L’inouï | Chocolaterie Review | Cunningham Road| Bangalore| 

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary, is that little extra”- Jimmy Johnson

“Blurred phantasmagoria of images reel across, revealing Arham’s smile, the steam dispersing, the clink of the glass, the incessant chatter of birds & the sound of heels on the gravel crunching it ever so lightly.”

“What was that?”, you ask.

Well that was just a snippet of my time at “L’inouï”.

Quite true to its name “L’inouï”, does stand out from the bunch of chocolateries, in the city, by adding that extra to the ordinary, making it extraordinary in every sense.

L’inouï is no stranger to me, I’ve been a patron for quite a few years now. I’ve always connected to the brand, because it bought back the memories of my childhood. It’s something that had & does excite the olfactory senses, making me salivate at the thought of their menu. 

About L’inouï:

L’inouï, is a chocolaterie, like no other. Trust me, i wouldn’t exaggerate. They believe in the emphasis of quality ingredients and importance of imparting par excellence experience, whilst devouring their chocolates. 

Anusha Chowdaiah, the CEO & Founder of “L’inouï embarked on a journey to let bangalore taste, the real spirit of class apart chocolates. The products at L’inouï are preservative & additive free, hence they come with a limited shelf life. The ingredients are sourced from all parts of the world, like the Californian almond, the Belgium chocolate & henceforth. Even the gelatine used is “100% Halal” which means extra rupees, but uncompromising on quality. Each piece of chocolate is specially handcrafted with passion & therefore is a masterpiece in its own right. So, whatever you eat over here, is 100% the best of all.

Ambiance: 

L’inouï, my favourite chocolaterie has a new destination. They are located at Cunningham Road in the midst of a beautiful set up which feels like a getaway in its own right. A sense of heritage seeps in & you are transported to the past. 

Hospitality: 

L’inouï has always been a place which feels like your own. The staff are ever so caring and they hands on make sure to let you, enjoy your time here. 

The Grub Story : 

Well, it’s more of a dessert story. Get ready for some pleasing vignettes. 

  • Almond Dragees (₹240/- for 100gms): The almonds are toasted to perfection, caramelised, covered with chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder. The deep flavour of toasted almonds seeps through the chocolate. A family favourite. 
  • Handcrafted truffles (₹75/-): Truffles are meant to be bitten in with delight. They have quite a few variants, each pleasing to your palate. My favourites are Dark Truffle, Coconut Truffle, Nut Truffle & White Truffle.
  • Chocolate Slabs (₹240/- per 100 gms) : These slabs are made out of the perfect ingredients as they leave no stone unturned by being supreme in their genre. Milk chocolate and Nuts & Chocolate Slabs are my favourite.
  • Chocolate Mud Pie : If, there’s anything you should try, then it is this. This is from the “special of the day” . Words do no justice to how, magnificent this was. A medley of chocolate mousse, tempered chocolate and hazelnuts.
  • Japanese Green Tea (₹75/-): Their teas are of the ultimate blends, but that’s not the novelty here. The novelty lies, in their presentation. Just for the sake, of that gorgeous presentation, we used to drink it. Comes with a sandglass timer to let you know, exactly how long to seep your tea leaves.

  • Hot Chocolate (₹150/-): You must have had quite a few hot chocolates till now, but have you had the pleasure to melt a cube full of smoothness to reveal happiness? Comes along with delicious butter cookie as well.
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Verdict :The aesthetics of this chocolaterie is what, I stand by. The desserts here are ultimate in each in every aspect. The taste is like no other and it is an experience that you must savour. It’s the perfect choice for gifting and as well as for indulging in some sinful palate pleasures.

Nothing less than a 4.5 star rating for this place!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
P.S. : The logo is used for representationonly and belongs to L’inouï

Monsoon | The Park Hotels | Restaurant Review | MG Road | Bangalore | 

Cooking well, doesn’t mean cooking fancy”- Julia Child 

While I am, perambulating my surroundings, a breeze perfumed with the scent of blooms of jasmine, pirouettes by and the weather is a perfect brew of romance and warmth. The light trickle of water, leaves imprints on the facade and what a better way, to imbibe the feel of this monsoon, whilst flumping yourself comfortably in your chairs and indulging in some banqueting with your loved one, at “Monsoon- The Park” 



About Monsoon- The Park Hotels : 

The Park Hotels, are well known for their fine quality standards while entertaining their guests with the very best. “Monsoon” encompasses that very trait, it is a fine dine 24 hour restaurant that is proffering a spread of ” Italian & Pan-Indian” fare. Located at a prime location, stones throw away from a premium mall, Monsoon, is a perfect getaway if you are in the vicinity. 

