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

 

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Colorful Asian lunch

Tim Tai Asian Deli

What to look out for –

Colourful ambiance, Asian cuisine.

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Contact –

080 65698888

Address –

130, 1st Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore.

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Had heard a lot about this place, so couldn’t wait to go here. It was a Saturday noon. We had run late and it was already their closing time. I called for reservations and the staff was very courteous telling that they would reserve a table.

Tim Tai is one of the many fine eateries that you can find in Koramangala. It is a Deli that serves pan Asian cuisine and that’s what got me interested. The place is very colourful and cheery. Right from the board that’s set up in the beginning to the walls inside the place, everything is so bright and colourful. There is a lot of pink, yellow and green to make the place look fun and interesting. The ambience is surely the USP of this place.

We were given a comfortable table and as it was a Saturday, I was having a vegetarian lunch (sigh!!!) with my sisters. The staff were extra friendly and love places where the people smile, aren’t rude and help you out by suggesting what to eat. This is one such place.

We ordered apricot glazed cauliflower in noodle basket just because it sounded so beautiful. The noodle basket never came, but the cauliflowers were pretty good. They had this sweet tinge from the apricots. Then came the tofu chilli pepper with five spice salt. May be, the name had all the salt and that’s why it was missing in the dish. Could have added some more salt to please our Indian taste buds. For main course there was Thai chilli basil noodles. This thing was very oily. Also the essence of basil was too much. To go with it, we ordered tofu on wilted spinach with hot basil sauce. Again the thing was very oily. Dessert was a simple chocolate walnut brownie with vanilla ice-cream. This was the best thing that I ate that day.

Do not know if we ordered wrong or whether this place is only for non- vegetarian food, but I’ll have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the food. It was way too oily. Should try some seafood the next time. Will give it a 3 stars out of 5.

Must have –

  • Seafood noodles
  • Mapo tofu
  • Banana leaf wrapped fish
  • Soups
  • desserts

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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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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).

Sip as you Dine

Sip and Dine

What to look out for –

Mangalorean dishes, seafood and cocktails.

Phone Numbers –

080 23406122

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

998/20, Poornima Complex, First Floor above ICICI bank, Service Road, R.P.C. Layout, Vijay Nagar, Bangalore.

alcohol is available

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There is something about family dinners. Apart from the fun, love and the interesting conversations, there something else for a foodie like me. You get to try out new places that you are sure of not visiting if it was not for family dinners. Because, when you are going out with the entire family, proximity of the place is as much important if not more as the taste of the food. You cannot imagine to drag them all 15 km to eat the best burger in town. That you have to do alone. And for family dinners, there are places like sip and dine.

Located off the service road in Vijaynagar, this place was quite popular in its early days. I think one of the most important reasons for its success is the lack of other fine dining places nearby. People had to go here. But, the place used to give some great service and delicious food those days. Over time, I can’t help but notice the falling standards.

The place is extended to two floors. Both the floors are pleasantly decorated and have soothing instrumental music playing in the background. The ambience is cosy and welcoming. Although I have heard many of my friends complaining about the behavior of the staff, I have never experienced anything of such kind. The staff were pretty concerned and attentive. We had our seats and ordered our food.

They took quite some time to bring the food. The cocktails were regular and nothing fancy. For starters, we had egg chilly, crispy fried chicken, baby corn Manchurian and chicken 65. The most disappointing thing about their starters is that they all appeared to be same colour. It almost seemed like they used the same colour masala to cook up each of the dishes. The cooks of sip and dine must make the food much more presentable and appealing. Also, please STOP adding so much colour to your food. It is dangerous for the health. Taste wise, nothing was quite extraordinary. The crispy chicken was good though.

Main course was Hyderabadi biryani which was tasty. The other time we had ordered neer dosa which was actually very good along with their egg masala. Their fishes are also well done. We skipped dessert because I have decided I’ll eat desserts only when the menu interests me. Over all, a good place with average food. I will give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Go here when you have no other option.

