In House Burger | Restaurant Review | Kalyan Nagar |

Eat Clean. Stay Fit. And have a burger to stay sane”- Gigi Hadid

Well, that girl is just so right about the basic priorities in life. You do need a burger to stay sane.

Burgers have been infamous for being the bad boys in the hood. What if, I told you that these bad boys, had changed? Well, not all of them.. just a few of them, who you could certainly introduce to your Mama? Would you place your bets on my word? Read on, this just gets better.

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About In House Burger :

The folks at “In House”, believe in making your go to comfort food, much healthier as opposed to the standard burger. Oh! And let’s not get into the nitty gritty of the poor burger. Like, ” It Still has hidden sugars”.. Well, so does a Paratha.

The USP here, is not in eliminating the calories & the “oh ooo’s” that come with a burger rather it’s in eliminating the unnecessary ones that come along, without compromising on the taste. And let’s get real, who eats ” Burger” everyday?

So, this place is specially for those people, who wanna indulge in a burger, that’s not gonna take you on a major guilt trip. The place, is quick eat diner with little bric-a-brac places all across, replete with some board games and books.

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The Grub Story : Perhaps, i thought i’d be very skeptical of a “Healthy Burger” place and that’s why maybe I didn’t go in with a lot of expectations but “Hello!”

  • Milkshakes aka Oatshakes (₹120/-) : The milkshakes are just extremely gorgeous. They come sans the icecream and all that jazz. Made up of Oats and the main ingredient. My favourite was the mixed berries, with a melange of smooth flavours binding it all.

  • Cold Pressed Juices : Loved the melange of colours, when they found themselves on our table and they did look like they would be the sugary delicious, but “Hear ye, hear ye” they were the healthy kinda delicious. My pick was the Lush Green. Perfect for my palate.

  • Tabasco Mushroom Salad (₹120/-) : A little kick of Tabasco on anything makes everything better and this salad proves it.

  • Classic Red in Tandoori Paneer (₹150/-) : The Red Bun, is such a delight to all senses. The visual just pushes the right buttons and you already decide to love it before the big bite. Coloured with some good ole beetroot, this is something that’s instagram & Pinterest worthy.

  • Bourbon Black in Hot Chilli (₹150/-) : Another one of those drool worthy burgers, infused with edible charcoal. Tried it with their Hot Chilli Patty, which was baked and not fried.

  • In-house all veg hoagie (₹160/-) : The multigrain bread, generously stuffed with veggies and some sauces makes this one of those satisfy my hunger things to eat.

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Verdict : The place certainly lives up to expectations with a great VFM value, gives you instagram worthy pics (because that’s what we are all about today..meh!) , focuses on eliminating unnecessary calories by cutting down on the servings of the sauce in the burgers, making the patties baked instead of fried, no sugar drinks except the natural sugars, adding more crunchy veggies, making milkshakes as oat shakes and last but not the least makes it taste good.

Average Price for 2 : ₹400/-

Rating : 5/5

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Burma Burma | Restaurant Review | Indiranagar |

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”~ Alan D. Wolfelt

The ingress of the restaurant, prepossess you with its charm. I’m pleasantly mesmerised by the welcoming ritual, at the doorstep. The lady smiles and prompts me to put my hand forward and once I do it, she dips a leaf in water and lightly swishes it across the palm. Quotes she, ” This is the traditional Burmese welcome, done to the guest who visits any home in Burma”.

About Burma Burma :

Burma Burma boasts of the nouvelle cuisine from the regions of Myanmar, North East India, Thailand & China. The synchronised harmony of these varied cuisines, is at display whilst you playfully rotate the chopsticks in your hand. Reviving and creating awareness about the Myanmar aka Burma, the place takes you on a journey across regions.

As, it’s also a teahouse ; expect yourself to be pampered and huddled with the tea warmth as you choose your pick. The place brings to you teas that a connoisseur would love to immerse herself in.

