Mood for food | Food Review | Delivery only |Bengaluru |

Customers don’t measure you on how hard you tried. They measure you on what you deliver”- Steve Jobs 

Pleasantly surprised at the package that stood hot and steamy on my table, I decided to give this place a go, after having heard quite a few things about the place. The aroma wafting across, had my mouth water and had me put on my “toque blanche” so that, I could start dissecting each and every aspect. 

I, had a few friends come over impromptu and that’s what friends do, don’t they? They just drop in. *ting tong* 

About Mood For Food : 

This is a delivery only restaurant, which has a wide variety of dishes on offer. They have a decent amount of starters, main courses and drinks. The cuisine is primarily North Indian & is a mixture of all the North Indian favourites. The whole catch is, this restaurant is operational till midnight on weekdays and is up till 5 a.m, during the weekends. Like.. Bazooka, wow!!  

Service : 

They usually have a 45 minutes slot, to get your order going & they very well, do try to get it done within that time span. The packaging can definitely get better, they could incorporate plastic containers for deliveries, instead of the normal bags. Their delivery personnel also, are courteous and they know, how to execute their job well. So, a yes to the service. 

The Grub Story : 

Here, are the things that I ordered. Read on to know, how my experience was. 

  • Tandoori Chicken Full (Rs. 400/-) : A gorgeously well marinated and tandoor’d chicken with subtle hints of spices. The chicken was cooked to perfection, it wasn’t dry nor was it too juicy. Looked perfect for a meal, which everyone was looking forward to. 



  • Paneer Tikka (Rs. 190/-) : I, loved the fact that the paneer was so juicy and actually had a nice softness which enveloped your palate for some happy time. It was done pretty well, with the bursts of the celery seeds aroma. Grilled to nothing but short of perfection. I would’ve liked more charring on it, but, hey! no complaints. 


  • Chicken Malai Tikka (Rs.220/-) : Ok! Allow me the privilege to tell you, that, I loved this. For me, this is what Malai Tikka is. The chicken cooked well and firm & the beautiful dressing coated generously on those boneless pieces of happiness. Being a vegetarian, I did only try the sauce, but I could easily understand how good the whole morsel would’ve been. The sauce is a creamy white one with the smoothness of blended cashews. Must must must try. 



  • Paneer Paranthas (Rs. 80/-) : The Paneer Paranthas were good as well, but I’ve had better ones. The punch of celery seeds was a welcomed affair. These babies fared good enough on my delicious-o-meter 👍🏻


  • Chicken Biryani (Rs. 240/-) : The Biryani is done, in a very typical Hyderabadi style. The spices are done right, the grains are long and separated and the portions are hearty as well. The flavour was intensified by the sprinkling of fried onions on it. The Biryani was light yet flavourful and instantly reminds you of your Hyderabadi friend’s Eid Biryani. 


  • Mango Lassi (Rs.120/-) : I, love Lassis of all kinds. Meetha, khara, chocolate, strawberry or mango. I’ve had quite a few lassis from different places and I have to give it to “MoodforFood” for being quite a stiff competition to the others. I totally loved their mango Lassi. The acidity was just right and so was the sweetness of the mango pulp. Must try! 


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Verdict : When you really are bugged to cook, have people come over, hungry all the time or are just like me- a hopeless bag of lazybones in the kitchen, call these people and take my word for it, they wouldn’t disappoint you. 

Recommends : Chicken Malai Tikka, Biryani, Mango Lassi & Tandoori Chicken. 

Rating : A well deserved 4 star 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 

Kempegowda International Airport | Airport Walk | Restaurant Review | Bengaluru 

“The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get” – Gary Player

 And, lucky was i, to have been covered with an avalanche of the four- leaf clover right at my doorstep, when an invitation to cover the restaurants in “Kempegowda International Airport”, came my way. 

Hailed, as one of the most prestigious events to be held, in respect to a Food Blogger’s repertoire, the event was nothing but sheer success. 

What is the KIA FoodWalk all about?

The KIA FoodWalk, is a 2-3 hours of hands on experience about the execution of the showcased restaurants. We were enlightened about how, they source ingredients and invest time into catering to people’s needs. The minutest of elements are given a stringent eye and looked into with sedulous care. The reason why these restaurants are different from out in the city restaurants, is due to the kind of customers they need to cater to. 

What restaurants were showcased on the KIA FoodWalk? 