Must try –

Neer dosa and egg masala

Pomfret masala fry

Crispy fried chicken

1947 – a dinner story

1947

What to look out for –

Pure vegetarian spread

Phone Numbers-

+91-80-28605666

+91-9739989452

Cost –

Lunch – ₹350

Dinner – ₹450

Address

292/A, 12th Cross, Ideal Homes Township, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore.

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All the vegetarians, hear me out! Here is a place that serves genuine vegetarian food. 1947 is a well-known chain of restaurants that serve you some delectable food that does not contain meat or eggs. The last time we had been to 1947 Rajajinagar branch was to celebrate the completion of 100 days of our marriage (and we still manage to be together!). We had opted for a la carte then, and I’ll have to say that the place seemed a bit expensive for the food it served.

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So, when my cousin suggested that we go out for a vegetarian lunch to 1947, I thought there will be nothing new. But, the place proved me wrong. This time we went to the Rajarajeshwari nagar branch. There are five branches of the place in Bangalore – Rajaji nagar, Rajarajeshwari nagar, Malleshwaram, Jayanagar and Banashankari. The place is quite spacious. The décor is minimal and has that ideal “family restaurant” wala feeling. there are some pictures and paintings related to the independence day owing to the place’s name. the overall ambiance is positive. Comfortable chairs, wide tables and enough space to go around filling your plate. Yes, it was a buffet.

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When my cousin said it was a buffet, my heart sank. This is because, most of the places in Bangalore (I assume in other places too) do not serve the same kind of food for buffet and a la carte. Whether it is the quality of the food, taste or the presentation, we can see that a la carte beats buffet all the time except for some places. I will have to say that this is one such exception. The place had a decent amount of food on its buffet menu. Though the list was not too long, whatever was presented was actually delicious.

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We began with the tomato soup. Though it is the most basic of all the eatables that the hotels can offer, most of them get it wrong. 1947 makes some yummy soups. For the starters, there was hara bhara kebabs, aloo ke tukde, paneer tikka laal mirch. All of them were good. Especially the paneer, it was so soft and succulent that I had two helpings. The chatwala came to each table along with his mobile chaat stall and took orders to serve them then and there. Both the pani puri and sev puri were nice. Then came the cheese macaroni pasta.

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Salad section consisted of fruits, vegetables, corn and other salads. I liked the corn and pineapple salad that had mayonnaise sauce in it. For main course there were various indian breads that you will be served according to your preference. We opted for butter kulchas. It was eaten with Kashmiri dum loo, dal makhani, panner butter masala and pindi chole. The chawal ki dawat or the rice menu consisted of a vegetable pulao, white rice with rasam and curd rice that was presented in cute little cups. There was also hakka noodles with chilly sauce in the oriental counter, but we skipped it.

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After this hefty dinner, we still managed to taste the desserts. There was kheer, Shahi tukda and rabdi for dessert. We ended the dinner with the flavour of the season – mango ice cream. I have to admit that it was a memorable dinner. Such a wide variety to choose from and each of the food items was very tasty and beautifully presented. I will give a 4 out of 5 stars for this buffet.

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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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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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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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Dining High

High Ultra Lounge

What to look out for –

Great view, Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisine.

Phone Numbers-

080 45674567

Cost –

₹2500 for two

Address

26/1, 31st Floor, World Trade Centre, Brigade Gateway Campus, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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If any day you feel like flying in the sky and touch the clouds, I know where you have to be. Well, you do not actually get to fly among the clouds, but you can have a closer look at them. High ultra-lounge is on the 31st floor of the tall World Trade Centre building. To be precise, it is 421ft above the ground level. This makes High the tallest dining space in the entire south India. Hmmm… that is very interesting.

 

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When a place boasts of so many things, I have to be there. So, we were there on a Saturday for a leisure lunch. Ho, the entry! It’s so dramatic. There is a special glass elevator (yup, the Willi Wonka types) that takes you 31 floors above Bangalore. That ladies and gentlemen, is a sight worth all the money you paid for your lunch. You swish up through an amazing view and most of the city is well below you, visible to the naked eye. Once you are up there, you are welcomed by the friendly staff who seat you in comfortable tables. the ambiance is bright, sunny, outdoorish and there is a lot of space to move around and make yourself comfortable anywhere you want.

