Delectable food, impeccable service, spectacular ambience—all are on offer at these restaurants in Bangalore. By Shweta Gandhi
This restaurant is located on a farm on the outskirts of Bangalore, and is a sweet getaway from the bustling city. Run by Sonali Sattar and Himanshu Dimri, you must plan ahead and make a reservation, as the restaurant does not serve food based on a menu. Chef Dimri prepares a European seven-course meal, with three starters, a salad and two main courses. Dessert follows with coffee or tea, as requested. Idyllic, romantic and quaint, Grasshopper only has outdoor tables, so it’s best to avoid going in the rainy season.
Must try: Salad of Warm Figs, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Feta and Arugula
Where: 45, Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road
Alba serves authentic Italian cuisine, which is what makes it one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Managed by Chef Antonello Cancedda, items on the menu include thin crust pizzas, antipasti, seasonal Italian appetisers and fresh, juicy pastas. Their dessert menu is enticing with Lemon Sorbet, Gelato, Nutella Pizza, Tiramisu, Bonet and Pannacotta. A luxury ambience with elements of beige and gold welcomes you, along with courteous service, private seating areas, and an open cooking station.
Must try: Nutella Pizza
Where: JW Marriott, Lavelle Road
Riwaz is a sleek and modern fine dining restaurant that serves northwest Indian food. Prepared in an open kitchen, you can expect succulent kebabs, tender grilled meats and an assortment of Indian breads. Bhatti Da Kukkad, Shammi Kebab and Sunehari Jhinga are some of the dishes to try. The drinks menu has whiskey, wine and creative cocktails, while desserts include contemporary, specially crafted sweets. With two private dining rooms, alluring city views and creative architectural accents, Riwaz promises a memorable meal every time.
Must try: Bhatti Da Kukkad
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Residency Road
This restaurant by chef-entrepreneur Abhijit Saha specialises in Spanish food. Equally unique is the fact that the gourmet restaurant uses molecular gastronomy techniques to create delectable dishes. The highlights of the menu include Baked Spinach and Almond Filo Rolls, Chicken and Avocado Cornet, and New Age Salad Caprese. Desserts like Tiramisu, Churros Moderne and Deconstructed Peach Crema Catalana will keep you coming back for more.
Must try: The Asparagus Spears with Orange Pudding and Foam
Where: The Collection, UB City
#5 Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs
Dum literally means to ‘breathe in’, and ‘Pukht’ means ‘to cook’, creating an ancient slow-cooking technique, that pays tribute to a hybrid cuisine called Anglo Lucknowi. This restaurant guarantees an experience you won’t forget with their culinary wonders like Murgh Chandi Tikka, Dum Pukht Badin Jaan, Shahi Nehari and the iconic Dum Pukht Biryani. You can also try the Royal Repast, a set five-course menu— Shorba, Kebab, Qorma, Qaliya, Salan and Nehari, Naan, Biranj and Meetha, which comes with accompanying wines or whisky. The interiors feature hand-blown Awadhi style glass lamps and floral motifs, reflecting the many influences of Dum cuisine.
Must try: The Mutton Gosht
Where: ITC Windsor, Golf Course Road