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Happy New Year 2018 – My Best Wishes

Hello dear friends and subscribers,

Season’s Greetings!

This is my first post of 2018, and I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year. And it’s not all, may my best wishes be with you all throughout your lifetime as you experience many such new years, filled with happiness and joy.

I am celebrating the season in Bangalore and relishing some scrumptious food and having wonderful memories. See the earlier posts and stay tuned for the upcoming posts about some delectable food and adventurous travel, as usual.

Stay blessed, stay happy!

 

Chaat and Jalebi at Shubh Sweets

Shubh sweets is a good-quality sweets and chaat shop located on 27th main road in HSR Layout. I had been a regular customer here for their delicious chaats, pani puri, and sweets. It’s a one-stop place for all such cravings. So, this blog post sums up all my experiences so far with their food.

Just outside the shop, they have two pani puri (gol gappe) counters, where they have 5 different varieties of pani (water) to be filled inside the puri or golgappe.
The variety includes chilli water, saunf (fennel seeds) water, sweet water, jeera (cumin) water, and pudina (mint) water. It’s a very nice concept and especially popular among the North Indians living nearby.

They have a momos counter next to it, where they have veg, cheeze, and paneer momos to choose from. Off late, I didn’t like the taste of their momos but earlier it used to be good.

Another specialty at this restaurant is their Hot Jalebis, made of pure desi ghee. You can smell the aroma of pure desi ghee and it tastes awesome!

I also tried their Aloo tikki and Dahi Papdi Chaat, the Aloo tikki was good in taste and quality. However, I didn’t like the Dahi Papdi Chaat at all and don’t recommend it. There are much better places to have Dahi Papdi Chaat in Bangalore. The other regular sweets, such as Ras Malai and Sohan Papdi are also fresh and good in taste.
Overall, the taste and quality is quite good.

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Ambience is OK nothing exciting but not bad either. They have a seating space inside the shop where you can enjoy the food. It’s a self-service restaurant so no comments on service.

 

Delicious Biryani Delivery from ReadyBowl

ReadyBowl is a delivery-only chain that specializes in biryani and South Indian food. An interesting fact is that they serve biryani and all food items by weight! After reading some reviews on Zomato, I figured out that one of their outlets is in my locality. So, I decided to visit their kitchen to order the food. I could have ordered online as well but as I was already heading outside and their kitchen is at a walking distance from my home so going there was a better option to me.

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They have a big kitchen and it is well maintained, neat and clean. Hygiene is an important factor and cannot be overlooked. ReadyBowl managed a decent score on cleanliness according to me. I ordered a 1/8 portion of a kilo of Special Chicken Biryani with leg pieces. I also ordered a 1/8 portion of a kilo of Chicken Bhuna Masala gravy with butter fulkas (chapati).

On asking the chef, he told that it was a dum biryani. If that’s correct, then they would have cooked the biryani using Dum Pukht method. I can’t assure you about this fact as they haven’t mentioned anywhere about their biryanis being dum biryanis. Nevertheless, it’s just a cooking method but the taste is really superb! I can easily say it was one of the best Hyderabad-style biryanis I had so far in Bangalore. It was a mildly-spiced biryani that suited my taste buds. They use long grain Basmati rice for preparing biryani and the flavours are perfect. The biryani was served with raita and salan. Both were good. Although, I don’t like to have biryani with salan and I always enjoy it with raita but it was the tastiest salan I had with biryani.

Chicken Bhuna Masala was a South Indian-style spicy chicken gravy with curry leaves, cashew nut and South Indian spices. It seemed like the chef had gone an extra mile to make the gravy rich and delicious. It had similarities with the Chicken Chettinad curry, I had once at a Rayalaseema cuisine restaurant. The taste was good, quality was rich, and an aroma of spices and curry leaves made it even more delicious. Overall, it was a satisfying experience.

 

North Indian Food at Silbatti, HSR Layout

Silbatti is a typical dhaba-style restaurant with nice decor. They serve a variety of North Indian food, which includes flavourful vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. This place is usually crowded over the weekends and there is a high chance that you’ll have to wait for a table. A suggestion is to reach the restaurant early or reserve your table.

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With some expectations, I ordered Lal Maans (a popular Rajasthani mutton gravy dish) along with Garlic Naan and Plain Roti. It took a while to get the food on table. Lal Maans was not like the authentic Lal Maans that you will get in Rajasthan. Not that it was bad but it lacked the authenticity. I like the original preparation and authenticity so this was the only reason I ordered it and not any other mutton gravy.

However, the gravy was delicious and the mutton pieces were cooked to perfection. It was like any other medium-spiced mutton gravy but if you don’t think of it being Lal Maans, then certainly the taste and quality was good and I enjoyed it. Portion size was on a slightly lesser side but you can always try out more items for an enjoyable experience.

Garlic Naan had almost no garlic in it and it was almost a Butter Naan only. I don’t have a problem eating Butter Naan but in my opinion, if they added a “Garlic” tag with Naan, they should serve Garlic Naan. Plain Roti was just like how it should be.

Nevertheless, it was an average experience.

The service was a bit slow initially to get the food on table but considering the fact that it was a weekend and the restaurant was jam-packed, it should be fine. Nevertheless, they improved the service later and got us an extra Garlic Naan and Rotis in no time after ordering.

Ambience was good and I felt like sitting in a desi dhaba somewhere in Rajasthan or Punjab. They have nicely decorated the restaurant and the tableware also matched their dhaba theme well.

