Via Milano

August 17, 2007

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Via Milano is chic, trendy new Italian restaurant located on the third floor of a building in Koramangala.  Sleek red and white leather chairs and dark mahogany wooden shelves and tables provide a neat contrast against the stark white walls on one side and the glass walls on the other two, which opens to views of the city.  Your choice of seating includes plush sofas or traditional dining chairs.  They have some really nice and big tableware – comfortable red glasses, enormous soup bowls and huge plates.  There is a neat bar area in one corner.

The drinks menu has the usual mojitos and pinacoladas besides some nice wines and other harder stuff.  We did not try any.  The salads and soups looked tempting – and so we ordered the garden salad with garden vegetables, Mediterranean grilled veggies, goat cheese and black olives.  A bread basket with fresh bread and breadsticks and dips and spreads including a superb olive and garlic paste, chopped tomatoes and basil and potato mayonnaise was placed in front of us.  Interestingly, the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chilli oil (not sure what that is) came in Borosil test tubes in a test tube stand – and actually looked quite nice.  I was a bit sceptical when I saw that the grilled veggies included roasted eggplant – but the salad truly was delicious.  The soup was a hit – pasta, chickpeas, black pepper, olive oil and clams.  For the main course, we picked the spaghetti with beans, potatoes and basil pesto – very nice – unlike over-creamy pastas that drown the flavour of the fresh vegetables, this was done perfectly and was filling, yet light.  We were too full to try desserts – which included tiramisu (of course). 

Service in this restaurant is impeccable – welcoming, warm and helpful.  It is supposedly owned by three people who used to work in the Ritz Carlton in Doha, Qatar and that shows in the service and in the food.  The A/C was not working properly when we went – they apologized profusely and were upfront about it.  The food presentation is excellent and interestingly, they gave me a hook that attaches to the table from where I could hang my handbag instead of leaving it on the floor. 

This place seems to be quite a hit with expats.  It is ideal for lunching with colleagues or friends or for a romantic dinner.   Valet parking is available.  Meal for two without alcohol is approximately Rs.700. 

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Just Chocolate – Part II

August 13, 2007

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Went back here to find that furniture has completely changed. Some black velvet sofas have been added – I thought it looked a bit odd and did not go with the atmosphere. Just Chocolate though seems to have become a reasonably popular college hangout and so of course, that meant closely placed chairs and tables. A bit cramped. Menu has been revised – to exclude all the frills. There are 3-4 veggie sandwich options and the rest is as the name promises – Just Chocolate. Tried the grilled vegetable and cheese sandwich. It was good. The chocolate milkshake was perfect – thick, creamy and delicious. A hot Just Chocolate special we ordered came as milk in a pot with a candle below along with a plate of chocolates that were to be dunked in the milk. It was ok. Service was polite as before. Some suggestions:

  1. Please don’t cut the ketchup sachets before serving unless you specifically warn your customers. You can imagine the havoc a 3-year old with an opened ketchup sachet caused when she tried to open it herself.
  2. The cutlery is stainless steel and makes too much noise and is unstable on the glass table tops. Better designed tables or cutlery would be very welcome.
  3. Please play some nice music in the background.

As before, the chocolates rocked.

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And I am back!!

August 10, 2007

… and you will be seeing some reviews soon, I promise.   Thank you to all those who wrote to me asking if I was ok – I am!!  And its good to be back.