art of delight!

Art of delight

What to look out for –

All kinds of desserts, lots of ice creams.

Cost –

₹500 for two

Contact –
080 40913229

Address –

44/1, Residency Rd, next to Nagarjuna, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru.

you are here

Dessert time! Monsoon and desserts is an everlasting love story. If ever you are on the residency road, there is this nice little place called the art of delight, do make it a point to drop by. It is a vibrant and youthful place that attracts college goers and young crowd who love their desserts. They serve the holy trinity of waffles, ice creams and milkshakes. There are sundaes, cakes and cookies too.

Just next to the very famous Nagarjuna on the residency road, you can see an interesting board quoting Oscar Wilde “I can resist everything except temptation”. Well that’s an interesting quote, especially for someone who has never resisted temptation. So, I followed the board into this nice little place that looked like a patisserie I France. Colourful indoor, outdoor and first floor seating was provided to choose from.

There is this large chalk board behind the counter that displays the delights of the day. You can randomly choose because I bet all of them would taste mind-blowing anyway. We bought ourselves a nutella skillet sundae and chocolate hysteria.

IMG_6400.JPG

The sundae was a scoop of Wayanad vanilla ice cream on top of a freshly baked skillet cookie with a nutella filled center. This was topped with nutella. All in all it was a nutella laced happiness. The skillet cookie was so delicious that I could eat it all day.

IMG_6401

The chocolate hysteria was an amalgamation of brownie crumbles, Belgian chocolate ice cream and vanilla ice cream. If that is not enough, there are chocolate fudge, chocolate chips, roasted nuts, white chocolate and nutella on top. The blueberry cheese cake is just all kinds of awesome. Hmmm, this place definitely sticks to its name because they know the art of delighting their customers.

IMG_6392.JPG

Too bad I went to this place after a nice meal. But, there is always anther time. It is a nice place to relax and have a shake will you chill with your friends. One more interesting thing is the place displays art work of some brilliant artists. These painting are for sale if you would love to buy. Service is swift and friendly. I’ll give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’m coming back again until I have had one of everything on the menu.

IMG_6409

Must try –

Cheese cakes

Freak shakes

Belgian chocolate chip waffles

 

 

Advertisements

pizza mania

Onesta

What to look out for –

pizza, pizza and more pizza

Cost –

₹800 for two

Contact –

+91 8069000301

Address –

562, 8th Main, 4th Block, Next To Exide Battery Showroom, Koramangala, Bengaluru.

you are here

This place had been bookmarked for a long time. But, as they say ‘you will get there when you are meant to get there and not a moment sooner’. So, the moment had finally arrived. A group of youngsters headed towards Onesta Koramngala, on a cold Saturday evening. There are eight branches of this place all over Bangalore and one more in the making. And, one noticeable thing about all their branches is that, they all have the same kind of positive reputation.

The place is easy to locate (especially when you have your GPS on). There is valet parking, which is such a relief. Like many other places in the locality, Onesta too is created in a small, what might have been a residential space earlier. The ambience is fun and bright. There are too many lights, too much positive energy and lots of people too. They do not make reservations on weekends and it is a first come first serve basis. Luckily we got a table as soon as we entered. The place consists of two floors, the ground floor and the rooftop. We chose the lively rooftop. The grilled walls were lined with plants and the wooden tables gave a feel of some outdoor dining experience.

We had chosen the unlimited offer and we could eat and drink anything on the menu any number of times. If someone had told me ten minutes earlier that I would eat those many pizzas, I would have laughed in their face. But, as the pizzas kept coming, we kept eating. The pizzas were made of the thinnest thin crusts. The toppings were good. They were small in size and thus we could try almost all the pizzas on the menu. From the plain Margherita pizza to the chocolate and banana pizza, every pizza was toothsome. There is not much on the menu other than pizza. Bruschetta, lasagna and ravioli were not very appreciable. The herbed wedges and jalapeno cheese balls were delicious. But, one thing is sure, this place is for pizza and only pizza.

The desserts were good too. They were tiny, yet tasty. The caramel walnut tart was just so amazing. So were the dark chocolate and peanut mousse and cheese cake. The drinks like green apple cooler, virgin mojito and peach iced tea were a good combination with the pizzas. Loved their frothy, hot chocolate drink.

This place has great value for money and a very courteous bunch of people serving you. I will give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Visit once if you are a pizza lover.

 

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.

you are here

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

IMG_4980

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

you are here

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

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

you are here

 

 

IMG_3479IMG_3433

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.

IMG_3475

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.

IMG_3447

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.

IMG_3410
snow lion chicken
IMG_3412
zidane

Must try –

Oreo cheese cake

Shangai bowl

Pizza

Snow lion chicken

Chicken burger

IMG_3408
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.

IMG_3458
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.

IMG_3477

 

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

you are here

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.

 

IMG_1303
the view

 

IMG_20160102_214344
WTC

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.

 

IMG_20151224_150636IMG_20151224_150632IMG_20151224_150452

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.

IMG_20151224_134404

IMG_20160101_233323
starters

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.

 

IMG_20151224_134547IMG_20151224_134550

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.

