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.

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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?

 

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Communiti

What to look out for –

buzzing ambience, continental food, great pastries

Phone numbers
080 40999755

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

67, Brigade Solitaire, Opposite Hyundai Showroom, Residency Road, Bangalore.

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Alcohol is available

Every time I walked up the residency road, I would be gravitated towards this quirky looking building. The board read community with a never ending m in it. It was a nice place and I always intended to visit it. One Sunday we planned to finally go there. It was a girl’s day out. The red bricked building with huge glass windows has an indoor, outdoor and first floor seating arrangement. There is also a library section where you can read books and have your lunch. I found the décor of the place just wonderful. Wooden tables and chairs, fairy lighting and warm ambience.

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We walked to the first floor because the ground floor was completely packed.  The tables and chairs can be a bit more comfortable. We order the Mexican veg cheese burger, peri peri chicken, US grilled chicken sizzler and pasta Alfredo. The burger was good. Very good. The peri peri chicken was juicy, spicy and delicious. The sizzler was just illegal. It is a dish fit for gods and I felt guilty eating such nice food. Do I even deserve it? Though it is a US sizzler, it had a touch of our own desi spices. May be that’s what made it so tasty. The pasta was cheesy and yummy. May be the chef was in happy mood, so he tossed in more cheese than I expected because most places serve dry and soggy pasta. This was just perfect for my taste. I polished of a bowl all by myself (now these are the perks of lunching with people who don’t like the foods you do… wink wink).

I liked the fact that the manager came to our table and took special care of our demands. It was a perfect lunch. It was time for desserts. The list of their desserts is limited. But, we ordered two different cakes and both were melt in the mouth amazing. Over all, it was a perfect lunch.

If you love to hang out with your pack, have long conversations, some beer and good food, then this is your place. I give this place a 4.5 out of 5 for their hospitality, food and ambience.

 

must try –

peri peri chicken

pasta

pizza

lasagna

Hammered

Hammered exchange

What to look out for –

Fun ambience, nice drinks, good starters

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Contact –

095902 10210

Address –

No.3, 80 ft road, 2 nd stage, Ashwath Nagar, Bangalore.

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After a grueling week, we just wanted to get lost in some good music and food. Hammered was always on my must try list. So why not now I thought. Though the place is a bit far from our place, we drove all the way. What I feel happy about is that the drive didn’t go a waste.

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Hammered is a bright, bubbly and fun place to be in. the ambience is so lively, even the most boring people enjoy here. Colourful seating arrangements, green plants, white walls filled with crazy one-liners, this is surely what you want on a boring weekend.

The staff was courteous and ever smiling. Much to our relief we got a table as soon as we entered. This place had positive vibes and I couldn’t wait to begin our lunch. We began with the classical Caesar salad. I hate salads, but this one I finished half much to my husband’s dismay. It was tasty, healthy and beautifully presented. Then came the juicy chicken wings. I just love chicken wings. And these were high in both quantity and taste. The chicken wings were drowning in peri peri sauce. You could opt for other sauces too. But this one was spicy, juicy and succulent.

The mila jula chicken kebab which came next just stole my heart. It came inside a toy truck kind of a thing. I just couldn’t stop looking at the thing. And, after taking a dozen of pictures, we dug into the trucks load. It was a combo of four kinds of chicken kebabs – chicken tikka, chicken haryali, chicken lollipop and chicken achari. I liked the tikka and achari. The barbeque sausage pizza was just out of the world.

I skipped dessert and instead took one of their freak shakes. The shake lived up to its name because it was huge, colourful and freaky. There were all kinds of sinful stuff in it – gems, ice cream, kit Kat, sprinklers, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and milk. I was in seventh heaven just by drinking this shake. Trust me, you must try it when you are at hammered. The freak shake had a little group of its own admirers when I posted its pic on Instagram. Some even went to Hammered within the next week!

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Over all, this was a fun lunch with good music, tasty food and a wonderful company (my husband). Hope to go back soon. I give this place a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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1522 the ideal pub

1522 The Pub

What to look out for –

Fun filled ambience, good drinks, live screening of sports.