Ambiance : 

The ambiance is an amalgamation of laid back & relaxing. The colour scheme, is a beautiful deep toned brown with specks of green, which instantly give you a cozy feel. The slow tempo of the music in the background, also helps you shrug off the cacophonous chatter in your mind. 




Hospitality: 

The service is extremely exemplary & that is not an exaggeration in any sense. The wait staff are groomed in impeccable fashion with pleasing demeanours. Special mention to our maitre d’s , ” Mr. Satish” & “Mr. Jyoti” for being ever so attentive & ever ready to please. The Chef “Mr. Pal”, was more than happy to come, when I personally wanted to meet him & thank him for whipping up one of the most delicious & true to roots ” Penne Alfredo”


The Grub Story: 

I, was here for their dinner buffet. I, will be therefore showcasing my favourites. Here was how it went:

Soup : 

Being a vegetarian, I went for the “warm creamy mushroom soup”. I, kid you not.. it was by far, the most delish mushroom soup I’ve had.


Salads : 

They had quite a few salads, but my favourite was the “Japanese Salad”, which was foamy soft with sour cream as the dressing. It had tangerines, lettuce & veggies. Mind blowing yum.


Drinks : 

The had the option of unlimited iced coffee or pineapple juice. I, chose the coffee of course. 



Starters: 

  • Paneer Tikka : Beautifully marinated squares of Paneer coated with the Masala & tandoored. 


  • Honey Chilli Potato: The slender Potato fries were tossed in a sweet spicy sauce. Delectable much.



Mains : 

They had a toothsome selection of parmigiana, Wok tossed noodles, Dum gosht biryani, pulao, mirchi ka salan, yam yeruval,etc


Desserts : 


  • Walnut tart with whipped cream: Trust me, the pastry was melt in the mouth. Crumbled into the mouth & was overtly delish. 


  • Apple Strudel : Done ever so lightly with the flaky phyllo pastry and with the slightest hints of cinnamon. This made my day. 


  • Apple cream Yoghurt: Another masterpiece, with light flavours but powerful punches. 


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Verdict : The dinner buffet at Monsoon, was a total heartwarming feast, with not one dish being below average. The emphasis is more on heroing elements and there isn’t a purge of too many flavours. Food stands tall & is absolutely worth the spot on pricing. Rates absolutely reasonable on the VFM meter. 

Priced at ₹1700/- for two (dinner buffet) that’s about ₹850/- per head. 

A well deserved 4.5/5 rating 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5 



Whooppeezz Pizza | QSR Review |Koramangala| Bangalore | 

Those pizzas I ate, were for medicinal purpose”- Amy Neftzger 

Guess what, I ate a few slices of the pizza pretty much in the same vein. From its time in Naples, to it having reached every shore in the world (well pretty much every) Pizza, has come a long way. We have 100’s of versions, but the love for Pizza binds us all. It is as universal as it gets. 

I’ve seen the Pizza revolution happen in Bangalore from the late 90’s, when we used to come back to India for our vacations and we would literally have no other option, but to go to the one place “P****H** to satiate our cravings. From then to today, when there are so many options and you’re spoiled for choice, you can’t help but think wisely about choosing which pizzeria to patronise. 

About Whooppeezz : 

Whooppeezz, this QSR believes in giving you delectable pizzas at affordable prices. They believe in generosity and that is clearly seen, in their toppings & dousing of cheese. The take extreme care, making sure that you just had a lip smacking meal. Their brand mascot “Forgetful Franco”, is just someone you instantly can connect with. 

Ambiance : 

The ambiance, is pretty quirky and the catch phrases, catch your attention as well. Done with yellow and white tones, the ambiance is very cheery as well. 

Hospitality : 

Being a QSR, you really can’t expect much but they still try to be as involved as they can be with your dine in experience.

The Grub Story : 

Here are few of the things me and the girls tried when we were here: 

Drinks : 

  • Virgin Mojito (₹79/-): Their mojito, was very refreshing and the punch of lemon & mint is pretty good. The best part is, it comes with your own takeaway bottle. ❤️ Affordable much.
  • Crunch Choco Blast (₹130/-): Yum and a mouthful. The delectable shake, was ever so rich and had all the elements of a freak shake at quarter the price. 


Appetisers : 

  • Garlic Bread With Cheese & Mushrooms (₹120/-): Quite surprisingly, this was really enjoyable. With a crunchy bruschetta, warm mushrooms & drippy cheese, I’d order this any day. 


This is with the chicken topping

  • BBQ Chicken Wings : All of the non vegetarians, loved this. It has a distinct gooey and soft texture to it. 



Pizzas : 

  • Silli Chilli (₹515/- for large) : A spicy combination of cajun Paneer, yellow & red capsicum, pickled onions & chilli flakes. The tang of pickled onions is something welcomed.