Decor & Ambiance :

Provided by team Burma Burma

While Anodos found his portal to the fairy world in MacDonald’s “Phantastes”, i found mine when i passed the threshold of the doorstep. Immediately, a whiff of warmth engulfs you & you are surrounded by artifacts. Some holding a deep spiritual value, such as the Burmese Prayer Lacquerware and some as trivial as the Burmese storage containers.

Immense amount of dedication has gone into making this decor a slice of Burma. The hand painted wall mural is almost alive, if she just slightly opens her eyes.

The Grub Story : The Food as we know, is from the shores of Burma. Burmese cuisine on its own has been influenced by a few regions. Here’s what i savoured & relished :

  • Samuza Hincho : A tangy soup, which I have to inform you is a bit on the spicier side has a hidden samosa. The samosa melts and you are supposed to enjoy it with the broth.

  • Tayat ti thoke : Raw mango salad, which makes you reminisce of the Som Tam Mamuang. The flavours are similar, but a little more on the sweet sour spicy side. Extremely enjoyable.

  • Mandalay Laphet Thoke : A fermented tea leaf salad, which proved to be my favourite. Replete with garlic nuts, sesame seeds, tomato & lettuce.

  • Crunchy Tofu Sliders : These mini sliders had the most softest tofu encased within them. Perfect for a quick fix.

  • Burma Burma Oh No Khow suey: The khowsuey was curated to please your taste buds. The delicious bowl of coconut milk with lemongrass, tamarind flavours & soft noodles brimming in the broth ; just made this one of the best, I’ve had in the city. Accompanied by a tray of fried onion, chilli, garlic & peanuts.

  • Avocado Icecream with Honey Caviar: The soft smoothness of the avocado, could be sensed when you took the first mouthful, along with the bursts of sweetness from the Honey caviar. The presentation takes the cake, with the smoke effect a la dry ice. Check this little video out 👇🏻

  • Tagu Pi Yan : A beautiful concentric circle of coconut custard engulfing the firm yet soft to burst pearls of Sago in palm jaggery. The humble dessert, had all the flavours that make it feel authentic & true to taste.

  • Teas : I, tried an assortment of the peach & passion fruit flavoured Shangrila tea & Yuzu Bubble Tea. While, the Yuzu bubble teawas a different ball game altogether with a fresh & cooling punch. The Shangrila tea, was subtle and calming down with the flavours.

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Verdict : The place is purely vegetarian and non alcoholic. This is like a dream restaurant for me. For anyone who has a soft corner for South East Asian food, this restaurant serves as a great place to escape and find yourself happy.

Rating : 4.5/5

P.S: The pic of the wall decor has been provided by team Burma Burma for representational purpose.

Big Pitcher | Old Airport Road | Bangalore |

You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food” –Kurt Vonnegut

Ergo, here i am ready to throw in some talk about my experience at Big Pitcher. When you have a plateful of food you like to eat, things just get better. The ambiance, the temperament & the person you’re with start looking better than before.

About Big Pitcher :

Big Pitcher, is spread across 6 floors in the Old Airport Road locale. Being neighbours to The Leela Palace & Mathan, Big Pitcher boasts of its own charm with the eye catching geometrics, welcoming you with purple lights et al. Big Pitcher, spoils you for choice with each floor dedicated to pull in a certain kind of crowd. They are:

  • Club Kahuna : Just the place for the millennials or for people who are young at heart. The live pizza kitchen keeps you mesmerised as they dish pizzas out.

  • Splitwood : Cowboy, Texas themed restaurant with a Weekend buffet going on. Has hookah as well.
  • Sizzling Street : For all your BBQ buffet needs, equipped with an on the table grills.

  • Studio 4121: Get your party shoes on, they have a floor dedicated to the jumping bean within you. All while playing the latest tunes.

  • Star Lounge : Their rooftop restaurant, replete with candlelight dinner and flowers as accessories to making a great evening.

Ambiance & Decor : As, each floor has a certain theme to it, the decor disparities are seen across floors. While some floors are perfect for a great family meal, some are just the proper ones to get you grooving.

Hospitality : It doesn’t fail to disappoint you with well equipped staff who keep a constant check on you sans the interference.

