The Yellow Chilli is a chain of restaurants designed and curated by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, a renowned face in Indian culinary space. He is known as a TV Show host, author of best selling cookbooks and winner of many food awards. TheYellow Chilli is known for its premium and high quality family dining experience. The brand offers a gastronomic tour of our nation as the menu here showcases some of the classic dishes inspired from North West Frontier, Mughlai and Punjabi cuisines.
I visited the Church Street outlet which is located at the very beginning of Church Street, beside Blue Frog Lounge to be precise. I was here for dinner along with a friend to try out various specialties offered. The overall experience here did leave a lasting impression on our taste buds.
Decor of the place is equivalent to a fine dine, you are greeted with various artifacts, cook books and products that are associated with Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The dim lighting and comfy furniture all around along with the 90s Hindi music ensure that you enjoy a very peaceful dining experience. Buffet counter is tucked at one corner whereas the Bar counter faces the restaurant which houses just the glassware making it look very neat.
Drinks menu here has an interesting element called Beergaritas which is Margarita mixed with beer and your favorite fruit, and this means you get a lot of combinations to choose from. We tried Passion Fruit, Black Current, Aampanna and Watermelon. Aampanna with beer is something which sounds odd but trust me this drink has a very nice mix of flavors which gels well to give out an amazing taste.
We then moved on to a conventional looking cocktail called Skullbreaker, it is a concoction of Whiskey and Vodka with hint of spices. All the cocktails here were easy going and I appreciate it as the place is more of a fine dine restaurant and not a pub/lounge.
We started off with Soup and it was good to see something different being served, we had Coconut Zaffrani Shorba which is a thick coconut milk based soup topped with Kesar. The aromas are so strong and appealing that it instantly alleviated the hunger pangs in us.
We had the Santri Murg Chaat (salad menu) which is cold shredded chicken blended with pepper and tossed with Orange segments.
For starters we had Mix Platter for two (veg) which had 5 varieties of starters. Hare Masale ka Bhuna Paneer and Harippa Paneer Tikka being chef’s specials are a must try. Karara Subz Roll are tiny mixed veggies rolls dipped in a sweet sauce, the crispy outer layer encloses the delicious filling without letting the moisture out. Chana Jor Garam Tikki get a bit dry and you would probably want to have it with mint chutney. Aloo Nazakat is a very elaborate looking dish, it is scooped potatoes with rich nutty filling. Vegetarian crowd is sure to feel heavenly as the options available here are something different from the usual starter options available in most of the other restaurants.
Our next stop was non vegetarian starters- Frontier mix grill for two. We first had the chef special dishes which in this case was Chandi Kaliyan, a delicious creamy chicken tikka with super soft texture. Murg Angar Bedgi is slightly on the spicier side and this is evident as the dish (Tikka) uses Bedgi chili in its preparation which is found extensively in select regions of Karnataka. Kali Mirch Methi Fish Tikka and Tandoori Basil Prawns was served from their sea food starters menu and both these preparations matched its description in terms of taste and presentation. You should not miss out on Pudina Seekh if you love mutton, the minced lamb is perfectly cooked and Pudina imparts a nice twist to the overall taste.
Main course was Shaam Savera, Lapta Chicken and Lalla Mussa Dal accompanied by assorted bread basket. Shaam Savera, a signature Sanjeev Kapoor dish is rich combination of Spinach Koftas filled with Cottage Cheese dipped in creamy tomato gravy, in simple terms it is Palak Paneer in its quirkiest form.
Lapta Chicken is sure to leave no space in your tummy as the gravy is thick and greasy and the chicken pieces here are heavily layered with Masala, just the way a North Indian chicken gravy is supposed to be.
The Roti/Naan section has interesting options which are unique to Yellow Chilli, for example Peshawari Naan, Puaar Mirchi ki roti and Lasooni Naan are some items which is usually not available in many restaurants.
Our elaborate dinner came to an end with Kesar Kulfi with Rabdi. Kulfi used is prepared in house and turned out to be one of the best that I have had till date, it is dipped in thick rabdi mix and garnished with dry fruits. Aromas of Kesar and Rose is sure to keep you involved until you slurp the last bits of this beautifully presented dessert.
So overall, Yellow Chili is not your ordinary restaurant serving Indian cuisine, most of the items on the menu are unique creations of Chef Sanjeev Kapoor which guarantees an incredible experience. Service is amazing and the politeness of the staff is worth mentioning. A special thanks to the restaurant manager and the executive chef for being brilliant hosts, appreciate the way everything was taken care of. The Yellow Chilli has two outlets in Bangalore, the other one being in Jayanagar. Do check out their attractive Buffet option as well.
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