Dhaba-Estd.1986 | Restaurant Review| Marathahalli|

“When baking, go by directions. When cooking, go by your own taste”-Laiko Bahrs

So, it really wasn’t a surprise when i immersed and imbibed myself in the meal put ahead of me. While my feet tapped to “Ankhiyon se Goli Mare”, my belly started adding girth, just because i couldn’t stop myself from taking that extra bite.

About Dhaba-Estd.1986 :

Dhaba, is your “I-want-some-hearty-punjabi-food ” kinda place. The place is filled with vibrancy and concentrates on simple and fulfilling punjabi dishes.

The restaurant is set up in a very “Dhaba” aka roadhouse kind of a way. They propagate the raw finesse of North Indian cuisine.

Ambiance & Decor :

The decor, is reminiscent of a Dhaba with loud and vibrant colour scheme. The pops of yellow and red and blue are ever so welcoming.

The ambiance just like the decor, is an amalgamation of peppy and buoyant.

Hospitality:

I’ve had my fair share of restaurant hopping everywhere and hospitality is something that makes or breaks the meal. I, found Dhaba to have an immaculate staff, that kept us accompanied with quick service and a helpful demeanour. Special mention to “Mr. Asit”, who was a great “serveur” indeed.

The Grub Story :

The beauty of this meal was the way it flowed from one course to another. They also, have the #SardiWedsPunjabiKhana winter menu on, which will run till the end of February.

Here’s what me and the mister had :

  • Gulabo Lassi : Certainly the kinda cooler you need to commence your appetite. Flavoured with delicious & gritty gulkhand, i adored this lassi.

  • Choti Glassiyan : A well thought assortment of their signature mocktails. Shikanji, Aam Panna, Ganne ka Ras, etc. This way, there is always something for someone.

  • Tandoori Bhune Aloo : The warmth of those tandoored baby potatoes, still lingers on my palate. What an excellent plate of spicy, sweet and starchy flavours. Highly recommended.

  • Mushroom Hara Pyaza : Mushrooms have always been my favourite and I love them more so, when they are tossed in masalas. This one was high on the hotness meter and had an explosive burst of mirchi. Not my kind, but certainly will please a spicy palate.

  • Dhaba Paneer Tikka : I kid you, not! This was one of the best Paneer Tikka’s I’ve had. Period. The succulent cubes of Paneer had the most amazing texture coupled with the spices that weren’t overpowering at all. Your fork, melted into the cube, no resistance from the Paneer. Bravo!

  • Tandoori Dhaba Raan: While the mister, dug into his plate of meat, the way his eyes lit up says a lot. According to him, the meat was just tender, falling off the bone. Marinated so beautifully that the spices penetrated and had been tenderised by an imam dasta. When asked, the maître d’ said the baby lamb leg was left to marinate overnight and given a double fry treatment. The non vegetarian soul, must try this.

  • Murgh Malai Tikka : Another, delicately spiced and well tandoored dish, which got a yes, from the mister.

  • Sarson ka Saag: There is never a time, that i do not crave some Sarson ka saag. I had to have it, as it was on the winter menu and trust me.. I was smiling ear to ear. The flavour profile was earthy with the pungency of garlic and the heartiness of the puréed leafy greens. Coupled with Makkai ki Roti, this was match made in the realms of the connoisseurs heaven.

  • Dilli ki Nihari : Light and unabashed. The Nihari was a hybrid of laal maas and Rarra gosht. Very surprisingly, it wasn’t a heavy goopy mess rather it was a light and went well with rotis. (as told by mister)

  • Matka Kulfi : Sprinkled generously with bits of pistachios and almonds, the kulfi was a perfect way to end the meal.

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Verdict : The food, really does do a good job and delivers to your expectations. The Dhaba Paneer Tikka was one of the best & I can vouch for it.

The menu is vast and has a carefully selected variation of dishes that personify a Dhaba. I, would definitely recommend.

Rating : 4/5

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Happy New Year !!

Hello, WP Fam!!

