Calgary, Canada Chowhound has recently relocated to Bangalore for a couple of years and I'll try and get a few postings up on ChowHound for those in the area or traveling here.
The first couple of weeks were mostly spent in hotel restaurants:
Taj Residency - Cafe Mosaic:
Always reliable, not inexpensive though. IMO one of the best breakfast buffets in town Mon - Sat, with great selection of Indian, Chinese and western items and fruit fruit fruit. They also have some of the best Lamb shanks Rogan Josh I've had the pleasure of enjoying here. They are exceptionally tendor and very well spiced, the naan bread (while not the best in the city) is always sufficient to soak up the Rogan Josh gravy that comes with the dish. I've had this about 4 or 5 times latey and can't get enough.
Oberoi - Rim Naam:
I've been to Thailand and enjoyed some great food there but I was blown away by Rim Naam. Again not cheap in the least as it's in a 5 star but I could not have been happier had I been in Bangkok at one of the swankiest places in town. The ambiance, service and food were all without par in the realm of Thai food in Bangalore. We went simple with the dishes, a yellow coconut curry and a phad thai, both perfectly executed. The Phad Thai noodles were chewy but not over done and the sauce excellent. The yellow curry was also perfectly done, not too spicey as this type usually denotes and with excellent curried potatoes.
Taj West End - Blue Ginger:
I had very high hopes here as the Taj restaurants are usually very good and having moved from Calgary which is a haven for good Vietnamese food I knew I needed a fix of Pho, Bun or Bahn Mi. While the ambiance and service were excellent the food let me down, it was sauced more like chinese style dishes and the squid was chewy and over done. On the other hand the very expensive fresh salad rolls were outstanding... not quite like home as these were with shrimp and chicken as opposed to shrimp and pork. I won't be rushing back, unlike Rim Naam.
Mercure Homestead - 12th Main and By the Blue:
Both of these are again not inexpensive but they are good. I went italian at 12th main both times, grilled fish on spaghetti primavera and fussili carbonara. I preferred the grilled fish and primavera by far mostly due to the excellent preparation of the fish. The carbonara was ok, but I would have preferred more cheese and less cream in the sauce. By the Blue has South Indian dishes, the Goaan fish curry was very good... but also my first (I hope to have more in Goa itself). The real treat was the sesame and saffron naan bread, I had to have it when I saw it listed and it did not disappoint. The only thing I could have done different with it is toast the sesames right before going on the naan dough to add that extra level of middle eastern sesame flavour. All in all we'll be back lots as it's only a block from the new house.
Via Milano - 3rd Block Koramangala (near Sony World on 80 Foot Rd)
Beautiful contemporary setting and decor with very attentive staff. The menu is extensive which always worries me in Italian places but the chef and owner is actually Italian so we thought they'd have it under control. We arrived on a set menu and wine tasting night, 4 courses and 4 wines for 1500 INR/person. The prawn and sesame starter was very good, the right level of sesame for my taste, the duck ravioli could have had more duck meat in the filling and more duck in the sauce but it was still very good. The main was a chicken roulade that was very well executed in cooking preparation and the taste reflected that. Desert was a very nice light almost un-baked cheese cake... we've had something similar at home at Kensington Winebar. The wine pairings were also good except the one with the main. I did not get a look at the varietal but it was a 9 Hills (all the wines were 9 Hills that night) and possibly a cab-sauvingnon. It was far far to young to be served and had a vague wooliness to it that I've noticed in a few India wines so far. I do tend to stick to the Indian whites or roses.
Nandhini Palace - 3rd Block Koramangala (across from BDA complex on 100 Foot Rd.)
This place is very near the new house and I had high hopes of a quick, easy and cheap local joint. While the food was good (tandoori chicken, green pea masala and prawns andhra style) the ambiance and cleanliness left a great deal to be desired. I think we'll keep this one for home delivery in the future.
More updates to come as we get further a field and stop eating at hotels quite so much. I'm interested in any reviews others have to offer for Bangalore. Also interested in any tips on where to buy good fruit/veg and other staples. Of key interest is if anyone knows where to buy canned chicken or vegetable stock... or powdered (ie: Oxo or Knorr cubes). I use stock a lot in cooking but don't have time to make my own very often.
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