the first bench where I was sitting (I was in the first bench of the middle row. There were 3 rows). He sat on the first bench of the first row. She looked at him and said, “Here. Next to her.” He said, “Ma’am, I don’t know her. So, I wouldn’t prefer sitting next to her.” The whole class burst out with a big laugh. The lecturer couldn’t control the laughter too, she smirked and said, “So what? Sit next to her.” Poor Rajesh, don’t know what he thought of me, sat next to me. That’s when we started to talk, and I can’t believe its kinda become non-stop now!
He asked me, why I’m wearing the pearl studded ring for which the answer was, “coz’ my dad asked me to.” I asked the same question to him about some ring he was wearing, and I got the answer – “Coz’ it controls my wavering mind.” These were our first conversations and if I’m not wrong, I think, after this day, we started discussing on many other topics but the subjects related to MBA :)

He always used to fiddle with his mobile phone and sms his GF. Since I never had the luxury to have one on my own, in case, if I had to use his cell phone, he used to promptly ask me for the money – be it Rs.1.50 or less :)

We mostly sat together for the classes and talk all the time. I remember a lecturer had almost thrown us out of the class coz’ we were talking non-stop. He also used to make sure we sit apart :P
It was during the accounts / finance class, I used to sit next to somebody who knew the subject well. I hardly knew / understood anything in this subject as I was from the science background. And Rajesh used to hate me for this. But, I could not help.

One of our classmates, I don’t know for what reason – was it to play a prank or he was jealous or whatever, started sending an email to me from a junk email id asking me not to sit next to Rajesh, he’s not good, he has a girlfriend and I should stay away from him etc.. I knew it was somebody from my class but, I never bothered to respond as that was of least interest to me. But, this got a little serious and I had to inform my dear friend about it. Just to make the emailing guy more jealous, we would talk more, hangout more with each other and spend loads of time together during college hours. This actually made the two of us very good friends. Later, with some R n D and a friend’s help, we figured it was one of classmates who did all this and he left a sorry note with a rose on my bike. Rajesh teases me about this till date!!

He lost his first phone when we went to drink lemonade next to our college. I remember, it was a Motorola handset and he was very sad to know he lost it L
For a few months, he dint buy a new one and was feeling good about it. Late, he did buy a new one and again, got engrossed into it :)

There were times, he used to say, he’s really pissed with me but, never gave reasons! I’ve stopped figuring out why he gets pissed with me.

If there were lectures from some strict lecturers, we used to write the conversations on a chit of paper n pass it to each other for the next dialogue. If am not wrong, Rajesh’s still has all those chits. Those days were really fun. We used to hang out so much together. A few people incl a few lecturers misunderstood we were seeing each other :P

He was one of the laziest bums when it comes to the matter of making presentations or the assignments. Most of his assignments were done by me and fortunately / unfortunately we always were in the same team. Not coz’ we were close friends but, the lectures used to make teams based on the registration numbers and ours was 4 numbers apart. His was 61 and mine was 65. This was an advantage for him and most of the times, I used to do his assignments and at times, he used to copy it from mine. Time just passed and I enjoyed spending time with my classmates. It used to me who always forced many of my classmates not to miss out on the college trips. But, when the date and venue for the trip was decided, I dint go coz of some ego issues with my dad L
The next day, I see an email in my mailbox from Rajesh which said “There were times, when many of us dint wanted to come for the trip and you were the only one for it and forcing all of us. And now, when all of us were boarding the bus, it was only you whose absence was felt.” I really dint know what to say but our favorite word “Sorry”

Since, we were very good friends, for all the official and unofficial reasons, we made many telephone calls. Since, I dint have a cell phone, it was obviously the landline he always called on which my folks used to closely monitor. Everytime, my friends (especially guys) called home and dad used to pick, he used ask their bio-data. Name, from where he’s calling and for what has he called. The same question was posed to Rajesh too many times and once he answered for the question “From where?” as “From home” :P

Days passed, years passed and it was time for us bid good bye to our college days. He got placed in Blue Star and me in TCS. And he was offered the highest salary compared all our batchmates! Lucky Rajesh but, he had to move to Hyderabad. I surely did miss him as we could not talk as frequently as before but, somehow managed to make a few STD calls. Most of the times, it used to be Rajesh who called me and not me :)
And everytime, he came to Bangalore, with my repeated instructions, he used to get something made of the pearl or bangles. That’s what Hyderabad is famous for apart from the Biryani and the biscuits from Karachi Bakery!
I don’t know if I can call it telepathy or whatever. There used to be times, when I used to feel low, and he used to give me a call exactly at that time. Be it 12 or 1 in the night and used to find me weeping. I’ve still not able to figure it out, but, generally he never used to call me at that hour but when I used to be really low. He’s given me moral / emotional support whenever I needed badly.

A little more than a year after he moved to Hyderabad, he took a transfer to Bangalore. Along with his family and other friends, I was very happy to see him back in Bangalore. Talking got more frequent but meeting wasn’t so. Both of us had our own constraints and limitations. More than him, it was me who had all the limitations.
Like a revenge, his work in Bangalore consisted of many presentations that he had to make himself. That’s when he realized, he should have done some work during the college days too! And I had a big grin which conveyed the message; he should listen to me when I say something!! :)

He’s probably one person, I’ve openly shared most of my thoughts. I think, there’s nothing I have not discussed with him. Though he complains I’ve not discussed about some of the major decisions I’ve taken in my life. Yes, I did not but, I neither did discuss it with anybody else :(
I’m not sure if it was right or wrong. But, I cant go back and undo what has happened. I’m sure he’s pissed with me for this as well.

All that I can say is, good or bad, right or wrong, whether I’ve informed him prior about my good / bad / ugly decisions or no, if I got into any kinda trouble, he used to be just there for me checking if I’m ok. Got late at office, he used to pick and drop me home. I’ve gone out and it has started raining, he used to pick and drop me home. Though at times, there used to be a Gyaan Download, he used to do it as if it’s his responsibility.
For the past two years, most of my crying and dying used to be with him. Frustrated with anybody else, I used to scream at him, he used to know I’ve fought with somebody.

I can definitely not miss on this. Though he was born and brought up in Bangalore, his kannada speaking skills were average. Always said "thotti" ( dust bin / tank) for tuti (lips), "car ethkond barteeni" (I'll carry the car and come) and "Aunty, nan amma kobbu kottidaare" (Aunty, my mum has sent fat) for "Aunty nan amma kabbu kottidaare" (My mom has sent sugarcane).
Offalate, it has gotten better :) Should I take the credit for this?? Well, lemme not take so much credit :D

It’s very surprising to know, we’ve never been to a movie till date. We’ve known each other for 6 years now and not even once we’ve gone. During college days, many went incl Rajesh. Since I dint want to miss the accounts class, I ditched all of them.
Its again surprising to know, we’ve gone to a few temples together :P
He knew he’d be cursed if he dint take me!

He was one of the critics for me. Why is your dress like this? Your hair isn’t combed? Why have you cut your hair so short? Why is your skin like this? You have lost all the charm you had during college days? Why are thinking so much unnecessarily? Ooph!! The list goes endless :)
I think he’ll never let me miss my dad! He’s as good as my dad in all this.

His parents, like any others’ had started looking for the suitable brides for him. He used to give me details on all the gals he used to see. Infact, I had checked a few gals’ profile (he wanted me to) on a few matrimonial sites he’d registered. A few good, a few not so good, if good, the horoscope doesn’t match etc was the issue.
Btw, he’s mentioned he doesn’t drink / smoke in his profile and its all a big lie :)

Finally, with lots of bride hunting from his parents for him, he finally found his partner / soul mate in Gayathri – a pretty fair female like a fairy. Got engaged in the month of Feb (this was predicted by somebody when he went to Sholapur, Maharashtra). And the dates were fixed on the 20th of April, 2009. And that’s when he had to change the job and got too busy with it. He was asked to work from Chennai and was there most of the time when his parents were doing most of the shopping for him in Bangalore.
The D-Day had finally arrived and he was all set to lose his bachelors!

My train arrived in Mysore almost at the sametime when my flashback had come to an end. I got down trying to figure out which way to go and reach the Jockey Quarters Circle (First time I heard this, I burst out into laughter – thanks to the perverted mind, until my dad said, its near the race course) closer to which Nikita Bhoje Gowda Kalyana Manatapa was located. Reached there after the muhurtha and wished the couple whole heartedly for all the happiness in their lives forever!!

For all those, who thought a boy and a gal can never be “Just Friends”, we are the live examples proving them wrong! Who said, its not possible? Platonic relations are something that definitely exists when both the parties are clear about intensions and heartily wish good things for others. And these come with no expectations in return!

