Gilly’s lunch

Gilly’s Restobar

What to look out for –
Nice drinks and desserts

Phone numbers –
080 49652862

Cost –
₹1200 for two

Address
4th & 5th Floor, Sree Premprasad Complex, Opposite Ramaiah Hospital, New BEL Road, Bangalore.

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The New BEL Road has many options when it comes to food. After having tried almost all of them, we went to this place called Gilly’s. The place is rated very high on all food apps. So, we thought it’s gonna be a fun day. But to be honest, the ambience itself was a letdown. Hygiene is something that I look for in a place I eat out at. This place surely lacked cleanliness. No that it was completely messy, but you know when a place isn’t well maintained.

We got a table that was overlooking the road. The view was pleasant. But I will have to say this, the service was the worst. There were no people to take orders and the orders taken were not served until we reminded them of it at least a couple of times. We had to wait fifteen minutes to get drinking water! That too when the place was almost empty with no other people to attend to. That really was not a nice thing.

Coming to the food, we had ordered chicken kolar, creamy spicy chicken and chicken tandoor. Food was okay, nothing extraordinary. The fact that the orders were brought in late had killed our appetite. So, we didn’t find them much tasty. The chocolate volcano dessert was the only saving grace as it was yumm.

I give this place a 2.5 out of 5 stars. Visit if you want a laid back lunch.

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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.

 

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?

 

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

 

poppins time

Poppins the Food Station

What to look out for –

College adda kind of ambience

Phone numbers –

+91 9738934215

Cost –

₹500 for two

Address

38, 5th Main, Byraveshwar Nagar, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore.

Usually I plan my meals when we eat outside. From where we eat to what we will be eating, I have everything planned to the T in my mind. But, there are some times when you eat whimsically. There will be no plan or no thinking. You just see a nice place on the road while you are travelling, and you stop to have a look and end up eating there. It is just like impulsive shopping, but much better.

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One such time was when I found this place called the Poppins. We were passing through that road, I saw these fancy lights and then we stopped to grab a pizza probably. It was a small place, like a 1BHK house. The ambience was fun and colourful. The seats were high and tables were small. The entire do screamed ‘enter only if you’re a teenager’. Well, I am a teenager at heart, so I risked taking a seat.

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The menu too is etched out especially for college goers. There is pizza, sandwich, pancakes and milkshakes. The staff consisted of only two people as it is a small place. A couple of college going gangs were the only crowd. It was a cozy little place that not many people know about.

We ordered a farm house pizza and three ‘c’ sandwich as it was not dinner time and we weren’t in a mood for an early dinner. The pizza was just like how it turns out when you cook it at home. Simple, healthy and tasty. The sandwich was good too. They used a good quality bread which is very important while making a pizza.

I ordered a Kit Kat waffle for the sugar rush. It has all the good things for topping – Kit Kat chunks, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. But the waffle was a bit hard and not very fresh.

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All in all, it is a nice little place to enjoy an evening snack with your friends. I give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars. A special mention about the music they play. My husband says they are the coolest retro English songs. But then again, what do I know about English songs of yester years? (or of today for that matter)