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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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!

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

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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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