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.

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Vurve Signature Salon Launch |Indiranagar |

” Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”-Confucius

These words couldn’t ring any truer, as i see myself with a beautiful cascade of sun kissed caramel blonde hair. You really ought to know beauty to see beauty in everything.

About Vurve Signature Salon :

Vurve Signature Salon, has inaugurated their fourth salon in Indira Nagar, Bangalore. This is their first salon in Bangalore after having had an overwhelming response in Chennai. The launch saw, the who’s and who of the beauty community.

We were given a chance to have a one on one, with the team of Vurve. Vurve Signature Salon is co-owned by Rebecca Samuel, Sushil Thomas, Manoj Samuel, Sathya Marie with over seven years of experience in salon industry set-up and handling successful operations of 5 salons across Chennai, India. They are highly skilled professionals with a single goal of ‘Customer Service Excellence”.

The salon is spread across 2700 sq.ft on one floor & has been designed by by a renowned Architect Group – RSDA from Delhi who have deep knowledge and experience in building unique and customer friendly salons.

The inclusion of handmade tiles, cloud ceilings and exposed brick just revs up the ambiance by notches.

Services Provided by Vurve Signature Salon:

The comprehensive range of services include all hair services such as Haircut, Hair-Colour, Hair Rituals, Creative Makeover, Keratin, Bridal Makeup services and Spa using the brands of Kerastase, L’Oreal, Skeyndor and OPI nails .

They offer a wide range of Signature Facials and Kerastase Luxury Hair Rituals to choose from and a host of manicures and pedicures too.

L-R: Mr. Manoj, model, Ms. Rebecca, model.

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Verdict : I, completely loved the salon & it’s aesthetics. The main factor, that will make me visit them again is the staff. The staff have just so much expertise & are extremely efficient at their job. I, had my hair coloring done and I must say, I haven’t been happier.

Stay tuned for my next post, which will be describing the hair colouring experience.

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.

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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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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Address : No.32, 80 Feet Main Road, Koramangala. Bangalore-560095