I don’t know about others, atleast for me, having such people around makes me smile all the time!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Masala Klub

Apogee of the Indian Delicacy

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After a short cloudy and gloomy weather of Bangalore due to the depression in Chennai, it was time for the Sun to peek out of the sky and let us plan for the leisurely lunch. Masala Klub on Race Course Road worked out as planned! With the huge turf club opposite Taj, with beautiful greenery and magnificent bungalows set our moods up for the much leisurely time! Masala Klub is located in the Taj West End Hotel and serves Indian cuisine – excellent food from different parts of India.
As we entered, we had to undergo a thorough security check – once at the entrance of the hotel, and once again at the entrance of the restaurant. Flower decorations in earthen pots, the old fashioned lamp shades, and the fans with 5 blades – all reminded me of days with my grand parents. It has 2 seating areas – indoors and outdoors. Outdoors is anyday better which open up to a lush green lawn and a huge toy on which you’d see many kids going helter-skelter to get onto it and play all day running all over the lawn.

Next to Masala Klub, there was Mynt – Lebanese cuisine restaurant which opens to the same lawn from their indoor section. I think, out of the 3 Taj Hotels, this is the biggest and falls under the luxury category of their's unlike the business class of residency in trinity circle and gateway on residency road. Spread across 19 acres and flaunting the 120 year old tamarind tree, this is one of the heritage hotels of Bangalore!

The waiters welcome you with the traditional namasthe, a pleasant smile and help you occupy the respective tables. The tables are made of huge marble slabs which added up to the natural beauty. Each table had a ball made of Indian spices and its aroma spelled magic all through the meal. I wanted to take it home but, the extra decency that day stopped me from doing that. The maxic love potion (a tequila based cocktail) was good so was the gentleman’s choice of Budweiser pint! Spiced papads / chips (sandige) offered in a basket were the freebie starters. For the main course one could opt for the set meal which would have pre-decided set of soup, starter, main course and the dessert which comes at a fixed price of Rs.750/- for vegetarian food and ranges between Rs.850/- to Rs.1300/- for non-vegetarian food.

We infused ourselves with the vegetarian platter which contained the softest paneer I’ve ever eaten till date, well marinated gobhi, delicious sweet corn kebab and the awesome mushroom. This was terrific and won my heart. Platter was a huge hit – not too soft or crisp without excess oil and was just made right! Main course consisted of besan roti and laccha parantha with tawa babycorn and bell peppers. This, made me fall in love with the food all over again :)
The yellow gravy was subtle with spices and was aromatic. Cooked right and served right! At times, I wonder, how can everything be so perfect? We rounded off the meal with the excellent malai kulfi and the rabri. It actually was rabri falooda. Since, I wanted only the rabri, the waiters were kind enough to oblige my request immediately!

Masala Klub is an excellent place if you are looking for a good Indian cuisine food. Very authentic and the service is at its best. The waiters were very courteous and dressed perfect in the formals. The outdoor seating, which has the leisurely flavor, is a huge plus – absolutely no scrambling of tables and hurrying over your meals. Patrons were mostly the family – I could see three generations together enjoying the sumptuous meal! An a-la-carte meal for two with drinks would cost around Rs.2500/- A perfect place for a leisurely meal with family and friends!!

Masala Klub is located @ Taj West End, Race Course Road, Bangalore
Phone 66605660


Sultanate of Swing

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After the Transporter 3 show in the late evening, we headed straight to the SOS pub. Many people are not aware of its existence. Neither was I till recently. Reason could be, its entrance is hidden unlike the Bull n Bush and Sikander on the same floor.

The thick metallic door leads to the noisy lounge with the big screen tv sporting the matches. There was hardly any space left. So, we were directed towards the other lounge which has a separate entrance on the left hand side of the entrance door. This is slightly bigger than the first one and definitely accommodates more people.

It’s filled with the small cozy seats aptly designed for the couples. The music is really loud as it is supposed to be in any pub. The dim light contrasted the ambience. The vibrations from the music was so loud, we felt it in our tables and seats as though the speakers were right under us. As there are no more dance floors in Bangalore now, a few were trying to shake their legs in the place they were standing, enjoying the music, drink and ofcourse the cricket match that was being played on their big screen.

We ordered the usual KF pint and pineapple sour (whiskey based) cocktail. To accompany our drinks, we’d ordered the veg tandoor platter assuming it would fill our stomachs as we were hungry too. But, the quantity was so less, it nowhere closer to the satisfaction. Unlike the usual, we gulped down the drinks pretty fast. The total damage was around Rs.550

People, who love grooving into the loud hip-hip, rock and heavy metal music along with the lovely drink, check this place out!!!

SOS is located @ Garuda Mall, 4th Floor, Magrath Road, Bangalore
Phone 41126661, 41126683

Shree Sagar

Unexpected Treat

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This is in one of the busiest main roads of jayanagar and most of the times crowded with the people beating the peak hour rush! I've been here quite a few times and every time I get surprised with the taste of the food they serve. It looks like any other normal darshini with the service hall but, they really do have an edge over the others.
They serve South Indian, North Indian and Indian Chinese cuisine.

During the peak hours it gets madly crowded. So, try and be there little early to avoid the same. They have the non-a/c dining hall in the ground floor and a/c dining hall in the mezzanine floor.

The walls has a huge painting of the interiors of the palaces giving a 3D effect which results in making the dining hall look much bigger.

The service is quick during the peak hours as they need to accommodate more customers who would be almost on the road waiting to catch hold of their seats to have a quick grub. But, my recent experience with their service during the dinner was not good! The waiter almost threw the plates on our table as though he was least interested in doing that job. One of the plates, I think was used to much for a long time now. It had the stains of masala and the turmeric though utmost care was taken to wash this well! I failed to understand why that plate has not been replaced yet!!!

Now, about the food, all that I can say is, it’s really good. I’ve tried the sandwiches (love the cheese sandwich), the rice items (paneer fried rice is really good!) and ofcourse the usual Indian breads and the curries. After a long time, I tasted such good kaju masala and believe me, it made my day. The naan and kulcha were soft and fluffy, and the kaju masala had some different flavor which won my heart :)

So guys, not bothering too much about the ambience, if you are ready for an unexpected treat, just barge into Shree Sagar!

Shree Sagar is located @ 73, 30th Cross, 4th Block, Near 4th Block Bus Stand, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Phone 26630575, 26638897

Bobby's Dhaba


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So many good reviews, so many praises and so many finger licking goodies, helped me made up my mind, and I was bent upon trying this place for sure for the Sunday dinner. MY friend and I reached there at 7:45PM on the dot. Its adjacent to the Gurudwara and there’s no board to indicate its Bobby’s Dhaba. Looking at the crowd, I realized it cant be any other place and just barged in. found the menu on the wall with not too many varieties listed. They give you a small chit, where one has to write down the list of things one wishes to eat with their name. This is handed over to the person who takes the order. Looking at the menu, he asks us if we need curd along with it – “Saath mein dahi chaahiye Maharaj / Madam Ji”

After, I placed my order, I was told it would take a minimum of 1 hour!!!!! Though I had a strange expression on my face, my friend said, we’ll wait. He wanted to see if so many people come here, there has to be something very special about it and we need to check it out! During our wait, we noticed, its such a small place and they can accommodate maximum of 25 people. People just come there to enjoy the food. One can’t afford to sit and relax, enjoy the ambience (FYI - there’s no ambience)

We were finally called to occupy our seats by 9:15PM. A small table with wooden stools is what you would find there. I was too hungry and was just waiting for them to serve my food asap. A plate full of salad (cucumber and onion) was served. Then it was a big glass of butter milk. I placed the order assuming, they’d it would be Punjabi type lassi. But, it was the masala lassi by nandhini. Then, it was the turn of the kheer. This was made of rice and one of the yummiest I’ve ever had. Following this, we were served the main course – alu parantha, methi parantha, shahi paneer and alu gobi. The parantha was topped with a huge block of butter. Though I was shocked to see the amount of butter generously served, I realized after a few minutes, the paranthas would not have tasted so good without it. The shahi paneer, again with oodles of butter, is the best I’ve ever had. Ordered 2 more paranthas and lassi, we were completely full with satisfaction and glee in our eyes!

The best part is all this relishing experience cost us Rs.190 bucks!! The only drawback is the waiting time. Anybody, planning to go there, get there early to avoid waiting for a longer time!

I also happened to see a print out there which said, very soon they are coming up with another branch of theirs, opposite ulsoor lake near photo flash. This is definitely a good news all the foodies

Bobby's Dhaba is located @ Next To Gurudwara, Kingston Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore

Sapthagiri Davanagere Benne Dosa

Oodles of Butter - Left, Right and Center

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My friend and I bumped into this new place, opened around 10 days back to indulge ourselves in the Davanagere type of dosa. Its small place, looks like any other darshini of Bangalore, but, they’ve managed to place some chairs inside where one could sit but, hold the plates in hand to relish your food!
We placed an order for 2 butter dosas. I was damn curious to see how he makes it. So, just stood bang opposite the guy who were making these buttery and fluffy dosas. Well, after he pours the dosa batter, he puts small blocks of butter all over the dosa. A minute later, he reverses it, adds more butter on the top of it. A few more seconds and the crispy dosa gets ready to get into our respective palates :)

The potato masala they give along with the dosa is different from the usual masala dosa. This, they say is the authentic Davanagere Style! Its mashed potato with salt in it. And ofcourse, how is it complete without the spicy coconut chutney? All this together making an amazing combination, the dosa slides as into the mouth as smooth as the butter. Within no time, we had swiped our plates and were full with greasy dosa.