We had the privilege to cover 4 different restaurants from a varied genre of cuisine and technique. The restaurants we covered are :

1) La Tapenade 


2) Tiffin Centre


3) La Alta Vita


4) Puro Gusto


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Restaurants in Detail : 

1) La Tapenade : 

This restaurant cum Cafe, provides you with a nice selection of Mediterranean eats. They try to create and mimic a “Mata’am” where you would ideally relax and shu-shu about things in a day. The beautiful blue imported Moroccan tiles, just add to the feel.  

What did we try? 

  • Ice Tea
  • Mezzeh Platter
  • Falafel with Buttered Veggies
  • Shish Tawook with Pitas 

. Ice tea : A refreshing gulp of this strawberry flavoured ice tea, will help you stay nimble on your feet during your travels. 


. Mezzeh Platter : It consisted of the usual “Baba Ghanoush, Tahini, Hummus and pitas”. This is comfort food for me and I loved it. The whole idea, is to not stuff you while you are travelling and this Platter keeps you filled and light. 



. Falafel with buttered veggies : Simply marvellous, with the delectable harmony of the ground chickpeas with subtle spices. Make it into a wrap by stuffing it into the pita with tahini and olives or eat it on its own. 


. Shish Tawook : I’m a vegetarian, so I’m not the one to comment on this, but it looked every bit of magnificent.


Rating : 4.5/5

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2) Tiffin Centre : 

This restaurant will hit you home and emboss into you the familiarity of South Indian Culture. For the locals travelling from Bengaluru and not wanting to experiment, this is the safest best. The restaurant is done, in the most tasteful way by staying true to a typical South Indian restaurant. Immediately, you are propelled into the 90’s of the thatched roofs, iron bars, distemper colour and decorative chandelier fans. 

What did we try? 

  • Buttermilk 
  • Assorted Veg snack Platter
  • Koli Bhartade 

. Buttermilk : Let me tell you, that this was by far one of the most authentic and delicious buttermilks i’ve ever had in my life. The subtle thickness & those just here spices made this par excellence. 


. Assorted Veg Snack Platter : Quite a large number of vegetarian snacks were given like the “Raw banana bajji, Chilli Bajji, Sagu bonda & masala vada”. All of which, were quite good. They paired well with their chutneys. 




. Koli Bhartade : A beautiful chicken fry with red coloured masala. People loved it. 


And for people, who would like to taste a full meal. They have a Thali. 


Rating : 4/5

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3) La Alta Vita : 

This is a restaurant which specialises in Italian cuisine, with extreme emphasis on the quality of ingredients and freshness of your meal. Everything is made to order and nothing is pre made. The dough is made everyday, the ingredients are sourced from local places and some are imported. The whole ambiance is very calming with woodwork giving it a classic feel. 

What did we try?

  • Minestrone Soup
  • Pizza vegetariano 
  • Pesto Chicken and roasted peppers Pizza
  • Seafood Pizza 

. Minestrone Soup : The soup was an immaculate balance of flavours, but being someone who loves her minestrone to be tad more acidic, I found it lacking in that little punch of extra. The warmth of the soup with al dente pipette rigate was just right. That dollop of cheese melting was another feat. 


. Pizza Vegetariano : I, love my thin crust pizzas and love it when they are crunchy and not too soft. The base was done beautifully with the light charring on the side due to the hearth’s temperature. The toppings were delicious with bell peppers, onions, olives, capers and basil. The cheese was generously sprinkled around and this pizza just had everything. Please do ask for some extra capers in your Pizza, takes it to another level altogether. 



. Chicken Pesto Pizza : 


Rating : 4.5/5

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4) Puro Gusto :

A “grab me quick” kind of a place with short eats. Puro Gusto is great for your on the move snacking. It has a selective range of “salads, croissants, desserts, coffees & juices”. 

What did we try ?

  • Greek Feta Salad
  • Roasted Aubergine, Courgette & Wild Mushroom Salad 
  • Apple pie 

. Greek Feta Salad : It is one of those salads, that are no nonsense ones. They aren’t blowing their horns and nor are they subdued by competition. The Salad was spot on and beautifully tossed in the vinaigrette. 

. Roasted Aubergine, Courgette & Wild Mushroom Salad : My heart skipped a beat, when i saw this Salad. I, mean it’s just everything that a veggie loves. The blush of roasting on the Aubergine was prevalent and imparted a very deep smoky flavour to the Salad and buffalo mozzarella to take it a notch up. The best thing ever. 


. Apple Pie : Loved the melt in the mouth texture of the crust. The filling was delicious but could’ve done with a tad more syrup like maybe cider or juice in it. Loved the cinnamon-y hint, which wasn’t overwhelming. A lot of places get that cinnamon measurement wrong and Puro Gusto did a good job at getting it right. 


