Sultans of Spice – A Sultani Gastronomic Delight!

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Sultans of Spice is located on the 4th floor of Hotel BluePetal, which also has another famous buffet restaurant, Buff Buffet Buff. Sultans of Spice is a restaurant, which specializes in North Indian food, particularly Delhi, Punjabi, and Afghani food. This place serves buffet during lunch hours and ala carte during dinner. While I am a regular customer at Buff Buffet Buffet, I heard a lot about Sultans of Spice and wanted to try this restaurant since long. The restaurant is located at a prime location on Jyoti Nivas College road in Koramangala.

I went there with my blogger/reviewer friends on a food-tasting invite. As I entered inside, I noticed that this place has a superb ambience and excellent décor that matches with the concept very well. We were greeted very well, and the staff showed us the seating area. Meanwhile, Mr. Manoj, who is the Hotel Manager and his staff came to meet us. They told us about the concept of this restaurant and the kind of food items they serve. The staff is polite and extremely courteous!

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

DRINKS:

I started ordering with the drinks. They have a good collection of cocktails and also, they have some excellent signature drinks. So, we ordered 7 Wonders Of The Bar, Watta ! Melon, and Green Appletini.

While 7 Wonders of The Bar includes 7 different alcohols with lime juice and ice, it is also the strongest cocktail among others. It’s their signature drink and tastes good. A suggestion is to add more ice to make the proportions right to improve the drinkability of this special drink.

Watta ! Melon is also their special cocktail, served in a highball glass and prepared with watermelon chunks, lime juice, melon syrup, and Gin. It is the most refreshing drink I had in the recent past! Absolutely mind-blowing and refreshing, it was also on a lighter side and I could hardly feel any bitterness, which was good.

Green Appletini is equally refreshing as Watta ! Melon. I really enjoyed it. As the name suggests, it was made with Vodka and Green Apple syrup. It was served in a cocktail glass and had a perfect combination of alcohol and syrup.

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This restaurant also has a good collection of mocktails, which we couldn’t try this time.

SOUPS:

I tried their Badam Aur Murg Ka Shorba and Dal Subz Shorba.

While Badam Aur Murg Ka Shorba sounds good, it lacked some essential flavours. Although, it had grated almonds added to it, I couldn’t identify any taste of Chicken or Almonds in it. It was just bland and salty.

The Dal Subz Shorba was delectable!

STARTERS:

In starters, I had Dumwala Old Monk Chicken Wings, Murg Taftan, Makai Aur Cheese Ke Kebab, Galouti Kabab, Prawn Lollypop, Amritsari Bharwan Taang, Chatpata Paneer Roll, Triple Seekh Kebab, and Chicken Malai Tikka.

I will give full marks to the Chef for bringing innovation in the menu items. I could really see the hard work to make the regular food items different from others. Dumwala Old Monk Chicken Wings is a signature item, in which the chicken wings are flamed with Old Monk to give a unique bitter and sweet taste. Absolutely innovative!

Amritsari Bharwan Taang was amazing! The chicken leg pieces were stuffed with mutton keema to make it a wholesome experience. This is a splendid combination and worked well.

Chicken Malai Tikka was probably the best I had ever in Bangalore. I remember having such Malai Tikka in New Delhi. It was authentic and delicious. The chicken pieces were tender and succulent.

Prawn Lollypop is also an innovative item where garlic and chilly flavoured minced prawn is served on a small sugarcane stick. It was yummy, and I liked the concept. However, the staff should bring this out more clearly that it is not a regular stick but a sugarcane stick.

Makai Aur Cheese Ke Kebab had the perfect combination of cheese and corn. It was good.

Galouti Kabab was OK and it was close to the authentic recipe of Lucknow. I don’t compare it with the ones available in Lucknow but for Bangalore, it is probably one of the best Galouti Kabab. It didn’t melt completely in mouth unlike the authentic Galouti Kabab, still it was appetizing.

All other starters that I had were delicious.

