#IHBLists : Our Top Ten Happy Hours Picks in Bangalore!

Arbor Brewing Company

Who doesn’t love a tall serve of specially crafted beer?! And, 500 ml for the price of a 330 ml? Yes, please! Drink away your Monday blues at Arbor Brewing Company while sipping on your choice of stout, lager, ale and much more. They know all about steering your attention away from the weekend withdrawal by extending their happy hours all day long. So, whether you end up working late or get stuck in traffic, make sure you end the start-of-the-week evening with your favourite beer.

Happy Hours: All day, Mondays on craft beer.

Where: Magrath Road, Opp. Garuda Mall

Three Dots & a Dash

Comfortable seating, a rooftop ambience and an island style décor that is transient through the interiors and food makes this place the perfect hangout spot to celebrate happy hours! Even some of their house cocktails (which are all a must-try) make their way into the happy hour menu, so get ready for a heady mix of all things alcoholic. What to try – Tiki Tower for the Rum lovers, Beach Bum for the Vodka lovers and Forbidden Island for the high spirited!

Happy Hours: Mon – Thur from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 1+1 on house spirits, bottled/draught beer, house wines and selected cocktails & shooters.

Where: 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar

Bootlegger

Conveniently located on Lavelle Road, this neighbourhood pub is always seen with an overflowing crowd. Nonetheless, the good times that the joint provides us with always makes it up to us. Drop in here for a team beer lunch or a relaxed afternoon session and let the happy hours take over!

Happy Hours: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. all days

Where: Lavelle Road

Tippler on the Roof

This haunt goes all out when it comes to happy hours! Molotov Mondays offer an all-day adventure and explosive offers and prices are available on all drinks, for the rest of the week. Their Molotov Monday menu includes pocket-friendly prices on food and beverages to ensure you don’t go tanking up on an empty stomach. With food starting at Rs. 35 & drinks flowing from Rs. 55, we couldn’t ask for more!

Happy Hours: All Day Monday and Tue – Sun from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on draught beer, domestic liquor and IMFL.

Where: 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar

The Humming Tree

The advantage of choosing to have your happy hours here is that you almost always have something to look forward to, once the tipple hits! Known for their variety of entertainment every other day of the week, The Humming Tree sets you up for a (not-so-memorable 😉) night with their happy hours, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Happy Hours: Tue – Sun from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: 12th Main Road, Indiranagar

Om Made Café

Oh, for the love of wine! This quaint little space in Koramangala serves as the perfect backdrop to enjoy your favourite wines as you are serenaded by the sunsets of Luru. Their unlimited Sangria offer is quite the bargain for wine lovers – on offer every day of the week!

Happy Hours: Unlimited Sangria – all days of the week.

Where: Koramangala – 1st Cross, 5th Block

Mother Cluckers

Another hit delivered by the Plan B group that keeps everyone going back for more. Besides their happy hours, don’t forget to try out their recently upgraded menu that has added a new twist to all our old favourites.

Happy Hours: Mon – Fri from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Indiranagar

District 6 Pub Brewery and Kitchen

A fav among the area dwellers, the brewery has on the menu some fine brews that will keep you thirsty long after the first mug. Their food menu compliments the entire affair by offering a range of eclectic dishes that pair well with your drink.

Happy Hours: Mon – Thurs from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: G 3, 4, 5 – Sheraton Hotel, Malleshwaram.

1522 – The Pub

One of the few places that still keeps rock n’ roll alive, the energy that 1522 gives you will fuel your fire to keep the drinks going. Their music along with the occasional karaoke sessions set the pace for happy hours, as much as the alcohol!

Happy Hours: Mon – Fri from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Malleshwaram

Gilly’s Restobar

If you want to unwind after a heavy work day, look no further than Gilly’s which has fast turned into the hub for corporate afterhours, in their respective neighbourhoods. With mugs at Rs. 75, Pitchers at Rs. 325 and Towers at Rs. 595, it is sure to bring a good end to your work day!

Happy Hours: Mon – Fri from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Mugs, Pitchers & Towers.

Where: New BEL Road, Marathahalli (Koramangala outlet awaiting news from authorities to resume serving liquor)

 

This Independence Day, dine on the menu that was served on 14th Aug 1947!

It’s August and as per usual the entire nation is wrapped in the spirit of the tricolour with grand celebrations for Independence Day. This year marks the 70th anniversary and the Taj West End has a treat for your taste buds!

What do you mean?

Yes, you read right! One of our Luru favs. The Taj West End is serving up a special menu from now until the 15th of Aug, where you can order a dish off the exact same menu that was… wait for it, served at The Taj Mahal Palace while Lord Louis Mountbatten gave his last speech as the Governor-General. We’ve got goosebumps!

No way, what can I order?

This special menu crafted by Executive Chef, Sandip Narang showcases dishes featuring the rich culture of India and its heritage are perfectly compiled to take us back into time to relive the historical moment when the announcement of India’s independence was made.

#IHBLoves

Indian cutlet and brochette of peppered vegetables. (Vegetarian)
Barley risotto, buratta, tomatoes and provencale vegetables. (Vegetarian)Salmon roll served with mushroom veloute, cherry tomatoes and asparagus.
Chicken soufflé served with seasonal vegetables, carrot puree and red wine sauce.

Peppered lamb chops.

Mélange of peach and cream dessert.

French petit four.

The Deets

The hotel will serve an elaborate buffet spread at the all-day diner, Mynt, at INR 1947 plus taxes, available for lunch & dinner, between August 13th and 15th, 2017.

For further information, please call: 080 666 05660  

Mynt - The Taj West End Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Winter is here.. and so is The Ice and Fire Festival at The Irish House! 

It doesn’t matter if you value honour highly like the House of Starks or have “madness” in your veins like the Targaryens, if you are rich and ambitious like the Lannisters or stubborn like a Baratheon; The Irish House will cater to every taste…

…with a cocktail menu that would tingle even the Imp’s taste buds!

The carefully crafted GoT cocktails menu include The Iron Throne, Flame & Shadow, Whitewalker, Wildfire, Dragon’s Breath, Cersei’s Sangria and Seven Kingdoms, to pay ode to all seven seasons.

The Iron Throne (below): Whisky, peach, orange Juice, tobacco, orange zest. This throne is yours, by right.

Whitewalker: Rum, kahlua, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup. Brings the dead back to life.

Flame & Shadow: Rum, triple sec, sambuca, strawberry crush, ginger ale. For the night is dark and full of terrors!

Dragon’s Breath: Tequila, sambuca, and a hint of tobasco. You’ll definitely breathe out fire with this shot.

Wildfire (below): Rum, midori, malibu and pineapple juice. This secret recipe by the Alchemist will light a fire inside you!

Seven Kingdoms: A pour from each kingdom – vodka, whisky, rum, gin, red wine, triple sec, sambuca, topped with Red Bull.