Apart from what we had, they also make masala dosas, set dosa, open dosa (they add some kinda powder on the top of the dosa. Must be something similar to chuntney powder), khali dosa, mandakki oggarane (it’s puffed rice with turmeric and onion seasoned well) and Menasinakaayi bhajji.
I also got to taste the mandakki which was so-so. But, the dosa is something which is not to be missed.
Each bite is more worth than the money you pay and I’m sure one could thoroughly enjoy it just like we did!

Sapthagiri Benna Masala Dosa is located @ 7/1, Banshankari 1st Stage, Kathriguppe Main Road, Bangalore

UD Residency - The Royal Treat

Madly Crowded

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This restaurant by UD group is tucked in a small bylane next to Keane IT Company on the South End Road. My friend and I were planning to go out for a while and thought of this place. Went there a little early by around 12:30PM and dint find many people occupying the table. There’s a spacious reception and the waiting area via which one needs to enter the dining hall. The dining hall is brightly lit with the rust brown and off-white combination and the tables very closely placed next to each other. People who are moderately / heavily built may find it difficult to squeeze in themselves.

We ordered sweet corn soup which was the usual. Later, it was baby corn thingy for the starter which was good! The masala papad was good too. I’ve seen in a few places where they add little grated coconut to the masala while dressing the papad. This is one such place. The main course, they said, the spinach corn rice was the specialty of the day! We ordered the same and it was nowhere close to a specialty dish. But, it was definitely edible.

By the time we started ordering our main course, the dining hall was jam packed not leaving any space for the people to move. Forget the customers; there was hardly any space for the waiters to move too! The meal was satisfactory but the place gets too crowded during lunch / dinner in no time. So, if you want to eat peacefully, go there a little early. A meal for two could approximately cost around 300 bucks!

UD Residency - The Royal Treat is located @ 19/2, South End Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Phone 22454580, 22454581, 22454582


For Anyhting South Indian, Head Here!

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I’ve been to this place most of the times with my family. Our staple food being South-Indian, this is one of our favorite places.
I love the dosas, khara bath, kesai bath, idly with chutney and sambhar, chow-chow bath, rava idly, and ofcourse the meals.

Everyday they a special dosa variety, my favorite being the palak dosa, I’d be more excited if I get to eat it the day I visit this place.
It’s a pure vegetarian place and my parents love the way it is. The meal consists of the poori / chapathi (you could opt for either of the 2), with 2 kinds of subzis – 1 dry and 1 gravy, papad, sweet, rice bath, white rice, rasam, sambhar, fresh curd and pickle.
I bet, you have a meal here – you would come out with satisfied overloaded stomach with sumptuous meal.

A must try for all those whose staple food is rice and love the south Indian food

Konark is located @ 50, Residency Road, Bangalore
Phone 51248812

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sea Rock

Rock On!

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A surprise treat from a colleague landed us here! Though being a multi-cuisine restaurant, I had heard very good reviews on their sea food / mangalore cuisine and the much talked about “neer dosa”. I had decided on neer dosa the moment I gotta know we are going there for lunch. The restaurant is on the 1st and the 2nd floor of the complex. The ambience in the 1st floor is so-so and the food here costs slightly lesser. Heard, the dining hall here, most of the times is filled with men who love to drink. The 2nd floor dining hall is brightly lit and has an ambience apt for family. It has a huge aquarium and good colorful collection of fishes in it. This was a big hit with the kids. They just covered it up and were trying to scare the fish. A small chandelier each for 2 set of tables from the bright red false roof was looking pretty!

For starters, we wanted to try the veg platter, but, we were told, the quantity would be huge and for the 2 of us, it would be as good as lunch. So, we opted for Crispy babycorn. This was tried and tasted. Hence, was recommended by my colleague.
They took their own sweet time to serve this. Almost half an hour or a little more than half an hour I guess!
This was served with some kinda garlic chutney. I had never tasted this combination before and it did impress me.

As decided, we ordered the neer dosa with drumstick curry. Well, it was a finger licking experience though my colleague said, it tasted better on other days compared to what we had. I was completely full with the 2 neer dosas and was gleeful at the end of the meal.
Itseems they also make awesome biryani but, unfortunately, I’ve kept it pending for the next time.

People in South Bangalore who love mangalorean cuisine, could try this out!!

Sea Rock is located @ 22/A&B, Lakshmi Towers, RV Road, Near South End Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Phone 9243404274, 41314376

Khana Khazana

A Gem Tucked in the Bylane

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Once upon a time, one of my friends had shown this place to me and said some good things about the food they make as well. Last week, both of us bored to the core, wanting to eat something yummy and delicious, decided to consciously bump into this place.

It’s a small place run by the husband and the wife in the portico of their house. There’s a kitchen area, bill counter, a wash basin in a corner and 7 tables neatly arranged for the customer’s perusal. Each table had 2 kinds of pickle, salt and sugar.

They mainly make different kindsa parantha, the subzis, lassi and meal. The list of paranthas was huge. Alu, gobi, paneer, methi, plain, laccha, ajwain and many more! There was masala and sweet / salt lassi. The dry subzi and gravies are too many to pen. They also had the meal option. Each meal costs Rs.55/- and the paranthas at Rs.12 each and the gravies start from Rs.40/- One could opt for the half plate gravy too.

My friend ordered chapathis with alu gobi and I opted for gobi parantha. Believe me, both tasted great! Later I could not give way to my sweet tooth and had a sweet lassi too. And it made my day :)
Being a pukka south Indian, my friend ordered half plate rice and curd - for many meal isn’t complete without the sumptuous curd rice with piclkle :)
The curd they serve is thick and makes you want more of it.
We were about to finish and a request from another friend made us parcel gobi parantha and alu parantha.

All this together cost us Rs.102/- only! Each bite is worth the money you pay and one would never regret to have gone there.
Please don’t expect a great ambience but a very hygienic food! They serve in steel plates and the service is quick. The waiters and the cook are all women. One would feel, it’s as good as food cooked at home.

Highly recommended for northies who are missing home food and ofcourse for southies who love home made north Indian food!

Khana Khazana is located @ 204, 4th Main, 9th Cross, KSRTC Layout, JP Nagar Phase II, JP Nagar, Bangalore

Bean Here

Been There

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I’ve tried the other 2 restaurants that belong to The Solitaire Hotel and liked it. Specially loved everything @ The Nawab. Wanted to try Bean Here for quite a while now. And my wait was over recently. Accompanied a friend who was going there. As usual I was all excited to try yet another restaurant.

As you enter the lobby, you’d find Bean Here on the right hand side. It’s brightly lit, with circular false roofing, the lamp shade falling from the same giving more of a corporate dining look. The ambience was calm and quiet with light music in the background. The waiters were helpful and courteous.

This restaurant is open 24/7 and serves the buffet anytime. They also have fresh midnight buffet on Saturdays and Sundays.

We checked on the buffet spread and the a la carte menu as well. The buffet seemed to be more interested so, opted for the same. The welcome drink was litchi sharbat and vanilla milkshake. Both were not all that great! Then there was one veg and non-veg soup. We opted for the veg clear soup.
All the above, along with the starter was served on to the table. There was only one starter (veg and non-veg) and that was extremely tasty.

For the main course there was the usual rotis, naan, kulchas etc with dry subzis and gravies. The chef was making fresh kichdi with dollops of ghee and its thoughts is still mouth watering! The salads were around 5 types and each one was better than the other.
There was corn pulav with dal and raita, murgh biryani, mutton sheek kabab, rice and rasam (tamil type), flat noodles and thai gravy. And ofcourse different breads and buns with cheese and butter and other ingredient mix.
Not to miss, there was ofcourse curd rice :)

The dessert had a decent spread. The moong dal halwa though tasted good wasn’t ground well. In addition there was chocolate mousse cake, cheese cake, blue berry and banana pastry, white forest and fruit cake.
The icecreams were nothing special. It was plain vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and pista flavor. I was too full to try it out and the ice cream spread was nothing too special to miss!
Buffet dinner is Rs.249+taxes per head.

For corporate team lunch / dinner, this place seem to be apt

Bean Here is located @ The Solitaire Hotel, #3, Kumara Park, Bangalore
Phone 40443636



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I went there with a friend recently who’s majorly into pub hopping most of the times. The moment I entered, the expression on my face was so obvious and evident; I fell in love with the place immediately!

A well lit reception area with a beautiful chandelier, leads you towards the lime light (24/7 coffee shop) and to the Geoffrey’s. the lower level has a nice seating. If you wanna stay away from the crowd and prefer the upper deck, please wait till the ground floor completely gets filled. This one has a huge screen and people would gather up to enjoy the sports. Specially during cricket, football and tennis matches.

One of the most hip crowds that you could find in Bangalore would be here! There’s a bartender trying to impress his customers by making different kinds of amazing cocktails and ofcourse he really does impress by his drinks mixing skills :)
Talk about the music – this gets you nostalgic. All the 70’s and 80’s amazing collection of music is played to enthrall you completely.

The food and drinks are expensive but the ambience and the service is what kicks off the mood and I bet, one would enjoy the experience thoroughly! This would definitely get added into the favorite list of mine. Highly recommended.