MAIN COURSE:

In main course, I had Dal Sultani, Butter Chicken, Sarso Da Saag, Nalli Gosht, Sultani Kofta, and breads, which had Garlic Naan, Makke Di Roti, and Tandoori Roti. I am fond of the main course at Buff Buffet Buff and I had the same expectation here. I am happy that BluePetal didn’t disappoint me. They are famous for serving the main course as good as the starters, which is to an extent less seen.

Dal Sultani was excellent in taste and quality. I enjoyed it to the fullest. Butter Chicken was delicious as well. Sarso Sa Saag was an authentic Punjabi preparation, and very close to what you get in the Punjabi families. It was good in taste and reminded me of my visits to Punjab.

Nalli Gosht was scrumptious and I relished it. Being a Non-Vegetarian, I still liked their Sultani Kofta the most! It is a lip-smacking delicacy by the Chef. I really enjoyed the Kofta and its gravy.

DESSERTS:

In desserts we witnessed a lot of uniqueness and innovation again. I had Gulabo and Gajar Halwa Ki  Seekh.

Gulabo is basically Rose Phirni, flavoured by Rooh Afza kind of syrup. It was yummy! I absolutely loved it. Gajar Halwa Ki Seekh is a unique dessert, which I haven’t seen anywhere. It’s chef’s own creation. It’s prepared by making a kind of dry Gajar ka Halwa and put it on the skewers to grill it in tandoor. Yes, you read it correctly, they grill the Halwa and it’s presented like a seekh kebab. Amazing creation! By the way, it tasted really good.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

The staff is courteous and polite. They have a high-level of service and they leave no stone unturned to make your experience, a great one.

Ambience is classy, and they have an excellent décor. They also have separate areas with curtains for candle light dinners.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/K1PWpTn8x142

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

Weekdays: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7:00 to 11:30 PM

Saturdays and Sundays: 12 Noon to 4:30 PM, 7:00 to 11:30 PM

Open all days.

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/sultans-of-spice-koramangala-5th-block

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Sharief Bhai, Koramangala – A Non-Vegetarian’s Paradise!

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Sharief Bhai serves good-quality authentic Muslim cuisine, which is not easy to find in Bangalore. This restaurant is an absolute delight for a non-vegetarian food lover. Strategically located at a prime location near Jyoti Nivas College in Koramangala, this place provides an excellent hospitality and altogether a great dining experience!

A couple, Mr. Nawaz Sharief and his wife Mrs. Falak Nawaz Sharief runs the restaurant. All off their recipes are authentic and prepared the way it’s done in Muslim families. This restaurant serves the most exclusive gastronomic delights, which is not found elsewhere. They have an open kitchen where all the magic happens, so you can see your food being cooked.

I visited this restaurant on a food-tasting invite along with other reviewers/bloggers and we were warmly greeted by the owners. They have a thorough understanding and knowledge about the food that they serve, and this is a big differentiator unlike many others! In fact, their good home recipes are being carried forward by this generation, and they are highly quality-focused. So, you get the original taste in the food, and of course they have some secrets to make it better and lighter on the stomach as well. 😊

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

DRINK:

I started off with Apshoola, which is a drink made with lemon and cardamom. It helps in increasing the appetite. It’s basically a unique and aromatic lime water preparation. I loved the flavour, it’s different than what you get anywhere else.

SOUP:

In soups, I had Gosht Marag, which is an almond-flavoured Gosht soup. It had chunks of tender mutton and was full of the aroma and taste of almonds. I relished it fully.

PATTHAR KE PAKWAAN:

These are the delicacies cooked on stone. All food items are absolutely delectable in this section and a must-try when you’re there. I tried their Patthar Gosht, Gosht Shami Kebab, Gosht Kaali Mirchi Ki Sukki Phaal, Gosht Lal Mirchi ki Sukki Phaal, and Murg Kaali Mirchi Ki Sukki Phaal.