The Grub Story : I, was here to try out their new menu launch and was pleasantly surprised to see some winners. Here were my favourites:

  • Minestrone Soup : Enjoyed the light tanginess of the Soup and the mouthful of macaroni. Just the right way to start a meal.
  • Paneer Stir fry : Replete with a juicy sauce, the chunks of Paneer were done well and engulfed with the umami taste.
  • Margherita Pizza : Made from the pizza oven, across our table ; the pizza was simple with basil & tomatoes, yet left an impression behind.
  • Artichoke & Corn Crepes : The thin crepes has enveloped the corn & the sauce complemented it well. Must try for sure.

Quick look from the Non vegetarian table :

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Verdict : The place has something or the other for a every kind of a palate. You are given a choice and you just need to take your pick. Go ahead and get exploring, it’s a magnanimous place to begin with.

Rating : 4.5/5

Tijori | Radisson Blu Atria| Bangalore |

“Enjoy your food, enjoy your life”- Victoria Moran

As you wanderlust for that perfect moment, you find it sometimes right in your plate. Man, has been made in such a way, that he connects a lot of his feeling with food. Think about it…if he’s happy, he celebrates with food; if he’s sad, he binges on it.

I, was extremely happy to have found maybe; pardon my ignorance, the perfect plate of vegetarian grub at “Tijori”.

About Tijori :

Tijori, is a fine dining restaurant at Radisson Blu Atria. Very true to its name, it holds the treasures of ambrosia within it. The cuisine is mainly North Indian and there are inclusions of some South Indian elements as well.

Ambiance & Decor :

The decor is a beautiful backdrop for a perfect romantic date. The music, the candles & the touches of bling make this just about right. You must visit this, for dinners as the real beauty of the blossoms then. The lighting is done in soft purple pink hues, a faux pebbled path takes you to the dining section.

Ambiance is just so relaxing, that you literally need to walk yourself out unwillingly.

Hospitality:

The staff are well trained to handle your queries about what’s on your plate and are pleasing in their demeanour. They are nimble on their feet & try to help you enjoy your meal, with whatever they can help you with.

The Grub Story :

  • Ananas & Mirchi Tini Mocktail : I, must say this was one of those mind blowing mocktails, ever. The spicing up of the pineapple based drink with green chillies was just bang on.

  • Hare Matar Ki Tikki : A melange of green peas mash stuffed with dry fruits & cheese, made into rounds and cooked on a griddle. This was accompanied with a tangy mango & mustard chutney, which reinvented tikkis & their pairings.
  • Masala Paniyaram : Rice dumplings with South Indian tempering, served with tomato chutney.

  • Tadka Wali Dahi : Another one of their specialities, which had me salivating at the unique flavour profile of sweet n spicy by the onion, tomato, garlic & curry leaf tempering.

  • Bhindi Palak Bhurjee : The marrying of okra with spinach, was just out of the world. The creaminess of spinach and flavour bursts of okra, had me hooked. This is something that You mustn’t miss!

  • Boondi Paan Baked Yoghurt : What I loved about this dessert was the infusion of Paan aka betel leaf without the Paan being overwhelming. Paan, over here was adding another dimension to the flavour. Very well executed.

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Verdict : I, must say as a vegetarian who is always on a lookout for the perfect heart warming meal, I have found the place. The flavours at “Tijori”, are subtle and very harmonious.

Recommends : Bhindi Palak Ki bhurjee, Hare Matar Ki Tikki & Tadka Wala Dahi.

Lady Baga| Restaurant Review|Lavelle Road

” Be groovy or leave, man”- Bob Dylan

Keeping that very thought alive, infiltrate yourself with the positive vibes floating about at Lady Baga. While you cosy down and get ready for an experience to jot down in your memory, you feel the floral halo materialise on your head.

About Lady Baga :

Lady Baga, is a beach shack themed restaurant that emphasises the Goan cuisine and it’s speciality. The restaurant, tries to create a shack like experience where the food is fresh and soulful.

