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

Sound Garden Bangalore: Know everything about India’s first ever interactive music museum!

‘Music is a piece of art that goes in the ear and straight to the heart.’

Bangalore never fails to disappoint when it comes to churning out an exciting list of ‘things-to-do’! And, the brand-new addition to this list is an innovative concept that caters to the sentiments of music & nature lovers, alike, brought to us by the The Indian Music Experience Trust. Judging from how things are shaping up, you can anticipate a musical harmony like no other! Termed as the first interactive musical museum, the garden synchronises its space among a museum area, an interactive installations area and a garden cafe. Though the main museum structure is yet to open, the outdoor area itself, offers an immersive experience already.

Let the music play…

Unlock your self-expression, intelligence and creativity with the various installations at the Sound Garden that will put your mind to the test and echo your passion for music. The curators behind the model were keen to provide an experiential zone that not only serves as entertainment, but also outlines the basics of music as a combination of various sounds & vibrations.

#IHBSays: Be sure to explore the Humming Stone which resonates your own little tune in the form of frequencies & vibrations. On the other hand, the Xylophone makes for a great group activity and team building exercise. The mechanism is designed such that it appeals to the senses of touch, sight and hearing, creating a melody of sensation.

A tapestry of tunes…

The museum that is expected to open in a few months is prepping up for providing an experience of its own. With as many as eight thematic galleries that are being planned, the exhibition will include a display of progression of all Indian music (including classical, folk & Bollywood) and the rich culture that it unfolds. Got your preview into the science of sound & vibration at the installation area? Put your learning into practice by composing your very own jingle at the mini studios and mixing consoles at the museum!

Learn the (universal) language…

A learning centre is also on offer at the venue – a perfect place to channelize all the inspiration invoked during the visit. With a calendar that is said to include workshops, performances and ongoing lessons in music, it is definitely a space to watch out for. You can even get a diploma in music, under the guidance of the expert teachers from The Centre for Indian Music Experience!

The Deets…

Where: J.P. Nagar, 7th Phase
Opening from: 29th July, 2017 11.00am onwards
Free entry to all.

All images courtesy Architecture Paradigm Pvt Ltd.

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

Bangalore get ready for some B-Boying: The Red Bull BC One is coming to town!

What is this?

Red Bull BC One India Cypher 2017 is the most important one-on-one B-Boy (breakdance to you 80’s babies) competition in the world. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent at the World Finals. Sixteen B-Boys earn the right to enter into in an all-out battle on stage, but only one will be crowned the champ in Amsterdam!

So where does Bangalore come in?

Well Red Bull BC One is returning to India for its third edition in the country on May 20 and while the first two editions of the championship were held in Mumbai, this year, it’s our very own Bengaluru!

Okay awesome, who else do we get to watch?

Luru-based rapper and producer Brodha V, who made a name for himself with his blend of rap, rooted in Indian classical music, will be a showcase act on the night. Apart from that, our fav DJ Uri (one of the foremost hip hop DJs), will return to the console whilst MC, DJ and rapper Bob Omulo, aka Bobkat, will host for the third year running.

The Deets

When – 20th May, 6pm onwards
Where – St John’s Auditorium, Koramangala
FB Event – Click here.
Psst – Free entry if you RSVP here.

The IHB Guide: What’s Up Whitefield?

A charming settlement in the eastern periphery of the city, Whitefield has fast developed into a paradise for top class residential communities and IT firms, alike, turning it into a major suburb. And, to keep pace with the ‘work hard-party harder’ mindset of its dwellers, the locale has all the fun to offer, within its constraints:

Malls Galore

As much fun as street and budget shopping is, we all need our brand fix every now and then. Plus, with the sweltering summer heat already sending the temperatures soaring, nothing beats the comfort and convenience of shopping for our beloved brands in an air-conditioned mall. Whitefield, incidentally, has the largest population of malls in the city – V.R., Phoenix Market City, Forum Value, Parksquare, Inorbit, Cosmos, just to name a few! Besides being one of the only places to grab the best deals & newest collections of exclusive brands, they also offer plentiful entertainment, for a fun day out. A game of bowling while sipping on a chilled beer at the Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl makes for a well spent couple of hours.

IHBSays – For the adventurous, make sure you head to the Mars Climbing Gym to check out their 52ft artificial wall climbing attraction, amongst others.

