Koramangala doesn’t shy away from options when it comes to choosing a dining destination, the entire space is packed with every kind of restaurant you can ever imagine of. But then I personally feel that there are relatively few restaurants that cater to true North Indian cuisine. Helloo Delhi is one such place located at the heart of Koramangala, 4th block to be specific (lil ahead of Flipkart Signal when traveling towards Sony world), the brand is well established and their first outlet is located in HSR Layout which was opened 3 years ago.
Three Dots & a Dash, Indiranagar
Three Dots & a Dash is probably that one place in Bangalore which takes you to the tropical setting of Hawaii the moment you step in. The name Three Dots & a Dash comes from a drink which was made by one of the greatest cocktail creators ‘Don the Beachcomber, and it symbolizes the letter ‘V’ in Morse Code. V stands for victory which by default means celebration and the drink here was created as a tribute to the American soldiers who fought beside him during World War 2. I was here as part of their anniversary celebrations along with other bloggers which also marked the launch of their new cocktail and food menu.
The Chug – Garage Bar, Nagawara
The Chug – Garage Bar is one of the newest pubs in the town which is all set to engage a very different kind of audience, the bikers! Well, I must make it clear that this establishment does not promote mixing drinks with riding in any way, it is in fact built in such a way that any true biker from heart will relate to everything he/she sees inside. I was here for the launch party which saw the crowd groove to the beats of DJ Ivan. Read my experience to know more about this one of a kind bikers pub.
Box8 – Online Food Delivery Service!
Box8 is a successful online food delivery start-up which emphasizes on technology and delivery aspects to provide a wholesome dining experience at your home. Their current operations are spread across Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore with over 10,000 orders per day, which is huge! So I’ve been planning for a long time to order from them but never got a chance to do so as I stay with my family which translates to less home delivery eating sessions. But when Box8 contacted me for a small tasting of their offerings i instantly took it up, and at the end of it we (folks at my home) all loved the overall experience.
Route 42 – New Pub Alert in Koramangala!
Route 42 is the newest watering-hole stationed in Koramangala 5th Block, a locality which is already crowded with a lot of pubs and lounges spread across. This indicates that the drinking space here is packed and competition is going to be cut throat, but for us common folks it is a reason to rejoice as we believe in getting spoilt for choice! So what makes Route 42 stand out from other places in the vicinity, read on to know more about my experience here at a recently held bloggers meet.
Freshmenu Interaction & Food Tasting
Freshmenu is a Bangalore based food startup which initiated operations in 2015, it is one of the first online restaurants focused on bringing gourmet food preparations from around the world right at your door steps. For beginners, Freshmenu incorporates the concept of daily changing menu which lists various authentic dishes inspired by world cuisines. The kitchens here run on a very strong belief that focuses on using fresh vegetables, sauces, meat and spices to achieve that perfect dish. What sets them apart from the competition is the fact that you are assured a 45 minutes delivery, no minimum order and free delivery on every order!
Beer & Breakfast at Bak Bak Bar, Koramangala
Bangalore has seen a surge of breweries which churn out some of the best craft beers, then we have classic places which serve exotic beers from around the world. But you can get your hands at them post noon, and it seems apt as a lot of people would prefer going out for a drink either in the afternoon or evening. Then we have a good set of crowd who would go a step beyond the conventional ways to start their day with beer, and that’s when Bak Bak Bar takes the center stage. ‘Beer and Breakfast’ is a new concept here which lets you start your day with your favorite drink – Beer! Combine all of this with lip smacking breakfast menu that caters to every palette and you’ve got a perfect way to kick start your day.
Great Thali Experience – Indian Kitchen, MG Road
Indian Kitchen is your one stop destination to get authentic signature dishes from Kashmir to Kerala, so basically it is known for Pan Indian cuisine. The place takes pride in presenting the rich heritage of Indian cuisine in a very humble manner with more emphasis on taste and richness of every preparation. A lot of restaurants are known for serving full sized Thali (which is usually vegetarian), but at Indian Kitchen you can choose between 4 variants of Thali – Veg, Chicken, Mutton and Fish! The fact that all of this is unlimited makes it even more tempting and irresistible. Adding to that, decor of the place is quirky as the walls here are covered with some intense art work which beg you to stare at them.