As the name suggests, Patthar Gosht is a mutton preparation, where pieces are cooked on a heated stone and flattened to perfection. But this is not all, the way it’s done is an art and that provides the authentic taste in mutton. Also, the meat they choose for all their mutton preparations is Lamb meat only so it’s tender and flavourful. The mutton pieces are cut selectively keeping in mind what tastes best for different types of delicacies.

Gosht Shami Kebab is a mutton preparation, in which boiled egg is stuffed inside.

Gosht Kaali Mirchi Ki Sukki Phaal and Gosht Lal Mirchi ki Sukki Phaal are basically same food items with the only difference being the choice of chilly, black pepper or red chilly. Phaal is a prepared by cutting the Lamb pieces from the rib section in a specific manner and then it’s pulled apart and cooked on the stone. These Phaals were new to me and I truly enjoyed both. It’s worth mentioning that they prepare their own spices and don’t buy from outside. Hence, you get a delightful taste and quality.

TAWE KE PAKWAAN:

These are shallow pan-fried delicacies. In non-vegetarian, I tried Gurda Kaleji Fry, Bheja Fry, Anjal Tawa Fry, and Prawns Tawa Fry. In Veg, I had Mushroom Lal Mirch and Paneer Kali Mirch.

Gurda Kaleji Fry is basically the kidney and liver of a Lamb, which are fried on a Tawa. I’m not a big fan of Gurda and Kaleji, still I loved this preparation at Sharief Bhai. It was way different and much better than the ones I tried elsewhere.

Bheja Fry or Brain Fry is a popular Muslim preparation. I have had this before a couple of times. It was absolutely delicious! The tiny pieces of brain melts in mouth in no time. Perfectly spiced with curry leaves, this one is my favourite!

Anjal Tawa Fry is a fried Seer fish preparation. It had the aroma and taste of a fried fish.

Prawns Tawa Fry is again good in taste and quality.

Although, there isn’t much for vegetarians here, but they do have limited but good options for vegetarian friends. Mushroom Lal Mirch and Paneer Kaali Mirch are definitely saviours for Veg lovers at this place. Both the veg food items tasted like the way they are supposed to.

BHUNE PAKWAAN:

These are the grilled food items. I tried Murg Tangdi Kebab and it was lip-smacking. The leg piece of chicken lwas grilled to perfection with the right spices and flavours. A splendid preparation, which tasted very well.

TALAN PAKWAAN:

These are the deep-fried items. I tried Chicken Kebab and it was delicious. Although, deep-fried but it was easy on the stomach.

AHEM KHANA:

These are the main course food items. I tried their Nalli Nahari, Cutt Kofte Ande, and Gosht Hare Masale ki Phaal. We also had Laccha Paratha, which was very soft and Kushka as accompaniments.

Nalli Nihari is mildly-spiced, a bit different than others and can be customized to taste. Cutt Kofte Ande is a scrumptious preparation made with boiled eggs and Kofte in a mouth-watering gravy. I enjoyed it the most.

Chicken Hare Masale ki Phaal was also good. All the gravy items were delicious and with Laccha Paratha and Kushka, it was a perfect combination.

DEGH-KE-PAKWAAN:

These are the rice items, which are made in a Deg (cooking pot). I enjoyed their Har-dil-Azeez Gosht Biryani and Murg Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

Har-dil-Azeez Gosht Biryani is mutton biryani prepared with jeera samba rice. It was amazing! The biryani had the perfect aroma and flavours and the mutton pieces were succulent. This is a must-try item at this restaurant.

Murg Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is prepared with long grain Basmati rice and chicken. It was good in taste and quality.

MITTHAY:

This category is for the sweet items, the desserts. I tried Muzzafar and Matka Phirni. Both the desserts were yummy! I liked the flavour of Muzzafar, which is similar to Phirni. It’s probably the best dessert I had in the recent past and a perfect choice to end your dinner on a sweet note.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Ambience is fine at this restaurant, they have a decent space to accommodate large families. Nice décor and an open kitchen, and it clearly shows their intent and passion.

