Bombay Brasserie| Restaurant Review| Bangalore| 

Long before the days of Mumbai, I knew Bombay through the mind of a child. For me, the word Bombay concocts up a myriad of images. I’m instantly taking a trip down memory lane, back to the days of my childhood, when we would stay in Bombay for a day or two during transit from Saudi Arabia to Bangalore. I am reminded of Chowpatty, Sulaiman Mithaiwala, Centaur hotel, Juhu beach and running aimlessly, just to feel the wind in my hair. For me, Mumbai will always be Bombay, because it was Bombay that a little me fell in love with. 

Anything with just the word Bombay? I’m sold! 😁

My delight knew no bounds, when I heard that the much renowned and highly appraised “Bombay Brasserie”, was in town. The news of its grand launch party spread like fire and I bagged an invite, after having a word with the team. I, just had to! 

  


Decor: The decor is just the most neat, crisp and soothing one, with positivity coursing through you. This is so much like the place you would wanna go to for a laid back casual chat. The teal doors, soft white backdrop and the black motif mosaics just closed the deal for me. It’s a very Greek meets Old School Indian kinda decor. The little pieces of art strewn across the place, do nothing but elevate this place’s presence. 


Hospitality: The staff is just amazing, no I’m not fan girling here. I do see a lot of comments on how, the service is slow, but I beg to differ. People around me on the day I went, were getting served on time. All I could see, were faces plastered with smiles. The staff is nimble on their toes, extremely well versed with the menu. They recommend what would suit your palate and most importantly make you feel like an important guest.

Special mention to Mr. Vivek for being just the most fantab maître d’. Kudos to him. Please do ask for his assistance, if you would like your visit to be well looked after. 


The Grub Story: Here’s the part I, immensely enjoy writing about. Knocking in some sanity in me, I’m gonna be reliving every moment of awesome now. 

What the starters looked like: 

  • Aam Papad Paneer (Rs. 275/-): Set your confusion aside and order this right away. The subtle medley of the tangy & deeply flavoured sauce with tender cubes of cottage cheese, is just explosive. The smoothness of Paneer goes well with the crunchy lotus stem bits and don’t forget to pick a piece of sundried “Aam” aka mango while you’re at it. This flavour profile which has a sprinkling of chaat masala too, will motivate you to wipe your plate clean. 

  • Spicy Pahadi Mushrooms (Rs.295/-): Being a covert vegetarian from the past 3 years, I really don’t miss meat that much. Mushrooms are always the closest thing to being meaty on this side of the pasture. When Pahadi (from the hills) Mushrooms made their debut on my table, I was just salivating away. The mushroom caps, filled with a spicy Pahadi masala, had a beautiful texture to it. Pahadi Masalas usually have a spicy yet fresh quality to it. Made with fresh mint & coriander marinade and served with mint flavoured hung curd, this was truly a treat from the hilltops. 

 

  • Chilli Cheese Kulcha (Rs.195/-): The thing I love about Kulchas, is their soft & fluffy texture. What I love about these Kulchas, were the fact that they were stuffed with chilli & cheese. Mamma Mia! What a must have it is. The Kulchas just melted in my mouth, with cheese oozing out of them. A take on Bombay’s chilli cheese toast! 


Now, here’s to some main course:

  • Paneer Sirka Pyaz (Rs. 375/-) : This was a delectable cottage cheese gravy, with a heavy reminiscence of Paneer Butter Masala. The thick texture and the not so spicy gravy complimented each other. There was a tang to the gravy, which actually made this enjoyable. What was unique about this gravy was the vinegar marinated pearl onions. Just yum, when this gravy was paired with “Chur Chur Paranthas”


  • Bombay Lunch Home Veg Curry & Banana Leaf Rice (Rs. 335/-): Here comes my favourite. I mean, this wasn’t just a delight to eat, but was a visual delight as well. The Veg curry is a mixture of seasonal vegetables simmered in a beautiful coastal region gravy. The Malnad region gravy boasts of being a blend of 20 spices. When this was added to the steamed rice in the banana leaf, it was just pure food-romance. The best thing ever and a must have if you’re here. 