How have you all been doing? I, just dropped by to wish, each and everyone of you a ” HAPPY NEW YEAR”. 🌈💖💥

New Year’s Resolution, is a concept used and abused, i personally think that you shouldn’t be waiting for something to be a better you! But, having said that, a NEW YEAR is always a mood booster , a motivator and a hopeful opportunity that we all think we can grab. This New Year, I’m gonna set a few rules for myself, not gonna make flexible resolutions anymore. Here they are, in no chronological order: Get Fit (I’ve put on whopping gazillion pounds after my 2nd Baby) Learn more traditional recipes from Mum. Travel a lot more than what I have, in the past year. Work on my Beauty Blogging as well. For all of you, who don’t know, I’ve started an Instagram page dedicated to beauty & lifestyle. Will put my links down, so that you may connect with me and I will connect back. Do a makeup seminar & makeup Masterclass.Try to be a better Food Blogger. Try doing atleast, 5 more chapters of my book, which is in the pipeline forever now. Most importantly, be more in tune with my spirituality. Try finishing the Quran, before Ramadan this year. Love, all of you guys for being so supportive and always kind! Here are my links , pls do gimme a follow and I will reciprocate: Instagram : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Banjara Melting Pot| Koramangala |Bangalore

“All great achievements require time”-Maya Angelou

The soft steps, that i took so carefully to ascend the stone stairs rung in, like melody to my ears. The hints of art strewn across, called me yonder to maybe hear of the stories of the hand that painted them.

I, was in the haven that “M.F. Hussain Sahab”, had once called home.

About Banjara Melting Pot :

Banjara isn’t an establishment that has been unheard of. Before the boom of restaurants in every possible “nukkad” (corner), it had been a name well known and loved by all, for their marvellous coastal cuisine.

Decor & Ambiance:

The decor is a beautiful amalgam of finesse & sophistication. The paintings that are hung methodically are a mix of eclectic and beautiful. You will find the colour scheme of the restaurant to be very pleasing, perfect for a cosy meal.

The ambiance, is relaxing and calm with that diffused lighting and the warm glow.

Hospitality:

The servers are efficient and cordial.

The Grub Story :

If you presume, even before me starting, “what can be in it for a vegetarian?” Then you’re wrong. I, was pleasantly surprised at the extensive options.

  • Palak Shorba : A very light and flavourful shorba, made with spinach. An instant warm feeling guaranteed.

  • Paneer ke Shikanje : The cubes of paneer are marinated and tandoored. The results are fantastic, the flavours are more earthy and you can always have another one.

  • Hara Bhara Kabab : The chopped & blended veggies, made into perfect round dumplings were just right. A little spicy and a lot delicious.

  • Mushroom Pepper Dry : The mushrooms were tossed in your typical South Indian pepper sauce with curry leaves & chillies. Great with naans.

  • Paneer Ghee Roast with Neer Dosa : Match made in the kitchen heaven, I may say. The paneer just transforms into the most silky and soft cubes of flavour, with the pungent aroma of Ghee & Roasted Spices slathered on. Worked like a charm with a plate of 3 Neer Dosas.

  • Phalguni Subzi : A brilliant innovative way to make sure that you eat your veggies and eat them with delight. The half & half combination of green leafy Subzi& red paneer muttar Subzi married into one.

  • Rice variants : I’m never a rice eater, so I couldn’t sample what my friends ate, but boy! They looked delish.

A top shot of our dishes :

Desserts :

  • Gajar ka Halwa : The Gajar ka Halwa was done well, with the right amount of sweetness.

  • Kulfi : Lived upto the expectations. The Kulfis were the perfect way to end your dinner.

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Verdict : Banjara Melting Pot, happens to wow me over with its signature dish “Phalguni Subzi” & their wide selection of dishes for the vegetarian & non-vegetarian sides. They specifically are well known for their heart warming coastal cuisines, where there is an extensive use of seafood.

It truly is a Melting Pot, of so many cultures here, that you will always find something for yourself.

