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Brew and Barbeque, located inside Soul Arena Mall near Marathalli, Bangalore. The places is located on the 4th floor of the building and it huge in size. There is even a deck for private gatherings. The décor is of a typical pub with rustic brick walls and a stage for live performances. The place is running the Sri Lankan food festival, dishes curated by renowned food enthusiast and writer Priya Bala. The festival runs until the end of next week.

The festival even has Sri Lankan inspired cocktails. We tried their Cool Toddy and Wasawasi. The Cool Toody was made in buttermilk with vodka infused drumstick, few Sri Lankan fried spices. Never imagined that we could make cocktail out of Buttermilk. It was damn refreshing and out of the world experience. The Wasawasi was made in Ceylon Cinnamon infused rum with loads of citrus fruits and spices. Delicious and spicy!

When it comes to food Sri Lanka had lots to offer with its subtle spices. We had couple of appetizers inspired from Sri Lanka like the Veg Cutlet. Simple mixture of minced veggies with Sri Lankan spices and crumble on top. Was missing my green chutney otherwise it would have been a perfect food. Next came the Devilled Mushroom, this quick stir fried mushroom dish is tossed with cubes of onions, capsicum, chilies and mustard paste. Awesome and a must try! Lastly, we tried the Seeni Sambol Bun. From outside it might look like a regular bun but it was stuffed with Onion sambol. The onions had caramelized till it turned sweet, it was perfect.

For the main course we tried the Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry and Brinjal Moju. The Pumpkin curry was slowly cooked with Sri Lankan spices, curry powder and coconut milk. The Brinjal Moju was cooked with Sri Lankan spices and coconut milk. We tried both these curries with rice cakes. The taste was creamy and flavorful. Do try them if you haven’t eaten Pumpkin or Brinjal for sometime. The Sri Lankan dal was again very light and mildly flavored. There were even Tapioca chips on the sides making our plate complete.

At first, we were skeptical about Sri Lankan desserts as we didn’t know any. But we had couple of them and each one was simply delicious. The Watallappam is a pudding made with coconut and Sri Lankan spices. It was light, fluffy and just melted in the mouth. The Sri Lankan Muscat is a coconut flavored halwa topped with nuts, a bit oily but super delicious. Lastly, we tried the Coconut Jaggery Ice-cream, the coconut flavored ice-cream is topped with Jaggery syrup. Though it sounds simple but the taste was out of the world.

Brew and Barbeque – Sri Lankan Food Festival – Scorecard –

Food/Taste – 9/10
Service – 8/10
Value for Money – 9/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity/Quality – 9/10

Overall – 4.4/5

Don’t miss out on the Sri Lankan food delicacies!

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Radisson Blu – Outer Ring Road, introduced the much awaited new menu for Saffron earlier this week. Saffron is counted among one of the best fine dinning restaurants in the city and the only place where you can experience true Northern Frontiers cuisine. The new menu from Saffron combines variety of cuisines from the North Western including Punjabi, Pakistani, Rajasthani, Mughlai and so on. The ambiance of this outlet is modern yet luxurious. There is even a small corridor to dine in the bounty of nature. Read the article on Kashmiri food at Saffron here.

As we made ourselves comfortable, we were greeted with 2 mocktails made with Imli and Jamun. The taste of both these drinks was fantastic, little tangy and sweet at the same time. We even tried the Fantastic Four. Made by combining juices of Lichi, Mango, Cranberry and Orange, it was refreshing to the max.

The new menu of Saffron combines some of the best sellers and mouthwatering dishes like the Pani Puri which comes with a variety of colored water The combo is simply fantastic and you can taste almost 4 types of flavored water taken as shots. The Dahi Bhalla’s comes in small cups topped with curd, mint and sweet jaggery chutney. But the Cocktail Samosa were the real deal. These fried savory pastry stuffed with potatoes, peas, cashew and served with sweet chutney. Unbelievable with the overall taste of the dish, a must try!

On the other hand, we had plenty of kebabs and chaats to try. The Aloo aur Shakarkandi Ki Chaat is a tangy, spices combination which takes you straight to the streets of Delhi. The Dahi Ke Kebab had flavorful hung curd with light spices. But the Gimikand Ki Galouti stood out among all. The patties are made with yam and selected Indian spices. The flavor of the smoky tandoor had sipped deep inside the patties. Loved the smoky patties, awesome! Next, came the Palak aur Akhrot Kebab made with sautéed minced spinach, potato, walnut and char grilled in tandoor. The Aloo Dal Tikki were deep fried crispy potatoes and lentil patties, a unique combination. Lastly the Paneer ke Seekh made with minced cottage cheese with pine nuts over skewers served with green chutney, delicious!