Restaurant Address: 171, 19th Main Road, Sector 4, HSR, Bangalore

Phone Numbers (as per Zomato): 080 65656010, +91 8105374003

Scrumptious Lunch Buffet at Empire Restaurant, Jayanagar

Empire Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Empire restaurant is a well-known name for Middle-Eastern and Kerala cuisine among Bangaloreans. They are extremely famous for their Chicken Kababs and other Non-Veg food. They have branches in all major commercial areas of Bangalore. So, this blog is not about their famous Chicken Kababs or their excellent service but their lunch buffet spread, which is relatively lesser-known and a great option for economical corporate lunch.

Usually, at work, I bring my daily tiffin box from home and don’t go anywhere outside for lunch. However, on one fine day at work, it was lunch time and I had not brought my lunchbox from home. I was hungry and so was my colleague, who also didn’t bring his lunchbox that day. So, we decided to step outside and find some good food to eat nearby. We landed up at Empire thinking to have some Chicken Kababs.

The service staff asked us whether we would like to try their buffet as they have those Kababs and much more included in it. The buffer spread was decent enough for meat-eaters and not bad for vegetarians as well. After one glimpse at the spread, we couldn’t resist ourselves to not opt for the buffet.

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There were all sorts of popular food items, including Tomato Shorba Soup, Chicken Soup, Chicken Kababs, Grilled Chicken, Butter Chicken, Chicken Dum Biryani, Mushroom Masala, Kerala Coin Porotta, Butter Roti, Fish Fried, Mixed Vegetable, Noodles, Salads, Sweets, and a complimentary soft drink. Also, there were many more vegetarian dishes.

Chicken Kababs were limited to two pieces per person. Butter Chicken and Chicken Dum Biryani were the tastiest food items after the delicious kababs. I would recommend their Chicken Biryani and Chicken Kababs any time. Coin Porotta and Mushroom Masala were also delicious. The quality of food was superb!

Ambience at Empire was way beyond average and they have nice interiors and decent cutlery. This was my first visit to this Empire outlet at Jayanagar. Earlier, I had been to their Koramangala outlet and one thing is common at both the outlets, their service, which is top-class! We both enjoyed the food and had a satisfying experience.

Surprisingly, the cost of the buffet is only INR 196 (including taxes) and it’s served only at the lunch time. This is the most economical buffet we had so far, which doesn’t burn a hole in our pockets. The lunch buffet is available at all Empire outlets in Bangalore. Probably, they serve buffet at this price to attract corporate employees in Bangalore for their daily lunch. A much-appreciated move by an upmarket restaurant chain.

The Rasoiya Street – A Vast Spread of Pure Vegetarian Food in HSR Layout

The Rasoiya Street (TRS) is a pure vegetarian restaurant that serves cuisines from all over the world. This place is truly a multi-cuisine restaurant. I went to this restaurant recently and loved their food and service. TRS also serves Jain food on order. This is a paradise for vegetarians and the menu is really vast for a vegetarian restaurant. I would recommend this place to all my vegetarian friends.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

I ordered Roast Tomato Soup, Crispy Dragon Veg, Dahi Ke Sholey, and Spinach, Olive, Corn Pizza.

Tomato Soup was absolutely yummy! I loved it. It was served with garlic bread, which was delicious. The soup was balanced in flavors and was neither too sweet nor too hot.

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Crispy Dragon Veg was the only disappointment at TRS. It’s not that I didn’t like it but it was far off from being called as Crispy Dragon Veg. It was actually vegetable pakoras and that’s it! Nothing much to it for being called as a Chinese food or even close to it. There was no Schezwan sauce or any Chinese flavor added to it as claimed in the description from their menu. They need to make it better for sure.

Dahi Ke Sholey was superb! It was perhaps one of the best Dahi Ke Sholey I had and definitely the best in Bangalore that I got to taste. It was not at all greasy or oily, which is a big differentiator. The Kabab was succulent and flavourful. The taste of hung curd stuffed in it was delicious.

They have a wood-fired oven which can be seen near the entrance. So, I was excited to see how they make thin crust pizzas there. The Spinach, Corn, and Olive pizza was good in taste and quality. It was loaded with a generous amount of cheese. It was an authentic thin crust pizza of 10 inches. Although the taste was good, and I liked it, they should have added more spinach to it. There was hardly any spinach seen in the pizza and because of this, I couldn’t call it a spinach pizza. I think they need to fix these inconsistencies in the name or description seen in their menu against the ones actually prepared.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Service was very good, and the staff is polite and courteous. They served us well and I appreciate the service.

The ambiance was also good with nice decor on the walls and various comfortable seating options. I liked the ambiance. However, one downside is that they don’t have sufficient ventilation or airiness inside. The air conditioners they have are not sufficient to cover that large space and the space becomes quite hot in this summer time. They have pedestal fans but even then, I felt quite warm inside because it rotates to and fro and you don’t feel the breeze throughout.

Operational Hours: 

Monday to Saturday: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

Sunday: 12Noon to 3:30PM, 7PM to 11:30 PM

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/nz8TW62U4cS2

Google Maps:

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/the-rasoiya-street-hsr

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Mobydick – A Multi-Cuisine Restaurant in Koramangala, Bangalore

Mobydick Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mobydick, a restaurant located at a prime location in Koramangala, Bangalore is truly a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves delicious food from all popular cuisines. The reason I emphasized on the multi-cuisine term is because they have a variety of food and drinks in their menu, from the local favourite, Nati specialities to Pan Asian, Bengali cuisine to Italian food, and American to English. Everything is served under one roof and the food is just superb in taste and quality!

