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.

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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

 

Christmas lunch

 

Café Noir

What to look out for –

french ambience, French food and French vibes

Phone numbers
080 22682140

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Address

Food court, Orion mall, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

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It’s my favorite month! Well not because of the holiday season, not because of New Year or Christmas and not even because everyone is saying the same thing. It’s my favorite month because it’s my birthday month and everyone I love spoil me with gifts. On my birthday, I wanted to take my husband to a very nice and cozy place. I loved café Noir, but my husband never liked the sound of it. So every time we went to Orion mall, he would hurry me away from the huge glass windows of this place not wanting to go inside. But this time it was my birthday and he couldn’t say no. I just hoped that the food will be good because nothing can upset a foodie more than bad food and I didn’t want to upset hubby jaan on my birthday.

The ambience is what attracts you first to the place. It is grey in colour, huge French windows and ungenerous seats. The seating could be a bit more comfortable. But the overall décor just takes you to France. You feel like you are sitting in some French patisserie. The smell of freshly made desserts was welcoming. I had a misconception that the staff at such places will be rude, thanks to my past experiences. But, the staff were very welcoming and friendly.

We ordered a sweet lime fizz and French fries to begin with. The lime juice was tangy and pleasant. The French fries were crisp with right amount of saltiness. Then came the sizzler BBQ chicken. The sizzling hot veggies, chicken and rice were very tasty. My husband just loved it, so I sighed in relief. The le Jardin pizza which came next was hot, cheesy and yummy. Didn’t know a French café could make such nice Italian pizza.

And finally it was dessert time. I love desserts in such places. They have an entire glass showcase lined with their nicest desserts. You can choose any one from them. I took five minutes to choose one dessert because it felt like having them all. That’s when I decided I will eat at least one dessert from this place every time I am at the mall. Finally I opted for crème Brulee. The glazed part was glassy, sweet and brittle and as soon as I cut into it, I found a softest custard inside. The crispy caramel meeting a delicious custard made it the perfect dessert. Surprisingly, even my husband liked it.

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I loved their food, ambience, service and desserts. It was a perfect birthday treat that I could give to my husband who is encouraging about my foodie habits. Will give a 4 out of 5 stars. They have some exclusive desserts for the festive season, so you can give a visit when you are in Orion mall. They have 3 more outlets at UB city, phoenix market mall and VR mall.

 

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must try –

Pizza

Pasta

Waffle

French fires

Sizzlers

Desserts

communiti lunch

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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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

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.

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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