Pubs, Grub & More

From the first ever pup-friendly café & timeless Luru favourites to the best of breweries and global cuisine, Whitefield has got it all. Breaks your heart to leave your pooch out of the fun? Strap-on his best collar and head to TherPup for a meal for 2… grab a taste of the international chain that gives you a never-before experience to Dine in the Dark… if you haven’t already tried them, The Fat Chef & Herbs n Spices will make their way up on your list of drool worthy restaurant or the quirky Whitefield Social if you’re craving their fusion. For brews, look no further than the ones served amidst stunning settings at Windmills Craftworks, Biergarten, 153 Bier Street & The Whitefield Arms (above)… the list goes on!

Lakeview Farm

A quaint little farm dedicated to maintaining the fast depleting greenery in the area, the owners decided to open their doors to the public by turning the farm into a one-of-a-kind local market, of-sorts. With spaces rented out to small business owners, you can find eclectic treasures like indoor/outdoor furniture, lifestyle designs, home décor, a skin clinic, nail spa as well as a dance and painting school. The farm also offers work spaces for hire – look out for an atmosphere that is sure to get the creative juices flowing!

IHBSays – The grassy patch in the centre is perfect to play some games, set out a picnic or even host an event!

Where – 686, Lakeview Farm, Varthur Main Road (Airport Main Road), Siddapur

Jagriti Theatre

For those inclined towards the performing arts, the arena offers a wide variety of recitals, concerts and shows from artists of national & international acclaim. Dedicated to promoting and fostering theatre, music, dance and comedy, their 200-seater auditorium with a full-thrust stage matches up to international standards of quality and comfort.

IHBSays – Do a quick check of what they have on offer here, so that you don’t miss on tickets or schedules.

Where – Jagriti Renaissance, Varthur Rd, Near Adarsh Palm Meadows, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield

Plan a Biking Trip

Image Credit: Ramnath Kamat

A few good cycling trails have their base point at Whitefield and in turn, take you through a loop of sights and sounds that you can enjoy on your eco-friendly set of wheels. For a mediocre level of difficulty combined with routes that are not too heavy on traffic, we recommend either the Hope Farm – Channasandara – Hoskote trail or the Hope Farm – Channasandra – Chikka Tirupathi

IHBSays – If you’re new to the activity or the area, we suggest you join one of the regular trips organised by the many cycling clubs in the city (Bangalore Cycling Group/Bangalore Cycling).

Pssst… an IHB Find

If you’re making you way to Whitefield from the city, we recommend making a quick pit stop at The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum (located at the HAL premises, en route). A first of its kind museum in India, it spreads across 4 acres of lush green land and displays photographs & cross section models of aero engines that are unique enough to excite the science geek in you!

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

 

 

The IHB Guide: A day out and about in Koramangala

It is not surprising that our dynamic city has a plethora of hidden wonders to offer in every nook and corner. With this guide, we focus on one of Luru’s most cosmopolitan locales that offers everything from budget shopping and entertainment to luxury apartments and delectable cuisines. Yes, we are talking about Koramangala, so start planning your day out with our handy guide!

Get your dose of culture

An art and cultural hub, Atta Galatta is located at 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala. A delightful place for literature lovers or bookworms in general, as they have a collection of over 10,000 books! They even have books in all regional languages available for your reading pleasure. Added to this, Atta Galatta organises events on a regular basis such as poetry/book reading and storytelling.

Test your skills with some brain and brawn 

In the mood for some exciting activities that challenge both – your mind and body?Koramangala is filled with offbeat activities and games that you can enjoy by yourself, with your significant other, or even as a group with your buddies. The Riddle Room is a live escape room that takes you on a physical adventure in 60 minutes. A similar experience at Breakout also makes for a fun visit. Alternatively, at Dice and Dine, you can take your pick from over 400 board games and huddle up over your favourite games while sipping on a hot/cold cuppa. If you are a fan of good ol’ blowing games with a mug of beer on the side, head to Blue Moustache (image above). Besides their offer of a free mug on 2 rounds of the game, they also keep the ambiance lively with their acoustic and karaoke nights on the weekends. Or if you’re feeling a little extra, try a kick boxing session at Hyper Monkey, a game of laser tag at Iamgame, or a simulated flight experience at Flight 4 Fantasy!

