taking the green path

Green path – Forgotten Food

What to look out for –
Desi village ambience, good service and authentic age old food.

Phone numbers –
+91808722871117

Cost –
₹1200 for two

Address
The Green Path Organic State, Opposite Mantri Metro station, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

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It is the auspicious week of Navaratri. Why not indulge in some desi, healthy and festive food that we can find nowhere else than ajji mane. True, all the authentic foods that we ate when we were little kids are slowly vanishing. We no longer eat healthy food that was also tasty. There is a serious need to preserve all the age old foods that we no longer at our homes. The green path is doing a wonderful job in this way.

Green path – Forgotten food is a wonderful place that has the essence of our state, our villages and our culture. Right from the ambience to the food, everything is authentic and indigenous. Located at a convenient spot, just opposite the mantra square, you can easily access the place. The place is surprisingly huge. At the ground floor there is an organic store that is a must visit after the lunch. You get some really cool organic and natural products at reasonable prices.

On the next level, the buffet seating area is located. The entire ambience of the space is colorful and green. There is use of natural elements like wood and plants. Props that are used in villages are hung over walls to give it a native feeling.

We had gone there for a buffet lunch. The staff were very friendly and helped us by introducing us to the various food items on the menu. They even brought us freshly made rotti and dosas to our table. First we were served a mild soup. It was made of drum stick leaves. It had a tangy flavor and I loved it.

Then came the starters made of potato, corn and various other vegetables. There were veg kebabs and barbeques. For main course, there were dosas and rottis made of millets of various types. They were not just healthy, but tasty too.

What I loved the most were of course the deserts. There were fresh fruits, ice cream, brownies, melt-in-the-mouth mysore pak, jackfruit payasa, rave unde and all the sweets that you get to eat only at your ajji mane.

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Over all, we loved the experience. This place has become a favorite for our family as most of us love vegetarian food. I give this place 4.5 out of 5 stars. A must visit if you want to try out something different, yet Indian.

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pizza at vinny’s

Vinny’s

What to look out for –
colourful ambience, good service and yummy pizza.

Phone numbers –
918041999113

Cost –
₹800 for two

Address
No 22,1st Floor, MSR Nagar, New BEL Road, Bangalore

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Weekend is just around the corner and you cannot wait until it comes to indulge in some sinful food. The beauty of sinful food is that it is also soulful. Pizza! The name itself sends excitement all over our body. Probably no other generation loves this food as much as ours. While our elders still binged over desi chats, our younger generation has fancy fusion food. We in the middle are the ones that truly stayed loyal to this Italian dish all through our growing years.

So, here is a place that serves some awesome pizzas in Bengaluru. Vinny’s has three branches and we were at the BEL road outlet. This pizzeria is located on the busy street that is filled with action all time of the day. The place is colorful. Period. There are all colors of bottles, glasses, graffiti, chairs and tables. It is surely a lace for the younger lot. But, we also saw an old couple at one of the tables. That is the magic of good food. It isn’t limited with any age group.

We ordered a cream of tomato soup. Why? I really don’t know. My husband has this habit of ordering the craziest things. Soup in a pizzeria, biryani in a cafe or coffee at a sports bar. As long as the menu has what he wants, I really don’t mind. So, coming back to the soup, it was scrumptious. Then came in their huge chicken burger. It was my husbands, but I managed to eat half of it. Sly wink. The burger was juicy and delectable. And then the show stopper pizza came in. it was a pizza whose 3 toppings we could choose. We chose corn, mushroom and olives. The pizza was cheesy and yummy.

The caramel banana smoothie that I ordered was mind blowing. I kept on sipping it until the end of the meal. This was really one of our favorite meals with good food and fun talk. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars. Staff is friendly and courteous.

lunch in a patio

Patio 805

What to look out for –
great ambience, good service and yummy south Asian food.

Phone numbers –
080 49652875

Cost –
₹1000 for two

Address
805, Ground Floor, 35C Cross, 9th Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

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If at all you are in the Jayanagar shopping region, I highly recommend that you visit a place called patio 805. Normally I do not give high recommendations. I just explain how my experience in a place was and leave the rest to the readers. But, this is a must visit bistro. They serve the healthiest and tastiest food that you can find in the region.