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

1522, 17th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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This is our go-to pub when we have not planned anything for the evening, yet feel like going out. We both love the ambience of the place and their food and drinks too. The place is easy to find as it’s on one of the main roads of Malleshwaram. There are two more branches of 1522, one in Koramangala and the most recent one is in new BEL road. Valet parking is available and that is such a relief in itself.

The ambience of the pub is lively, dim lit and sort of cozy. Loud music is playing and on days when there is a major sports, there are televisions set up everywhere to watch the live screening. The deco is interesting with a theme of rock stars meet cowboy kind of a thing. Try and make reservations beforehand if you want some nice tables.

Coming to the drinks, the pub has numerous varieties of drinks that you can try out from. I just pick them randomly every time. Sometimes they are nice and sometimes they are horrible. Like the other day ordered something called as Thai sunset. It was horrible to say the least. Otherwise, all the drinks seem to be pretty good.

The finger foods are also mouth wateringly delicious. You must especially try out their devils chicken. It’s a super hit for sure. Both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian food are fine. Surprisingly even the main course consisting of Indian rice dishes are good in this pub. You get Chinese, Indian, Italian and Asian cuisine here.

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Must try –

Devil’s chicken

Veg fingers

Adrak kebab

Tandoori chicken

Mongolian chicken

This place has positive vibes to itself. I wouldn’t mind going here many times. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars. You must visit this place any Sunday along with your friends, drink beer, watch sports and have a jolly good time. But remember to go here only when your team is winning or there are chances that your husband may want to leave in the middle because your team is losing (trust me its happened).

Rooftop dinner in the summer

Once upon a rooftop

What to look out for –

Pizza, Chinese food and a relaxed night

Phone Numbers-

080 49653552

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

278/A, 9th Main Road, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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It was a weekday and we wanted to eat out. After having tried out literally every happening place in jayanagar, we opted for a new place (at least for us). We were skeptical as we booked our table on the phone. The place is not like any of those overhyped, much publicized eateries that you find in the locality. All we knew about the place was that it is a rooftop restaurant and that is pretty much what we wanted. The place is on the 3rd and the fourth floors of the building and we opted for the fourth floor naturally because it was rooftop. As soon as we entered, I’ll have to say that I was a bit disappointed. The place was simple and plain. There was nothing fabulous or attractive about the ambience. Just the tables and chairs placed in a particular pattern and nothing else.

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But, we had come and it would be rude to go out, so we thought that we will give it a try. As we sat at the open section of the place, we were uncomfortable by all the smoking. So, we shifted to the semi-indoor kind of place that was much more cozy, well-furnished and comfortable. What the place doesn’t have in ambience, it makes up with the food. The menu is filled with crazy sort of names that are innuendo of what the food is going to be. Also they have a wide variety of food and drinks. The cuisine is Italian, Chinese and Thai.

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minestrone rustica

We ordered minestrone rustica which is a soup made of tomatoes, garlic and some cut vegetables thrown in. the soup was quite good. My husband ordered a salad named Zidane made of lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cheese and olives. I just hated the salad. Then again, when are salads ever tasty? Then came the snow lion chicken. The chicken had a crispy coating that looked like a lion’s hair. This was the best thing that we ordered. The wild and wacky wings were basically chicken barbeques. The wings were loaded with flavours and spices.

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zidane

Must try –

Oreo cheese cake

Shangai bowl

Pizza

Snow lion chicken

Chicken burger

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wild and wacky wings

For main course, we ordered the Shanghai chicken bowl. That was a good one too. Cheesy and mild. We did not order dessert but, you do get stuff like nutella pizza, molten chocolate cake and coconut panna cotta.

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shangai chicken bowl

If you are a lover of desi food and spicy stuff, then skip this place. But if you enjoy a quiet dinner with your loved ones and like to indulge in some comfort food like pizza, burgers or other Italian food, then you must give this place a try.

I’ll give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars for the quality of food and its taste.