Cersei’s Sangria: Rum, red wine, orange juice, pineapple juice, topped with fresh chopped pineapples. A drink as sinful as the Queen herself.

Sip on these goblets from 12th July to 31st August!

What else, what else!?

While you sip on a glass of Wildfire, get a chance to dare the other fans in a brainy warfare. Participate in the GoT Trivia Night on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, just when the seasons is about to end, at their Whitefield outpost and stand a chance to prove that you are the biggest fan to win official GoT merchandise from Red Wolf. And when you win, you know what to say – “I drink and I know things”.

So back your house and let the banner fly high, while you Irish up your GoT craze and hum the tunes of Ice and Fire! xx

The Deets

Where: The Irish House, VR Bengaluru, Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevpura
GOT Night: 23rd August, 7.30pm
Ice And Fire Festival (limited time menu): 1st till 31st August
Contact: +91 77603 87275⁠

Bangalore brace yourself, the Irish are coming…again!

What and where?

Yes, you heard right! The much loved restobar, The Irish House, opens doors to its second outpost in Bengaluru at RMZ Eco World, Sarjapur.

When is this.. and what’s happening?

They are officially open on Friday, 21st July.. and here’s why you can’t miss the launch. They have an ALL-DAY (yes you read that right)  HAPPY HOURS on the entire bar menu! This is followed by a smashing two hour set by the super popular Hyderabad based rock band Threeory.

Tell me more about Threeory!

Threeory is a multiple award winning 5-piece band from Hyderabad playing “Pop Rock Covers” from past 3 years across the country. At the launch, they will be performing the best of Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Eagles, U2, Pink Floyd, and more.

#IHBLoves

What we heart is, The Irish House always has something in store for everyone – the sports fanatics, the party goers, the rock music listeners, the food lovers and the beer enthusiasts.

So all you Sarjapur peeps, make way for the perfect high spirited Irish experience in your area. The Irish are coming to your awesome neighbourhood. Sláinte! xx

The Deets

Address: The Irish House, Campus 8/A, International Bay, RMZ Eco World, Sarjapura, Bellandur.
Doors open: 12 noon
Threeory: 7pm to 9pm
Contact: +91 80 46834400

Follow them on Instagram here and FB here.

Cafe Felix is here, and they’re serving Bangalore comfort food like never before!

Being an avid fan of Mumbai’s ‘The Clearing House’, on hearing that the same team will be launching a cafe here, my excitement obviously reached a dangerous level of no return. It came gravely close to the time when I heard Sanchez was introducing a live guac station. Ha.

The 411

Café Felix is basically an all-day diner serving ridiculously yummy comfort food. They have menus for a solid brekkie (eggs and smoothies anyone?), a leisurely lunch or a decadent dinner with wine. They’ve got something, no matter what hour of the day you decide to walk in.

What I drank

I decided to give their smoothie menu a whirl. Opted to try the on-trend Avocado Chocolate Smoothie along with a Mixed Berry Yoghurt Smoothie that was suggested (both pictured above). I’d go back and have these again (and try some more…) in a heart beat.

Being a whiskey lover, I couldn’t resist their cocktail; The Grown Up (a twist on a whiskey sour). I also had a few sips of the watermelon juice (freshly made) and the kiwi, peach and lime cooler (all three pictured above).

What I ate

Being a complete salad freak, I was elated at the sight of not a couple, but five salads making their way to my table. This is normally my favourite section of any menu, and I was not disappointed with Felix’s:

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (above) – This is a safe, as well as a hearty portion. You can’t go wrong.

Baby Spinach & Watermelon Salad (below) – Anything watermelon and I generally love it. This take on a watermelon salad is particularly interesting with its inclusion of fennel. This might be a strange thing to say, but the walnuts in this salad seemed to have been roasted using some other technique because I haven’t tasted such perfectly smoked and toasty ones in a long time. A bowl of just those please!

Quinoa Salad – Ideal for a quinoa lover. I guarantee they’d lick this bowl clean; citrus fruit and chickpeas included.

Prawn & Raw Mango Salad (below) – Starting from the soba noodles, to the raw mango and the chili dressing with peanuts, this will take you back to the resort on that Thai island you visited last summer.

Cucumber and Tender Coconut (below) – …and the winner of their salad menu is *ding ding ding*. This dish is superbly thought out, and it shows in the flavour. The use of miso and pickled ginger to uplift the cucumber noodles (coodles? haha!) and coconut strands is extremely clever. This cold, tangy and refresher was a proper party for my palate. I’d go back ONLY for this, time and time again.

Hesitant to move on to the rest of the food. I finally gave in and oh man, I’m glad I did:

Avocado Toast (below) – Exactly what the name suggests, except topped with smooth goat’s cheese and tomato salsa for taste. This one’s for all you #instafood #foodgram #foodporn #theavolife taggers! 😉

Ricotta and Pinenut Ravioli (below) – This is such a good vegetarian option! The pasta was just the right thickness and I thought this would feel a bit cream heavy, but I was wrong. The leeks for me, were the highlight (gotta love the crunch) and there were also subtle hints of a walnut sauce.

Pan-roasted Fish (below) – I’ve literally left the showstopper for the last. This fish transcended all my expectations (and everything I ate too). It ended my meal on the perfect high note. I don’t know if I should spend time going on about the fab chimichurri rub, the perfectly flaky fish that melted in my mouth or the smooth as silk cherry tomato stew that this star sat upon. I only have two words for you. MUST. ORDER.

If you have a sweet tooth…

Considering I don’t possess one, and have no innate desire to end my meal with a dessert (I know I know, shame on me.. yada yada), my fellow diners gorged on an array of sinful treats:

Coffee Smores Pie and Chocolate Ganache Cake (both pictured below), from the ‘on-display’ desserts at the cafe.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie (below) – This was on the menu, and the only one I could bring myself to actually enjoy. So, if you’re like me, and don’t like things too sweet, this pie is perfect for you. It has the saltiness from the peanut butter, the crust is bordering on dark chocolate and there’s also a bit of salty caramel to give it that kick.

#IHBLoves

Special shout out to the talented peeps from Mumbai-based studio sP+A for such an open, refreshing and clean layout with minimalistic yet absolutely drool-worthy interiors. Cafe Felix has made full use of the stunning Ulsoor Lake view, and really not held back on making their terrace look uber cool. I personally loved the marriage of deep blue with gleaming black granite.

Psst!

Their terrace bar has a set of other cocktails with a completely different small plates menu!

The Deets 

Opening Hours: 11am-1 am, Terrace: 7 pm onwards
Price: Meal for two (including a round of drinks) Rs. 2000 + taxes approx
Where: 1 MG Mall, Trinity Circle
Social Media: Like them on FB by clicking here, and follow then on Insta here.