Breathe easy, relax, rejuvenate 

Got your adventure buzz for the day? Now it’s time to relax and rejuvenate. Head to the Four Fountains De-Stress Spa (image above) for some top class pampering and treatments. Their menu has an array of treatments to choose from like pain & anxiety relief, better sleep, anti-fatigue, detoxification, immunity booster, skin whitening, and age reversal. Their scientific spa programmes, professional therapists and affordable treatments make for a top-of-the-line experience. On the other hand, you could swing by for a pop-up or power yoga session at the various centres around the locality such as A1000yoga, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Art of Living and Isha Yoga Foundation.

Increase your style quotient with some retail therapy 

Move over from the shopping malls! The real treasures are found in the streets of Koramangala. Take a walk around the lanes of Jyoti Nivas College where you are bound to find anything from that quirky pair of printed leggings you have been looking for, to a stylish jacket to match, complete with some funky jewellery! Some of the shops to look out for are Scintilla for kurtas, Dazzle for bags of all shapes and colours, Spice Girls for bags and shoes galore, Ni Hao for clothes and shoes, and of course the famous Tibet Mall – come prepared to splurge!

Gear Up for the Theatrics: Bangalore’s Top Theatres

Bangalore has always had a fan following and talent for theatre, owing to which we are able to enjoy many cultural hubs in the city. The various theatre arenas, old and new, stand testimony to the same, along with the variety of local, national and internal performances they have on display, throughout the calendar year. The best part – they are way more pocket friendly than a night out at the movies, while being just as engrossing! Here’s a list of the top theatre arenas to catch a play, this weekend:

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

A part of one of the world’s most renowned French language centres, Alliance Francaise has been around since 1964! Besides offering several courses in music, literature, dance and drama, what the academy is best known for is the host of plays that bring excitement to their audiences, throughout the year. Some of the finest theatre personalities have performed on the stage of Alliance and their commitment to fostering and propagating the arts has largely shaped the culture of new-age Bangalore. Make an evening out of visiting the place as you’re sure to be taken in by the modern art that decorates the campus while finding an event or activity that will catch your fancy. End the evening with a quiet and relaxing meal at their quaint little café set amongst the greenery.

Where: 108, Thimmaiah Road, Opposite U.N.I. Building, Vasant Nagar

Contact: 080 4080 8181

Chowdaiah Memorial Hall

A timeless landmark of our city, this hall was built as a tribute to Thirmakudalu Chowdaiah, the famous violin maestro. Many of us may have fond memories of visiting the hall as school kids to watch some exciting performances, while being enthralled by the shape of the building (a 7-stringed violin). Needless to say, it will always be a part of the theatre and music culture of the city.

Where: 16th Cross,2nd Main Road, G.D. Park Extension, Malleswaram

Contact: 080 2344 5810

Ranga Shankara

World class facilities at affordable rates is what comes to your mind when you visit Ranga Shankara. It is no wonder that the space has captured the attention of top personalities in the nation. Their main aim to build & promote the culture of theatre is reflected in every aspect of their planning and offerings. Ranga Shankara offers the opportunity to watch top class plays at bare minimum prices or (many-a-times) free. Girish Karnad (celebrated Indian actor, film director, writer, playwright and Rhodes Scholar) is closely associated with the arena and has had some interesting productions at Ranga Shankara.

Where: No. 36/2, 8th Cross Road, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase

Contact: 080 2649 3982

Jagriti Theatre

The 200-seat theatre built around a full-thrust stage has hosted many plays from India and abroad. Besides the main stage, Jagriti offers 3 more stages for cosier interactions: The Rooftop – an open-to-sky space for 50 people, The Terrace – apt for an informal seating of 20 people and Lumbini – a terraced space for upto 80 people. Some of their recent in-house productions include Alice! in 2015 and Radio Jagriti & Us and Them in 2016.

Where: Jagriti Renaissance, Varthur Rd, Near Adarsh Palm Meadows, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield

Contact: 080 4124 2879

Ravindra Kalakshetra

Built as an ode to Rabindranath Tagore on his 100th birthday celebration, the cultural hub has a seating capacity of 900 with advanced facilities and technologies for artists and audiences, alike. Mainly shadowing the history and traditions of South India, the arena has had many prominent theatre and film personalities like Umashree, Mukhyamantri Chandru, T. S. Nagabharana, Master Hirannaiah, C. R. Simha, T. N. Seetharam, and Prakash Rai among others, on its stage.