I was in no mood for vegetarian but my sister dragged me to this vegetarian bistro. I thank her for introducing me to this wonderful place. The restaurant is on the main road near the Jayanagar bus stand. It consists of two floors, but we sat on the ground floor. The décor is south Asian and very cozy. I loved their hanging table lights.

The staff are friendly and were very helpful in making food choices. We ordered a tomato ginger soup which was yummy. Then came the threaded paneer which was good. We also ordered a Vietnamese style sauce over crispy noodles. It was unique and tasty too. It consisted of deep fried crispy noodles that came with crunchy vegetables and stir fried sauce. It was amazing.

For main course there was vegetable balls with hot garlic sauce along with vegetable fried rice. We loved the piping hot combination. It was a cold day and hot Asian food was just so lovely. It was a perfect meal with wholesome food that was delicious too. We loved everything about the food – quality, quantity, plating and taste. This is definitely a place I will be visiting again. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

coffee and breakfast

Indian coffee house

What to look out for –
breakfast spread, good coffee, old world charm

Phone numbers –
080 25587088

Cost –
₹200 for two

Address
19, Ground Floor, Brigade Garden, Church Street, Bangalore.

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I am a sucker for elaborate breakfasts. It is probably my favorite meal of the day. I love enjoying my breakfast. Especially the south Indian ones that consist of idli, dosa and vadas. Sunday breakfasts are a ritual for us as a couple. Long walks in the gardens and then a hefty breakfast at some iconic place. That’s my ideal Sunday morning.

One such Sunday, we went to this very ancient place on Church Street. It is called as the Indian Coffee House. This place was on my must visit bookmark for a long time. Because at some places, you don’t feel like you’re going for food, it is almost like a pilgrimage. This is one such place. It is a legendary outlet that is small, old and almost messy these days. But, there is an old world charm to the place and that is probably what everyone who walks in seeks.

In south Indian we ordered the masala dosa and some vadas. The dosa was crisp, but nothing extraordinary. We loved the vadas. Then came the bread toast with rich butter. There was also an omlette. While the toast was good, the omelette could have had some more salt in it.

How can you not drink coffee when you are at a coffee house? So we drank some filter coffee and it was divine. This place has value for money, the service is friendly and swift and you get various breakfast options too. The ambience is mediocre, like any of those old tiffin rooms. Do visit if you love anything old and retro. I give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

stories of food

Stories

What to look out for –
rooftop seating, good food

Phone numbers –
080 49652998

Cost –
₹1000 for two

Address
15, 24th Main Road, 1st Phase, JP Nagar, Bangalore.

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There is something about names. If you ever plan to open an eatery, mark my words – select a good name. Because good names are enticing. I have based my restaurant selection on the name most of the times even though I did not know much about the place. This is one such time. I liked their name ‘Stories’, so one windy afternoon we set out to find the place. Located at a good place in J P Nagar, Stories also has branches in Rajajinagar and Electronic City. The place is simple, colorful and cheerful. Just like how college goers would love. The décor is mainly to attract the younger lot, considering they are their biggest customers. I loved their ambience as it was nothing dramatic, hi-end or posh.

The staff were friendly and enthusiastic to serve us. First the drinks came. Virgin Gauva and Tropical Mango. They were good. Especially after all the afternoon sun we had walked around in. then came the starters. There was Chicken Parmigiano tenders and chicken wings. The former was creamy and sober while the latter was spicy and juicy. Both were extremely good in their own ways.

Finally came the Dum Murg Biryani which is on their must try list. It is certainly a must try dish in stories. It is spicy, flavorful and exotic. We loved the food in the stories. I would give this place a 4 out of 5 stars for its rooftop ambience, good service and wonderful food.

 

Rogue Elephants hunting for food

The Rogue Elephant

What to look out for –
open dining space, old world charm and interesting menu

Phone numbers –
080 49652849

Cost –
₹1000 for two

Address
93, Near Generation School, Opposite Krishna Rao Park, Basavanagudi, Bangalore.