Geoffrey's is located @ Hotel Royal Orchid, 1 Golf Course Avenue, Adjoining KGA Golf Course, Airport Road, Bangalore
Phone 25205566

Oye Shaava


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I’ve been to Oye Amritsar and loved it to the core. I’d heard this place has similar menu too.
It was quite a while since I relished the authentic Punjabi food. So, my friend and I unanimously decided on Oye Shaava.

Its on the 3rd floor, just below Oye Amritsar. As soon as you enter, the ever smiling courteous lady will receive you and direct you towards your table. The lighting isn’t bright but the music is pretty loud! But, that’s exactly how the Punjabis enjoy the music. With loads of fun and frolic, there’s a separate DJ area. If people dining there want to dance (more possibilities of one could feel – specially if it’s a large group of friends), there’s sufficient space.

It has only low rise tables and chairs. Pretty comfortable and cozy. The drinks available there has weird names. You may not come across this anywhere else. I tried the pepper vodka pani puri. This was different and funny from all the drinks I’ve ever had till date. My friend had the usual Budweiser beer. For the starters, we tried half plate of Dahi Bhalla Khomchewala (they serve all the starters in half / full plates). This had sweet and sour taste and I completely fell in love with it :)
Also, ordered Lassi (served in glass tumbler unlike the large steel tumbler in Oye Amritsar) which was at its best.

Moving on to the main course, we had aloo kulcha and make di roti with aloo wadiyan tariwali. The gravy was too thin and was difficult to eat though it tasted very good!

Meal for two would approximately cost around 700 bucks. For a decent Punjabi food, this is the place to be!

Oye Shaava is located @ No. 20, 3rd Flr, Asha Enclave, Church Street, Bangalore
Phone 41122877

Devi Darshini

What a Set Masala!

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Its one of those “just another darshini” in Bangalore. If you think so, you could be proved wrong!!

He makes all that the other Darshinis in Bangalore make, but with STYLE! Always crowded and one has to squeeze in to get to the counter, place the order, take the respective token, again squeeze in and head towards the service / parcel counter.
Apart from the regular plain dosa, masala dosa, khali dosa, upma, etc.. this guy makes amazing set masala dosas! Most of you must have heard of masala dosas and set dosas. But, set masala dosa – this is where I came across! My dad has completely fallen in love with the set masalas they make here. Apart from this, the masala vada available is pretty good too. In the evenings at times, he makes mangalore bhajji’s which is soft and crisp.
And who can beat Bangalore darshinis for filter coffee? Yet another that serves the aromatic coffee to have you the flavor last longer.

So, guys head here to overload your stomach with the tastiest Set Masala!!

Devi Darshini is located @ 4th Cross, Near TVS Showroom, Hanumanthanagar, Banashankari, Bangalore



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Not a great fan of Oriental cuisine, my friend and I decided to try this place out after reading the super duper reviews on burrp!
Hopped in there to find the very courteous waiters and the janitor. The dining hall isn’t very big. It was dimly lit and the chairs were red and green in combination. A huge low rise table in front of the entrance. Huge plates with the big cups in it were well arranged as though they serve the oriental thali in that :)

We kicked off our dinner with the wonderful Tequila Sunset Cocktail and Budweiser Pint. Spicy corn soup was the best thing we’d ordered for the chilly evening. The starter – Tod Mun Khao Pod with the sweet sauce also was amazing and I wished I could get more of it. For the main curse we ordered Khao Phad Namprik Pow Vegetable with Pag Phad Bai Gapraow (both suggested by the waiters). The quantity was a little on the higher side and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

I wanted to have the buffet here as its been praised so much and people have gone gaga over it writing rave reviews about the same. But, we realized the buffet is served only for lunch from Monday to Friday. So, guys who wanna try their amazing buffet, go on a weekday

A meal for 2 would approximately cost Rs.1100 incl VAT

Mugen is located @ No. 2011, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Phone 41481414, 9945300004

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Lemon Grass - Restaurant and Bar


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My friend and I on an impulsive decision went out for dinner to Lemon Grass. The idea to move little from the city which is less crowded. It’s a garden restaurant and the place is dived for family, couples, smoking and non-smoking zone.

We went to a zone where the crowd was almost nil and hardly any noise. Our intention was only to talk and more talk without much interference. We ordered the usual Smirnoff Vodka and Antiquity Whisky with the dry pepper peas masala (this was good!)

Since my friend loves to eat rice, we ordered a Veg Biryani and Curd Rice! This is not all that freat as well!

I probably would have seen the place and tried appreciating is better if I had gone there in the morning!

Food, service and Ambience – just mediocre. If you want to spend time for long hours or come in a large gang to create some cacophony, then you could try this place

The Lemon Grass is located @ Sarjapur Road, Near Karan Motors, Koramangala, Bangalore
Phone 65605411

Angana Country Inn

Beautiful Landscape

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Beautiful Landscape and there ends the appreciation! We went there for a team outing on a Sunday and were completely impressed by the landscape. It was really well designed. As we went in, we saw a small swimming pool and a kid pool. The entire resort has a rustic and ethnic look with lush green lawn with the space for water bodies in between. It probably would have looked better if they’d let the water flow in that small artificial valleys they have made and in the middle, there was the open air theater where one could conduct a few events.

The welcome drink was fresh lime juice. We had that and immediately started searching for some games where we could get ourselves busy. There were some old badminton rackets which was almost broken, cricket bat that had kinda lost its shape. There was a basket ball court but the ball wasn’t available. The badminton court was the same as well (this was outdoor!!!!). We tried playing but could not as it was too windy and too many trees and its branches to catch the shuttle cock.

Since, we had our own games arranged, we definitely had some fun. It was the lunch time, and I was trying to check if there’s something interesting. There was phulkas which was ofcourse soft with bhindi subzi and malai kofta. Both were just OK. Bhindi subzi made at home would be much better. Kofta did not have sufficient salt. The pulav was better though it had half cooked vegetables. The dal and rasam were edible. The chicken tikka and the chiken curry were not great either. The ice-cream tasted weird but the Gulab Jamoon was good. This was the only good thing!

Overall, the meal was just average. After a while of rest, we all got into the small pool which wasn’t clean either :(
Dissatisfied, I got out of it pretty soon and continued with the other games. The complete packages costs Rs.520 per person which I felt wasn’t worth for the kind of food and service provided. They also have cottages for people who want stay for more than a day and relax. That place looked attractive though I could not take a proper look.

Overall, an OK place to go and chill out during a weekend. Its on the 25th mile from the city, 2 kms before Guhantara. One needs to take a right turn after around 4kms once you notice the Main Gate of Art of Living. There are all possibilities you may miss the small board directing you to take the right turn to reach the resort. So, watch out!!!

Angana Country Inn is located @ 55, Pattareddy Palya, Kaggalipura, 25th Km, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore
Phone 9448384320, 28432888, 28425622

The Rayal Attic

For Business Class

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My friend and I, both tired and hungry wanted to try something new and closeby! I gave the list of all the nearby places and finally opted for this one, as we hadn’t tried this. Its on the 5th floor of this complex, and the security personally comes and drops you off there in the lift.

We found around 5 – 6 people on the way to the dining hall and each of them wished us good evening as though it was a mandatory! We chose the last and the corner most table to get a good view of the dining hall and also the outer view through the glass wall. In the middle of the hall, you would find a circular structure with one larger table and 2 smaller ones to accommodate larger and smaller group respectively.
My friend was too excited looking at the drinks menu. He was giving me gyaan on a few drinks which were available there and not in many of the places he’s been to.

We were served papads and grape juice as a complimentary drink.
My friend ordered for Pina Colada and we had Crispy fried Veg Chilly for the starter. Pina Colada was the usual and the starter was a little sweetish. It wasn’t spicy as the name suggests. Both of us were in mood for eating some rice. We ordered Subzi Dum Biryani. It was oily, but tasted good! They served a good quantity which occupied our stomach more than the capacity!

The total damage was around Rs.450/- incl of tax. The crowd mostly consisted of the business class. I could see many straight from their work. A few of them in their Identity cards as well. And a few others with their firangi clients. I guess we were the only non-official ones :)
They have the restaurant on 5th floor with the glass wall. But, its always covered with the curtain. They probably can take the advantage of this and make it more beautiful. If the lighting / interior is slightly changed, it could look much better

The Rayal Attic is located @ 27th Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Phone 22442285, 9342243983

Snack O Cane (SOC)

Pani Puri and Fresh Sugarcane Juice

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I’ve never tasted the authentic Kolkata Pani Puris so I definitely cant vouch for the one available here. All that I can say is, this place caught may eye while I was taking a stroll in jayanagar recently and they do make tasty pani puris :)

Without any second thought, I just barged in and ordered for Pani Puri. The pani is filled in the container instead in the puris making it floating pani puri.

It tastes heavenly and after that day, I’ve been quite regular here. Also, tried the fresh sugarcane juice (which is my all time favorite). Its just like any other new sugarcane outlets (cane-o-la and real cane sugarcane) with the similar combination of plain, lemon, ginger, chaat masala and pepper.

