Lunching at Hanging Gardens Restaurant

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As much as I hate to admit this but my food expeditions in Bangalore most often centres around Koramangala, Indiranagar and MG Road. Whitefield and other places happen once in a while when we gear up for a long drive though that requires much planning. However, one fine Sunday, we did manage to make our way towards Banaswadi to meet some old friends and also explore lunch options, and discovered this pretty rooftop place called Hanging Gardens Restaurant in Kasturinagar. Continue reading

What It Takes To Start A Wine Brand!

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Ajay Shetty of Myra Vineyards

There was a time when wine was considered to be a snob’s drink in India with far too many nuances to appreciating it – the twirling, the sniffing, and then the sipping. Over the years, this belief has changed and luckily now we see a whole lot of Indians preferring wine to other drinks, being able to differentiate between the many varietals, shaking up bubbly cocktails at home, pairing them with food, and so on and so forth. I think amongst many helpful factors, the credit also goes to those Indian winemakers who dared to produce wine in the country in an attempt to popularise the drink. And one such man is Ajay Shetty, CEO of Myra Vineyards.

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Building Memories with Paper Boat

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There are certain F&B products you find yourself purchasing again and again because of the quality. Then there are those that go beyond quality and manage to strike a chord on a more personal level. For me, Paper Boat is one such brand that evokes fond childhood memories every time I pick up products from their tempting range of beverages. I have grown up loving aam (mango), imli (tamarind) and jamun (Indian blackberry), and I remember those days back in boarding school when I would eagerly wait for summer vacations to start to head back home to relish these fruits. So when I came across drinks by Paper Boat with flavours such as aamras, jamun kala khatta, imli ka amlana, and the like, it was an absolute delight and now I am hooked! Continue reading

A Quick Lunch At Bungalow 9, Mumbai

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The serene ambience at Bungalow 9; Pan Seared Crab Cakes

Change is the only constant they say. So yes, Mumbai seemed much different this time to what I had remembered of it from my visit six years ago. What I love about the city is the vibe. Everything seems to be bustling with life. And when it comes to food, people are ever so ready to experience different cuisines and new concepts. With the extensive culinary landscape in Mumbai, I had much to catch up during my weekend trip and so my itinerary was soon packed with the must-visits.

Amongst the highly recommended list of restaurants, one was Bungalow 9. Located at Bandra, this bungalow-style restaurant with various seating arrangements – a lounge bar, the courtyard, a terrace and private dining rooms – seemed liked the perfect option for grabbing a quick bite and a few drinks before heading to the blues festival. We chose a table at the outdoor section right below the ancient clock. Continue reading

Unlimited Dim Sums at Szechwan Court, The Oberoi

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An assortment of chicken dumplings; Chicken and Lotus Root Dumpling

Before you jump the gun and assume that this post is about an exorbitant meal at The Oberoi, let me assure you that you are in for a big surprise! When we heard about the unlimited dim sum lunch at Szechwan Court, we were excited to learn all about the tempting inclusions in the menu but at the same time were quite certain that an experience like this would definitely burn a huge hole in the pocket. Surprisingly, we discovered that you could have a relaxing afternoon in one of the best Chinese restaurants in town, cosy in their plush setting, relish a range of authentic Chinese short eats created by Chef Liang Cheng, and all for just about 1500 INR. Continue reading

Naga Food Festival at Cafe Thulp

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Traditional Naga Red Rice; Pork Bastenga

Say Naga food and I am always up and ready for a fiery feast. So when we heard about the ongoing Naga food festival at Cafe Thulp, Bangalore, it seemed like the perfect excuse to kickstart the weekend food fiesta. Naga cuisine, though notoriously popular for its exorbitant spice level, is also known for some simple, flavoursome dishes prepared by boiling ingredients in a meat stock or steaming veggies with basic seasoning. I find their cooking techniques quite fascinating too and indulging in some home-style Naga food always brings back fond memories. Continue reading

Delving Into Inventive Indian Cuisine at Indian Accent

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Potato Sphere Chaat with White Pea Ragda; Seared Prawns, Churan Ka Karela, Quinoa Puffs, and Bitter Melon Crisps

It is a creative mind that can give shape to numerous possibilities. And when you dare to walk your own path with an urge to present something extraordinary, you inspire the whole world around you and how! Manish Mehrotra, Head Chef at Indian Accent, needs no introduction. Over the years he has won many praises and bagged several prestigious awards for his innovative representation of Indian cuisine. His concepts are path-breaking with immense attention to textures, flavours, and presentation, so much so that a meal at Indian Accent leaves you with a refreshing afterthought and somewhat inspired to step out of your own inhibitions and dare to explore the unknown. Continue reading

Summertime Gladness

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The Flavours of Summer at The Market

The Flavours of Summer at The Market

The sun is shining bright (with evil intent, if you ask me!) and the mercury seems to be rising by the day. We know what that means – it’s time to ditch everything rich, and bring out the flavours of summer.

The Market, at the glitzy Ritz, is flagging off the season in some serious style.  Their S3 menu (soups, salads and sorbets, for those of you who were wondering) is a refreshing departure from stodgy dishes – as we found out on a sunny Monday afternoon. Continue reading

Why We Love To Monkey Around!

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The quirky graffiti; Narangi; Pepper Chicken

What is it about those certain restaurants/ eateries that compel you to keep heading back again and again? It’s almost like the thought dwells somewhere in your mind and when you are asked to suggest a place it automatically pops up. Monkey Bar is one such place that I am always up and ready to visit without a dramatic “again??”. Continue reading

A Bistronomic Experience at Le Bistro du Parc, New Delhi

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Danish Blue Cheese with Walnut Souffle; Lamb Navarin with Olive and Baby Aubergine

Of late there has been a buzz that Delhi houses some excellent French cafes. So in the quest to find one of the best ones to dine at in my recent trip to the capital city, recommendations started pouring in for Le Bistro du Parc. So it was decided. And I set out for a lunch date towards Defense Colony looking for Moolchand Market. Continue reading