Rating : 4.5/5

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Verdict : Our Culinarian guide, “Chef Murali” was a pleasure to be with. He kept on sharing information about each of the restaurant, which is under his supervision. He spoke immensely of the importance of the quality of ingredients and giving us tidbits on the way.

I, was enriched profoundly by the experience and my favourites were the “Mezzeh Platter, Buttermilk, Pizza Vegetariano & Roasted Aubergine Salad” in no chronological order, whatsoever 😅 

Note of Thanks : 

Thank you to all the people who made this possible for me. 

Dice N Dine |Restaurant Review |Koramangala|

“The Only Way To Do Great Work Is To Love What You Do”- Steve Jobs 

Nothing could be any truer, when it applies to Mr. Rangarajan, in reference to his unremitting approach in metamorphing  “Dice N Dine” , into a Cult Favourite! While, you let yourself soak in the positivity when you open the door, you cannot help but fall in love with the place, for it’s novelty. 

About Dice n Dine

“Dice n Dine”, is an ambitious venture, which aims at amalgamating pleasure for food and pleasure for games under one roof. Yes, you read that right. It’s a gaming cafe like no other, a perfect place to hang out with your bunch. Not a lot of places, cater to keeping you entertained and this tops my list for being one of the best place, to kill your time effortlessly. Don’t be alarmed by the cacophony of tumbling blocks or dominoes or with some delirium of sighs, because everyone’s having a great time. 


Decor : The decor is an absolute beauty. Great colour palette and equally great upholstery to keep you comfy. The combination of white with black and the streaks of brown due to the wood used is just perfect. Has a contemporary Industrial chic touch to the interiors. 


Hospitality : Me and my girls were lucky enough to have met the owner himself on the day we went. His hospitality was one of the best, i have to give it to him, for not getting irritated with the kids being little monsters. Superb staff, nimble on their feet. The time intervals for the food coming on the table were well placed. We came here around 1 and must have left around 6 *grins sheepishly* 

The Grub Story : I, know you must be already thinking that it’s a gaming cafe, how good can it get? For starters, don’t be prejudiced.. bad, bad, you 😁😁😂 

Drinks:

. Virgin Mojito (Rs.145/-) : I, am a virgin mojito fan and I love a good one. This one blew my socks off, by being sooooo good. The freshness of lime and that superb balance of Mint flavour, just did it for me. Highly recommended! 


Starters:

. Stuffed Onion Rings (Rs.185/-) : Omg!! I just fainted out of happiness. It’s really hard for me to find a great plate of onion rings. Either they are too crisp or they flavour or they just flop on the whole. This one, had jalapeño flavoured cheese oozing out of it, literally. The rings were crumb fried to an optimum golden and were the star of the day, for me in the starters. 


. Mozzarella Garlic Loaf : This one, is an Instagram worthy dish. It looks beautiful, very gourmet and tasted great as well. The oozing mozzarella and the cuts between just magnified the experience. Must must have. 


. Empanadas : Deliacate pockets of joy, filled with a nice creamy filling of veggies and served ever so chic. The Spanish tapas at your service! The Empanada dough was just right, baked nice with the brown blush and melted in your mouth when you sunk your molars in. 


. Arancinni : I, need to cut down on my food and all im thinking about right now, is the Arancinni. Crumb fried to perfection and oozing out with cheese and happiness, you gotta try this. The perfect one, by far!!


. Grilled Pineapple with Cheese: The gentleman was kind enough to give our mommy gang a complimentary plate of Grilled pineapple with melting cheese for us and the kids. He spoiled us good, alright. I, super loved it! 


Mains : 

. Paneer Shashlik (Rs. 295/-) : Very subtle with good flavours prevailing. The cottage cheese was done well with the thick brown sauce, the tex mex rice was a delight to eat with a tad spicy quotient to get your appetite working. 


. Margherita Pizza (Rs.235/-) : If you love, thin crust pizzas, you will love this. A great freshly prepared base with generous amounts of cheese and herbs which happen to be my or any vegetarians favourite 😍😍 The pizza is made in an unconventional rectangular shape, because they want to save up table space while eating and gaming. 


.Citrus Burst Salad : A medley of flavours that made my heart melt! One of the best salads, ever. 


Desserts : 

.Fried Ice Cream : An extremely delectable dessert. We’ve all had, fried ice cream, somewhere but this one was gorgeous. 

. Almond & Caramel Granola : Another one of my favourite, here. 


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 Verdict : All in all, a great restaurant which is a hybrid between a normal cafe & a gourmet restaurant. Dice n dine, finds a great balance between the both and is one of the restaurants you must visit in Bangalore. 