Rating : 4/5

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The Den | Luxury Hotel Launch | Whitefield |

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury”- Coco Chanel

I, was invited over for the grand launch of “The Den” on 14/12/17. I, absolutely couldn’t help but reiterate Coco’s quote and feel instantly tranquillised by the calming vibes of the hotel.

About The Den :

The Den, a 226-room hotel with 25 floors located on a 2.8-acre land in the midst of an IT hub. The concept of ” Eat.Work.Sleep.Play”, is seen prevalent all across the hotel.

The Den, is the luxury hotel of todays millennial & globetrotter. The hotel exuberates luxury with spacious rooms, sophisticated meeting spaces and an array of delicious dining options to spoil you for choice.

Dining Options at The Den :

“The Creek”, is a serene round the clock restaurant that serves Indian and world cuisines. Their dinner buffet is something that you must come over for. The setting of the restaurant is just the most splendid with a view of the green lawn.

“The Nest”, is a trendy lounge bar with an ambiance that literally takes you to a place of calm with their down toned colour scheme and chandeliers. Serves drinks & quick nibbles.

“The Layla”, is their signature rooftop restaurant which is yet to be opened but will be bringing the “Mediterranean” to your table.

“The Cold Press”, is a quick convenient juice bar.

“The Deli”, is a full service bakery for a gourmet experience.

Work Options at The Den :

Has banqueting space of over 10,000 sqft, that can be used for weddings, conventions, exhibitions,etc. The meeting rooms are equipped with latest technology and meet all your requirements.

Sleep Options at The Den :

There are 226 meticulously designed rooms with 4 different categories and all come attached with a bath tub and toiletries from “Kama Ayurveda”.

Play Options at The Den :

“The Cave”, is a 15 seater large cinema hall that offers a curated selection of movies.

“The Play House”, is a section that offers vintage video games like galaga, snooker etc.

Last, but not the least “Sanctuary” is your spa where you could unwind & relax.

Closing Note from the GM :

Mr. Vinesh Gupta, G.M-The Den said, “The Den brand prides itself as being a cultural touchstone that provides state of art facilities. Our aim this to offer our guest a unique blend of modern and traditional aesthetics that create memorable experiences for millennial and globetrotters”

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My Experience at The Den :

I, immensely enjoyed the hotel tour that we were taken on and given an insight about each and every aspect of the hotel. The rooms are just so immaculate and will certainly please the ones who appreciate the more finer things in life.

Every minute detail is looked into and the result is luxury you can bask in. I, personally would recommend ” The Den”, to everyone.

Address : ITPL Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore- 560066

Contact : +91- 8049374937

P.S: Mr Vinesh Gupta’s picture has been sourced from google

Kama Ayurveda x Tanya Fontes Dhar |Beauty Masterclass | Bangalore |

” Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that is when you’re most beautiful”- Zoe Kravitz

In a world of “Prima donna’s & Primo uomo’s”, everyone wants to always be at their fluttery best. Vanity rates high & in the pursuit of being the best, we tend to take shortcuts or fall prey to trends that rise & fall as the tides on a full moon night.

It is during these episodes, do you need to realise that it’s our roots & traditions that haven’t changed in centuries. Maybe because, those traditions are timeless and maybe because they do not need an upgrade.

About Kama Ayurveda:

Kama Ayurveda was started in 2002 in India, to promote the message of authentic Ayurveda, universally. Since then, creating pure Ayurvedic products according to authentic prescriptions has been the unique purpose of the brand.

It has received recognition in various global and Indian publications including US Vogue, French Vogue, Japan Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Tatler among others.

The brand has been synonymous with reawakening the tranquility of Ayurveda with its offerings and reintroducing Indian aesthetics to the world.

About Tanya Fontes Dhar :

Tanya Dhar is the face behind the luxury lifestyle blog “Urban Diaries”. The blog covers various topics from beauty & lifestyle to celebrity interviews & technology.

She is always a very graceful presence in the blogging community with so much knowledge to impart to her camaraderies. Refined and humble, is how you will find this lady.

About my Kama Ayurveda Masterclass Experience:

I, was invited over by the elegant “Tanya Dhar” , to experience a Beauty Masterclass session, curated by her and the expert panel of Kama Ayurveda.

