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

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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

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

The Terminus | Crowne Plaza | Bangalore |

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

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

About The Terminus :

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

Decor & Ambiance :

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

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

Hospitality:

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

The Grub Story :

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

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

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

Cafe Mangii | Restaurant Review | Orion Mall| Bangalore |

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”-Leonardo Da Vinci

This is what we experienced during the “Pizza & Sangria Festival”, hosted by Cafe Mangii at Orion Mall. The sight of piping hot pizzas is bound to get anyone salivating and hungry for one. It’s nothing less than a wonder to see a flatbread with toppings and something that had a humble beginning in Naples, conquer the shores of every country. Pizza is what defines comfort food & there was no way, I wouldn’t be a part of it.

About Cafe Mangii :

Cafe Mangii is one of the those places, which redefines the Italian dining experience. With, just about everything on the menu infused with simplicity, it truly is a pleasure to imbibe yourself here. So let’s “mangiamo”

Decor & Ambiance :

It’s a beautiful rooftop restaurant, which overlooks a serene artificial lake. The whole ambiance is very cheery, yet sophisticated and relaxing. The trattoria kind of a feeling is prevalent here. The chairs and tables are just the perfect backdrop for an Instagram worthy picture.

Hospitality:

Again, doesn’t fail to impress me with their courteous and well groomed staff. The service is unhurried and works well for me, because I love lounging around the place.

The Grub Story :

I, had the opportunity to experience the ongoing “Pizza & Sangria Festival”, which is going to wow you up till the 15th December 2017. Here’s what I savoured.

  • Quattro Stagnioni Pizza (₹595/-) : A medley of the 4 Italian season veggies, artichokes, Mushroom, courgettes, pimentos, bocconcini & Parmesan Aioli. This hands down, was one of my favourites. The buttery smoothness of those toppings, just melt in your mouth.

  • Moroccan Pesto Pizza (₹635/-) : Extremely evident in this pizza was the flavour of quinoa chickpea tabouleh with tomato koftas with the labneh. Delectable! The complexity of the flavours, lay in its simplicity. Sprinklings of zaatar & sumac made this even more irresistible!

  • The Local (₹525/-) : Pizza baad topped with Makhani sauce, tempered paneer, Amul Cheese Tandoori Mayo & kanda kachumbar. A very desi twist to it, has the flavours of pickled onions, cut through very subtly, against the masaledaar Paneer. I’m not someone who loves Masala Paneer in her pizza, so this one was a so-so one.

  • Que Pasa (₹515/-): Crisp tortilla, refried beans, queso cream cheese, pico de gallo, smoky BBQ squirt & corn kernels. This pizza is really heavy on you, one of the most satisfying & filling pizzas, if you have a thing for tacos & mole sauces.

  • French Connection (₹515/-): What an ambrosial treat, with the artfully clever use of harmonious ingredients. Everything about this pizza made me go “Mamma Mia”. The lyonnaise potatoes, thyme cream porcini ragout, baby spinach, caramelised onions, mozzarella and truffle mayo, yes! They were just a match made in.. well kitchen.

  • Dark Gems (₹515/-): A delight for all those sweet tooths out there. Pizza with all the gooey goodness. Hear this out.. Peanut butter Glaze, Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie, Nutella fritters & Gems! I know, it’s just jaw dropping and yup, it’s delish for sure!

  • Virgin Mojito : If, you’ve noticed my trend of drinking, I’m a huge virgin Mojito fan. So, it wasn’t surprising that I’d ask for one. The flavours are spot on.

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Verdict : The Pizza Festival, was a total success. There are quite a lot of vegetarian options, trust me a vegetarian wouldn’t feel left out. It’s on till 15 December, so don’t forget to go and savour some and you will thank me later.

Well deserved 4 star

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Location : 3rd Floor, Orion Mall, Brigade Gateway.26,1, Dr. Rajkumar Road Ph No : 080-22682213

Bombay Buddha Bowl Demo | Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal | Soda Bottle Opener Wala |

“People want honest,flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.” – Chef Ted Allen

If, you believe in that then you must also believe in the ease of one bowl meals that pamper your heart & soul. We all have seen a surge of Buddha bowl meals on our feeds, the trend caught fire early this year & has been unstoppable.

What started as a paean to the vegan way of living, has caught the fancy of the other side of the pasture as well. Ergo, we are spoiled for choice with versions of all kinds. I, had the privilege to be a part of the demo held by Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, where she presented to us versions of the “Bombay Buddha Bowl” at a very apt location “Soda Bottle Opener Wala”

About Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal :

She is Food writer & consultant turned entrepreneur of the “ABP Cook Studio” fame. The cook studio, curates cooking experiences for one and all, with their state of the art kitchen & a pantry full of ingredients. It wasn’t a surprise to see, her whip up the Bombay Buddha Bowl for us with Chef Danesh Vakshoor with utmost ease.

About Soda Bottle Opener Wala:

Do we need any insight about this famous Parsi Cafe, situated in Lavelle Road? Done in a tasteful style and with the quirk quotient, SBOW has always been known, for their unique and flavourful dishes & always in the loop for being creative. They had us burst in tears of happiness, when we got to know that the “Bombay Buddha Bowls”, would be available to public till 17th December 2017.