Café Felix Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

6 Bangalore Cafes with a Twist: Serving up more than just chai or coffee!

Luru cafés that offer much more than a steaming cuppa chai or aromatic coffee are fast becoming the talk of B-town. And with the monsoon around the corner, what better way to enjoy a (hangover-free) weekend than to gather the gang and hidey-hole in one of these cosy corners. Take your pick from our list!

Yogisthaan

Essentially a place to relax, rejuvenate and seek some solace, this café is more of a lifestyle with everything that is has to offer. The café is part of a more varied brand offering that includes yoga classes, short & long-term accommodation and an organic shop that offers a range of organic food and beauty staples, for clean living. The café itself is macrobiotic vegan friendly and prepared with ancient Ayurvedic principals in mind.

#IHBSays – Don’t miss their happy hours from Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 12:30pm & 4:00pm to 7:00pm!

Where: Plot no. 89 11th Cross Road, Stage 1, Indiranagar
Contact: +91 804 091 4888 / info@yogisthaan.com
Meal for two: Rs. 600 approx.

Socie-tea

For the tea-lovers, of course! To cut it short, this one’s a café that lets you be just who you are or anything else that you may want! As soon as you enter the property, you are immediately taken in by their typical tea-party set-up that stands out in style. The outdoor seating adds to the charm of being a sidewalk café and the range of books and board games leave no opportunity for a dull moment. The art lovers can feel at home with the showcase of their fellow customers’ artwork, proudly displayed on the walls.

#IHBSays – Besides serving up a fine range of loose leaf teas that are multi-brew-able, visitors can also enjoy their ‘Beau-Tea’ hall which has a wide range of home decors and gifts like candles, rare art from across the country, bags, terracotta jewellery and apparel.

Where: No 83/4, 13th main, indiranagar
Contact: + 91 99807 24004
Meal for two: Rs. 500 approx.

Ants Café

A delectable menu of global cuisine that can be enjoyed in a quiet and serenading balcony ambience surrounded by trees – enough to catch your attention, isn’t it?! But, that’s not all that Ants has to offer. Besides being nominated and bagging the prize for being one of Luru’s best breakfast haunts, the café does its bit to give back to society by supporting arts and crafts traditional to the North-East. With ‘crafting traditions’ as their tagline, their store has been in business for over 9 years, focusing on 7 states, creating opportunities for artisans and beneficiary households, giving Rs. 5 Cr back to the community with 1 million touchpoints! Some big numbers, aren’t they?!

#IHBSays – Something to look forward to are their periodic food festivals (especially the ones with Naga food).

Where: 2286, 1st Cross, 14 A Main, Hal 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar and also at #5, Avalon, 1st Main Road, Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield
Contact: 080 4152 1742/080 2845 6760
Meal for two: Rs. 800 approx.

Atta Galatta

Literature buffs, pay attention – how many times have we reminisced, sitting around with friends, over a cup of our favourite beverage, wishing for the good ol’ days? Well, get your dose of all things nostalgic at Atta Galatta, while you munch and sip on some oh-so-yummy eats and drinks. Luru’s only bookstore cum café that has stirred up a perfect paradise for foodies and bookworms, alike. Food, filter coffee and literature? Yes, please!

Where: #134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala
Contact: 080 4160 0677
Meal for two: Rs. 250 approx.

Art Blend Café

As the curators like to put it, the café is for coffee with a hobby – a place that aspires to create a space for artists, those with an artistic gem and lovers of conversation. Art Blend Café runs regular art and craft workshops covering jewellery making, clay modelling, bunting, origami, embossing and much more.

#IHBSays – It also provides space for artists, photographers and crafters to display their works.

Where: #659, 24th Main, 22nd Cross, 2nd Sector, Near Parangi Palya Bus Stop, HSR Club Road, HSR Layout
Contact: +91 98867 82062
Meal for two: Rs. 750 approx.

Bistro Claytopia

A bistro that also lets you create your own little masterpiece as a souvenir of the great experience you have there! Here, you can not only enjoy the best of cappuccinos, kheema omelettes, burgers & sandwiches, but also get in touch with your artsy spirit with just 4 simple steps – 1) pick a piece 2) choose your colours 3) sketch your design 4) paint it. The rest of the magic is created by Claytopia, as they glaze and fire your creation to be mantelpiece ready in 2 weeks’ time – voila!

Where: 11, 80 Feet Main Road, 1st Block, Koramangala
Contact: 080 4126 7163
Meal for two: Rs. 600 approx.

The IHB Guide: 5 types of Bangaloreans that Jayanagar caters to!

Where residential meets commercial, the locality of Jayanagar has plenty to offer. From an adventurous day out to dance studios to yes, of course, delicious food, here is our guide to Jayanagar according to your personality/interest!

For the Gamer’s DNA

Challenge your friends to a game of laser tag at the hi-tech battledrome set-up at ‘Talk to the Hand.’ They also offer an array of exciting games that are trending and futuristic – perfect for any gamer’s appetite. Their hip and stylish café serves up some quick bites and yummy delights that serve as the perfect fuel for an energy packed day spent at the hub.

Get in touch: Talk to the Hand – No. 653, 2nd Floor, HM Zeta, 11th Main, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 4th Block, Jayanagar (next to McDonalds). Ph: +91 9945406090

 

For the Music Lover’s soul

Catering to music-lovers’ delight, Music House & Radel Electronics has what you need – be it a quick fix for your first guitar, some serious overhaul for your favourite keyboard or just the need of an arena for you to explore. While Radel Electronics will charm you with its range of classical music instruments such as the Sitar, Tanpura and Shruti boxes, they also add a modern twist with a range of digital instruments like the electronic Tabla & Veena. Music House offers a range of guitars, keyboards, violins, drums and accessories from A-Z and a one-stop-shop for expert maintenance of all instruments.

Get in touch: Music House – No. 25, 100ft Ring Road, 5th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: +91 7829004321 & Radel Electronics – No. 217, 8F Main Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar. Ph: +91 9342420720.

For the Gourmand’s desire

Having formed enough of a centre of its own to be self-sufficient, a strew of restaurants and pubs and street-food joints have sprouted in Jayanagar in the past few years, adding to the buzz. While every nook and corner has some mouth-watering street food delights such as vada pav, momos, chaats, sandwiches and sweets, the restaurants cater to cuisines ranging from grilled BBQs and Italian to typical tam-bram South-Indian and the ever favourite Chinese.

#IHBLoves: Onesta (above), Meghana Foods, 1947, Watson’s, Bottle Breacher, Hari’s Super Sandwich, Shivaji Military Hotel, Stoned Monkey.

For the Peace-seeking Wanderer

Thankfully, Luru still has a few serene lakes and parks that make for pleasant evening walks and Jayanagar is one of the lucky locations to play host. You can choose to take a quick walk around Yediyur Lake or survey the Nandavana Park. The park is one of the newer additions to the area and has an exclusive play area for kids and a fountain that comes on at 7:00 pm, turning into quite an attraction for the locals. The park charges an entry fee of Rs. 5 for children and is open from 9:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:30pm, every day.

