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.

IMG_20180218_194241

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.

IMG_20180218_201221

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

Please share your valuable feedback or comments below.

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

Please share your valuable feedback/comments below.

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

Please share your comments.

North Indian Food at Silbatti, HSR Layout

Silbatti is a typical dhaba-style restaurant with nice decor. They serve a variety of North Indian food, which includes flavourful vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. This place is usually crowded over the weekends and there is a high chance that you’ll have to wait for a table. A suggestion is to reach the restaurant early or reserve your table.

IMG_20170702_201356

With some expectations, I ordered Lal Maans (a popular Rajasthani mutton gravy dish) along with Garlic Naan and Plain Roti. It took a while to get the food on table. Lal Maans was not like the authentic Lal Maans that you will get in Rajasthan. Not that it was bad but it lacked the authenticity. I like the original preparation and authenticity so this was the only reason I ordered it and not any other mutton gravy.

However, the gravy was delicious and the mutton pieces were cooked to perfection. It was like any other medium-spiced mutton gravy but if you don’t think of it being Lal Maans, then certainly the taste and quality was good and I enjoyed it. Portion size was on a slightly lesser side but you can always try out more items for an enjoyable experience.

Garlic Naan had almost no garlic in it and it was almost a Butter Naan only. I don’t have a problem eating Butter Naan but in my opinion, if they added a “Garlic” tag with Naan, they should serve Garlic Naan. Plain Roti was just like how it should be.

Nevertheless, it was an average experience.

The service was a bit slow initially to get the food on table but considering the fact that it was a weekend and the restaurant was jam-packed, it should be fine. Nevertheless, they improved the service later and got us an extra Garlic Naan and Rotis in no time after ordering.

Ambience was good and I felt like sitting in a desi dhaba somewhere in Rajasthan or Punjab. They have nicely decorated the restaurant and the tableware also matched their dhaba theme well.

Restaurant Address: 171, 19th Main Road, Sector 4, HSR, Bangalore

Phone Numbers (as per Zomato): 080 65656010, +91 8105374003