Because, I went with a group of friends, I had an opportunity to taste most of the items from their menu and almost everything was great in taste and a few were above average, if not very good. In fact, their mocktails and some of the dishes left me awestruck!

I am wondering why I didn’t visit this place earlier. They have an edge over the competitors with their pricing, which is a bit on the lower side thereby, making them a reasonably priced restaurant in the restaurant hub of Bangalore.

ORDER

I started off my food explorations at Mobydick with their signature drinks. I tried their Melted Brownie Hot Chocolate, Chilli Guava, Strawberry Lemonade, Blue Ice Crusher, Orange Lemonade, Red Velvet Shake, Iced Tiramisu Shake, Lemon Ice Tea, and Peach Ice Tea.

In starters, I had their Barbeque Chicken Wings, Kasundi Fish, Double Pepper Lamb, Mac n Cheese Samosa, and Garlic bread.

In main course, I tried the Nati Chicken Curry with Rice, Philly Cheese Steak Burger, BBQ Chicken Steak, Grilled Lamb Steak, Indonesian Curry Noodles, Black Pepper Fettuccine Pasta with Wild Mushrooms, and Thai Green Veg Curry.

They have a good variety of desserts in their menu, I tasted the Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Sizzling Brownie, and Tiramisu.

TASTE AND QUALITY

I have recently developed the taste and love for hot chocolates and so, I couldn’t resist myself from tasting it, whenever I get a chance. As it was in Mobydick’s menu, I tried the Melted Brownie Hot Chocolate and was amazed to see that they made it so perfect. It was very tasty and I enjoyed it.

Chilli Guava is a must-try beverage at this restaurant. It tasted somewhat similar to a Virgin Guava Mary mocktail, however the hotness of the chillies in it was not very high and in control so that you actually enjoy it while drinking. The aroma of Guava and a hint of chilli flavour was amazing! The glass had the red chilli powder coating on the edges, so you get an absolutely lip-smacking taste and a wonderful flavour altogether.

Strawberry Lemonade was another special drink that they have in their menu. The taste of fresh strawberries and lemon juice is a delightful combination. It was really refreshing and another must-have drink at Mobydick.

Orange Lemonade, Blue Ice Crusher, Lemon Ice Tea, and Peach Ice Tea were refreshing, and I liked it. Along with food, it was a nice combination to sip these drinks.

When I ordered the Red Velvet Shake and Iced Tiramisu Shake, I was speculating about the taste and quality of the beverages. As I love the taste of Red Velvet cake and Tiramisu, so I knew that if they make it well, it would be delightful experience to enjoy my drinks. So, no wonder that they made it really well and my expectations from them were absolutely correct. I loved both the drinks and would recommend them.

Barbeque Chicken Wings was delicious and cooked to perfection. It’s a worth trying it at Mobydick. The sauce was good and flavourful. I’m a fan of Chicken Wings and this is definitely a good one, the taste was slightly sweet and smoky.

Kasundi Fish was pleasing to the eye and tongue. It’s a Bengali-style Basa fish starter, which had the essence of Kasundi, which is a Bengali mustard sauce. I really like Kasundi and its pungent flavour, so it’s always there in my kitchen. I had high expectations from this dish, and it lived up to its name. Although, the flavour and aroma of mustard is there in it, but it doesn’t overpower the fish and doesn’t make it pungent, which is good as you get the taste of fish as well.

Double Pepper Lamb was hot and spicy! Recommended for people who love to eat spicy. But it’s not all, it has all the flavours and ingredients to justify its name. The mutton was tender and well cooked.

Mac n Cheese Samosa was appetizing! I loved the taste and the quality was also good. The stuffing inside was superb and made it a good to try item in starters from the menu.

Garlic Bread was absolutely lip-smacking, and its presentation was enticing. It was served like a pizza and I liked it. This is definitely an innovative way to present such a simple dish.

Nati Chicken Curry with Rice was slightly above average in taste. Although, they tried to make it the way it is supposed to be, and the authenticity was there to a good extent, but some chances of improvements are there. Perhaps, this is not a bad option as you get to taste the local cuisine at a cozy place that serves almost everything.

Philly Cheese Steak Burger was scrumptious. I liked it and the overall quality was good.

BBQ Chicken Steak was yummy, and it was served with garlic breads and salad. The chicken was well cooked, tender, and tasted very well. I liked the way they had presented the steak.

Grilled Lamb Steak was not impressive and although, the presentation was really good, I didn’t like the taste much.

Indonesian Curry Noodles was delightful, and I enjoyed having it. It was just perfect; the flavours and aroma were authentic, and the taste was too good.

Fettuccine is my favourite type of pasta and I always crave for it. It’s not easily available at every other restaurant so whenever I get a chance of having it, I make sure that I don’t miss it. Having said that, I found that Mobydick had Black Pepper Fettuccine Pasta with Wild Mushrooms in their menu, so I decided to try it. It was creamy and cheesy, too good to resist and an absolutely drool-worthy preparation. I loved the taste and quality and would recommend having it at this restaurant.

I am also a Thai food lover and have tried the authentic Thai food during my trip to Thailand. Some of the popular Thai recipes are already a part of Mobydick’s kitchen, so I wanted to try out something. Keeping this in mind, I ordered their Thai Green Veg Curry. The aroma was mouth-watering, and the taste was too good. It was a scrumptious and authentic preparation. I would call it as a must-try item at Mobydick.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake was a scrummy dessert that I had at Mobydick. It was fluffy, palatable, and its texture was perfect for a cheesecake.

