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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

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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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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

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

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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zidane

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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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.

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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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the view

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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crab ghee roast
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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.

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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chicken biryani

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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