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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Shiok

December 29, 2006

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Absolutely fabulous food in a classy ambiance with wonderful service – that sums up my experience at Shiok.

Shiok serves food from Singapore, Thailand, China, Malaysia and Indonesia and it sure tastes as authentic as what you would get there. For starters, I asked the steward for his recommendation and decided on the Pomfret in Drunken Sauce. Drunken sauce is a Thai sauce made with chillies, basil, garlic, white pepper and oyster sauce and it was delicious. The pomfret was crisp and fresh and knocked our socks off. I highly recommend this dish for a taste of heaven! For the main course, we ordered steamed rice and Sumatra fish curry, which is an Indonesian curry. It was delicious. Dessert was tiramisu – yummy! Shiok has a wide range of very exotic cocktails, mocktails and imported liquor. My cosmopolitan was very good.

The restaurant section at Shiok has an outdoorsy feel to it, while the lounge area section with its spiffy red walls and dark upholstery has a very warm and upscale flavour. The atmosphere was very comfortable and seemed to very easily accommodate a range of people – there were families, couples on a romantic date, friends chilling out, even a lone diner; and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

The service was really good –and took me completely by surprise. The steward and the waiter took the trouble to help us with our choices. We were wondering whether to order the crab when the waiter actually brought out the live crab to show us.

My complaint – the bathrooms were smelly. I told the waiter, who did get it cleaned immediately.

Shiok is located at 2nd Floor, #12, CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore, ph: 41161800. It is open from 12 pm to 3:30 pm and from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. I was lucky enough to find parking directly outside on the crowded road but the website says that plenty of parking is available opposite the restaurant. A meal for two with a drink each is approximately Rs.850.

 

Firangi Paani

December 5, 2006

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Fancy a drink in a colonial setting? Firangi Paani (or The English Spirit), with its polished mahogany woodwork, gleaming mirrors, old-fashioned lamps, beer barrels that double up as tables, and leather upholstery, is a comfortable hangout. The elaborate drinks menu with names like Old Smith, Hyde Park Magic and Flaming Thames will make you feel like a pucca English sahib. The pub-grub menu is extensive, a mixture of Anglo-Indian, Far Eastern and Middle Eastern cuisine, but not in the same league as the adjoining Sahib, Sindh, Sultan restaurant and tends to be oily. Starters include miniature vegetarian kebabs, the cheddar and chilli toast, croquettes, satay sticks, momos and falafel. For the main course, the best choice would be the fish and chips, fresh, crisp and tasty. Other options, including the paneer kathi rolls and the grilled chicken in a pita pocket, are just passable.

The clientele is a mixture of techies from Koramangala, college-goers and visiting foreigners, and the DJ usually plays rock hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. At peak hours, the pub can be quite loud. Firangi Paani is located at Level 2, Forum Mall, Koramangala, Bangalore, ph: 22067878 and is open from 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Paid parking is available at the Forum mall parking lot. Cost for a meal for two, including a drink each, is approximately Rs.900.

Crossover Point

December 1, 2006

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An absolute winner, Crossover Point, with its three restaurants and a lounge bar, offers flavours and ambiance to suit any mood. Hang out with friends at Silver Tube – cool, silver and, yes, oval-shaped like a tube, with a glass dance floor. Lie back on the cushions and watch the lights dance on the ceiling as you sip the perfect Mai Tai the bartender has shaken up and nibble on some starters – the Singapore pepper prawns is an excellent choice.

When you are ready for dinner, the casual outdoor atmosphere at Fire and Ice with its pebbled floor and sweeping views of the lit Airport Road flyover, will warm your heart with barbecues and grills from across the world. The grilled chicken with curry sauce which I tried was perfect – succulent chicken legs with a tomato, onion gravy and a spiced yogurt sauce. If you would prefer an intimate dinner instead, try the Ville Chaumiere, a fine dining restaurant, with a wine and cheese menu, and serving European, Mediterranean, Far Eastern, Middle Eastern and Indian food. For vegetarians, the Crossover Point restaurant located on the lower floor has varied lunch options including a buffet, live pasta and stir fry counters and an a la carte dinner menu.

Crossover Point is located at 2001, Katima Commercial Complex, 100 ft Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore, ph: 41519000. It is an ideal place to party with your friends as well as for a romantic dinner. Service is impeccable and the restaurant has valet parking available. Crossover Point is open from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Dinner for two, including a drink each, will cost approximately Rs.1800.