The service is absolutely incredible. The owners welcomed and sat with us to explain all the items in their menu and how it is prepared. They were not hesitant in answering to queries and gave a detailed insight about the Muslim cuisine. Great hospitality, I must say. It’s not that they were so good only to us but to anyone who visits the restaurant.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/h52zx3Q5ucJ2

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

12 Noon to 1:00 AM, open all days

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/sharief-bhai-1-koramangala-5th-block/info

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Awadhi Food at The Moghul’s, HSR Layout

The Moghul’s restaurant is located at a prime area of HSR. One fine evening, I was passing through the road when I saw this restaurant, which claims to serve the Awadhi cuisine of the North Indian city of Lucknow. I hail from Allahabad city, which is near Lucknow, and Awadhi food is very popular in that region. So, I am an Awadhi food lover and I hardly find good places in Bangalore for this cuisine. So, I stopped by and decided to have an early dinner here.

ORDER, FOOD, AND QUALITY:
In starters, we ordered Galawati Kabab and for main course, Lucknowi murg masala, ulte tawe ka paratha, Lucknowi dum murg biryani and lime soda.
The waiting time here is terrible and spoiled our mood completely. It was just about 7:30 PM with hardly many customers in the restaurant still it took them more than half an hour to serve just the Lucknowi chicken dum biryani.
We had ordered only one item at a time and the first order was biryani. At one point, we decided to move on as it was a waste of time for us, but the staff asked us to wait as the order was getting ready.
Anyways, after a long wait when the biryani came, it really missed the essential flavour and aroma of Awadhi biryani. I know that an Awadhi biryani is light and less spicy, but it doesn’t lack the necessary flavours and aroma. I have had Awadhi biryani so many times since my childhood at my hometown in UP. But this one was more of a pulav than an Awadhi biryani. If you consume it considering it as a pulav then it was light and edible. No complaints there.


Our next order was Lucknowi murg masala and ulte tawe ka paratha. This order came in just about 5-10 minutes, which was good.
Lucknowi murg masala again disappointed me and it had an overdose of coriander seeds in its flavour. It was just average in taste, not too bad but definitely nothing special. But, it was a good change from the regular chicken gravy that we get in North Indian restaurants of Bangalore.
Ulte tawe ka paratha was too good! It was authentic, delicious, and melted in mouth! I’ve never had such delectable ulte tawe ka paratha before.


Our next order was Galawati Kabab and lime soda. Galawati kabab was delicious! It was cooked to perfection! It was tender and melted in mouth, which is an essential characteristic of this Awadhi dish. I enjoyed it and it resembled closely in taste to the authentic one from Lucknow. In Bangalore, this is perhaps one of the best you can have.
Lime soda was as usual in taste.


Overall, it’s a good place to try the authentic Galawati kabab with ulte tawe ka paratha.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
The ambience at this restaurant is although airy and open, which connects you to the surroundings and nature however, it also makes it difficult to dine when it’s cold outside.
There were some insects because of the open dining area and garden. A suggestion is to make the dining area covered with transparent glasses so that the connection to greenery and nature remains intact, while it will prevent the insects and cold air from outside.
Service was too slow for the quality of food served.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/ESBvRcxiZ7K2

GOOGLE MAPS:

HOURS OF OPERATION:

12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM, closed on Tuesdays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/the-moghuls-hsr

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Donne Biryani at Halli Jonne Biryani, Jayanagar

Donne biryani is a variation of biryani that belongs to the authentic Nati cuisine of Bangalore/Karnataka. Having Donne biryani at Halli Jonne Biryani is a delight for taste buds! I visited this restaurant as a part of my biryani expedition in Bangalore. Now, some people must be wondering like I did as what Jonne biryani mean and how is it different from Donne biryani as I recently came across this name Jonne biryani. The owner told me that both are the same and the difference is only in the way some people pronounce it. Also, he told that Jonne is an older version for the name Donne, which I couldn’t verify myself.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
I ordered a mutton biryani and chicken fry. The mutton biryani was served with raita and gravy.