A well deserved 5 star for it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Rahhams | Restaurant Review| Frasertown| Bangalore 

.. “You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too”- Kurt Vonnegut 

Aaah.. I agree, I agree! So let’s do some food talk shall we? Foodtalk where, you talk solely about food, a particular dish or a certain style of cooking. Because, today’s review is all about just plain food and no frills to it. 

About Rahhams: 

 Rahhams, is a place that needs no introduction. It’s a place that I presume everyone knows either by the word of mouth or they’ve grown up gorging on the food, when “The Big Restaurant Boom”, hadn’t happened. It was just Rahhams better known in the flashback as “Richies”. 



Decor : The decor is minimal, which still retains the charm of the early 2000’s. Nothing contemporary or eclectic, just some simple wood paneling done all across for that feel of faux elegance. The ambiance, is very relaxed and sober. 

Hospitality : Being one of the legendary places in Bangalore, Rahhams leaves no stones unturned with hospitality. They strive to do the best they can. Yes, the service does need to speed up a tad bit more and a little more refinement in their wait staff, but all in all.. a very,  very, satisfying experience. 

The Grub Story : I’m a vegetarian, but my family isn’t and this review will be an overall summarisation of a few visits and home deliveries. 

  • Mutton sholay Kabab (Rs. 240/- half plate) : A nice and spicy kabab, marinated well and served with delicious gongura chutney. 


  • Chicken Pahadi Kabab (Rs.230/- half plate): This kabab usually gets a lot of fans rooting for it, because of the medley of spices that go into it. The chicken pieces are juicy and are perfect with a nice butter naan on the side or as it is. 


  • Paneer Chilly (Rs.170/-) : It has the classic taste, with soft cubes of paneer tossed in a nice chilly sauce, sprinkled with spring onions. 


  • Mushroom chilly (Rs.170/-) : This is a must have, over here. The bulbous mushrooms are bursting with flavours. A deep umami taste, which compliments your indo-Chinese craving. 👍🏻


  • Mutton Biryani (Rs. 250/-): If you haven’t had, Rahhams Mutton Biryani, then you really haven’t tasted one of the best biryanis in Bangalore. This is the authentic, Dakhani style of Biryani. The Biryani is packed with flavour but is devoid of heavy masala kind of a feeling. A must have, if you may. 


  • Dal Tadka (Rs. 170/-) : The bright beautiful daal, is just the perfect kind. With the smoothness of the lentils going across and the spicy kick from the tadka, this is our favourite. Vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. 

  • Mutton Shammi (Rs.210/-) : Another one of the loved dishes, at Rahhams. The Shammi kababs are quite loved a lot, by everyone because of the signature masala used in it. 


Ramzan Specials are Paneer Fingers & Veg cutlets.

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Verdict: It’s a legendary restaurant and you need to love it, for its specialities like the Biryani and Dals. Also, if you’re a vegetarian, please stay away 😁😁

4/5 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 

Chefactory |Restaurant Review| Marathalli| Bangalore 

” Quality is not an act, it’s a habit”- Aristotle

Who else knows this better, than the entrepreneur of “Chefactory”. While, we do have a healthy mushrooming of QSR’s all around Bangalore, the same cannot be vouched with stringency about quality. More often than not, if a QSR seems to be “too good to be true”, it usually is, too good to be true. 


Having heard, quite a lot about “Chefactory” and its delectable dishes, I decided to pay it a visit one fine day, just out of the blue. Marathalli, Kadubessanahalli, Bellandur, etc is the next hub of these kinds of QSR and fine dines as well. You are spoiled for choice, but read on to know why, your vision (both peripheral and central) must be concentrated on this restaurant. 

About Chefactory


Chefactory is the sister concern, of one of my favourite “buffet restaurant in bangalore”  Flechazo . I, was pleasantly surprised when I learnt about this fact. Well, I’m sure, you know where this is going already. They are mainly a takeaway/ delivery kind of a restaurant, but they can manage to host about 10-15 people or so. The restaurant serves Indian cuisine and has quick eats like rolls also available.  

Decor :  The decor is done in simplistic terms with comfortable industrial chic chairs. There are a few posters strewn across. The place is well ventilated and isn’t suffocating or cramped, extreme care has been taken to make sure your dining experience isn’t compromised with. The colour palette is a pleasing neutral, there is no air conditioning but they do have a cooler to keep you airy. 


Hospitality : As, it is with QSR’s, you usually don’t expect much care with hospitality, but let “Chefactory” be a pioneer in paving the way for generous hospitality. Special mention to Mr. Kamal, Mr. Bijoy( our server)  & Mr. Sushant. 

