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?

 

a small lunch

Smally’s resto café

What to look out for –

Lovely ambience, mind blowing burgers and steaks

Phone numbers –
080 49653401

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

A1, church street, Bangalore.

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Hello people! It has been more than a month since I last blogged. Well there is a genuine reason. Planning a vacation, packing for the holiday, going on a vacation and coming back to hangover in the thoughts of a wonderful holiday is what I did most of the month. I had eaten so much on my holiday that even writing about food felt too much. Thus the break.

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Well, let me start with the review. Today, I’ll be talking about a small resto café that lies in the heart of the city. Smally’s resto café on church street is aptly named. It is small and the coolest resto café in the most happening place of the city. It is jam packed during weekends and you need reservations. The ambience is typical of all those hip cafes in the town – dim lit, wooden furniture, graffiti and mirrors. It is a cool place to hang out with friends.

We got a small table at a corner (result of eating out in twos) and we sat down to look into the menu. They had some interestingly named drinks and food. We ordered the signature grilled vegetable pizza. The dollar burger and a grilled chicken steak. The pizza was fresh and small. You could manage to eat the entire thing alone if you are really hungry. It tasted great. The dollar burger was small, yummy and juicy. The chicken steak was however the best thing on the table. Just the smell of it is enough to make you hungry. It was fresh, soft and juicy. The spices were of the right amount, but a little bit of more salt and chilli would be welcome.

The drinks were cool too. The virgin mojito was decent. The oreographer was just mind blowing. Ordered it for the strange name and it ended up filling my tummy. Coming to the desserts, they have a wonderful selection of cakes and mousses, you can try any of them and it will certainly be good.

I give this place a 4.5 rating for 5 stars. It is a nice place to grab a burger when you are out at brigade road shopping with your friends.

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must try –

shakes

burgers

steaks

 

communiti lunch

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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paradise of food

Paradise

What to look out for –

All kinds of non-vegetarian delicacies

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Contact –

080 6900 1677

Address –

#915 , 24th Main Road, 2nd Phase JP Nagar, Thirumala Temple Road, Next to Reliance Digital, Bangalore.

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Names can be deceiving. A place named as a hole in the wall might not be as small, alternately, a place named as a nation may not be as big too. But here is one place that does justice to its name. Paradise. Truly, it’s a paradise for all biryani lovers. This is one must visit place if you live near JP nagar… well actually with food like that, you should visit even if you live on the other side of the city.

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After having eaten a lot at a lot of places, ordinary will never please you. It will take something extraordinary to blow your mind. This is one such place. The ambience is ordinary, just like any other family restaurant. Have to say it is quite clean. Let’s cut straight to the food. Because that is the only reason I go to such places.

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The sad thing was I was not eating only vegetarian that day. So, all the non-vegetarian food reviews for the day are from my husband. That’s no big issue because he has good taste (I mean, just look at me). So, we ordered a chicken kebab platter, tandoori jhinga, murg kebab, and Hyderabadi biryani in non-vegetarian. My husband and all the others enjoyed the meal to the fullest. They found the food authentic and very similar to what is served in the oh so famous paradise of Hyderabad.

As it was a biryani house, I thought I am going to be served bad vegetarian food. But, I was so wrong. The vegetarian delicacies were as good as the nonveg ones. We ordered a deep fried vegetable patties (I forgot the name). Then there was paneer deep fried with a coat of batter on it and dipped in sesame seeds. I just loved that dish. As it is been a while I forgot the names of the dishes. But they were absolutely lip smacking.

This was about our meal in paradise. I am truly going back to devour their biryani in the near future. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars. The service is courteous and swift too.

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Must try –

All types of biryanis

Kebab platter

Prawn delicacies

Desi dessert

Arabian noons

Fattoush

What to look out for –

Arabian cuisine, chicken delicacies

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Contact –

080 49653338

Address –

Euphoria Hotel, near to Fortis hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Panduranga Nagar, Bengaluru.

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Food is like vacation to me. Whenever we are eating out, I plan the entire thing up until the dessert. I decide where we go, what we drink and what we eat. But, there are some occasions when you go to a place without planning anything just because you were out on work and it’s time to eat. One such occasion was when I went to Fattoush. The place is named after an Arabian salad. This told me loud and clear that it was an Arabian hotel. But I wanted to try something new. So, in I went.