Where: Besides Town Hall, J.C. Road, Kumbaragundi, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Road, Kumbaragundi, Sampangi Rama Nagar

Contact: 080 2224 1325

Calling All Mommies & Daddies: Bangalore’s First Pop-Up For Kids Is Here!

What, when and where?

Hosted by Esha Bagla from Esha Inc and co-hosted by Minka Sikka from Mommy’s Health Kitchen, comes the 1st Pop up for Kids “The Nangu Pangu Pop Up” which showcases on how  to be summer ready for the little ones, from designers across the country! Hosted at Esha Inc, 13 Museum Road Bangalore from 11th to 17th March, timings weekends 10 AM – 10 PM and weekdays 11 AM – 7 PM.

#IHBPicks

Mommy’s Health Kitchen – We absolutely heart the organic kiddie goodies they have to offer! In addition to being freshly baked and certified by a nutritionist, they have absolutely no refined flours/sugars or any added colours/preservatives/flavours. Now which mommy wouldn’t want to give their little tot a taste of these yummy treats (can you say biscuits, muffins and brownies)?
The Baby Atelier – We’re drooling over this cutesy home stuff fit for a little royal’s nursery or room. Their bedding is completely eco-friendly bedding made from organic fabric and chemical free!

List of All Participating Designers

  • Masilo
  • The Baby Atelier
  • ME
  • Krishna Mehta
  • Pluie
  • Love the World Today
  • Milkteeth
  • Chotto Golpo
 For more deets follow their event here on Facebook. Happy shopping!! xx

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!

Wanna bust a move? Here are our top 5 dance studio picks in Bangalore!

We all know how much Luru inhabitants love to shake a leg. Whether it is to impress your friends on the dance floor, finding a fun way to burn that holiday weight or just to let loose, there is no better way than dance! Luckily, the city has no dearth of talent and boasts of some nationally acclaimed studios that will bring your hidden talent to the surface.

Here’s our list of the top five dance studios in the city:

Nritarutya Dance Studio

This Indian contemporary dance studio stands out for its perfection in synchrony and calisthenics. Their refreshing performances result from their constant look-out to explore novel dance expressions arising from unique urban structures of living, physical (martial, dance & movement) traditions and performing practices.

#IHBLoves – The clientele of founder, Mayuri Upadya (wife of famed singer, Raghu Dixit) ranges from Prime Minister Modi and Amitabh Bachchan to the Queen of England and even the Birlas & Ambanis!

Website: Click here.
Where: G-9, H-I Block, Golden Orchid Apartments, Lavelle Road, Bangalore – 560001.
Who: 080-41329218

Lourde Vijay’s Dance Studio

One of Luru’s oldest and most loved dance studio, LVDS offers a wide range of styles to choose from for adults and kids, including hip-hop, b-buoying, Bollywood and contemporary. Every batch is trained to give a star-studded performance at the end of the season to show those dance moves off in front of your family and friends. Having top class trainers and instructors (some with even a Guinness record to their repertoire), LVDS is sure to add the groove to your dance moves in a fun and exciting way. Sign up for their trial class and expect to get hooked!

#IHBLoves – They offer private lessons based on fitness or skill development goals, depending on your choice.

Website: Click here.
Where: # 4, 1st Main Palace Cross, Chakravarthy Layout, Bangalore – 560020.
Who: 080 – 23315566/9845239123

Latino Rhythms Dance Academy

As the name suggests, pick this academy if you want to become a master performer of Salsa, Zumba, Jive or Bachata. Additional dance forms offered include Bollywood, hip-hop, contemporary and belly dance. Just over a decade old, this state-of-the-art facility for Latin dance has already trained over 15,000 students.  LRDA can be rated one of the best due to modern facilities such as soundproof studio, air suspended floor, wi-fi, changing rooms, centralized a/c and most importantly amazing trainers!

#IHBLoves – You can register for a free scholarship based on skill and dedication!