Sizzling Brownie with Ice Cream was absolutely yummy. It came in the sizzler tray, and the brownie was sizzling and hot to justify its name. The Ice Cream, which was melting all over the brownie made it a really tasty preparation. I loved the taste and presentation.

Tiramisu was another favourite dessert that looked tempting and was toothsome.

AMBIENCE AND SERVICE

Ambience is classy with nice décor. They have two floors and ample seating area to accommodate a group of friends or big families. The setup is done nicely like a café with medium lighting that is neither too bright nor too dim.

Service was pleasant and prompt, they prepared everything quickly and served with a smile. The staff is polite and courteous, they also ensured that our experience is a good one.

Operational Hours: 

10 AM to 11:30 PM, open all days.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/b7QZ6gxXD1x

Google Maps:

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/mobydick-koramangala-5th-block

 

Shift – A Pub with Great Food in HSR Layout

Shift pub and restaurant is located in HSR layout. The location is easy to find and it’s a rooftop place on the 4th floor. As rooftops bars are in trend these days, it’s a nice addition to it. What makes this place really special is the food they serve. While the drinks are above average and the ambience has nothing great or exceptional, it’s the food which compensates for it.

This place is quite close to my home so with some of my friends I visited Shift on a fine evening to try some of their signature cocktails and food. I was warmly greeted by the staff upon arrival so I could say that they welcome the guests well.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
I sipped most of their signature cocktails and tried the red wine sangria. The cocktails I tried were Lipstick On The Collar, Cream Orgasm, Purple Haze, Wine Fill, Watermelon Martini, Litchi Martini, Cucumber Cooler, and Bitter Collins.

I also sipped the Virgin Colada mocktail and Red Wine Sangria. All these drinks tasted better with the bar bites. They had many options in it and I tried the Masala Chana Dal.

In starters, I tried Open Sesame, Captain’s Stuff, Chilly Out Chicken, and Traditional Tandoori Chicken.

In main course, I had Veg Ratatouille with Herbed Rice, Spinach Pizza, Chicken Pizza, Guntur Chicken with Coin Paratha, and Chicken Biryani.

In desserts, I tried Coconut Malibu Panacotta and Gulab Jamun with Ice Cream.

Among the cocktails, I liked Purple Haze, Litchi Martini, Watermelon Martini, Wine Fill, and Cucumber Cooler. Other cocktails were average. Purple Haze and Cucumber Cooler were very refreshing and the taste of alcohol was balanced.

Virgin Colada was made the way it is supposed to. It was tasty and refreshing.

The Red Wine Sangria was awesome! It was really good in taste and the quality of wine used was superb. Lot of fruits were added ti it and the flavour was subtle.

Special mention for the bar bites, it absolutely served the purpose well.

Veg Ratatouille was amazingly good. I usually don’t eat much of vegetarian food in a pub but this was a yummy preparation and I enjoyed it.

Both the vegetarian and non vegetarian pizzas were superb! Absolutely delicious! Thin crust with the right flavours, heavenly. They added generous amount of cheeze on the pizzas and it was really authentic. It’s not so easy to get such good pizzas in a pub. I loved the pizzas and can come again just to savor them.

Guntur Chicken with Coin Paratha was a spicy and flavourful dish. It was authentic and aromatic. I liked the taste. Coin paratha was also good.

Chicken biryani was a pleasant surprise as it was so good that it matched some of the speciality biryani joints in terms of taste and quality. It was delicious, the spices and flavours were perfect! I didn’t expect such a tasty biryani at a pub but yes, it is. I relished the biryani and had a great experience with their food.

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Coconut Malibu Panacotta was mind blowing. So yummy! I liked the taste and presentation.

Gulab Jamun with Ice Cream was as usual but the presentation was really nice.

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SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
The service is quite slow and it took some time for them to prepare as well. Although, the staff is polite and courteous. They need to improve on the service.

Ambience is just OK but not too good or exceptional for a pub. It’s not that classy and the interiors and walls are just basic. It’s a rooftop place on 4th floor so the view from it is great. You can see the surrounding places and roads.

Operational Hours: 

12 Noon to 1:00 AM, open all days.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/KcpfLtkm62p

Google Maps:

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/shift-hsr

Please share your valuable feedback or comments below.

Big Wong XL – A Pan Asian Restaurant in Koramangala, Bangalore

Big Wong, an established name for Pan Asian cuisine in Delhi NCR recently opened their restaurant in Bangalore in the Koramangala area. I had been a regular customer of the oldest Big Wong restaurant in Baani Square, Gurgaon and I wanted them to open the chain in Bangalore as I was missing their food for so long. Recently, when I saw their board as Big Wong XL in Koramangala, I wondered if it’s the original Big Wong from Gurgaon or a similar named other restaurant. So, I went there one fine evening and on enquiring, they happily told me that it’s the same restaurant chain from Gurgaon.

The restaurant size is big enough, and they have a beautiful décor. It’s situated at a prime location near Jyoti Nivas College so it’s easy to find and they offer valet parking as well. The lighting is dim and perfect for a dinner date or to celebrate an occasion.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

I went there with a group of friends, so we tried out many dishes from their menu, I started off with mocktails and tried their Virgin Pina Colada and Basil Apple drink.

In starters, I tried their Corn with Spinach, Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce, Honey Crispy Chicken, Chilli Honey Lotus Stems, Cheese Rolls, Prawn Tempura, and Smoky Crispy Lamb.