Decor & Ambiance : Lady Baga, is divided into 2 floors. The first floor is air conditioned with a little pop up souvenir shop, complete with boho jewellery & beautiful silhouettes. If something catches your fancy, you may always pick it up. The second floor, has all the quirk factor along with a hippy van.

Remember the mystery machine, from Scooby Doo? Well, we’ve got one here. Nostalgia! The ambiance is peppy yet relaxing with extreme quirk prevalent all across.

Hospitality:

The service is impeccable, the staff are really pleasant. The wait time is the usual 10-15 minutes and I appreciate the fact that they inform you, if there would be a delay whilst you’re ordering your dish.

The Grub Story :

The food, is primarily Goan and has a few continental dishes as well, which fuse with the menu. Here is what I ordered :

  • Virgin Mojito : I, super loved the freshness of the virgin Mojito, it seems to be the only thing I drink. They even customised it for me, by giving a little shot glass filled with ginger syrup as i had requested for it.

  • Rissois Verde (₹229/-): The little crescents of happiness, just made my day. This undoubtedly is one of those things, that you just mustn’t miss. Baby crepes stuffed with mint, cilantro, cheese, carrot & corn filling and crusted with panko crumbs.

  • Konkan Cutlet (₹210/-): Another one of those crumb fried creations, that’s just filled with deep Goan flavours. A harmonious potato fritter imbibed with Goan masalas.

  • Wild Mushroom Vol-au-vent (₹349/-): The flake! Oh my God.. that flake. The vol-au-vent, was just so flaky yet melt in the mouth buttery. Pair that flaky puff with a mix of shiitake, porcini, morel & button mushroom infused with creamy truffle sauce and you have love.

  • Root Veg Crepes (₹490/-): Every mouthful of this, was a complex yet simple mix of flavours. The crepes were soft and fluffy filled with root veggies and dunk with truffle sauce tempered with cherry tomatoes, cracked pepper and basil.

  • Valrhona Dark Chocolate Fondant (₹295/-): This is just the most sinful thing ever. The chocolate fondant, is made out of Valrhona and is filled with molten & gooey chocolate that just erupts into goodness.

  • Vanilla & Saffron Pannacotta (₹250/-): The Vanilla flavour profile is very subtle yet makes an impact & is made with Elle & Vire cream.

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Verdict: Lady B, is definitely a place that you must try. The experience is just bang on right, it rates pretty good on the VFM meter as well. I, would highly recommend this restaurant.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5

4.5/5

Food Fair at StoneHill International School

” Children Learn More From What You Are, Than What You Teach”- W.E.B Dubois

The carefree helter skelter of those little feet and the innocent smiles carefully carved on those faces, had all of us slip slowly into the bygone days of us as children ourselves.

About Stonehill International School :

They are a co-educational day and boarding school located in the lush Indian countryside north of Bangalore, near the International Airport. They are the member of Australian Boarding Schools Association, and serve students from age 3  through secondary school.

Their state-of-the art campus covers 34 acres and includes extensive sports fields and facilities, a swimming pool, an equestrian centre, three boarding houses, two libraries, and a cafeteria.

About Annual Food Fair :

I, was invited to experience Stonehill International School’s Annual Food Fair. The Food Fair, is an annual ritual, which recognises, embraces & celebrates the vast geographical diversity that is prevalent in the school’s students.

Every year, parents come together to put forward home cooked food, which is a representation of their country. They put up stalls and create a fair feel, to it. You are welcomed to experience so many dishes, all under one roof.

They also had a great entertainment quotient going on, with a display of the art by students, live music, games & cultural show.

What I Savoured :

With about 16 countries participating at the Food Fair, it really was a difficult choice to just chose a few dishes to gorge on. Every dish, looked delicious & every parent was enthusiastic. Here is my food walk :

  • Mini Cheese Pies from Brazil : These were just nothing short of amazing. The delectable, feta and egg made this such a delight. One of my favourites.

  • Chocolate fudge truffles from Brazil : Just so gooey and delectable, they were light on the palate as well.

  • Japchae from Korea : Thin glass noodles, stir fried with soy sauce & sesame oil and tossed with veggies. Just so comforting!