 

The ambience was clean, plain and airy. The place was empty when we entered because it was long after the regular lunch time. We sat at a table and ordered. The staff were courteous and brought the food swiftly just as we had insisted.

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We ordered the Arabian chicken soup. It was a clear soup with a tinge of parsley and chunks of chicken. It was a nice, hot bowl of soup. Then came their very famous red dragon chicken. It was a very succulent dragon chicken. The spices were just about right. The chicken biryani which came next was nothing new from the regular biryani that we eat in India. I expected something different from an Arabian restaurant. All in all, the food was good.IMG_6679.JPG

I regret not eating the Fattoush when I was at Fattoush. I give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I think this place deserves more compliments than it gets.

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Must try –

Fattoush

Vegetable Biryani

Dragon Chicken

 

Andhra food in B’lore

Nagarjuna

What to look out for –

Authentic Andhra food, best non- vegetarian delicacies

Cost –

₹600 for two

contact –

080 49652966

Address –

44/1, Residency Rd, beside galaxy theatre, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru.

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When you think of Andhra food, you think of Nagarjuna. So, much is the popularity of this place and its cuisine. Nagarjuna is as much Andhra in its style as the famous hero of the same name is. The ambience is simple and typical to those family restaurants we always visit. Nothing over the top or unique. But, the place is always buzzing with people. Especially on Sundays, you will not get a table without waiting.

In places like these, the food all you can talk about is the food because the staff, service, ambience are pretty much the same. We ordered chilly chicken, chicken Nagarjuna roast, kheema fry, pepper chicken and kebabs. Quite an order I must say. But the number of empty stomachs were also more this time.

The chilly chicken was just the right amount of spicy and soft. Many restaurants just throw in a bunch of chilies because it is called as chilly chicken. Only god must save the people who indulge in those extra spicy dishes. Have to say this place knows its limits when it comes to people’s tolerating quotient. The chicken Nagarjuna roast was drizzling with spices and pepper. It was a better order than the pepper chicken I must say. The kheema balls were pretty looking and tasted extra soft and extra yummy. The kebabs were too good to be true.

Then came the chapatti and the chicken curry. I’ll have to say these weren’t up to the mark. Especially after the marvelous starters, this seemed like a dull middle. To end the meal, we ordered chicken biryani. The rice was cooked perfectly and the spices were in the right proportions, not too much or not too little.

We skipped dessert because this place is for food, not desserts. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars. The place surely serves finest Andhra food. But, a little bit of cleanliness will certainly be appreciated.

must try –

chicken biryani

chilli chicken

mutton fry

pepper chicken

 

 

lunch in the clouds

Cloud café

What to look out for –

Youthful ambience, sports screening and continental food.

Cost –

₹800 for two

Contact –

080 45128824

Address

626, 4th Floor, 80 Feet Road, Vinayaka Layout, 2nd Stage, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore.

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Our locality was lacking a proper café from many years. Cloud café almost fulfills our wish. Well, almost. This is one place that you can go with your friends, sit for hours, play snooker and eat some junk food. Cloud café is exclusively for youngsters.

 

The ambience is lively and colourful. The décor is bright and funky. There are cubicles that give you privacy if you want to have a silent lunch. For others who like to have a taste of the view, you can opt for the tables to the left. The place is on the fourth floor, so they do have a glass wall that looks out to our huge city.

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The menu is also designed as per the requirements of the youngsters. There is Italian, Chinese, continental, north Indian and American. We had chicken lollipop which was crispy and delicious. Then came the BBQ chicken wings which had a tinge of sweetness in it. May be they had added honey. The butter chicken curry was a wrong order at a café. But, we were hungry and as south Indians, nothing satiates our hunger as much as rice does. The butter chicken was too mild in flavours and kind of sweetish. It came with plain white rice. At last came the spicy Cajun chicken burger. The burger quite good. We didn’t have the mood for desserts, so I can’t tell how they were.

As the place is very near to our house, I may go there sometime. I give a 3 out of 5 stars. If you live nearby, you can surely visit this place once.

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