They also offer a variety of Sushis and dim sums. So, I tried Corn and Spinach and Chicken Siu Mai dim sum, and from the options to choose in Shushi, I chose to have Crab Stick Kani and Veg Tempura Roll.

After having so many starters, I had not much appetite left for main course, but I wanted to try out, so I had Pad Thai and Green Thai Curry served with Sticky Rice.

In desserts, I had Darsaan and Choco Bomb.

Virgin Pina Colada was as usual, nothing different but tasted good. The Basil Apple drink was quite refreshing, and I loved it. The drink was tempting and the presentation was good.

Corn and Spinach was delectable and drool-worthy. I liked it and the crispy spinach on top added a lot of flavour and visual appeal.

Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce was appetizing, and the fish was cooked to perfection.

Honey Crispy Chicken is a good-to-have starter at Big Wong. It had a bit of sweetness mixed with spices to make it an awesome preparation. The surface was crisp while the chicken was soft from inside.

Chilli Honey Lotus Stems and Cheese Rolls were also toothsome.

Being a seafood fan, I loved their Prawn Tempura. It was palatable and flavourful. The prawns were fresh, and the quality was good.

Smoky Crispy Lamb didn’t impress me much. It was an average preparation and although, not bad but nothing much to crave for.

Both the Corn and Spinach and Chicken Siu Mai dim sums were pretty average and had a wow factor missing in them. It was neither a great preparation nor something excellent but yes, taste wise they weren’t bad, just average. The dim sums were not soft and not too hard as well. Between the two dim sums that I tried, I liked Corn and Spinach better than the Non-Vegetarian Siu Mai.

I was disappointed to some extent after trying their Sushis. They have really good starters and other main course dishes but sadly, the Sushis, which I tried were not good in taste. I am putting this experience in a gentle language so as not to sound harsh on my favourite restaurant since long, but I was definitely disappointed. They need to work on it to take it to the next level. The Veg Tempura Roll is somewhat better and edible but the Crab Stick Kani, not at all.

Green Thai Curry with Sticky Rice was OK in taste, and it had an aroma of Thai condiments. The flavours were intact and authentic.

Pad Thai was again an authentic preparation and thanks to Big Wong for keeping the authenticity alive in it. It tasted good and the flavours were just perfect.

In desserts, Darsaan was made with crispy honey wonton strips and vanilla Ice cream. It was pleasant in taste, and the texture was a bit sticky.

Choco bomb had a lot of innovation and they had added Snickers to it. The taste was really good, and I liked it.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

The service at Big Wong is a big plus point, as they have a very polite and courteous staff. They are well trained and know the etiquettes. The service here is at par with some starred hotels.

Ambience is perfect for a date or social gathering with dim lights and nice décor. It is upmarket and classy. They also have some funny quotes written in the washroom, which are hilarious and might make you laugh. The seating is comfortable, and they have many options to choose from in the seats.

Operational Hours:

12 Noon to 11:00 PM, Monday to Thursday

12 Noon to 1:00 AM, Friday to Sunday

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yG1dsp2mfj52

Google Maps:

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/big-wong-xl-koramangala-5th-block

Please share your valuable feedback or comments below.

Love is in the Air – Hearty Party at Phoenix Market City, Bangalore

Love is an important part of our lives and everybody wants love and compassion. To celebrate the very special feeling of being in love, February is the month. The month of love has such a potential that despite being the shortest month in an year, every four years it impacts the name of the year. It’s a month of love, wherein Valentine’s day is celebrated all over.

Valentine’s day, which is also known as Saint Valentine’s day is celebrated in the honour and memory of the saint from a bygone era. This day needs no introduction as people from all around the world celebrate it in various ways, which could be a romantic date at a starred hotel or a spending quality time with your partner by the beach. Many people choose to propose the person they love or adore. While there are some who choose this special day for their marriage. The gifts exchanged during the Valentine’s week are greeting card, teddy bears, chocolates, jewellery, and flowers, particularly red roses!

Many restaurants and eateries enhance their look and feel, and often offer some good packages for couples who want to celebrate the day there. But this is not all, in my view, that day should be really special where you enjoy shopping, great food, alcohol, party, DJ, and above all a great time with your loved one.

Phoenix Market City, which is a pioneer among the shopping malls in Bangalore had an intention to include everyone in this festival of love and offer them with great choices to celebrate. So, they had arranged the Hearty Party event in the courtyard of the mall on 10th and 11th February 2018. It was a special event with splendid performances and DJ night.

Phoenix Market City in Bangalore has always been a place where you get everything under one roof, be it branded clothing, lifestyle products, multiplex, fine dine restaurants, pubs, or a food court. It’s a mall which is spread across a huge area and houses numerous stores. It’s a preferred choice for shopping and spending some good time with your loved ones.

When I entered the courtyard of the mall to witness the Hearty Party event, I was surprised to see that they had transformed the area into a paradise. It was all decorated with hearts, cupid’s bow and arrow, beautiful posters, and all of this was in red theme, which is the colour of love.

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Featured in Photograph: Food Bloggers Association, Bangalore (FBAB) founder, Chef BB -Bibhuti Bushan Panigrahy (with his permission)

There were areas very tastefully designed with awesome background to click photographs. Cupid, the God of love was also present with his bow and arrow. People were happily clicking selfies with him and those who were struck by Cupid’s arrow were enjoying it to the fullest. The ambience was truly symbolizing the feeling of romance and love.

There was a big stage that was set up in the courtyard where Karaoke session was ongoing. After that there was a dance performance by Ocean Kids, who are one of the finalists in the popular television show, India’s Got Talent. The performance was mesmerizing!