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No worries at Hakuna Matata

Hakuna matata

What to look out for –

Friendly ambience, great biryani and yummy desserts

Phone numbers
91 9741133866

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Address

1231, 24th Main, 7th Phase, Opposite Brigade Palm Springs, JP Nagar, Bangalore

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Bangalore is a fascinating city. It is like a drug – addictive, thrilling and always gets you high. Living in Bangalore has its own perks. One such thing is the presence of some of the nicest eat outs that you can find in the country. They are so cool in ambience and consistent in taste. When I talk about good places to eat, I cannot help but mention Hakuna Matata. This place is one of my favourites. And it is one of the few places that me and my husband both agree with (trust me, we do not do that often).

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Hakuna Matata means “no worries” in Swahili. They named the place so probably because it is a wonderful place where you will forget all your worries. It is located in the crowded area of j p nagar. But, surprisingly, the place is very vast and spacious. You can just drive in, park your vehicle and walk into the hotel. The building is open and there is free movement of air, light and people. You can also opt for the outdoor seating. We sat under the star during our first visit, but that was in the evening. This time, we were there for lunch, so we chose a corner table on the ground floor which was a no smoking floor.

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The ambience is raw and jungle kind of a thing. There are bamboo tables and chairs. There is wood and bamboo art on the wall. It’s simple, yet pleasing. But, what is liked the most about the place is its food. It is absolutely mind blowing. They are very consistent in their taste and hygiene. We have been here a couple of times and every time, the food fantastic. The staff is friendly and courteous.

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We ordered crispy chilli vegetables, paneer satay, dragon chicken and shredded crispy chilli chicken for starters. Each and every starter was tasty and we gorged on every last bit of it. The first time we had been here, we had ordered chicken biryani because the staff suggested it. Trust me, I was very skeptical about it. hakuna matata and chicken biryani? Somehow, the names didn’t go very well together. But believe me, the biryani was mind blowing. The chicken in the rice was so well cooked, juicy and spicy. The rice had all the necessary flavours of Indian spices. So, whenever one of our friends go out here, we recommend their biryani very strongly. The vegetable Szechwan fried rice was also tasty.

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chicken biryani

things to try –

dragon chicken

honey chilli potatoes

paneer satay

chicken biryani

fried ice cream

 

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dragon chicken

Desserts must be mandatory in places like Hakuna Matata. We had their fried ice cream which is just out of the word. The walnut toffee with ice cream was also good. All in all, the lunch was a wonderful experience. The place gets a high 4.7 out of 5 stars. also, do not forget to pay a visit to the french looking cake cafe at the entrance of the place.

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Brewsky, the rooftop microbrewery

Brewsky

What to look out for –

Rooftop seating, yummy pizza, a large screen, vibrant ambience and tasty American snacks

Phone Numbers

076767 96666
Cost –

₹1500 for two

Address

55, 19th Main Road, 15th Cross Road, JP Nagar 2nd Phase Bangalore

Alcohol is Available

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On a dull winter evening, the best thing that you can do is grab your coat, call your friends and head out to the Brewsky. It is one of the first microbreweries in the city and attracts a large crowd, especially during the night. The place is on the top of the building and gives you a breathtaking view of the well-lit Bangalore city. A floor below, there is a closed room seating facility, but much of the crowd and excitement is on the rooftop. It is recommended that you book your table in advance to avoid waiting at the entrance.

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As you enter the place, the chilled wind embraces you and takes you into a relaxed and fun mood. There are two levels on the roof top and you can opt for either. A large screen will be playing the live matches of the day. Seating is sort of old school because they use these old metal chairs that were a norm during the 90’s. Service is good and pretty fast in spite of so many people. You get delicious american and continental food both vegetarian and non – vegetarian.

Must try in Brewsky –

Beer

Thin crust pizza

Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Goan crumb fried chicken

Philly chicken burger

Chocolate cigars

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chicken wings
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thin crust pizza

The place is energetic, yet relaxing. If you want to beat your weekday blues, this is one highly recommended place. And this might sound a bit crazy, but I have to mention it – they have the cutest dressing table in the ladies washroom. It is all pink, classic and regal looking. Not just that piece of furniture, everything about Brewsky is good looking and nice. The food, the ambiance and the service, everything gets a 4.6 out of five stars.