Where: Yediyur Lake – Kanakpura Road, Jayanagar & Nandavana Park – 38th Cross Road, 4th T Block, Jayanagar

For the Dancer’s spirit

Who doesn’t love to dance? Jayanagar offers some great options to take up dance lessons of your choice: pop-up, part-time, or professional. Visit the nationally acclaimed dance academy, Nritarutya, for an electrifying dance fitness workshop that helps you learn international dance forms. Dance to the latest chart-toppers while simultaneously getting full body workout: win-win! On the other hand, for the slightly more serious intender (and the flexible!), get adventurous with more contemporary forms of dance. Created by Founder and Lead Choreographer, Mayuri Upadhya (wife to famed folk singer Raghu Dixit), they support & initiate the understanding of new Indian dance expressions from unique urban structures.

Get in touch: Nritarutya – No. 475, 1st Floor, 39th ‘C’ Cross, 9th Main, 5th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: +91 9916072270

 

 

For the Love of Coastal Cuisine: Our Top 7 Bangalore Picks


Seafood lovers, come aboard – get ready to mark these joints in your food chronicles as those that won’t fail to delight:

Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel

Yes, the first thing that strikes your mind is the exorbitant pricing of their menu. Yet, the uplifting ambience, top – notch service and impeccably delicious food make for one indulgent meal! At Karvalli, you can pamper yourself in true style. Once you’ve had the complimentary serve of rasam that accompanies your meal, you will happily look forward to your meal to come.

Psst – Leave your menu up to the knowledgeable staff to suggest… you will be pleasantly surprised by their intuitive recommendation, as per your taste.

#IHBLoves – Meen Eleittad, Allapuzzah meen curry, Caramel Banana Ice Cream

  • Damages: Rs. 3500 for 2 approx.
  • Location: The Gateway Hotel, Residency Road
  • Contact: 080 66604545

Mangalore Pearl

A pocket-friendly joint that is a boon for seafood lovers looking to have a drool-worthy meal. Be sure to start your meal with the ‘solkadi’, a pink coloured, spicy and tongue-tingling version of buttermilk that is served at just the right temperature. Their clean and quirky interior especially caught our eye. Quick service and great food are a stand -out at Mangalore Pearl.

#IHBLoves – Seer Fish Fry, Squid Sukka, Crab Ghee Roast, Bangda Fish Curry

  • Damages: Rs. 700 for 2 approx.
  • Locations: Frazer Town
  • Contact: 080 – 25578855

Mahesh Lunch Home

Offering an array of food that covers the cuisine of the west coast of India, Mahesh Lunch Home has a super extensive menu so make sure you come with a mighty appetite. Though a bit pricey, the taste and generous portions match up to provide a satisfied dining experience. Advance booking are strongly recommended as it is hard to find an empty table at the bustling restaurant.

#IHBLoves – Surmai Fish Curry, Bombay Duck Fry, Stuffed Baked Crab (above), Clams Sukka

  • Damages: Rs. 1500 for 2 approx.
  • Location: Residency Road
  • Contact: 080 – 41311101

Sanadige, Goldfinch Hotel

A menu that boasts of exceptional cuisines from Kerala, Mangalore, Maharashtra and Goa. The vibrant ambience with traditional influences stand out prominently as friendly staff usher you to your table. The fresh seafood display at the restaurant allows you to pick your meal for the day, assuring you the freshness of your meal. Their bar menu offers treats, as exciting as their food with some exotic coolers and cocktails to complete a well-balanced meal 😉

#IHBLoves – Yetti Sukka (Prawns), Stuffed Kurle (De-shelled Crab) and Anjal Tawa Fry

  • Damages: Rs. 1200 for 2 approx.
  • Location: Goldfinch Hotel, 32/3, Crescent Road, Off Race Course Road, High Grounds,
  • Contact: 080 – 41291300

Vembanad, The Paul

A fine -dining restaurant that offers authentic Kerala cuisine with a flair for seafood. Every dish is a careful blend of spices and flavours and the staff will be happy to assist you if you want to pair them with a drink. No wonder they were awarded ‘Best Restaurant – Kerala Cuisine’ at the Times Food & Nightlife Awards, 2016. They also have ongoing food festivals which are well worth accommodating in your schedule. P.S. the fish pickle served as an accompaniment is one of the best we’ve tasted… go crazy!

#IHBLoves – Malabari Chemmeen Soup, Fish, Meen Nirachathu, Njandu Varatiyathu

  • Damages: Rs. 1800 for 2 approx.
  • Location: Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur
  • Contact: 080 – 40477777

Anupam’s Coast II Coast

An absolute legend in seafood, this classic restaurant is sure to be any Mangalorean’s pride and joy. With the most traditional dishes cooked spot – on and some characteristic Tandoori and Chinese imitations made exciting, no wonder Luru food lovers are ga-ga over Anupam’s. Though we love that the quality and taste of the food remains unchanged overtime, the ambience could sure use some sprucing up, to match the spice of the menu!

#IHBLoves – Ghee roast with Appams, Prawn Sukka, Crab Masala Fry

  • Damages: Rs. 1000 for 2 approx.
  • Locations: M.G. Road, Koramangala
  • Contact: 080 – 41460555

Carnival de Goa

As the name suggests, almost all aspects of the restaurant remind you of a Goan vacay. Whether you want a full-fledged meal to treat your taste buds to a carnival of flavours or just grab a quick and scrumptious lunch in between work, this is the place to hit. Besides coastal cuisine, you can also choose from continental classics like xacuti, cafreal and thalis that make for an all-round meal.

#IHBLoves -Peri Peri Squid, Prawn Curry with Rice (true Goan beach shack style!), Lobster Thermidor, Sea Food Platter

  • Damages: Rs. 900 for 2 approx.
  • Location: 1st Floor, 8/6 Kensington Point, Ulsoor Road, Ulsoor
  • Contact: 07676767620

Summer is Coming: 15 Favourites To Beat The Bangalore Heat!