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Later, DJ Vipul Khurana, known for mixing some desi Beats with the usual EDM, gave the night a different twist. It was laudable.

But as the party is not complete without delectable food and alcohol, there were stalls of some good restaurants, such as Café Noir, Whitefield Social, and Bar Bar surrounding the courtyard area. There were also some innovative food trucks and bikes! Some of them were the Smoke Signal BBQ, Indian’s first BBQ Bike, and the Rolling Chef. The food stalls were a hit and people were enjoying the festival while having so many options for food. The taste and quality of food was good.

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It was a delightful party for the alcohol lovers, as they had Kingfisher and Bira in beers, and also Rum, Whiskey, and Vodka were available. With these many options in drinks along with great music, what else would anyone look for.

It was time for something sweet, and I love desserts. So, there was a stall of Smoor, serving pastries and chocolates. I headed to their stall to find out what are they serving for Valentine’s. I was glad to find out that they had some amazing offerings for Valentine’s day to gift to your special one. I purchased some chocolates and had a memorable time from evening till night.

Next day, there were spectacular performances by the Naik & Jois Project, Ocean Kids, and Bangalore’s own DJ Ivan, thereby making it a perfect weekend just before the Valentine’s day. The music was enthralling and made everyone groove with it.

Hearty Party was focused on love, romance, and friendship. It was a great enjoyable experience at Phoenix Market City, looking forward to attending many such enticing events.

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Barbeque Nation – Legendary Buffet Chain with New Innovations

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It’s been well over 11 years since Barbeque Nation started its operations and introduced the new concept of Do-it-Yourself (DIY) live grill on Table back then. It had been a pioneer of great buffet places and a reputed buffet chain across cities.

I am a regular customer of Barbeque Nation in Delhi, Gurgaon, and now in Bangalore as well. While a lot has been already talked about Barbeque Nation and the food they serve and most of the foodie community is already aware of it, this post is for their food festivals, particularly the seafood festival, which they recently hosted.

They host such food festivals from time-to-time and I wish them all the best for it. I would like to see many such food festivals being held, which brings a feeling of freshness and innovation in their buffet and also provides many exotic options in food to the foodies!

I visited Barbeque Nation, Koramangala in Bangalore recently for their Seafood festival and I was amused to see the variety of food being served. They hosted this food festival across all outlets. It was a welcome addition to the regular buffet they serve. The food festival was held between 31st Jan to 11th Feb, 2018.

FOOD AND TASTE:

The special food menu included a variety of fishes, crabs, squids, mussels, and lobster. The Popcorn Crusted Fish Fingers, Mumbai Bangda Fish Fry, Seer Fried Anchovy, Mussels Rava Fried, Fish Curry (Nellore Style), and Sri Lankan Crab curry are the highlights of this seafood festival.

All the dishes were cooked to perfection. Lobsters could be ordered as ala carte. I really liked the seafood and Sri Lankan Crab curry was just brilliant. These delicacies were available at the live counter and also there was a specially designed vegetarian menu for this festival. So, the vegetarians can also find something special being served.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Service has always been phenomenal at Barbeque Nation and this is one of the differentiators. I never witnessed a bad or mediocre service at any of their restaurants. The staff including managers are all well trained, polite, and courteous. This level of service makes you feel special,

Ambience is classy, and they have a various seating options available. Spread across two floors, this restaurant also has a rooftop and covered place. You can select where you want to sit, and the staff happily caters to your requirements.

Operational Hours:

12 Noon to 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM, open all days.

Location:

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Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/barbeque-nation-koramangala-1st-block

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Don’t Miss: Roast & Grill Food Festival at Nook till 25th January

Aloft hotel at Cessna Business Park, Bengaluru hosts special food festivals from time-to-time. This is a hotel chain which focuses a lot on food variety, quality, and taste. The menu keeps changing to offer all sorts of cuisines to its customers. Nook is a high-class restaurant located inside Aloft, Cessna Business Park. The executive chef and the hotel staff makes sure that we have a pleasant experience with the food and service.

I had been to Nook a few times before to attend their Bohri food festival, cake mixing, and many such events. This time, the hotel invited me to attend the Roast & Grill food festival, which is going on from 15th till 25th January. This is a not-to-be-missed food festival as they have all sorts of grilled dishes in the menu, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

For a food lover, it’s a delight to be attend this food festival. The buffet spread is vast and although, it’s a Roast & Grill festival, it’s not just about the roasted items, they also have delicious starters, main course, and yummy desserts! I am absolutely a fan of their desserts.

My personal favourites from this festival are Grilled Fishes, Grilled Prawns, Roasted Paneer, and Lamb Chops. The Spinach Roll and Grilled Broccoli is also worth mentioning. In main course, Murg Musallam and Mutton Roagn Josh is a must-try. In desserts, everything is great, but my favourites are Firni and chocolate cake.

The service staff, PR, executive chef, and everyone is very polite and courteous, and they leave no stone unturned to make it a memorable dining experience for their customers. The ambience is really classy with superb décor. This is a place to enjoy the food and have a leisure time. The seating is comfortable, and you get a choice where you want to sit. This is absolutely one of the best fine-dine restaurant in Bangalore where you get scrumptious food and delectable cocktails and sangrias.

Don’t miss this food festival and stay tuned with me on my social media accounts and Zomato to know about the other food festivals that they host from time-to-time.