They also make sandwich which I’ve never tried till date. Looks yummy though!

It’s a small place in the same building as that of glitters near NMKRV College. One has to stand and eat as there’s no space for seating.

I go there to eat the irresistible spicy pani puri and the ginger lemon combination of Sugarcane juice to cool myself up!

SOC is located @ 22nd Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore


Tandoori Heights

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Many of my friends suggested me to try this place umpteen number of times giving me rave reviews on the food and the ambience.

An unplanned schedule with a friend took me there. Believe me, I realized, I had missed something for a long time!!
Being not sure of the availability of the table, we just barged in to check if we had some luck. And we really did have some :)

The janitor said with a pleasant smile, “Zaroor Madam, table khaali hai”. I signaled my friend and waited in the waiting area and in the mean while, the janitor spoke to me so much and gave me lots of info on their restaurant and its locations. We went into the dining hall and were directed towards the 1st floor. On our way, I noticed a huge bottle of black dog whisky. I had never seen such a huge bottle in my life before!

We comfortably placed ourselves on the chairs. The interior looks royal and they’ve taken extra care to make the painting on the walls and the roof very beautiful. The chandeliers were pretty and looked expensive. There were many firangis enjoying the Indian meal and licking their fingers!

There were no much choice of veg soup, so we ended up with the alu chaat (I’ll go there exclusively to eat this) and a kebab. The quantity and the size of kabab were so big; our tummies were almost filled with the same. Not completely satisfied, we thought, we should make more justice to our stomachs and ordered missi roti and butter naan with a cottage cheese kofta. Looking at the size of the naan, my friend had almost decided to get the same thing packed but, managed to eat half of the quantity. The kofta had dollops and more dollops of butter in it making me extra conscious for a while. After, tasting, I just continued to gobble it all up without any second thought.

The service was super quick and the ambience was one of the best till date. The total damage for the two of us was around Rs.700+
I definitely recommend this place. Its worth visiting for sure!

Tandoor is located @ 28, Centenary Building, MG Road, Bangalore
Phone 25584620, 25596961

Sri Ganesha Fruit Juice Center

A Perfect Thirst Buster

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Seriously! This is the place to be, when you are feeling low, too thirsty, tired roaming around Jayanagar, when you want something to cool you down, to pep you up and turn your mood on.
I have been quite regular to this place since my childhood days!!! The guy there, most of the times would know what I’d prefer to drink just by looking at my face and the mood I’m in. I love all the juices he blends to make a perfect one for you! Always crowded and one has to squeeze in themselves to go ahead and place the order.

My personal favorite being the mango juice, I cannot have less than 2 glasses :)

For a regular hangout, regular quench for thirst, visiting this place is a must!!

Sri Ganesh Fruit Juice Center is located @ 10th Main, 4th block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

New Sagar Customer Stall

Chaats - Bangalore Ishtyle!!

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This guy here, bang opposite the Jain Temple in 4th Block makes amazing churmuri, nippattu masala, congress masala, moong dal masala, ompudi masala and many more tangy chaats. The amount of tamarind and chilli / coriander chutney he adds to it is just perfect. People, who have a different taste, could get it customized accordingly!

Total filler during the snack time or any other time when your taste buds crave for something khatta and meetha with lots of other goodies, this is the place you should remember to head towards. Most of the times packed with the devotees of Jain Temple, shoppers from Jayanagar and other college goers closeby!
Looks like, I’ve become a loyal customer to him. Have been re-visiting this place for the past 8 years now and trust me, you’ll never regret eating here.

New Sagar Customer Stall is located @ Opposite Jain Temple, Jayanagar 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Swadh Desi

Get Swadesi @ Swadh Desi

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I’m in complete consensus with what foodyfoodpecker has to say on Swadh Desi. This brand new restaurant under the “S” Group of Hotel (S stands for Shravanthi Shelters), is a huge building tucked amidst the mini forest area in the small bylane of J P Nagar. Its on the same road as that of ICFAI Business School. A few officials were in white T-Shirt and Blue Jeans. One of those guys received us near the gate and directed us inside.

As we enter, we could notice a huge lobby with reception on the right hand side, waiting lobby on the left and a big earthen pot filled with water and fresh flowers placed on the way. We’d booked a table for two and a young lady, very courteous and pleasing (little more than required – she asked me how was my day and what I did since morning!) directed us towards our table. The tables and chairs were huge and the settee was cushiony and comfortable.
The interior was mughlai type with the color combination of white and off-white. We ordered Kingfisher Beer and Eristoff Vodka (Drinks are expensive here :( ) and Bharwa Shimla Mirch for starter. Each bite of this starter was delicious and left us wanting for more. I’ve tried it in other places but, this one was the best till date.
For the main course, we ordered the Ulte Tawa Paratha (mix of besan and wheat flour and made in tawa instead of tandoor) and Khasta roti (made of rava and was crispy) with Subzi Tawa Masala. They all had new flavors and were delightful! We dint want to overload ourselves. Hence did not order rice. There’s always a next time :)
Now, that I’ve liked it so much, we’ll surely come back.

For the desserts, we ordered Attishi Shirni. It was jalebi stuffed with apple and dipped in sugar syrup and rum with topping for Rabdi :) My craving for sweets kept me craving for more. This one was too tempting to avoid. Meal for two would cost you around Rs.1000/- (inclusive of VAT and service tax). One could head here to savor the Lucknowi, Awadhi and Mughlai cuisine and walk back with complete satisfaction

Swadh Desi is located @ S Hotel, 60, 13th Cross, 2nd Main, JP Nagar, Bangalore
Phone 42456060


Wholesome Meal

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I heard rave reviews about this place from so many of my near and dear ones and everybody were surprised to know I hadnt tried this place yet!!!
I love the food at MTR, and since people were comparing this place to MTR, I could not wait any longer.

All set to have the meal, my friend and I went there on a rainy evening. The ground floor has sweets and savouries arranged in a neat way that attracts and could make us surely buy something. The completely crowded 1ft floor, had people busily binging on their snacks. Also, you will sight many waiting outside to do the same.

We enquired if we have to give our names and wait in the queue or is there some space. The gentleman asked us if we were there for dinner. Looking at the glee in our eyes, nod and the big smile, he directed us towards 2nd floor. We went there to realise just 3 tables empty. Barged in and occupied one of those as there were many others taking more time to decide which table they should opt for. I probably should have waited, but in these kinnda places, this is what we should do to get and hold on to our tables.

The wait was little long for them to serve us the water and take our order. The second floor is meant for meals only! There are 2 types of meals they serve - for Rs.50 and Rs.100
The difference between the two is, the later has juice, sweet and ice-cream in addition. We opted for the 2nd one.
A huge rectangular plate was placed with cup like partitions in the front. A similar circular plate is used in MTR.
Then the usual vegetable saagu, alu saagu, cabbage subzi and the channa dal usali was served. Then came the papad, vangi bath and raita. I relished it completely. Specially the raita :)
Later, it was the turn of milk peda, rice and rasam, rice and sambhar (both with oodles of ghee) and the rice and curd. Here, rice and curd is served separately unlike the seasoned mixed curd rice in MTR.

A very sumptuous meal and total satisfaction for a south indian palate. If one can somehow manage with the crowd and hold on to the table, nothing can stop you savouring your favourite meal! One would mostly find the family crowd (I found only families. Probably I was the only one with a friend). Thoroughly loved everything and next time, I'd go there during the snack time.. May be try out dosa which's been praised quite a bit

Maiya's is located @ 737/C, 7th Cross, 12th Main, BTM Layout, Bangalore
Phone 26684680, 26684693

The Lassi Park

Falooda at its best

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A friend of mine introduced me to this place and everytime, I went there, I had only kulfi, fruit salad, ice cream and fresh fruit juice. All those mentioned above are pretty good when compared to other places I've tried. But, Falooda is something that I tried recently and was impressed. This has made me eat that everytime I'm hanging around this place. The khus-khus seeds, the semiya, jelly, ice cream in it blends well and takes me to some other world!

You could be wonderring, why I'm not talking about Lassi as they are supposed to be specialising in that. To be frank, the lassis here arent all that great! They do have variety of lassis like sweet lassi, salt lassi, strawberry lassi, mango lassi etc. But, none have impressed me. For lassis try the Sreeraj Lassi Bar in the next road. But, for Kulfi and Ofcourse Falooda, do try it out in this place.. and believe me, you'll try again :)

The Lassi Park is located @ 22nd Cross, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Phone 41307251, 9844883642

Necto - Fruit Juice Center

Juice and More

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This is a place for fresh fruit juice and more with difference. I stumpled into this place when I was craving and was wanting to quench my thirst. Started looking at the menu and found they have 2 types.
1. Fresh fruit juice with addition of little water and sugar, 2. Pure fruit juice without addition of water and sugar

Apart from this, they have the usual fruit salad, sandwich and ice-creams. They also make garlic bread with cheese, health drinks like bournvita, ragi malt etc..
They also had llsited a few herbal drinks like, pudina drink, garke juice etc.. none of which are made now as the demand for the same is too less. Its not special than any other place and one could try if they are loafing near the Ganesh Temple

Necto - Fruit Juice Center is located @ 7th Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Cafe Arogya

For Health Freaks

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After getting to know about how people here prepare food, I pulled my friend to eat some very healthy food for a change.
It’s a very small place with around 10 tables, the walls brightly painted with green and orange color. On the walls, you will also find some posters and paper cuttings which talks about eating healthy and using olive oil etc..

