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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Barbeque Nation – Legendary Buffet Chain with New Innovations

Barbeque Nation Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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:

https://goo.gl/maps/gNzqosGAh1N2

Google Maps:

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

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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:

https://goo.gl/maps/DKGKCQUqeEJ2

GOOGLE MAPS:

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

GOOGLE MAPS:

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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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

GOOGLE MAPS:

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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