Mutton biryani was delicious and flavourful. It was a bit milder/less spicy than some other popular joints, which is easier on the tongue and suits my taste. But, the aroma of biryani spices and fragrance of rice was mouth-watering. 🙂
The mutton pieces were tasty but chewy and slightly undercooked. They should’ve cooked them for some more time. 😦 The raita and gravy were good and tasted great along with biryani. Biryani portion is good for one person with medium appetite and someone with big appetite might feel that it’s less.

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Chicken fry was awesome! The chicken was cooked to perfection and served as a gravy dish. The aroma and taste of Nati spices were delectable. It was a great combination with mutton biryani. Overall, this place offered an above average biryani experience at the centre of Jayanagar.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
It’s a self-service restaurant so there is no service at all. Ambience is very basic and had nothing special but it’s not a place for ambience. It’s a place for good food.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/FRBu5ALvr372

GOOGLE MAPS:

HOURS OF OPERATION:

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, closed on Mondays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/halli-jonne-biriyani-jayanagar

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Donne Biryani at Shivaji Military Hotel, Jayanagar

Superb Donne biryani! Amazing taste and flavourful!
This is an old and famous military hotel in Bangalore that serves a variety of Non-Vegetarian food. Their Donne biryani is considered to one of the best Donne biryani in Bangalore. Donne biryani is a variation of biryani that belongs to the authentic Nati cuisine of Bangalore/Karnataka.
I heard a lot about Shivaji Military Hotel and finally decided to visit this place and try their much-hyped biryani. This place is located very near to Banshankari bus stand, so the location is good and easy to find. Usually, I’ve read that this place has a lot of waiting time but as I went before 1:30 PM, I didn’t have to wait and immediately got the seat.


I have had Donne biryani at some other restaurants earlier and didn’t like it much because of the bland taste and missing flavours. So, this time speculations were high about the taste because of the hype but the expectation was still low because of the past experience with Donne biryani elsewhere. I am glad that their biryani lived up to its name and we had an amazing biryani feast!
I could’ve rated as this place as 4 or 4.5 because it doesn’t have a very good ambience, interiors, or decor but this is not a place for all these things, it’s not a fine dine or a high-end restaurant, instead it’s a place to go only for great food, that’s all it offers. Anything under 5/5 would be injustice to their delectable biryani taste and humble service!

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
I ordered a chicken biryani and a mutton biryani. Both the biryanis were served on banana leaves with raita, lemon, and gravy.


The taste of mutton biryani was amazing! It was delicious and flavourful. I loved the flavours of the authentic cuisine of Bangalore. The mutton pieces were tender and succulent! 🙂 The gravy served alongside was spicy and loaded with flavours, which added to the taste. The raita was made of cucumber and onions, it was OK but along with biryani, it tasted good.
Chicken biryani was delicious as well and the taste and quality of rice was the same as mutton biryani. Chicken pieces were succulent and had the right taste. However, I really liked and enjoyed their mutton biryani much more than the chicken biryani.


SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
The service was prompt and they served us quickly. Ambience is very basic and there is nothing much to it.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/wBpsYf3JCMN2

GOOGLE MAPS:

No. 718, 1st floor, C Main Road, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082

HOURS OF OPERATION:

8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, closed on Mondays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/shivaji-military-hotel-jayanagar

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The Brew and Barbeque – Quality Brews, Signature Cocktails, and Delectable Food

Nice microbrewery! Good food and quality! Amazing in-house beers and cocktails!

The Brew and Barbeque is a popular microbrewery and a multi-cuisine restaurant located on the 4th floor of the Soul Space Arena mall on the Outer Ring Road. The location adds a big plus point to it. It’s a huge place with cozy ambience, suitable for partying and social gatherings. Because they have ample seating space spread out in a huge area, you won’t feel like being in an overcrowded place with people waiting for you to vacate the table. Thus, you enjoy the food and drinks at your own leisure.