As we started looking at the menu card, a gentleman came to us and enquired if it was our first time there. And to our nod, he started telling us about the restaurant, the theme, etc. Their focus is healthy and oil free food. They use very less or no oil and the oil used is only olive oil. There’s absolutely no usage of butter, ghee and fresh cream to any of the dishes they cook.
There’s option for meals and a la carte menu. We had vegetable and rice broth soup (few rice grains and vegetables dipped in hot water) and kebab (this was good) for the starters both being not a part of the meal. After this we ordered for 2 meals. The meal for lunch is more exhaustive than the dinner. The dinner consists of 3 phulkas / 2 rotis, 1 subzi, dal, paneer and capsicum gravy, white rice, vegetable rice (hardly any vegetable in this) and a cup of curd. There was very little oil in all these and almost salt less.

The salads they have is full of sprouts, tofu, greens and loads of vegetables. People who are major health freaks and avoid all the oily, masala and salty stuffs, this is the place to be. For somebody like me, it’s a place to visit once in life time!

A meal would cost Rs.100 and Rs.80 for lunch and dinner respectively!

Cafe Arogya is located @ KK Center, 88, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore
Phone 41273705

Gufha, The President Hotel

Aaja Gufhaaoon Mein Aa

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I dont know how many times I've been to this place with friends, colleagues and relatives and every time, I fall in love with this place all over again!
Its on 5th floor and feels as though you are entering a cave the moment you step out the lift.

The janitor and the waitors dressed in the Shikhari Shambu costume welcome you with their pleasant smile! One of the kids with us actually got scared with one of their's mustache :P

The cavy wall is covered with creeper kinda stuff with the effect of some snake, owl et all over in addition to the creepy and freaky sounds once in a while.
The uneven wooden tables with comfy chairs are arranged not in a very organised way to give the unusual look.
The menu is extensive with the afgan cuisine. I've loved all that I've tasted here and a few hard core non-veggie friends of mine get into the eating groove and somebody will actually have to remind them that they need to stop at one point in time and gotta head back home.

One would be so enthralled to see the presentation of a few of the orders!!! The sparkler cracker is brought along :) I've noticed a few kids order the same thing again and again just coz' they get the sparkler along!
More than the food, the ambience, the presentation and the service takes away all the points. Ofcourse the food is really good and highly appreciated. Highly recommended to experience all that I've mentioned.... not once, but many a times :)

FYI: Please make reservations before you head there. Else, you end up waiting for a long time!

Gufha, The President Hotel is located @ #79/8, Diagonal Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Phone 41808777

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cafe Masala

The Big Bang Effect

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After reading so many good things about the buffet at Café Masala on burrp! I had no choice but to try this out :)

I went there with a few of my colleagues for dinner and you bet I was completely bowled over at their big bang buffet spread!

In total agreement with ashwinsid’s review, I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it specially the starters and the dessert.

A few of my colleagues who had come here before, after the starters, headed straight to the dessert section coz’ they dint want to have lesser space in their stomach for desserts by eating the main course.

I made sure I tasted everything though I had to eat all little less. But, this resulted in me not having enough of all that I wanted. They had a spread of amazing salads and starters. The starters were grilled live on the table (little Barbeque Nation effect) and was served. The rotis were soft and mushy, the gravies were tangy and super. Navathna Kurma was one of the best I’ve had till date. It was just so amazing; I was relishing and talking about it for quite a while.

I wanna talk more about the desserts. “Umm” - that was all we were saying in between the hogging session. I have no words to describe the spread of desserts they had. I gave up my dieting completely for that night and relished eat bit of the desserts. The chocolate truffle, the jalebi, marsh mellow, butterscotch pastry, walnut brownie, jamoon, rosagulla, rabdi – I literally stuffed myself with it coz it was so good to taste!

I got too busy and was so engrossed in eating, I dint pay much attention to anything else there. For dinner, its 399+tax which came upto Rs.450 per head.

Completely overwhelmed, after the experience here, I’ve never been satisfied with any other buffet. Don’t know if its wrong to compare, but, unconsciously I do!

This I call – The Big Bang Effect!!

I’d surely go there again soon with an empty stomach :)

Cafe Masala is located @ No.60, 5th Floor, Eva Mall, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Phone 41113388, 41118477, 41118466, 41118422

Ace Iyengars

One stop shop for your hunger

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This one being located in the bustling 4th T Block, the lane opposite to Saibaba Temple, is always crowded mostly by the old couple and other bachelors living alone.
They hygienically cook south Indian and a few north Indian dishes. All these are made fresh and they also take orders. I have tried idli, chutney, sambhar, rice, rasam, chapathi and various subzis, rotis, puliyogare etc and have found each of those very good one cant eat the food there. There’s no space for one to eat the food there and this is exclusively for take aways.

Apart from those mentioned above, they also sell fried items such as potato chips, banana chips, chakli, kodbale, chikki, pickles, chutney powder, vangibath powder, puliyogare gojju, rasam powder and sambhar powder etc.

The food is sold on kilogram basis and if you need very little for yourself, you could place order in grams. Few of my colleagues are regular visitors to this place and enjoy the food thoroughly. I would say, this is an one stop shop for all your food solution.

Ace Iyengars is located @ 1480, 40th Cross, 18th Main, 4th T Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Phone 26648185

Sri Krishna Sagar

Crowded Sagar

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There used to be a time when me and my classmates used to come on this deserted road on a long drive to the dhabas, enjoy the greenary, the peace and return back.
Now I cant even compare it to what it used to be once upon a time. The road is toooooo crowded leaving no space for peace and there are darshinis and restaurants that have replaced dhabas, IT Companies and others standing tall changing the entire scene of what it used to be!

This time, it was the turn with family memebers. Dad, mom and me went straight into Sri Krishna Sagar for lunch after a tiring long drive. It took us 5 minutes to get onto our table.
This place was too crowded, many people trying to catch hold of some table soon and we had to follow the suit. Dad, as always ordered for 3 south indian thalis and it was served to us in no time.
The thali consisted of 4 pooris, 1 dry subzi, gravy, white rice, rasam, sambhar, curd, papad, pickle and a sweet.

Cost per soouth indian meal is Rs.30/- which is a great deal.Over all, the service and the food was ok but for the crowd!
One can visit once if they are on this highway and are very hungry, you could try this out.
They also serve north indian and chinese food but I'm not sure how authentic it could be.

Sri Krishna Sagar is located @ 5, Yelachenahalli, Kanakapura Main Road, Banashankari, Bangalore

Silk Route Bar and Restaurant

Good and Affordable

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Whenever I’ve passed by this restaurant, I always thought this would be my next destination in my culinary journey! I was waiting for my professional friend and in the mean while I took a look at the interiors and the lighting of the restaurant. They’ve used dark mahogany wood for the furniture and the heavy door with off-white colored paint on the wall to contrast the same. The hall was dim lit and got completely filled by 8PM. I never knew this place gets so crowded so soon!

Almost 2 years have gone by since we met and I was so delighted to receive my friend! He wanted to order flavored vodka but none were available. He checked for scotch and that was out of stock too. Finally, the gentleman ended with whiskey and CPC (Cherry, Pineapple and Cheese).

He relished that combination through out the meal.

We ordered hot and sour soup which was decent enough and met our expectations. We decided not have a very heavy meal so, ordered peas pulav. The quantity was huge and more than sufficient for the 2 of us.

The booze here is pretty cheap compared to other bar and restaurants. A meal for two with drinks would cost around Rs.600/- The crowd mainly consisted of corporate and a very few collegiate. I’ve heard the buffet lunch here is amazing! May be next time, I should try it out myself and looks it that day isn’t very far :)

Silk Route Bar and Restaurant is located @ No.263, Amm Tower, Dr Marigowda Rd, Hosur Mn Rd, Wilson Garden, Bangalore
Phone 65379903, 65379904

Heera Panna

Heera - Panna ki Tamanna

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I stumbled upon this brand new restaurant a few days back. It attracted my attention with its different looks. This is what made me decide I should try it out soon :)

So, I was there for the Sunday dinner. This is in the same building as that of the Bose showroom.
The stairs you take to reach the restaurant on the first floor is unconventional. So, please take care and put your foot right to avoid the fall.
I was there without booking the table prior. Fortunately, we got the table. The moment I entered, I felt I’m in a palace!!!
It was so beautifully decorated with heera and panna color all over with the combination of pink silk cloth. I could never imagine I’ll get to see a place like this on a bustling church street. The waiters were all decked up in heavy costume, reflecting the senapathis of Rajas and Maharajas of India. The turban was decorated with pearls (ofcourse artificial) and their necks were hanging of huge chains.
Each table was lit from inside to give a beautiful shade to a kind of rangoli made on it and covered with the subtle pink silk cloth. Also, all the tables had a huge candle stand made of glass (I’ve seen it only in the movies) with a small candle burning in it giving an amazing effect to your dinner. The roof had a beautiful flowery decoration painted which i was frequently looking at.