Buffet cost:

1099+tax

Operational hours: 

Lunch buffet: 12:00 to 3:30 PM

Dinner buffet: 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM

(Excluding Saturdays and Sundays)

Location: 

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Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/nook-aloft-bengaluru-cessna-business-park-bellandur

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Sea Rock – Paradise for Sea Food Lovers

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Sea Rock, a name that makes me drool over the ghee roast masala and seafood. It is a legendary restaurant that primarily serves the coastal cuisine of Mangalore. The irresistible aroma of fresh ghee roast seafood and the awesomeness in taste blends together for an impeccable and satisfying experience. This place serves one of the best seafood in the city. And it’s not all, they also serve Chinese cuisine and some delicious vegetarian dishes, so the vegetarian friends can have wonderful options to choose from. Their service is superb, and ambience is also classy!

ORDER:

I went to this restaurant with a group of foodies, so I had an opportunity to try out many of their signature dishes.

In soups, I had their Crab Soup.

For starters, we ordered Prawns Ghee Roast, Squids Ghee Roast, Chicken Ghee Roast, Crab Ghee Roast, Kane Tawa Fry, Pomfret Masala Fry, Anjal Masala Fry, Mussels Masala Fry, and Egg Ghee Roast.

In main course, we tasted the Mangalore Fish Curry, Kori Roti, Neer Dose, Palak Rice, and Boiled Rice.

In desserts, we tried Ragi Manni and Gulab Jamun.

TASTE AND QUALITY:

Although, I am an old-time seafood lover, but this was my first introduction to Mangalore’s cuisine, which I relished to the extreme.

Crab Soup had the distinct aroma of crab and it was yummy. Broccoli added with Crab, made a really healthy and tasty combination.

Special mention for their Ghee Roast items, the masala in all the Ghee Roast food is absolutely drool-worthy and made me salivate!  It’s heavenly and gave an extremely fulfilling gastronomic experience.

Prawns Ghee Roast had the freshness of prawns blended with the flavourful masala, and the aroma of pure ghee, a fantastic combination! Now, what else does a seafood lover wants? Maybe, squids and crabs but need not worry, Sea Rock has all of them to offer.

Squids Ghee Roast was very also very good in taste. I love Squids, so it was one of my favourites at Sea Rock.

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Chicken Ghee Roast was OK but the seafood and vegetarian at this place are far better!

I like the savoury taste of crab and but it’s not always that I look forward to eating it wherever it’s available. This is because you don’t get fresh ones at any other restaurant, so, I mostly try them during my visits to any of the coastal places or at a few selected restaurants in Bangalore. Crab Ghee Roast absolutely quenched my desire to have an amazing crab-eating experience in Bangalore.

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Well, it’s time for something fishy! I am talking about the incredible variety and taste of the fishes here, Kane Tawa Fry, Pomfret Masala Fry, and Anjal Masala Fry. Unquestionably, the taste got to be perfect and yes, it was! I loved the presentation too.

Do I like mussels? If anyone would have asked this question to me before I visited Sea Rock, I would have shaken my head no. Probably, because I never got to try much of the mussels except in Goa, where I had a bad experience with it, at a restaurant. This place changed my perception completely with their Mussels Masala Fry. I had many of those and can vouch for its palatability.

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Egg Ghee Roast is not only for the eggetarians, but it made me crave for it even while writing this article. I hope this clearly communicates my opinion about how delightful it was.

After having an overdose of the appetizing starters, I didn’t have much appetite left for the main course, but I certainly wanted to try Mangalore Fish Curry. I relished this speciality with Neer Dosa, Boiled Rice, and Kori Roti. The curry had all the awesomeness in it, however, I didn’t try the pieces.

Apart from seafood, I also love vegetarian food a lot. In vegetarian, spinach is one of my favourite leafy vegetable. So, Palak (Spinach) Rice, another speciality, and a signature dish of Sea Rock did a thoroughgoing justice to its name our exceeded my expectations. Not only it was luscious but also healthy.

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If you’re still reading, you would know that it’s time to talk about the desserts we had. Although, I never had Ragi Manni before, so I am not the best person to comment on its authenticity and taste, nevertheless, in my opinion, it was just not up to the mark. Therefore, Gulab Jamun, served hot was good enough for me to change my palate.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

The staff is polite and courteous, they served us well. The service is prompt and considering that they were serving a big group in the peak hours, kudos to them for their attentiveness.

Ambience is decent with nice interiors and décor. It looks upmarket and the seating layouts are also relaxing and comfortable. You get a feeling to relax and have a good time while dining.

LOCATION:

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Open all days.

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/sea-rock-seshadripuram

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Zero Kelvin – Reach Absolute Zero in Koramangala, Bangalore

The lowest possible temperature at absolute zero (-273.15 °C), the name 0K gives a thought of unimaginable cold wave and shivering. This is when all molecular motion stops, reaching absolute zero is impossible in real life! However, as a foodie and shakes lover, I say that you can definitely reach Zero Kelvin in Koramangala, Bangalore. A well-thought-out name for a new shakes and dessert parlour in the Koramangala area of Bangalore city, Zero Kelvin serves a good variety of thick shakes and waffles. The location is prime and easy to find. I recommend this place for their signature waffles and shakes.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
On an invitation by the parlour, I went with a group of foodie friends. We tried many of their milk shakes and waffles.
THICK SHAKES:
In shakes, they only have thick shakes in their menu, so I tried their Crunchy Almond Shake, Love For Oreo Shake, Ferrero Rocher Shake, Banana Shake, and Blueberry Shake.
Crunchy Almond Shake was the undoubtedly the best shake that they served us. It had the perfect flavour of roasted almonds with a crackling substance coming in between the tongue, which is their secret. The consistency was thick, but it can be consumed using a straw. The flavours were in proportion and taste was absolutely yummy.