We hardly had room after trying so many appetizers, but, we couldn’t resist to try some of the best curries at Saffron. The Paneer Makhani made with soft pieces of paneer cooked in creamy and rich tomato gravy. It was buttery and creamy. The Aloo Baingan Shimla Mirch Salan had slow cooked potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers in spicy tangy tomato with cashew nut and peanut onion gravy. Don’t miss out on the Kofta Birbali, made with soft cottage cheese dumpling simmered in a rich spinach and tomato gravy. The flavors were spot on! The Gobhi Kadai Masala had a homely taste. We tried these curries with the Laccha Paratha and Kadak Roti. The laccha paratha was crisp and buttery. Lastly, we had the Tarkari Biryani made in saffron flavored basmati rice cooked with seasonal greens. Loved it, wish I had more appetite!

On the desserts side we tried the Rasmalai and the Kulfi Falooda. The rasmalai are cottage cheese dumplings cooked with saffron flavored milk and topped with dryfruits. The Kulfi Falooda is the Indian icecream made with reduced milk flavored with saffron and cardamom. The Kulfi was topped with vermicelli and rose syrup. Simply Indian!

Northern Frontier Cuisine at Saffron – Scorecard –

Food/Taste – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Value for Money – 9/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity/Quality – 10/10

Overall – 4.6/5

Cant get Northern Frontier cuisine better than this!

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Brewklyn is a modern brew pub in Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore. The place is known for its craft beers and recently introduced wine in its menu. The place is spread over two floors with one with open rooftop. The seating comes in different styles and you can choose between sofas and chairs. The ambiance is lively with pop music in the air and a pool table by the side. We tried the beer sampler here which is a must try if you don’t know your favorite beer. We personally liked the Belgium Wit, which was citrus and made out of wheat. You can try different beers on the menu like the Dark Wheat Porter, the Streisand, German lager, New England IPA and ofcourse a seasonal beer. Brewkyln recently introduced Grover Wine in its menu and is in the process of adding other brands as well. We tried some of the wine and food pairing combos and were really intrigued.

We tried some of the best items from the menu like the Spicy Fried American Corn. This crispy fried corn were topped with sliced chillies and had a very different flavor. A definite try and goes very well with Red Wine! Next came the Dragon Chilli Paneer. This Chili Paneer was a mix of sweet and spicy flavors with different peppers, delicious. Lastly, we had the Tandoori Mushrooms which is served with green chutney. Spicy and smoky and best paired with the White wine!

When it comes to main course we ordered the Farm House Pizza and the Don Caroline. Both the pizza was unique which one had spinach the other had paneer. The Thai Veg Green Curry was decent and is served with white rice. The Veg Biryani here was excellent in taste. It was served with raita.

At Brewklyn you can even try some signature desserts like the Cheese Cake or the Chocolate Brownie with Icecream. The Cheesecake was soft and baked to perfection. But the Brownie with icecream was the real deal. It had chunks of walnuts and was a bit hard on the top and soft from inside. Perfect!

Overall, Brewklyn is a great place not only to try their craft beers but also the wine and food pairing combinations.

Brewklyn – Wine & Food – Scorecard –

Food/Taste – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Value for Money – 9/10
Ambiance – 8/10
Quantity/Quality – 9/10

Overall – 4.2/5

Wine, beer and food – at its best!

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Lush is the luxury dining restaurant at Renaissance, Bangalore which recently introduces the most extensive veg buffet in the city. Located on Race Course Road, the Renaissance is the new home for grandeur. The interior inside Lush are modern with the walls adoring some of the finest clicks from the Race Course. The seating is on comfortable sofa chairs and the ambiance is just amazing.

The Veg Buffet at Lush is divided into two parts – one outdoor with live counters and the other indoor with the huge continental spread. The spread is so huge that it may take up to 3-4 seating to try all the items here. The buffet even has an exclusive cocktail/mocktail counter. We tried the cocktails from the counter and they were simply fantastic!