I visited this place on an invite to attend the 86th Food Bloggers Association, Bangalore (FBAB) meetup.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

They have full bar menu with some signature cocktails, mocktails and craft beers. The food menu is extensive as well with almost all popular cuisines included it.

DRINKS:

BEERS: We tried their craft beers, which included American Pale Ale, Red Indian Ale, and Hafeweizen. The American Pale Ale was hoppy in taste so kinda bitter, which is OK if you like it that way. Red Indian Ale was smooth and easy on the tongue. Hafeweizen is a wheat beer, which is a bit stronger but very good and smooth in taste. This is my favourite!

COCKTAILS: I tried BellandurOverflow, Pina Colada, and Long Island Ice Tea (L.I.I.T). All the cocktails were really good in taste. L.I.I.T and Pina Colada are popular cocktails and were made exactly the way it should be. BellandurOverflow is their special signature cocktail, subtle flavoured and superb! A must-try one if you are there.

STARTERS:

In starters, we tried Corn Cheeze Cutlet, Chicken Hariyali Tikka, Chicken Wings, Golden Fried Corn, Butter Garlic Prawns, Tandoori Prawns, Chilli Fish, Guntur Chicken, Wonton, Malai Paneer Tikka, and Hot and Spicy Mushrooms. All items were delicious, and my favourites are Chicken Wings and Chilli Fish. Absolutely delectable! 😊

MAIN COURSE:

For main course, we ordered Butter Chicken, Thin Crust Pizzas, Veg Sizzler, Donne Biryani, Chicken Dum Biryani, and Tandoori Roti. All of their Thin Crust Pizzas are lip-smacking! 😊 A must-try item for main course. Butter Chicken and Dum Biryani were OK in taste. Veg Sizzler and Donne Biryani didn’t impress me.

DESSERTS:

In desserts, we had Choco Lava Cake, Apple Pie, Lemon Cheesecake, and Chocolate Tart. Choco Lava Cake was yummy and my favourite.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Ambience is classy, you can relax and enjoy the music being played. Also, there is ample space to park your vehicle in the mall’s parking area. You can enjoy and spend some good time with friends and family. Service staff is courteous, but the service is very slow even during the off-peak hours. They should improve upon this aspect.  Overall, it’s a good place for their signature beers, cocktails, and delectable food.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/R8cJrjR17f22

GOOGLE MAPS:

36/5, Soulspace Arena Mall, 4th Floor, Outer Ring Road, Doddanekunddi, Doddanekundi, Mahadevapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037

HOURS OF OPERATION:

12 Noon to 12 Midnight

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/the-brew-and-barbeque-marathahalli

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Vintage Shack, HSR – Fine Dining Experience at a Reasonable Cost

We were looking for some North Indian food in HSR Layout and we found Vintage Shack on Zomato. This restaurant proved to be hidden gem for a great fine dining experience! They serve Indian and Continental cuisines. We enjoyed the food, which is authentic and delicious. The service is excellent as the staff is very courteous. The restaurant has a superb ambience and it’s a cozy place to dine!

I recommend this restaurant for North Indian food and looking forward to trying their other menu items including the continental dishes.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted with a smile by the staff and they showed us various seats to choose from. We chose the one next to the large glass that offers a street view. Then came the menu, which is unique in look and justifies their concept of “shack”.

We ordered Murg Makhani with Lasooni Naan and Butter Kulcha. They served the food quickly within 10 minutes of ordering.

Murg Makhani was delicious and aromatic! It had the perfect flavours in its buttery gravy, which was thick in texture and mild sweet in taste. They portion had four medium-sized chicken pieces served in a small bowl, which is good enough for 1 individual only and can be shared by 2 light eaters as well. As we were not very hungry, so it was sufficient in our case otherwise, it would be less. This is the only downside, the portions are less for the price you pay.  The chicken tasted fresh and it was good in quality.

As the name suggests, Lasooni Naan had tiny garlic pieces on top of it. It’s not the best garlic naan I had but it was enticing and delectable.