It’s getting hot in Bangalore, and what better way to stay cool than to indulge in these summer foods and drinks:

  1. Passionfruit Sorbet at Art of Delight – Who doesn’t like sorbet? Especially when it’s passionfruit!
  2. Kiwi-Lime Juice and Nannari Sherbath (below) at Sabari Juice Junction – Give their nannari sherbath a try; you will not regret it. Super fresh and just mildly sweet, it is the quintessential summer health drink. 
  3. Mango Gelato at Gustovita – All their gelatos are absolutely lit and the mango one, even more so.
  4. Fish Burger and Kiwi Granita at Bistro Claytopia – You must be wondering how a burger will give you the summer feels; but trust us on this one. Claytopia’s fish burger is so fresh and light as a main. Pair that with some of their kiwi granita and you’ll have a pool party in your mouth!
  5. Watermelon, Feta and Olive Salad at Secret Garden – Although this is a very generic salad and one can get it at just about every other restaurant, we love the one from Secret Garden in particular due to the use of super-fresh ingredients.
  6. Snow Bingsu at Café Yegrina (below) or Ais Kacang at Nasi and Mee Asian Canteen – The Koreans call it Bingsu and the Malaysians call a similar bowl of shaved ice flavoured with red bean compote etc., an Ais Kacang. Either way, these bowls of flavoured shaved ice are super delicious and are absolute life-savers in the summer. 
  7. Chicken Donor Pita Pocket at Leon Grill – Are you convinced yet? If not, we’ll just let this massive, astoundingly fresh pita pocket do all the work for us!
  8. Aam Ras and Poori at Rajdhani – It isn’t possible for anyone to not be hooked to this Gujarati delight.
  9. Nandini Buttermilk – Seriously, need an explanation?
  10. Aam Panna at Amaseena – This popular, green mango concoction is done absolute justice at Amaseena and the result is a perfectly spiced, chilled, mildly sweet aam panna. Just the way it should be.
  11. Fresh Fruits and Cream at Bombaysthan – The classic Summer combo for all ages, eras and decades.
  12. Almond Horchata at Chinita (below) – This cold Mexican drink comprising of ground almonds, rice and finished off with some cinnamon dust is another great option to try this summer.
  13. Green Papaya Salad at Lan Thai – The green papaya salad at Lan Thai is a complete winner and we especially recommend the variant with prawn and squid. Seafood in the summer is always a good idea.
  14. Solkhadi at Suryawanshi – Solkhadi or Kokum kadi is one of those super-invigorating summer drinks which leaves you wondering why you don’t drink it as often.
  15. Cucumber Chaat from the Vendor in front of Max, Indiranagar – The chaat is cold and slightly sweet and is unlike the usual chokingly, peppery garnish that is added to cucumbers sold on the road.

 


DISCLAIMER – All reviews posted by The Bangalore Food Harem are solely the personal opinions of the reviewers, presented in good faith. The opinions given are open to the reader’s discretion and any restaurant who feels there needs to be a reassessment of any review is welcome to contact us at thebangalorefoodharem@gmail.com. Defamatory or malicious voice will not be used, as this is neither our goal nor aspiration.

 

 

Sanchez Restaurante & Cantina is serving up a storm, so grab a seat!

Say what?

Yes, our favourite Mexican joint Sanchez has rolled out a whole new menu, in addition to the old favs of course (can never get enough of the chorizo molletitos and fish taqitos!).

The nuevo stuff we ate…

Mexican Ceviche with Red Snapper (below) – A sucker for any ceviche, we had to sample this one! Their ceviche is made with their fresh catch of the day and is cured in spiced fresh lime juice & orange juice! This is a must-hai summer refresher instead of a standard steaming hot main course.

Poblano Chicken Mole Taquitos (above) – Succulent shredded chicken in poblano mole just as the name suggests with Mexican rice and refried beans. Psst! There’s also a green mole, and vegetarian version of these.

Sanchez Burrito bowl with Quinoa (below) – Ours came with the serrano spiced grilled prawns with beautifully charred corn on the cob as a side. Triple bonus on using a healthy supplement for rice!

#IHBLoves

We absolutely hearted the incredible live guacamole station where the chef prepares is as per your requirement, table side.

Our personal favourite from all the ones they offer on the menu is the charred corn & black beans, it can never go wrong. All the guacs are served with an assortment of yellow corn, blue corn chips, roasted tomato salsa and sour cream.

The Deets

Social Media – Follow them on Facebook by clicking here, or see their yummy food on Instagram here.
Location – 204, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Near Lavelle Road, Lavelle Road
Contact – 080-41755266 or +91-7022614087

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IHB Lists: Our Koramangala Pub Picks

Koramangala is so self-sufficient that you seldom have to leave the area, especially with all the buzzing bars and pubs sprawled all over the locality. So what better way to hang with the gang than at one of Koramangala’s many pubs? We give you our picks of pubs you must visit for some good vibes. Best part is, they’re merely a hop skip and a jump away from each other, so no drinking and driving!

  • Koramangala Social (below) – Also known for their green house inspired interiors and design and co-working space
  • The Beer Cafe – You get to take your pick of beers from all over the world
  • Gilly’s Resto-Bar – Value for money for an array of options of food and drinks
  • Om Made Café – Do we really need to tell you to visit this favourite spot?
  • Indigo Live Music Bar – Where music is as important as what you drink
  • Happy Brew – Enjoy a cold one with some live music to keep you company
  • The Local – Easy on the wallet and has an added bonus of a rooftop
  • Boozy Griffin – Bringing a British touch with its decor, design, and vibe
  • Barleyz – Known as a brewpub with a buzzing and massive rooftop area
  • Sotally Tober (below) – Filled with contemporary, unique, and uber cool interiors with a global cuisine

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and pub hop the night (or day) away at Koramangala. But make sure you drink responsibly and plan your ride back home in advance to make for a great night out!

The IHB Foodie’s Guide: Bangalore-Mysore Highway

We all looove a long weekend, and for a lot of us that meanss kicking back and taking a long drive or a bike ride on the famous Bangalore-Mysore Highway. While that sounds incredibly pleasant (well, depending on traffic), the only crapper (ahem, no pun intended) is usually the substandard highway food that you have to settle for. Nahh, we refuse to let that dampen your experience; so we took it upon ourselves to lay it all out for you.

Our top picks for the best eateries are:

Maddur Tiffany’s (Maddur)

We love ourselves some maddur vada at any given point of time and if you’re a newbie on this route you gotta stop by Maddur Tiffany’s and order yourself some piping hot, crunchy and delicious-as-hell maddur vada and coffee. The Thatte Idlis here aren’t too bad either.

Vaishali (Channapatna)

If you’re stopping for breakfast at Vaishali, their Dosas are decent and if you are planning on grabbing some lunch here, we have found their natti chicken dishes to be good. In addition to the food, we heart Vaishali because of its convenient location and inexpensive prices!

Kamat Lokaruchi (Ramanagara)

Good ole Kamat is another restaurant you can count on for top quality South Indian food (breakfast or any other meal). We recommend ordering their Mude Idli or their North Karnataka Jolad Rotti meals… sooo gooood!

Poojari’s Fish Land (Srirangapatna)

If you’re looking for some seafood while driving down the highway, you can unhesitatingly stop at Poojari’s for a meal. Their range of fish dishes are good, reasonably priced and most importantly super fresh! We recommend ordering their fish curry meals. You can’t go wrong. Oh and beware of fake Fishlands around Poojari’s so look for “Poojari’s” preceding “Fish Land”.

Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel (Srirangapatna)

Chances are, you might not have heard of this place, given its inconspicuous location. It is a small military hotel by the highway that appears to have been dug into the road, but don’t let the appearance fool you! From a flavourful Paya to a delicious meatball curry and from soft, earthy Ragi Muddes and fluffy Idlis to spicy Mutton chops, this place has it all! Yes we compiled a list, but really, this is our absolute favourite!

Now that we took care of your highway food woes, cruise without a worry! We’ll see you there xx

The IHB Foodie’s Guide: Koramangala

Koramangala is filled with hidden gems for all you foodies! We have an in-depth guide on which places you should hit up, for different cuisines.

First and foremost, start your day with a mighty brekkie:

A breakfast of champions at one of the many eateries and local cafes that whip up the best platters in the city, is the way to begin to your day. Bring your appetite for a scrumptious serve of an English breakfast feast at The Fat Fanny’s Cafe, Café Terra, or 154 Breakfast Club.

You can even start your day on a sweet note with light and sinful waffles at A Café. We also recommend the Hole in the Wall Café for light and fluffy omelettes that take you to cheese heaven. Team this with an order of their waffles with chocolate sauce, made from scratch, accompanied by seasonal fruits and fresh brews.

The idli-vada-dosa lovers are in for a treat as well, as Koramangala has a variety of South-Indian restaurants such as, Sree Krishna Café, UpSouth, Indian Coffee House & Restaurant, and Madurai Idly Shop.

Still looking for something more? Then indulge your taste buds further and get ready to be spoiled for choice. Name your cuisine of interest and you are sure to find it in every variation there is to offer. From street food that will cost you less than Rs. 300 for a meal for two, to endless multi-cuisine buffets and drool-worthy desserts, you’ll find them all.

Here is a quick directory of must-tries:

  • Street food: Koramangala Club Road/Jyoti Nivas College Road
  • Naga/Assamese food: Zingaron, Axomi Taste of Assam, Darjeeling Momos
  • Steak: Jukebox, Chianti, Kobe Sizzlers, Yana Sizzlers
  • Burgers/Pizza: Thulp, Truffles, Onesta, Rendezvous, Via Milano
  • Beers and brews: Punjab Grill, Prost, Beer Café
  • Oriental: Tim Tai, Nasi and Mee, Hunan, Hanoi, China Pearl
  • Biryani: Meghana Foods, Mani’s Dum Biryani
  • Dessert: Bite me cupcakes, Stoner, Berry’d Alive, Bombay Kulfis

 

Bangalore, take your pick: 7 kinds of Christmas Specials around the city!

A Night Market from the East

Where: Fatty Bao
What: A complete feast from the East awaits you at the “Night Market”– synonymous with the diverse street food grills and night market delicacies from across East Asia. These are available from December 16 to Jan 1, 2017.
#IHBPicks: The Grilled Quail Eggs and Korean Ddukkbokki, Thai Mu Ping and Malay Spicy Coconut Lamb and Firecracker Chicken Wings all spiced up with an extra dash of Sriracha!

A Feliz Feast

Where: Sancho’s
What: A Mexican feast lined up from Dec 24-26th, 2016. Feliz Navidad Muchachas!
#IHBPicks: Roasted Pumpkin Taco Salad dressed in orange vinaigrette sprinkled with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds, the Mexican Chile Rubbed Roast Turkey served with crunchy winter vegetables, spiced sweet potatoes and chipotle cranberry jus and the Christmas special dessert – Glazed Strawberries, Spiced & Brandied Christmas Cookies Stack made from delicious Strawberry Jam and Chocolate Custard Cream. YUM!

 The Christmas Carnival

Where: Phoenix Marketcity
What: Enticing activities for kids like – Workshops from professional, experiential zone & performances complete with a Wishing Castle, where your child can make a wish and the mall will make it come true. This is on till the 25th!
#IHBPicks: The Carnival Parade on the 24th and 25th from 5pm till 9pm. Watch out for the international samba dancers and Brazilian mask men! What we also love is the Christmas flea they have on till the 25th (11am to 9.30pm) full of holiday goodies. If that’s not what you’re looking for, head on over to the Goan Market (only on the 24th & 25th; same timings) which also features live music and a DJ!

The Eccentric X’Mas

Where: Social (Church Street & Whitefield)
What: A typical quirk filled special menu with all things that scream out Social. This menu will be served a la carte from 20th December until the 30th.
#IHBPicks: Berry pulao topped with vegetable skewers, the Roasted  chicken leg with farmer’s omelette. For the sugar lovers there’s the Apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and the Rum soaked pineapple with chocolate mousse. Accompany the grub with a range of drinks inspired by the season and designed to tingle your senses from head to mistletoe. Must try’s include the Pomegranate & Cherry Mojito, the Apple Old Fashioned with Cinnamon Smoke, the Espresso & Peppermint Martini, the Marshmallow Martini and the Chocolate & Chilli Margarita! Slurrrp.

The Quaint Gathering

Where: Your nearest Smokehouse Deli
What: A carefully curated Xmas special menu (with the freshest ingredients) that’s available from now, till the 25th!
#IHBPicks: The Spice cranberry redux and caramelised figs, Half a BBQ Spatchcock, the Christmas Fruit Trifle. If it’s just desserts you’re after, there’s Yule log (pictured above), Chocolate Mud, Mushroom Meringue and the Christmas Fruit Trifle –  all best washed down with either a glass of Mulled Wine.

The Gastropub Christmas

Where: Monkey Bar
What: Small plates, large plates, desserts and cocktails available all day on December 24 & 25th, There’s an option of ala carte or you can grab a three course meal which is priced at Rs. 650++ (veg) and Rs. 750++ (non veg).
#IHBPicks: Small plates – do try the prawn cocktail tartlets and pigs in a blanket. The British pub-grub large plates include some of our favs such as Shepherd’s Pie, Roast Chicken with rosemary spuds and gravy, Lamb Hot Pot, Fish and Chips and Curried Vegetable Pot Pie. Get yourself a decadent MoBar Trifle or special holiday macarons (pictured above) to end your meal on a sweet note!

A Brunchy Affair

Where: Olive Beach
What: A beachy holiday brunch on Christmas Day (25th, Sunday) with Mediterranean vibes at Rs.3000 per head, 12 noon onwards. OH and the brunch offers you a sumptuous spread, unlimited cocktails including holiday specials like delicious Spiced Hot Chocolate, Mulled Wine, Hot Apple Cider, and Eggnog.
#IHBPicks: Our favs from their Mediterranean delicacies are  the Gorgonzola and Walnut Salad, Frittelle con Gamberi, Oysters’ au Natural with lemon and wine. Keeping up with the season’s spirit, you defo can’t miss the Honey Glazed Smoked Ham , Roast Turkey with wild berry and apple compote, turkey gravy and stuffing and the Smoked Lamb Leg Roulade. To soothe your sweet tooth, they’ve got an epic Mini X’Mas pudding with brandy butter and Pistachio Cranberry Bars.