The Grub Story : With nothing to persuade me from drooling over the next few lines, allow me to share the love, with you. Ready? I thought so! (This is a review based on two different visits) 

  • Icy Orange (Rs.69/-) :  A refreshing drink, packed with the right amount of that orange-y punch. The perfect accompaniment to your meal. 


  • Indonesian Grilled Mushrooms (Rs.119/-) : Delicately smoked and grilled Mushrooms, in a deep red flavourful sauce with a hotness quotient quite high. Certainly not for the faint hearted. And me, being somebody who loves bland, I loved it ❤️


  • Stuffed Paneer Sikanadari (Rs.139/-) : Paneer, usually is one of the most versatile proteins to work with. This dish, was an absolute stunner, for its affordability 😱 The Paneer squares were stuffed beautifully with a sweet-spicy filling and extremely juicy. Something very fine dine and a must have 👍🏻



  • Murgh Lasooni Tikka & Murgh Peri Peri Tikka 6pcs (Rs.149/- each) : Being a vegetarian, I can’t comment too much on these from my experience, but I could see that, my hubster loved it. The meat was juicy and succulent, you could see the juices ooze out as you ran your knife across it. The only difference between these both was the fact that ” Peri peri” Tikka had a nice generous sprinkling of the peri peri spice dust. Grilled well, this got a thumbs up from my boys! A superb accompaniment would be their pudina paratha. 


  • Veg Grilled Sandwich (Rs.99/-) : I’m a girl, who loves her sandwiches. One of the things that has kept me on the vegetarian side, is my love for these grilled breads! I, kid you not, but the Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Chefactory was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a looooooong time. It instantly reminds me of those family picnics. The sandwich is loaded with cheese, veggies and a secret spice ingredient, which takes this sandwich to another level. Please do ask for a generous sprinkling of the masala on the sandwich.


  • Punjabi Tangdi (Rs.169/-) : Acquaint me, with one non vegetarian who doesn’t love a good Punjabi Grilled Tangdi. This Tangdi, made my friends go crazy, because of the Spices which give it the perfect flavour. The juicy meat, as I could see was falling off the bone. It has the heartiness of a Punjabi starter. Look at the perfect colour and the grilled stripes. Super affordable as well, this will satiate your chicken cravings for sure. 


  • Paneer Makhani (Rs.199/-) : A plateful of goodness. Some paneermakhani &  Butter naan, is a classic combination.A well balanced bowl of cottage cheese tossed in a silky tomato base, garnished with dollops of Ghee or clarified butter. The flavours were bang on. There wasn’t any overwhelming spice element, just a harmonious balance. Highly Recommended! 


  • Veg Biryani : Keeping all the brouhaha aside, about a Biryani being veg or non veg, I’m gonna talk about their Biryanis. These people have their masalas done ever so right! The Biryani is made in the “Hyderabadi” style. Yup, the Kachi Biryani technique, comes into play. This bowl, was delicious as well, albeit a vegetarian version. Having said that, it’s the Mutton and Chicken Biryani that you need to keep your eyes peeled out for! 


  • Gulab Jamoon (Rs.50/-) : This Indian dessert is the most loved dessert here. This simple dish, is made out of milk solids and dunked into rose flavoured sugar syrup. This gulab jamoon at chefactory was simple, no frills dessert with a slight hint of cardamom. 


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Verdict : The restaurant rates high on the VFM quotient, without compromising on quality and taste. It’s an indulgence you wouldn’t feel guilty about. 

4.5/ 5 stars which are well deserved 👍🏻

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5 

World On A Plate- Press Conference |2 June |VR Bengaluru |

“The Heart Wants, What it Wants”-Woody Allen

Ever had that feeling, where you adamantly wanted something and just wanted it? That’s precisely how I felt, when i received an invite to be a part of the press conference, which was held at VR Bengaluru. 

World On A Plate -Season 2, had commenced again and this time, I absolutely did not want to miss the opportunity. Read on about my experience. 

About the Press Conference :

If their prodigious aura on screen, wasn’t enough, I found myself amidst these stalwarts of culinary arts, wooing me over with their physical presence at VR Bengaluru. 


We, were seated in our round tables and awaited their arrival. The event started with Mr. Kiran Soans – CEO, GoldRush Entertainment, addressing the audience about how he and his partners conceptualised the “WOAP” series. He also spoke about the challenges that they faced during WOAP-S1. Going ahead, with their passion to excel, they confronted the hiccups and marched ahead with WOAP-S2. This year, it is being held in 2 cities, Bengaluru and Mumbai. They do have plans to expand into other cities as well, for the next season. 


