Great space,the open air is perfect given the Bengaluru weather. We went in for their Sunday brunch priced at 599 ai. The spread is good for the price. They have a bit of everything to satisfy all tastes. Pasta, chinese, Indian and also curd rice and rasam. Do not expect a gourmet high, a but a good time with pals is ensured. And yes, fabulous service.
Finally managed to visit the much heard about breakfast joint. It was a Saturday morning and the place was full to the brim. We had to stand next to a table, I bet the diners were pestered with our hungry eyes waiting for them to vacate the seats just as we felt when others waited to find a seat. Amazing benne dosa and commonplace chutney. The rava dosa didn’t pass muster too. Good coffees. Will go back for the benne (butter) dosa.
This place is done up beautifully and we on a holiday chose to sit upstairs and expected service. The service was there but atrocious, imagine one person to take the food order for the entire floor!!! Coming to the food, baring the khara bhat and vada , the rest was very average . Limp dosas, poor coffee , tasteless chutney.The Sambar was on the cusp of sweetness, but it saved the day. Will have to find another option.
Went in this Independence day evening post 9 , the place had a few tables full, tranquil dining is fun too. Loved the citrus salad with feta, it was a light appetizer to our rich mains,the four cheese pizza and the pumpkin ravioli in butter sauce. The portion sizes are generous and the quality super, they keep things simple. The Tiramisu to end was beautiful with moist lady fingers and the panna cotta had a silken texture, Desserts were good but a bit overpriced we thought. Cost per head is Rs 1000++ and certainly good value for money. Go Serafina!
‘Dum Pukht’ one of the signature restaurants of the ITC hotels manifests the heritage of the Awadhi cuisine which began as a food for work program in the 18th century and then gathered richness along the way. Saffron, ghee, spices are the firsts that come one’s mind if not kebabs and biryanis. Having experienced the Mumbai outpost Dum Pukht a few times, I went to the Jolly Nabobs at the ITC Windsor, the hotel which exudes the time of the Raj.
Dum Pukht , Dum ‘to breathe in ‘ and Pukht ‘to cook’ , is all about food cooked slowly and the Jolly Nabobs an extension of brand Dum Pukht features dishes inspired from the colonial days in the city, Bloody Mary Salat, Forest Officer’s Pullow etc being some of them. The restaurant décor too speaks of the days when the officer’s had chess boards tiled into their dining tables. Given my experience of the opulence that the cuisine offers, I decided to go ahead with some kebabs, dal and a piece of bread. Khus Khus kebab a mélange of veggies and poppy seeds, the hara kebab a mix of spinach and chana dal and lastly Dudiya kebab a lush paneer kebab stuffed with potatoes and nuts and finished on the griddle. As expected the kebabs did me in however the Dal Dum Pukht, a mix of yellow dal with hung curd and burnt garlic was irresistible and I went on to enjoy it with Naun-e-Bah Khummach , a leavened semolina bread, although I couldn’t finish the latter. I was offered a rice preparation but I could barely move! The non-vegetarians perhaps would want to leave some space for the cult Dum Pukht biryani.
I concluded my meal with a baked begum pudding, flavoured with saffron and crusted with nuts and raisins, the light brandy sauce helps to balance the sweetness well. Dum Pukht fails to disappoint, it is a luxury affair but one wouldn’t mind the splurge.
I had never heard of this as a Mumbaikar until a news of it getting funded broke. On this trip to Bengaluru I made it a point to visit before it is run by VCs ;). A friend of mine who has grown up with this, one of the first pubs in Bengaluru brought me here. Pecos is non-AC,spans across three levels and serves only Fosters beer from the keg. As we walked upstairs we were greeted by cheerful middle aged men till we reached last level which had a table vacant of the 6 or 7 they had, the place was dark and filled with smoke. It may sound blasphemous to the lovers of Pecos but it reminded of the likes of Laxmi Punjab from Mumbai but with music, the latter is what I grew on. The good part about these bars is their comfort-food and it was. I ordered an egg and mushroom chili fry with a mug of beer and as expected it was delightfully spicy but with generous amount of oil. Places like these are cult and people would continue to go to soak in the legacy of the times bygone.
Cassettes & Nostalgia
On a rainy Tuesday evening a few of us decided to meet at the Black Rabbit however since they did not have fresh beers we decided to move to Vapour next door, this was despite resistance from one of the friends. The place is open air and I couldn’t have asked for more given the weather. The seats and tables looked very shabby, the table tops sticky just like the dog-eared menus handed over to us, grimy and torn. I could now understand the resistance. I went ahead and ordered a beer sampler; the ale saved the day, the basmati blonde showed some promised and the others not worth a mention. With food the Pizzas were good bar grub and so was lasagna but for the garlic bread that accompanied, it was very stodgy and didn’t seem fresh. The service staff was very courteous throughout the meal. I don’t know how old the place is but it looks like it already needs some overhauling.