A very Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating, and Happy Holidays to all! xx

 

 

Munch on these Bangalore: The Christmas goodies list is here!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas favours all the way, oh what fun it is to have a food coma for the next few days. Bet you sang that in your head, ha!

If you haven’t figured out your Christmas goodies this year, keep calm and read on. We assure you, you’ll be the centre of attention at your next holiday do. In addition, we’ve compiled DIY style home-made alternative for all the below since it’s all about keeping with the spirit of the season – spending time with loved ones and gorging on these once-a-year treats.

For a drool-worthy Christmas this year, the must-haves on your table should feature the following:

Plum Cake – Christmas ain’t Christmas without some good ol’ fashioned boozy plum cake. When you go cake-shopping look for a moist cake with the right amount of dry fruits – not the tutti-frutti doughy kind. Our recommendations for good last-minute plum cake this season are from Thoms, Santanam, Sugar ‘n’ Spice at Taj Vivanta, Bangalore Baking Company at JW Marriott and Desserted Cafe.

DIY: Make your own classic plum torte by following this easy recipe here.

Eggnog – Eggnog in Bangalore is a rarity. We’ve only spotted it on 2 menus so far – Cafe Cerisse & Sue’s Kitchen

DIY: We found this recipe here, to be particularly simple and indulgent.

Indian Xmas treats – One of our favourite childhood memories is sitting around the table with the entire family making rose cookies, murukus and kalkal. These traditional Indian Christmas specialties are always best home-made. But you can find quality (and tasty) readymade ones at Thoms, Santanam and Nilgiris too.

Christmas Cookies – We cannot get over how yummy and cute the sugar cookies from Munchies (Brigade Road) were. We ordered these for a Christmas party last year and they’ve been on our mind all year. They were a custom order, so make sure you order yours ASAP! Psst their number is 080 41126336.

DIY (below): Betty Crocker has an amazing alternative that looks incredibly gorge-worthy. Recipe here.

Wine/Mulled Wine – The perfect way to pull all these delicious goodies together is a good bottle of wine, and for those chilly winter nights there’s nothing better than a glass of piping hot mulled wine. If you can’t get your hands on home-made wine, Not Just Wine & Cheese and the Drops outlets have a great selection. As for mulled wine, we recommend Toscano and District 6 orrr…..

DIY – You could just look up at our very own recipe here!

#HolidayTip

All of the above make lovely thoughtful presents. You can even pack them off as party favours for your guests to take back home! Well, if that’s the case, don’t forget our invite please 🙂 xx

Happy Holidays!

North Bangalore Calling: The Druid Garden is open for business!

Yes that’s right, North Bangalore’s latest shiny addition is full of unique design (read as concrete, glass and wood) complete with a retractable roof that makes you feel like you’re sitting outdoors whilst indoors, a technologically advanced brew operating system, cute bespoke crockery all the way from London and an extensive menu covering 5 cuisines & a vast array of cocktails.

The Brews:

With more than 6 beers on tap, which are brewed using Czech techniques, we’re excited about these catering to a different beer palate than the already existing German and American inspired breweries.

What We Ate:

Thai Tom Yum (below right) – This has a choice of vegetarian, chicken and seafood.

Peruvian Style Roasted Pumpkin (below left) – Perfect for someone who wants a mild and smooth soup.Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 9.45.52 PMAsian Caesar Salad (below) – A classic fav with a unique asian influence.img_5924

Campagna Buratta (below) – Silky smooth fresh burette cheese and fresh tomato heirloom salad providing the perfect kick… and balance.

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Crab Meat & Melon Carpaccio (below) – A gorgeous dish with perfectly cooked crab meat, fresh veggies and a beautifully sliced fresh melon as its bed; drizzled with orange, fennel and ponzu dressing.img_5928Beetroot Shami Kabab (below) – The most interesting take on a veg kabab that we’ve seen. You have to eat it to believe it. A definite order for a vegetarian.img_5942Carimanolas with grilled lamb (below) – This South American popular, in Druid’s version, comes topped with grilled lamb (or prawn) and a pool of yummy coconut cilantro sauce.
img_5950Pizza con Funghi (below right) – Assorted mushrooms with provolone, buratta cheese, topped with egg. With just the right amount of drizzle of truffle oil, this tasted like absolute heaven.

Pizza D’Agnello (below left) – A refreshing grilled lamb pizza with arugula and goat’s cheese.
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Fresh Off the Grill – We opted to try out the lamb and the prawns off the grill. The lamb was cooked beautifully with a stunning jus, silky mash and veggies on the side. The jumbo prawns (below) were humungous and again, grilled to perfection and drizzled with lip smacking miso beurre blanc sauce.img_5967

South African Malwa Cake (below) – The in-house szechuan pepper ice cream is the best surprise on this plate.img_5983

Orchard Fresh – Choice of 3 seasonal sorbets or ice creams. Don’t forget to ask for the flavour of the day! We were lucky enough to sample a beautiful chocolate chilli ice cream, a mixed berry sorbet and a fresh mango (our fav) one atop a red chilli crumb.

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What We Drank:

Smoking Pistol (below) – Fresh pineapple & orange juice with caramelised pineapple and rosemary.

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The Deets:

Where – At 40/1, Third Floor, Century Corbel Commercial, Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore
Who – Call 080-49653560 for reservations
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From Goa, Café Mojo is now in Luru!

Heard of of Goa’s ever so popular Café Mojo? Yes? Well, guess what? They’ve just opened in Bangalore! In the heart of the city to be exact.

Café Mojo is known for their hospitality and vibrant pub life that has a a unique Goan twist. The decor reflects a classic English pub and bistro, but with a touch of what makes Goa… Goa. Even the menu offers classic pub grub, with of course, some Goan flavours added to it. After all, they can’t stress enough the idea of “Goa in a Pub.” And now, the cafe, which is one of Goa’s favourite hangout spots, is officially making waves in our city.cafe-mojo-1Bangalore does have a never-ending amount of pubs, but let’s see what sets Café Mojo apart:

  • Café Mojo is India’s first eBeer pub, which means that you can pour your own beer and and pay by the ML, not by Glass.
  • They’ve won multiple awards and have been voted as the Best Pub in Goa over the years.
  • The cafe has a different theme every night, which is different to most places. For example, they have the classic Ladies Nights, but also Retro & Country music nights, and their famous ‘Toss-a-coin’ night.  In other words, there’s something for everybody.

cafe-mojo-3Where: 2nd Floor, Vasavi Complex, St.Marks Road
When: 12 pm – 11 pm on eekdays & 12 pm – 12.30 on weekends
Contact: 080-41440072/73/79

Find them on Facebook here or check out their website here!

