Sunday, June 29, 2008

India Gate

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Location: 2001, Kattima centre, 100ft Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore - 560038.
Landmark: Adidas showroom, near Domlur flyover
Phone: 415190000, 41519002
Cusine: Awadhi / North Indian
Cost: 900 Rs for 2
Buffet: 225 Rs + taxes

India Gate, a relatively unknown restaurant in the Indiranagar neighborhood, has good ambience matched with sumptuous menu. On the 3rd floor of the building hosting adidas showroom and a Chinese restaurant, Great Wall, one could easily miss this place. Serves north Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, a nice bar along side serves liquor.

Food matches the good ambience, but limited mocktails didn't impress me. Since i went for a lunch, had to abstain from variety of cocktails. Worth a visit, though pricing is on a slightly higher side. Buffet lunch on weekdays is priced at 225 Rs (plus taxes).

My recommendation: There were few people on a Sunday afternoon i went, unlike in other restaurants. Try out this place for nice ambience and good north Indian food on a lazy weekend.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Buffet lunch around Indiranagar

The Village

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The Village
Location: MSK Plaza, 3rd Floor, 100ft road, Indiranagar.
Landmark: Cafe coffee day
Phone: 080-41263331, 41263332
Cusine: North Indian
Speciality: Lunch Buffet
Cost: Rs.150/- per person for lunch buffet
Otherwise, > 500 for 2

Located on the bustling street on 100ft road Indiranagar, The Village supposedly has the ambience of a village albeit with comfortable chairs and dining area. The restaurant being on the 3rd floor gives a good view with cool breeze. Decent north Indian food for the lunch, with couple of non vegetarian delicacies.

My Recommendation:
When you are bored of your daily lunch at around work you can drop in at The Village.

IndiJoes @ RMZ Infinity

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Indijoe Resto Pub
Location: RMZ infinity, Old madras road, Bangalore.
Phone: 41113377/3553
Cusine: Continental
Speciality: Lunch buffet, and nice bar
Cost: > 600 for 2
Lunch buffet, Rs.125/- per person

Down the old madras road after Big Bazaar you'll find this huge tech park with offices of ADI, Google, Ernst & Young et al. Indijoe's located at this campus, RMZ Infinity, along with various other outlets with food courts, and CCD. A new outlet of the well known Indijoe on Airport road. Serving continental food, this restaurant is the best value-for-money for lunch buffet.
They have pizzas, breads, noodles, fusillis, salads, and various sauces for buffet. They serve a couple of non-vegetarian delicacies. They also have biryani and curd rice in the buffet!

My Recommendation: A decent retro ambience with the option of dining either inside or outside in a clean place makes this a restaurant worth a visit for lunch when you don't have much work at office. :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

6 Ballygunge Place

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Name: 6 Ballygunge Place

Location: First Floor, 612, 12th Main, Indiranagar, Bangalore (919342140520/41521390)

Speciality: Bengali food

Cost: >450 Rs

How does it feel when the essence one's state can be felt in a totally different place altogether? you will have to ask that question to any bengali who has been to 6 Ballygunge place. Food is the soul of bengalis and they are known for their culinary skills!

Here, you can savour the delicate nuances of Morrollla Maacher Bhaja (batter fried fish), Baingan Bhaja (shallow fried bringal) with Moong Dal with Aam Adaa (mango ginger) and Hot Loochis. You choose from an array of sweet water fishes, Daab Chingri (prawns baked inside a tender coconut). Choices of Pathuri (a mustard and coconut flavoured wrapped in banana leaf and grilled). Mocha (banana florettes), Elish (hilsa) Crab and Prawns will be relished by you.

The dessert when we went today was Mishti Doi... Yummmm!!! :)))))

So, all bengalis out there, you can not miss this chance!

Savour the taste of Bengal in Bangalore. Go to 6 Ballygunge Place!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Branto, Hong Kong

Location: 1/FL, 9 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Phone: (852) 2366 8171
Specialty: Indian vegetarian food
Cost: > HKD 100 for 2

Keep your eyes open for this place. You may cross the street and yet not be able to locate the restaurant. Yes, it's a pretty small place on the first floor of a non-descript building in the otherwise busy street of TST, Kowloon… and yet always busy! Branto is definitely an-Indian-vegetarian-caught-in-HK's dream come true! Undoubtedly, the best pure veg restaurant in Hong Kong. You get a variety of vegetarian dishes, but the best part of Branto is the south-Indian food… Try the Idli, sambhar and dosa there and you will get a feel of being back in India!

My Recommendation: Go, try this place out when you want to have food outside, at a vegetarian place… A must visit place, the day your taste buds are cravin the South-Indian delicacies…!

Koh-I-Noor, Hong Kong

Location: 34 D'Aguilar St, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Specialty: Indian food (Both Veg and Non-veg)
Cost: > HKD 150 for 2

Good, delicious, Indian buffet for a fairly decent price. Nothing special about the ambience, but a fairly quiet place, as it seats only about 15 people… so, a great place to have a good conversation while having a simple meal. The meal doesn't have a lot of variety, but the food tastes great…!!

Due to less number of people around, the service is good and you have an Indian lady greet you with a warm smile as soon as you enter!

My Recommendation: Go, try this place out when you want to have food outside, but at a place where you can get food that tastes like the coveted Ghar ka khaana!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tandoor, Hong Kong

Name: Tandoor
Location: 1/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, HK. Tel (852) 2845 2262

Specialty: Indian Cuisine (Both Veg and Non-Veg)
Cost: >150-200 HKD

Tandoor is located in the Lan Kwai Fong area, popularly known as LKF. This area is one of the hot-spots of Hong Kong and always bustling with activity. It is right next to Central, where most of the offices are located. So, if you work in IFC or near by, chances are that you can walk down to this place.

The ambience from the inside is soothing… The interior is done very tastefully, in pucca Indian style!! There are paintings and sculptures of Indian men and women in ethnic Indian dresses all over the place… The icing on the cake is the live performances, with artists on Tabla and Harmonium, giving the place that much-needed ethnic touch!!

My Recommendation: Come for a lunch Buffet. It will blow you over! The food is delicious, or I would say, as delicious as it gets in Hong Kong… right from the various chats (had bhel puri today), you can expect both North Indian and South Indian culinary in the buffet! So, if you missing Indian buffet in HK, Tandoor is the place to be!

Make sure you book a table in advance. If you get a place without prior booking, you should bless your stars that day! This is coz this place is always jam-packed, as most of the Indian people around (and there are many) like to come here for lunches during office hours, thanks to the proximity of the place to the various offices…

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Roomali with a View

Location: 100 feet Road, Indira Nagar
Cuisine: Rajasthani
Speciality: Lunch Buffet
Cost: >600 for 2
An interesting name... An even interesting ambience. This restaurant is famous in Bangalore for its Rajasthani Delicacies. The ambience gives you the feel of Rajasthani Royalty... Bilkul wahi andaaz!!

For the souls who have been craving for Daal-Baati for some time, this is the place to go. You will get to taste Authentic Rajasthani khana in this place and some soft music combined with an elegant ambience. What more can one want :)

My Recommendation: Try out the place on a lazy Saturday/Sunday afternoon. The delicious food is bound to make you ready for the afternoon siesta! :)