The slow teasing whiff of turmeric, rose water and saffron was prevalent all across. The warmth of those whiffs had me, smiling ear to ear.

The class started with a one on one consultation with Dr. Sharad Kulkarni, whereby he delved into your skin woes and suggested what essential steps are necessary for the overall well-being of your facial epidermis.

He then went ahead, to give us a brief walkthrough of the essence of Ayurveda and why it is an immaculate option for a life of holistic living.

Whilst the doctor explained, the station was getting prepped, so that we could indulge in some DIY scrub making. Not surprisingly, the scrub proved to be a hit with the ladies.

Here’s the secret recipe for a scrub that guarantees smooth skin:

Ingredients:

  • Oats – 2 Tbsp
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp
  • Pure Rose water – 2 Tbsp
  • Kama Ayurveda Mridul – 2 Tbsp
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Sweet Almond Oil- 3 drops
  • Lemon Juice – 5 drops
  • Rose Petals – 2

Directions : Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply on damp skin & exfoliate gently for 3-4 minutes. Rinse off with water & pat dry.

The Masterclass ended with a photo shoot with all the ladies.

And while we bid our adieus, Kama Ayurveda & Tanya, spoiled us with some goodies from “Kama Ayurveda” & the let us have a mason jar of the DIY scrub as well. Pretty us, after all!

The Terminus | Crowne Plaza | Bangalore |

If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax”- Christian Louboutin

“All that she wants is another baaaby!” crooned the lead singer of “Ace of Base”. I, was already digging the reggae vibes and the ambiance just sealed the deal.

About The Terminus :

The Terminus, is your lounge bar where you can unwind after a hectic day over some finger foods & conversations about “the next big thing”. They serve an array of fusion food and quick bites. The cuisine is continental and Indian.

Decor & Ambiance :

The Terminus, is very reminiscent of an old English Pub and in a very uncanny way reminiscent of an English house. The colour schemes are done in the deep tan and brightened up with splotches of colour, here and there. The ambiance is relaxed and very soothing.

They have incorporated the use of local artisanal toys from Channapatna as a part of their food presentation, thereby supporting these artisans.

Hospitality:

The staff are courteous, nimble and extremely efficient with their service. And that is what is, expected from them.

The Grub Story :

We had quite an array of dishes to relish and here is what, I sampled :

  • Nachos (₹350/-) : The crispy nachos were just perfect with tossed sweet corn, tomatoes, onion & cheddar melt. The cheddar was doused quite generously.
  • Chip ‘n’ Dip (₹350/-): I, still can’t get over this assortment. As simple as it sounds, I loved this so much. It had “Cajun Potato Wedges, Handcut Sweet Potato Chips & Tapioca Fritters with Chilli Aioli and Cream Cheese Dip”. Let me tell you, that this is a Must have! Highly recommended 👍🏻
  • Vada Bao (₹500/-) : A fusion of the Vada Pau, where the replaces the Pau with the steamed Bao. A good combination for sure, but as i have low tolerance for spicy foods, this wasn’t something I ate more than a few bites.

Hargow (₹450/-) : The translucent skin of the dumplings, revealed water chestnuts, asparagus and shiitake mushrooms. This was the highlight of the evening for me. Made so delicately with just the most subtle hints of garlic, I would totally recommend this to everyone. BBQ Cheese Steaks (₹550/-) : It’s another one of those, yes I wanna go on eating dishes. The cottage cheese was so soft and completely melt in the mouth, with sizzling on a hot plate drizzled with BBQ sauce. They had a beautiful stuffed pimento, that was filled with cheese. Another Recommended dish. Rose Petal Kulfi (₹425/-) : An apt way to end the rendezvous, was with a rose petal kulfi. The kulfi had very muted tones of rose and was a delight to gorge on, but i really think the pricing can be worked upon.Verdict : The place is a great for a quick rendezvous with friends or family. The food is as good as it can get. They try to offer you a fusion of cuisines without being over the top about it. I love the fact, that they are in the process of encouraging local artisans and their presentations are totally “Instagram worthy”. If you live or work in the vicinity, please do check the place out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Pabulum | Food Fest |IIHM | Bangalore |

“Talent can’t be taught, but it can be awakened”- Wallace Stegner

And, this is what the mentors, at I.I.H.M- Bangalore, believe in. They awaken the innate talents that, these students have stored within them. They sculpt and fashion them into perfect individuals, ready to take on the world. This morphing happens at all levels of their course. It was a pleasure to see, how well their mentors have done their job.