Butter Kulcha was also palatable but not something different. In fact, there is no need to be different.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Service is one of the highlights of this restaurant. The staff is very courteous and well trained. Ambience is classy with nice décor. Overall, it’s a nice place to have a fine dining experience. The pricing is reasonable too.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/zBZfxRQSqKy

GOOGLE MAPS:

Vintage Shack, Bengaluru, Sector 3, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560102

HOURS OF OPERATION:

11:30 AM to 11:00 PM

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/vintage-shack-hsr

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Punjabi Food at The Punjabi Rasoi, HSR

The Punjabi Rasoi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

After reading some reviews and a personal recommendation from a close friend, we decided to dine at The Punjabi Rasoi. We went there with high expectations of taste and quality. However, our experience was not as expected! It was a let down and we are disappointed!

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The restaurant is located at a prime location and it was crowded, which strengthened our belief that we are going to enjoy a great fine-dining experience. So, we waited for a while and soon we got the table.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

In starters, we ordered Chicken Chaat, which they’ve mentioned as their speciality. Later, for main course we ordered Chicken Punjabi, which they’ve mentioned as spicy with a red chilly tag next to it their menu. In breads, we ordered Amritsari Kulcha, and Butter Kulcha.

A big disappointment was that they gave us Chicken Achaari instead of Chicken Chaat and not only that they insisted to make us believe that it is Chicken Chaat only.

When the service staff was serving it, he initially said “here is your Chicken Achaari”. I immediately told him that we have ordered Chicken Chaat. To this, he said yes this is “Chicken Chaat”. What nonsense! How can both the dishes be the same and it did not even look like or tasted anything like a chaat.

When we tasted it, it was Chicken Achaari with pickle oil and spices! Later, I showed it to another service staff and asked what dish is it, he also told us that this is Chicken Achari. If they did not have Chicken Chaat in stock, they should have informed us, and we would have ordered something else. We did not even order the starters and main course together, we ordered them separately, then how can they do such a blunder.

Anyways, Chicken Achaari was spicy and good in taste. It was nothing special just the usual Pickle oil and spices along with roasted chicken. This is not something to my taste, but it was an authentic preparation and people who like spicy pickle sauce, will like it. The quality of chicken was definitely good.

Utter disappointment was their Chicken Punjabi gravy dish. As they’ve mentioned it as spicy with a red chilly tag next to it their menu, we chose this one and confirmed with the service staff. The service person also said that it is very spicy and if we want to lower down the spice level to medium spicy, they can customize it. We wanted something hot and spicy, so I told them not to customize it and serve the original dish how they make it.

When it arrived, the “so called” spicy and hot preparation was slightly sweet taste! I think the slight sweetness was because of the tomato-based gravy and understood that they might not have added anything extra to make it mild sweet. The spice level was also below medium, and although the preparation was again not bad in taste, but this is not what I wanted, or they told earlier. If I wanted a slight sweet and mild-spiced gravy, I could’ve ordered Butter Chicken or maybe Malai Kofta in Vegetarian.

SERVICE, AMBIENCE, AND CONCLUSION:

I believe that the service staff is a big reason for my disappointment. As per my experience at this restaurant, I think the person who served us is not well-trained and lacks knowledge about the menu and the nature of dishes they serve. He also took the order wrongly and served me something else. He needs to improve upon his listening skills.

It was our first visit to this restaurant and unfortunately, it didn’t go well. The restaurant seems to have great potential and they could have definitely served us in a better way. I don’t know if that was just one bad day for the service person or if he is the only odd one among many good and well-trained ones.

Ambience of this restaurant is really good with nice interiors and furniture.

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Legendary Indian Coffee House, Church Street

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I am a big fan of the legendary Indian Coffee House (ICH) chain that has its presence in all major cities of India. ICH has a glorious history and once it was considered an iconic place to have coffee and indulge in a discussion with friends for hours.