  • Veg Exotica (₹515/- for large) : If, you are vegetarian or not, this is one pizza that you shouldn’t miss for anything. The flavours of all those toppings, is just something so delicious. The thin crust, just elevated the flavours. 
  • Popeye Spinachy : Made with a multigrain base and topped with spinach and cheese. This was my favourite. Loved it, must try! 


  • Mamas pizza (₹515/- for large): Sundried tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and basil, this combination gets all the points for being sinfully yum. 

The non vegetarian version

  • Whooppeezz Double Decker (₹550/- for veg): The mother of all pizzas, the monster munch and double the bliss. This pizza has a double of everything. Cajun spiced Paneer, tandoori Paneer, black & green olives, sundried tomatoes & jalapeños. 



Desserts : 

  • Whooppeezz Chocolate Pizza With Almond Flakes and Gems (₹190/-) : Omg!! This totally has to be heaven. One of the innovative desserts I’ve had this month, the chocolate pizza is crunchy in the middle and spongy & soft near the crust and oozes of gooey chocolate. Must must have. 


  • Choco Cheesecake Shot (₹60/-) : Smooth and silky, with a taste that envelopes you. It’s a highly yum shot, which the kids would love. 



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Verdict : The pizzas and the offerings here are really a pleasure to devour. The pricing is good and rates high on VFM meter, there’s nothing that i didn’t like here. 

Here’s a 4 star for them. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5


Grapevine | Restaurant Review | HSR LAYOUT| Bangalore | 

Good Food is very often, even most often, simple food”- Anthony Bourdain. 

Yes, I hear you Anthony. You don’t need some food brouhaha for it to actually be ambrosial. Something simple, well as simple as Pizza, can be the one that gets you. 

About Grapevine : 

Situated in HSR, it seems almost like a piece of a Mediterranean noshery right here. Grapevine is an ambitious venture started by the mother daughter duo, who believe in proferring, extremely affordable and lip smacking fare to whet your appetite. 

Ambiance: The ambiance, is extremely relaxing with the teal and grey tones to calm your senses down. The little baubles strewn across, take the feel of the restaurant up by many notches. It’s a place you come by, to lose yourself. 

Hospitality: The staff are well groomed and cordial, they could definitely do better with being a tad more attentive to the customers need. 

The Grub Story : Being “The Pizza Month”, there were quite a few pizzas that we ordered. 

  • Cottage Cheese Croquettes (₹150/-) : A delicious strip of cottage cheese dipped in bread crumbs and fried. Loved the perfect crunchy exterior with the smoothness of that cheese. Must try.


  • Spanakopita (₹215/-): I was the most excited about this one, because i love the richness of the Greek pie. When im talking spanakopita, I’m thinking heavy & generous amounts of spinach and feta & crumbly filo pastry. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all that, it felt more of a Spinach sambousek. But, apart from that, it was delicious ❤️


  • Penne in Mushroom and Thyme sauce (₹255/-) : Nice and lightly tossed in a delicate sauce with aromatic Thyme & creamy mushroom. 

Pizzas : 

  • Mushroom & Burnt Garlic Pizza (₹235/-) : Oh! Goodness Gracious. What a delectable Pizza, with a thin yet soft base doused generously with mushroom & burnt garlic. Must try. 


  • Gluten Free Broccoli Pizza : This was a new introduction into their menu. The base is…wait for it… made out of broccoli. I just can’t even tell you, how good this is. You really must try it to believe it. 


  • Ripieno (₹250/-) : It’s a Pizza folded in half and baked to perfection. I had the veg version, made out of spinach, feta & mozzarella. Must must must try. 



Drinks & Desserts : 

  • Brownie Shake (₹215/-) : Made out of chocolate syrup, brownie crumble and chocolate ice cream. A little more thickness would’ve taken this up by many notches, but nevertheless fair enough. 



  • Nutella Oreo Cheesecake : They are collaborating their desserts, with “Cheesecake Alley”, and the desserts are just lip smacking. 


Here are a few others that I didn’t taste, but looked delicious. 



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Verdict : It’s a perfect place to unwind and relax with good food. The VFM factor is fair. The Pizza month is on, don’t forget to go indulge yourself in it. You could also win a free pizza, if your table has a secret card. 

A well deserved 4 star

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Jus’ Trufs Customised Chocolatiers | Restaurant Review | Jakkur | Bangalore

Chocolate is the answer. Who cares, what the question is”- Anonymous 

So, the other day I found myself groggily, forcing my eyes open to what seemed like an innocent Sunday morning. Hit the snooze button and buried myself under the duvet again. Tossing about, my subconscious mind presents to me an olfactory memory of what smelled like warm melting cocoa. 