About Pabulum :

While “Pabulum”, literally means Food in the form of nourishment & intellect, we were treated to more than just food at this fest.

Pabulum, is a food festival hosted by “International Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore”, which encompasses the true essence of what these students are taught. This is a time when the students are allowed to take control over everything, under the keen eye & guidance of their mentors. They are assessed and asked to face the challenges that are involved whilst coordinating a fest. Ergo, their motto for the fest was, “Learning through Food Fests”.

Experience at Pabulum :

Pabulum, was a masquerade ball party which was held on the 15 December 2017. The fest was solely organised by the students themselves, from invitations to the props and decorations, every aspect of the fest was segregated to a team of students who were handling it, example the cultural team, the prop team, etc. The invites were personally delivered by the students as well. Therefore, making this a very personal fest.

The fest started with gigs done by the students. They had us singing to their tunes and tapping our feet to their dance moves as well. We were then escorted to the dinner buffet, the star of the evening.

The students had, with an exquisite segregated the cuisines into 6 stalls, namely “Greenland”, “Sicily”, “Madagascar”, “Thousand Islands”, “Lankan” & “Oceanic”. They had a dessert counter as well.

What caught my fancy was this beautiful edible sculpture kept near the “Greenland” stall made out of bread which depicted the few elements of Greenland, like the Whale’s tail.

My favourites were, “Pumpkin Soup, Pasta Salad, Eggplant Parmigiana, Vegetable Lasagna & Philadelphia Cheesecake”

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About I.I.H.M :

International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) came to existence in 1994 and is currently head by Dr.Suborno Bose.  The institute offers globally recognized International Degree in Hospitality Management.

IIHM is one of the largest Hotel School Chain in International Hospitality Management.  They currently have campuses at Kolkata, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and state of the art, IIHM at KBU Bangkok.

The college can boast itself of more than 3000+ Alumni network who are working in various leading hotels across the globe.Institute collaborates with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and University of West London UWL).

Organizer of World’s Biggest Culinary Heats “Young Chef Olympiad” with participation from over 50 Countries.

We were given a chance to have a one on one with Chef Kak and Ms. Shalini Charles, who gave us a briefing about the upcoming “Young Chef Olympiad 2018”.

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Verdict : The fest was a total success with about a grand footfall of 700 + people, to experience it.

My deepest gratitude to Ms. Shalini Charles & Ms. Elizabeth Moyon, for having me over at the fest. A big thank you to their family of students, for looking after all the guests so well. Special thank you to, Ms. Chinar Chaubal & Mr.Jay for being the perfect hosts for the evening.

Phoenix Kessaku & Audi Display Event |Bangalore – An insight

“Coming home is one of the most beautiful things”- Andre Rieu

I, was invited over for the ” Audi Display Event” held at Phoenix Kessaku, to experience the perfect combination of power and sophistication. The Event, was divided into two affairs. One was, indulging yourself with an “Audi Test Drive” & the other was, in being stupefied by the incredulous model “Phoenix Kessaku Home”.

Audi, has always been the pioneer of tranquil simplicity. We were all given a test drive, to experience the passions encompassing while driving an Audi. Being an Audi possessor, this event was an event, i just couldn’t miss out on.

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The Audi A3 Cabriolet was on display, standing with all its grandeur, ready to be on the wish lists of many.

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Phoenix Kessaku :

“Kessaku”, very aptly means masterpiece in Japanese. Sticking to that very theme of creating masterpieces, the “Phoenix Group” has curated homes as special and unique as you. Phoenix Group has been carving a niche for themselves, by building spaces that are functional and urbane and this project is just that.

