The Fatty Bao, Indiranagar at Citibank Restaurant Week India

Restaurant weekEvery once in a while, you come across a dish that makes you want to sing hallelujah. When you find two – or, praise the Lord – even three such dishes on a single menu, singing hallelujah all by yourself simply won’t cut it; you need to invite the whole choir.

As a regular to The Fatty Bao in Indiranagar, I was delighted to be able to select it as my restaurant of choice for a sneak preview of its Citibank Restaurant Week India menu. I was even more delighted to find that two of my three “hallelujah” dishes are being showcased during the event – a fact that is definitely deserving of an invitation to the choir! Continue reading

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Citibank Restaurant Week: Olive Beach

Citibank Restaurant WeekHello! I am back again after (yet another) travel hiatus – and I bring good tidings. Very good tidings. Get ready to gorge: Citibank Restaurant Week India is right around the corner.

Starting September 23, over 70 restaurant kitchens in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore will strut their stuff with prix fixe menus created specially for the week-long event.  All menus are priced at Rs.750 (excluding taxes and surcharges), and if the sneak-peek preview dinner I enjoyed at Olive Beach, Bangalore is anything to go by, every one of these meals is going to be an absolute steal. Bookings open 18 September, so get ready to get clicking! … Keep reading

The Bangalore Burger Smackdown

BurgerI love burgers. They are, to my mind, the culinary equivalent of commercial cinema: unpretentious,  enjoyable, and either unabashedly good or appallingly bad. Despite what health fanatics would have me believe, I see a burger as a healthy meal containing all four food groups: carbohydrate (the bun), protein (the meat), fiber (lettuce, tomato), and fat (cheese).

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Medici in Indiranagar

medici logoThe first time I visited Medici was a couple of years ago, when I was invited as a guest of the Bangalore Mirror review team. At that time, I thought it had a lot of promise, but for one reason or another (so many restaurants, so little time!), I never returned. I was recently invited, with a bunch of other people, to sample Medici’s new Franco-Italian menu, ostensibly so that they could receive feedback on it (in other words, I did not pay for this meal). Having attended the very low-key sit down dinner, I was intrigued (and impressed) enough to return, several times, on my own dime.

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Zomato Restaurant Guide

The Zomato Restaurant Guide 2012A few weeks ago, I was given a complimentary copy of Zomato’s Restaurant Guide for review. Having made it clear that my review may or may not turn out to be flattering, I diligently tried to use the book every time I felt like eating out.

Having done so, here’s my verdict: as a directory, it just about makes the grade; as a restaurant guide, I am not impressed.

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Sidewalk Café, Koramangala

Sidewalk CafeThe other day, I was driving down an obscure little lane near home, and saw a sign that said “Sidewalk Cafe”.

Having made a mental note to check it out, I was pleasantly surprised when a friend informed me that the scrumptious chocolate-frosted cake we were consuming had been obtained from there. It was rich, gooey with frosting, and sinful enough to warrant at least a dozen Hail Marys.

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Go Goa: Fernando’s Nostalgia

This post is long overdue… like several years overdue. Partly due to laziness, and partly due to a selfish desire to keep it to myself, the only mention I have made on this blog of my favorite Goa restaurant was brief – and didn’t focus on the food. Having just returned from our annual Goa vacation, where we had yet another fabulous meal at Fernando’s Nostalgia, I’ve decided that it’s time to bite the bullet.  …Keep reading