One of the best shakes that they serve is definitely the Love For Oreo Shake. It was loaded with crushed Oreo cookies, which was delectable. Probably, the best you can get here as a chocolate lover.
Properly blended with milk and banana flavour, the Banana Shake did justice to its name. It was really yummy and also my favourite. It’s different than the ones served at other places. Being a fruit lover, this one is my personal recommendation.
Although, I had high expectations of taste from the Ferrero Rocher shake, however, it didn’t impress me at all and a chance of improvement is there. It’s not that it was bad but to stand out they should think of adding more innovation to enhance the taste.
Blueberry shake was good in taste but a tad sweeter than required. Instead, the suggestion is to add fresh fruit, as suggested by other bloggers. They have a chance of improvement and to make it better than the rest of the market.
WAFFLES:
I tried their Chocolicious waffle, Chef’s Special waffle, and Taste of Heaven waffle. They serve some really yummy waffles and the quality is too good. Chef’ Special waffle was too good and absolutely heavenly. It was loaded with strawberries, banana, kiwi, and scoops of a variety of Ice creams. I liked the toppings and the superb presentation. This is their signature waffle and a must-try delicacy here. The taste was awesome.

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Chocolicious waffle was also good in taste and quality. It was made with dark chocolate and the taste was good for someone, who likes dark chocolate.
Taste of Heaven waffle was made with strawberry Ice cream and syrup. It was good in taste, but a suggestion is that they should add fresh fruits to it than just the flavours. Of course, they do add those fruits in their Chef’s Special waffle, but at least fresh strawberries should be added in Taste of Heaven to make it more flavoursome.
Overall, this place is recommended to try some yummy delights and allow your taste buds to relish some exotic sweet flavours.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
Their service is really quick, and the staff has a good knowledge of what they serve. The owner Mr. Swamy is polite and personally ensured that our experience is good.
Ambience is nice and decent enough for a parlour. They have good interiors and seating area where you can relax and enjoy your drinks.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/ajuMC3QnYnJ2

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

11:30 AM to 12 Midnight, open all days.

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/zero-kelvin-koramangala-4th-block

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Tiger Zinda Hai – My Opinion on the Bollywood Movie

India wants peace? Of course, yes!

Other major countries of the world want peace? Yes!

Many common people from Pakistan want peace? I think so, yes!

Pakistan’s army, dictators, terrorist from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) want peace? A big NO.

A movie for Salman Khan’s fans but far from reality! Please read the complete article to understand my point-of-view.

Tiger Zinda Hai movie was recently released, and within a short duration the movie has already seen a huge success. The storyline is based out of Syria and Iraq, where a terrorist group ISC (in actual ISIS) is operational and has created a panic situation by abducting a group of nurses from India and Pakistan.

While, a lot has been said and already there are many reviews floating online, my post is about what the movie is trying to achieve and if it’s just a money-making business for the producers and director. The movie shows that India and Pakistan, precisely Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and ISI that are the intelligence agencies of Pakistan and India, have worked together to destroy the empire of ISC and set their countrymen free. Moreover, US also played an important role to finish ISC. A lot of dramatic sequences are included that defy any possible logic and are far from reality.

Of course, movies are not meant to show the reality and it’s not a documentary where you show the facts. However, what I felt is that the director was hallucinating while shooting because they portrayed Pakistan as a peace-loving country. Initially, you might feel that the movie is trying to give a message of Indo-Pak peace. Many common people in Pakistan might not be supporting terrorism, as what we usually hear but it’s definitely not the case with ISI or Pakistan’s army and politicians.

It’s a well-known fact that Pakistan is a country that supports terrorism on its soil and ISI is its major wing that executes the hateful plans of killing innocent people. How can anyone forget that the prime terrorist, Osama bin Laden was being sheltered in Pakistan and very close to their capital city of Islamabad when US forces found him and shot him dead.

Keeping this in mind, if a movie shows that the common people from both sides of the border want peace and they don’t want war or hatred, it is true and will send a peace message to Pakistan’s politicians and ISI. Instead, the director showed that ISI shook hands with RAW on a common mission, which is next to impossible at least in near future.

We all want peace but am I expecting more as a peace-loving common citizen of India, that an Indian movie should have at least a basic patriotic sense and a message of peace should have been given in a slightly different way keeping in mind the real facts! A big question is what is the role of censor board and do they pass such movies just because it has a great star cast?

They could have showed that India wants peace, the whole world wants peace, and even many people of Pakistan want peace, then why does the Pakistan’s army, politicians, and ISI support terrorism? They should also care about their own citizens and stop brain-washing the youth for killing and perform mass-executions of the innocent people. This is for the safety of their own citizens, which will also help in making a better image for Pakistan worldwide. If an Indian movie communicated this message, certainly, it would have made a better impact.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Salman Khan for almost two decades and really admire his acting and humour. I love the fact that whenever a Salman Khan-starred movie is released, it automatically becomes a blockbuster and that has become a general trend. But I am also a fan of my country and its generous foreign policies for Pakistan, but this has not been reciprocated by Islamabad, and as a result, India has always been cheated by Pakistan’s dictators and Army. I also wish that both the neighbour countries should have peace and the people should live happily.

But this looked like an effort to make Salman’s fans from Pakistan, happy. Salman Khan has numerous fans on both sides of the border and to appease the fans from a terrorism-supporting country, this is perhaps the best effort.

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