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: 

https://goo.gl/maps/tL4nqqfDAxy

Google Maps: 

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

Bon appétit!

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Smise – A New Café in Koramangala, Bangalore

Smise is a new name in the long list of cafés in Koramangala, Bangalore. Newly opened and situated strategically near Sony signal in Koramangala, Bangalore, the location is excellent and on the main road itself. So, reaching this place is not difficult, as they have an advertisement board at the front of the building. I went on an invitation and along with a group of food bloggers, so I got a chance to taste many of their delectable food items. It’s rooftop cafe, which provides a choice of two seating areas, covered and an open area as well.

Smise has an elaborate and well-constructed menu and they serve some lip-smacking food items. The primary cuisines they serve are Mediterranean, American, and Italian. They also have board games and foosball to play and a good collection of novels. These fun activities are available for free and there are no extra charges for it, which is a plus point. This cafe is easy on the pocket too.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

I tried a variety of food items including salad, starters, pizza, and main course. They also have a collection of thirst-quenching mocktails and yummy desserts, which I savoured to end my experience on a refreshing and sweet note.

SALAD:
Although, they have a good variety of salads in their menu, I had the Honey Citrus Salad, which was prepared with refreshing citrus flavours. It was amazing and a must-try item there.

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STARTERS AND MAIN COURSE:
We tried their Masala Fries, Chicken Drumsticks, Carolina Chicken Skewer, 7 Spice Chicken Skewer, Nut Cracker, Pita and Hummus, and Panko Crumb Fried Chicken Tender, Vegetable Timber, Fish and Chips, and Baked Macaroni in White Sauce.
They have some delicious items in their menu and my personal favourites are Chicken Drumsticks, Pita and Hummus, Fish and Chips, and Masala Fries.
Panko Crumb Fried Chicken Tender is also delicious! A special mention for Bacon Wrapped Cajun Prawns, it is delectable and a must-try delicacy.

PIZZA:
I tried their Exotic Veg Pizza. It was yummy, and they had added a generous amount of Veg toppings on it.

MOCKTAILS:
In mocktails, we had Double Berry Cooler, Oreo shake, Virgin Mojito, Virgin Bloody Mary, Cinderella, and Chilli Mocker.
I loved the taste of Virgin Bloody Mary and Double Berry Cooler. All the other drinks are also good.


DESSERTS:
I had the Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Fudge Sauce.
I liked the Brownie and Apple Cobbler.


SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
Ambience is decent, and both the sections have beautiful interiors and are nicely decorated. This place has a lot of board games, a foosball table, and novels to spend a great time while dining. These are available at no extra charge while having your meals at this café.
Service is also very good, and the owner and service staff personally ensures that you are served well, and the overall experience is a good one.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/pbuYUaHm6LC2

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

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

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/smise-1-koramangala-4th-block

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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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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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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.