Hold on!! Wasn’t I going to “Jus Trufs”? Wasn’t i, going to savour some ambrosial happiness? “ Jolly Yes!!” 

And off flew, the duvet cover and what happened is an unforgettable page in my memory. 

About Jus’ Trufs

I am, positive that you wouldn’t need an introduction to this place, which has on its own gleaned its reputation from all aficionados & lay men alike. Yet, I will try to give you a little snippet into “Jus’Trufs” existence. 

With the advent of this millennium, Bangalore was blessed with “Jus’Trufs” in 2001. Quite a benchmark to be set, isn’t it? They focus primarily on chocolates and i, daresay are one of the best chocolatiers in the country. They source, the cocoa from the rustic villages of Karnataka and try to replace it to their Belgian counterparts. Encouraging local fair trade policies as well. It truly is another feather in Bangalore’s hat. A place, which has to be put under the scanner for tourists to enjoy. 

Miss. Chenddyna Schae, the master chocolatier and Co-Founder of Jus’Trufs swears by the extra depth of flavour our local grown Cocoa beans impart in comparison to the Belgian ones. And i, must say, she is right. That extra depth of the flavour seals the deal. 

Hospitality :  The staff were well groomed with bright smiles and were nimble on their feet. Our courses kept flowing smoothly into one another with the right time intervals. 

Ambiance: Cozy, undiluted by unnecessary bric-a-brac, quirky & imbibed with a personality, the ambiance immediately makes you comfortable. 

The Grub Story : As i enter, the unmistakable whiff of warm cocoa, sweeps me over. Before i know it, I am the little kid in the candy shop ( all puns intended ) Here’s what i savoured : 

  • 72% dark chocolate shots and classic chocolate shots (₹90/- & ₹60/- respectively)  : Being, the hardcore dark chocolate lover, i had to partake the 72% liquid elixir and trust me it was just smooth, sharp and right. The classic shot, was a light go to hot chocolate with the right notes. 


  • French Fries with Jalapeño Chocolate Sauce (₹ 140/-) : That smooth and spicy dip, just made my day. Made with white chocolate & jalapeños, nothing can get better than this. Must have. 


  • Bombay Street Wich & Tatters Wich (₹180/- & ₹140/- respectively) : The beautiful little squares of love, were just spot on, while the Bombay Street Wich was very reminiscent of true blue Indian masalas with the hari chutney, the tatters was a very sophisticated one, with dollops of mayo with potatoes. Hard to choose, but the Tatters had me. 



Mains : 

  • Cottage Cheese- Arrabiatte Sauce (₹350/-) : Firm squares of soft, well grilled cottage cheese, served with the arrabiatte sauce and doused generously with gremolata to add more texture to the dish. One word- Luscious. 


  • Linguini with sun dried tomato pesto (₹240/-) : The linguini were just so right, giving me the flashbacks of angel hair pasta, with that al dente bite and doused perfectly in an aglio olio sauce swirled with some sun dried tomato pesto & topped with black olives. I, tried to recreate it at home & failed miserably 😢 A little spicy, a little demure and a lot of delicious is what this was. 


  • The Black Eyed Wheel (₹240/-) : Yes, I’m head over heels for this one. The base, the pomodoro, the cheese, the toppings & the love joined forces to have me love this. Packed with flavour, this is what pizza oughta be like. 


  • The Chilled Chocolate Fudge Milkshake (₹210/-) : Made with artisanal dark chocolate & chocolate fudge, this baby is serious competition to the beautiful girl or the handsome guy on the other table, you can’t stop staring it. Labelled as life changing, it truly is gonna help you find true love – in a glass ❤️❤️ 


  • Jus’Trufs Baked Cheescake (₹290/-) : Disclaimer : Food is a subjective matter & im not the one to judge, nor would like to be judged. I, LOVED it. Yes, we love our cheesecakes nice & smooth, intolerant towards any tinges of acidity. And yes, we like it to go all gooey and melt in the mouth. There are a lot of versions out there. This undoubtedly had an acidic factor to it, which would  balance extremely well, with a fruit compote. Every bite acclimatises you for the last bite and then.. you want another one 👍🏻

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Verdict : I, personally have been a fan of Jus’Trufs for quite sometime now, their chocolates are undoubtedly the best. A sighed relief from all the “homemade chocolates” popping up everywhere. 

They are also the pioneers in conducting chocolate tours, where they give you an intrinsic insight into the “how and what’s” of chocolate making. From displaying the cocoa pod to the final truffle, it’s all done by you. An enriching experience for sure. 

Rating : 4.5/5 

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5 


P.S : The logo has been used purely for representational purposes only. 

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. 

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 

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.