A home, is a place where your dreams are realised, it is a place where the caresses of your ambitions happen & most importantly, it is a place where you are YOU. There isn’t anything more luxurious than, your happiness and “Phoenix Kessaku”, looks after all of your needs.

We were escorted to the model “Phoenix Kessaku” Home, which was spread on a sprawling 7000 sqft area, with 5 bedrooms and a personal landscaped garden. The Kessaku precinct has 5 towers, “Sora, Niwa, Zefa, Mizu & Faia” along with sky club – Kaze and Garden club- Midori.

Each space is made in such a way, that it’s only 1 Flat per floor. So, you are bestowed with the feeling of staying in a bungalow yet are connected with others when you step out.

Phoenix Kessaku, lies nestled in luxury within a stones throw away from, “Orion Mall and is well connected to all places of interest. Making the location practical as well as luxurious.

The afternoon ended with a quick brunch held by “Olive Beach” and discussions with friends.

Left to Right : Mr. Nitin Hajela, Ms. Swati Mishra, Ms. Deepti Nandan, Mr. Raj, Ms. Sanghamitra, Ms. Noorain & Mr.Tareen

If, this interests you then please log on to ” http://www.kessaku.in ” for all your queries.

Location : #1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar. Bangalore-560010

Disclaimer: Phoenix Kessaku Walkthrough Pictures have been provided by Ms. Sanghamitra for my perusal, but belong solely to her.

The group pictures are courtesy, Mr. Nitin Hajela.

Other pictures are sourced from Google photos, for representational use only.

Address Home Bangalore | New Store Launch |

If you buy stuff you love, regardless of era or price, your home will be a true reflection of you- Sarah Norwood

I, was invited over for the official launch of a home decor store in “Lavelle Road”, to experience the story behind it.

As a person, who has taste for finer things in life, i love exploring and unearthing artifacts to adorn my living. And as pompous as that may sound, what I mean by that is it could be just about anything that gives you an impression about me. It could be something as simple as a card holder to something as rare as an antique. It all depends on what calls out to you, what resonates with your personality and what makes you feel happy.

About Address Home :

Launched in February 2008, Address Home is a stylish, sophisticated and eclectic option for all those connoisseurs who appreciate all things elegant.

It was found by Mr. Rajat Singhi, who comes from a family who are supposed to be India’s first home furnishing company. He has designed & manufactured linens for “Crate & Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Harrods, etc”. Therefore, you can understand the kind of quality that you will be pampered with.

My Experience at Address Home :

We were greeted warmly by the staff, who took us around the store, explaining each and every section. Turning our cogs by immersing us in the activities lined up for the evening.

We were told to renovate a part of the store as per our choice. Making sure that our personalities are reflected in it. Some bloggers took the bed section, some took the dining and some took the living area. All of us, were given complete access to the store and told to pick up anything that suits our personality.

The experience was fun and we were pleasantly surprised to see how beautifully each area was done.

My recommendations at the store :

  • Antalya Gold and Teal Plates : These beauties are 24k Gold plated and that rich colour that you see, is the continuous effort of firing it up.

  • Crockery from another collection : These are Platinum plated, the collection as unique as your taste.

  • Signature Jaguar Centrepiece: A power symbol, the centrepiece and yes, extremely beautiful.

  • The Bed Linen : The bed linen & cushions, are one of their speciality, with textures of all kinds available. The quilted ones or the Ottoman ones, the beaded ones or the embroidered ones, you choose what you like.

  • Agave Napkin Rings: These rings are so gorgeous, that I couldn’t stop myself from wearing it on, like a statement ring. Super loved them, already on my list.

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Verdict : This place is your one stop shop for all things beautiful, without digging a big hole in your pocket. The collection is exquisite and truly unique. I, would definitely pick up a few things from here. This is a haven, to spoil myself in luxury and to make your dream home a reality.

Address : No.67/1b, 4th Cross, Lavelle Road. Bangalore-560001