Website: Click here.
Where: #55, 3rd Floor, Koramangala Industrial Layout, Opp. Jyothi Nivas, Above Indian Coffee house, Bangalore – 560095.
Who: 080-40926810

The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet

A non-profit charitable trust that is dedicated to the performing arts, this foundation has all the right ingredients to make it a world class learning ground while giving back to the community. With a vision to become Asia’s forefront ballet school and dance academy, the Lewis Foundation offers ballet, jazz, yoga, Callentics & Pilates, with various camps organised for children.

#IHBLoves – The attention to detail in their productions of The Spectacular Circus and Oz – The Ballet, shows us the dedication of the team in aiming for the best.

Website: Click here.
Where: #34/1, P1 & P2, Salma Bizhouse, Meanee Avenue Road, Above Coffee Day, Opp. Lakeside Hospital, Bangalore 560042
Who: 080-88006677

Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography

NIKC is based on the consideration that dance is not just art, but a way of life! The events section of their website outlines a host of performances for us to choose from to watch their delightful creativity unfold. Alternatively, you can sign up for their newsletter or follow them on social media to stay updated.

#IHBLoves – It offers a range of diplomas for budding choreographers or anyone who wants to take dance up professionally.

Website: Click here.
Where: 37, Bhoomika, 17th Cross Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore – 560055.
Who: 080-23348645

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 Guide to Birdwatching in Bangalore

Bangalore, The Garden City, is one of the few cosmopolitans that still enjoys the luxury of harbouring some sheltered birdwatching havens, in and around the city. So, gather your binoculars and pay a visit to the birdwatching arenas our city has to offer!

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

The most centrally located spot for a birdwatcher to make a quick getaway, Lalbagh offers a mix of opulent gardens with exotic flora and wet habitats that attract several birds to its vicinity. Psst – make sure you pick a day during the week and avoid public holidays to dodge the crowds. Settle at a secluded spot and enjoy the peace and quiet while you keep a keen eye out for a variety of striking birds and even some colourful butterflies.

What to look out for: Black Pelicans, Purple Herons, Brahminy Kites, and White-Breasted Kingfishers.

Hebbal Lake

Another pick that is not too far from the city centre, is Hebbal Lake, located right beside the flyover. The well-maintained walkway constructed around the lake makes for a serene walkway and good line of sight to spot birds. The best months to visit the lake for the purpose is between September and January.

What to look out for: Kingfishers, Spot Billed Ducks, Spot Billed Pelicans, Grey Herons, Median Egrets, Painted Storks, and Yellow-Tailed Wagtails

Manchinabele

Located just a short drive away from Bangalore (approx. 30km/60 mins through the Bangalore – Magadi main road) and located just before the Tippagondanahalli reservoir, Machinabele also has a scenic dam that serves as a visual treat. With ample greenery around the water body, it is no wonder the area has turned into a birdwatcher’s treasure. However, entry into the area is restricted so ensure that you plan in advance and take the necessary permissions from the local authorities.

What to look out for: Rosy Starling, Oriental White Eye, Pied Crested Cuckoo, Indian Silverbills (White throated Munia), Blue-face Malkoha, Scaly Breasted Munia, Tawny, Bellied Babbler, Rufous Treepie, Long Tailed Shrike, White-browned Bulbul, Brahminy Starling, Pied Bushchat, Coppersmith Barbet and Indian Roller.

Bannerghatta National Park

We’re all familiar with this landmark, a close getaway from the city to spot some wildlife. However, the park has also gained a lesser known reputation for the hobby of birdwatching with as many as 150 species of winged wonders! The scrub and forest habitat is perfect for many migrating birds to take refuge and the jungle lodges in the area offer a comfortable stay for birdwatchers to make a fruitful weekend outing. The ‘Alley of Flycatchers’, as it is known, is a must-visit and you will be sure to come back with many additions to your record book.

What to look out for: Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Jungle Owls, Coppersmith Barbets, Oriental White Eyes, and Indian Pond Herons. Keep your fingers crossed and you may even come across the rare and shy, Yellow Throated Bulbul.

Nandi Hills

Well-done roads and a scenic drive up the hill sets the tone for a wonderful birdwatching experience atop Nandi Hills (approx. 50km/70 mins through the Bangalore-Hyderabad highway). Though, quite a crowded place on the weekends that is not exactly bird friendly, a weekday visit makes it worthwhile. Carry your binoculars and find a cosy spot amongst the many benches and gazebos placed at the numerous viewpoints and you are good to go.