  • Zucchini & Carrot Quiche from France: Oh lord! This was just out of the world. The soft crumbly crust & the zucchini & cheese topping, just so filling!

  • Cinnabons from Sweden : Soft, melt in the mouth and nothing like you’d ever find anywhere here.

  • German Bundt Cake : Filled with flavours, I would love to get my hands on this again.

  • Raspberry Pop Tarts from Denmark : This was, just what I needed after the little food escapade that I had. Crumbly, soft & that acidic punch made this complete my meal.

Here are a few masterpieces made by the students, on display:

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Verdict: The Food Fair, was just the perfect experience to sample & try a lot dishes that you do get in Bangalore, but are never as authentic as they are supposed to be.

Shizusan Shophouse|Travelling Bao Festival | Phoenix Market City |

” The more you eat, the less flavour; the less you eat, the more flavour”- Chinese proverb

While baskets filled with little miniature masterpieces, fill the dwam before my sleep ; I slip into a state of trance and let the bygone moments, decide the menu of the day.

About Shizusan shophouse:

Shizusan, is an award winning South East Asian eatery, where the emphasis is, on food & drink that’s customarily found in eating houses across South East Asia. The concept is a prototype of the foregone era of 2-3 storey shophouses.

Ambiance & Decor :

The decor, transcends you back to a time of cultural exuberance. The wall art depicting whooping cranes standing in harmony & the ceiling bound & brimming with faux plants makes this just perfect, while i try to ignore the modern snippets of technology here and there ; it’s quite easy to think that you are in an actual ShopHouse.

The ambiance is very relaxed & is extremely soothing.

Hospitality:

A set of well groomed & helpful staff always makes you feel at ease about dining in at any place & Shizusan was successful in doing so, as well.

The Grub Story :

I, was here for “The Travelling Bao Festival”, which is a curated special menu dedicated to different kinds of Bao’s. Both vegetarian & non vegetarian options are available and are extremely delicious.

The Bao’s were immaculate and was almost like gulping little chewy bits of cloud. The Bao’s have a nice firm bite to it & are yet soft. Here are the different kinds of fillings that I savoured :

  • Geisha (₹155/-) : A deep flavourful pot of kukicha infused with rose petals, sesame, bamboo shoot, ginger & schishandra superberries. I, really must say that this was one of the most flavourful teas that I have had in Bangalore. Must try. The subtle berry tones coupled with the deep freshness of bamboo is just so refreshing & the best way to start your meal.

  • Hirata & Tofu Buns (₹275/- for 2 pcs): A crunchy BBQ tossed Tofu enclosed in a Bao with pickled cucumber & miso mayo. The tender yet smoky Tofu, melted against the knife. Flavours are subtle yet very pronounced.

  • Banh Bao Chay (₹275/- for 2 pcs) : The Vietnamese Bao, filled with wild mushrooms & glass noodles. The filling is imbibed with deep flavours & the umami flavour comes across.

  • Five Spiced Tofu (₹275/- for 2 pcs): The Tofu in both the Bao’s was just so tender and literally fell apart with no resistance. The five spiced Tofu was had faint hints of the spices.

  • Nai Wong (₹275/- for 2 pcs) : These were the Cantonese Custard Buns, just the perfect way to end your meal, which replaces the dessert actually. The custard within was well cooked & was just so lightly sweet. Must try again.

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Verdict : The Travelling Bao Festival, is certainly a light on the pocket opportunity to experience the different kinds of Bao’s from the Far East. An immersive experience to understand the cultural differences & similarities.

I, would certainly recommend trying the special Bao menu out, till it’s on.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Return of Tiger Trail | Ramada Hotel | Shivajinagar |

“You do not need a silver spoon, to eat good food”-Paul Prudhomme

Unabashed and filled to the brim with content, i revoke the snuggled memory of a dinner filled with laughter, conversations & good food.

About Tiger Trail :

The restaurant is located within “Ramada Hotel”. The concept of the restaurant is more like an anamnesis of the bygone era of British India. So, they say that the English officers and the Indian kings went on trails across the subcontinent to hunt for the prized tiger. The hunt took them to places such as Kabini, Kanha, Ranthambore, Jim Corbett & Bandhavgarh. And, that spatial mapping of where the tigers were found, was deemed to be the “Tiger Trail”.