About Bombay Buddha Bowls Demo :

We were ushered into “Soda Bottle Opener Wala”, for the demo. As it hit dusk, the clink and clanks of the preparations started to be heard. The table was set and we saw “Rushina”, take over with the introductions. The tables were set with the ingredients and all we had to do was witness the magic.

The Gujarati Bowl was the lucky bowl that got to be demonstrated by Chef Danesh Vakshoor & Rushina. The ease with which they made the “Dal Dhokli Ravioli” and candied peanuts was a pleasure to watch.

The interactive session continued on till we all couldn’t go any further with the aromas of “The Gujarati Bowl” titillating us and Rushina’s expressions of joy, which made us dig into our bowls asap!

We were presented, 4 beautiful bowls of happiness. 2 vegetarian & 2 non-vegetarian.

  • The Gujarati Bowl (₹435/-) :Fenugreek & potato ravioli stuffed dhoklis accompanied with wilted onion salad, boria drizzle with spicy sweet Dal with papad cheese drizzle and candied peanuts.
  • The Sindhi Bowl ( ₹415/-) : The Sindhi favourite meal of Sai baji ,Sindhi kadhi, teewan samosa, Aloo tuk and finished with guwar, Bhindi & bee crunchies, in a bowl. Oh so yum!
  • The Maharashtrian Bowl (₹475/-): Red rice,prawn modak, Coconut Salad, jawla chutney. Tossed in fish sauce and peanut thencha.
  • The East Indian Bowl (₹550/-) : Wedding Rice with pork vindaloo meets crunchy bombil fry & golden fried chicken chop. Topped with kanji vegetable curry.

So go ahead, pick what catches your fancy and indulge in a mishmash of flavours & taste.

Price : ₹415/- onwards

Address: SodaBottleOpenerWala, Plot Number 24/4, Lavelle Road, Opposite Harley Davidson Showroom, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560001

P. S. : Some of the pictures and logo are for representational purposes only.

Baba Da Dhaba |Restaurant Review | Koramangala | Bangalore|

I have a great love for cuisine, so I’m always interested in local food, and there are so many interesting dishes, spices and ingredients in India. Romain Grosjean

Baba Da Dhaba, is all about mastering those spices & churning out an ambrosial dish, worth licking your fingers in joy. The concept of Dhaba or a local roadside noshery, has been incorporated into the restaurant’s aesthetics and that forms it’s USP as well. Dishes are kept simple, but are power packed with the yum quotient.

About Baba Da Dhaba :

BDD, as stated above is the amalgamation of a Dhaba and a restaurant in the middle of the hub of activity, in Koramangala. This is their newest and the 4th branch in Bangalore. Needless to say, that says a lot about their food being loved by the people. They believe in giving you an authentic experience which would make you relive your Dhaba experience. The cuisine is in true Punjabi nature, so expect a heavy hand of desi ghee & cream in your bowls of goodness.

Ambiance :

The place is cozy & also has an outdoor area for seating. The whole ambiance is fast food diner like, with bright colours & a chatty atmosphere. The outdoor area, is more of a “let’s talk some more” kinds.

Hospitality:

Very likeable and courteous staff, who are nimble on their feet. They don’t make you wait a lot and usually the wait time is the normal 15 minutes.

The Grub Story :

  • Masala Chaas (₹40/-) : A smooth coolant to prep your appetite or be the perfect accompaniment with your meal. Spiced just right.

  • Assorted Veg tikkis (₹195/-) : A starter well worth the wait, made with the choicest ingredients. It had beet root tikki , corn tikki and green pea tikki. The colours were as titillating as the flavour. My favourite was the beetroot tikki & the corn tikki with a dollop of beetroot chutney on the side.

  • Paneer Tikka (₹210/-) : The five pieces of creamily coated squares of cottage cheese and grilled to perfection, were just what I needed on a Sunday evening. Another one of my favourites from the menu.

  • Dal Makhani (₹160/-) : This is something you shouldn’t miss when you’re at BDD. The Dal Makhani is a beautiful consistency which coats the spoon, it’s smooth, buttery and lightly spiced. The Dal Makhani is made to simmer overnight for that perfect flavour. I’m reminiscing already.

  • Paneer Lababdar(₹240/-) : You need to be ambidextrous to enjoy this, just like how I was. The gravy is a thick & silky one garnished with cream. The paneer chunks are generous and the portion is very filling as well.
  • Punjabi Aloo Paratha (₹60/-) : A delectable filling of spicy Aloo Masala in the Paratha makes this just the perfect thing to eat, during the early evenings.

  • Phirni (₹90/-) : An Indian dessert, that every Indian loves indulging in. Made with ground rice & flavoured with saffron & nuts, the Phirni here was just delicious.

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Verdict : The place is very high on the VFM meter and the dishes have a lot of authenticity in them. The usage of desi ghee is prevalent to impart a very rustic yet fulfilling feel to your meal. They have a lot of vegetarian options as well.

A well deserved 4 star for them.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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!

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