  • Chatka Choley Kulchey (Rs.295/-): Choley aka Spicy Chickpeas, always are an option to eat, when you don’t wanna be experimental. The Chatka Choley here are fine, nothing to write home about. They are chatpata and spicy but what is special about this is, the aloo (potato) Kulchey that accompany it. Man, the Kulchas were just outta world. Melt in the mouth & spiced just the way, they are supposed to be.


  • Chur Chur paranthas(Rs.95/-): The flakiness of the parathas aka flat Indian breads was just outstanding. They flaked and melted completely. They paired like a dream with the Paneer Sirka Pyaz, but order any gravy and you must have one of these gorgeous parathas 👍🏻


And, though I was filled to capacity, there is a special cavity for desserts. Even if I really don’t dig desserts too much. 

  • Amritsari Kulfa (Rs. 245/-): The Kulfa is packed with magnanimous amounts of flavour. This is the signature dish here and boy! Is it heavenly or what. The Amritsari Kulfa is a gorgeous assortment of Badam Kulfi on a bed of Rabri, phirni and Falooda with a dash of rose syrup. The Kulfa was grand in all ways. Why! Even the presentation was just outstanding. It came smoking on dry ice. I mean, read it again please and tell me, you aren’t salivating? 




  • Bombay Ice Cream Sandwich (Rs.165/-) : When you think of ice cream sandwiches, you can only have a phantasmagoric reel of childhood playing on the loop. The crunchy biscuits and the soft & cold ice cream is a must have. If not for anything, then at least for your archives, because it’s presented so beautifully ❤️❤️



Our food was paired with 2 delectable drinks. 

  • Angoori Soda : This was your unconventional grape juice from Nashik Grapes. Mixed with lemon juice, roasted cumin & plain soda. A sure shot to get you on a puckering episode. *Chatpata methinks* 


  • Not So Saada: Let me just tell you, that, if you come here and don’t drink this, then it’s one of the biggest folly you could commit. The yum filled drink has the most freshest flavours ever. It’s your saada pan converted into a drink. Imagine that paan experience by two folds. The smoothie has ice cream and gulkand.. yum?? I bet! 



Verdict: There isn’t anything that can stop me from strongly recommending this place to anyone. Whether it’s a date, an occasional drink or a get together, this must get onto your must visit list. 

For all the awesome service, all that I can give is a well deserved 5 star. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 

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Simply South |Restaurant Review| 54th FBAB Meet| Bengaluru| 

 

Despite the fact that, India is a land of varied cultures & traditions, we tend to stereotype it. Let’s take the minuscule example of Indian food. It varies by every 100 kms, yet when we think of Indian food, we only think of “Biryanis, Makhanis, Tandoori Chickens, Paneer tikkas & Malai Kababs”. Stereotyped Indian food is much like the beautiful and popular cousin,who has been garnering accolades & recognition and in that process, you’ve forgotten the equally good looking cousin. “Miss.South Indian Food”

Even Miss.South Indian Food, gets stereotyped for being only about Idli, Dosa, Vada & Bhaths. If, you do think that South Indian Food, is just that.. then you’re in for a pleasant surprise. 

Briefing about “SIMPLY SOUTH” : 

Demarcating the boundaries of South India, is quite easy, but dividing each cuisine respectively is a task, that involves the application of handed down knowledge and in depth research, which has to be characteristic to that region. And, who better knows this except Chef Chalapathi Rao aka Chef Challu in the culinary world. 

Simply South is an award winning restaurant based in Hyderabad, under the flagship of the celebrity chef “Mr. Chalapathi Rao”. Simply South has always been in the news for their feats, like being awarded “Times Now Food Awards” for consecutive years. They have branched out from Hyderabad and ambitiously ventured into “Namma Bengaluru” (our Bangalore in colloquial terms) 

 Chef Chalapathi Rao states, that, his food has the stamp of authenticity and that is what he proffers to us. Usually, when we talk of authentic tastes, we tend to bar the lines & mix influences of one region to another. Simply South is an expedition you embark on, which takes you through the 5 southern states of India. Giving you a taste of every state. 

I, was invited over for the bloggers table at “SIMPLY SOUTH”, from the team of FBAB. We were greeted by an ever so humble and a sweet natured Chef Chalapathi Rao of placid disposition. After making all of us feel welcomed, he started started the nosh-up which was composed for us. 