Gold Rush Entertainment has always been the pioneer in envisaging top notch premium events. As, we all are familiar with “World On A Plate-S1” being an astounding success, the stakes are higher this season, because expectations have bloomed. And, they delivered. Standing staunchly, with “Let’s do this” stance, Mr. Kiran Soans promised to cater to all your expectations. 

I, had the pleasure to seat myself among a small coterie of bloggers & media personnel, who were chosen to witness the “Press Conference”, which had the culinarians Gary Mehigan, Ranveer Brar, Elena Duggan, Adriano Zumbo & Janice Wong address the gathering and talk about themselves.

After the customary introductions, all of us were in for a surprise when they unveiled the plans Mr. Kiran Soans & his partner had in store for us. They were launching the WOAP ACADEMY. Yes, the WOAP ACADEMY, would be a finishing culinary school for chefs in India, who would be able to get that much needed finishing touch, before they are let out into the field. 


We were, given tasting samples of the dishes that all our “MasterChefs”, would be whipping up for their masterclass. And all that you could hear, were gasps of delight! Here’s the delicious spread 👇🏻

1)Chef Adriano Zumbo’s “Dirty Chai Spiced Honey Date Cake “


2) Chef Ranveer Brar’s ” Cured Salmon & Chilli Compressed Melon and Ice Apples” 


3) Chef Elena Duggan’s ” Crispy Skinned Snapper & Quinoa Salad with Mangoes”


4) Chef Janice Wong’s ” Chocolate H2O- Chocolate Water Mousse, salted caramel, Yuzu Sorbet and Chocolate Dust. 


We, were also given the privilege to have a private tête-à-tête with the Masterchefs, and get your fan moments done as well. All in all, a very successful meet. 

The WOAP-S2, on 3rd June, was a smashing success as well and all we heard was how, everybody is waiting for WOAP-S3 now. 

Last, but not the least, how can I forget mentioning Mr. Deepayan Roy for extending the invite and for being ever so kind. Thank you, Mr. Deepayan! 

Fattoush | Restaurant Review | Bannerghatta Road |Bangalore 

Food is a great way of communicating.” -Jan Karon 

Communicate, we did whilst we gathered around a table, silently munching our lunch in peace. The propitious gulps and nibbles were slowing transforming into monosyllabic nods of approval. The only fracas that erupted was in deciding, which dish would be crowned as the best. 

About Fattoush :  Fattoush, is a multi cuisine restaurant which strives to strike a balance with all flavours. Spearheaded by Mr. Abdulla Pullambath, the restaurant is here to stay. This young entrepreneur has been hitting “Home Runs”, with hospitality and food. Usually,  as with multi cuisine restaurants, there is always a sense of complacency with their offerings, even if the food lacks the authenticity. But, that’s not the case with Fattoush. Though their USP is Arabian fare, they do a great job with Indian and Indo-Chinese fare as well. 

Decor : The decor is elegant and the restaurant overlooks the main road but also provides you a view of dining amidst a canopy of trees. The colour palette, again is very soothing and well upholstered chairs serve to your comfort. The restaurant is ever so airy. The ambiance is relaxed and calming. Must visit in the evenings for a much more enriching experience. The Play Area, is another reason why, I love being a patron here. They’ve considered everything in detail. 



Hospitality : Another one of my favourite restaurants to dine at, because of the hospitality. The wait staff is highly equipped, but I also need to bring to attention that, there are a few staff members who are better than the others here at their work. So, yes there is scope for priming them up. Special mention to “Mr. Sohail”, who always is extremely helpful & keen on assisting you. 

The Grub Story : I’ve been a regular at Fattoush from the past 2 years and I’ve never had anything to complain for. It’s one of the best places, at least in this part of the town. Here’s what we relished. 

Drinks :

  • Green Fair (Rs.150/-) : A beautiful mocktail, with Mango Syrup & Passionfruit. It looked anything but green 😁 Extremely refreshing and a perfect companion to your meal.


  • Blue Orange (Rs.150/-) : The combination of blue lagoon and lemon with crushed ice. Loved the slush and it looked nothing less than amazing. A must have, to beat the summer heat. 


Starters

  • Manchow Soup (Rs. 125/140 veg/nonveg) : The soup was delectable with a very umami taste. The non veg one was generous with the chicken. The veg manchow was a good kind of spicy. 