I noticed a few customers loved to wear the turban and the gown. The waiters were helping them to wear the same!

The very courteous waiters spoke to us of their new restaurant which opened 4 days back and handed over the menu card to us. We ordered a mocktail (chocolate and butterscotch based) and sweet lime soda. For starters we tried veg gulauti kabab. This reminded me of what I had eaten at sikandar long back and the one served here was far better than that though the quantity here was too less.

For the main course, I opted for the afgan roti and my friend had gobi parantha with veg kadai. Both the roti and the parantha were soft and delicious and the veg kadai left us wanting for more. It was too tasty and the quantity was lesser. Since the quantity of the food they served was slightly lesser, there was still space in my tummy. We tried the channa pais which I assumed would be different from the usual sweets but unfortunately, it was just like Ras Malai but smaller in size. I was not too happy with this one and this alone cost us 165 bucks!!!

The best part about this entire experience is when it comes to writing the feedback. They give you the feedback form on a wooden stand decorated with some kinda crystals on it, a green colored ink bottle with a feather with nib at the end of it. This was the first time I used this to write and was all excited about it :)

They also have a dining hall on the next floor which is more formal with white cushion seats and was elegant in its own way.

A meal for two would cost approximately around Rs.750/-

A must try for the delicious food and the great ambience… More importantly, for the theme and the experience.

Heera Panna is located @ Off Brigade Road, Opp Nasa Pub, Church Street, Bangalore
Phone 41152727, 41143737

Viking Family Bar and Restaurant

Ok, if you dont have a choice

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My friend and I after a tiring match were hunting for some good eat outs around and found this one. Entered to surprisingly find only us!! The place looked slightly shady without any room for fresh air. We quickly ordered a paneer starter, missi roti, kulcha, roomali roti and Viking special veg along with it.

Paneer was very soft and after a long time, I had eaten something like this. Missi roti had some grains of sugar on it, kulcha and roomali roti were the usual. The Viking special veg gravy was spicier.

We were so hungry and tired, never realized how we hogged the food so fast. My friend prefers only warm water and the waiters had to be reminded umpteen number of times to get it and they ended up getting it when we were paying the bill, and again after a reminder!

It’s an ok place to opt for, if you don’t have any other choice

Viking Family Bar and Restaurant is located @ 136, 8th Main Road, 15th Cross, Malleshweram, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Phone 23467992, 23444411


Andhra Thali at its Best

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With a dear one's recommendation on a must try thali and the biryani here, my friend and I headed straight here without any second thought. The decor and the interiors are somethings that could be compared to nandhini and other andhra cuisine restaurants.

We opted for the A/C room where the A/C effect was very less. As per our prior decision, we ordered thali and biryani and crispy veg babycorn. Crispy baby corn was the usual. The thali was amazing!
They serve 2 chapathis with the spicy pappu (dal), veg subzi and spicy red chutney. The pappu I tasted was the best till date. Then it was the rice with sambhar, rasam and curd. Sambhar was spicier and left me craving for more. The spicy curd served was tangy!! The payasam was ok. I ended my meal with the curd rice with the mouth watering pickle. It made y day :)

The biryani was so aromatic, the moment its placed on the table, you would feel the aromas of spices filling your face completely and make you dig into it immediately. Hmmm awesome is the word!!

The only problem I had here was with the water they serve. It was smelling of oil the tumbler wasnt washed well. So, we opted for the mineral water. I could also notice lizards on the wall that dint make me feel comfortable.

For a south indian whose staple food is rice and loves the spicy andhra thali and biryani with some adjustments with the water and lizards on wall, this is the place one should never miss.

Bheemas is located @ 31, Asha Building, Church Street, Bangalore
Phone 25587389, 41122535


My Dil Goes Ummm...

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I’ve been goin’ to this place for 3 years now and fallen in love with the food everytime!

Generally, this place is too crowded and one has to book the table and wait in front of the restaurant. They also expect you to place the order right there so that the food is served without delay when you occupy the table. The interiors are decorated with colorful clothes with mirror work. There are 2 kinds of tables. The special ones are low rise tables with low rise chairs with cushions. Though I prefer this one, it depends on the crowd and the number of whom I go with.
I love the jal jeera and aam shikhanji here. One of the best I have ever tasted. The cutlery used is all made of heavy metal and are copper plated. They claim, the vegetables and the ingredients used here are carefully handpicked and are taken utmost care while cooking!

Well, well.. the quantity served is apt and the food tastes yummy! I have tasted almost everything here and each of those is finger licking!!

One negative point here is, the waiters are in such a hurry, looks like they just want to serve and shoo you away asap so that they could accommodate more customers. Once, one of my uncles hadn’t finished eating, the waiter did not even bother to check if he could clear it up but just picked the plate to clear the table.
This could be a better place if the hurrying up in the service reduces to some extent.

Gramin is located @ 20-21, 7th Block, Raheja Arcade, Opposite Vodafone Showroom, Koramangala, Bangalore
Phone 41104104


Additional R to the Consistency

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I have been to the RR on church street and love the Biryani and the andhra thali there.
RRR, though looked similar from outside, i did enquire with the staff there if it belongs to the same group. They said yes and added an extra R to this and handed over the menu card.

Since, its been quite a while I went to RR, I wanted to take the thali and my friend ordered the Biryani, his alltime favourite.
The meal was absolutely spicy with the hot rasam, sambhar, pulusu, chatni pudi etc.. The food tasted the same, but the ambience in the church street branch is better anyday. Even the service here wasnt all that great though it was quick. The waiters werent as courteous as the ones you find in RR. Since, I was too hungry and was concerned only about the food, I relished it thouroughly!!

RRR is located @ No. 71, South End Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Phone 41223333

Kamat Ahar

For Breakfast and Snacks

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This place hidden amidst the subhiksha mall in 3rd block, which I did not sight for quite a while!
Most of the times filled with the college goers and the middle aged, this place serves the good south indian breakfast, chaats and fresh fruit juice.

The compound of the building accomodates 4 tables made of black granite stone with 2 plastic chairs on either side and a big slab of granite on the other side which could accomodate 2 / 3 people at a time.
I have been to this place around 3 times now, its never been disappointing. The upma and the masala dosa tastes great for breakfast, the snacky time chaat was good and the fresh fruit juices are ok.

One of the favorite adda for namma Bengaluru collegers to hang out and create cacophony!!!

Kamat Ahar is located @ 3RD Block, Near Whizz, OPP. Hopcoms, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Phone 22909676

7th Heaven


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Having read about the theme – The Poolside Brunch, my friend and I decided to binge there on Sunday. We had made our prior bookings as always and arrived a little late. Thanks to the non-stop Bangalore showers.
We headed straight to the 7th floor, just to realize how beautiful the race course looks. We could view the entire race course and this was the first time, I gotta see it this way!! Just amazing! The dining hall has the glass wall and we sat tight next to it to enjoy the beauty of Bangalore from the 7th Floor.

I was too delighted to experience their theme. We went around and checked whats there on the buffet menu, the games, the pool, the live music, caricature, face painting and astrology (where the parrot picks the card to tell you about the fortune).

We just settled in our respective table, and we were immediately approached to ask us on what we’d like to have for the drinks. They had a choice of unlimited Beer and inhouse Wine.
We opted for wine, and it tasted like the port wine. A few minutes later, we were also served 2 kinds of starters – babycorn with red and yellow peppers and the other one was mixture of many vegetables in an onion and tomato based gravy.

In between the meal, I went and got the scorpion painted on my back, played the shooting game, in which I failed undoubtedly and managed to somehow hook the bottle in the other game. The spread of salad was good enough to satisfy our palate. The main course had multiple types of rice and the gravy mix, the appam with the vegetable stew and there was white rice with the dal makhni and yellow dal. Since, it was brunch, there was an option to have the different kinds of corn flakes with cold milk, pista milkshake and strawberry milkshake (they call this kesar kalakand). Ofcourse there were buns, breads and the croissants.

Before we headed for the dessert, gave pose for the caricature and tried our luck with the parrot astrology :)

The dessert comprised of the white forest and black forest, tiramisu, chocolate pyramid, doodh peda, 2 types of Bengali sweets, jamoon and many others the names of which I’m unable to recollect. They did not have the icecream, but when asked, they immediately got 2 big scoops of vanilla icecream.

After the heavy brunch, I got the Arabic style mehendi applied on my hand. Definitely never wanted to miss on this one!!
The brunch costs Rs.650 + tax per person which I feel was worth the experience.

The experience was quite different to me till date. Kids were the happiest running all over and getting painted everywhere possible. Truly, for a weekend outing where one wants to spend time, 7th Heaven is the place to be.

7th Heaven is located @ The Solitaire Hotel, #3, Kumara Park, Bangalore
Phone 40443636

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Blessed Life

I’ve always wanted to express this. Either write about it or tell somebody about it!
December 2007 is when I joined Sonata Software with new hopes, new ambitions, new aspirations, new apprehensions and of course looking forward for new friends!
A few days after I joined, there was this new comer with full of energy and came with some kinda spark. Small conversation with her and realized she’s just gotten engaged to the love of her life and very soon she’d get into the knotty (naughty? :) ) life!