 

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The entire lounge is separated with various seating arrangements and themes. There is indoor, outdoor, bar and lounge kind of arrangements and you can pick where you like to sit. Sometimes, if the place is crowded, then you will be allotted a table by the staff which is not cool. Who would want to be seated inside a lame room when you can sit by the huge glass windows that have a magnificent view? Always opt for the outdoor tables when you dine here.

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The welcome drinks were basic and not much appealing. The cuisine is basically Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai. South Asian to be specific. so, everyone will not like High. We ordered chicken wonton soup which consisted of chicken, cabbage, mushrooms and carrots. It was a spicy, delicious hot soup. A good beginning, we all thought. Then came the starters. Sushi, prawn tempura, chicken satay, sweet corn with coriander butter, spicy cilantro chicken and others. The sushi was good. Sweet corn butter was yummy. The chicken was ordinary.

 

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I’ll have to say that the main course was a big disappointment. Except for the Thai Green Vegetable Curry, nothing is worth remembering. Coming to my favourite part, the dessert – you must try their Banoffee pie. It is just mind-blowing. The other things like pastries and ice creams are good, but do not deserve any special mention.

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All in all, this place is a must visit if you love heights and are looking for a romantic dinner with your spouse. The place is expensive, so save it for special occasions. I’ll give a 4 out of 5 for the ambiance, but a 3 for the food and service.

 

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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alcohol is available

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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things to try –

dragon chicken

honey chilli potatoes

paneer satay

chicken biryani

fried ice cream

 

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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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fried ice cream!!!

 

 

 

Pirates at The Black Pearl

The Black Pearl

What to look out for –

Wholesome buffet, pirate theme and great service

Phone numbers
080 45128773

Cost –

Veg buffet – ₹499 to ₹699

Non veg buffet – ₹599 to ₹699

Address

105, 1st A Cross, Jyothi Nivas College Road, Koramangala 5th Block, Bangalore

Alcohol is available

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Imagine eating in the middle of skeletons, wrecked ships and pirates. You would think that you will not have the appetite to do so. But, here is a place where the ambiance is strange, but surprisingly, it does not at all bother you. In fact, the place makes the food all the more interesting. I am talking about the black pearl. It has two branches in Bangalore one in koramangala and another in marathalli.

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Black pearl is unique. Not just because of its name, ambiance or food, but the entire feeling about the place make you want to come back again. As you enter the place, you know that it is going to be an interesting night. For me, the dinner will always be special because we cousins were meeting for a sendoff party for our cousin who was flying abroad for work. The place is well decked up with pirate statues, treasure boxes, skeletons, wooden planks and other accessories that make it look like an abandoned ship. The staff welcome you and introduce you to their menu. I just loved the attention that the staff paid to each one of us.

Coming to the food, we has starters on barbeque to begin with. The starters kept coming until we were actually full. There was live band and the songs selected were simply wonderful. They had emu, octopus, rabbit and squids too, but I did not taste any one of them. However, the chicken, fish and mutton dishes were fresh and yummy.

Do not miss –

Veg seek kebab

Fish tikka

Chilli garlic Chicken wings with barbeque sauce

Mutton seek kebab

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Well, the main course was simple, yet tasty. Many places which boast of lavish buffets do not provide basic level of taste when it comes to main course. But, black pearl is an exception in this case. They have delicious biryani, curd rice, bread, gravies and curries spread out for you.

And then, here comes my favorite part. The desserts! I will have to say that the black pearl takes the cake when it comes to desserts. They have the most interesting desserts like chocolate sandwich. Paan pudding, vermicelli lollipop, coconut balls, chocolate lollipop, malai chocolate, gulab jamun, and pastries. Trust me, you can eat just the desserts and you will be satisfied.

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Live counters make the best mini burgers, sandwiches, chats and sea food that you can choose. I always thought that the barbeque nation was my favorite buffet place until I came here. Now this is my hot favorite buffet destination. I give a 4.5 out of five stars for this wonderful place.

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