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It’s been a while since I am away from home and I am missing those lunch dates with my sisters. So, here is a memory of a wonderful lunch I had with my sisters, not very long ago. I had seen on social media, pictures of a place. It was in Basavanagudi and was ironically called The Rogue Elephant. Ladies and gentlemen, you can never find a place whose name describes me so very perfectly. I loved the name and so had to be there.

So, one afternoon we set out finding the place. It isn’t a very hard place to find because it’s located on the main road of the area. The space belonged to the old houses with large gardens that we no longer see. The garden part is strategically reconstructed to make a small, cozy, open air restaurant. There want much rush because it was already 3 PM. So, for once we got a table of our choice. The ambience is very low key. It seems like you are seated in your own garden, it is that simple.

There was fresh mango smoothie and Nutella strawberry smoothie. I loved the latter one. For starters there was paneer pakoda and grilled baby corn with lemon butter. They both were mild in taste and I was seriously disappointed with their quantity. But, I loved their lemon butter sauce.

The soup of the day was a pumpkin soup and we loved it. Main course was pasta a la rogue, which was a creamy pasta with tomato sauce and veggies. It was the best among all the food we ordered. Then came the oriental veggie roll, which was fine. The desserts took the cake when it came to taste. The chocolate brownie with ice cream was just yumm. The carrot cake with ice cream was tasty too.

This place gets a 3.5 for its ambience, service and selection of food for the menu. The quantity and taste can certainly be improved. Do visit if you love old world restos. There is also a boutique inside the place which is worth a visit.

Going Native

Go Native

What to look out for –
healthy food, pleasant ambience and organic products

Phone numbers –
080 49653075

Cost –
₹1200 for two

Address
64, 10th Main Road, 5th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

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It so happens that, whenever we are out eating, we see that something or the other will be amiss. If the food is good, then the ambience isn’t great, if the ambience is pleasant, then the staff are not courteous. But, here is one place that fits my idea of perfect. Go Native in Jayanagar is a place that my parents love, because they are vegetarians. This is a place that serves organic and pure vegetarian food. I fell in love as soon as I entered the place. It is well lit and the walls have interesting stuff hanging over them. The interiors have been done with great taste for art and history.

As we sat down, we were introduced to their rather unique menu. The staff helped us in choosing the right food for us. Their concept of farm to table could be seen in their menu. We ordered carrot, coconut and ginger soup. The thick soup tasted of all the three main ingredients. I loved the taste.

The starters ordered were harabhara sabudana kebabs and raw jackfruit and black rice fritters. Each one of them were the most delicious and healthy starters that I ever ate. The kebabs were made of mixed greens and tapioca. The fritters were of course made from raw jackfruit and the healthy black rice. How long has it been since we ate something like a tapioca or a raw jackfruit? I just loved the tangy black plum dip given with the fritters that I want to bring it back to my home and have it with everything I ate.

Next came our main course consisting of millet palak kichdi, Buddha bowl, kathal biryani and mango special thali. The palak kichdi was made of pearl millet and spinach leaves. My dad loved the kichdi. The Buddha bowl comprised of brown rice Kashmiri pulao, sweet potato sautéed with herbs, black grape feta salad, tossed sprouts, channa masala and hummus. We loved all of them without exception.

The mango thali was there because of the season. It consisted of banana flower roti which was unique and tasty. Assorted chutneys, seasonal curries, raw mango rice, sandige and pan shot were all in the thali.

After the wholesome meal, we wanted to skip desserts. But out of sheer curiosity on how good their desserts are gonna be, we ordered lemon cheese cake tart with jackfruit compote and matka vanilla pudding with gulab jamun. Both were absolutely delicious, but the quantity can be increased.

I loved this place for their concept, service, quality of food and their menu. While all the other eateries are trying to kill us, these people are trying to save us one artery at a time. I give this place a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Do go and visit.

 

 

 

A New Chapter

Chapter One Bar Maiin

What to look out for –

Rooftop, good food, pleasant ambience

Phone numbers –
080 43004545

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

27, Third Floor, Aljosan, New BEL Road, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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I do not like starting all my posts with an “it’s been long since I wrote”… so I get straight to the point. If there is a new place in town, I got to be there. And chapter one was pretty new when we first when there. It was accidental and as all unplanned nights are, that one too became one of the happiest times. We entered the lower floor which was indoors area. The upper floor was rooftop. For the first time both the spaces were equally interesting. But, we settled for the rooftop. The place was already buzzing with people. How does the word even get out that there is a new place?