Onam Sadya at M Café – Bengaluru Marriott Hotel, Whitefield
Onam is a very special festival for the folks of Kerala and holds significant traditional values to every element that is associated with it. Pookalam, Onam Sadya, boat race along with dance and music ensure that the festival is celebrated with much fanfare. M Cafe, Marriott Whitefield decided to treat its loyalists from across the continent with Onam Sadya, a feast comprising of over 26 dishes which is served on plantain leaf. Chef Mahesh along with Chef Thirumal curated a wonderful multi course meal which was offered from 12th to 17th September. Since this was my first attempt at trying Onam Sadya I was looking forward to a great experience.
Farzi Cafe – Gastronomical Illusion at its best!
Farzi Cafe, a place globally known for creating an illusion with its cuisine has finally marked its presence in Namma Bengaluru. Farzi Cafe is a part of Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd which also houses two other multi award winning brands under them – Masala Library and Made in Punjab. It follows a concept of Modern Indian Bistro which means it amalgamates traditional global cuisines with Indian classics and adds drama in terms of contemporary presentations and culinary styles. A visit to this place is sure to leave you bemused as the experience does not stop at food, instead it wraps you under the blankets of curiosity and interest as the cafe incorporates molecular gastronomy and various table theatrics to keep you entertained till the end.
Salt – Indian Restaurant Bar & Grill, Koramangala
Salt – Indian Restaurant Bar & Grill is the latest entrant in Koramangala. The place is known for serving modern Indian cuisine with a healthy twist. One glance at their menu will make you realize that the food options available here is a well balanced combination of North Indian and South Indian delicacies along with certain unique snack items which breaks the monotony found in other restaurants.
The Grand Wine Experience – Alto Vino, Bengaluru Marriott Whitefield
I would like to share a quote by Ernest Hemingway which goes like this – “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”. The quote tries its best to showcase the beauty of pairing wine with your favorite food and vice versa.
My Cousin’s Place – Electronic City
My Cousin’s place is one humble looking restaurant located in Electronic City Phase – 1 (on Velanki Drive, little before Paradise Biryani) and has a very different concept for a restaurant known for serving cuisines that is influenced from countries across the world. So the folks here follow a zero wastage policy, this translates to the fact that your food is prepared right from scratch after you place the order. It also ensures that the raw materials are carefully picked based on the size of current order. Yes, this also means that your order might served lil later than usual but hey, we gotta respect that nothing is going waste eventually. Second thing is the cyclic/changing menu system- this sort of volatile nature of the menu helps you get variety of options on every visit. An extremely good move to keep the curiosity and interest alive.
Flavours of Karnataka – Fairfield by Marriott, Rajajinagar
Fairfield by Marriott, Rajajinagar has come up with a one of a kind food festival called the Flavors of Karnataka. This festival aims at showcasing various cuisines from regions of Karnataka like Mangalore, Malendu, Kodagu, Udupi and Navayath. The master mind behind all the dishes included in this special menu is Chef Thirumal, a very humble and down to earth person who knows in and out about the traditional and technical aspects of what goes into the making of these authentic dishes. More details about this food festival can be found in this post, for now allow me to take you through my experience of being part of this native gastronomical journey.
The Beer Café launches 3rd Outlet – VR Bengaluru, Whitefield
Benjamin Franklin once quoted, “Beer is a proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”. Beer Cafe is one such place which is on a continuous streak to spread happiness and joy which revolves around beer. This brand has launched its third outlet in Bangalore at VR Bengaluru Mall, Whitefield. If you are looking for a one of a kind experience to unwind after a tiring day at work, then Beer Cafe is the place to be. I was here for a bloggers meet to celebrate the International Beer day which also included a preview of Beerosphere, a new line of merchandise comprising over 30 products across various categories.
Soup & Dim Sum Festival – Hunan, Koramangala
Hunan is a four time award winning restaurant in the category of Best Chinese Restaurant conducted by Times Food Awards, this fact in itself was a major pushing force which convinced me to attend a bloggers table in their Koramangala outlet on an extremely rainy day. Well the other factor was that even though I have heard a lot about this amazing place and it is super close to my house, I never got a chance to visit Hunan before!! This post talks about their on going food festival called – The Soup and Dim Sum festival, a one of a kind food festival offering gourmet delights particularly created for the monsoon season.