The outdoor counters included that of kebab, chaats, pasta, dumplings, live grill and many many more! We tried the Paneer Tikka which was infused with beetroot in the middle, the taste was outstanding. The Samosa chaat and the chola bhature was out of the world. Don’t forget to try the Dumplings counter, were we had the Sui Mui which was just amazing. There was even Khousuey where you can pick and choose the condiments of your choice. You can even get your favorites grilled with sauce of your choice.

Well, we just touched the tip from the live counters but there were many more things to try! Lush has a separate counter for Mediterranean dishes like Pita bread with a wide variety of dips and salads. The continental salad takes up the most space on the spread. The main course comprises of not only continental food but also a wide variety of South and North Indian dishes. We tried the Gobi Mussalum which was great. Even the Soya Makhani and Veg Biryani was too good. You can choose from a variety of breads and cheese.

Now going to the most important part of any buffet i.e. desserts. The desserts counter at Lush is bigger than the entire buffet spread for some of the outlets across the city. You get numerous cakes, bakes and Indian desserts. Don’t forget to try their Apple pie which is outstanding. Even the Gulab Jamun here is so good that you cannot resist yourself with just one.

Overall the Veg Buffet at Lush is one of its kind. Each of the items on the spread is outstanding if not anything else! Do visit Lush and feel in love with food again. The spread is curated by Chef Sandeep and team, who have done an excellent job.

Lush – The Ultimate Buffet – Scorecard –

Food/Taste – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Value for Money – 10/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity/Quality – 10/10

Overall – 4.7/5

The ultimate veg buffet!

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Salvadores is located in Central Mall – MG Road, Bangalore, taking the fine dining experience to the next level. With French cuisine in its folio the menu here comprises of the classics! The ambiance is neat as well as rustic giving it an old school charm. There are two types of seating arrangement one inside and other under the moon with a lovely view of Bangalore’s skyline. With a total capacity of close to 80 seats; service is the main focus here. Even the music has been chosen to suit the ambiance. The restaurant even has a wall of fame and a insightful history of the owner’s on its walls.

With French cuisine as focal point, Salvadores has a fascinating display of wines from all over the world. You can find both the international as well as local wines at display. To make things even more interesting they have temperature controlled wooden barrels to store and dispense their wine, the first of its kind in Bangalore imported from France. We even tried the Black Tower Riesling from Germany, which was citrusy and not very acidic. With most of the restaurants choosing their menu randomly, at Salvadores the focus is very clear. Don’t forget to try their pre-set menu available during lunch hours! We tried couple of items from the menu:

Grilled Paneer Skewers – Cottage Cheese Skewers with capsicum and tomato. The skewers were grilled to perfection as it assimilated all the charred taste from the grill. Served with pesto mayo the combo was amazing!

Tomato Bruschetta – Bruschetta topped with garlic, tomatoes and cheese with drizzle of olive oil. Simple yet delicious.
Watermelon with Feta Cheese – This classic dish is made with 3 ingredients only. Watermelon topped with feta cheese and fresh mint! Can’t go wrong with it!

Cream of Mushroom Soup – The Mushroom soup was made with olive oil and was creamy to the core. With fresh cracked pepper and garlic foam on top, it was fantastic! Don’t miss it!

Spaghetti Aglio Olio – Made with extra virgin olive oil tossed with olives, jalapenos, carrots, zucchini and broccoli and served with garlic bread on the side, it was mind blowing in taste! Fantastic is just an understatement for this vintage dish!

Blueberry Cheesecake – Fresh baked cheesecake topped with blueberries and a light crumble at the bottom. Every bite just melts in the mouth.

Chocolate Rum Tart – Classic rum tart with soft crumble at the bottom. The balance of flavors between chocolate and rum is what makes it so unique.

Some of the other items that you can order from the menu are Herb infused grilled tenderloin, Moroccan roast chicken, Mediterranean grilled chicken and the Chimichurri fish steak. If you are looking to go “Down Memory Lane” then pick these 2 items – Grandma’s roast chicken and the Traditional fish pie (but requiring advance notice).

The food at Salvadores is fantastic topped with impeccable service. Hats off to Chef Sundar for serving us dishes outside of the menu. And thanks to Mr. Noel and his team for the excellent hospitality and the history! This was indeed an experience down memory lanes!