The ambience was lively, pleasant and relaxing. We loved the tiny details that the decorators had put in to make the place look perfect. The planted pots just added to the cool breeze of a Bangalore evening. The staff were friendly and courteous.

For starters we ordered egg pakora, crispy fried chicken and Szechwan lollipop. The crispy fried chicken was just amazing. We loved the quality, quantity and the plating of the dishes served. The lollipops were crisp and spicy. The egg pakoras came in majestically in a momo container. But, they were a little bland for our Indian taste buds. They could have made it a bit spicy. The chicken dum biryani was the best way to end our lovely meal. It was flavorsome and spicy, just like how I loved.

Chapter One is a perfect place for young groups to hangout and have evening conversations. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars for the ambience, service and food. Surely am going back sometime soon.

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the open box

The open box

What to look out for –

Rooftop, quirky plating, good food

Phone numbers –
080 49653111

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

4th Floor, Halcyon Complex, St. Marks Road, MG Road Area, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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If there is one best place for lunch with your friends on a dreary afternoon on St. Marks road, then it must be in The Open Box. It had everything that I look forward in a place to eat out – an interesting name, pleasant ambience, rooftop seating and friendly staff. The open box is on one of the busiest streets in Bangalore. Yet, it has retained a relaxed atmosphere that will cool you down instantly as you take your seat.

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The ambience is colorful and interesting. I especially liked their world map on a wall. There are anchors hanging down the ceiling and comfortable tables. The glass windows may not give you a real view of the city because of the crowded neighborhood, but it surely gives you enough sunlight and wind.

We ordered the drinks Duo of melon and ginger. It was a very nice drink with sharp taste of the ginger. Quite a good choice for the summer. For food, we chose wings 65. It was love at first sight because the chicken 65 came in an attractive tea glasses holder. I loved their plating techniques for all the food that followed. What’s more, the 65 was absolutely delicious. Then came the chicken naan sense. It was chicken peri peri served on a bed of chilli naan. I had never tasted a desi version of pizza which looked beautiful, and tasted heavenly.

Main course was chicken biryani 65. Three words – mom liked it. So, it had to be good. I loved how they brought it in a pressure cooker. The tiny snacks that came along were also nice. The biryani was just amazing.

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We skipped dessert in this place, but I’ll soon be going back for some more good food and try out their desserts. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars. Loved their ambience, service and food.

dots and dashes

Three dots and a dash

What to look out for –

Hawaiian ambience, rooftop seating and mocktails

Phone numbers –
080 33512999
Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

840/1,100 Feet Road, Metro Pillar 56-57, Indiranagar, Bangalore.

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After seeing so many people visit this place, and also after we were particularly seduced by the strange name, we finely planned for a lunch at the three dots and a dash. The place is on a busy street in Indiranagar. May be that is one reason why it attracts so many people. The entrance is sort of nice, decorated with wooden planks and a long stairway leading to the restaurant. It has a rustic, jungle kind of feeling all over.

As we entered, we were welcomed by a rather stern hostess. One simple advice to all restaurant owners, ask your staff to smile, it costs nothing. We were given quite an uncomfortable table with tall chairs. We were a bunch of short girls who had to jump to sit on the chairs. The ambience was totally crude which was meant to mirror the Hawaiian style, but not quite successfully. The other staff were quite friendly. We ordered drinks – mango toll and black and beauty. I do not always drink mocktails, but I had seen some very nice pictures of drinks in this place. Hoping I would get the same kind of glasses with amazing garnishing I waited. Unfortunately, the glasses were nothing special. They were just like any other drinks from any other place. The taste was normal too.

Then we ordered garlic bread, chicken wings and chilli chicken. The garlic bread was good. It was not too hard or not too cheesy. The chicken wings were both an eye candy and a soul food. Then came the chilli chicken which was ordinary.

I give this place a 3 out of 5 stars. May be it was the over expectation or the average food, I didn’t quite like the place very much. BTW why is it named so?