EveryDay Junction – Your share of Ghar Ka Khana!
In the world of startups where every other day we see scores of new ventures coming out with the intention of making our lives easier, EveryDay Junction is one such start up which has come into picture with a very thoughtful cause of serving ‘Ghar ka Khana’. When I say Ghar ka Khana, the food is actually simple, low on spices, modest and suits our Indian pallet in a best possible way. This delivery only startup caters to your needs of home cooked which is currently a major concern for a lot of folks who have relocated here (Bangalore) and have their meals outside in restaurants. I happened to try their meal offerings and I instantly fell in love with the simplicity involved.
The Biere Club, 5th Anniversary Celebrations!
The Biere Club, Bangalore’s First Brewery witnessed its 5th Anniversary on 25th May. This called for a celebration as they completed five wonderful years of serving some of the finest craft beers and combinations of food that goes well with your drinks! Running a brewery is no easy task and achieving this to perfection continuously from five years is a commendable job. *Pat on the back* to the folks who are responsible to keep this place lively at all times. I was here for their Anniversary celebrations and this post talks about my experience here.
Skylit Rooftop Dining – Citrus Cunningham Road
Citrus is a chain of hotels and resorts which has marked its presence in 10 most prominent cities of India. They are known for their vivid colors, kingly comfort, majestic grandeur and fresh ambiance which has a mix of both business class and a casual outlook. One visit to their property and you know that hospitality is best in class here, its all about the experience and memories. I was in Citrus, Cunningham Road for a bloggers meet on a Saturday evening, the venue for which was Skylit – A very cosy and relaxed roof top restaurant.
SE01E05: UB City Food Walk at Cafe Mangii
Cafe Mangii is a cosy little place tucked in the corner of UB City 2nd level. Mangii has an all day menu serving you a handpicked selection of food and beverages, do check out their exotic wines section! Their elaborate offerings are spread across Mocktails- Smoothies, Cooler and iced teas when it comes to beverages and a vast classification which includes Soup, Salad, Small Plates (Appetizers), Fondue, Burgers, Sandwich, Pizza, Pasta, Risotto, mains and desserts! Well Yes, the menu is actually huge for a tiny place like this. The food here is an Italian affair altogether, Wood Fired Pizza being their Signature dish which is a traditional Italian preparation.
Dawat E Khas – Hyderabadi Food Festival @Grand Mercure
Grand Mercure Bangalore presents Dawat-E-Khas, a ten day long Hyderabadi Food Festival which aims at bringing the rich heritage of Hyderabadi cuisine on to your platter. Enjoy a blend of handpicked spices with an art of slow cooking and rich flavors of exquisitely prepared dishes, which will undoubtedly tantalize your taste buds. The spread is organised for dinner only and offers a wide variety of specialties savored by the Nawabs! The best part about this festival is that it is set up in ‘By The Blue’, one of the most premium pool side restaurant in Bangalore which is housed inside the Grand Mercure property. The place has brilliant picturesque view of beautiful pool surrounded by lush greenery. Read on to know more about this all amazing Food Festival, details of which can be found at the end of this post.
SE01E04: UB City Food Walk at Cafe Noir
Cafe Noir was our fourth stop on day-1 of this wonderful food walk in UB City. It is one of the most up-market cafes in Bangalore which is devoted to serve genuine and contemporary preparations from the French lands. Cafe Noir has a nice bistro like ambiance which lets you comfortably enjoy the French cuisine at its best. This place is determined to serve you all day with quality food from breakfast to dinner. Their menu is vast and covers a huge range of confections, beautifully crafted burgers and sandwiches along with wide varieties of eateries.
SE01E02: UB City Food Walk at Fava & Caperberry
My previous post tried to highlight some UB City in general. Here on everything you read will be about food and different types of cuisines available from various restaurants in UB City! So, our first visit was at Fava, a specialty restaurant known for its Mediterranean cuisine. Fava overlooks the beautifully built amphitheater and is airy enough to revive your senses. This restaurant is a brainchild of celebrity Chef Abhijit Saha, the winner of ‘Best Chef in India Award’ in 2013. He is also the man behind this exciting menu which offers an excellent selection of traditional dishes from the Mediterranean land.