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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Authentic Andhra Food

Nandhana palace

What to look out for –

Lip smacking Andhra cuisine and a meal on the plantain leaf.

Phone Numbers –

080 29773344

Cost –

₹600 for two

Address

619, Vinayaka Layout, 80 Feet Main Road, 2nd Stage, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore

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After spending a long weekend in Andhra Pradesh, I feel like writing about their food. The Andhra cuisine is unique and exclusive in a good way. It is filled with lots of spices, masalas, ingredients and taste. There is always variety, be it in starters right through the main course until the desserts. We all are familiar of Hyderabadi biryani. In fact we just love eating it. But, Andhra food is much more than that. In order to experience a typical telugu meal, you will have to visit one of the many Andhra style hotels in Bangalore. You will not have to search much because there are plenty of places that offer the Andhra food in our city. One such place is the Nandhana palace.

 

 

Nandhana palace has its branches all across Bangalore. There are 13 outlets of nandhana palace each in marathalli, koramangala, bannergatta road, new BEL road, kammanalli, indiranagar, rajajinagar, Nagarbhavi, rajarajeshwari nagar, JP nagar, Domlur, sahakar nagar and KR puram. I have been to four of these branches. While the Rajajinagar, Nagarbhavi and JP nagar branches were good, I had the worst food in Koramangala branch.

 

The ambience of this hotel is nothing fancy. It is the typical family restaurant wala feeling with brown, gold and beige colors eminent everywhere. The seating is comfortable. The Nagarbhavi branch also has a kid’s play area which is welcome. We do not want wailing babies while we are eating a silent lunch. You are served food on plates or plantain leaves according to your wish.

We first ordered the soups. All the soups were good, but the chicken soup was the best. Tangy, spicy and hot, it can wake up your taste buds and put them on duty instantly. Then came the starters – chicken wings, lemon chicken, chicken lollipop, pepper chicken, mutton nalli roast and baby corn Manchurian. Each one of the food items were extremely delicious. But, a special mention must be made of the nalli roast, pepper chicken and the wings. They were absolutely mind blowing.

After a vast spread of starters, you cannot risk ordering a lavish main course. So, the one thing that you must order in an Andhra restaurant is the Hyderabadi biryani. Come on guys, it’s almost mandatory. And, the biryani was also pretty good. On the whole, it was a 3.5 stars on 5. My only complaint with these people is, why do you not send the same quality food when we take away to our homes? The take away parcels are not at all tasty. So please give some attention to that part. Otherwise, it’s a good place to go when you are hungry for a wholesome meal.

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dum biryani

Must try –

Mutton nalli roast

Chicken wings

Bamboo chicken

Hyderabadi dum biryani

Lemon chicken

Vegetarian Andhra meal

The Baap of all Biryanis

Shivaji military hotel

What to look out for –

The best biryani in town and other native non veg dishes.

Phone Numbers-

91 9845149217

Cost –

₹500 for two

Address

718, 1st C Main, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

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There are some places, so well-known and so much loved that if you have not been there, you feel a miserable nagging ache that almost makes your life incomplete. After hearing from everyone I meet, young boys to men as old as the city itself, about this place called the Shivaji military hotel, one fine day I decided to pay a visit. The place is located in Jayangar and very easy to find. While all my rendezvous with hotels begin from the door or the lift, this one began from the road. There is no parking near the hotel so we had to park our car one lane before the place. And I am not making this up, as soon as I got down from the vehicle, I could smell their biryani. The fragrance was so enticing, I knew then and there that something fabulous was in store for us.

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Walking towards the old stone building, I realized that the place must have been renovated recently. There is not much to say about the ambience except that this is the cleanest military hotel that you can find. In ancient times, a military hotel served for the soldiers who would fight wars and come back craving something energetic as well as tasty. Thus, most of the military hotels, including Shivaji, serve non vegetarian food.

The seating area is on the first floor and I was a bit worried whether we would get a table or not. Surprisingly, the place was quite empty. I had always heard that the place is crowded and it is difficult to get in. but, there were only a couple of customers. May be, because it was only 12 in the noon and a Wednesday. We sat at a table and asked for the menu. The menu was just one sheet of paper mentioning all the items that they served.

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Must try –

Chicken donne biryani

Mutton biryani

Chicken kalmi

Kheema

We ordered chicken donne biryani and kalmi. The first thing that the staff did as soon as we took our seats is place leaf plates in front of us. Water was filled into the glasses. Everyone working there had a head cap and plastic gloves. Have not seen such hygiene even in many fancy hotels. The plates were served with a cucumber salad and a cup of shorba. The shorba in itself was a treat. Spicy, masaledar and hot. Then came our biryani. As soon as I put a morsel of the biryani in to my mouth, I knew why this place is so famous. The biryani was just mind blowing. Every grain of rice had sucked in the flavours of the biryani. All the spices that were added to the rice were in the right proportions. No over doing, over cooking or over spicy. It was just like how you crave for. Simple, authentic and tasty. We could not help but order another plate. The kalmi was also spicy, juicy and had that pepper flavour in it.

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No fancy cutlery, no soft sink-in leather sofas, no huge text book like menu cards, not even air condition and yet, this place has retained its fame and the pride of serving the best biryani in a city that has a gazillion number of restaurants. It is a 4.5 stars out of 5. I will be definitely going back to try every item on the menu.