Barbeque Nation – Legendary Buffet Chain with New Innovations

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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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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

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

Bon appétit!

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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

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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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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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Punjabi Food at The Punjabi Rasoi, HSR

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After reading some reviews and a personal recommendation from a close friend, we decided to dine at The Punjabi Rasoi. We went there with high expectations of taste and quality. However, our experience was not as expected! It was a let down and we are disappointed!

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The restaurant is located at a prime location and it was crowded, which strengthened our belief that we are going to enjoy a great fine-dining experience. So, we waited for a while and soon we got the table.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

In starters, we ordered Chicken Chaat, which they’ve mentioned as their speciality. Later, for main course we ordered Chicken Punjabi, which they’ve mentioned as spicy with a red chilly tag next to it their menu. In breads, we ordered Amritsari Kulcha, and Butter Kulcha.

A big disappointment was that they gave us Chicken Achaari instead of Chicken Chaat and not only that they insisted to make us believe that it is Chicken Chaat only.

When the service staff was serving it, he initially said “here is your Chicken Achaari”. I immediately told him that we have ordered Chicken Chaat. To this, he said yes this is “Chicken Chaat”. What nonsense! How can both the dishes be the same and it did not even look like or tasted anything like a chaat.

When we tasted it, it was Chicken Achaari with pickle oil and spices! Later, I showed it to another service staff and asked what dish is it, he also told us that this is Chicken Achari. If they did not have Chicken Chaat in stock, they should have informed us, and we would have ordered something else. We did not even order the starters and main course together, we ordered them separately, then how can they do such a blunder.

Anyways, Chicken Achaari was spicy and good in taste. It was nothing special just the usual Pickle oil and spices along with roasted chicken. This is not something to my taste, but it was an authentic preparation and people who like spicy pickle sauce, will like it. The quality of chicken was definitely good.

Utter disappointment was their Chicken Punjabi gravy dish. As they’ve mentioned it as spicy with a red chilly tag next to it their menu, we chose this one and confirmed with the service staff. The service person also said that it is very spicy and if we want to lower down the spice level to medium spicy, they can customize it. We wanted something hot and spicy, so I told them not to customize it and serve the original dish how they make it.

When it arrived, the “so called” spicy and hot preparation was slightly sweet taste! I think the slight sweetness was because of the tomato-based gravy and understood that they might not have added anything extra to make it mild sweet. The spice level was also below medium, and although the preparation was again not bad in taste, but this is not what I wanted, or they told earlier. If I wanted a slight sweet and mild-spiced gravy, I could’ve ordered Butter Chicken or maybe Malai Kofta in Vegetarian.

SERVICE, AMBIENCE, AND CONCLUSION:

I believe that the service staff is a big reason for my disappointment. As per my experience at this restaurant, I think the person who served us is not well-trained and lacks knowledge about the menu and the nature of dishes they serve. He also took the order wrongly and served me something else. He needs to improve upon his listening skills.

It was our first visit to this restaurant and unfortunately, it didn’t go well. The restaurant seems to have great potential and they could have definitely served us in a better way. I don’t know if that was just one bad day for the service person or if he is the only odd one among many good and well-trained ones.

Ambience of this restaurant is really good with nice interiors and furniture.

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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.

Kareem’s Chef Delhi, Jayanagar – A Non-Vegetarian’s Delight!

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I was exploring some options for dinner when I saw Kareem’s Chef Delhi restaurant. I have lived in Delhi for over 8 years and the name Kareem’s itself makes me crave for some meaty delight with Khameeri Roti. But this is about Kareem’s Chef Delhi restaurant in Bangalore and I don’t know the history behind this restaurant, so I wasn’t sure if it will match the taste and quality of the very popular Kareem’s chain in Delhi and particularly the original Kareem restaurant offering Mughlai cuisine near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. The name suggests that perhaps some chef from Kareem’s restaurant Delhi has opened his own restaurant in Bangalore or has been hired by a restaurateur in Bangalore.

So, I decided to give this restaurant a try for delivering my dinner. I ordered a portion of Mutton Nihari and Tandoori Roti. The order was delivered timely and to my surprise the Tandoori Roti is actually the same as the fluffy Khameeri Roti, which is served in Delhi. Mutton Nihari was perfect in taste and they had served a generous number of mutton chunks. It made me feel nostalgic about Delhi and the years I spent there, where Kareem’s was my one-stop destination for Non-Veg food.

Kudos to the restaurateur who has brought the original taste of Old Delhi to Bangalore! I have not visited this restaurant yet, but the delivery experience was too good. They also have a variety of other Non-Vegetarian dishes in their menu and my next order was Mutton Paya, which was spicy and delicious.

This restaurant is pocket-friendly and the half portion of a Mutton Paya just costs around INR 125/- while the Mutton Nihari was priced at INR 200/-. I ordered through UberEATS and the delivery was really quick. Food was delivered to my doorstep in less than 30 minutes. I would recommend it to anyone craving for Old Delhi’s Non-Vegetarian food.

Delicious Biryani Delivery from ReadyBowl

ReadyBowl is a delivery-only chain that specializes in biryani and South Indian food. An interesting fact is that they serve biryani and all food items by weight! After reading some reviews on Zomato, I figured out that one of their outlets is in my locality. So, I decided to visit their kitchen to order the food. I could have ordered online as well but as I was already heading outside and their kitchen is at a walking distance from my home so going there was a better option to me.

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They have a big kitchen and it is well maintained, neat and clean. Hygiene is an important factor and cannot be overlooked. ReadyBowl managed a decent score on cleanliness according to me. I ordered a 1/8 portion of a kilo of Special Chicken Biryani with leg pieces. I also ordered a 1/8 portion of a kilo of Chicken Bhuna Masala gravy with butter fulkas (chapati).

On asking the chef, he told that it was a dum biryani. If that’s correct, then they would have cooked the biryani using Dum Pukht method. I can’t assure you about this fact as they haven’t mentioned anywhere about their biryanis being dum biryanis. Nevertheless, it’s just a cooking method but the taste is really superb! I can easily say it was one of the best Hyderabad-style biryanis I had so far in Bangalore. It was a mildly-spiced biryani that suited my taste buds. They use long grain Basmati rice for preparing biryani and the flavours are perfect. The biryani was served with raita and salan. Both were good. Although, I don’t like to have biryani with salan and I always enjoy it with raita but it was the tastiest salan I had with biryani.

Chicken Bhuna Masala was a South Indian-style spicy chicken gravy with curry leaves, cashew nut and South Indian spices. It seemed like the chef had gone an extra mile to make the gravy rich and delicious. It had similarities with the Chicken Chettinad curry, I had once at a Rayalaseema cuisine restaurant. The taste was good, quality was rich, and an aroma of spices and curry leaves made it even more delicious. Overall, it was a satisfying experience.