  • Mushakkal (Rs.750/-) : The assortment of different kinds of meat grilled was a great welcome to a hungry soul. Though I didn’t taste any, this mixed grill platter was a treat to sore eyes. The barbecued items on the Platter were the main talk of lunch. It had Turkish grill, Chicken Wings, Sheekh Kabab,etc. All I could hear was, that the meat was marinated well and succulent. 



  • Tandoori Veg Platter (Rs.450/-) : This Platter had all my favourites. Grilled Cauliflower florets, Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Mushrooms, Vegetable Sheek Kabab and Tandoori potatoes. The spice level was just right and the Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Mushrooms and Vegetable Sheek Kabab were just bang on right. To the veggies, this is something for you.


Main Course :

  • Triple Fried Rice (Rs. 180/-) : The beauty of this Rice, is in the layering of the Rice with the sauce. So, when you do serve, it’s a nice layer of Fried Rice with red shezwan sauce dunked chicken. I, did try the Rice and it was just par excellence. 


  • Fattoush Special Fried Rice (Rs 220/-): This was a mix of all kinds of meat, like mutton, prawns and chicken. 

 

  • Pahadi Murg and Laal Maas : Superb curries with that surge of subtle flavours. Both were much appreciated. 

Desserts : 

  • Falooda : Delicious and loaded with dry fruits, something you must try if you love faloodas. It’s nothing extraordinary but won’t disappoint for sure.


  • Mango Cream : Yum, yum & yum. One of the best mango creams, I’ve had. The mango was blitzed and added to the heavy and rich cream. What a joy to savour! 


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Verdict : My experience is based solely on the basis of previous and present visit. For me, in the genre of multi cuisine bourgeois restaurants, Fattoush stands strong and passes with flying colours. 

In comparison to them, I’m gonna give Fattoush a generous 4.5 star. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5 


P.S: The logo has been sourced from google and is used purely for representational purposes only. 

Wok | Restaurant Review |Koramangala 

  Within the rounds of a wok, are memories etched for eternity”- Noorain

I, believe in those memories which are usually concocted up in the kitchen. They retain for the longest of time. Casually passing by, I noticed a bright neon board which said “Wok”, & out gushed those memories. 

About Wok : It’s a small place, which relies on deliveries and takeaways, rather than dine-ins. They specialise in Indo-Chinese street food, but with so much more authenticity. You might get a little baffled seeing the place and might even think that it wouldn’t be on par with your expectations, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. 

The Grub Story : With a raging appetite, here’s what we ordered. 

  • Mushroom Manchurian & Broccoli Manchurian (Rs. 125/-): I, personally loved the spice level in these. Take it from a person who loves her food bland. The mushrooms and broccoli really made it! With the veggies batter fried and enveloped generously in the sauce, these starters were the best I’ve had at a qsr 👍🏻👍🏻



The noodles are made to order and customised as per your taste. You get to decide what and how much you want to pay for your bowl of happiness. Please do bear in mind that the portions are huge, when you order for Regular size.

  • Udon in Saigon sauce : I’m a huge Japanese Udon fan. To find it over here, was nothing but elation of my joy. I, customised my bowl with mushrooms, babycorn, bok choi and broccoli. The Saigon sauce, was your run of the mill “Black pepper sauce”. The peppery Garlic profile of the sauce, actually worked well with the Udon. The combination proved to be delightfully yum. 


  • Udon in Beijing sauce: This one, was added with chicken, prawns and topped with black & white sesame. The Beijing sauce, on its own didn’t really click too well, but it was fair enough. The generosity of sesame toppings, actually surprised me. It’s a huge big tablespoon, if I’m not wrong. That’s all the calcium that you need for the meal. 😁


Verdict : A great place, to try the unconventional street food Indo-Chinese. Where, Udon & Buckwheat usually graces the shelves of star kitchens, you find them easily over here, for 1/4th the price. Rates high on VFM & taste as well.

 A well deserved 4 star for getting Udon & Buckwheat out and out. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5



Kopper Kadai | Restaurant Review |Koramangala |Bangalore| 

“It’s still magic, even if you know, how it’s done” – Terry Pratchett 

Now isn’t that true? There are sometimes when, things just happen. The beauty of it lies in savouring the experience. Something of that sort happened when I found myself at “Kopper Kadai”. While I walked up the stairs, the cognisance of a good evening meal, had already framed up in my heart. 

Gingerly, I slipped my hand into my pocket and felt the edges of my iPhone. “Let me take a picture”, I think fiddling with the passcode. *click click* Yep! I’m done capturing the entrance. 