IMG_20151224_134450

IMG_20151224_142604
desserts

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.

 

Family dinner at Deewar

Deewar

What to look out for –

cozy ambiance, delicious seafood and Mangalorean cuisine.

Phone Numbers-

080 23216659

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

1210/D, 1st Phase, 2nd Stage, Chandra Layout, Main Road, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

you are here

It has been a while since I posted anything. This is because I had become a traveler and the epicure in me had taken a backseat for some time. Now, I am back in town and ready to dine out again.

IMG_0743

IMG_1262

Here is a special one. Not because it is any way unique or fancy, but because it is our official family restaurant. My mother in law loves the food here, so we keep going back every time the entire family decides to eat out. There are many reasons why we love Deewar. One, it is very near to our house. Two, they have a clean, hygienic and warm place. Three, they make the best seafood dishes, my husband and brother in law love seafood.

IMG_1259

IMG_0757

This place is nothing over the top or posh. It is a simple, classy restaurant that is family friendly. Simple and comfortable seating arrangement, three floors of seating and different themes on each floor. We love the rooftop, but they do not have an elevator which is a let-down. Light music plays in the background which is soothing.

IMG-20151019-WA0009-1
king fish masala fry
IMG_0754
chicken lollipop

Their starters are too good. Hara bhara kebab, chicken sholay kebab, chicken lollipop, lemon chicken, French chicken. We make it a point to try a new dish every time. Coming to the sea food, their prawns, fish and other stuff are very delicious. A special mention must be made of their crab ghee roast that we all just love. Silver fish fry, Anjal masala fry, prawn fry and other dishes are fresh, well cooked and tasty. Deewar also presents you with a large variety of mocktails and cocktails. Each one is good in its own way.

IMG-20151104-WA0016
silver fish fry

Coming to the main course, again you will be given too many choices. But, don’t forget to try their regional special neer dosa. It is a mangalorean dosa that is thin as a paper. You will lose the count of how many dosas you ate when it is combined with their appetizing egg masala or fish curry. Then, biryani is also a nice thing to try here.

IMG_0744
crab ghee roast
IMG_0748
neer dose and egg masala

Desserts are the usual stuff. You can try hot chocolate fudge or caramel custard. If you are planning a quiet family dinner, this should be on top of your list. I give a 4 out of 5 stars because of sentimental reasons.

Parsi lunch at Sodabottle Openerwala

Sodabottle Openerwala

What to look out for –

Parsi delights, Iranian cuisine, lively ambiance.

Phone numbers –
+91 7022255299

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Address

25/4, Opposite Harley Davidson Showroom, Lavelle Road, Bangalore.

you are here

I was intending to visit this place since long back. And finally, I went there last month with my sister. How I regret not going earlier. This is one place that you ought to go to if you love Parsi food. The place is a demonstration of Parsi culture. The ambiance, food, staff and the drinks are all associated with Parsi culture and people.

IMG_0983

The place has an interesting entrance where in many dabbas are tangled to the handles of a cycle. It reminds you of the Dabbawalas of Mumbai. The ambiance inside is no different. It takes you back to the old Amchi Mumbai. Like a film set from a couple of decades back, the hotel is colourful, fun, interesting and Bollywoodish. Old Hindi songs are played and it instantly relaxes you. The staff is friendly and will help you pick the best dishes in the strange looking menu. Most of the food items on the menu were alien to me and if it’s your first time, you will certainly be caught off-guard.

IMG_0984
sodabottle openerwala

The drinks we ordered were raspberry soda and ice cream soda. I’ll have to say that I liked both the drinks. They were unique and yummy. Choosing food took us some time and after much scrutiny, we decided on chicken chilli cheese pav, chicken Farcha and Bambaiyya chicken biryani. I will have to agree that each one of these Parsi and Iranian food items was just mind-blowing. They were all well-cooked, tasty, spicy and delectable. By the end of the meal, I and my sister were so full that we did not want to eat desserts.

IMG_0991
raspberry soda
IMG_0992
ice cream soda

things to try –

vada pav

soda

desserts

rasta sandwich

salli boti

chicken farcha

biryani

IMG_0994
tiffin box
IMG_0996
chicken farcha
IMG_0998
chicken chilli cheese pav

But, I never skip desserts, as I consider it a crime. So, we ordered mixed berry trifle and Toblerone mousse. I will have to say that the mousse just won the competition. It was so delicious and fulfilling. I don’t know that if it is a norm, but we got two mousses when we ordered one. But who is complaining?

IMG_1007
toblerone mousse

Sodabottle openerwala is a unique dining experience and I intend to go back again someday very soon. The place gets a 4.5 on a scale of 5. But, somehow, I felt it was a bit expensive.

IMG_1011
dabbas!

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

you are here

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).

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

5
chicken biryani

things to try –

dragon chicken

honey chilli potatoes

paneer satay

chicken biryani

fried ice cream

 

4
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.

6
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

you are here

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.

img_20160726_210538

img_20160726_210527

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

img_20160726_200124

img_20160726_200224

img_20160726_204025

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.

img_20160726_204001

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.

img_20160726_210511