It was such a place where people used to come and attend meetings to discuss all sorts of political or social issues. Many notable and prominent political personalities of the past had visited the ICH restaurants and discussed the future strategies.

It’s said that the restaurant in Delhi, Connaught Place is the place where strategies were made by the opposition during the Indian emergency. This particular restaurant is also close to my heart as I was a regular customer and I met my wife and her family for the first time here. The one in Allahabad is also known to have witnessed regular visits by top politicians and notable literary people of the country in the bygone era.

ICH still has the good old and its very own culture that nobody asks the reason for sitting and discussing political issues or college chats for hours while having just a cup of coffee or sometimes maybe not even ordering anything. No one interferes in the discussions and arguments going on.

Over the decades, ICH has become a place for the common people and the elderly or sometimes college students as well. The food is really inexpensive, but the taste and quality has always been good. This place is good for breakfast.

On Zomato, I have already reviewed almost all the Indian Coffee House restaurants that I had visited in various cities. The first ICH restaurant that I visited during my childhood days was the legendary ICH restaurant in my own city of Allahabad. This was followed by visits to ICH restaurants in Jaipur, New Delhi, Bhopal, and the two restaurants in Bangalore.

In Bangalore, while the restaurant in Koramangala is new and looks classy with nice interiors and ambience, the restaurant in Church Street is the old restaurant, which looks similar to the other ICH restaurants and has the similar ambience that is very minimal and basic.

ICH, Koramangala is like a flagship restaurant of the ICH chain, which is far ahead in terms of ambience and has a huge list of items in its menu. However, the usual breakfast items remain the same in both the restaurants.

Last week, my wife and I went to Brigade road and after shopping and roaming around for a while, we decided to visit the Indian Coffee House at Church Street. It was our first visit to this restaurant and we ordered Hot Coffee, Masala Dosa, Bread Toast, Omelette, and Mutton Cutlet.

Hot Coffee was a typical ICH filter coffee, which was a bit strong. Masala Dosa was good in taste but it was served only with coconut chutney. On asking for Sambhar, they told us that it’s served in the morning.

Bread Toast and Omelette were also good in taste and quality. The toast was crispy and roasted with Amul butter. I liked the taste. Mutton Cutlet was yummy! It was fresh and crisp. The taste was awesome.

It’s recommended to visit this restaurant but don’t go there with high expectations of ambience and class. Instead, visit it for the legendary history behind it and the tasty food that it offers.

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Filter Coffee and Snacks at Hatti Kaapi, Brigade Road

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I wanted to have a cup of coffee and some light snack before exploring the busy market in Brigade Road. When I looked around in search of it, I saw a couple of places and one of them was Hatti Kaapi.

Hatti Kaapi is a popular chain that serves a variety of filter coffee, tea, and snacks. I had earlier visited a few outlets of this chain so I was quite familiar with the brand.

I ordered a Bella (jaggery) coffee, a special coffee, and mini Idli.

Bella coffee was good in taste! It was neither too strong nor very mild. A perfect balance of milk, sugar, and coffee liquor. I felt refreshed after having it.

The special coffee was although good in taste that was similar to the taste of Bella coffee but I didn’t find anything special in it to call it as “special coffee”. What I noticed was that the “special coffee” was a bit on the milder side with perhaps more milk in it.

Now, comes the mini Idli, which is the main highlight of my visit to Hatti Kaapi. They served us about 6-7 tiny Idlis dipped in delicious sambhar. It’s not that the taste was totally out-of-the-world but definitely I didn’t expect this tasty South Indian snack at a coffee shop. It was really good in taste. The small size Idlis looked yummy!

It’s a pocket-friendly chain and a medium sized cup of special or jaggery coffee costs just Rs. 50. The range starts at Rs. 30. for a small cup. They have multiple joints in Bangalore so it’s easy to locate a nearby joint.

They are quick in service and the staff is courteous. But there is no seating available at Hatti Kaapi. So, it isn’t a place to sit and relax while having coffee. I didn’t mind this because I was in hurry and just wanted to have something quickly.