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

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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: 

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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Sultans of Spice – A Sultani Gastronomic Delight!

Sultans of Spice Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

GOOGLE MAPS:

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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Bohri Food Festival at Nook (Aloft, Cessna Business Park)

Nook - Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I was invited to attend food reviewers/bloggers meetup at Nook – Aloft, Cessna Business Park. There is a Bohri food festival going on at Aloft from 12th June till 23rd June. Although, I heard a lot about the Bohri cuisine but never got a chance to taste the authentic Bohri food. This was a welcome change from the regular cuisines. In the holy month of Ramadan, what’s better than to enjoy the food, which came from “Yemen to Gujrat”.

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Dawoodi Bohra community is a mercantile Muslim community, which has its root in Yemen. A good number of population had migrated to Gujrat in India and Sindh region of Pakistan decades ago. Bohri cuisine has a good variety of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian items. An interesting fact is that the community enjoy food items along with delicious desserts in between.

This food festival is the creativity of the Executive Chef Sandeep Kumar and Chef Dev. I met Chef Sandeep and he walked me through the variety of food. The starters included Bohri Kubat Potato, Lagan ya Sheek, Keema Samosa, Bohri Chicken Cutlet, Dhahi Ka Kebab, Ankrut Moong ki Shaami, Malai Khus Kebab, Batata Samosa, Kukud Kabragha Tikka, and Baida Roti.

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I must say that Keema Samosa and Baida Roti were absolutely delicious. It truly showcased the authenticity of Bohri cuisine. I enjoyed and loved it.

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The main course had Mutton Yakhani Shorba (Soup), Veg Haleem (live Counter), Mutton Haleem (live counter), Bohra Murgh Badami Korma, Gosht Darbari, Fish Nirdrish, Dhudhi Ni Tarkari, Hara Aloo, Murgh Reshmi Biryani, Khatta Mitha Dal, Kefti Dal, and Irani Ran (special).

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The Mutton Haleem, Gosht Darbari, Fish Nirdish, and Irani Ran were the major highlights of the food festival. Other items were also good. Mutton Haleem was smooth and had a good consistency. Absolutely a must-try item in the menu! Gosht Darbari was tender, juicy and the flavours were superb. Irani Ran was again the best I ever had. It was served with a delicious gravy, which was flavourful. The meat was tender and the flavour was mild and subtle.

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They have some signature Mango-based cocktails especially for this food fest that includes:

  • Sweet n spice (Vodka, mango syrup, black pepper, lime juice, sugar)
  • Mango Mojito (White rum, Mango chunks, mint leave, lime juice & sugar syrup)
  • Magarita with twist (Tequila, pomegranate syrup, Mango puree, lemon juice, sugar)
  • Sweet dark side (Dark rum, mango puree, lemon juice, basil leave, caster sugar)
  • Nightlife (whisky, Mango puree, rosemary leave, lemon juice, caster sugar)
  • High tide (Vodka, Gin, white rum, mango puree, ginger ale, lime, sugar syrup)
  • Mango Daiquiri (White rum, mango puree, lemon wedges, caster sugar)

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However, I felt that the Mango flavour was not very prominent or it was overshadowed by the alcohols. Not much to my taste but it could be a different try for cocktail lovers. I settled with the Long Island Ice Tea (L.I.I.T) and it was really good with the correct flavours!

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The desserts section also had a lot of signature dishes from the Gujrat-based community.

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The ambience at Nook is classy with nice decor. The hotel is located in Cessna Business Park and the location is superb. As you enter Aloft, you will feel the premiumness that this hotel offers. They have a decent seating arrangement as well. Service is also polite and courteous. Overall, a must-try restaurant during Ramadan.

Buffet cost:

INR 1099+taxes.

Operational hours: 

Lunch buffet: 12:00 to 3:30 PM

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

(Excluding Saturdays and Sundays)