  • Decor:  The decor is rustic and beautiful with brick walls and the adornment of art that represents each of the South Indian states. 



Hospitality: You have no reason to rethink, the hospitality is par excellence and our maitre d’s are just the most well behaved and nimble at their feet kinds.

The Grub Story: Here’s how the vegetarian fare looked like;

  • Tomato Saar aka Tomato Soup: The soup was a delightful start to the meal. It was thin, clear & packed with ultimate flavours. It had faint hints of tanginess & a dominant quality of hotness. A hot and sour soup with Indian goodness. It instantly warmed me up. Makes it into the “must haves” to beat the chill away. 

The non vegetarians were given a chicken soup called “Kozi Rasam” & all I could see was people asking for second helpings of it. The soup tasted delicious is what I’ve been told.



  • Mokka Jonna Garelu/ Sweet Corn Fritters:  I, must have easily had about 4 of these beauties. The most delicious set of vadas aka fritters i’ve tasted in a long while. They were sweet corn nibbles added to the simple batter of the vada. The distinct sweetness of the sweet corn & the depth imparted by the onions and coriander swept me over. Again, a staple from the Andhra/ Telangana region.


  • Gobi kempu bezule/ fried cauliflower florets: My vegetarianism, sometimes has to fall flat in a place, where they offer meat. But, that wasn’t the case, the fried cauliflower florets were nice & spicy , with mangalorean masalas & garnished with fried curry leaves.  (Native of Mangalore)


  • Bendekaya Vepudu/ Stir fried okra: I’m an okra fan and boy! Did I love the subtle taste of the deep fried okra coated in roughly ground spices and garnished with cashew nuts & curry leaves. A great combination with parathas. (Native of Telangana)


  • Moova Vankai/ Aubergine Curry: This is one of the signature dishes of “Simply South”, where baby aubergines are cooked in traditional curry made out of sesame seeds. I went crazy with this one. Paired with delicious parathas, you could just go on. ( Native of Andhra)


  • Idiyapam/ String hoppers: These were the accompaniments that could be paired with curry’s. They are made out of rice flour. It requires quite some technique to make them.

  • Ragi Mudde/ Finger Millet Cake:  This is a cake of Finger Millet flour. Here, the millet flour is added to boiling water & made into a soft dough, which is then shaped into balls. Usually, this is eaten with a curry & ghee. First time tasting it the authentic way & I loved it! 

  • Curd Rice: A beautiful medley of soft mushy rice, doused in flavoured yogurt and tempered with cumin, red chillies, curry leaves, etc.

  • Tomato Pappu/ Tomato lentil curry: This is a light curry of pigeon pea lentils, simmered and cooked with tomatoes, herbs & spices. Love the deep red colour of the curry. (Andhra native)


  • Rasam/ Spicy Soup : This soup is made with pepper and is a thin, clear one. It’s paired with boiled rice and savoured. 


  • Gasgase Payasam / Poppy seed sweet:  A delicious sweet made with poppy seed paste and who would’ve thought that it would be so addictive? (Native of Karnataka)


  • Godhi Haggi : This was a dessert made out of broken wheat, flavoured with jaggery and cardamoms. The flavours were a shock for me, loved the use of jaggery instead of sugar to sweeten the dish which gave it a beautiful earthiness. Even the texture of broken wheat was an experience to savour. (Native of Karnataka)


  • Badam Halwa/ Almond Sweet: Though, I couldn’t get a taste of it, everyone was raving about how superbly rich and delicious it was. 


  • Signature Buttermilk: It was nice, refreshing and just the right amount of salty to wash down the spice and ready us for the next dish.



They do have an unlimited lunch thali for Rs.250/-  for all days except Sunday and that is on my list already when I visit this place next.

Apart from these vegetarian options, there were snazzy looking pots of non vegetarian dishes. Here’s a glimpse. 