What to look out for: Indian Blue Robins, Booted Warblers, Malabar Whistling Thrushes, and Blue Capped Rock Thrushes, Falcons

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

A fair drive from Bangalore, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a hotspot for any bird watching enthusiast, as it’s literally a bird watcher’s paradise! Open seven days a week from 9:00am to 6:00pm, you can spend an entire day there, gazing at an array of exotic and migratory birds under the cool shade of the trees for Rs.50/adult. You can even enjoy a relaxed boat ride amongst the meandering paths of the lake comprising of six small islands, and spot some massive crocodiles right by your side (not for the weak-hearted).

What to look out for:  Pelicans, Painted stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Egret, Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Heron Breed, Great Stone Plover, River Tern, Streak – throated Swallows.

Don’t forget to tag us in your photos! 😉

Doggies Day Out: The Happy Dog Carnival 2017 is here!

What, where and when?

A first of its kind unique canine festival conceptualised by Embassy Group, dedicated to man’s best friend! Get ready for a dog centered and fun-filled community gathering on February 19th 2017. 2017 at 9.00 AM onwards at the premises of Embassy Springs, Devanahalli. This carnival is all set to become the destination to socialize, for fun and entertainment for all pets and owners alike!

What’s happening there?

Apart from the two main activities – the 2.5K walk/run where the owners and pets will run together and the Fashion Show for Dogs & Owners, the carnival will have tons of fun filled activities that include games, photo booths, acoustic live music, food trucks, flea market, cocktail lounge, stalls for dog grooming, training, necessities and accessories among others. Prizes & Medals will be awarded to the winners in the 2 events (Walk/Run & Fashion Show) and all other finishers of the run will be given Finisher Medals.

A medical team and ambulance from Columbia Asia Hospital has been organised as well as a team from Cessna Lifeline Veterinary Hospital will be on site to cater to any pet emergencies.

#IHBLoves

The Good Dog Stall – The cutest home-made dog cookies by 14 year old Dhruv Gulati! You can choose to bribe your furry pal with either peanut butter & banana cookies or veggie cookies.

Psst!

We hear the popular Danish Sait will be hosting the event and Kenishaa – A finalist on the show “The Stage” from Colors Infinity will perform an acoustic set (noise free and super dog friendly)!

The Deets

Visit their website here or follow them on Facebook here.

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

 

The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2016: For All You Adventure Junkies

Bangaloreans, brace yourselves for the most exciting experience to hit the city, this February! The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 (BMF) is all set to fuel the buccaneer spirit and get your adrenaline pumping with some trailblazing pursuits that require some serious nerve and muscle to compete.

A two day Trail running, XC and Downhill MTB event, that takes adventure battles to a whole new level. With prize money up to 2 lakhs, up for grabs, there are various categories in which one can prove their grit: 10km trail run, 21km trail run half marathon, 30km mountain terrain biking and 1km downhill mountain terrain biking, further divided into Open Men, Open Women, and Elite Championships. Aimed at celebrating the country’s finest athletes by giving them an arena to test, challenge and showcase their endurance levels, BMF aspires to create tracks of European standards for Indians to progress onto international competitions.

The entire track has been built by hand over a course of two months – a gruelling task by itself – kudos to the organisers! Said to be one of the most trying trajectories in the Indian terrain, it includes traversing across four hills and some stair climbs. The upside? You will be surrounded by the most scenic views all along with fresh air to energize and motivate you throughout the course.

Race Details

Date: 28th -29th Jan 2017
Event Type: MTB Cross Country, Downhill & Trail Running
Location: Avati , Devanahalli
Venue: Near Nandi hills
Entry on Day: Yes, if the event is not sold out.

Event Schedule

DAY 1
  • 7am to 1pm: Registration
  •  XC Race 35 Kms
  •  Downhill official Practice Run
DAY 2
  • 10k & Half Marathon trail run and 1km DH race

Also Included

  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Feed Stops en-route
  • Free energy drink + energy snacks
  • Timing
  • Certificate and medal
  • Event photography

Get in Touch

E-mail: bangaloremountainfestival@gmail.com
Ph: +91 9845047689
Website: Click here.

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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