Soul Deli Cafe

June 5, 2007

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SDC is a hip new basement café on MG Road, in the location of the now defunct Underground pub. The place has a very New Age lounge feel with a waterfall at the entrance and outdoor seating with neat chairs and even fans to cool you. The indoor A/C seating area is done up in with dark wooden furniture with clean lines, trendy ceiling lamps and a little deli counter with desserts, breads and cheese in a corner.

The menu is a very interesting mix of beverages, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, grills and desserts. We tried the citrus cooler and the mango lemon fizz and both were very refreshing and surprisingly not too high on the sugar content. The chicken tikka salad was good with succulent marinated chicken pieces, iceberg lettuce, red and yellow capsicum and onions and was exactly the right size for a starter salad for two. The salad came with a fresh, warm bread basket and chilli herb butter which was delicious. We picked the Friendly Lion and Tuna Melt sandwiches for the main course. A word of warning – the sandwiches are huge and definitely are more than a meal by themselves. They come with sides of crispy onion rings, French fries and lettuce, cucumber and carrots. The Friendly Lion consisted of avocado spread, roasted green capsicum, jalapenoes and tomato on white bread. Absolutely delicious, it reminded me of sandwiches from NYC delis. The Tuna Melt was authentic too and fantastic as well. Other interesting options which we did not try included the chilli burgers, the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and Moroccon Chicken. The sandwiches being too heavy, we did not have room for dessert.

A meal for two is approximately Rs.800. Couple of suggestions to the restaurant – service needs to be improved. It was slow at times and many a time we felt like they were being a little too intrusive when we were taking our time to decide our order – a café will have the feel of a café only when it allows people to linger. Another very strong suggestion – please change the music. It was awful and wandered between New Age instrumental to Arabic (?) music. The food, though, is a winner, although I think it is a little too pricey by café standards.

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May 7, 2007

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The new popular place for office-goers in the MG Road area to grab a quick, healthy veggie lunch, Emgees is located in The Shelton Grand, which also has a lounge bar – The Bar Code, Ming Ling, an oriental restaurant and BTDT, a 24-hour coffee shop.  The name of the restaurant is, of course, based on how local Bangaloreans refer to MG Road lovingly.  You can enter this place from Church Street as well. 

The décor is straightforward and the place has a strong air of “business-hotel” and seems to cater to the corporate crowd. Food is multi-cuisine, but my suggestion would be to stick with the Indian items. In keeping with the “veggie, veggie, healthy” tagline, they have a little counter which has fresh fruits and serves as the juice bar.  We ordered the watermelon juice and the fresh lime water and as promised it was fresh and yummy.  Main course consisted of methi rotis, aloo simla and corn palak.  The methi rotis were fresh and warm, the aloo simla –potatoes in an onion gravy, was perfect and the corn palak hit the healthy button.  All the items had just the right amount of spice in them, were delicious and were not oily.

Emgees is an ideal place for a business lunch or a quick bite.  The service is fast.  A meal for two is approximately Rs.250. 

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Polo Club

March 20, 2007

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Lush gardens and limpid pools make this outdoorsy bar at the five-star Oberoi more of an anytime family hangout.  There is an indoor seating area as well, but catch the awesome Bangalore sunshine and cool breeze in the patio area that is perfect for a weekend brunch.  Beautiful trees set amidst a waterfall that flows into a pond filled with multi-coloured fish ensures that children have plenty of place to walk around and lots of things to see.  Splashes of yellow on the décor add to the English garden atmosphere. 

The menu here is quite limited – the appetizers, main course and dessert have one pick each from Indian, European and American.  Each item is priced at approximately Rs.300.  We tried the bruschetta platter and a Greek salad both of which good.  The salad was quite large and very fresh. For the main course, we had the hamburger – it was ok.  For dessert, we tried the chocolate supreme – the usual chocolatey gooey cake – but what was interesting was that it came with basil ice cream – I liked the subtle flavour of basil leaves combined with the cool ice-cream!

The Polo Club is a neat place to hangout with family or for a business lunch.  The food, by no means, is fantastic, but I give a thumbs up for the atmosphere and ambiance- especially a nice place to go with kids.

A meal for two without alcohol is approximately Rs.1500.

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Tai Tai

January 29, 2007

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If you are a foodie who loves Asian food, particularly Thai, this restaurant is guaranteed to satiate all your senses. My summary of the place – superbly presented food that tastes as good as it looks!

I had the lunch buffet and it was fabulous. The meal started off with a very wide range of starters and salads. I pretty much tasted everything – it looked so good. Vegetarian options that blew my socks off included the grilled noodle salad, the green papaya salad and the banana stem salad. Light yet luscious! For the bird and meat-eaters, the grilled beef salad was exquisite, so was the chicken satay. The prawn tom yum soup – the best I have ever had.

Main course options were three – pad thai or rice with green or red curry. All three came with either vegetables, chicken or prawn. We chose the chicken pad thai and the steamed rice with chicken red curry. While the emphasis on the starters is exquisite blending and balance of different ingredients and flavours, the main course scored highly with me for its very basic, back to the roots taste. While I feasted on the red curry and rice, I could imagine myself sitting in a Thai farmer’s kitchen. The dish had a wholesome, country flavour to it.

The dessert options did not look too exciting – I picked the chocolate mud pie and decided to skip it after two bites. Not bad – but not worth wasting calories on.

Décor at Tai Tai is bright and cheery – lots of light, rattan chairs, cheerful walls. You can choose to sit inside or dine at the open air terrace area.

The lunch buffet is priced at Rs.250 per head excluding taxes and includes soup, salad, starters, main course and dessert. Valet parking is available at the basement (it is located above Bombay Store in MG Road).

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Copper Chimney

November 1, 2006

Consistently good – that’s Copper Chimney. This Mumbai based chain serves northwest frontier and Punjabi cuisine. I have been here several times, and the food has always been excellent. The bar menu is quite extensive and they serve exotic fruit based martinis – appletini, mangotini and melontini. The starters, including the Raan, Panner Tikka are good and their dum biryanis are superb. Taftan, a soft, yogurt-based bread is a must-try. One word of caution, their starter portions are quite large and the food itself is heavy on the stomach – so many a time, I have skipped the main course. For dessert, try the firni, cool and creamy, in a clay pot.
Copper Chimney is located at the rooftop in Bangalore Central, opposite Mayo Hall, M.G. Road, Bangalore, ph:66111800/900. The glass windows allow awesome views of Bangalore city and the decor is classy. Parking is available at Bangalore Central and the parking charge of Rs.50 is redeemable on restaurant and mall expenses over that amount. Do make reservations, especially in the weekend, else be prepared for a one hour wait. Cost factor: Rs.1400 for two, including a drink each.