About Kopper Kadai : 

Appreciated by Masterchef Matt Preston, Kopper Kadai, though a new entrant has already gained a lot of appreciation for being one of the best in the city. The chef who curates the menu, is none other than “Chef Akshay Nayyar”. Isn’t that a novelty enough? Kopper Kadai believes in proffering, usual traditional dishes with an unusual twist. The curries at Kopper Kadai are usually braised in Copper utensils, as well. There are about 172 spoons 🥄 adorning the entrance, which are representative of the 172 spices that are collectively used in the cooking. 



Decor : You really must visit “Kopper Kadai”, in the evenings to imbibe the beauty of it. The colour palette is an elegant teal, creams and black. Plush and opulent seating is found, uplifting your experience. Immensely beautiful, gold calligraphic “KK” nestles on your stoneware plate. Minuscule details are given attention and any keen eye will detect them. This is dining with all senses. 



Hospitality : Nothing less than perfect. The staff was extremely well versed with their menu, knew what they were talking about & certainly knew how to serve the customer. Special mention to “Mr. Manpreet”, who was keen to assist us in ordering our dishes. His immense expertise in describing the dishes was such a welcomed move. Please, do ask for his assistance, if you visit the restaurant. 

The Grub Story : As the cuisine is Indian, I plonked comfortably in my chair. Me, the hubster & little one had placed our order and it was just time, for it to start flowing across. 

Drinks : 

  • LPG (Rs.222/-) : A harmonious concoction of Litchi, Peach & Guava with the kick of green chillies and peppermint. Loved the khatta-meetha flavour & the presentation was bang on. It literally came in a mini LPG looking cylinder. Hearts out! 


  • Smoked Chaas (Rs.141/-) : Your run of the mill Chaas with the smokiness infused from the charcoal burning in the copper urn. This was such a visually captivating feat. 



Starters :

  • Limca Bhel (Rs. 161/-) : Puffed rice, tossed in a sweet and salty kinda dressing. The total khattas (sourness) of Limca-ish flavour couldn’t be felt, but yes, the subtleness made this enjoyable. 


  • Tandoori Mushroom Gulgulay (Rs. 282/-) : Lemme, get this clear. This was one of the best tandoori Mushroom, I’ve had. Period. Nothing more, nothing less. The beautiful grilled blush on the juicy mushrooms & in combination with that cheese, was just amazing. Must must must have, if you love Mushrooms. 


  • Challi Kolmi Pasht (Rs. 323/-) : What a gorgeous looking plate of happiness. These are potato and crispy corn kebabs, made to mimic a chicken tangdi (leg). The luscious kebabs were beautifully spiced, extremely flavourful and very light on your stomach as well. 


  • The Ganna Chicken (Rs. 353/-): This is their signature and both the boys, were in love with it. The chicken mince was shaped into a sheekh and wrapped around sweet sugarcane sticks. The magic was, when you took a whole bite and the sweetness of the sugarcane came through the spicy chicken mince. Another must have. 


Main Course

  • Ameeri Tawa Tarkari (Rs. 343/-) : A very subtle dish, in which veggies were tossed in a creamy pan curry, with Paneer and egg. Nothing extraordinary, but yes, very delicious mix of veggies. The cuteness quotient lay in, the mini fake rupees that came stapled with the Curry. 



  • Laal Maas (Rs. 464/-) : Laal Maas, is something the hubster enjoys immensely. This beautiful Curry was so delectable. The tender lamb was cooked with red chillies and yogurt & spices. Yep! I did try the Curry. Yum yum yum.. the deep brown colour with a hearty flavour profile and perfect pairing with rotis was just what a hardcore non vegetarian would love. 


Desserts

  • Gulab Jamun Biskit (Rs.191/-) : Such an innovative one, baked gulab jamun with Rabdi and cookie crumble. Oh god! Did you just read that? Like how can someone not fall in love with this? The sweet baked jamun was complemented with a not so sweet Rabdi and crumble. 


  • Nutella Dhodha Lava (Rs. 222/-) : Dhodhaburfi muffin with oozing Nutella inside. Enuf said? I guess so too. Again very subtle flavour, the sweetness isn’t overpowering and is certainly not gonna hit you palate. Great dessert 👌🏻


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Verdict : The place is just perfect for a special date or any such occasion. Being a fine dine, the prices are a little steep but the dishes are amazing. It’s the most understandably great way to spend your day, if you’re in and around Koramangala. 

Their buffet prices are extremely reasonable, priced at Rs. 599/- + taxes from Monday-Thursday and Rs.699/-+ taxes on Friday. 

Highly recommended!! 

4.5 stars for Kopper Kadai. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5


P.S : The logo has been sourced from google images and is used for representational purpose only.