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
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