Hyderabadi Dum Ka Murgh/ Hyderabadi Chicken Curry: 



Yera Varuval/ Spicy Prawn fry ( TamilNadu)



Telangana Kodi Roast/ Chicken Roast:


Pappad (completely vegetarian 😁)


Verdict : This restaurant is the “ne plus ultra” of the South Indian genre. I haven’t seen a restaurant more in tune and sync with their theme than the ” SIMPLY SOUTH” 

Chef Chalapathi Rao, stays true to his word when he tells that this is a gastronomic journey through the 5 states. He believes in keeping a menu that is perfect to his ability. While I did take a virtual tour around the 5 states, my 5 senses were just singing in delight. Therefore, it’s only fair that this restaurant receives a 5 star!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 


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Le Brasserie| Le Meridien| Review | Bangalore |

We all love some pampering, once we’re up from the deep slumber. Nothing really uplifts your mood, better than a nice & a well-thought out breakfast. Think about it, your hunger ensconced by sleep, raving madly to be let loose, once the blocky lines of dreams are erased. 

Not on all days, do you have a ravenous morning appetite, but on the days you do hear a lot of grumbles, treat yourself to the buffet breakfast at ” La Brasserie “, situated inside “Le Meridien” .

Come along, let’s break some bread 🍞 


Decor : The decor is that of an empyrean old world charm. The classic chairs, do more than just elevate the ambience. Perfect comfort is what I love. The colour theme is a nice rustic neutral palette, with a little green metal framework to break the monotony. 



Hospitality : It’s really no doubt, about how these hotels train their staff to be impeccable. With the head chefs coming and asking you about how your experience is to the wait staff smiling and making you comfortable is commendable. 


The Grub Story : Buffet Breakfast (Rs.850/- for an Adult & Rs.390/- for a child above 6 years)

The buffet has a lot to offer. It starts with a decent variety of cereals, a good table of cheese samplers, delectable smoothies & flavoured yogurts, cut fruits, etc. 




The mains are where your heart & appetite are left undecided. There’s just so much to choose from, Indian breakfast fare like idlis to American breakfast fare like baked beans. But here are my favourite ones…


My to go were these delectable buttered veggies and grilled tomatoes, followed by sautéed mushrooms & corn cheese bake. 


The vegetable Hakka noodles were just on spot! 


The Indian fare, even had samosa’s & the usual midday snacking options 😋😋 Fatten me up La Brassiere, fatten me up!!


You also had a great selection of breads to choose from, for your toasts. 


They had a live section, where the chef made you the on spot preparations as per your liking. I tried the poori bhaji, and all I could say was delicious! Loved the less use of masala, more concentration on right spices for more  flavour and the puffy pooris that were melt in the mouth.


The chef was thoughtful enough to make my husbster the “Omelette du fromage Burger”, when he asked for it. Our whims and fancies!! 


The dessert section was a decent selection of muffins, danishs,croissants,ice creams and tea cakes. Here’s a glimpse..



Verdict: Basically, I couldn’t be happier. The price tag, that comes with it is completely justifiable, for the amount of variety that they have to offer. The non vegetarians will be pleasantly pleased with the meat based fares too. 

I, give the “La Brasserie “, well deserved 4 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Location : Le Meridien. 28, Sankey Road, Vasanthnagar, Bengaluru-560052


Failed Resolutions and You?

And, it’s that time of the year, when we start making resolutions and give ourselves the hope to make the current year a better one. It’s just the most beautiful gift that you can give yourself. A hope to love yourself more, to make yourself a happier person and to fill your life with more positivity. 


I, hear and do see, a lot of negativity when some friend or a family member announces their resolutions or hopes for the year. 

The most heard statement is, ” Oh! You wanna do _____, this year? Isn’t it just the same thing you wanted last year, but failed miserably at? Don’t get your hopes high.. you’ll only break them” Along with hearing that, you also get to hear the snorts, snickers and guffaws of the evil one.


And that starts a vicious cycle of self-mistrust. Once the doubt steps in, you often start believing that, you really have set an outrageous and a steep goal. What happens is more often than not, you fail, not because you couldn’t do it, but because you couldn’t believe that you could do it! 


C’mon go ahead.. make those resolutions and goals. Don’t let the negativity set you back & certainly don’t let someone else decide what you are capable of, because even YOU don’t know what you are capable of, if you put your heart and soul to doing something. 

Believe in yourself, dream a little more and push your limits because dreams do come true and only you can make it happen! 

So, don’t doubt yourself, go jump right into making one or a hundred resolutions and take your time in fulfilling them. Give it your all and give yourself a pat on the back, every time you take one baby step closer to your resolution. 


Let’s make it all about loving yourself this year!! 

2017, we got you here❤️❤️