Image courtesy: Café Mojo – Bengaluru

Fusion Food List: Bangalore’s big 5 for an adventurous palate!

Indian fusion is the hottest and might we add, the fastest growing trend in the city today. It allows for its patrons to be completely comfortable with the kind of food served but with a twist that satiates those who wish to be adventurous! We have visited the most popular fusion restaurants and this is our list of the ones we liked best:

Farzi Café

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This place is the newest kid in the block and has become our new favourite owing to the quirk and the use of molecular gastronomy. From the stuff we sampled, we loved the Galawati Sliders, the Chilly Duck Samosa, Tempura prawns and crispy fried chicken w/ lotus root. If you love desserts try the Big Bang- a molecular delight resembling the Milky Way! Quench your thirst with the Farsi Idea or the Chai Pani- a combination of tea and coffee spiked with a good amount of alcohol and try out their unique shots as well.

We Heart: Use of molecular gastronomy all around in a non OTT way.

Permit Room

Predominantly South Indian fusion, this place manages to rustle up home staples with their unique spin on them like the Upma with Bacon, Cubbon Park Bhel and the Iyengar Egg Puff. Also their unique in house cocktails like Jhum Jhum Tiger Balm made with gin, Sichuan pepper and pomegranate and Hyper Monk an old monk and espresso drink are totally worth trying.
We Heart: Hits home with its improved versions of south indian favourites!

Glocal Junction

We loved the food here be it their range of pizzas or the broccoli with mustard or their lovely shish taouk. Also, their butter chicken risotto really packs a desi punch! We’re definitely heading back here to try out their desserts that sounded very interesting. All in all, Glocal too is a good option to get your fusion fix.

The Open Box

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TOB for us, will always be a winner! From the chicken 65 in the quirky chai glasses, the biryani in the little cooker or the Chai Creme Brûlée, they’re all winners. The Hummosa , a broken samosa served with hummus and some veggies as well as their pizzas are also delicious! We love it all. Especially when you can make our nights out even better with kitschy drinks that come in little sippy cups or in an IV drip bag!
We Heart: The indian spin on classic dishes from international cuisines has got us completely floored!

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Social does need a mention here with their amazing butter chicken biryani, Japanese Surf ‘n’ Turf – tenderloin served on a bed of mash and wasabi prawns, the China boxes or the Notorious P.I.G or the minced prawns on toast, with black sesame and kaffir lime….. all delicious! Whether it’s the humongous LIT or the pickle flavoured Acharoska, there are several options to quench your thirst here and you will almost never leave Social disappointed.

This post has been compiled by The Bangalore Food Harem (BFH) and edited by I Heart BLR.

DISCLAIMER – All reviews posted by The Bangalore Food Harem are solely the personal opinions of the reviewers, presented in good faith. The opinions given are open to the reader’s discretion and any restaurant who feels there needs to be a reassessment of any review is welcome to contact us at thebangalorefoodharem@gmail.com. Defamatory or malicious voice will not be used, as this is neither our goal nor aspiration.

The Teal Door Cafe – a cafe with an awesome twist and a good cause!

The Teal Door Cafe calls itself an all day cafe, a hookah lounge, and coffee shop. Not only will you get a hot cuppa (or coffee), you’ll also get a global menu with a side of Indian street food. However, that’s not all, because this cafe offers way more than just food and beverages.

What we love about The Teal Door Cafe is that one of their main goals is to empower local women in and around Bangalore, while at the same time striving to create awareness of recycling and up-cycling products. For example, the cafe is eco-friendly, as they use sustainable methods while decorating and running the cafe.

The interiors are made out of metal and plywood leftovers, old bike chains, and unused tiles, as they strongly believe in the process of up-cycling. Added to this, a lot of the cafe’s decor was built my women, who also go through training so they can work at the cafe!

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Tempted to visit yet? In that case, their most popular dishes are:

  • Chicken Dosa with Cheese in a crepe style
  • Gulti Chicken wings with a side of Prawn Bhaji
  • Classic Buttermilk
  • Masala Chai in clay tumblers for an earthy flavour

Support The Teal Door Cafe by visiting them at 618, 2nd Main Rd, Binnamangala, Hoysala Nagar, Indiranagar or check out their Facebook page here.

Image courtesy – The Teal Door Cafe

Bangalore boasts of all cuisines, but now it’s time for #PunjabiNext!

Let us simply start by saying, about time! Apart from a few classic restaurants, this city was in dire need of exactly this; proper authentic Northie food that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket like a five-star Indian restaurant does. Thank goodness (and Kalra) for Made in Punjab.

MIP has the perfect blend of regular favs and classics from the pind. From the cheeky dish names to the lovely warm welcome and service by the staff, we experienced true Punjabi style hospitality with a slight peek into this celebratory culture. It is here you will find dishes such as maa ki dal, changa burger, LOL tikki, luxury bc..!! (butter chicken.. what were you thinking? Ha!), nalli hard kaur, barnala town fish curry, goushalla di kulfi, among many others

What We Drank:

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  •  Syappa (above; left) – Vodka cocktail made with coffee liquor, fresh coffee and garlic.
  • Gulabo (above; right) – Vodka shaken with Rose Syrup and Lime Juice (shots shots shots!)
  • Nashily chai shots (above; left) – Mix of Four white Spirit and homemade tea concoction with orange marmalade.
  • Happy Singh – Gin Shaken with Orange Blossom water orange liqueur with fresh cream and soda on top

What We Ate:

‘POPEYE’ paaji ki favourite chaat (below) – A chatpata chaat of fried spinach leave, yoghurt, mint & imli chutney with bits of achari cornimg_4041-1

Khumb karan (below) – Cheesy tandoori mushrooms (one of our favourite veg dishes of the night!)

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Legacy Tandoori Champ (below) – Tandoori Lamb Chops with ghar ka spice mix

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Guchchi Pulao (below) – Tawa made with guchcchi (morale) mushrooms. The most flavoursome pulao we’ve ever tasted.

Lehsun Palak Chenna – Lightly tossed Chenna in palak shreds & puree. A perfect choice for vegetarians.

Maa Ki Daal (below) – The traditional dal makhni with creamy butter.

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Nalli Hard Kaur (below) – Intense lamb shank infused with bone marrow cooked in pyaz dahi curry.

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#IHBSays

  • Their menu is so extensive, that we recommend numerous visits if you actually want the full experience.
  • We were pleasantly surprised by their bar menu, as their cocktails were better tasting than some of the bars whose speciality is exactly that. So don’t forget to order one!
  • Even if you’re a hardcore non-vegetarian, we still recommend the guchchi pulao over the biryani. You won’t regret it.

The Deets:

Address: Level 2, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Lavelle Road
Call: +91 7899700900 or +91 8040990151
Cost: Rs.1500/- for 2 people approx. 

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