The D-Day in A’s life was approaching faster! There was lot of hustle-bustle goin’ on in her family with all the relatives busy with arrangements.
I went there on the Mehandi Rasam Day. According to the directions given, without asking anybody else to help me more on that, I headed straight to her house, where there was so much cacophony combined with celebrations!

Things, people and everything else - all scattered and it all looked so colorful! There was so much happiness spread, I felt, I was in a paradise :)
They started serving us variety of snacks, which obviously I started digging into, relishing each one of it, in and out! Later, the music slowly started, and one by one started moving their arse off the chair and started shaking the same totally engrossed into it enjoying the same. People totally forgot what they were trying to do, what were the steps, it was a total new dance formation!!

I love taking pics and there I was, on my job shooting all those marvelous pics of different dance poses – from the youngest 2 year old giving the innocent pose to the elders and the oldest giving all the jhataka-matkas. One of her aunts who managed to dance throughout the evening with her high heeled footwear when asked how she managed to dance so long with such a footwear said, “the moves are more sensuous with the pointed heels and the shapes are noticed how its supposed to be”

Here was my friend sitting in a corner was getting decked up in mehendi on her hands and the legs, badly wanting to dance her heart out (being a dancer herself, this was obviously more tempting for her), had to just watch and enjoy from far. In between shooting, I not only fed myself, also fed A as poor thing was not just getting tempted but also was hungry. She had to be satisfied with atleast the food when others were dancing.

After a while, I washed my hands with the still camera and moved on to the camcorder – the one I’m better at and love fiddling with more than the still camera. This was even better as I got to record everybody’s emotions while they danced along.

A’s mom had mixed emotions. She was happy yet sad at the same time. She wanted to express many things and dint want to too – all at the same time. May be this is what all mothers go through when they are giving away their piece of the heart and trying to place it safe in somebody else’s hands. The very thought of missing them in their routine life, tolerating them being cranky and pranky could be tougher.

A’s sister, cousins and aunts danced so well, the men out there just could not resist. I managed to record those who were in hiding to watch how the gals danced. Boys will be boys!! :D

The stars were shining bright and the moon was looking absolutely romantic setting things right for the D-Day of my dear friend. Yeah!! Did I just say that? I have found friends in Sonata Software. The culture is way too different here. One would feel it’s a home away from home. Really!

It was almost 10PM and I had to head back home. Quickly gulped my dinner, got my hands filled with the mehendi, bid goodbye to A promising her, I’d be back early next morning with other colleagues to witness the wedding, to bless her and wish her all the good luck.

She calls hers a blessed life with all her loved ones around! Indeed, it is and I wish it remains the same always!! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Sweets and Chaats

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They serve the authentic idly, dosa with mouth watering coconut chutney and sambhar in the South Indian Counter Apart from those mentioned above, they have a chaat section, where a few northies freshly make and serrve the chaats.
This arrangement, they say is made to maintain the authencity of both South Indian and North Indian.

I love the chaats here more than the idly and the dosa. The dahi bhalla, kachori, raj kachori, aloo tikki chaat tastes heavenly :)

Amongst the sweet served here, the pedas, the juicy bengali sweets satisgfies my sweet tooth. Benne Muruku, pakoda, mixture, chakli, kodbale etc are always fresh. They sell the tastiest of the pickle, chutney, gongura chutney etc.. to name a few. All in all, a good place for a evening hangout for sweets and chaats.

Adyar Ananda Bhavan is located @ 200, Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, Gandhi Bazaar, Bangalore
Phone 26621222, 41203999

Hotel Dwaraka

An Old Gem - Redefined

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used to visit this place with my dad often when it was on Bull Temple Road. After, it was shifted to the Katte Balaga Road, for whatever reasons, I never went there.

This evening, when I heading back home, my friend suggested we should go there and as always, I need the smallest reason to eat :) The masala dosa was crispy, the Khali dosa (the best here) was soft and mushy as usual, the avarekalu khara bath was amazing!! And all this with the tasty coconut chutney. The very thought of it is making me drool over it..

Apart from these, they also serve super pineapple kesari bath, masala vada and filter coffee.

This new place looks quite different from the old one on bull temple road.
This one has a few modern tables and settee, though its slightly congested and one should never mind sharing it with the unknown, well lit with bright interiors and ofcourse the friendly waiters!

Hotel Dwaraka is located @ 15, Katte Balaga Raod, NR Colony, Basavanagudi, Bangalore



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The moment you enter this place, you feel you are in a jungle amidst some waterfall and hear the chirping of birds and other animals.
Walk thru inside and you would find the waiters all dressed in the Shikari Shambu Style!

As we were comfortably seated at our table, the waiter served the complimentary starters. I could call it potato chips chat. The potato chips were mixed with the tamarind and the chilli chutney with little curd and sev. Since I was too hungry, I started hogging it.
For appetisers Sariska Panna (Ripe pineapple based) and Shikari Shikanji. This was ok.
For starters, we ordered Karara Palak Chat which was specially recommended one of my good friends and it was worth ordering! I loved it. Though it was the palak leaves dipped in besan and fried, mixed with the tamarind chutney and the chilli chutney with sev.

Apart from this, there was papaya dipped in sugar syrup on each of our tables mixed with flax seeds. I loved this as well.

We ordered Bran Roti (supposed to be made from the unpolished wheat) and Butter Roti with Handi Ki Subzi.
I loved the Bran Roti for the very fact of tasting very different. The Butter naan was so huge, my friend could not complete it. Handi ki subzi was spicy and was a great combination with the Indian bread.
We were so full to have the desserts but, complementary Moti Choor laddoos were served. We assumed it could be coz’ it was Indian Independence Day and enjoyed it.

For the two of us, the bill was approximately Rs.800/-

I could also notice some kinda cave in some corners where the tables were placed and the food was served.

Overall, for a jungle experience, Serengeti is a must visit. More than the theme, the food overtakes the score on everything else!!
I give it two thumbs up!!

Serengeti is located @ Ohri's, Level 3 The Total Mall, Madivala, Koramangala, Bangalore
Phone 40003333, 9731558307, 9731558301


No Flame till Evening..

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After hearing some rave review of this place, where the sizzlers and a few other stuffs are cooked live right next to your table and served, my friend and I thought we should experience this kind of theme for sure and drove down all the way for almost 20kms!
One needs to take the Sobha apartments road before the petrol bunk and the Salarpuria Softzone when you are driving from Sarjapur road towards Marathalli bridge. After the limelite salon, you would find More 4 u supermarket. Flambe is above More 4 u.

We were accompanied to our table which was just next to the huge see thru glass window on the left hand side of the entrance. There was sufficient natural light all over.
Eager to have the different experience, we kicked off wiht our enquires.
Unlucky we were, all those I've described above can be experienced only during the dinner and we were there for lunch :(
Its only buffet for the lunch on all days.

After sipping our mocktail drinks, we headed towards the buffet spread. The salads and the starters were the usual. We dint taste the mushroom soup which was that day's special. Dal makhni, bhinidi masala and the vegetable gravy were amazing. I dint like the Thai veg curry with white rice as it had extra dose of turmeric in it. The biryani was ok and the curd rice was the best.
The dessert had the assorted pastries, date cake, fruit salad and the chocolate cake.

Each buffet costs Rs.200 + taxes which was definitely worth the spread. If I am closeby anywhere near
Salarpuria soft zone next time, I shall surely try the dinner!!

Flambe is located @ 1st Floor, KV Plaza, Green Glen Layout Off Sarjapur Marathalli Ring Road, Sarjapura Road, Bangalore
Phone 9972092579, 41606888

Aromas of China

You'll fall in Love with the Bamboo Rice

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I’ve fallen in love with BJN group of restaurants so much these days, I generally end up opting and indulging myself in their amazing service, food, ambience and the theme.

It was time to try out the Aromas of China in Eva Mall. The restaurant has the usual crimson red color all over with the feng shui hangings here and there.
We tried the Sichuan Sour and Pepper Soup (Chef’s recommendation) – Similar to hot and sour soup, but this was thick and had a different kind of mushroom which is supposed to be imported from China.
For the starters, we blindly had the chef’s recommendation and it was Vegetable Suimai which was like momos in a different shape.

For the main course, we wanted to try out something different and had the Bamboo Rice. Believe me; the aroma was just too amazing!! The name of the restaurant really stands by what they claim!!! The flavor was out of the world and all of gave a thumbs up for this. In combination with this, we were served Seasonal Vegetable with Brocolli in sauce (again the chef’s recommendation and my friends’ love for broccoli). Looks like, am gonna go there just to enjoy the Bamboo Rice again :)

Though, my stomach was protruding with the amount of food I had eaten, I still managed to squeeze in the dessert – Frozen vanilla scoop with cherry dipped in Brandy.

Since, we had the printout of an email sent by the BJN Group, we could also avail a discount of 20% on the bill!

Overall, a good experience and a must try for people who love Chinese food

Aromas of China is located @ Eva Mall, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Phone 41118422, 41118466