Wining & Dining at Salvadores (Fine Dining) – Scorecard –

Food/Taste – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Value for Money – 9/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity/Quality – 10/10

Overall – 4.6/5

Fine dining at the next level!

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XOOX Brewmill is one of the newest gastropubs in Koramangala, Bangalore. Located right opposite to Social this place is huge. Spread over 3 floors it can accommodate more than 400 people at any time. The outlet was once a factory (hence the name ‘mill’), the structure still remains giving it a high ceiling and a distinctive architecture. The place is lively with loud music. You can choose to sit on high chairs as well as sofas. They even have a microbrewery where they create some amazing craft beer.

We went here to try out their Food and Beer pairing. The idea was to pair each of their craft beers with different foods so that the taste of each can be enhanced.

Course 1- Belgian Wit with Dehydrated Dosa: Belgian Wit beer was once of the best craft beers with a hint of orange and coriander; the pairing with Dehydrated dosa did work out quite well. The dehydrated Mangalorean dosa had beetroot version as well, it was served with tomato chutney which was the highlight.

Course 2- Japanese Dry Blonde Ale with Beetroot Carpaccio: Liked the dry Japanese Ale which had a crisp texture from the rice. The Beetroot carpaccio was a unique dish but the taste was good if not great.

Course 3- Nitro Milk Stout with Dimsums: The Nitro Milk Stout was a dark beer with chocolate and coffee, it had a creamy texture from the nitrogen gas. The beer was paired with Dimsums made with steamed vegetables and garlic sauce. Loved my dumplings!

Course 4- Scottish Ale with Bunny Chow: The Scottish Ale was another dark beer with a strong smoky caramel finish. It was served with the Bunny Chow. The Bunny Chow was filled with molten cheese (made with White Cheddar, Yellow Cheddar, Brie) served with garlic mushrooms on the side. If you love cheese this will surprise you.

Course 5- Hefeweizen with Pesto Fettucine: The Hefeweizen is probably my favorite among all as it has a fruity taste. The Pesto Fettucine was made in a creamy pesto sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. The combo was excellent.

Course 6- Apple Cider with Tres Leches and Baked Alaska: Could never imagine tasting desserts with beer. But at XOOX you can try the Apple Cider with your desserts. The Tres Leches and the Baked Alaska both were fantastic. Loved the Tres Leches so much that we tried one more portion of it. Heavenly!

At XOOX you are bound to have a great time. The pairing of craft beer with food is a unique experience all together. The highlight of this visit was definitely their desserts and the amazing music!

XOOX Brewmill – Craft Beer and more – Scorecard –

Food/Taste – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Value for Money – 8/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity/Quality – 8/10

Overall – 4.1/5

XOOX is XOXO!

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Ging is a Pan Asian restaurant which is part of the Royal Orchid Hotel, MG Road, Bangalore. The place is on the top floor and looks amazing from inside. Being at the top of the building you get to see some amazing skyline view of Bangalore. The ambiance is oriental with a large dragon welcoming the guests. In the evening the place transforms into a resto bar with DJ playing some amazing numbers.

Ging is showcasing multiple Asian cuisines every week. This week we got to try Japanese food and next week is Malay food. From the drinks menu we tried the Spicy Mojito which was a combination of orange juice and mint which a hint of black salt. The mojito was amazing.

When it comes to food we tried the Corn Fritters. This deepfried dish of corn was served with sweet chili sauce and tasted great. Next, we tried some of the Sushi platters like the Tofu Sushi. The Tofu Sushi was made with sticky rice topped with a thick piece of tofu. It was good and heavy on the stomach. The Spicy Crunchy Sushi came next and was absolutely amazing. A must try. The Shitake Mushroom Sushi was again the same as the Tofu one.

For the main course we had the Hakka Noodles with Veg Satay and the Mushroom Rice with Veg Satay. The Hakka Noodles were sweet and spicy at the same time. It was served with exotic veggies on a stick. The Mushroom rice was good as well. When it come to desserts we tried the Mochi Icecream. The desserts were bit of a disappointment as the icecream was powdery and the flavors were not upto the mark.

Overall, at Ging you are bound to have good time, though the service was bit on the slow side.

Ging – Pan Asian – Scorecard –

Food/Taste – 8/10
Service – 7/10
Value for Money – 8/10
Ambiance – 8/10
Quantity/Quality – 8/10

Overall – 3.9/5

A complete pan asian approach!

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