The restaurant, hence celebrates the cuisine from the regions of the tiger trail, promising on taking you for a palate trail as well. Where your search for different kinds of cuisines, reaches salvation.

Decor & Ambiance :

The decor is your classic colour theme of teak brown & splotches of colour here and there. Tastefully done interiors, prepare your anticipation for a good meal. The ambiance, is relaxed & perfect for an unwind.

Hospitality:

The staff are well groomed with smiles and an ever pleasing nature, ready to help you whenever necessary.

The Grub Story :

And, here we come to the la chose principale .

  • Turai & Muttar Shorba : An extremely mild & flavourful broth, that warmed you up in minutes. The subtle flavour of Turai, came across & made its mark.

  • Dahi ke Kabab : A soft & extremely mushy tikkis made out of hung curd, flavoured with spices. Couldn’t stop at one.

  • Flavoured Lassi with Chaat Pockets : A medley of different kinds of sweet lassi paired with little pockets of Chaat. A mini Chaat, if you may.

  • Corbett Se Aloo : Baby potatoes tossed with cumin seeds, sesame & peanuts. Worth a try, for the deep flavours.

  • Vilayati Tarana Kabab : An assortment of delicious broccoli, babycorn & Paneer kababs. The flavours were spot on and the smooth play of spices, made this my favourite.

  • Paneer Dumpling Makhani : The little pearls of Paneer, dispersed in a rich tomato based makhani, with an enviable rich consistency, has you reminiscing about it, even when you are back home.

  • Assortment of Naans : The ajwaini naans were by far, my most favourite.

Here are a few glimpses of the non vegetarian dishes, devoured by mes amis:

Murgh Lazzat Nawabi:

Ranthambore Laal Maas :

Asli Kakori Kabab:

Blue Cheese Malai Tikka:

Desserts :

. Harsha Sundae : A mix of nostalgia and old Bangalore in a glass. Ice cream, cut fruits & dry fruits bound by rose syrup.

. Khubani ka Mitha : An apricot purée & custard married into one.

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Verdict : The restaurant, is an excellent example of good hearty food, coupled with easy on the pocket prices. Dishes are true to their origins and have different flavours to each one of them. The Tiger Trail gets onto my must visit list.

Rating : 4/5

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

The Chef Post Calendar Launch-2018| Hilton Embassy GolfLinks

“Intelligence without ambition, is a bird without wings”- Salvador Dali

While the skies turned into a deep grey, withering at the periphery and welcoming the night, the venue started to come alive and breathe in an air filled with ambition.

About The Chef Post :

It is a unique e-publication, which stresses on the concept of not just dining in a restaurant, but in familiarisation of oneself with the fibre of the plateful of food that’s placed in front you. Yes, “The Chef Post”, is all about understanding the Chef, their stories, their visions and their definitions.

The Chef Post Calendar Launch -2018

We saw, the venue “Hilton, Embassy GolfLinks” come to life with the crème de la crème of the culinary community and food connoisseurs. The event started with “Mr. Shekhar Vijayan”, a very eloquent & articulate emcee, who got all of us smiling with his snippets and interactive sessions.

We then had Ms. Sneha Chandrashekhar, the co-founder & CEO, give us her insights about what was the idea behind “The Chef Post”. Her hard work and perseverance, in letting the unsung heroes of the kitchen claim their title had got her into the 2nd year of the successful venture.

Sneha Chandrashekhar along with Kannada Actress, “Radhika Chetan” & Live Talk Show Host “Vinay Bharadwaj”, unveiled ” The Chef Post Calendar 2018″, which features 12 chefs from top hotels for the 12 months of the year. All photographed by the talented fashion photographer”Lucky Malhotra”

The evening ended with some delicious canapés & dimsums, and of course with a few clicks of the camera.

A picture, with the powerhouse of ambition herself.. Ms. Sneha Chandrashekar.